History & Mission

Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. (PRCI) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation comprised primarily of energy pipeline companies. PRCI was established in 1952 as the Pipeline Research Committee of the American Gas Association, and became an independent not-for-profit corporation in 2000. PRCI’s initial charter was to confront the problem of long-running brittle fracture in natural gas transmission pipelines. PRCI’s solution of that problem within two years demonstrated the impact and benefits of industry collaboration and the leveraging effect of voluntary funding. Although initially an organization focused solely on pipelines in North America, PRCI began to broaden its membership and technical perspectives beginning in 1980 with the membership of the Dutch pipeline operator, Gasunie. Today, PRCI is truly an international organization with many members from outside of North America.

First meeting

With the commitment and technical expertise of its members, PRCI continues to develop dynamic research programs devoted to identifying, prioritizing, and implementing the industry’s core research objectives. As a result, PRCI has become a critical resource for all energy pipelines regardless of where they operate, how they operate, or the purpose of their operation.

Unique among all pipeline research organizations, PRCI brings together leading pipeline companies from around the world to engage in a collaborative process that is truly “of, by and for” the industry.

PRCI’s Mission

To collaboratively deliver relevant and innovative applied research to continually improve the global energy pipeline systems.

PRCI’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

  1. PRCI will enhance the technology transfer of the research portfolio with a focus on usability and relevance to the operator members.
  2. PRCI will improve the execution of the research portfolio and achievement of the Research Objectives; with a focus on leveraging the collaborative model, staff and members ensuring timely delivery of results, and addressing any institutional or industry obstacles to adoption of the final results.
  3. PRCI will create a community of collaborative research that enables/establishes a culture of participation for members at all levels, that enables networking, leadership development, and professional development.
  4. Identify, and when appropriate, pursue innovative, step-change, pro-active solutions (i.e. create reliability based life cycle, address “threats,” be a direction setter)
  5. Ensure the sustainability of the Technology Development Center.