Damage to pipelines due to HDD equipment – Phase 2

December 2nd, 2021

R&D Focus Areas:
Pipeline design and integrity management

Lead Organisation:
University of Wollongong

Future Fuels CRC


Start date:
July 2021

Project summary description:
Equipment used for horizontal drilling through the ground (HDD) presents a significant risk to pipelines. However, the risk is not well understood and there is no existing basis for estimating whether a particular type of HDD rig can penetrate a particular pipeline. In addition, there is the potential that high pressure natural gas pipelines will undergo a change to hydrogen service as the industry looks to decarbonise Australia’s energy network. Therefore, understanding the interactions between hydrogen service and third-party impact damage and potential failure becomes vital in ensuring public safety. This research project provides the fundamental knowledge necessary to understand these interactions.

Further information:
RP3.4-03B Understanding damage to pipeline due to HDD equipment – Phase 2


November 2022