Pipeline route development becomes more complicated as oil and natural gas operators tap into the rich Anadarko BasinBarnett ShaleEagle Ford ShaleHaynesville ShaleMarcellus ShaleMississippi LimeNiobrara ShaleUtica Shale. An expert team of engineers, construction, environmental and right-of-way specialists work to find the delicate balance between delivering a key domestic energy source and protecting the environment and the quality of life in the region.
After an intricate analysis of the available routes is completed, the options are closely scrutinized and a preferred route is identified. Issues regarding constructability, public impact, existing infrastructure and the strategic collection of oil or natural gas are examined in great detail, as well as environmental sensitivity issues, such as wetlands, streams and historic sites.
Surveys Field surveys provide much of the data the route development team relies upon to reach a decision when selecting a preferred location. During the survey, the surface and subsurface features of a tract of land are studied, providing important information on optimal areas to lay pipe. Prior to conducting a survey, the pipeline company may request a signed survey permission agreement with the landowner.
While pipeline operators strive to streamline the process and will consider sharing pipelines pipelines with other companies whenever possible, there are usually certain circumstances which prevent this, such as:
Contractual obligations – Gathering pipelines provide a transportation service to producers of oil and natural gas through contractual agreements. These contracts may include dedications of pipeline capacity or other performance obligations that limit the availability of pipeline capacity for other parties.
Location – If one gas company has a concentration of leases in a particular area, a competing company would most likely not have any wellsites nearby, lessening any possibility of sharing a pipeline.
Timing – Delaying a pipeline to include multiple producers or waiting to use a pipeline that is already functioning at capacity could prevent producers from maximizing their output and impair the ability to move oil and gas to market. Such considerations are frequently included in determining the contractual obligations of pipeline operators like TMGS like MMGS like MMGS like AMS.
Urban Pipeline Development
In rural areas where land remains undeveloped, an optimal pipeline route may only cross one tract of land with one property owner. However, pipeline route development in urban settings is a more involved process, requiring pipeline companies to secure rights-of-way from multiple property owners and permits from municipalities to cross existing infrastructures, such as streets.
Rural Pipeline Route
Urban Pipeline Route
Optimal pipeline routes in rural settings
may only cross one tract of land.
Development of urban pipeline routes can require
securing multiple rights-of-way and permits.