What is the definition of a pipeline?
In a process plant, a pipeline is a length of pipe having valves, pumps or other line equipment attached to transport and control the flow of process, service or utilities materials.
- Typically, process piping transports fluids from process feed tanks to the plant’s process units then carries the processed material to storage tanks.
- Service piping transports water, brine, steam, air or other substances to process piping or equipment to bring about the successful completion of the plant’s processes.
- Utilities piping transports any fluids that are not directly associated with the plant’s primary processes but are necessary for the functioning of the plant; such as fuel gases, fuel oil, water, air, steam, etc.