The Black Mesa Story emphasizes constructional and operation aspects of the coal-slurry pipeline being built by a subsidiary of Southern Pacific Pipe Lines, Inc., Black Mesa Pipeline, Inc., to bring coal from a remote mountainous corner of Arizona to a steam power plant in the southern tip of Nevada. Black Mesa will employ about 50 people to operate the system, many of them Indians living on the Navajo-Hopi lands through which the line passes. Pipe diameter changes to meet design requirements, as when the nominal 18 in. pipeline is reduced to 12 in. for 12 mi to maintain back pressure as the line elevation drops from 3750 ft to 500 ft. Pipe wall thicknesses vary from 0.219 in. to as much as 0.469 in. in keeping with the design pressure gradient, thereby saving steel tonnage. Completion of the line is scheduled for early in 1970.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Petroleum Engineer Publishing Company

    Box 1589
    Dallas, TX  United States  75221
  • Authors:
    • Love, F H
  • Publication Date: 1969-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 38-42
  • Serial:
    • Pipeline Engineer
    • Volume: 41
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Petroleum Engineer Publishing Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00056002
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 1974 12:00AM