Global Top 10 Pipeline Construction Companies [2023]

Published on 25th August 2023

Pipelines are used to transport materials like oil, natural gas, and water from one location to another.


As the lifelines of the global O&G industry, pipelines provide a convenient, efficient, safe, and reliable mode of transportation from upstream production to downstream refineries, dependent industries, and end users.


Pipeline systems encompass a wide range of pipelines—from inland cross-country pipelines to pipelines in offshore areas.


Based on the location of installation, pipelines are categorized into onshore and offshore pipelines, such as:


Onshore Pipelines

  • Compressor stations
  • Main pipelines
  • Pump stations
  • Spur lines


Offshore Pipelines

  • Inter-field/inter-platform lines
  • Lines from the offshore terminal to the landfall point
  • Subsea PLEMs (Pipe Line End Manifolds)
  • Trunk lines


A large pipeline construction project is generally broken into “spreads” or manageable lengths utilizing qualified and highly specialized workgroups.


Hazardous terrain, extreme pressures, and suspended loads are some challenges workers face in constructing pipelines or performing maintenance of heavy equipment.


Organizations in the pipeline industry take a number of measures to ensure employees adhere to the highest pipeline construction standards and meet the pipeline project’s specific needs.


Read on to learn more about the top players in the pipeline construction market.


Table of Contents

Global Top 10 Pipeline Construction Companies [2023]

Bechtel Corporation

Bonatti S.p.A.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

McDermott International, Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

PJSC Transneft

Primoris Services Corporation


TC Energy Corporation (formerly TransCanada Corporation)

TechnipFMC plc

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Wrapping Up


Global Top 10 Pipeline Construction Companies [2023]


Here are the world’s leading pipeline construction companies (listed alphabetically):


Bechtel Corporation

Founded: 1898

Location: Reston, Virginia, United States


Founded by Warren A. Bechtel, Bechtel Corporation is one of the world’s biggest construction and engineering companies.


Bechtel offers engineering, construction, and project management solutions and has a successful track record of completing over 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents.


Four generations of family members have run the globally leading company that serves the following markets:

  • Defense & Security
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Advanced Materials
  • Chemicals
  • Water
  • Manufacturing Technology


Since the 1940s, Bechtel has built international pipelines that transport industrial gases, natural gas, oil, petroleum products, slurry, and water for the private sector.


According to Bechtel, it has completed “more than 50,000 miles of pipeline—enough to circle the Earth twice.”


Bechtel Pipeline Projects


Bechtel has worked on several projects worldwide, including the following pipeline projects:

  • Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project
  • Escondida Water Supply
  • Gabon National Infrastructure
  • In Salah Gas Pipeline
  • Jamnagar Oil Refinery
  • KG-D6 Natural Gas Development
  • Khalifa Port and Kizad
  • Kuwait Oil Field Restoration
  • Liwan 3-1 Deepwater Gas Development
  • Los Bronces Copper Mine
  • Los Pelambres Copper Mine
  • PGT/PG&E Pipeline
  • Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project
  • Sohar Aluminium Smelter
  • Third Generation Project
  • U.S. National Laboratories

Pipeline Integrity Management Tool


Bechtel was awarded the “2018 Digital Edge 50 Award” for its Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) tool designed to help customers prioritize critical pipeline integrity work and improve overall pipeline safety.


The PIM tool enables better pipeline maintenance and replacement by integrating data science modeling, geographic information systems, and pipeline data.


As one of the most respected companies in the pipeline construction industry, Bechtel’s professional services and training leave a legacy of quality upon each project completion.


Bonatti S.p.A.

Founded: 1946

Location: Parma, Italy


Bonatti S.p.A. is one of the largest pipeline contractors with a successful track record of executing a wide range of projects in O&G transportation facilities construction.


As an international general contractor, Bonatti has laid pipes around the world under challenging environmental and logistical conditions—from deserts, forests, and frozen steppes to jungles, mountains (up to 5,000 m), and swamps.


Bonatti provides project management, EPC, commissioning, and O&M services for the following:

  • Compressor & pumping/pump stations
  • Flowlines & associated facilities
  • Oil & gas pipelines
  • Pipeline rehabilitation
  • Scraper traps & block valves
  • Trunklines


Pipeline Automatic Welding System


Bonatti’s O&G pipeline automatic welding system ROB.E 10:01 is the result of a 25-year R&D effort. The automated system has been designed to weld pipes of every thickness with a diameter above 10” and refined in the construction sites to ensure maximum reliability and profitability.


SAFE-T-REX 130 Pipelayer


Bonatti’s SAFE-T-REX 130 is an in-house designed and manufactured pipelayer with two work modes for maximum control of load capacity and laying parameters.


Apart from full monitoring of operator experience, qualifications, and skills, the pipelayer also features a unique dashboard to immediately control every machine parameter.


Bonatti’s SAFE-T-REX 130 with its 130-ton lifting capacity was awarded the IPLOCA (International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association) Health and Safety Award.


Pipeline Projects


Bonatti’s pipeline construction projects include:

  • Timimoun Field Development Project
  • Rompco Loop Line 2 Project
  • Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
  • Wafa Area
  • Ramones | Project: Pipeline
  • El Oro – Mazatlan Pipeline
  • El Encino – Ojinaga Pipeline
  • Eugal Pipeline Project Germany 56 inches-292 km (gas pipeline construction)
  • Tuxpan-Tula & Tula-Villa De Reyes Pipelines


Bonatti’s experienced professionals develop cutting-edge equipment and provide solutions that deliver “the best performance” in terms of timing and minimization of the error percentage rate.


Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Founded: 1997

Location: Houston, Texas, United States


Kinder Morgan, Inc. is one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies with interest in or operating approximately 82,000 miles of pipelines and 140 terminals and 700 bcf (billion cubic feet) of working gas storage capacity.


While Kinder Morgan’s terminals store and handle chemicals, petroleum products, renewable fuels, vegetable oils, and other products, its pipelines transport carbon dioxide, crude oil, gasoline, natural gas, and more.


Natural Gas Pipelines


According to Kinder Morgan, it “owns an interest in or operates the largest natural gas network in North America.”  


Kinder Morgan’s pipelines transport approximately 40% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. and serve major consuming domestic markets.


Kinder Morgan’s pipelines are connected to every important natural gas resource play-and-supply area in the U.S., including:

  • Bakken
  • Barnett
  • Fayetteville
  • Haynesville
  • Marcellus
  • The Eagle Ford
  • Uinta Permian (the Permian Basin is one of the largest structural basins located in West Texas)
  • Utica


Ruby Pipeline: Owned and operated by Kinder Morgan, Ruby Pipeline is a 680-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline system that extends from Wyoming to Oregon and supplies natural gas from the major Rocky Mountain basins to consumers in Nevada, California, and the Pacific Northwest.


Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipelines comprise the following:



  • East Region
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL is one of the U.S.’s largest interstate pipeline systems)
  • West Region


Intrastate (includes the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline and Permian Highway Pipeline)



  • Northern Region
  • Southern Region
  • NGL Fractionation Capacity (includes Eagle Ford, Rockies, and Williston)


Gathering/Processing (includes Camino Real Gathering and Eagle Ford Gathering)



  • Bear Creek
  • Keystone Gas Storage


LNG Terminals

  • Elba Island LNG
  • Southern LNG
  • Gulf LNG


Products Pipelines


As “the largest independent transporter of petroleum products in North America,” Kinder Morgan transports approximately 2.4 million barrels per day through ~9,500 miles of products pipelines.

In addition, Kinder Morgan has 65 liquids terminals that store fuels and provide blending services (ethanol blending is a specific service aimed at improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions) for ethanol and biofuels.

Kinder Morgan’s products pipelines assets are located in the Midwestern, Southeast, and West United States and comprise the following:

Refined Products Pipelines

  • Pacific Operations
  • Southeast Operations


Transmix (a mixture of refined products)


Crude Pipelines (such as the Gathering System and Crude and Condensate Pipeline)




  • Pacific Operations – Northern Region
  • Pacific Operations – Southern Region
  • Southeast Region – KMST 
  • Southeast Region – Central Florida


Kinder Morgan’s commitment to public safety, environment protection, and facilities operations in compliance with industry rules and applicable regulations enables it to shape the present and future of energy infrastructure.

McDermott International, Inc.

Founded: 1923
Location: Houston, Texas, United States


McDermott International, Inc. is an industry-leading provider offully integrated EPCI (engineering, procurement, construction, and installation) services to the energy industry.


McDermottdelivers best-in-class, comprehensive solutions to global energy projects—from concept to commissioning.


McDermott’s offerings include:

  • Fabrication facilities
  • Offshore O&G production systems (such as jackets, topsides, and FPSO vessels)
  • Onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Onshore O&G field production
  • Specialty marine construction vessels


The premier energy services company has worked on multiple projects, such as:


Project Name

Project Location

Industry Served


Scope of Work



-Ceyhan Pipeline

Baku, Azerbaijan to Ceyhan, Turkey



Corridor Engineering, PipelineEngineering, andEnvironmental Impact Review


McDermott undertook the following for the Azerbaijan and Georgia sectors:

  • Route selection
  • Corridor engineering
  • Pipeline engineering
  • Environmental impact review
  • Advanced GIS (Geospatial Information System) implementation for the whole pipeline
  • Invitation to tender (preparation)
  • Bid evaluation and award for pipeline construction

Khuff Gas Development Platform

150 km off the coast of Abu Dhabi



The Middle East

Detailed Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning, and Startup Assistance

The complicated and highly integrated project included:

  • Two new offshore gas-processing platforms—

NKPP(New Khuff Production Platform) and TA(Taweelah Alpha)

  • Separate flare platforms
  • Modifications to 13 existing installations

All these were interlinked by a43-km, 30-inch subsea pipeline, with another 150-km, 36-inch pipeline bringing the gas to shore.

South Caucasus Pipeline

Sangachal, Azerbaijan (South of Baku)



FEED, Detailed Engineering and Procurement Services for the 42-inch, 700-km gas export pipeline.

Apart from undertaking the technical and economical optimization of the system, McDermott was responsible for the following:

  • Route selection
  • Corridor engineering
  • Environmental impact review
  • Hydraulics and process design
  • Compressor station design
  • Project schedule
  • CAPEX and OPEX estimates
  • Invitation to tender (preparation)
  • Bid evaluation of the pipeline construction contracts



Operating in over 54 countries, McDermott is focused on advancing the next generation of global energy infrastructure with its technology-driven approach and innovative solutions.


Pembina Pipeline Corporation


Location:Calgary, Canada


Pembina Pipeline Corporation (also known as “PBA” and “Pembina”) is an industry-leading energy transportation and midstream provider founded as an operator of an oil-transporting pipeline system within the Pembina field.


Pembina owns an integrated network of the following:

  • Export terminals business
  • Gas-gathering and processing facilities
  • Hydrocarbon liquids and natural gas pipelines
  • Oil and natural gas liquids logistics servicesand infrastructure


Pembina’s well-maintained pipeline network serves various basins and markets—Pembina’s upstream and downstream assets across North America supply products from hydrocarbon-producing regions to market hubs, fractionators, and refineries in:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Other regions throughout North America


Pembina’s Pipelines Division provides the following services for condensate, crude oil,natural gas, and natural gas liquids:

  • Pipeline transportation
  • Rail services
  • Storage
  • Terminalling


The conventional assets consist of strategically located pipelines and terminalling hubs. These assets gather and transport condensate and natural gas liquids, as well as light and medium crudes from western Alberta and northeast British Columbia to the Edmonton area for processing or transporting through downstream pipelines.


The oil sands and heavy oil assets transport heavy and synthetic oil produced in Alberta to the Edmonton area and provide related storage, terminalling, and rail services.


The transmission assets transport condensate, ethane, and natural gas throughout Canada and the U.S. on long-haul pipelines linkingkey market hubs.


Pembina is committed to delivering extraordinary energy solutions to help the world thrive in a collaborative, safe, and sustainable environment.


PJSC Transneft


Location:Moscow, Russia


PJSC (Public Joint Stock Company) Transneft is known as “Russia’s largest oil pipeline company” managing the “world’s largest oil pipeline”—extending from Siberia to the Baltics in severe terrain conditions.


Transneftis an integrated national oil pipeline company, which has built key export oil pipelines in Russia—one of the countries with large O&G pipeline systems.


Apart from a branch office in St. Petersburg, Transneft is reported to have five representative offices in Belarus, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, and Slovakia.


As the leading state-controlled oil pipeline operator,Transneft owns more than 69,000 km of main pipelines, 500+ pumping stations, and about 23 million cubic meters of reservoir tanks, and transports over 85% of the oil produced in Russia.


Transneft’s main activities include:

  • Transportation of oil and oilproducts via the trunk pipeline systems within Russia and abroad
  • Maintenance and repair operations on trunk pipelines
  • Implementation of new equipment, technologies,and materials


According to an industry news source, Transneft operates several oil transport systems, such as:

  • Baltic Pipeline System
  • Baltic Pipeline System-2
  • Burgas-Alexandroupolis Oil Pipeline
  • Caspian Pipeline Consortium
  • Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean Oil Pipeline
  • Kharyaga-Indiga Pipeline
  • Purpe-Samotlor Pipeline System


Furthermore, Transneft isconsidered one of the most energy-efficient companies in the global pipeline transport sector.


Primoris Services Corporation


Location: Dallas, Texas, United States


Primoris Services Corporation is a specialty construction and infrastructure company specializing in natural gas, water, and wastewaterpipelines.As a full-service, self-perform contractor,Primoris provides world-class engineering and construction services to a diversified client base in the energy market.


Primoris’ “Energy” capabilities include:

  • Renewables
  • Industrial Construction
  • Engineering
  • Heavy Civil
  • Maintenance
  • Pipeline Services


Primoris is a premier pipeline, underground utility, and related facility constructioncontractor.


According to Primoris, it is “the safe, reliable, solutions-focused pipeline contractor” for all types of pipelines—from a long cross-country pipeline to a complicated project in a congested corridor.”


Primoris’ pipeline construction expertise encompassesnew build, expansion, replacement, and improvement work of all scopes and sizes in a wide range of areas, climates, and terrains.


Pipeline Capabilities

  • Pipeline Construction
  • Facility Construction
  • Pipeline Integrity
  • Trenchless Construction
  • Maintenance


Pipeline Subservices

  • Mainline Construction
  • Laterals and Looping
  • Congested Corridor Construction
  • Pick-up and Relay
  • Pipeline Conversions
  • Right-of-Way Maintenance
  • Slip Repairs
  • Appurtenance (including Launcher/Receivers, Mainline Valves, etc.)


As an experienced pipeline contractor, Primoris provides best-in-class services for all forms of pipeline construction. It also safely delivers high-quality, environmentally compliant, and cost-efficient projects on time for its clients, regardless of size or challenges.


Furthermore, Primoris’ business model drives predictability and limits risks while deeper customer engagement provides cross-selling opportunities.



Founded: 1923

Location: Nanterre,France


With 100 years of dedicated pipeline experience, Spiecapag is a globally leading provider of O&G pipelines and associated systems.


Spiecapag is a subsidiary of Vinci SA (VINCI)—a well-known French concessions and construction company operating in more than 120 countries worldwide.


As a complex project specialist, Spiecapag has experience in laying over 60,000 km of pipelines in extreme environments—from the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula to the rainforests of Cameroon.


The company’s diverse range of projects encompasses greenfield and heavy logistics, large diameter pipelines, long-length pipelines, environmentally sensitive, and remote areas projects.


Let’s look at some of Spiecapag’s projects:


Name of the Project






Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)



Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)



Arc de Dierrey



Incahuasi Project





Papua Nouvelle Guinée

Angola LNG Project-Nearshore & Onshore Pipelines



New Multi Product Pipeline (NMPP)


South Africa

Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales (ODL)



Yemen LNG Pipeline Project




Spiecapag’s expertise in building key pipeline transportation and associated facilities enables it to execute a variety of onshore pipeline projects and associated infrastructure, such as:

  • Compressor stations
  • Hydrocarbon storage facilities
  • Mineral transportation networks
  • Pumping and metering stations
  • Water supply networks


Spiecapag also provides the following services to the O&G industry:

  • Project management
  • Financing
  • Design and engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Commissioning and maintenance
  • Operator training


With its full EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) lifecycle expertise, Spiecapag delivers turnkey projects for its clients—working on projects of all sizes and complexity.


TC Energy Corporation (formerly TransCanada Corporation)

Founded: 1951

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Formerly known as “TransCanada Corporation,” TC Energy Corporation is a leading energy infrastructure companyoperating in the natural gas, oil, and power industries.


TC Energy was founded to develop the TransCanada pipeline (now known as the “Canadian Mainline”) to supply natural gas produced in the west to eastern Canadian markets.


TC Energy’s business segments include Energy Solutions, Natural Gas, Oil & Liquids, and Power & Storage.


Natural Gas


TC Energy builds and operates reliable and safe energy infrastructure, such as the 93,300-km network of natural gas pipelines supplying more than 25% of natural gas used on a daily basis across North America to generate power,fuel industries, and heat homes.


In addition, TC Energy owns more than 653 bcf of natural gas storage in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.


Oil & Liquids


This segment includes an oil & liquids pipeline infrastructure—a 4,900-km (approximately) pipeline network—connecting Alberta crude oil supplies to the U.S. refining markets in Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and the U.S. Gulf Coast.


TC Energy also has storage terminals in Canada and the U.S., including Cushing (Oklahoma), Hardisty (Alberta), and Houston (Texas).


TC Energy owns one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure portfolios with a massive energy network comprising pipeline and storage assets, among others.


TC Energy Assets and Projects


TC Energy’s assets and projects include(but not limited to) the following:


2021 NGTL System Expansion Project: TC Energy added several compressor unit additions and natural gas pipelines as part of Alberta’s 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project.


ANR Pipeline: The ANR system has access to major producing basins in North America and transports natural gas from Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas to cities and towns in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


Bison Pipeline: The Bison Pipeline stretches 302 miles across Wyoming and Montana to North Dakota. From North Dakota, the pipeline connects with another interstate natural gas pipeline.


Keystone Pipeline System: The Keystone Pipeline System—stretching 4,850 km in length—is crucial in delivering U.S. and Canadian crude oil supplies to markets around North America.


TechnipFMC plc

Founded: 2017

Location: Houston, Texas, United States (operational headquarters)

TechnipFMC plc is the world’s leading subsea tree production system manufacturer and supplier, which was formed as a merger between France’s Technip and the U.S.’s FMC Technologies.


TechnipFMCis a well-known expert in project management, engineering, and construction for the energy industry—from the deepest subsea O&G developments to the most complex and largest offshore and onshore infrastructures.

Operating in 48 countries, TechnipFMC owns state-of-the-art industrial assets worldwide and operates a specialized vessel fleet for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

Over the decades, TechnipFMC has been the chosen provider for SURF (Subsea Umbilicals, Risers, and Flowlines), connections and tie-ins.

TechnipFMC develops, engineers, manufactures, and installs the following for subsea systems:
•    Connections and tie-ins
•    Flexible pipes
•    Rigid pipelines
•    Umbilicals


Rigid Pipelines

TechnipFMC specializes in procuring, fabricating, and installing rigid pipelines globally in water depths from tens to thousands of meters offshore. 

It offers a broad range of rigid pipe products to meet diverse subsea challenges—from transporting highly corrosive fluids to solving flow assurance issues. 

TechnipFMC leverages one of the industry’s most advanced fleets of pipelay vessels and four strategically located global spoolbases for pipeline installation.

The rigid pipeline systems include:
•    Single pipelines
•    Plastic-lined pipelines
•    Corrosion-resistant alloy pipelines
•    Direct electrically heated pipelines
•    Pipe-in-Pipe
•    Electrically trace heated pipe-in-pipe
•    Piggybacked pipelines
•    Steel catenary risers (SCR)
•    Free-standing hybrid risers


When it comes to size, rigid pipelines vary, such as:
•    Small diameter 4-inch pipes (for oilfield service fluids)
•    18-inch (infield lines)
•    Larger diameter export trunk lines (connect offshore processing facilities to onshore receiving facilities)


ETH-PiP Technology


TechnipFMC’s expertise is recognized in the industry for the design, assembly, and pipelay of reeled PIP (Pipe-in-Pipe) systems.


A company news release stated that TechnipFMC extended the capabilities of ETH-PiP (Electrically Trace Heated Pipe in Pipe) technology for the Fenja iEPCI™ (integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation) development in the Norwegian North Sea.


The ETH-PiP is a combination of many of TechnipFMC’s pipeline technologies. It is designed to prevent the reduction of the fluid flow resulting from the waxing up of the pipeline.


Furthermore, TechnipFMC provides automation solutions and measurement systems fortransportation, distribution, and storage of gas, natural gas liquids, and oil by truck, rail, vessel, and pipeline.


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Wrapping Up


Pipelines serve various purposes, such as carrying crude oil to refineries (industrial), jet fuel to airports (commercial), and natural gas to homes (domestic).


The life cycle of a pipeline includes various aspects, such as:

  • Design
  • Planning
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Installation
  • Testing
  • Monitoring
  • Repair
  • Replacement
  • Removal


Pipeline construction is a multi-step process encompassing pre-construction, construction, and post-construction activities. For example, a reconnaissance survey is a pipeline pre-construction activityinvolving site visits covering major control points.


Open trenching and trenchless methods (such as HDD or Horizontal Directional Drilling) are commonly used pipeline construction methods.HDD has become a preferred method of installing cables, underground pipelines, and utility lines because it minimizes surface disruption and saves time and money.


Pipeline construction companies specialize in laying pipelines for projects of every scope and are qualified to handle all aspects of pipeline construction—from excavation and installation to maintenance and decommissioning.


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