Steel yourself for the next shock

Many moons ago when doing a site visit in one of the ‘Stans, which shall remain nameless, we stopped to look at some road-side oil pipes, which were visibly heavily corroded on their upper quadrants. Baffled by this, I asked the interpreter. Happily, the pipes were not part of the project I was visiting, but an adjacent one. Less happily, the explanation was that the pipes tended to corrode on the underside where small sags caused water pooling and damage…. rotating the pipes 180 degrees extended their useful life in an area where capex was not readily available for replacement. Scary indeed.

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