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Keystone Pipeline Intended To Be The “Safest Pipeline Ever”

The U.S. State Department's report on the Keystone XL pipeline indicates that it would be the safest pipeline ever built in the United States if TransCanada agreed to 59 additional safety and environmental protection conditions. TransCanada did agree to these additional safety conditions posed by the U.S. State Department, but how does the pipeline company intend to satisfy these imposed safety conditions?

Here are some examples of TransCanada’s Safety Condition Implementation Below:

Puncture Resistant Pipe

High-quality carbon steel meant to enhance the pipeline’s strength while reducing corrosion is intended for use.

Corrosion-Resistant Coating

The pipeline will be protected with an advanced coating technology -- corrosion-resistant fusion-bonded epoxy (FBE). This coating provides excellent protection for pipelines by ensuring excellent resistance to cathodic disbondment.

Cathodic Protection

A low-voltage electric current called cathodic protection will be applied to the pipe itself. This procedure is highly effective at preventing rust and corrosion.

Horizontal Directional Drilling

TransCanada intends to introduce a “trenchless” technology technique; this means pipeline construction can be effectively done under roads, rivers, railways, and other structures of this sort. This approach will also work to reduce the development’s overall environmental impact.

Satellite Monitoring and Leak Detection Systems

Using sensors, the Keystone Pipeline will be monitored at 20,000 unique points along the length of the pipeline using satellite technology.

Automatic Shut-off Valves

Perhaps the most well-documented aspect of the pipeline’s safety approach, the Keystone Pipeline will be equipped with automated shut-off valves placed intervals along the pipe. There will be more valves placed closer together than other existing crude oil pipelines.

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