PRCI Awarded PHMSA Contracts for Pipeline Research

Thu, January 10, 2019

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) Awarded Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Contracts for Pipeline Research

Chantilly, Virginia - PRCI has been awarded two contracts from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Pipeline Safety Research and Development Program. The contracts were awarded for research related to key pipeline industry issues that were identified during their biennial Research & Development Forum.

The first research project awarded “Modernize the Assessment of Pipeline Water Crossings” will help pipeline operators to better identify and evaluate pipeline asset integrity threats at water crossings. The scope of the project contains three objectives; the first objective is to support and strengthen industry standards to better comply with existing and future regulations; second, to promote new knowledge through the inclusion of fluvial geomorphological and related engineering principals to identify potential pipeline exposures at river crossings; and third, to develop new technology for improved flood monitoring alert mechanisms.

This project will be managed by PRCI’s Design, Materials and Construction Technical Committee and led by project team leader Wentao Cheng of ExxonMobil. For additional information on this project please contact Tom Marlow, PRCI Program Manager.

The second research project awarded “Evaluation of Well Casing Integrity Management for Underground Storage Wells” is meant to reduce uncertainty in the evaluation of storage well casing integrity through more accurate assessments, which would lead to improved decision-making regarding well interventions and allowable operating parameters.

This research project will be managed by PRCI’s Underground Storage Technical Committee and led by project team leader Andrew Lloyd of Enterprise Products. For additional information on this project please contact Laurie Perry, PRCI Program Manager.

“These two projects represent the continued focus of PRCI and PHMSA to develop and perform needed research to assist PRCI members and the oil and gas industry in a drive to zero failures on the pipeline system.  Our vital pipeline infrastructure is the most efficient and safest means of transporting these critical fuels.  We all agree that any release is too much; therefore, we are excited to continue working with PHMSA drive for continuous improvement of these systems. We look forward to beginning these projects as soon as possible,” stated Cliff Johnson, President of PRCI.

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, Middle East, and Australia. Augmenting the pipeline membership are associate members drawn from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico, Japan, and Australia that serve the industry as pipe and equipment manufacturers, service providers, and vendors. To learn more about PRCI, visit