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Pipeline Design

Designing pipeline systems requires consideration of a number of factors, including the distance to be traveled, the expected volumes to be received and delivered over the pipeline, and the type and range of products to flow through the pipe.

These factors determine how thick the pipe needs to be built to to ensure safety and how many pumping or compression stations need to keep the energy products flowing smoothly and safely through the pipe.

These physical aspects are just half the design picture. In addition, pipeline designers have to take into account a number of factors when considering the route the pipeline should take. For example:

  • Are there environmentally sensitive areas nearby?
  • Which communities are located nearby and what are their concerns?
  • What are the seasonal variations in temperature and climate?
  • Are there existing facilities nearby that could pose a public safety risk?
  • To what extent does the terrain facilitate ease of construction?

These are just a few of the considerations pipeline designers must take into account. Once the route has been chosen and the pipeline specifications have been decided, construction of the pipeline can begin.

Safe, reliable, environmentally sound

CEPA member companies have built an outstanding pipeline system to transport natural gas, crude oil and petroleum products to markets throughout North America in the safest and most environmentally sound way.

All our members adhere to rigorous training programs, monitoring and evaluation protocols, and social and environmental stewardship in their work. Learn more.