INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 15589-2

Foreword

ISO 15589-2:2004(E)


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(ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out through ISO
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International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of electrotechnical standardization.

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International Standard requires approval by at least 75 % of the member bodies casting a vote.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of patent
rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

ISO 15589-2 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 67, Materials, equipment and offshore structures
for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries, Subcommittee SC 2, Pipeline transportation systems.

ISO 15589 consists of the following parts, under the general title Petroleum and natural gas industries —
Cathodic protection of pipeline transportation systems:

— Part 1: On-land pipelines

— Part 2: Offshore pipelines


Introduction

Pipeline cathodic protection is achieved by the supply of sufficient direct current to the external pipe surface,
so that the steel-to-electrolyte potential is lowered to values at which external corrosion is reduced to an
insignificant rate.

Cathodic protection is normally used in combination with a suitable protective coating system to protect the
external surfaces of steel pipelines from corrosion.

External corrosion control in general is covered by ISO 13623.

Users of this part of ISO 15589 should be aware that further or differing requirements may be needed for
individual applications. This part of ISO 15589 is not intended to inhibit alternative equipment or engineering
solutions to be used for the individual application. This may be particularly applicable where there is innovative
or developing technology. Where an alternative is offered, any variations from this part of ISO 15589 should
be identified.

Deviations from this part of ISO 15589 may be warranted in specific situations, provided it is demonstrated
that the objectives expressed in this part of ISO 15589 have been achieved.

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