The Indian government has earmarked USD 5 billion in the pipeline & terminal sector in the Hydrocarbon Vision 2025, to meet the country’s growing energy demand. This would require the government to have a prudent and pragmatic approach for the development of infrastructure in the hydrocarbon space, especially oil and gas pipelines. Building an additional 15,000 km of pipelines under the PPP scheme will boost private funding and participation as well as hasten the execution of these projects. Also, with PNGRB growth plans of 5000 km of pipeline execution in the next 2-3 years, near future seems good for pipeline infrastructure growth and in turn opportunities are awaited by construction companies for executing these projects.
The existing pipeline network for hydrocarbon transportation comprises of almost 30-32 per cent of all the modes of transportation. Various companies have their own operational network of pipelines. The hydrocarbon pipeline network in India tantamount to approx 25000 km however but has fewer terminals for handling large LNG imports. India is witnessing increased demand for natural gas and will ensure a steady pattern for pipeline network growth. This, in turn, demands larger growth and subsequent higher scope of investments.
While the building of more interstate and cross country pipelines remains at the forefront of the growth plans, another very important segment of oil and gas pipeline safety stays the front runner. Today’s pipelines require the rigorous application of safety and control systems. A lot of initiatives are being taken to raise safety standards that include replacing old pipelines and integrating advanced technologies. There is a need to create modern IT solutions to boost reaction time and prevent casualties. The protection of oil, gas and refined product pipelines against sabotage, illegal tapping, and terrorist action, combined with the detection of leaks and inline equipment failure, is a high priority in all countries but has been notoriously difficult to achieve.
The 2nd edition of Pipeline Infrastructure & Safety conference will focus on the latest developments in the areas pipeline infrastructure for the future along with its regulatory perspective. The conference shall also focus on the important subject of safeguarding the pipelines by means of technological innovation and pipeline integrity management.
KEY DISCUSSION POINTS
- Indian Pipeline Industry: Capabilities, Technical-Economical Problems & Development Plans
- What to expect in pipeline policy, regulation, and business?
- Solutions to protect pipeline infrastructure and people from malicious action
- Framework – Safety in Natural Gas Pipeline in India
- Construction, Operation & Maintenance of Natural Gas Pipeline System
- Safety Aspects of NG Pipelines – Operation & Maintenance
- Safety Aspects of NG Pipelines – Construction
- Safety System for Gas Infrastructure
- Pipeline Integrity, Mitigation, and O&M; Practices
- Pipeline Leak Detection System Optimization
- Incorporate new technologies into existing infrastructure
- Identify the latest trends and targets of threat activities to oil and gas infrastructure