Imroving efficiency of oil main pipeline construction and operation in permafrost terrain

Natalia V. Chukhareva, Oleg V. Brusnik, Alexander N. Chekhlov

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The article investigates liquid pipelines that pass through the areas of Siberia and Far East. The negative impact of permafrost terrain, precisely its peculiar characteristics, on pipeline location is revealed. It is proved that there is high possibility of hazardous geocryological processes that may change the pipeline stress-strain conditions and lead to various technical accidents, which, in its turn, may result in significant leaks and serious pollution problems. Most oil main pipelines are typically underground, however, there are certain limits to laying pipes in the permafrost terrain. With regard to this fact, the authors of the present research propose a number of methods for protecting oil pipelines from adverse impact of geocryological processes. To accomplish this, a model of main oil pipeline which is planned to be laid in permafrost terrain was created. The authors investigated the pipeline section between two pump stations where oil is heated and pushed by the pumps. The proposed engineering solutions are based on engineering and technological approaches. The engineering approach includes differential measures for engineering protection (pipeline insulation, replacement of ice-rich ground in lower portion of trench, above-ground pipeline construction). The technological approach implies oil transport at low temperatures. The proposed combination of the approaches ensures incident-free operation of oil main pipelines that pass through the permafrost terrain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Accreditation in Geosciences; Environmental Legislation, Multilateral Relations and Funding Opportunities
PublisherInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9786197408768, 9786197408775, 9786197408782, 9786197408799, 9786197408805, 9786197408812, 9786197408829, 9786197408836, 9786197408843, 9786197408850, 9786197408867, 9786197408874, 9786197408881, 9786197408898
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event19th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference, SGEM 2019 - Albena, Bulgaria
Duration: 30 Jun 20196 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference Surveying Geology and Mining Ecology Management, SGEM
ISSN (Print)1314-2704


Conference19th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference, SGEM 2019


  • Construction
  • Ground
  • Insulation
  • Pipeline
  • Safety
  • Stress-strain condition
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology

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