June 2018, Vol. 245, No. 6


Integrity Management of Unpiggable Pipelines

By Ian Murray and Inessa Yablonskikh, Baker Hughes, a GE Company The long-term integrity of pipelines around the world is, in many cases, dependent on the ability to inspect their entire lengths using in-line inspection (ILI) technologies.  When construction or location specifics prevent the use of ILI, however, managing the short-term integrity of the pipeline becomes a higher priority until it can be made piggable. Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) was tasked to review an unpiggable 10-inch offshore crude oil line, which further added to the operational complexity of the collection of condition data. Therefore, it was imperative that data collection particularly in-situ inspection (via u

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