March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3

Features

Q & A: Risk-Based Inspection for Controlling Pipeline Corrosion

Maintaining the integrity of oil and gas pipelines and complying with increasingly strict regulations have enabled operating and service companies to extend the lifetime of these critical assets while ensuring safety and protecting the environment. Technological advancements for controlling corrosion – the second-leading cause of pipeline failure after third-party damage – as well as the growth in implementation of corrosion-management plans are serving to prevent the adverse effects of corrosion while reducing overall costs. One process crucial to the success of a corrosion-management program is risk-based inspection. This analysis methodology is used to assess the probability

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