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Internal Repair of Pipelines DE-FC26-02NT41633 December 3, 2002 National Energy Technology Laboratory U.S. Department of Energy Morgantown, WV J. Robin Gordon, Ph.D. Project Director Background z It is predicted that natural gas consumption in the US will increase by more than 50% over the next decade z In addition, new federal regulations will require pipeline operators to place increased emphasis on pipeline integrity management. z The demands for increased throughput and pipeline integrity will place increased demands on the existing pipeline system and require the development of new and improved repair technology.