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Pipeline Operations



When a pipeline is built, the construction project not only covers the civil engineering work to lay the pipeline and build the pump/compressor stations, it also has to cover all the work related to the installation of the field devices that will support remote operation.

The pipeline is routed along what is known as a “right of way”. Pipelines are generally developed and built using the following stages:

  1. Open season to determine market interest: Potential customers are given the chance to sign up for part of the new pipeline’s capacity rights. This stage lasts up to two months. If interest in the pipeline is limited, the project does not move forward.
  2. Route (right of way) selection
  3. Pipeline design: The pipeline project may take a number of forms, including the construction of a new pipeline, conversion of existing pipeline from one fuel type to another, or improvements to facilities on a current pipeline route. The design process may take up to six months.
  4. Obtaining approval: Once the design is finalized and the first pipeline customers have purchased their share of capacity, the project must be approved by the relevant regulatory agencies. The process can last up to 18 months, particularly for pipelines that span multiple states.
  5. Surveying the route
  6. Clearing the route
  7. Trenching – Main Route and Crossings (roads, rail, other pipes, etc.)
  8. Installing the pipe
  9. Installing valves, intersections, etc.
  10. Covering the pipe and trench
  11. Testing: Once construction is completed, the new pipeline is subjected to tests to ensure its structural integrity. These may include hydrostatic testing and line packing.

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