Pipeline Equities
PO Box 571977
Houston, Texas 77257
Phone: 713-623-0690

Pipeline Recovery

excavation & removal

Damage Assessment

of easements

Pipeline Appraisal

pipeline property valuation

David Howell Background

Work Experience

Bought, sold, evaluated and appraised operating crude, natural gas and product pipelines for company account. Acted as agent for Exxon, Occidental, Texaco, Arco and Koch and others. Engaged in the purchase and deconstruction [removal] of 15 million feet of pipelines and associated gas plants, refineries, gathering systems and crude oil terminals. Responsible for overall projects including procurement, inspection, evaluation, hiring of supervisory personnel, environmental issues (including asbestos issues and ACM), compliance, landowner relations, and right-of-way issues as well as marketing in U. S. and exporting to China and India and other markets. Developed pipeline appraisal business encompassing throughput, pipe values, salvage, and the “forty factors” concept for valuating pipelines including transmission, trunk, main and gathering systems as well as easements. Active in consulting in litigation for pipeline  companies, land owners and government agencies in North America regarding issues of easements and right of way contracts, pipeline safety, construction and deconstruction practices, environment concerns such as asbestos issues on coatings and the issues of abandonment of pipelines.

Purchased surplus and used oilfield tubulars on North Slope and Kenai, Alaska. Refurbished and sold in the United States and Canada and other markets. Responsible for purchasing, plugging and abandoning depleted oil and gas wells for salvage in Texas and Louisiana for company account. Responsible for marketing resulting pipe and equipment.

Bought, sold, fabricated, unitized, and exported oilfield drilling and production equipment to contractors in U. S., South America, Central America, and Persian Gulf [Iran]. Packaged mud pumps and other components as well as complete drilling rig packages to customer specifications with combined new, used, and rebuilt equipment. Initiated and maintained extensive electronic database of worldwide petroleum industry.

Served as President and CEO of general-purpose oilfield pipe and supply with nine stores throughout South Texas, New Mexico and South Louisiana.

Published Tradex, a journal of used oilfield equipment, which was distributed throughout the world (15,000 copies.)  Also published 30 titles of oilfield directories and technical manuals including >Whole World Oil Directory, Alaska Petroleum and Industrial Directory, Texas Drilling Permits, Texas Petrodata Report and Southwest Petrodata Report via electronic publishing related database marketing.

Construction and operation involving offshore production platforms. Working from base platforms and new construction for additional new adjacent platforms involving crude and natural gas hook ups for new oil and gas production. Additional research and development of oil spill dispersants and biodegradable chemicals for use on offshore drilling rigs and drill ships. Developed brands of “Deep Six Degreaser”, “Rig Wash” and “Supergard” as biodegradable chemicals suitable and safe for offshore use.

City Sales and Technical Field Representative: downhole services. Responsibilities including extensive laboratory work testing new cementing techniques and formulas for ultra deep heat and pressure sensitive applications for offshore and onshore oil and gas wells.

Partner in exploration, drilling, production, and work over in South Texas for company account.


  • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
    B.A. Political Science (International Relations)
  • University of Texas Petroleum Technology School
    Pipeline Technology Certificate; Program majoring in petroleum technology, technical aspects of hydraulics and pipeline construction, coatings, transportation and distribution.
  • University of Texas Petex: Various certificate programs in oil and gas appraisal, oil and gas well log analysis, petroleum accounting methods, oil and gas well completion methods, well servicing procedures, natural gas processing, and oil and gas production
  • Senior Right of Way Agent Designation, International Right of Way Association
    Completed twelve required courses in various right of way disciplines leading to SRWA (Senior Right of Way Agent) designation. Negotiation/Acquisition certification; International Right of Way Association; Environmental Certification, International Right of Way Association. Appraisal Certification, International Right of Way Association. Certification: Pipeline Appraisal Institute.
  • Member: International Right of Way Association, Houston Pipeliners Association, Pipeline Appraisal Institute.
  • Academic programs in language, culture and foreign trade at:
    Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D.F.
    University of the Americas, Mexico D. F.
    Inter-American University, Saltillo, Mexico
    Cultura Lenguas (CLIC), Seville, Spain
    Intensa (Language), San Jose, Costa Rica
    Academia de Espanol, Quito, Ecuador

Books & Articles

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Pipeline Recovery Manual

A complete guide to the business of recovering out of use pipelines

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You will see how we deal with landowners regarding notification and recordings. How to draft a contract of sale with models by: Exxon, Texaco, Koch and others and pictures showing actual work in process.

The manual shows Pipeline Equities job references, right of way releases, agreements and the history and background of Pipeline Equities and managing partner David Howell. These references touch on parts of the six million feet of line removed or handled by the company over the past twenty years.

A line pipe table describing various weights, grades, and pressure ratings of ERW and seamless line pipe is included. This section is an indispensable tool for anyone doing operational word with line pipe.

Also included are extensive glossaries of pipe, pipeline, and right of way terms.

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Pipeline Appraisal Handbook

The Definitive How-To Guide on Establishing Values for Pipelines

This handbook written by David Howell, managing partner of Pipeline Equities is the basic text of any pipeline valuation. All of the essential factors for establishing the value of a pipeline are discussed along with exclusive proprietary formulas and tables essential to a certified appraisal.

Also included are 32 pages of pipe weight and grades tables that cover virtually any situation which might be encountered regarding line pipe requirements. Additionally you’ll find an extensive glossary of pipe, pipeline and right of way terminology is part of the Handbook.

Subjects include: Replacement, Right of Way, Surface Inventory, Throughput, Salvage/Recovery, and comparable sales histories to name a few of the basic factors of pipeline appraisal.

The author recognized a need for a report or “how to” manual for properly appraising pipelines and pipeline right of ways. Currently the work is being done by accounting firms, engineers, and real estate appraisers.

This handbook draws from 45 years of experience.

Howell has forty-five years experience in many sectors of the petroleum industry from drilling contractor and oil and gas operator to pipe and supply distribution throughout the world. He has published Tradex Equipment magazine, the Whole World Oil Directory, and the Texas Oil Register.

For the past twenty years, Howell has been almost exclusively engaged in pipeline sales and acquisition, appraisal, removal for salvage, environmental remediation and general pipeline operations.

Howell currently serves on board of the Pipeline Appraisal Institute and is a member of the International Right of Way Association. Howell is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Kingsville and a native of Alice, Texas. He is currently residing in Houston and is the managing partner of Pipeline Equities.