So I got a Dumb Idea: Part #4
Currently only custom shuttles and the Exploration shuttle run on plasma, but what if all shuttles run on plasma and there is a third pipe with plasma supplying all shuttles with free plasma?
From Atmospherics you’d have a third middle purple pipe with low pressure plasma regulated with a volume pump at atmospherics. This will lead to all docks on the station (maybe even arrivals, departures and pods only for show) which will have a volume pump nearby in order to pump in as much plasma as possible into the shuttles’ pipes for engine storage.
When the shuttle is docked it will slowly refuel itself automatically. Explorers won’t have to worry about running out of plasma as much but will have to consider redocking once in a while for it to refuel the shuttle.
This would also apply to the Brig shuttle, Mining shuttle, Science shuttle, and Exploration shuttle. Upgrades would still work of which T4 would make the plasma consumption next to zero and practically irrelevant moving forward.
Using these plasma pipes antagonists with an RPED could utilize this siphon plasma from maintenance, making aquring plasma for the purpose of weapons or objectives easier without breaking into Atmospherics or Toxins directly.
An antagonist could reroute a plasma line to use a gas pump into oxygen to plasma floor a certain area or very, very slowly the whole station if they are not careful.
Siphon and sell plasma. Piss off Atmospherics. lol
Explosions or poor judgement could contribute to plasma leaks. Assuming that the atmospherics volume pump is not changed these leaks would be generally small and not cause too much damages to the station.