A pipeline transports gas or liquid. In the Netherlands there are hundreds of kilometres of pipelines, which criss-cross public land, both in urban and rural areas.
The purpose of a pipeline is to form a shell between the product and the external environment. This shell however, can be adversely affected by both aspects.
Any changes to the product or the capacity can damage the pipeline internally, whilst external influences can have a damaging affect on the pipeline's exterior.
One risk of damage to the pipeline is that the product escapes from the pipeline into the immediate surroundings, thereby posing a hazard to the environment. This is just one reason why it is extremely important for the pipeline to remain intact.
In all its activities, Pipeline Control focuses on three key aspects:
Through meticulous management of the pipeline, external damage can be prevented. A well-coordinated management and maintenance plan ensures that the pipeline stays intact internally.