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Integrity Analysis of the Camisea Transportation System

Integrity Analysis of the Camisea Transportation System

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The hydraulic analysis can be divided into two parts: the steady-state analysis and the transient
analysis. For the NGL pipeline, the steady-state analysis was carried out for flow rates of 10,000
to 70,000 BPD (barrels per day). Our review indicates that the hydraulic analysis relied on
typical modeling techniques to compute the internal pressures along the NGL pipeline. Based on
this internal pressure, a minimum allowable wall thickness was determined. Figure 15 provides
a graphical depiction of the ratio of the maximum internal operating pressure to the maximum
allowable operating pressure (MAOP) per ASME B31.4, where this ratio is to be smaller than 1
at all times, with the smallest margins typically existing downstream of the four pump stations,
at KP 0, 108, 209, and 226.

Figure 15.

Ratio of the maximum operating pressure to the MAOP along the ROW of the
NGL pipeline.

0

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.9 1

1.1

1.2

0

100

200

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500

600

Distance (Km)

Maximum Operating Pressure/MAOP PS #1

PS #2

PS #3

PS #4

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In addition to this static analysis, a transient study was performed using the Stoner36

pipe
simulation software. This analysis determined transient pressures along the NGL pipeline due to
valve closure, pump shutdown and pump startup, or any combination of these events. The
largest transient operating pressures are found along the first 50 km of the NGL pipeline and
downstream of PS #2 at KP 108. Our review indicates that the considered transient events are at
all times smaller than 1.1 times the allowable MAOP, and are in compliance with ASME B31.4.

In summary, our review indicates that the hydraulic analysis of the NGL pipeline has been
properly executed in conformance with code requirements. Furthermore, the actual internal
pressure, flow rates, pumping capacity, and pipeline control in the operating pipeline appear to
be consistent with the hydraulic analysis. The requirements of ASME B31.4 concerning the
internal pressure design have been met, because the hydraulic analysis shows that the Camisea
NGL pipeline does not exceed either the static or transient MAOP. Accordingly, the mechanical
design was carried out in compliance with applicable codes and engineering practice, and no
undue hydraulic risks were introduced.

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