wondered how the liquid in the pipelines flows, or who controls
them and when? The answer is fairly simple— pipelines operate
all-day, everyday with the help of powerful pumps, oil additives
that move the oil with less resistance and the laws of physics.
The round-the-clock operations are monitored 24-hours per day, seven
days per week, 365 days a year by well trained personnel.
Through the use of advanced technology, pipeline operators can
watch the rate, pressure and movement of product at points along
the system. Pipeline controllers watch for inconsistencies, monitor
instruments, and evaluate pressure and flow rates that may require
additional investigation if evidence of a possible leak is detected.
While every pipeline company is working to achieve incident-free
operations, accidents do happen. In the case of an accident, pipeline
operators are trained to shut down pipeline systems quickly and
maintenance crews also work to ensure the integrity of pipeline
infrastructure. Qualified personnel hired or contracted by the pipeline
company assure that welding operations, valve inspections, pipeline
repairs, corrosion prevention system checks and electronic equipment
maintenance (among many other functions) are performed safely and
according to pre-established procedures. These people work on the
daily maintenance of the system in addition to assisting with any
major pipeline repair and replacement projects. Pipeline employees
are also trained in emergency response procedures and work with
local emergency responders if a pipeline accident were to occur.
This chapter of the web-site is dedicated to providing you with
more information about the daily operations of a pipeline system.
To learn more about the components of a pipeline, the regulations
by which operators are required to operate by and the many pipeline
operators and maintenance professionals that keep pipeline systems
operating, check out this section.
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