North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

MAY 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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42 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | MARCH 2 018 napipelines.com p i p e l i n e TAKE a w a y s Safety is UP decline in pipeline incidents caused by corrosion, cracking or weld failures decline in pipeline incidents caused by operations or maintenance failures The AOPL-API report, released April 24, shows that pipeline incidents impacting the public or the environ- ment caused by corrosion, cracking or weld failures declined 35 percent over the last five years. This key performance indicator shows the impact that integrity management programs are having on pipeline infra- structure. Delving further into the numbers, the report shows that incidents caused by corrosion are down approximately 31 percent, whereas incidents caused by the failure of pipe metal or weld seams are down approximately 60 percent over the five year period. The "2018 Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report" shows that incidents impacting the public or the environment caused by operations or maintenance failures declined 24 percent over the last five years. Such incidents reflect actions by operators during day- to-day activities in operating a pipeline network, such as installing and maintaining equipment and operating the pipeline and its valves, pumps and storage equip- ment. While equipment failure remained consistent from 2013 to 2017, failures related to incorrect opera- tions decreased by 60 percent over that same period. 19% decline in pipeline incidents over the last f ive years The total number of pipeline-related incidents impacting the pub- lic or the environment has declined 19 percent over the last five years (2013 to 2017), according to a new report released by the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). Based on data collected by the U.S. government, the "2018 Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report" shows that approximately 85 incidents impacted people or the environment in 2017, which is 20 fewer than in 2016. The report is available at the AOPL website, aopl.org . 35% 24% Pipeline Industr y As Incidents Decline

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