Research nears deepwater intercontinental gas pipeline

Richard Freeman Tata Steel Corby, UK Research into the collapse and buckling of deepsea pipelines and the UOE method of line pipe production are moving the industry closer to being able to build and operate intercontinental natural gas lines. Currently, intercontinental transport of natural gas typically occurs via LNG tanker, not pipeline. The movement of natural gas by ship, however, requires a variety of steps—liquefaction, loading, transit, regasification—not required of pipeline transit. A proposed pipeline linking India to the Middle East across the Arabian Sea, for example, would eliminate the need for these steps while at the same time satisfying some of India's growing appetite f...

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