02 Jun Maintaining the Integrity of a Pipeline
Pipeline integrity can be explained as ensuring a pipeline and all its components are running correctly. It’s about making sure that the pipeline is both sustainable and reliable.
There are many challenges to the integrity of a pipeline including:
- Corrosion: internal and external
- Cracks caused by the environment
- Mechanical damage: strain, dents, gouges
- Manufacturing or construction defects
- Equipment failure
- Operation errors
- Weather conditions or other external forces
Generwell’s Pipelines module can be used to monitor and manage activities relating to pipeline integrity. This helps to track inspections and work done on pipelines so that if there is a trend in degradation of the pipeline, it can be caught and managed. If there is ever an incident, the electronic record in Generwell can help the company to show that it has been doing the proper preventative inspections and maintenance.
Areas of Pipeline Integrity that Generwell can manage include, but are not limited to:
- Corrosion Inhibitor Monitoring
- Rectifier Inspections
- Cathodic Protection Surveys
- Right of Way Inspections
- Leak Detection
- Line Inspections
Generwell can create a profile of how every segment of the pipeline performs in normal conditions, then if sensors in the pipeline detect a change, the pipeline can be inspected, and shut down if necessary.
With corrosion being a major threat to pipelines, monitoring and preventing it is crucial to the integrity of a pipeline. With Generwell’s ability to monitor and manage pipeline integrity, it means that corrosion of pipes can be avoided by regular, scheduled checks.
It is imperative to have a robust pipeline integrity management system, and if not managed well, oil and gas companies can face mounting challenges. How are you currently managing your pipelines integrity?
To learn more about Generwell’s Pipeline module, click here.