Pipeline Security - Illegal tapping and sabotage

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Danilo Machado Danilo Machado
Senior Engineer, D.Sc.

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Pipeline illegal tapping and sabotage is a global problem that costs operators millions of dollars per year and poses a high risk to safety, the environment and company reputation. Besides that, illegal tapping can damage the pipeline, causing pipeline shutdown and a production stoppage or operating pressure reduction. It also creates a weak or uncertain point that must be repaired even if not leaking.


DNV GL wants to gather all relevant stakeholders in a JIP to evaluate and analyse all aspects of the Illegal tapping and sabotage problem in order to establish best practice and the most effective solutions for reducing this problem.


The best practice and most effective solutions to reduce this problem will be established, based mainly on pipeline operators’ and regulators’ experience as well as available technical publication reviews.


The Best Practices report will point out the gaps and uncertainties that may still exist regarding the technologies used in the prevention, detection and repair of illegal tapping and sabotage and lead to the selection of the most cost-efficient solution for each pipeline operator.