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Constant commitment to pipelines

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Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) President, Cliff Johnson, USA, reflects on the council’s constant commitment to the safety and integrity of pipeline systems through its multi-faceted research programme.

The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), a non-profit research association, was formed in 1952 to solve the problem of brittle cracks in energy pipelines. After recognising the immense value of collaboration, PRCI grew to produce a broad range of solutions for a vast array of problems.

Over the past seven decades, PRCI has performed research divided into eight technical disciplines resulting in thousands of reports and hundreds of solutions, impacting many industry standards and regulations that enhance the safety, integrity, and reduce the environmental impact of the global pipeline network. With a core philosophy of collaboration, PRCI has advanced the development of their research portfolio through the establishment of strategic research priorities (SRP) that will have significant impact on both their members and the pipeline industry. Important assets to achieving these goals are the PRCI Technology Development Centre and the Virtual Technology Development Centre. In the last year, PRCI has reinforced its environmental commitment by establishing the Emerging Fuels Institute (EFI) to enable PRCI members and nonmembers to define and execute the research needed to ensure the safe and efficient transportation and storage on the next generation of fuels and launching an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

PRCI’s commitment to drive strategic industry research

Pipelines and their associated assets are the safest mode of transportation and storage of the world’s vital energy resources. PRCI continually works to develop solutions that enable the energy pipeline industry to transport and store this critical energy supply. Currently, PRCI actively performs over 100 research projects annually, working in eight key technical areas …

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