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

How to Choose the Right Line Pipes for Different Applications

Choosing the right line pipes will ensure efficiency, durability, and safety whether it is being used in oil and gas, water distribution, or construction. The selection process should involve considering material, size, pressure rating, and environmental conditions. 

We use steel pipes for high-pressure applications due to their strength and durability, HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) pipes are widely used for water and gas distribution due to their corrosion resistance and flexibility, and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes are suitable for low-pressure applications such as drainage and irrigation.  

Pipeline Equities has bought and sold crude, gas, and product pipelines since 1987. We have dealt with almost every major pipeline operator in the country.  Let us help you buy or sell your pipeline!

The size and diameter of the line pipe should match the flow requirements of the application. Consider factors like flow rate, pressure, and the volume of the substance being transported. Larger diameters are often used for higher flow rates or larger volumes.

Line pipes should be selected based on their pressure ratings to ensure they can withstand the pressure without failure or leaks. Try to consider the environment in which the pipes will be installed. For instance, in corrosive environments or where exposure to chemicals is common, corrosion-resistant materials like stainless steel or corrosion-resistant alloys might be necessary to prevent degradation and ensure a longer lifespan.

Different materials have varying temperature tolerances. Ensure the selected pipes can withstand the expected temperature range of the application. Environmental factors like UV exposure, soil conditions, and seismic activity also need consideration.

Balance the initial cost of the pipes with their expected lifespan and maintenance requirements. Sometimes, investing in higher-quality, more durable pipes upfront can save money in the long run due to reduced maintenance and replacement costs.  Other times it may be beneficial to purchase used line pipe.  We can help you to determine what is needed for your pipeline project.  We will ensure that the chosen pipes for your project comply with industry standards and regulations. For example, API standards for oil and gas applications, ASTM standards for construction, or NSF standards for water distribution.  We offer guidance in selecting the right pipes for your project and consider potential future needs and expansion plans. 

Contact Pipeline Equities for all of your line pipe needs.

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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.