Pipelines Take on Their Biggest Enemy

The impetus for iPIPES, an industry-wide partnership focused on developing new technologies to prevent and detect pipeline leaks, was the dramatic growth created by the “Bakken boom,” program manager Jay Almlie says.

Pipelines Take on Their Biggest Enemy

(Source: Hart Energy)

The scourge of the oil and gas pipeline industry is summed up in one word: leaks. In recent weeks two of North America’s leading pipeline operators—TC Energy Corp. and Energy Transfer LP—have signed onto an industry-wide partnership focused on developing new technologies to prevent and detect pipeline leaks.

Members of the Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE) also include Enbridge Inc., DCP Midstream LP, Equinor ASA, Hess Corp., Oasis Midstream Partners LP, ONEOK Inc., Marathon Petroleum Corp., Goodnight Midstream LLC and Whiting Petroleum Corp.

“The addition of major players such as Energy Transfer and TC Energy signals industry’s continued interest in looking over the horizon for every tool possible to operate pipelines with zero spills,” said program manager Jay Almlie, who also serves as principal and engineer, mid/downstream oil and gas lead for the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), a contractual organization which operates out of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

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