Emergency Pipeline Repair In Practice- Insight In Today’s EPRS System
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Rahul Raghukumar
Rahul Raghukumar, Cindy Dirkx, Hesam Sanaee
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The reduced price of crude oil in the global market and increase in demand has put pressure on the operators to work with minimal shut down for maintenance and repair. Any damage to a pipeline will not only result in loss of reputation and damage to public perception about the operator but also lead to huge financial losses. It is therefore in the best interest of the operator to foresee the event and prepare themselves for unexpected events. The current industrial practices provide only a generic guideline and are not detailed and specific to address the issues faced by operators during contingency. Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems with different scenarios and up to varying levels of detail, specific for the operator’s need can be modelled to help reduce risk, lead time and financial losses in the event of an accident, thereby maintaining the operator’s reputation. Operators need an in-depth, pre-analyzed, approved decision making logic, operational logic, procedures and methods statements in the event of an incident to categorize the incident, reduce the risk, lead time for repair and engineering cost, avoid panic within the organization, establish contracts for repair equipment and/ or inventory stock for defects due to operation, natural calamities and 3rd party interference. A well prepared and structured procedure with clear understanding of the operator’s assets and organizational structure can help in developing an efficient and fool-proof system to reduce the lead time due to incidents, avoid confusion during contingency and most importantly to safeguard the surroundings of the pipeline and the operator’s economy and reputation. This paper shall identify all technical and operational aspects with the different levels on which an EPRS can be handled. Which provides good insight in to possible contents of an EPRS, the added value, cost benefit analysis and the differentiation possibilities associated.

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