Study tracks internal-corrosion trends in aging gulf pipelines

Internal corrosion increasingly threatens aging oil and gas pipelines operating in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). That's the major conclusion of a review of US Department of Interior Minerals Management Service (DOI/MMS) pipeline leak statistics. The comprehensive study of GOM offshore oil and gas pipeline failures caused by internal corrosion used internal pipeline-failure statistics compiled from 30 years of pipeline-industry reporting to the MMS.Leaks or ruptures must be reported whenever they involve property or environmental damage, bodily injury, or exposure to claims by others.Through a grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's C...

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