FALLS CHURCH, VA, July 8, 2014 - On July 7th, Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) broke ground on a new Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston, Texas. The TDC is a major commitment by the energy pipeline industry to address the key issues that it is facing to ensure the safety of the national and international pipeline system. Since the creation of the PRCI pipeline repository in 2012, PRCI has been progressively building a unique, world class inventory of pipeline samples to support technology development. The benefits of having such an establishment available to the industry have already been realized, as the current site has been utilized for evaluation and development of new technologies, providing a location for accumulation of former in-service pipe materials with real-world pipeline features/flaws that are invaluable to PRCI's R&D Program and the industry, and supporting industry-sponsored workshops. The TDC will open with over 600 test specimens available for advancing pipeline research. It will be a key enabler to understanding and improving current inspection and integrity assessment technologies, and promoting the development of new technologies for pipeline integrity management.
"The TDC is a critical tool for the energy pipeline industry as we continue to strive for zero failures. The TDC will provide the industry with an independent third party site to fully understand the capabilities of current tools and to guide the development of the new technologies needed to push towards our goal. This new site will further enhance PRCI as a focal point for the R&D efforts of the energy pipeline industry," stated John O'Brien, Chevron ETC.
The new TDC will be located on over eight acres and will include a five acre state-of-the-art pull test facility, and an over 20,000 sq. ft. work shop and test facility with an additional 9,000 sq. ft. of office and meeting space. "This new site will allow us to continue to grow our pipeline sample inventory and to perform the research needed to ensure the safety and integrity of our vital pipeline infrastructure globally," noted Cliff Johnson, PRCI President.
The effort to locate the new site has been spearheaded by the PRCI TDC Steering Committee made up of PRCI members and staff who have been heavily involved in TDC operations since its inception and understand the incredible opportunities and benefits the pipeline industry can reap from its utilization. PRCI would like to acknowledge the members of the Steering Committee for their dedication and support, as well as the PRCI member companies that have and continue to contribute samples and sponsor the TDC's operations.
Steering Committee Members: John O'Brien, Chevron ETC; Eric Amundsen, Energy Transfer; Mark Piazza, Colonial Pipeline Company; Scott Collier, Buckeye Partners, Cliff Johnson, PRCI; Mike Whelan, PRCI; and Steven Trevino, PRCI.
We recognize all PRCI Contributing Companies for their support in this initiative with specific mention of additional specific support from GDF Suez, Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Petrobras, Colonial Pipeline Company, Southern California Gas Company, Chevron, and Energy Transfer.
PRCI is a non-profit research organization that is comprised of energy pipeline operating companies located in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Augmenting the pipeline membership are associate members drawn from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico, Japan, and Australia that serve the industry as pipe and equipment manufacturers, service providers, and vendors. To learn more about PRCI, visitwww.prci.org.