Pipeline Operation & Maintenance: A Practical Approach, Second Edition
4 Pipeline System Maintenance
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- Ris (Zotero)
- Reference Manager
No matter how well pipelines are designed, constructed and operated, they are subject to deterioration, externally and internally, directly and/or indirectly. Consequently, to ensure continued successful business operation, maintenance activities must be performed on the pipeline on a routine basis. There are also activities that concern emergency situations such as the case of pipeline rupture due to unforeseen circumstances of environmental and geotechnical activities, third-party damage, etc.
Maintenance activities can therefore be divided into two groups: routine maintenance and emergency response activities. There are also situations that overlap those of routine maintenance activities that can lead to an emergency maintenance.
Routine maintenance consists of those planned activities that do not involve an incident, so they are scheduled as per equipment manufacturer's requirement or planned in a timely manner to allow for specific studies to be done to ensure hazard control. Emergency activities usually result from some kind of incidents such as a rupture or leak, and often involve replacing a section of pipe or installing a repair sleeve.