What’s in your storage cavern?

It’s that time of the year when the natural gas industry takes stock of its supplies that it attempts to match with consumption and demand. Thanks to burgeoning production from the Marcellus Shale, consumers have had little problem accessing natural gas despite two colder than normal winters.

In December 2014, the industrial control system (ICS) security community learned of the latest serious attack against a control system. The attack targeted a German steel mill, which reported massive damage to a blast furnace as a result. The attack was a classic persistent targeted attack (PTA): a spear-phishing attack gained a foothold on the corporate network, which enabled the attackers to work their way into the control system network by remote control.

Work has begun on the Polarled project – the first pipeline crossing the Arctic Circle – for a consortium of Statoil-led companies. The 482-km, 36-inch pipeline will run from Nyhamna in western Norway to the Aasta Hansteen field, creating a new "gas highway" from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.

The world’s largest pipelaying vessel, Solitaire from Allseas, is carrying out the job, In July, Pipelines International reported work was advancing with crews working around the clock.

Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy, 50/50 joint venture owners in DCP Midstream, LLC, have entered into a nonbinding letter of intent for contributing assets to strengthen DCP Midstream. This transaction is expected to provide DCP Midstream with a stronger balance sheet and increased financial flexibility, and positions DCP to grow through commodity price cycles.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) contends that the methane and volatile organic chemical (VOC) emission limits for transmission pipelines proposed by the EPA will in many instances be difficult to comply with.

Don Santa, president and CEO of INGAA, said, "While we haven’t had a chance to review fully the 500-plus page proposal, INGAA is concerned that some aspects of the EPA’s methane proposal would be impossible to implement cost-effectively, and that the regulations, if implemented, could adversely affect the reliability of interstate natural gas pipelines."

Natural gas producers regularly have to meter wet gas flow. Separator systems or multiphase wet gas meters are beneficial but the economic reality of many applications is that standard gas meters must be used. Hence, understanding the wet gas performance of gas meters is important.

A Pragmatic Approach to Understand Indian Natural Gas Market
Historically, India has relied on coal to generate power, liquid fuels as feedstock and oil for its transport sector. But for environmental reasons India needs to focus on cleaner fuels. Natural gas has emerged as the fuel of choice for many industries in India owing to its environmental benefits and higher economic efficiency. However, India’s natural gas market is seeing a supply deficit due to its low domestic production.

What more can you say about Kevin Bodenhamer other than he has had a career that most people in the pipeline business can only dream of having.

His professional accomplishments can fill a whole page so let’s start with the resume:

• 1979-1993, engineer, supervising manager for Cities Service/Occidental Petroleum/Trident NGL.

• 1993-1998, manager, Mid-America Pipeline Co.

• 1998-2002, director, Williams Cos.

• 2002-2013, vice president, senior vice president, Enterprise Products.

• 2013-2015, vice president, chief engineer, Willbros Engineers Inc.

Association News

The American Gas Association (AGA) was selected as one of The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for 2015. “It’s an honor to be included,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.

As Mark Miller, a senior oil and natural gas executive with years of experience, was addressing a Baker Hostetler Shale Symposium in Houston in mid-2015 he could not resist the opportunity to talk about a favorite subject, “the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of workers” in the industry and an industry-backed program in Houston schools. It involves early energy education for high school students.

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