October 2020, Vol. 247, No. 10

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Editor's Notebook

A Little Help for Our Friends?

With oil and gas industry workers being especially hard hit by fallout from the coronavirus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers set out a few months ago to secure assistance for those in the sector who need it.

Features

U.S. Northeast: Taking a Fresh Look at an Old Region

PGJ explores how the Northeast region could play a big part in making sure the U.S. global energy dominance continues after the pandemic.

Boost Comes for Egypt’s Crude Pipeline Market

Egypt is in the race to achieve its ambitious yet much needed revamped crude oil and natural gas pipeline network.

Canada’s LNG Prospects: Real Need, Real Limits

A recent report from the Conference Board of Canada, funded by the Canadian LNG Alliance, suggests that the country could be exporting as much as 56 mtpa of LNG worth $8.36 billion (C$11 billion) by 2034.

Kentucky Utility Benefits from New PHMSA Mega Rule

A high-pressure gas pipeline completed by Henderson Municipal Gas (HMG) in Kentucky utilized pipe made from polyamide 12 (PA 12), which is now approved for use under the new the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Mega Rule.

Can Implementing AI Make a Smart Pig Smarter?

For those pipeline operators who took advantage of cheap digital storage to save the historical data from their supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), smart pipeline inspection gauges (pigs), smart balls and pipeline maintenance, a windfall may be looming.

Evolution of Effective Design for Alarm Management Applications

Specialized applications have become the norm for high-performance data analysis in today’s market, and these applications have continued to evolve as technology trends push big data analytics to the forefront of the automation industry.

Molecular Plasma Coating Process for Mitigating Deposit Adhesion

The deposition of solids, such as asphaltenes, scale and wax, in production systems can cause challenges to oil and gas producers.

Transforming Pipeline Monitoring with AI, Drone Technology

The oil and gas industry, pipeline monitoring in particular, is deriving great benefit from the implementation of both drone technology and AI.

Despite Recent Setbacks, Midstream Shows Confidence

The cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the court order to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline will have a lasting impact on the midstream sector, signaling ongoing legal and regulatory challenges and making it harder to raise capital for large projects, a Pipeline & Gas Journal survey indicates.

How to Repair Large Pipes at Break Point Using FRP Laminates

The new version of SuperLaminate under development will enable installing the system through bends, so that point repairs can be performed utilizing launch pads, without causing any damage to the existing pipe.

Majors Win Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards

Citgo, Colonial and Marathon were the big winners of the American Petroleum Institute (API) 2019 Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards.

Pipelines of the Future Through Digitalization

Many consulting groups note that the 2020s will be the decade of IIoT adoption across all industries, including the midstream oil and gas industry.

Support for DRA-Treated Liquid Pipelines Using No-Code Digital Twins

The challenge for liquid pipeline operators is to balance DRA selection, effectiveness and costs against the benefits of reduced pumping energy requirements and the ability to increase pipeline capacity while maintaining the same energy use.

Government

EPA Ends Methane Limits Constraint for Pipelines

The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule freeing interstate pipelines from Obama-era rules that set volatile organic chemical (VOC) and methane emission restrictions is headed for a federal court date.

Army Corps Proposes New Pipeline Permit

With a federal court in Montana having thrown a monkey wrench in pipeline use of an Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) wetlands permit, the Corps is now moving to make changes in its Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which allows pipelines with construction plans that pose minimal impact on wetlands to enter a simple, quick regulatory permit approval process.

Tech Notes

Overcoming Challenges of Pigging the “Unpiggable”

Accurate measurement and evaluation of the physical condition of oil and gas pipelines is critical to effective integrity management, as well as to the assurance of sustained pipeline safety.

ROSEN Group Headed for Hydrogen

With more than 30 years of experience in pipeline integrity management, the ROSEN Group is investing in a new challenge to support operators in the transition toward a low-carbon future.

Projects

Projects

Germany Pressed to Rethink Nord Stream 2 Pipeline after Poisoning Pressure has mounted for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reconsider the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will take gas from Russia to Germany, after she said Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style nerve a..

Germany Pressed to Rethink Nord Stream 2 Pipeline after Poisoning

Pressure has mounted for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reconsider the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will take gas from Russia to Germany, after she said Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style nerve agent.

Michels Corporation Selected by TC Energy to Build Facilities on Keystone XL

Michels Corporation has been awarded a contract from TC Energy to construct pipeline facilities on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Global News

Global News

Pipeline CEOs Expect More Consolidation in ‘Maturing’ Industry   The pipeline industry is shifting out of its growth phase, signaling that more consolidation is likely on the horizon, executives at two major operators said during separate events recently.   “As we go forward and times are continui..

What's New

What's New

Caterpillar Marine Caterpillar Marine launched the Cat C32B high-performance 2,000 hp [2,025 metric horsepower (mhp)] marine engine with a rated engine speed of 2,300 rpm. This engine meets emerging market demands and expands the power capability of the C32 high-performance product line, delivering..

People in the News

People in the News

Miller Pipeline appointed Dale Anderson as president and CEO, a new role that combines the formerly separate positions of president and CEO. He has been at Miller Pipeline for 11 years, most recently as vice president, and has 34 years of experience in the natural gas industry. He succeeds the retir..

Jeanne-Mey Sun

Jeanne-Mey Sun, Ph.D., joined NRG Energy as vice president, Sustainability. Sun most recently served as executive of Energy Transition and Clean Energy Solutions at Baker Hughes...

Jill Campbell

Georgia Power has elected Jill Campbell to the company’s board of directors.

Companies in the News

Companies in the News

Michels Scholarship Celebrates Westphal’s Legacy    Michels Corporation announced that it is celebrating the legacy of the late Robert H. “Bob” Westphal by establishing a scholarship in his honor, to be awarded through the Michels Corporation Scholarship Fund.   ..

Associations in the News

Associations in the News

The Plastics Pipe Institute’s Power and Communications Division elected Randy Kummer of Southwire Company as Division chair. In this role, Kummer will also serve on the PPI board of directors for the next two years, succeeding Stephanie Maskas of Four Star Industries. Adriana Velasquez of Shell Poly..