CORROSION CITED IN PIPELINE EXPLOSION

Posted by: www.demopolistimes.com

Author: Jason Cannon

A corroded pipe has been deemed the culprit of a massive natural gasoline explosion in Sweet Water last December. A Transco natural gas pipeline ruptured at approximately 3:07 p.m. Dec. 3 with an explosion that could be heard for more than 30 miles while shooting flames nearly 100 feet in the air for over an hour.

“Although we have systems and processes in place to prevent and identify corrosion, our investigation indicated there were multiple factors working in conjunction that led to this problem not being recognized,” said Transco spokesman Chris Stockton. “Extremely corrosive soil conditions, combined with failures in the pipeline’s protective coating and cathodic protection system ultimately weakened the pipe, causing it to rupture.” Read Full Article Here

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