Lower costs, environmental protection drive future pipeline technologies

Constructing oil and gas pipelines onshore and offshore in the 21st Century will reflect efforts well underway at the end of the 20th Century: developing more cost-effective technologies but also mitigating environmental impact during construction and operation. These efforts will improve public acceptance of such projects.This discussion follows the path that implementation of a typical pipeline project normally follows, from route selection via basic and detail engineering through to construction, operation, and maintenance of the system.OnshoreRoute engineeringGreat advances in surveying and mapping have been evident in route engineering in recent decades. But such development has also...

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