A public utility (usually just utility) is an organization that maintains the infrastructure for a public service (often also providing a service using that infrastructure). Public utilities are subject to forms of public control and regulation ranging from local community-based groups to statewide government monopolies.
The term utilities can also refer to the set of services provided by these organizations consumed by the public: electricity, natural gas, Water, sewage, telephone, and transportation. Broadband Internet services (both fixed line and mobile) are increasingly being included within the definition.
As more and more people move into these cities and towns this creates more jobs every day. Those that are hired to service these utilities often have to wait for payment for up to 90 days or more. Since most of these are government owned there payments although stretched out are alway made. This opens up a real opportunity for factoring.
Pipeline transport is the transportation of goods or material through a pipe. The latest data from 2014 gives a total of slightly less than 2,175,000 miles (3,500,000 km) of pipeline in 120 countries of the world. The United States had 65%, Russia had 8%, and Canada had 3%, thus 75% of all pipeline were in these three countries.
Pipeline networks are composed of several pieces of equipment that operate together to move products from location to location. The main elements of a pipeline system are:
- Initial injection station. Known also as “supply” or “inlet” station, is the beginning of the system, where the product is injected into the line. Storage facilities, pumps or compressors are usually located at these locations.
- Compressor/pump stations. Pumps for liquid pipelines and compressors for gas pipelines, are located along the line to move the product through the pipeline. The location of these stations is defined by the topography of the terrain, the type of product being transported, or operational conditions of the network.
- – Block valve station. These are the first line of protection for pipelines. With these valves the operator can isolate any segment of the line for maintenance work or isolate a rupture or leak. Block valve stations are usually located every 20 to 30 miles (48 km), depending on the type of pipeline. Even though it is not a design rule, it is a very usual practice in liquid pipelines. The location of these stations depends exclusively on the nature of the product being transported, the trajectory of the pipeline and/or the operational conditions of the line.
- – Regulator station. This is a special type of valve station, where the operator can release some of the pressure from the line. Regulators are usually located at the downhill side of a peak.
- – Final delivery station. Known also as “outlet” stations or terminals, this is where the product will be distributed to the consumer. It could be a tank terminal for liquid pipelines or a connection to a distribution network for gas pipelines.
As you can easily imagine it takes hundreds of thousands to keep these pipelines going. The labor in intense work. General contractors referred to as Primes generally sign contracts to take over the different steps involved or build and fix the pipelines as needed. This is where Miledas comes in. Because the labor is so big along with other expenses, the majority of contractors can’t be delayed.
Miledas can step in and bridge the gap so the Prime can keep his sub contractors and be ready to move onto the next project and maximize profitability.