HDD installation practices for buried pipeline energy infrastructure in China

Maureen Carlin, Samuel Ariaratnam, Xuefeng Yan, Baosong Ma

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Abstract

In 2009, China surpassed the United States to become the largest global energy consumer. By 2013, coal, crude oil, and natural gas combined represented more than 90% of this consumption, and it is estimated that China's energy consumption needs will more than double by the year 2040. This projection highlights China's growing challenge to safely and efficiently supply energy resources across the country. This effort will include new supplies to areas with developing rural populations and increased supplies to rapidly growing urban areas. Buried pipeline has become the selected method of transmission, as pipelines are more cost effective, more sustainable, and more efficient than the construction and operation of aboveground railway or long-haul trucking. To meet the demand, the Chinese government has implemented massive buried pipeline construction initiatives, allowing China to become the fastest growing country in trenchless technology construction methods. Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has played a particularly critical role in executing large-scale pipeline construction by providing an economical, timely, and environmentally responsible method to bypass challenges along the path of the pipelines. Thus, Chinese HDD contractors have played a critical role in the overall development of China's buried energy infrastructure. Understanding this role would be of great value to the global trenchless technology community. Developing countries would benefit from the Chinese advancements for large-scale HDD installation. In developed areas, such as North America, studying Chinese execution may allow for new ideas to help to improve long-established HDD best practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPipelines 2014
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Underground to the Forefront of Innovation and Sustainability - Proceedings of the Pipelines 2014 Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages425-436
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780784413692
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventPipelines 2014: From Underground to the Forefront of Innovation and Sustainability - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2014Aug 6 2014

Publication series

NamePipelines 2014: From Underground to the Forefront of Innovation and Sustainability - Proceedings of the Pipelines 2014 Conference

Other

OtherPipelines 2014: From Underground to the Forefront of Innovation and Sustainability
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period8/3/148/6/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Carlin, M., Ariaratnam, S., Yan, X., & Ma, B. (2014). HDD installation practices for buried pipeline energy infrastructure in China. In Pipelines 2014: From Underground to the Forefront of Innovation and Sustainability - Proceedings of the Pipelines 2014 Conference (pp. 425-436). (Pipelines 2014: From Underground to the Forefront of Innovation and Sustainability - Proceedings of the Pipelines 2014 Conference). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413692.039