| Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise


Download our free ebook on Abrasive Blast Cleaning

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Coatings, Corrosion Top Pipeline R&D

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More items for Coating Materials

Comment | More

Pipeline corrosion and anti-corrosion coatings will top the pipeline industry’s $9 million research agenda in 2012.

Members of the Pipeline Research Council International, a collaborative association of the world’s top pipeline companies, have already contributed nearly $9 million in direct funding to more than 50 projects in PRCI’s newly approved 2012 Research Program.

 Pipeline explosion in California
Pipeline integrity management will be a hot industry topic next year and is targeted in new rules proposed for owners and operators. IM issues were cited in a 2010 California pipeline explosion that killed eight people.

The research line-up, voted on by member companies, puts corrosion and anti-corrosion coatings at the top of the list. Integrity management will be another significant focus next year, PRCI said.

Pipeline owners and operators are facing intense public scrutiny in the wake of several highly publicized fatal pipeline ruptures nationwide in recent years.

In August, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Association proposed a new safety rule that could significantly increase requirements on gas pipeline operators and owners. The comment period on that proposal has been extended to Jan. 20, at the industry’s request.

Clear Agreement on Needs

“Each of our members is committed to the long-term reliability, safety and integrity of their systems,” said PRCI chairman Eric Amundsen. “Through the collaborative process and commitment of financial and intellectual resources, we are able to clearly agree on the needs of the industry and advance a technology development program that addresses those needs.”

PRCI’s 2012 program will address a spectrum of research needs and opportunities covering nearly every aspect of pipeline and facilities operations. Among the initiatives:


These initiatives will include coatings performance and effectiveness; stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility evaluations, mitigation and repair; internal corrosion threat assessment; re-inspection intervals for pipelines experiencing external corrosion; and pipeline integrity and assurance of reliability for SCC.

Corrosion also was a top concern of the $8 million 2011 research agenda, but coatings were not called out as an area of emphasis.

Design, Materials & Construction

These research initiatives will include:

• Alternate gas products;

• Improving transmission pipeline construction efficiency while maintaining quality standards;

• An ongoing effort with the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) and the Interstate Natural Gas Association Foundation (INGAA Foundation);

• Materials, welding and non-destructive testing (NDT);

• Evaluation of composite pipeline repair systems for offshore applications;

• Reinforcement of onshore lines;

• Advancing transmission pipeline weld quality and efficiency;

• Structural integrity assessment, especially evaluating vintage pipelines’ fitness for service; and

• Structural significance of mechanical damage.

Other Highlights

PRCI research will also focus on these areas:

Operations & Integrity. This comprehensive portfolio will focus on developing new technology and improving tools and methods for onshore and offshore pipeline integrity management. High-priority programs include ERW/longitudinal seam pipe; small leak detection for liquid pipelines; mechanical damage inspection and characterization; and automating monitoring and surveillance of pipeline right-of-way corridors.

Compressor & Pump Station. These include regulatory compliance and fuel-efficiency issues.

Measurement will continue its focus on the performance of ultrasonic meters under varying operating conditions and installation configurations.

Underground Storage focuses on storage field integrity, including providing additional tools to operators to meet facility integrity management requirements.

“This research agenda demonstrates willingness by the industry to continue looking for ways to ensure a safer and more efficient pipeline network,” said PRCI president Cliff Johnson, who will chair the summit.

Pipeline Safety Summit Set

Johnson noted that PRCI would also host a pipeline R&D conference in January.

 PRCI President Cliff Johnson
The agenda shows the pipeline industry’s “willingness … to ensure a safer and more efficient pipeline network,” said PRCI president Cliff Johnson.

The Pipe Tech Americas Summit 2012, in Houston, will feature case studies, keynote sessions, interactive workshops and networking activities that address the most critical challenges faced by all oil and gas pipeline operators and owners.

Topics include direct assessment methodologies for measuring un-piggable pipes. Presenters and speakers will include representatives of PHMSA, Chesapeake Midstream Partners, TransCanada Pipelines Limited and Caiman Energy LLC.

Said Johnson, “These collaborative efforts continue to move the industry forward.”


Tagged categories: Corrosion control coatings; Linings; Pipeline; Protective coatings; Research

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Jessup Manufacturing Company
More Traction for Extreme Marine Conditions

Jessup Safety Track® 3800 Military Grade peel-and-stick non-skid tapes and treads provide extra slip resistance for decks. MIL-PRF-24467C Type XI, Black & Gray.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.

Polyval Coatings
Polyflex® Polyurea Linings

Polyflex™ new Polyurea Geotextile Membrane System has been specifically engineered to protect the environment in containment applications.

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.

Midsun Specialty Products
Stopaq 30+ Year Coatings

Use Stopaq corrosion prevention coatings on pipelines, field joints, tank chimes, structural steel and more. Learn more at

Carboline Company
Fireproofing Solutions

Pyroclad® X1 Thermo-Lag® Pyrocrete® – protecting against hydrocarbon and jet fires, explosions, and cryogenic spills.

Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).

New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films

Built for Tough Jobs

From Epoxies to Urethanes to other high solid coatings, the new Binks Airless 75 delivers a great finish using an ergonomic design. Visit for more information.

Thermion Inc
Buy Back Program

We are offering $5,000
credit for your old Model
This drive system is
being discontinued by
the manufacturer.
More information at

Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail