Introduction to Natural Gas & Petroleum Pipeline Construction

Introduction to Natural Gas & Petroleum Pipeline Construction

January 29, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“They did a great job explaining the process, and I liked it even more when they talk about actual experiences too.” – SPEC Services

“Excellent intro to the pipeline construction process.” – Department of Energy

“Very knowledgeable. Appreciated the real-world examples that he gave and the tips.” – National Fuel Gas Supply Corp

Pipelines are a valuable and safe means to move energy from point to point safely and economically. The building of a pipeline involves a very wide array of distinct phases, and each phase is unique and needs to be understood to appreciate its complexity, as well as to ensure the integrity of the final product and to provide the most economical value to the owner of the pipeline while ensuring that the pipeline will perform as designed.

Our expert instructor will help attendees understand the different phases involved in building, testing, and commissioning the completed pipeline. Each phase will be described to allow one to better appreciate the elements involved. In addition, just about every natural gas and petroleum pipeline is subject to either Federal or State regulatory oversite and understanding the construction process will help the operator of the pipeline in complying with those government requirements.

Special discounts apply for groups of five or more so bring your whole team to this value-packed one day training!

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the main construction phases and the activities prior to the start of construction
  • Describe the construction process, including:
    • Trenching
    • Stringing the pipe
    • Field bending
    • Welding pipe joints
    • Non-destructive testing of welds
    • Field coating of pipe for cathodic protection
    • Lowering in the pipeline
    • Backfilling
  • Examine the testing of the completed line
  • Explain the commissioning of the completed line
  • Discuss the regulatory requirements


Monday, January 29, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing



  • Welcome
  • Introduction of students and instructors
  • Class agenda
  • Training objectives

Description of Main Construction Phases


Activities Prior to the Start of Construction

  • Design
  • Permits
  • ROW


  • Clearing ROW
  • Stringing the pipe
  • Trenching
  • Welding
  • Coating the pipe
  • Non-destructive testing of welds
  • Backfilling

Testing the Completed Line

  • Test medium
  • Test pressure
  • Test records

Commissioning the Completed Pipeline

  • Start-up of line



Difference Between Pipeline Regulations


Thomas Lael, Formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

Mr. Lael has been involved with the pipeline industry for over 45 years. He has worked for various State Pipeline Regulatory agencies (Illinois, Connecticut, and California) and the Federal government (Transportation Safety Institute, now known as Training and Qualification’s [T&Q]).  More recently, Mr. Lael has worked for major petroleum pipeline operators as a code compliance officer and Operator Qualifications Administrator. He has been responsible for determining the operator’s compliance with Federal and State pipeline safety regulations and determining the intent of current and proposed PHMSA regulations.

Mr. Lael spent 10 years working with ConocoPhillips as the OQ administrator for the company OQ program. His employment with ConocoPhillips evolved from his initial employment with Tosco Corporation starting in 1999, merged into Phillips Pipeline Company in 2001, and finally into ConocoPhillips in 2002. He was responsible for the OQ qualifications for approximately 950 employees and over 1,500 contract individuals.

Mr. Lael has worked as an expert witness on legal cases concerning pipeline safety and accident/incident investigations. Mr. Lael has investigated numerous natural gas and petroleum pipeline explosion and fires.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Introduction to Natural Gas & Petroleum Pipeline Construction

January 29, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 29, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those people that have a need to know and understand the pipeline construction process. This can especially be beneficial to:

  • Engineers
  • Individuals who have a limited amount of experience in the pipeline industry
  • Individuals involved in the insurance industry
  • County and city zoning officials
  • Individuals who perform investigations of accidents
  • Personnel who may be involved in loss prevention or budgeting

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