As we have read in the media recently, regarding the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity incident, the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to cybersecurity incidents is very real. However, it is not just cybersecurity incidents that can adversely affect pipeline operators but also functional safety issues too. It is quite alarming the statics regarding pipeline incidents that have occurred over the past 10 years, as published by the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). According to PHMSA, since 2010 there have been 906 incidents that have occurred in pipelines that were installed within the decade, up to 2020. This is compared to the same number of incidents occurring in the same period for pipes installed in the 40 years between 1970 and 2009. Clearly, there needs to be closer attention paid to pipeline safety and security.
From its studies, PHMSA established that the primary cause of these incidents was equipment failure, with leakage being the second highest cause. The American Petroleum Institute (API) issued API 1160 3rd edition in 2019 to cover overall pipeline safety with updates on pipeline mechanics, as well as API 1164 (2009) to cover SCADA cybersecurity. However, is this really, enough or should a more risk-based, performance approach based upon a 3-phase lifecycle, as proposed by International Standards, be adopted?
The webinar highlights some of the issues, concerns, standards involved with pipelines and proposes some further considerations for pipeline safety and security.
What you will learn?
- The current issues with pipeline safety
- What some of the common causes of pipeline incidents are
- What current standards are in place for pipeline safety and security
- How a risk-based, performance approach could help
Who should attend?
- Pipeline SCADA/SIS designers
- Pipeline Operations and maintenance personnel
- Plant Managers and Supervisors
- Pipeline insurance companies