The Williston Herald recently highlighted Energy Transfer, operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline, will join iPipe, North Dakota’s Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program, which consists of oilfield companies seeking to prevent leaks and advance leak detection technology.
iPipe, which was formed in 2017, has pursued technology through advanced sensors and even satellite data to safely monitor pipeline systems. This is a step in the right direction for further bolstering the state’s critical energy infrastructure network.
Vicki Granado, vice president of Corporate Communications for Energy Transfer, believes this is an important safety feature. Granado said in a statement:
“Dakota Access Pipeline is excited to help steer the efforts of this program, and expects that the outcomes of this unique program will result in an even greater record of safe operations across the entire pipeline industry.”
Energy Transfer will be joining iPipe alongside companies such as DCP Midstream, Enbridge, Hess, and Oasis Midstream Partners.
North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness was pleased to hear Energy Transfer is taking strides to advance leak detection. He said:
“IPIPE is a model of how to blend entrepreneurship and applied research together via a private and public partnership. Energy Transfer Partners bring incredible knowledge and experiences to the table which will just enhance the potential for improved pipeline technology and leak detection.”
This announcement is an exciting development for North Dakota’s energy industry and a key reminder of the industry’s commitment to pipeline safety.