Oil companies like BP generally conduct constant checks on pipelines, which are key assets that they cannot afford to idle, a leading international pipeline engineer said last Tuesday. Last week’s shutdown of the Prudhoe Bay pipeline in Alaska because of corrosion is an “utter exception,” Deutsche-Presse-Agentur (dpa) quoted Lars Bangert, director of pipeline systems at ILF, a Munich-based consulting engineering firm, in an interview. “I don’t know one other case in the past 15 years where a pip...

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