CORROSION CAUSES MOST PIPELINE FAILURES IN GULF OF MEXICO
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
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