One company's system for finding best pipe, coating suppliers

TCPL operates more than 22,000 miles of natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines in Canada and the US in sizes ranging up to 48 in.Click here to enlarge imageSince late 1997, the natural gas transmission unit of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Calgary, has employed a system for identifying, in terms of the company's specific needs and criteria, the best suppliers of line pipe and pipe coatings.Among other results, the Supplier Performance Measurement Process (SPMP) has resulted in a total purchase-price cost reduction of up to 6% on some of the more recent TransCanada line pipe and pipe coatings orders.The steps in the process with examples are explained here.MergerTransCanada, c...

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