Overview and Statistics
Although pipe failure is not a common occurrence, it does happen from time to time in the energy industry. Most of these failures come from steel pipe, which is quite prone to corrosion. Pipe failures are much less common in RTP pipe, a flagship product and pipeline solution provided by Baker Hughes.
Based on statistical analysis from the United States, pipeline failure frequencies range from 0.4 to 0.6 times /kilo-km each year over the last twelve-year measuring period. In areas prone to vibration, failure frequency rises to up to 0.14 occurrences/kilo-km each year.
Pipeline failure can have a negative impact on the environment, the stakeholders, and the company’s bottom line. Therefore, despite being somewhat rare, precautions need to be taken, especially during the installation of pipe, to mitigate failure.