Considering systemic approaches and effective models, with detailed steps and an integrated management program for all components and assets in any pipeline network can enhance the reliability of the network, and promote the system to the next level of excellence. Pipelines comprise of the most efficient methods of energy transportation and distribution, if they are designed, constructed, and maintained according to the proper standards and practices. Thus, it is important to regularly inspect and maintain pipelines to avoid the shortening the pipeline service lifetime at all stages of the pipeline’s lifetime cycle. Contributing factors to lifespan decline include: design errors, commissioning, operation interval caused by either external influences (mechanical damage) or internal factors (corrosion issues), or during maintenance (errors in repairs).
Moreover, the proper inspection programs can also, improve safety records by avoiding failures and injures, and also avoid environmental damage.
In this issue of the Pipeline Technology Journal, we will see how safety procedures and inspection techniques can be applied and implemented to the pipeline systems, according to experts in the pipeline industry. It is exciting to see the safety & inspection practices in the hands of those who are closest to the critical problems, bringing all their deep expertise in pipeline integrity to the table by summarizing the best practices, engineering standards, initiatives, new projects, new technologies, lesson learned and success stories in the pipeline field.
Dr. Khalid A. Al-Jabr
UK Chartered Engineer
Certified Reliability Leader