August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Features

Pipeline Survey Offers Electrical Solutions to Save Millions

During route selection for an interstate pipeline, surveyors must consider an array of factors that affect the feasibility and cost of constructing the pipeline, including wetlands, bodies of water, property boundaries and roads. Another that should also be considered in electricity. For one recent pipeline survey and design project completed by Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW), reassessing the location and quantity of pump stations on the proposed route meant saving the midstream company $100 million on the construction of the pipeline. “When building a pipeline, it’s not uncommon for companies to invest a significant amount of money to get electricity to a site,” said SKW Vice President

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