Around the world, the pipeline industry is seeing a growing number of “attenuation deficit disorder” outbreaks along their older pipelines. This is not a disease or a medical condition afflicting pipeline company personnel, but is a reference to a growing global problem with pipeline cathodic protection (CP) systems that are affected by older coatings that are failing. Pipeline operators need a solution for pipeline rehabilitation.
Pipeline Rehabilitation Solutions
Pipeline operators worldwide are grappling with what to do as their 1950’s, once state of the art coatings systems start to fail. In our recent article in World Pipelines, Ted Huck examines two possible solutions for pipeline rehabilitation:
- Recoating the Pipeline: At some point in the process of adding more CP stations and increasing the current output to levels that further degrades the coating, it becomes apparent to the pipeline operator that more drastic measures are required.
- Rehabilitating the Cathodic Protection System: Under the right circumstances, an attractive alternative to the recoat approach is to consider the use of linear anodes as a rehabilitation strategy.
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