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Subsea Pipeline Damage Inspection and Protocol - Guideline Development
Over the past several years, PRCI members have shown an increasing interest in subsea pipeline research projects and the Subsea Pipeline Integrity Management Program continues to grow in size and funding levels. In January 2012, PRCI completed a study on Subsea Pipeline Damage Inspection Guideline Development under the SPIM 3-1 Project. The study was completed by Project Consulting Services (PCS) and focuses on the areas of first response investigations when subsea pipelines are struck or otherwise affected and includes guidelines for the inspection of damaged subsea pipelines.
The guidelines are intended to provide subsea pipeline operators with the necessary tools and instruction to develop a plan to investigate suspected, potential or known pipeline damage. It also provides suitable guidance to establish an effective emergency response team (ERT) to prepare, plan, respond and execute an immediate and effective response to conduct an investigation of the damaged subsea pipeline. The Final Report provides the information in a generic form to provide sufficient flexibility for operators of subsea pipelines to apply the guidelines to their individual Company based on in‐house operating philosophies, in‐house expertise, asset size, and any Company established requirements or programs, and specific requirements of different geographic areas.