According to the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), its 2012 programme addresses a spectrum of research needs and opportunities covering nearly every aspect of pipeline operations.

PRCI’s Pipeline Technical Committees (TCs) each focus on one of the three main areas of interest to PRCI’s membership: design materials and construction, operations and integrity, and corrosion.

The three TCs met to plan for the timely and efficient starts of the pipeline research projects approved for 2012 funding by the PRCI board at its September 2011 meeting.

The 2012 research programme includes:

  • Continued research in the CO2 transport arena, with a project to develop a design tool to determine the decompression wave speed of CO2 mixtures with the full range of likely impurities.
  • Two unique research projects focused on modernising construction methods to achieve greater efficiency and higher quality. The objectives of the research are to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the route selection process, and to improve the process of assuring construction quality for energy transmission pipe placement.
  • Further development of the research programmes that are primary focus areas for the Operations and Integrity TC, including mechanical damage inspection and prevention; non-destructive examination technology development and validation for pipeline inspection; leak detection; and facility integrity.