Pipeline Construction Steps
Federal and State Regulations Govern Pipeline Construction
A host of federal and state regulations impose requirements on pipeline construction to ensure safe design, construction and pre-operation testing of all new pipelines. Pipeline builders must comply with rules on materials, specifications, and construction techniques. Everything from the type of steel used to how components are welded together must meet quality standards. After a new pipeline is constructed, inspected and any issues resolved, it must still undergo a hydrostatic pressure test, pumping water at high pressure, ensuring the pipeline is sound and ready for service.