The control of a pipeline is a very serious and responsible task for a pipeline owner. Many influences during day and night can cause serious incidents and (may be later in time) accidents.
It is therefore that the right of way of a pipeline has to be inspected seriously by the pipeline owners’ pipeline control department.
A standard periodical inspection of the pipeline route can easily lead to failures by the control employees and leaves the possibility that the inspection is not done at the right time.
An alternative way is to choose for a Risk Based inspection which is: being at the right time at the right place. But that is not so easy. Mostly the inspectors don’t have all the necessary information in the field and it is very difficult to combine all the data to a risk value.
In the risk value a variety of aspects are important, for example: third party interference, coating condition, Cathodic Protection, soil conditions, land exploitation, public and governmental activities, maintenance, inline inspection, operations and product influence and deflection.
All these aspects are risks for the integrity of a pipeline installation and have to be incorporated in the inspection and control operations.
The combination of all these aspects results in an internal and external risk that makes a value of integrity (internal, external and total).
This new vision on controlling pipeline installations needs a different way of working, using special tools and technology. Now a day it becomes more and more interesting for pipeline owners to place the control and maintenance of their valuable assets into the hands of specialised professional control organisations.
With Risk Based Pipeline Control the local risks and the pipeline condition, as shown by the value of integrity, are the bases for the decisions in the field. They will strongly influence the inspector’s reaction on activities in the field. This information enables him to judge the seriousness of impact of the interferences he remarks.
The risk and integrity values give direction to the Risk Based Control of a pipeline installation.
Adding an overall maintenance management program makes the system complete.
A professional, efficient and high standard control and maintenance is available to the pipeline owners. The benefits of professional controlling and maintaining pipeline installations are for the pipeline owner, who has a maximum and carefree availability of a safe pipeline.
The pipeline owner can pay full attention to the pipeline exploitation.