Cleaning, Maintaining, Inspecting all Part of a Day’s Work

October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor

Cleaning, maintenance and inspection are crucial to a pipeline’s effectiveness and profitability. There are 3.5 million kilometers of oil and gas pipelines around the world, dating back to the 1870s – the oldest of which is in the United States. Today, the United States has 2,225,032 kilometers of pipelines in operation, of which, 1,984,321 kilometers is dedicated to transporting gas, according to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Factbook. It is, therefore, unsurprising to discover that in the United States, in 2015 alone, there were 27 gas transmission pipeline accidents and repairs to about 8,000 corrosion…

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