Learning how to embrace the complexity involved in urban pipeline routing is key to success for many distribution pipeline system operators.
This is because the worldwide growth of cities is causing them to be denser and more compact, with many competing demands on the available space. Yet, those city dwellers also want access to cheap and reliable natural gas, so utilities must provide service where they want it.
Another worldwide problem is that many of the gas distribution systems in city centers are undersized and antiquated – “legacy” systems that may date back to the 1950s or even before. They weren’t designed for the service life being asked of them. Many of these lines may have stress corrosion issues and other risk factors that can put the public at increased risk of a leak, or even explosion.
So, there is an increasing need for new, replacement gas pipelines 20 inches (508 mm) or more, squeezed into tight spaces that are already crowded with other utilities – and above ground uses as roadways, pedestrian and bicycle routes, green spaces, and other purposes.
Our experience with urban pipelines has found that success involves a new, inclusive way of planning, backed by current information technology.
To read the full article, view is as it originally appeared in Pipeline & Gas Journal’s April 2020 issue.
*This work was performed by Golder professionals who joined WSP in an acquisition completed in 2021.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kevin Seel has 27 years of environmental and business consulting experience helping clients find the best strategy for locating and developing their assets in a way that incorporates key social, environmental, economic and technical considerations. Specializing in linear infrastructure routing, and the siting of industrial facilities, he has applied these skills in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, electricity, manufacturing, transportation, mining and retail.