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Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: Paradox Pipeline Living Up to Its Name

Well, if nothing else, the Paradox pipeline has at least turned out to be aptly named, though no one involved with the 21-mile (34-km) natural gas conduit, including regulators, is smiling.

Features

New Year Greets Marcellus/Utica Shale With New, Unexpected Challenges

In the early weeks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) onslaught, Mike Chadsey, communication director for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), was trying to figure out how his world had flipped so completely in such a short time.

AGA Chair Brings Positive Outlook to Challenging Period for Industry

Diane Leopold became chair of the American Gas Association just in time for an unprecedented economic shutdown in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The circumstances present significant challenges to utilities, and all of their stakeholders have forced a shift in priorities. Few in the industry would be as well-prepared to help lead the organization through troubled times.

Energy Recommendations for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Heading to Governor

After months of speculation, Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) posted the UP Energy Task Force’s draft recommendations for Line 5, the 30-inch (762-mm), light crude and natural gas liquids pipeline owned by Enbridge.

Wider Horizon Coming for Drone Monitoring

Deploying teams of people on the ground and helicopters in the air to cover the length of the pipeline network is a major cost for North America’s pipeline industry. That is likely to change as drone regulations ease.

Tips for Safe, Successful Horizontal Directional Drilling

Over the last 25 years, I have been involved with designing and inspecting horizontal directional drills (HDD) for pipeline construction, attending numerous seminars, purchasing many texts and reading countless white papers related to the subject. Of much more educational value (and fun) is the many hours spent on drilling sites, asking questions and listening intently to the folks running the drill.

For Inspection and Pressure, How Low Can the Gathering Sector Go?

As natural gas assets are beginning to age, there is a larger need for integrity solutions in this area. The challenge with these assets is that they often operate at lower pressures, which can make running a conventional inline inspection tool difficult.

3-D Scanning Used to Fabricate Replacement Pipe in Offshore Vessel

The task of replacing a pipe sounds simple enough. However, it became much more complicated when that pipe was 50 feet (15 meters) high in an offshore vessel surrounded by other pipes and equipment in a room nearly 100 feet (30 meters) high, 33 feet (10 meters) long and 10 feet (3 meters) wide.

Eni, Sonatrach Complete Algerian Gas Pipeline

Eni completed construction on the gas pipeline connecting Bir Rebaa Nord (BRN) and Menzel Ledjmet Est (MLE) fields in the Berkine Basin, in southeastern Algeria. The 16-inch, 115-miles (185-km) pipeline has with a transport capacity of 7 MMscm/d of gas.

ExxonMobil Proposes Framework for Methane Regulations

ExxonMobil has released a model framework for industry-wide methane regulations that includes specific guidance related to transmission pipeline blowdowns between compressor stations.

PRCI’s Commitment to Drive Strategic Industry Research

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) is pleased to announce that its Executive Assembly has approved the development of Strategic Research Priorities (SRPs).

Ramifications of COVID-19

Coronavirus Choppers Evacuate Offshore Workers

Offshore aviation company Bristow Group said it has deployed specially-equipped helicopters from its Search and Rescue (SAR) fleet to transport offshore workers with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in the North Sea and Americas regions.

Mitigating Threats to Critical Infrastructure

During uncertainty and significant risk to people’s health, robust and accurate screening and testing of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is needed now more than ever.

Pipeline Shares Sink on Oil Decline, Coronavirus Impact

It’s a common refrain among investors that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” meaning the share prices of similar companies tend to act in unison. Unfortunately, that’s equally true of falling tides, as demonstrated by the performance of North American midstream equities in recent weeks.

Enterprise Products CEO Puts Personal Spin on COVID-19

Enterprise Products Partners’ outspoken co-CEO Jim Teague used an April 29 conference call with investors as an opportunity to comment on the U.S. economic shutdown while reflecting on his personal experience during the 1950s polio epidemic and as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in relation to the COVID-19 response.

Phillips 66: Red Oak, Liberty, ACE Pipelines Deferred by Cost Cuts

Responding to market conditions with cost-cutting across its business lines, Phillips 66 has announced that the Red Oak Pipeline, Liberty Pipeline and Sweeny Hub fractionation expansion have all been postponed.

Pandemic Impact on Global Gas Markets May Be Short-Lived

As crude oil demand and storage availability hit bottom, there are signs of hope for natural gas.

Wrap Up

Italy’s Snam Takes Steps to Guarantee Gas Flows During Outbreak Italian gas grid operator Snam has put in place emergency measures to ensure it can keep gas flowing during the coronavirus outbreak.  The state-controlled group, which manages the national grid from a center in Milan, told Reuters it..

Government

CEQ Pro-Pipeline NEPA Changes Generate Heated Attacks

In Washington, on Feb. 22, Christy Goldfuss, former managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under President Obama, stepped to the microphone during a public hearing and attempted to drive a rhetorical stake through the heart of the U.S. interstate pipeline industry.

Global News

Global News

Global Oil Storage May Hit Capacity Within Months As coronavirus (COVID-19) wipes out oil demand and big producers pump more, the oil market is creating a global glut that threatens to overwhelm storage capacity within months and force widespread industry s..

Tech Notes

Correct Pigs, Procedures for Hydrostatic Testing of New Pipelines

Laying a cross-country pipeline is expensive. Many hours of engineering and planning must meet certain standards and regulations and receive federal government approval before starting construction. It costs approximately $100,000 per diameter-inch-mile to build a pipeline in a reasonable lay area. This number can easily triple in marsh lands, hills, mountains and rocky terrain. In those areas it could cost about $20 million to lay 100 miles (161 km) of 20-inch pipe.

Pipeline Profile

Keeping Abreast of Alaska’s LNG Aspirations

As a longtime observer of the Alaska energy scene, Larry Persily has the rare perspective of someone who has viewed his subject matter as a journalist, educator and as public policy worker at the federal, state and municipal levels, including federal coordinator for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, 2010-2015.

Projects

Projects

German Court Rejects Last Obstacle to Nord Stream 2 Construction A remaining legal hurdle for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been cleared as the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg has rejected a complaint regarding the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a portion of land to be..

What's New

What's New

Cortec Cortec Corporation announced that its Cor-Pak® 1-MUL Pouches are now available in the 8-MUL format for eight times the corrosion protection volume previously offered. The pouches work exactly the same as Cor-Pak 1-MUL, but instead of only protecting 1 cubic foot (0.03 m3) of space, the 8-MUL..

People in the News

People in the News

Marathon Petroleum named the head of its midstream business, Michael Hennigan, as its new chief executive officer. He replaces Gary Heminger, whose departure was announced in October when the largest U.S. independent refiner launched a sweeping restructuring.   Spire said it promoted Steve Lin..

Companies in the News

Companies in the News

Pipeline specialist STATS Group has strengthened its presence in Oman with the opening of a new workshop, storage and testing facility in Muscat. The expansion follows a two-year contract extension to provide pipeline isolation and hydrostatic testing services for Petroleum Development Oman. STATS a..