This article reports the findings of a comprehensive study of U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) offshore oil and gas pipeline failures. This study used internal pipeline-failure statistics compiled from 30 years of pipeline-industry reporting to the U.S. Dept. of Interior Minerals Management Service (DOI/MMS). Leaks or ruptures must be reported whenever they involve property or environmental damage, bodily injury, or exposure to claims by others. The major conclusion of a review of the DOI/MMS data indicates that internal corrosion is increasingly threatening most aging oil and gas pipelines operating in the U.S. GOM. The article provides sections on the topics of the GOM offshore pipeline system, history of the development of federal regulations dealing with pipeline integrity, an explanation of the process of internal corrosion (IC), IC trends and mitigation, statistical analysis, leak frequency, and pipeline spills in the GOM and future risks.

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    PennWell Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Garber, J D
    • Alvarado, A
    • Winters, R H
  • Publication Date: 2000-3-27


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 68-73
  • Serial:
    • Oil and Gas Journal
    • Volume: 98
    • Issue Number: 13
    • Publisher: PennWell Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 0030-1388

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  • Accession Number: 00791370
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM