June 2015, Vol. 242, No. 6


Developing Engineering-Based Integrity Programs for Pipelines, Plants

Integrity assessment has always been a part of operations and maintenance activities. As plant piping and pipeline infrastructure has aged, industry first developed basic tools, and as their importance became apparent, these tools improved to meet those increasing needs. Then, as integrity questions were raised, assessment methods were developed for specific anomalies. Although energy-based integrity management program (EB-IMP) was developed primarily for the pipeline industry, its applicability to piping in refineries and plants is certainly appropriate, especially considering its foundation on API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. The natural gas and liquid transmission pipeline industries have embrace

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