CUI Major Incident# 14: Missouri natural gas pipeline rupture

cui incidents Sep 24, 2020

Date and Place of Incident:

On August 29, 2008, the natural gas pipeline rupture took place at the Cooper County, Missouri natural gas pipeline  

Summary of the Incident:

A gas transmission pipeline of 24-­β€inch was failed and resulted in release of about 13.5 million CF of natural gas.  

Root Cause:

The root cause detected for the pipeline rupture was external corrosion or corrosion under insulation that took place and had worn out about 75% of the walls.

Financial loss to freedom Industry:

The financial lost of the incident was $25,000 by property damage

Fatality and Injury:

No injury and fatality reported in the pipeline rupture

Environmental impact of Incident:

 Heavy amount of natural gas was released in this incident.

Non-Compliance of Safety Guidelines and Reliability Practices:

  • Lack of corrosion control programs
  • Inefficient inspections of pipeline that ruptures by corrosion
  • Lack of following the safety programs to prevent fire

Recommendation to Avoid Corrosion:

  • Setup the proper inspection of pipeline to avoid corrosion
  • Taking corrosion safety measures for pipeline to avoid rupture
  • Proper safety programs to prevent fire and damages

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