Client
People’s Republic of China Ministry of Petroleum
Location
Liaoning Province, China

Tieling-Dalian Pipeline System Renovation

Fluor was awarded preliminary design and subsequent detailed design for the renovation of one of the most important crude oil transportation links in the People's Republic of China. The Tieling-Dalian Pipeline System (TIEDA) upgraded 434 kilometers (approximately 272 miles) of critical pipeline in northern China.



Client's Challenge

​The pipeline system is located in the Liaoning Province and has been in continuous operation since 1975. A primary objective of this project was to increase system efficiency stressing energy conservation, while investigating new methods to increase throughput. Presently, the average pipeline throughput is 20 million metric tons per year.​

The transported crude is heavy, waxy oil that presents flow problems and requires careful heat controls to maximize a viscous flow.



Fluor's Solution

​The project is focused on the six pipeline pump stations where OSD will renovate the pumping and heating systems and add SCADA and automation.

Fluor developed a custom OSD program and trained Chinese engineers in pipeline design, operations and maintenance of TIEDA. The technology transfer instructed the Chinese on how to apply their knowledge to extend the pipeline operating conditions.



Conclusion

​The pipeline project was completed in mid-1987.​​