The need for reliable, rapid pipeline inspection systems and services is growing as the pipeline network, both domestic and international, ages and expands. Inspection and defect reporting have become time-sensitive as incident prevention becomes a top priority.
Bruce Munro is a busy man. At 60, T.G. Mercer’s executive vice president of field operations is tanned and restless, juggling phone calls and emails even when he’s theoretically out of touch. Looking for a few moments of free time to answer questions, he suggested between 2 and 4 a.m. “Those times, I really don’t have anything going,” he jokes.
One of the most critical, yet overlooked, aspects to any pipeline construction project involves moving the thousands of tons of finished pipe from the steel mills to the construction site.
So, in a highly competitive business, what is the one factor that customers, or in this case, shippers, require from their service provider, the natural gas transmission pipelines?
The World Onshore Pipelines Market Report 2009-2013, from industry analysts Douglas-Westwood, considers the prospects for this global market and values the future markets through to 2013.