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  • Fall 2018

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo This issue of Pipelines International coincides with the 14th International Pipeline Conference (IPC), which will be held in Calgary on 24–28 September. Many readers will know of the conference, but may not know its background or history. It is worth outlining these here, because the IPC has become the most important meeting place for the international pipeline industry. In 1990, the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) approached Calgary’s National Petroleum Show to see if it would be possible to hold the 1992 OMAE conference in…

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  • June 2018

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo The question of how the hazardous pipeline industry copes with the needs of transferring knowledge and experience from one generation of employees to their successors remains, to a great extent, unanswered. Clearly this is bound-up with the ways that generations learn and have been taught to learn. A useful starting point for this discussion might be to quote a summary of the characteristics of each current generation prepared by Sarah Cook, Managing Director of the leadership and change management specialist: The Stairway Consultancy. Ms Cook writes that: Baby Boomers (1946–1964) are, for example, technologically familiar…

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  • March 2018

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo The concept of ‘zero incidents’ in the hazardous pipeline industry is a topic of increasingly widespread discussion. Although praiseworthy, there is some doubt whether the concept is actually achievable, not least on economic grounds. Although other industries – notably aviation – have espoused the idea with varying degrees of success, the pipeline industry is particularly hampered by having lengthy linear infrastructures that pass by, through, or close to, many communities. A recent paper in the Journal of Pipeline Engineering (JPE) by Ian Diggory, of Rosen Group in the UK, discusses these issues in some depth. He is…

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  • December 2017

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo Arguably the primary benefit of industry conferences is the opportunity they provide to share knowledge, experiences, and new technologies in a forum where all contributors can be regarded as equal (maybe with the exception of keynote speakers). The free and open exchange of ideas such events allow cannot be reproduced easily in any other way, and benefits the speakers and the audience alike. Secondary benefits of these events include the opportunity for networking and for taking a break from the usual workplace routine. It is important for the conference planner to ensure that presentations are…

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  • September 2017

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo Since 1971, Concawe has been collecting spillage data on European cross country oil pipelines with particular regard to spillage volume, clean-up and recovery, environmental consequences and causes of the incidents, and the results have been published in annual reports. Concawe’s Oil Pipelines Management Group’s Special Task Force on oil pipeline spillages has recently published the latest of these surveys, covering the performance of its pipelines in 2015, and again providing a full historical perspective going back to 1971. The performance over the whole 45-year period is analysed in various ways, and the spillage causes grouped…

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  • June 2017

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo Two significant papers from the recent Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management (PPIM) deserve attention because of their comments on the wider future of the pipeline industry as new generations of engineers take over from the current generation, some of whom can almost claim to be the ‘founding’ generation of the oil and gas pipeline industry. In the first of these, Eric Lang and Chris Yoxall (of Enbridge Energy Partners and the Rosen Group, respectively, both in Houston) discuss the transfer of the ‘duty of care’ between generations of pipeline engineers. As well as the background…

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  • March 2017

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo According to a recent authoritative report from Concawe*, the theft of oil from product pipelines is a fast-growing issue for European pipeline operators. Over the years, a small number of third party-related spillages have resulted from successful or attempted product theft, and all of these occurred in Southern and Eastern Europe. However, a new trend began to emerge in 2011, with product theft events being reported in several areas of Europe, including in countries that had not been affected until that point. The number of reported cases has increased annually since then. Concawe found that…

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  • December 2016

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo “Competency is now a hot topic in the pipeline business, and demonstrating competency is essential in pipeline engineering.” This significant quote from a recent paper by Michelle Unger and Dr Phil Hopkins, referenced in this column in March this year, provides a succinct background to the establishment of the new Qualification Panel for the Pipeline Industry. The panel, made up of five prominent and independent experts, and chaired by the undersigned, is supported by the Rosen Group as part of its Education Systems and Services division. The commonly used standards in the pipeline industry, such…

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  • September 2016

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo The UK Government’s Oil and Gas Authority has recently published its major decommissioning strategy for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in the North Sea. As the OGA points out, the UKCS’s decommissioning challenge is significant, and will be both expensive and span several decades. It must be carried out safely and with care to protect the environment, although it hopes that decommissioning will present significant opportunities for innovation, cost reduction, and development of UK skills and capabilities. According to the OGA, estimates of scope, complexity, and cost vary, but there are over 250 fixed installations,…

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  • June 2016

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo Published in 2015, the Pipeline and Riser Loss of Containment (PARLOC) report is the preferred source of risk assessment data for generic loss-of-containment frequencies for offshore oil or gas pipelines and risers. This revision updates the previous report, PARLOC 2001, and presents data gathered for incidents that occurred on pipelines and risers on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) during the 12-year period 2001-2012. The report is unique as it provides the only source of such data. The data in this important study have been collected from leak incidents reported by the 23 pipeline operators involved…

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  • March 2016

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo As this issue of Pipelines International went to press, the 28th Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference and Exhibition was about to begin in Houston. Again organised by Clarion Technical Conferences and Great Southern Press’ Tiratsoo Technical division, the event was considerably larger than even in 2015 (which set the record for exhibitors and visitors attending), to the considerable surprise of the organising team when considering the straightened times being faced by many areas of the hydrocarbons’ industry. The truism that, despite the oil price, pipelines are needed more than ever (and to be maintained…

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  • December 2015

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo In our September issue, Pipelines International published an important article from the American Petroleum Institute (API) announcing the publication of its new Recommended Practice (RP) 1173 – entitled Pipeline safety management systems – which is intended to ‘achieve zero pipeline incidents’. The RP is the result of two years of collaboration between the industry, the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the country’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Public stakeholders and academia were also a part of the RP’s development and approval. The new RP takes important ideas from other industries in…

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  • September 2015

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo The appraisal of the structural capacity and serviceability of a pipeline past its design life presents an exciting challenge to the pipeline industry. In particular, pre-1970 liquid and gas pipelines present a mix of potential problems such as coating deterioration, external/internal corrosion, stress-corrosion cracking, random mechanical damage (dents and gouges), fatigue loading (liquid pipelines), pipe weld quality and, although rare, axial overloading (ground movements). Despite the industry’s good safety record, it should be emphasised that vintage pipelines were constructed using simple consensus design codes that have long been superseded. The changing legislative requirements, the changes…

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  • June 2015

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo The recent Pipeline Integrity Workshop held in Banff in Canada took as its theme ‘Building trust’, a subject that is particularly close to the hearts of the Canadian pipeline industry at present, but which has a far wider resonance for the industry more generally. Taken in the context of maintaining pipeline integrity, the theme clearly relates to how the general public, below whose neighbourhoods the industry’s infrastructure passes, can be encouraged to realise that pipelines are far less of a threat to both human and environmental safety than many other risks that are without question…

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  • March 2015

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo There are approximately 477,000 km of onshore natural gas transmission pipelines in the United States. Since 2004, the operators of these pipelines have been required by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to develop and implement integrity management (IM) programmes to ensure the integrity of their pipelines in populated areas (defined as high-consequence areas – HCAs) so as to reduce the risk of injuries and property damage from pipeline failures. An IM programme is a management system designed and implemented by operators to ensure their pipeline system is safe and reliable. Such a…

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  • December 2014

    From the Editor John Tiratsoo During the commissioning of the replacement Piper platform in the North Sea in 1993, the commissioning team discovered a solid plug inserted incorrectly into a corrosion-monitoring access fitting. Although a humble and easily-overlooked item of the platform’s complex structure, the subsequent enquiry into this ‘near miss’ that could have been disastrous identified the need to develop a specification for the installation of monitoring fittings. In consequence, an engineering specification was developed for the operator by Tim Donovan and Dr Roger King, and it was then adapted and adopted by a Middle East pipeline operator. The…

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  • June 2014

    From the editor John Tiratsoo Speaking at the recent launch of the new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), CEO Anthony Hobley commented, “Exxon saying there is no risk does not constitute prudent management of shareholder funds: it’s like King Canute assuming he can hold back the tide, but investors can see that a shift in energy is already coming in. Exxon has come clean that [it is] betting on 6o˚C of warming – but investors have no way of managing the risks associated with that trajectory and need to act to get the oil sector’s capital expenditure in…

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  • March 2014

    From the editor John Tiratsoo A long, long time ago, when the internet was fresh and young, and Google and its sibling search engines were still babes-in-arms, and Google Chrome was only a twinkle in Larry Page’s and Sergei Brin’s eyes, the editorial office was introduced to a game called Google Roulette. The point was to set Google a search task using a sensible word or phrase (not just random words) to see if this could result in only a single Google result. The editorial team recalls that it got close to success with ‘Arctic pipeline’, which produced two search…

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