Investment & Development Ventures, LLC is pleased to announce Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), which will be located in the Northwest Crossing Industrial Park, is featured in Fuel Fix for their work striving to improve safety standards in the industry. PRCI’s new facility will be developed by IDV and owned by Carson Companies.
Rhiannon Meyers article is below or read the original article featured on FuelFix.com.
As the pipeline industry strives to reduce failures in the aftermath of several high-profile ruptures, an industry-supported research organization is developing a $10 million center in Northwest Houston aimed at developing new technologies to bolster safety.
The Pipeline Research Council International, which is building the Technology Development Center, says it will be is the largest independent pipeline testing facility of its kind. The council expects to complete construction by February.
“We as operators need to have confidence in new ideas and new technologies and this is a step to obtaining that confidence,” said John O’Brien, Chevron’s focus area manager for facilities, operations and reliability and a member of the council’s steering committee.
Located on eight acres on Langfield Road, the complex will feature longer lengths of pipeline, up to 700 feet, to assess tools at real-world speed not readily accessible to industry before, council President Cliff Johnson said in an interview.
O’Brien said in an interview that allowing industry to evaluate new technologies before they are deployed especially benefits smaller, innovative companies that don’t have the infrastructure to experiment.
The National Transportation Safety Board has identified several improvements industry should make to inspect and manage aging pipeline infrastructure. A pipeline exploded outside of San Francisco in September 2010, killing eight people and sparking an investigation by the federal agency, which faulted the pipeline owner for an ineffective and deficient pipeline integrity management program.
After the explosion, the industry vowed to reduce its failure rate to zero, Johnson said.
“Our industry needs to push the envelope so what happened in 2010 … never happens again,” he said.
Two years ago, the council created a pipeline repository in Houston to make excavated and damaged pipeline samples available for evaluation and testing. The repository has been key to evaluating and develop new technologies, O’Brien said.
Having regular access to sample testing, Kentucky-based Seikowave expedited development of an X-ray technology, originally eyed for dental use, to create a more-accurate and portable technology for measuring pipeline damage. The company took the product from concept to commercialization in 18 months, O’Brien said. Such development typically takes a decade, he said.
The repository has accumulated more than 600 samples within two years.
“It just shows the need is very large,” Johnson said. “I think we underestimated how big the need was”
The samples will be moved to the new center when it opens.