TAPS throwback: Final weld, May 31, 1977
TAPS throwback: May 31, 1977. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the final tie-in weld on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System! With TAPS workers and assorted VIPs looking on near Pump Station 3, the final weld of the 800-mile pipeline was one of the final touches needed before TAPS began operating and oil began flowing on June 20, 1977. While there were still many loose ends to tie up, this moment was viewed as the end of the construction of TAPS. Overall, there were 42,000 double-joint pipe welds and 66,000 field pipe welds on TAPS. Learn more about welding on TAPS and TAPS construction milestones.