The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) has approved and released its research portfolio for 2019.
At PRCI’s annual meeting, held in Florence, Italy, the Executive Assembly reviewed and voted to approve the allocation of more than US$10 million of member funding contributions to research areas.
Next year, the key areas of research are focused on pipeline safety, integrity, and reducing the environmental impact of pipelines systems in the following areas:
- enhancing inline inspection tool performance and anomaly analysis and assessment
- using non-destructive evaluation technologies for crack assessment
- optimising cathodic protection methods and practices
- using leak detection technologies for a variety of scenarios, using multiple approaches and platforms
- monitoring right-of-way and using design and construction practices that mitigate geohazards
- creating new welding practices for dissimilar steels and changing steel chemistries
- continuing improvements to pipeline assessment and repair practices and capabilities
- enhancing gas contaminant analyser performance and static mixer performance
- improving mechanical reliability and optimising emissions performance of gas transmission engines, including under variable fuel gas chemistries.
“It is vital that our members continue pushing current technologies, processes, and procedures to ensure the safety of critical pipeline infrastructure,” said PRCI President Cliff Johnson.
“Pipelines continue to be the safest mode of transportation for the world’s energy supply, with over 99.99 per cent of the product reaching its end point safely; however, we cannot stop there and our 2019 research program is a key step in that direction.”
For more information visit the PRCI website.
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