Field data from capacity tests of long-distance gas pipelines in the North Sea have been used to model the friction factor in internal coated pipelines. The field measurements were compared to an experimental investigation of the friction factor in coated pipes performed in a high-pressure flow loop. A good correlation between the experimental data and the field data was obtained. It was found that the friction factor in the coated gas pipelines could be modelled by the Colebrook-White correlation with an equivalent sand-grain roughness of 1.5 μm. The results showed that internal coatings effectively reduce the pressure drop in gas pipelines and thus increase the transport capacity.

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