Offshore, arctic conditions test industry’s mettle on pipeline integrity

The challenges of monitoring and maintaining pipeline integrity become even more daunting when the pipeline is in a hostile environment.The difficulties of monitoring, assessing, inspecting, and remediating pipeline integrity are exacerbated when the pipeline is offshore-especially in deep waters-or in arctic conditions.Offshore concernsThe catastrophic damage inflicted upon the Gulf of Mexico pipeline infrastructure by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 is a grim reminder to industry of the special difficulties involved in maintaining pipeline integrity offshore.Zach Barrett, program development senior engineer with the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, notes ...

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