Hoeven: PHMSA Awards North Dakota Universities Nearly $400K to Support Pipeline Safety Research

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has awarded a total of $399,607 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) and to the University of North Dakota’s (UND) Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) to research new technologies and ideas that will improve the safety of our country’s transportation pipelines. Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Energy Committees, has been working to improve rail safety and build our nation’s energy infrastructure.  

The funds are awarded as follows:

  • North Dakota State University – $299,607 – To support research aimed at mitigating pipeline corrosion using a smart thermal spraying coating system
  • University of North Dakota – $100,000 –  To study the application of amorphous metal foil for plastic pipeline detection                    

 “As we continue to work towards building an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan for our nation, it’s important for us to invest in research that will help us to move energy as safely and efficiently as possible, now and into the future,” Hoeven said. “This grant will help the folks at NDSU and UND do just that.”