Canada’s energy industry comprises nearly seven percent of the country’s gross domestic product. One of the important components of the industry is the massive pipelines that help deliver oil across the continent. Right now, there are several upcoming pipeline projects slated to begin in the near future. One of them is a pipeline suggested by TransCanada that is supposed to pump over 1.1 billion barrels of oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the Eastern Canadian states.
With all of this industrial activity, it is no surprise that reliable industrial millwright services like Central Machine and Marine would be needed to help with this expansion. Oil pipelines are major projects that require a lot of metal parts and components to build entire systems. Having a team ready to fabricate the needed parts makes the construction and maintenance of an oil pipeline proceed on schedule.
To understand the importance of an industrial millwright to a pipeline’s operation, you’ll need to understand how a pipeline system works and how oil travels from one part of the system to its destination. The journey starts when oil is injected into the system at the initial injection station. Once the oil is in the pipes, it is kept moving by a system of pump stations. If these should fail, the movement of the oil down the pipe stops. This will cause supply bottlenecks and delays – something you don’t want to happen in a multi-billion dollar industry. That is why immediate industrial pump repair is sometimes needed.
The next step for the oil is at partial delivery stations. This is where some of the oil is pumped into oil tankers for easy delivery to nearby consumers. Block valve and regulator stations will also be on the way so as to ensure that the pipe can be maintained easily; block valve stations can close off a section of the pipe for repairs while regulator station provide convenient places for the pressure in the pipes to be vented. It ends at the final delivery station, usually a bulk storage facility from where oil tankers can then deliver the product to local gas stations.
The system has a lot of moving parts that need maintenance or replacement on a regular basis. Industrial millwrights would be able to fabricate these parts, along with the knowledge on how to install them. With all of the potential expansion in Canada’s oil pipelines, millwright services will be in high demand in the foreseeable future.
(Source: Canada vows to make pipelines safer, UPI, December 9, 2014)