Pipeline rupture consequences mitigation comprehensive study

Mahmood AL-Rasheed, Austin Brell, Saleh Al-Qaffas, Jaber Al Marri

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This paper focuses on improving PL safety by providing a methodology for detecting, locating rupture and reducing emergency response time. Pipeline rupture can be due to many factors such as such as corrosion, third party damage or over pressure in the system. In the oil & gas Industries, there are several rupture prevention measures to monitor and ensure safe pipeline operation. These include regular inspection, corrosion program and ongoing maintenance program. However, in few cases where we have rupture, the consequences can be serious. Over the last few years, major oil and gas industries experienced several major incidents related to pipeline ruptures. In all of these incidents, a common contributing factor to the problem is the time required to report and isolate rupture location. Therefore, to mitigate rupture consequences, the proposed solution is to help Pipelines Operations to reduce the response time to isolate rupture either through Manual or Automatic intervention. This paper considers current pipeline operation emergency response plan individual steps and look for area of improvements to reduce response time. In this paper, a comprehensive pipeline hydraulics transient analysis was performed for liquid and gas services addressing single and network pipeline systems to improve pipeline operating companies' emergency response plan during pipeline ruptures. The pipeline protection break set points for gas, liquid, single and network example cases are also presented in detail in the report. Implementation of study findings and recommendations will mitigate the harmful Consequences of a pipeline Rupture by MINIMIZING TIME to ISOLATE Ruptured Pipeline.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
EventPipeline Simulation Interest Group Annual Meeting, PSIG 2010 - Bonita Springs, United States
Duration: 11 May 201014 May 2010


OtherPipeline Simulation Interest Group Annual Meeting, PSIG 2010
CountryUnited States
CityBonita Springs


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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AL-Rasheed, M., Brell, A., Al-Qaffas, S., & Al Marri, J. (2010). Pipeline rupture consequences mitigation comprehensive study. Paper presented at Pipeline Simulation Interest Group Annual Meeting, PSIG 2010, Bonita Springs, United States.