January 2022, Vol. 249, No. 1


Safety Techniques for Aboveground Natural Gas Pipelines

By Richard McDonough, U.S. Correspondent   There are a variety of techniques used to enhance the safety of aboveground natural gas pipelines. Coatings to minimize corrosion are an example of a safety aspect used by natural gas operators. Robots are deployed to inspect sections of pipelines not easily reviewed by individuals. Bollards and fencing help keep motor vehicles away from key equipment that controls pipelines.   A robot scanning several thousand feet of overhead flare line. (Photo: Joshua Semenko/courtesy of Gecko Robotics.) “Each operating company is required to have a written operating plan,” said James Anspach of the Ameri

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