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PRCI opens state-of-the-art pipeline technology test centre in US

08th July 2014

On July 7th, Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) broke ground on a new Technology Development Centre (TDC) in Houston, Texas

PRCI opens state-of-the-art pipeline technology test centre in US
The TDC will open with over 600 test specimens available for advancing pipeline research

The PRCI believes that the TDC will allow the energy pipeline industry to ensure the safety of the international pipeline system.

"The TDC is a critical tool for the energy pipeline industry as we continue to strive for zero failures,” said John O'Brien, Chevron Energy Technology Company. “The TDC will provide the industry with an independent third party site to fully understand the capabilities of current tools and to guide the development of the new technologies needed to push towards our goal. This new site will further enhance PRCI as a focal point for the research and development efforts of the energy pipeline industry.”

The TDC will open with over 600 test specimens available for advancing pipeline research. It will be a key enabler to understanding and improving current inspection and integrity assessment technologies, and promoting the development of new technologies for pipeline integrity management.

The new TDC will be located on over eight acres and will include a five acre state-of-the-art pull test facility, and an over 20,000 square foot workshop and test facility with an additional 9,000 square foot of office and meeting space.

"This new site will allow us to continue to grow our pipeline sample inventory and to perform the research needed to ensure the safety and integrity of our vital pipeline infrastructure globally," said Cliff Johnson, PRCI president.

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