This paper presents the refinement, validation, and operationalization of Plausible Profiles (Psqr) corrosion assessment model that TC Energy (TCE) published in IPC 2018.
Metal-loss corrosion continues to be a major integrity threat to oil and gas pipelines. Inline inspection (ILI) based corrosion management, where ILI measured anomalies are assessed and mitigated, has proven to be the best way to manage corrosion. The assessment model used to estimate the burst pressure of pipelines has the most significant impact on integrity decisions. These decisions include (1) which anomalies to excavate based on In-line inspection (ILI); (2) pressure reduction (i.e. derate) required to maintain safety until repairs are completed, and (3) repair decisions during the excavation. Consequently, TCE focused on improving the shape factor of the Modified B31G effective area technique and published an overview of the improvement in IPC 2018 paper titled “A More Accurate and Precise Method for Large Metal Loss Corrosion Assessment”. From 2018 TCE refined the model using further testing, validation, internal review, and external review.
In 2019, the model was reviewed by eight industry experts through Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) project “EC-2-9 Peer Review of the Plausible Profile (Psqr) Corrosion Assessment Model”. The project outcome recommended Psqr as an improved corrosion assessment model. The comments and recommendations provided by the reviewers will be reported in IPC 2020 in a companion paper. Validation results show the Psqr model is safe, and more accurate and precise than RSTRENG. The resulting magnitude of reduction in unnecessary activities depends on the corrosion morphology.