Galsi considers the security of the infrastructure an absolute priority guiding all technical decisions during the design process. The pipeline and all onshore structures were designed in accordance with the latest national and international standards.
The pipeline does not present any particular sources of risk. To guarantee maximum security the onshore piping is encased in an insulating material (polyethylene)(glossario) and buried at an average depth of a metre and a half. Offshore, in the sections closest to the coast, besides a protective coating in polypropylene(glossario) and reinforced concrete, the pipeline is buried at depths of between 1 and 3 meters to guarantee further protection.
The compressor stations are built to the highest international engineering standards in accordance with the most stringent regulatory requirements. The facilities are equipped with sensors and alarm systems to signal any malfunction and potential risk and allow rapid intervention to prevent escalation.
As is routine for the entire gas network, the pipeline will also be constantly monitored both onshore and offshore with regular inspections to ensure maintenance levels and operation conform to the highest safety standards.
The condition of the pipeline is inspected using sophisticated electronic devices known as “Smart Pigs"(glossario) ” which are sent along the piping to check for dents, corrosion or other defects so that any repair work can be set in motion as quickly as possible. The onshore network is monitored regularly with the help of helicopters, vehicles and specialist personnel while programmed offshore inspections are carried out to check the pipeline's external condition and organise eventual maintenance work.
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