Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation comprised primarily of energy pipeline companies. PRCI was established in 1952 as the Pipeline Research Committee of the American Gas Association, and became an independent not-for-profit corporation in 2000. PRCI’s initial charter was to confront the problem of long-running brittle fracture in natural gas transmission pipelines. PRCI’s solution of that problem within two years demonstrated the impact and benefits of industry collaboration and the leveraging effect of voluntary funding. Although initially an organization focused solely on pipelines in North America, PRCI began to broaden its membership and technical perspectives beginning in 1980 with the membership of the Dutch pipeline operator, Gasunie. Today, PRCI is truly an international organization with many members from outside of North America.
With the commitment and technical expertise of its members, PRCI continues to develop dynamic research programs devoted to identifying, prioritizing, and implementing the industry’s core research objectives. As a result, PRCI has become a critical resource for all energy pipelines regardless of where they operate, how they operate, or the purpose of their operation.
Unique among all pipeline research organizations, PRCI brings together leading pipeline companies from around the world to engage in a collaborative process that is truly “of, by and for” the industry.