Corrosion Management of Pipelines, Onshore Facilities More Important than Ever

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

By Marta Castillo, Manager, Pipeline Integrity, Wood Group Mustang

Some pipelines and onshore facilities deteriorate slowly during operation and in certain cases have been reliable for more than their estimated lifetime. Other installations, however, exhaust their useful life after only two to five years of operation. There are numerous factors that affect the life of a pipeline and onshore facilities. These include construction quality, coatings, cathodic protection (CP) systems, the nature of the product or fluid, the external environment, operating conditions, materials selected and quality of after-installation maintenance. Ongoing Corrosion Problem Corrosion is one of the leading causes of failures in both gas and…

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