Pipeliners Dictionary


Pressure is a key operating condition in pipelines and plays a crucial role in the safe and efficient transportation of various types of fluid products, such as crude oil, natural gas, water, and hydrogen.

In pipelines, pressure is typically measured in pounds per square inch (psi) or kilopascals (kPa) and is used to determine the fluid's ability to flow through the pipeline, as well as its potential to cause damage to the pipeline infrastructure. The pressure of the fluid in the pipeline is created by the pumping and compression stations along the pipeline route, which increases the pressure of the fluid to a certain level to ensure it can flow to the end destination.

The pressure in the pipeline must be maintained within specific operating limits to ensure the safety and integrity of the pipeline and its components. This requires regular monitoring and control of the pressure, with the use of pressure sensors and control systems.

Excessive pressure can cause pipeline failure and potentially result in leaks, spills, and other environmental impacts, while insufficient pressure can result in reduced flow rates, making it more difficult to transport the fluid product efficiently.

Therefore, careful monitoring of the pressure in pipelines is critical to ensuring the safe and efficient transportation of fluid products and protecting the environment.

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