Database reflects recent trends in European gas-pipeline failures

Creation of an extensive pipeline-incident database has helped designers improve safety in Europe's gas pipelines.In 1982, six European gas-transmission-system operators began gathering data on the unintentional release of gas along their pipeline transmission systems.This project was formalized by the establishment of the European Gas Pipeline Incident Data Group (EGIG.) The purpose was to provide a broad basis for statistical use, giving a more-realistic picture of the frequencies and probabilities of incidents than would be possible if the independent data of each company were considered separately.Collection of safety-related data has grown in significance as a result of increasin...

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