October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10


Inside Iraq: Stringent Security Required for First Inline Inspection

Minimizing risk to personnel and preventing incidents is a daily priority in the oil and gas industry. Sometimes, though, location or logistics mean a pipeline project requires extraordinary safety measures. Case in point: the first inline inspection (ILI) of gathering lines in an oil field 65 km (40 miles) north of the port city of Basra, Iraq. This is the one of the largest oil fields in the world, with recoverable oil reserves of 13 billion barrels. The project proved the integrity of the pipelines and allows the operator to modulate maintenance schedules, keeping the pipelines running with minimal disruption to production and environmental impact. But its implementation called for such

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