Intro to Natural Gas and Petroleum Pipeline Construction

January 29, 2024 | Live Streaming Online

A Program

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Pipelines are a valuable and safe means to move energy from point to point safely and economically. The building of a pipeline involves a very wide array of distinct phases, and each phase is unique and needs to be understood to appreciate its complexity, as well as to ensure the integrity of the final product and to provide the most economical value to the owner of the pipeline while ensuring that the pipeline will perform as designed.

Our expert instructor will help attendees understand the different phases involved in building, testing, and commissioning the completed pipeline. Each phase will be described to allow one to better appreciate the elements involved. In addition, just about every natural gas and petroleum pipeline is subject to either Federal or State regulatory oversite and understanding the construction process will help the operator of the pipeline in complying with those government requirements.

Special discounts apply for groups of five or more so bring your whole team to this value-packed one day training!

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the main construction phases and the activities prior to the start of construction
  • Describe the construction process, including:
    • Trenching
    • Stringing the pipe
    • Field bending
    • Welding pipe joints
    • Non-destructive testing of welds
    • Field coating of pipe for cathodic protection
    • Lowering in the pipeline
    • Backfilling
  • Examine the testing of the completed line
  • Explain the commissioning of the completed line
  • Discuss the regulatory requirements



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time


  • Welcome
  • Introduction of students and instructors
  • Class agenda
  • Training objectives

Description of Main Construction Phases

Activities Prior to the Start of Construction

  • Design
  • Permits
  • ROW


  • Clearing ROW
  • Stringing the pipe
  • Trenching
  • Welding
  • Coating the pipe
  • Non-destructive testing of welds
  • Backfilling

Testing the Completed Line

  • Test medium
  • Test pressure
  • Test records

Commissioning the Completed Pipeline

  • Start-up of line


Difference Between Pipeline Regulations


Thomas Lael, Formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

Mr. Lael has been involved with the pipeline industry for over 45 years. He has worked for various State Pipeline Regulatory agencies (Illinois, Connecticut, and California) and the Federal government (Transportation Safety Institute, now known as Training and Qualification’s [T&Q]).  More recently, Mr. Lael has worked for major petroleum pipeline operators as a code compliance officer and Operator Qualifications Administrator. He has been responsible for determining the operator’s compliance with Federal and State pipeline safety regulations and determining the intent of current and proposed PHMSA regulations.

Mr. Lael spent 10 years working with ConocoPhillips as the OQ administrator for the company OQ program. His employment with ConocoPhillips evolved from his initial employment with Tosco Corporation starting in 1999, merged into Phillips Pipeline Company in 2001, and finally into ConocoPhillips in 2002. He was responsible for the OQ qualifications for approximately 950 employees and over 1,500 contract individuals.

Mr. Lael has worked as an expert witness on legal cases concerning pipeline safety and accident/incident investigations. Mr. Lael has investigated numerous natural gas and petroleum pipeline explosion and fires.