A Zero-Accident Strategy for Oil Pipelines
The complete paper provides tools useful for decision-makers to prevent adverse pipeline incidents caused by human action, poor facility performance, accidents, emergencies, and external events.
The authors undertook a research program to evaluate the safety performance of product pipelines in Mexico as part of a zero-incident initiative.
Although pipeline systems exist worldwide, in most jurisdictions, only limited public information on pipeline performance is available. In Mexico, information regarding pipeline design, construction, and operational conditions, as well as detailed data on past accidents, is not available to the general public. Therefore, the research team was obliged to develop innovative means of developing a reliable view of pipeline performance. Data were inferred from publicly available sources with the aid of data-management, data-processing, and analytical tools.