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Pipeline Construction


Large Scale Pipeline Construction

Among the largest pipeline construction projects ever undertaken, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is probably the most widely known. It consists of more than 1200 kilometres of pipeline and required no less than 11 pump stations to keep the oil flowing under the sub-zero temperature conditions. This particular pipeline construction was built in response to the global oil crisis that arose in 1973 and that led to widespread rationing of petrol and speed restrictions in an attempt to conserve the rapidly dwindling supplies.

Oil discovered a few years earlier in 1968 in the Prudhoe Bay area of northern Alaska provided a solution and work began on the pipeline construction in 1974 after legal challenges to the project were finally overcome. The pipeline construction was finally completed in 1977, taking just 3 years before the first oil arrived in the Gulf of Alaska port of Valdez. Despite the epic nature of the task, this pipeline construction project is far from being the largest such project.

pipeline constructionRussian pipeline construction, much of which is dedicated to the transportation of natural gas has been conducted on a much larger scale. The project, commonly referred to as the Trans-Siberian Pipeline, transports petroleum gas over a total distance of 4500 kilometres and extends from the Urengoy gas field across Russia and the Ukraine and on to Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. The entire pipeline construction process was completed in less than 3 years, between 1982 and 1984.

Other Russian pipeline construction projects have since exceeded even this one, in their scale but size alone is not the only feature to identify them as important. Water and sewage reticulation systems perform a service essential to human life and are to be found wherever human beings choose to construct their cities and towns. When planning a new town house complex, planning and undertaking the pipeline construction is an essential precursor to actual building.

National Growth Linked To Pipeline Construction

The latest census that is currently underway in South Africa will inform the government about changing demographic trends and allow the urban planners to make provision for infrastructural projects including pipeline construction. Pipeline construction is important in order to ensure that households are supplied with essential services such as electricity and fresh potable water. The planning for the laying of these pipelines needs to take place well in advance of the actual construction in order to ensure that the urban planning process takes into account the supply of these services.

The pipeline construction process is especially important given the South African government’s commitment to supply quality housing and services to those sectors of the South African populace that have not had access to this infrastructure in the past. New suburbs are being planned on a daily basis and construction work has commenced on buildings in mixed use suburbs all over South Africa. This centralised planning of these urban settlements mean that the pipeline construction can take place in an organised manner and in a way that will ensure that the pipelines are constructed of the best materials and in a way that will ensure maintenance access for the foreseeable future.

The current water transport and sewage lines that are in place in urban areas in South Africa are showing signs of deterioration and this has necessitated the replacement of many kilometres of current pipeline infrastructure. New pipeline construction has also been undertaken to cope with the increased numbers of households in urban areas that are services by the pipeline network.

The correct construction of pipelines to transport water for both industrial and domestic use is especially in a country like South Africa which has limited water reserves. Any leakage must be prevented and for this reason maintenance is especially important. These major pipelines link to feeder lines which service the needs of individual homes and businesses.

The construction of a water transport pipeline is of vital importance to the ongoing industrial functioning of various business sectors in the South African economy, including both mining and agriculture. There are other pipelines such as the oil pipeline that links inland areas in South Africa to refineries on the coast of the country. These pipelines run for thousands of kilometres and their robust construction and monitoring equipment which is an integral part of the pipeline ensures that the pipelines have a minimum environmental impact and that accidents are avoided.

Whether you plan a new pipeline construction or modification, repairs or maintenance for an existing structure, do contact us and deal with a company with a proven record of efficient and dependable installations.

 

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