January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1

Features

Asbestos Abatement in Pipeline Repair

By David Howell, Managing Partner, Pipeline Equities, Houston There are millions and millions of feet of vintage pipelines in use throughout the United States with an exterior coating that contains asbestos. There is probably an equal amount of footage existing in out-of-use, idled or abandoned pipelines.  All of these pipelines were installed prior to 1980. In almost every instance when it comes to older or vintage pipelines, we are referring to lines that are over 40 years old. Most pipelines today are built and designed to have a life span of 25-40 years, but many will stay in service much longer.  Their heavier walled predecessor pipelines might be 50 to 80 years of age. These pred

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