J. S. Mandke Southwest Research Institute San Antonio Corrosion is the leading cause of failures of subsea pipelines in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Third-party incidents, storms, and mud slides are additional principal causes of offshore pipeline failures. These are among the major conclusions of an analysis of 20-year pipeline-failure data compiled by the U.S. Minerals Management Service. 1 For small size lines, additionally, failures due to external corrosion were more frequent during the period studied than internal corrosion. In medium and large-size lines, failures due to internal corrosion were more frequent than th...

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