Thursday, June 26, 2014

India - Pipeline Accident - 15 Killed in Blast at GAIL Gas Pipeline in Andhra Pradesh

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh:  At least 15 people have been killed and 10 severely burnt in Andhra Pradesh after an explosion at a gas pipeline belonging to the state-owned Gas Authority of India Limited caused a massive fire.

The blast took place at 5:30 am due to a gas leak in the pipeline, which is near an oil refinery complex at Nagaram, around 560 km from Hyderabad. Several people were burnt alive in the fire that followed, its flames rising almost 20 metres high.

District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said the number of dead could rise.

The fire has been brought under control and the gas supply line has been cut off.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has ordered an inquiry.

GAIL chairman BC Tripathi said the fire broke out in an 18-inch pipeline. "The reasons for the accident are not known yet. We are currently focused on rescue and relief operations," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and said he had spoken to GAIL authorities and asked them to ensure relief at the accident site.

GAIL is the country's largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company.

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Publication Date: 27 June 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Corrosion Management Design Query from our networking contact: Generally, What mistakes the designer does during the design stage of equipment? Degradation of equipment due to corrosion & creep / fatigue is very common in Oil & gas industries resulting in poor life and catastrophes

1. Process Design Basis - Corrosive constituents are generally overlooked at the time of formulation and simulation of process design basis. Minor Changes in composition do not dramatically alter the chemical processing and financial expectations of company, but significantly impact material performance. 

2. Corrosion risk assessment during concept select and FEED stages - Selection of appropriate methodology is a fundamental requirement for deriving the usefulness of corrosion risk assessment in the initial phase and then comparing with in-service performance. The risk assessment can be performed through different channels: based on software models/local-regional-international standards/experience from similar units/related plant operation within the same corporate or different corporates in the same geography or elsewhere in the world. If any misconception is encountered in this stage, it will be a life long challenge for various assets/entire plant.

3. Life cycle analysis - Suitable method and cost components should be explored to find the proper meaning for material selection at any point of in-service performance. Ignorance of early warning signals will lead the way for failures of equipments. A balance sheet on annual basis should be developed to assess the "live" performance.  

4. Corrosion control practices - Once the materials and associated corrosion control methods are selected, the application of control measures shouldn't follow the "theoretical" practices. It should be field specific and driven through a "live" management system.

When activities in the above stages are completely or partially ignored, there will not be any guarantee for the performance of equipments. It's not designer fault alone. There will be a lot of difference between the manufacturing defects and operational imperfections. Material Performance is purely based on the collective effort.    

Friday, June 20, 2014

India - Corrosion Control Conference - Exhibition, Conference and Certification Training on Surface & Coatings organised by CII, 4-6 July 2014, Chennai

Greetings from CII !!

I am pleased to inform you regarding our upcoming Exhibition Conference and
Certification Training on Surface & Coatings to be held in Chennai on 4 – 6
July 2014. We look forward for participations from your esteemed
organisation. May please send in your nominations at
 or call at +91 9915593898.

Program highlights –
1.       Around 100 “Exhibition stalls on Technology, Live Demo, New
Products” on 4 – 6 July 2014
2.       “Conference on Surface & Coatings” on 4 – 5 July 2014
3.       Certification Training Course on “Paints & Powder Coatings for
Automobile Industry” on 5 – 6 July 2014

Thank you

Warm regards

Sanjay Namdeo

Senior Counselor - Energy & Corrosion Services

CII - AVANTHA Centre for Competitiveness

Confederation of Indian Industry

Sector - 31 A, Dakshan Marg, Chandigarh

Tel: +91-1725022522/2607228, Fax: +91-172-2606259

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