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Introduction to Natural Gas & Petroleum Pipeline Construction

August 2, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Sponsored by EUCI

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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. Primary interest in the building of a pipeline is, as already noted, the validity of the finished pipeline which will help to ensure the safety to people and the environment, as well as to provide the most economical value to the owner of the pipeline and the assurance that the pipeline will perform as designed.

The intent of this course is to provide the basics in understanding 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.

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