Technical and Geo-Political Challenges Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Pipelines and Their Influence on Routing

This chapter presents one of the keynote addresses from an international conference on terrain and geohazard challenges facing onshore oil and gas pipelines (June 2004, London, United Kingdom). In this chapter, the author outlines the technical and geopolitical challenges facing onshore oil and gas pipelines, focusing on the influences of these factors on pipeline route selection. The EBRD promotes transition to market economies in 27 countries located from central Europe to central Asia. The author describes the role of the European Band for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in onshore oil and gas pipeline projects. The author uses recent pipeline route selection experiences for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) to illustrate how various constraints can influence route selection. Topics include development in areas of active geological processes, which might include active tectonics and areas prone to slope failures; security issues, particularly for hydrocarbon development; political instability; exploration and development in more rural areas; environmental constraints; construction methods; and social impacts. The author concludes that, when geopolitical concerns dictate less-than-ideal pipeline locations, it is up to geoscientists and pipeline engineers to build in adequate mitigation measures to ensure that the resulting route is feasible and does not result in pipeline failure.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-7
  • Monograph Title: Terrain and Geohazard Challenges Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Pipelines. International Conference

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  • Accession Number: 01109908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0727732781
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2008 1:37PM