CORROSION CONTROL — Conlusion: Integrity management must include practiced failure plans

Reliance on integrity management policies, processes, and practices can lead to a false feeling of security. An operator must have a systemic and rehearsed approach to urgent operational failures if it is to ensure a response that limits potential damage to the environment, as well as to its reputation and business.Intelligent pigging has proven useful in assessing pipeline condition for both multiphase and oil transport lines. It sets a new baseline for future life predictions by corrosion modeling or growth extrapolations. Intelligent pigging, however, can miss defects, resulting in unanticipated pipeline leaks.The first article of this series (OGJ, June 1, 2009, p. 54) concentrated on ...

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