Current Issue: July 2020, Vol. 247, No. 7

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Editor's Notebook

A Little Good News from Back East

The pipeline industry in the U.S. Northeast finally got some positive news on the permitting front, when New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) received the go-ahead to move forward with construction work on a controversial 30-mile (48-km) section of the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline in New Jersey.

Features

Carbon Dioxide Pipelines Seen as Cost-Saving Measure in Troubled Times

By Richard Nemec,  Contributing Editor It was difficult to find a silver lining in the outlook of Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s CEO Vicki Hollub and her senior executive colleagues in early May when they prepared for the Houston-based mid-major’s first-quarter 2020 earnings conference call.  ..

FERC Approval Gives Alaska LNG 10 Years to Start Operations

Federal authorization for the Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project sets a 10-year deadline to start operating the gas pipeline and liquefaction plant, twice as much time as regulators have generally allowed for other U.S. LNG export terminal developers to build multibillion-dollar facilities.

Custom Adapters, Tubing Eliminate Leaks, Allow Retrofitting

To complete engine retrofits at older pipeline compressor stations, HES has come to rely on specially designed fuel injector adapters from Swagelok that provide leak-tight connections to eliminate fugitive emission worries.

Pilot Plant Advances Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles for Gas-Fired Generation

Power cycles utilizing supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) as a working fluid show promise for many power generation applications, including high-efficiency waste heat recovery on pipeline gas turbines.

Kinder Morgan’s Journey in Reducing Methane Emissions

The shale play revolution stretching across the United States has created a tremendous need for supportive infrastructure and, to date, Kinder Morgan has risen to that need and expanded its natural gas pipeline network to approximately 70,000 miles (113,000 km), with more growth planned to build new – and expand upon existing – assets.

Options for Low-Pressure System Now Requiring Overpressure Protection

By John Kopecky, Pietro Fiorentini USA  In the United States, 500,000 miles (805,000 km) of cast iron, ductile iron and copper gas main and service lines remain. Most of these older lines are in the Northeast and Midwest, yet even California and Alaska still have more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of..

Construction of Pipelines in Steep Terrain with Cable Crane Systems

Cable crane systems provide the ideal solution when pipelines need to be built in inaccessible terrain. Pipes, construction material and equipment can be transported easily over demanding areas and can be positioned at any point of the track.

Metering and Measurement

Aligning Operating Procedures with Land Management Orders

In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published revisions to the Oil and Gas Measurement Regulations (43 CFR 3170s) for conducting oil and gas operations on federal and native American lands.

Flexible Flow Meter Sector Positioning Itself for Better Times

Even though gas flow can be a difficult measurement to make, flow meter suppliers are continually identifying novel solutions for this task.

Using Pressure Regulators for Site Distribution in Natural Gas Pipelines

The purpose of codes covering higher-pressure natural gas distribution systems is to provide a basis of design for the pipeline and all the components connected to the downstream system, including valves, control valves, regulators, meters, pressure vessels and other components connected to the piping system.

Lost and Unaccounted For: Measurement Operations Adapting to Technology

With the advent of smart, electronic metering technology, such as ultrasonic meters and online gas chromatographs, the diagnostics information available at metering facilities has increased exponentially. Likewise, advancements in networking has made collecting the diagnostics data possible.

Government

FERC Policy Statement on ROE Favors Pipelines

A new FERC policy on interstate oil and gas pipeline return on equity (ROE) follows a similar policy concerning utility lines but allows for the differences between the two industries.

Senate Water Infrastructure Bills Pass Committee

Two separate bills passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will increase authorization levels for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

Tech Notes

Building a Gas Utility for Future Prosperity

Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois with 2.2 million customers, is one provider that has embraced new opportunities by launching a robust meter modernization program.

DNV GL Certifies Carbon Fiber PA12 for Thermoplastic Composite Pipe

In February, several years of hard work paid off for the pioneers of TCP with the release of the first full-carbon, fiber-based material qualification certificate that complies to the DNV GL ST-F119 TCP industry qualification standard.

Pipeline Profile

Guest Commentary: The Two-Front War on Pipelines

Pipeline opponents have raised their game, skillfully and aggressively scoring wins against projects on two fronts: in the courts and regulatory proceedings on both the federal and state sides.

Projects

Projects

First Piece of Keystone XL Pipeline Completed TC Energy has completed the first piece of its disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and has started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota.  The 1,200-mile (1,900-km) pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska was stalled for ..

Global News

Global News

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Its Attention to Pipelines The front lines of a battle over two major pipelines made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court as government and industry squared off against activists seeking to block construction of the projects. Dominion Energy and President Donald Trump’s adm..

What's New

What's New

Esco  The Esco Wart Millhog Beveller mounts rigidly to the tube inner diameter (I.D.), is self-centering and provides torque-free operation with the ability to bevel, face, bore and remove overlay simultaneously to create perfectly square end preps.  This fully portable and easy-to-use tool cuts to..

People in the News

People in the News

Kian Granmayeh has been promoted to chief financial officer from Investor Relations director at Tellurian. Former CFO Antoine Lafargue moved to senior vice president of LNG Marketing to advance commercialization of the Driftwood project. He replaces Amos Hochstein, who moved to executive vice presid..

Companies in the News

Companies in the News

Ithaca Acquisitions Holdings has acquired the former pipe fabrication assets of The Shaw Group from McDermott International. Ithaca said it would rename itself Shaw Acquisitions Holdings and operate the business as Shaw. Founded in Baton Rouge in 1987, Shaw’s operations include seven manufacturing f..

Associations in the News

Associations in the News

IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance, has appointed Equinor’s Morten Mikkelsen as its new chair, succeeding Rupert Thomas of Shell. During his 13 years to date at Equinor, Morten has been in vice president roles for major field devel..

Obituary

David N. Parker

David N. Parker, who served 13 years as president and CEO of the American Gas Association (AGA), died May 10.