January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1

Features

Managing Selective Seam Weld Corrosion as Part of Integrity Management Plans

By Simon Slater, Principal Integrity Engineer, ROSEN Integrity Services The industry expects that all operators take a robust approach to integrity management, resulting in safe and reliable pipelines. One of the many known threats to pipeline integrity that must be explicitly addressed is Selective Seam Weld Corrosion (SSWC). This article explores ways of reliably assessing pipelines for the threat of SSWC and actively managing SSWC when it is an active threat.  For many years, pipeline safety regulations in the U.S. have defined prescriptive minimum requirements for integrity management combined with a clear expectation that operators should do more than the minimum where appropriate. Th

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