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Title: Construction and early-service defects: one operator’s experience
Category: Technical papers from the Journal of Pipeline Engineering
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Catalog No.: 2320s
Date of Publication: 2014-06-01
Price: $25.00 US
Authors: Matthew R Hastings
Abstract: A COMMON CONCEPT OF reliability engineering is that failure rates are high at both the beginning and end of an asset’s useable life. Despite this, the primary focus of most integrity-management programmes is ageing assets, even for those companies building new infrastructure. After running hundreds of deformation tools at the construction phase and metal-loss tools in the early life of assets, Access Midstream (ACMP) has concluded that inspection for construction-related and early-life defects is just as important as assessing for traditional threats to ageing pipelines. For midstream operators who are experiencing unprecedented organic growth, these types of threat may be the single greatest threat to their operations.

The focus of this paper will be defining types of defects an operator might experience early in a pipeline’s life, a sample of case studies for both defects and inspection plans, and a discussion of the challenges in preventing and mitigating construction and early-service defects. The primary method of inspection that will be discussed is in-line inspection (ILI), both geometry and metal loss.

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