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Ageing pipelines battle for more time
Worldwide, pipeline integrity management has made signifiant improvements in execution. These gains have come in step with improvements in technology -particularly coatings- but also through in line inspection tools and improved personnel training.
However, these gains, driven by well implemented regulatory processes, are being tested as integrity managers face a diversity of new challenges. Underlying the present situation is the budget mechanism faced by pipeline operators. The key problem is in fact that the budget challenge coincides with a high proportion of aged infrastructure and shifting market opportunity.
Thus, while asset preservation for regulatory compliance remains adequate, reliability, remedial maintenance and R&D lag behind. This means that any significant shift in product portfolio or regulation may leave existing infrastructure and the current practice of Pipeline Integrity management unable to follow.
In fact, shifts are taking place. Interest in liquified gases, CO2, Biofuels, Biomass, and in some markets, Biogas have begun to shift business case away from conventional Oil & Gas products. The rise of these alternatives at a time when a great deal of pipeline approaches the end of its operational life reflects a signifiant inflexibility in the current environment.
The intersection of these developments are key to the importance of the 6th Annual Pipeline Integrity Management Forum, February 6th, 7th and 8th in Barcelona. The program will focus on sharing global practice with pipeline monitoring, surface and adjustment, as well as standards and integrity management.
Sharpening practice will be critical to stretch the operational life of existing infrastructure, which in many cases inhabits an increasingly complex urban and industrial landscape. Population density is increasing along many pipeline routes adding to increased regulatory and integrity burdens. Thus, at present, sharp practice is the key to laying the foundations of the new standards required to safely supply the next generation of piped products.
Case studies from: the General Manager of the Adria – Wien Pipeline company, Nexen, and Swissgas...among others will be presented to enrich the diverse program.
The organizers, along with endorsers: NACE and the the (PPSA) Pigging Products and Services Association, have assembled a diverse corps of pipeline experts to drive discussion and sharpen practice. Speakers will appear from: Chevron - UK , BSI Pipeline Committee – UK, Hudson Technology and Strategic Studies – Canada, Adria Wien Pipeline GmbH – Austria, NACE – Spain, Swissgas – Switzerland, American Society for Non-Destructive Testing – Saudi Arabia, Nexen – UK, PICO International Petroleum – Egypt, Energinet .dk, Denmark, NET4GAS, s.r.o. - Czech Republic, Botas International – Turkey, INA – Croatia, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) – United Arabian Emirates, and others.
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