PRCI Executive Assembly Approves 2019 Research Portfolio

Fri, November 02, 2018

PRCI’s Executive Assembly gathered recently in Florence, Italy, for their annual fall meeting, which included a final review and vote to approve the 2019 research portfolio. Member funding contributions of over $10 million were allocated to research activities including projects addressing leak detection, pipeline operations & integrity, corrosion prevention & control, design, materials, construction, underground storage, compressor & pump stations, and measurement.

The 2019 ballot was the fourteenth annual ballot in which PRCI members allocated funds and resources directly to research of importance to their operations and to meet key industry needs. This ballot featured projects addressing the following topics, most of which are meant to enhance an operator’s ability to ensure safe operation of their pipeline assets.

The key areas of research for 2019 focused on the following pipeline safety, integrity, and reducing the environmental impact of pipelines systems:

  • Enhancing ILI tool performance and anomaly analysis and assessment
  • NDE technologies for crack assessment
  • Optimizing cathodic protection methods and practices
  • Leak detection technologies for a variety of scenarios, using multiple approaches and platforms
  • Right-of-way monitoring and design & construction practices that mitigate geohazards
  • Creating new welding practices for dissimilar steels and changing steel chemistries
  • Continuing improvements to pipeline assessment and repair practices and capabilities
  • Gas contaminant analyzer performance and static mixer performance enhancements
  • Improving mechanical reliability and optimized emissions performance of gas transmission engines, including under variable fuel gas chemistries

With the close of the 2019 research ballot, PRCI President Cliff Johnson commented that “it is vital our members continue pushing current technologies, processes, and procedures to ensure the safety of critical pipeline infrastructure. Pipelines continue to be the safest mode of transportation for the world’s energy supply, with over 99.99% of the product reaching its end point safely; however, we cannot stop there and our 2019 research program is a key step in that direction.”

About Pipeline Research Council International
PRCI is a non-profit research organization that is comprised of energy pipeline operating companies located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Augmenting the pipeline membership are associate members drawn from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, and Australia that serve the industry as pipe and equipment manufacturers, service providers, and vendors. To learn more about PRCI, visit