September 2015, Vol. 242, No. 9

Features

Strategy Report Points to Improved Safety, Smart Pigs

With liquids pipeline incidents down by half since 1999, even as their use to transport crude oil pipeline has increased, there is little doubt among experts about what has led to this success on the safety front – preventive maintenance and integrity management programs. “The ILI inspections using smart pigs are finding early signs of corrosion and other issues, which allows for repair before the situation becomes a problem,” said Andrew Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL). “Preventive maintenance and the advances in technology are the big reasons for these results.” The American Pipeline Institute (API) recently surveyed its

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