Research Overview

Every year, PRCI produces a collaborative research program aligning with the industry's priorities by means of an annual voting ballot. Members allocate funds directly to projects of importance to their operations and business drivers. Member contributions of millions of dollars each year continue a multiple-year trend of increasing research spending.

PRCI plans and develops these research projects through Technical Committees (TCs). These committees are comprised of technical and operations experts from member companies. They are critical in developing and managing PRCI’s research and assure collaboration in identifying gaps and avoiding duplication.

The Compressor & Pump Station (CPS) Technical Committee focuses research efforts on minimizing the operating costs and capital requirements of compression and pump service while meeting market demands and all applicable environmental regulations.
The Corrosion Technical Committee focuses on industry challenges related to internal and external corrosion prevention and mitigation, as well as stress corrosion susceptibility evaluation and repair.
The Design, Materials & Construction (DMC) Technical Committee focuses research efforts on the development of safe, environmentally responsible, cost-effective and reliable solutions for the design, construction and operation of energy pipelines. DMC research enhances the performance of new pipelines through development and implementation of new design methods, materials, and construction technologies.
Products resulting from research activities conducted under the Integrity & Inspection (I&I) Technical Committee improve the reliability of the pipeline infrastructure and ensure the continuity of public service through the development and successful deployment of technologies associated with mechanical damage, pipeline integrity management, and associated inspection technologies.
The Measurement Technical Committee focuses on measurement technology research related to improving the safety, performance (accuracy, uncertainty), environmental impact, and operating cost (operability, maintainability, reliability) of oil and gas transportation systems. The Measurement Technical Committee prioritizes research that supports industry standardization. The Measurement Technical Committee research roadmap includes the following research areas:
Identifying and executing Strategic Research Priorities (SRP) allows for PRCI to address key strategic industry initiatives and issues in which there are near term opportunities to develop significant outcomes for the industry and for the interest of the public. Focusing efforts and funding to address significant industry challenges demonstrates PRCI’s recognition of the current state of the industry and the position that it has in providing the key solutions needed to enhance the safety and integrity of our global pipeline systems. By collectively identifying and executing SRPs, PRCI will improve efficiency and engagement by being more strategic and intentional about breaking down silos and working cohesively as groups to solve problems that cross disciplines. This allows PRCI to lead industry research in a more significant way by making impactful advancements in technology and R&D to improve pipeline safety and performance.
The Subsea Technical Committee focuses on issues and challenges unique to the offshore pipeline environment..
Products resulting from research activities conducted under the Surveillance, Operations, & Monitoring (SOM) Technical Committee improve the integrity of the pipeline infrastructure and the continuity of public service through the development and successful deployment of technologies identify Right-of-Way threats, leak detection, and damage prevention.
The Underground Storage Technical Committee is focused on developing and deploying technologies to ensure the safety, integrity, reliability and productivity of new and existing storage facilities, including both reservoir and cavern storage.