I’m under the impression that most Australian pipelines don’t have serious integrity issues. There are one or two notable exceptions, and everyone has to keep a close eye on corrosion no matter how well-coated and well-protected their assets are, but on the whole I don’t think too many operations people lose sleep over the integrity of their pipelines. But I don’t work in operations, nor do I work very closely with operations people except in SMS workshops, so perhaps I’ve got that wrong.
So a question for those of you who work in operations: Are there pipeline integrity issues that make you worry? That’s a pretty broad topic. It could cover corrosion, ground movement, construction defects, unpiggable pipelines, inspection accuracy, inadequate design or construction data for older pipelines, … … the list goes on.
I’d love to hear about the topics that trouble you – please don’t be shy. If you comment anonymously, be assured that I really can’t identify you.
(I have a hidden agenda in asking this question, related to pipeline research needs. At some later time I may write more about it.)