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

Secondary Steel Pipe Applications
If pipe is recovered carefully and marketed professionally, the returns for secondary pipe can be much greater than expected.

Secondary steel pipe is simply structural steel in a tubular form. Secondary means it is on the secondary market instead of the primary market as new or prime material. Secondary can be used or rejected mill material that did not meet specifications for primary marketing purposes. The outside diameter of this steel pipe can be from 1/2" all the way to 48". The wall of the pipe can be of virtually any thickness. Secondary steel pipe is used in many structural applications. Structural usage means to use in structural methods as in construction use in foundations, bulkheads, or anything that might need to be shored up or needing to have a dense under girding and to add more strength.

Other uses for secondary steel pipe can be for building flagpoles, poles for signs, fence posts as well as fence railings, bridge railings, culverts for roads and walkways over ditches. Much pipe has been used in Canada for the purpose of "H" frames to allow the pipe to be lifted up above ground level so as not to disturb the frozen tundra as well as crossing rivers and ravines.

Piling is one of the principle uses for secondary steel pipe. Piling is the foundation on which structures might lay and are "piled" with the use of large piling hammers to sink the piles into the ground, river bed, or ocean, bay, or canal floor in order to bulk up a dock or bank to prevent erosion and give strength.

Surface Casing
In the oil fields, large amounts of secondary or used pipe of this same structural nature are used to set "surface casing". This is the pipe used in oil and gas wells to set at shallow depths near the surface to protect water sands from contamination or leakage of drilling fluids from the oil or gas drilling project. Rat holes and mouse holes are smaller forty to sixty foot holes on drilling rigs used to set off the drilling apparatus when a new section down hole is completed. Forty to sixty feet of 14", 16", or 20" is used on almost every well drilled anywhere.

New Pipelines
Many pipelines are excavated, rehabilitated and put back into service as pipelines. At times the integrity of the steel is the same as when it was new and sometimes it can only be used in lesser applications such as lower pressured transportation. Crude oil pipelines can be changed over to gas, gas to oil, gas to water, etc. There is a movement in part of the western U.S to change over pipelines of any sort to transporting of cable for electricity generated from wind turbines. Many have been been used for fiber optic cable transfers.

In the United States, when crude oil pipelines were no longer of use where they were located because of depletion of oil in the field they were serving, they were simply excavated and moved to other locations. This was especially the case when the U.S. was engaged in World War II.

Road Boring
A road bore contractor might drill a borehole of diameter under a road or highway or river in order to form a casing to hold a smaller peace of pipe that is part of a pipeline going from one point to another.

Scrap Pipe
The last resort is to scrap the pipe. It is generally reusable and can be recycled for many uses. After all it is still a grade of steel in tubular form and a commodity that can be used over and over and this can be called secondary, used, or structural. It is a form of recycling steel tubes.

See “Markets and Reuses for Recovered Line Pipe” for more information.

Pipeline Equities currently has pipeline inventories of 8" X .322 wall thickness and 10" X .365 wall thickness. In addition we are acquiring quantities of 16" X .250 wall thickness. This pipe is inventoried both in and out of the ground and can be retrieved or excavated on order. For prices and availability on these and other sizes, call today at 713-623-0690 or email davidhowell@pipelineequities.com.

Pipeline Equities currently has line pipe inventories both in our yard and in the ground and can be excavated on order.

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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.