Posted September 06, 2018 07:07:06 Oil and gas companies are looking to the pipeline as a tool to deliver energy to markets in the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, according to a new report from the National Association of Petroleum Producers (NAPPP).
The report, titled The Pipeline of Oil and Gas, explores how the pipelines that carry oil and natural gas can bring the industry closer to markets around the world.
The NAPPP’s Oil & Gas Conference report is based on analysis of the pipelines currently under construction, and is available for viewing online at the NAPP website.
The report examines whether the existing pipeline infrastructure and the potential of future pipelines are sufficient to meet current and projected demand and to ensure the safety of the pipeline system.
The study also examines the pipeline capacity in various regions of the world, and the impact of new pipeline projects.
The top pipeline infrastructure challenges for the industry The N APPP said in a statement that the top pipeline challenges for oil and energy companies were:• The pipeline system needs to be built and maintained in an environmentally sustainable manner, with adequate equipment and maintenance.• Pipelines must have sufficient capacity to handle large volumes of crude oil and condensate, and to carry it to markets.• The pipelines should have adequate and sufficient capacity for the transportation of natural gas and other products that could be sold to customers.• New pipelines must be designed with the following requirements:1.
Water-tight construction and maintenance2.
Watertight pipelines with adequate capacity for transporting natural gas3.
Pipelines with sufficient capacity in the event of a pipeline failure.• Pipeline safety needs to ensure that the safety requirements of the system are met, and that pipeline system operators are properly trained in the installation and maintenance of the systems.• Incentives to support the pipeline systems must be considered.
The report also examines how new pipeline infrastructure could be built in order to meet the needs of the industry in those regions.
The largest challenge for oil companies is the shortage of land in the Gulf of Mexico, where they have no land-based facilities to store crude oil.
A key problem is the presence of oil and/or natural gas in the ground.
The United States has no oil and no natural gas pipelines in the region, and there is no infrastructure for transporting oil to market.
The National Petroleum Council’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Panel recommended in 2017 that pipelines be built to transport oil from the Gulf to the Mid-Atlantic and Atlantic Coast in the United States.
The industry is also in need of more pipelines to carry natural gas to market in the U.S. It also faces the challenge of securing enough pipelines to transport crude oil, and natural Gas liquids, to markets onshore and offshore.