Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Improved Facilities to Prevent and Mitigate the Effects of the Actions of Third Parties

[+] Author Affiliations
Jaime Fariñas, Gary Nuñez

Transierra S.A., Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Paper No. IPC2010-31044, pp. 89-97; 9 pages
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 1
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4420-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3885-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Transierra is a gas transportation company that owns and operates the Yacuiba–Rio Grande pipeline (GASYRG), 432 kilometers in length and 32 inches in diameter, which transports natural gas from southern Bolivia to the Rio Grande compression station (Santa Cruz), and is part of the gas export system to Brazil. In September 2008 amid a scene of political upheaval, social protests and roadblocks, Transierra suffered an intrusion that resulted in damage to the pipeline, fire in the safety block valve SDV-03, environmental damage and reduced transportation capacity. With all the disadvantages of blocked roads, closed airports and lack of spare parts, fuel and equipment; the damage was repaired and the pipeline was up and running again in 60 hours. Given these circumstances, it became clear that there are sensitive points in the pipeline that are highly vulnerable to the actions of third parties. This paper overviews the actions taken to the light of this new dynamic of social environment in the affected area of the pipeline. Alternatives were analyzed in order to make improvements in the protection of installations and to guaranty operational continuity. This incident forced us to take action to prevent, anticipate and mitigate any malicious action of third parties. The purpose of this paper is to show our experience in the approach, conceptualization, design and fabrication of a prototype that would prevent and obstruct undesired access of third parties to improperly manipulate or damage the proper functioning of the safety valves elements, actuator and its instrumentation, seeking to decrease the degree of risk exposure and increasing the level of safety of facilities.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In