The Dakota Access Pipeline has been pulling energy from the earth since 2017. It took years of planning and construction to complete the massive project, and now, it fuels the people of the United States. The system gets its resources from the Bakken, which is nestled underneath North Dakota and some provinces in Canada. It carries raw crude that can be transformed into a usable product inside already established facilities.
Consumers and businesses are using more and more energy each day as commerce expands. New technology and fresh Innovations are driving some of the growth. With this demand, there must be a supply, and the pipeline has been helping to fill the gap that Texas and other oil fields have left. This line can do more to help.
Executives at the Dakota Access Pipeline are working on adding three more pumping stations along the route. The pipes run less than 2,000 miles across four states in the Upper Midwest. The additional pumps will bring the flow closer to what the lower states produce.
The leaders highlighted the fact that the additional pumps are the safest alternative because the existing protocols are already in place. The other options are expensive, such as starting to look for a new field, developing an entirely new extraction plant, or working above ground building new infrastructures.
The Dakota Access Pipeline already has tried and tested safety blankets in place. In the beginning, the team went through a very lengthy approval process with many environmental and agricultural groups. During the construction phase, high-grade steel formed the pipeline. The configuration was purposefully laid out to be much denser than any previous pipe formations.
Technology is woven through the underground system. Its job is to detect breaks in the system. In the event a leak is sensed, engineers and computers are standing by to cut the flow and immediately address the issue. Repair maneuvers are already in place for this system. Since it was cleared to flow, there have been some leaks, which lost only gallons. In traditional crude transportation, failures in the system lose barrels of fuel.
The Dakota pipeline team reported that the new pumping stations would be recruiting individuals for high-paying union-wage jobs. These facilities will take some time to build, starting with the initial ground preparation to the final safety installments. Once they are up and running, a crew will still need to maintain the building and components.
In the end, the goal is to bring into America over 1 million barrels of crude daily safely via the underground pathway. This will make the northern pipeline competitive with its Gulf partners. Using the line is the best route. The other alternatives include trains, ships, or trucks, which can spill into the environment.
The refined product will supply major metropolitan as well as low to middle-income earners. The fuel will help release America’s need for foreign crude. Someday we may have a self-contained, independent system. One method to achieve that is to maximize existing structures.
Published by Lavismichel Inkel