Pipeline Integrity Assurance a Practical Approach by Mo Mohitpour, Alan Murray, Michael McManus and Iain Colquhoun.
Pipeline Integrity Assurance — A Practical Approach complements the series of books initiated by ASME press and written by the authors since the year 2000. Pipelines are known to be the safest and most economic means of transporting hydrocarbon products. Keeping the product in the line ensures that public safety and the environment are protected. This is the sole purpose of pipeline integrity assurance. It is a simple notion but quite complex task. The book is designed to cover the spectrum of integrity management for the pipeline life cycle from design, through threat identification, monitoring,risk, and defect assessment to maintenance repairs and dealing with emergency situations.
It follows the now familiar ASME B31.8S (gas pipelines) and API 1160 (liquid pipelines) approach to pipeline integrity management in examining and mitigating the major threats to which pipeline systems are the subject.
The intended readership is both seasoned pipeline professionals, as well as new entrants to the pipeline industry. Since we cast our net so wide, the book contains a mixture
of introductory material as well as the more advanced procedures currently in use by the industry. Our aims have been to provide, in one volume, reference material for day-to-day use, as well as practical knowledge and thinking processes when undertaking various pipeline integrity maintenance tasks. Some may find the text useful as a training tool.
The content is a compilation of the knowledge and experience gained by the authors over the past 30 years to 40 years in the pipeline industry augmented by the technical literature and other sources. Chapter 1 introduces the topic and provides some historical information on pipeline incidents. This is followed in Chapter 2 by a description of Integrity Management Systems and how such a system can be developed. Since corrosion is a major threat to pipeline integrity, it is addressed in Chapter 3 in the context of the pipeline’s first-line of defense, namely, coatings, while its secondary defense, cathodic protection, is the subject of Chapter 4. There are a number of effective means for assessing the current condition of a pipe, and these are described in Chapter 5. Determining the fitness for service of a pipeline containing defects is the subject of Chapter 6. Having located and assessed the impact of defects on the serviceability of the pipe, it may be necessary to make a repair or to replace a pipe section, and a description of the various ways of performing this task is provided in Chapter 7. It is often the case in many pipeline operating companies to have an internal group responsible for developing and executing the various integrity related tasks; their functions are set out in Chapter 8. Even with the best-laid plans, incidents can and do occur, and responding to them in an effective manner is critical to minimizing the extent of any possible damage. Chapter 9 examines this topic from the perspectives of incident management and emergency response. Lastly, the book concludes with a chapter on pipeline risk assessment from our colleague Dr. Iain Colquhoun.
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