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Logistics aspects of petroleum pipeline operations

W. J. Pienaar
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 4, No 1 | a69 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v4i1.69 | © 2010 W. J. Pienaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2010 | Published: 30 November 2010

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W. J. Pienaar, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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The paper identifies, assesses and describes the logistics aspects of the commercial operation of petroleum pipelines. The nature of petroleum-product supply chains, in which pipelines play a role, is outlined and the types of petroleum pipeline systems are described. An outline is presented of the nature of the logistics activities of petroleum pipeline operations. The reasons for the cost efficiency of petroleum pipeline operations are given. The relative modal service effectiveness of petroleum pipeline transport, based on the most pertinent service performance measures, is offered. The segments in the petroleum-products supply chain where pipelines can play an efficient and effective role are identified.


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