Photo: An artist’s rendering shows the industry-backed Pipeline Research Council International’s $10 million Technology Development Center in Northwest Houston, scheduled for completion early in 2015. (Pipeline Research Council International photo)
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.
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