The Pryor Times

November 20, 2012

Laying down the line

New pipe across Mayes County

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— ConocoPhillips is putting in a new petroleum products pipeline.

“It is a total of 150 miles long, starting in Glenpool and ending in Mt. Vernon, Mo. We are now working in the Mayes County area,” said Jim Noland of ConocoPhillips.

The project began in 2006 and the company is laying 20 to 30 miles of pipe per year. The new line follows the same path as the old one, going under roads where necessary.

Rather than simply removing the old lines and replacing them with new ones, ConocoPhillips is using a process called “looping.”

“All looping means is that we are laying a new line parallel and adjacent to the two old lines. It’s a replacement, but nothing is removed. Once it is completely laid, they will switch the product over,” said Noland.

The existing lines were from the 1930s. The new and existing lines are standard 10-inch line. ConocoPhillips believes this is a safer product and a safer system. The new line is a refined petroleum product, rather than a natural gas line.

“They started this (the Mayes County leg of the project) back in May. I imagine they will be done in the next month or so,” said District 1 Mayes County Commissioner Alva Martin.