April 2021, Vol. 248, No. 4

Features

Offshore Pipelines Remain Vital Energy Links for Many Regions

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor  Sometimes overlooked in discussions of pipelines are those located offshore pipelines, which are increasingly constrained by various factors, but still essential for energy transportation in many regions.  Offshore pipelines are comprising metal or plastic tubes, are laid directly on the seabed or inside a prepared trench. They typically transport crude oil, petroleum, natural gas, and gas liquids, but in future may carry hydrogen.   This article looks at some types of pipeline, their chief characteristics, and obstacles in the path of new constructions. Here we have a look at three main types of offshore p

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