March 2021, Vol. 248, No. 3

Features

Using Remote Monitoring to Evaluate Pipeline Lightning Immunity

By Rebecca A. Bickham, Mobiltex  Can lightning cause corrosion? It’s a question people don’t often consider; however, when it comes to pipelines, it’s a legitimate concern.   While lightning itself does not cause corrosion, the damage it creates to a pipe’s walls, coatings and cathodic protection (CP) system can leave a pipeline vulnerable.   Eastern plains of the Rocky Mountains. “If we get a direct strike to an exposed piece of pipe, there’s a potential that it could cause a burst in the covering of that pipeline somewhere down further, which is not visible,” said Tony da Costa, VP of Engineering at Mobiltex Data (Calgary, Alberta, Canada).

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