In other pipe news, Roel van `t Veer, general manager of TEPPFA, the European Plastics Pipes and Fittings Assn. (Brussels), has expressed alarm at recent reports of corroded metal pipes owned by BP and their need for shut down in the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska. The entire North Slope oil field produces an estimated 400,000 barrels/day. "The incident will prompt calls for greater monitoring and testing of metal pipes for the oil industry as well as for other applications;" van ''t Veer says. "Regulations that determine performance and lifetime expectancy of all pipeline networks should now be carefully considered." Plastic-lined metal pipes could have solved the corrosion problem during original installation.
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