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Pipeline transport and pipelines of all shapes and sizes cross the globe and are an essential part of the transportation of many vital materials and services. The oil and gas industry is completely reliant on pipelines, as are many other heavy industries such as desalination, LNG and petrochemical.
There are thousands of miles of pipeline all over the world, yet they are largely constructed so that they are not seen and have minimal impact of the surrounding environment.
According to the Oil & Gas Journal, pipeline construction set to be completed in 2020 is much higher than in 2019. This is largely due to multiple big projects in the Asia-Pacific region that are scheduled to be completed.
Operators all over the world have announced that they are planning on building nearly 31,000 miles of pipelines for the crude oil, product and natural gas sectors over course of the next decade. 19,075 miles of pipe are set to be installed in 2020 alone, with natural gas plans (10,345 miles) making up 78.5% of the total.
These huge numbers demonstrate just how vital pipelines are to these sectors and obviously Special Piping Materials is an expert at supplying the highest quality materials and products that are needed to create these structures. Whether it is stainless steel, super duplex, duplex, nickel alloy or 6% Moly pipe that is needed, Special Piping Materials knows where to source the most reliable and well-made products on the market.
The network of reputable mills that we work with across Europe, Asia and America know how to manufacture pipes, fittings and flanges that can be relied on to perform in a whole host of harsh environments.
But how are pipelines constructed? And what are the advantages of using pipelines to transport materials as opposed to other methods? Read this blog to find out . . .
The construction of a pipeline is a process that is handled by a very large team of professionals who use their expertise to coordinate the operation in a seamless and organised manner. The process is usually divided into three phases: pre-construction, construction and post-construction.
Pipelines can be used to transport all manner of substances. The type of material that is chosen to construct the pipe is determined by the substance it is being designed to transport. For example, nickel steel alloys are used very effectively in the transportation of liquified natural gas (LNG) because it is able to remain ductile even when extremely cold – which LNG is.
Within the domestic sector, pipelines are used for transporting water for drinking or irrigation as well as for sewerage purposes and to convey domestic use gases to provide indoor heating or cooking facilities. Pipelines ensure than there is a consistent and uninterrupted flow of vital liquids and gases to and from domestic residences.
The oil industry in particular would not be able to operate without complex networks of pipelines as they are essential for midstream uses, as well as for the critical transfer of finished petroleum products to end-users or dependent industries.
There are many advantages of using pipelines to transport utility gases and liquids as opposed to other methods such as shipping, road or rail. These advantages are as follows:
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