In late June or early July, crude oil will flow for the first time through the trans Alaska pipeline.
CROWD & ZOOM INTO WELD
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Background: In late June or early July, crude oil will flow for the first time through the trans Alaska pipeline. With construction of the multi-billion dollar project almost complete, an important milestone was passed this week (MONDAY, MAY 30) on the project.
SYNOPSIS: The last weld by construction crews on the trans Alaska pipeline was completed this week on Alaska' North Slope.
An estimated 250 workers and company officials gathered at a site about 100 miles south of Prudhoe Bay to watch a tie-in crew weld together two above-ground sections of pipe. More than half of the pipeline is above ground to assure the pipeline's integrity where it crosses permafrost soils. Although some work on the pipeline remains this particular weld marked the symbolic completion of the construction of the pipeline portion of the massive project, under construction for the past three years.
Welding in the field began in early 1975.
Together, more than 100,000 field and shop welds were required for the 800-mile pipeline.