Direct West Oil & Gas Limited Pipelines

Direct West Oil & Gas Limited Pipelines,and the biggest oil pipeline networks in the world. It carries oil some 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) from the eastern part of the European Russia to points in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Germany. The network also branches out into numerous pipelines to deliver its product throughout the Eastern Europe and beyond. The name “Druzhba” means “friendship”, alluding to the fact that the pipeline was intended to supply oil to the energy-hungry western regions of the Soviet Union, to its “fraternal socialist allies” in the former Soviet bloc, and to western Europe. Today, it is the largest principal artery for the transportation of Russian (and Kazakh) oil across Europe.

Direct West Oil & Gas Limited pipeline network, China’s first direct oil import pipeline allowing oil import from Central Asia. It runs from Kazakhstan’s Caspian shore to Xinjiang in China. The pipeline is owned by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and the Kazakh oil company KazMunayGas.

Our North American pipeline network, includes the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 11 pump stations, several hundred miles of feeder pipelines, and the Valdez Marine Terminal. It is commonly called the Alaska Pipeline, Trans-Alaska Pipeline, or Alyeska Pipeline, (or the Pipeline as referred to in Alaska), but those terms technically apply only to the 800.302 miles (1,287.961 km) of the pipeline with the diameter of 48 inches (122 cm) that conveys oil from Prudhoe Bay, to Valdez, Alaska. The crude oil pipeline is privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

The pipeline was built between 1974 and 1977 after the 1973 oil crisis caused a sharp rise in oil prices in the United States. This rise made exploration of the Prudhoe Bay oil field economically feasible. Environmental, legal, and political debates followed the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay in 1968, and the pipeline was built only after the oil crisis provoked the passage of legislation designed to remove legal challenges to the project.

The task of building the pipeline had to address a wide range of difficulties, stemming mainly from the extreme cold and the difficult, isolated terrain. The construction of the pipeline was one of the first large-scale projects to deal with problems caused by permafrost, and special construction techniques had to be developed to cope with the frozen ground. The project attracted tens of thousands of workers to Alaska, causing a boomtown atmosphere in Valdez, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.

The first barrel of oil traveled through the pipeline in 1977, and full-scale production began by the end of the year. Several notable incidents of oil leakage have occurred since, including those caused by sabotage, maintenance failures, and gunshot holes. The most significant oil spill associated with the pipeline was caused by the Exxon Valdez, and did not directly involve the pipeline. As of 2010, the pipeline has shipped almost 16 billion barrels (2.5×109 m3) of oil.

North America

  • Big Inch
  • Calnev Pipeline
  • Colonial Pipeline
  • Keystone Pipeline (proposed)
  • Lakehead Pipeline
  • Minnesota Pipeline
  • North Dakota System
  • Portland-Montreal Pipe Line
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
  • Trans Mountain Pipeline
  • Unev Pipeline
  • Yellowstone Pipeline

Latin America

  • Activo de Burgos – Pipeline Network – Mexico
  • Burgos-Monterrey Pipeline – Mexico
  • Cadereyta Pipeline – Mexico
  • ECOPETROL Pipelines – Colombia
  • OCP Pipeline – Ecuador
  • OIL TANKING Pipeline – Argentina
  • PDVSA Pipelines – Venezuela
  • PEMEX Pipelines – Mexico
  • PETROANDINA Pipeline – Argentina (Under Construction)
  • Recope Pipelines – Costa Rica
  • San Fernando Pipeline – Mexico
  • SOTE Pipeline – Ecuador
  • Tamazunchale Pipeline – Mexico
  • TGN Pipeline Network – Argentina
  • TGI Pipeline Network – Colombia
  • TGS Pipeline Network – Argentina
  • Trans-Isthmian Pipeline – Panama
  • Transpetro Pipelines – Brazil


Sugumar Subramanian


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