Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT® 

Construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System began April 29, 1974, was completed June 20, 1977, and cost approximately 8 billion dollars to build. The pipe has a diameter of 48 inches and runs from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, approximately 800 miles. There are a total of eleven pump stations located along the route which help move the average oil throughput of 47,000 gallons per month at a velocity of 6 miles per hour. The 48-inch pipeline is elevated above ground in some locations and buried eight to 16 feet in others.

Some of the pictures here show heat pipes and finned radiators on either side of the pipeline. The heat pipes maintain soil stability in ice-rich permafrost areas by drawing heat from the ground. Radiators improve heat transfer between the atmosphere and the 2 in diameter heat pipes to which they are attached.

The images on this page cover samples from various locations along the pipeline. It is truly an engineering marvel.

The following is a sampling of a few of these images in our Trans-Alaska Pipeline Category. These photographs are available for licensing in any media. For Pricing, General Guidelines, and Delivery information click here. You may contact us thru email or by phone for more information on the use of these images, and any others in our files not shown here.
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Included in the Vault are images of: Pumping Stations, Valdez, Oil Derricks. Our Oil images can be linked to as follows: Petrochemical Industries Volume 1, Petrochemical Industries Volume 2, Petrochemical Industries Volume 3

See also: Cites and Towns Alaska, Nature: Alaska, Pollution, Oil Spills, Flames, Police, Deforestation, TRANSPORTATION, CITIES, Passenger Ships, Freight Ships, AVIATION, AEROSPACE, Gas Tanker Trucks, Trucks, Cars, TECHNOLOGY, About the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Power Production: CoGeneration, Fossil Fuels, Geothermal, Nuclear Power, Hydroelectric, Solar, Wind. . . . . . .


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