In the recent years, the “integrity” issue has become a popular topic with pipeline operators and the development companies.
Generally, it means the use of more advanced diagnostics tools, the corrective interventions that are based on the results and advanced SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) application. The advanced technical aspect is indispensable. Nevertheless, effective pipeline integrity has further “soft” elements: operational knowledge and capabilities (including the competencies of the staff, emergency drills and other traditional surveillance and safety methods.
This article outlines the relevance and importance of the topic and presents the main elements of pipeline integrity, highlighting the social expectations on MOL Hungary (Hungarian Oil and Gas Co) and its high-pressure liquid pipeline operational area.