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Harder, stronger: Enhancing a pipeline

March 21, 2017

How to enhance a pipeline

New technology is answering questions about our energy future. For example: How do you ensure the integrity of pipelines transporting crude from the field for processing? You build a more enhanced pipeline using harder, next-generation metals.

That’s exactly what ExxonMobil and South Korea’s Pohang Iron and Steel Company did by working together to develop pipelines out of high-manganese steel. The steel ensures the pipelines better resist wear and have a longer, safer lifespan. This new pipeline technology can reduce erosion from slurry, a mixture of liquid and solids, by up to five times better than the industry standard, which has the potential to extend pipeline life. These super pipelines will transport challenging resources, including some of the heavy oil sands produced by ExxonMobil in Canada.