24 January 2016
Maximum capacity of a SkyWay track is higher than that of an oil pipeline (one way) – up to 200-300 million tons/year, yet the cost of transporting oil and liquefied gas will be somewhat lower than through oil and gas pipelines. Moreover, oil and liquefied natural gas can be transported in sealed returnable containers (capacity, for example 10 000 kg) tagged with an electronic card bearing the information about its composition, extraction spot, etc. It will make it possible not to mix oil from different fields, as it is done now, but to process light types of oil separately (sour crude oil, high-paraffin crude oil, etc.). At the same time, construction of a SkyWay pipeline route is less costly than that of a pipeline of the same throughput capacity.
SkyWay technology provides the following features:
A conventional oil pipeline (gas pipeline) transports only oil (gas) and in one way only, whereas using SkyWay, alongside with them, it would be possible to transfer ore, coal, timber and other raw materials. Foodstuffs, constructional materials, equipment, petrochemical products (gasoline, diesel fuel, etc.), rotation workers and so on can be delivered in the opposite direction.
Loading and unloading of oil and gas containers can be carried out at automated cargo terminals of small size, their diameter will not exceed 100 m.
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