Performance of European cross-country oil pipelines statistical summary of reported spillages – 2003

21 May 2005

This annual report covers the performance with regards to hydrocarbon spillage of36,422 km of on-shore oil pipelines in Europe in 2003. Incidents are analysed by cause and the effectiveness of the clean up is recorded. Direct repair and clean-up costs are reported. The inventory of European oil pipelines covered by this annual report is similar to that for the 2002 exercise with the addition of product pipelines in Slovakia. Performance in 2003 was better than the long-term average. Third party activities remain one of the main causes of spillage incidents, with all but one of the spillages this year resulting from this cause. The report also gives the annual intelligence pig inspection statistics.