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Purging and Load Operations of Bolivia - Brazil Gas Pipeline

[+] Author Affiliations
Caetano Frisoli, Fernando José Ennes Senna

Petrobras Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

José Aurélio Carvalho de Faria

TNG Pipeline, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. IPC2004-0289, pp. 353-357; 5 pages
  • 2004 International Pipeline Conference
  • 2004 International Pipeline Conference, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 4–8, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4176-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3737-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Through a pioneer method in Brazil, the Brazilian side of Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline had its northern and south branches successfully purged and loaded. Pigs were not utilized in this procedure and the method is based on high injection flow rates of natural gas. Results proved this method to be suitable and safe for purging natural gas pipeline into service.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Stress , Pipelines



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