Operations

Lower Canada-U.S. Crude Flows Draws Down on Cushing Glut

Weakened crude oil flows from Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma have helped drawdown on a surplus of fuel at a major industry storage hub over the past two weeks, according to industry traders.

Death Toll from Bangladesh Gas Explosion Rises to 24

The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital rose to 24 on Sunday while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers.

Enbridge Restores Offshore Pipelines After Hurricane Shutdown

Enbridge has restored operations on two of its offshore natural gas pipelines in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Laura prompted shutdowns last week.

Search Ends for 2 Still Missing After Texas Port Pipeline Explosion

The search ended Sunday for two crew members of a dredging boat who were missing after a pipeline explosion in the Port of Corpus. Four people died and six were injured in the blast.

API Names Distinguished Pipeline Safety Award Winners

Citgo, Colonial and Marathon were selected by their peers as winners of API's annual safety awards, which recognize leadership in fostering a proactive safety culture and sharing best practices with the industry.

New Mexico Close to Adopting Oil and Gas Water Rules

Energy regulators in New Mexico are close to adopting a new set of environmental rules regulating produced water from oil and gas operations.

Pipeline SMS: A Control Room Focus

In this article, approaches to support cultural change among pipeline operators are addressed, as are approaches that might be implemented in the pipeline control room.

Trump Administration Rolls Back Curbs on Methane Emissions

The Trump Administration will officially roll back regulations concerning methane emissions from oil and gas operations on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EPA Fines Enbridge $6.7M Over Pipeline Safety Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Enbridge nearly $7 million for allegedly failing to quickly resolve pipeline safety issues.

Technology Meets Mega Rule Materials Verification Challenge Head On

With the implementation of the Mega Rule, U.S. pipeline owners and operators will be required to provide traceable, verifiable and complete (TVC) records that confirm the physical and operational characteristics of the pipeline meet the new requirements.

BP Turns Over Rights to Operate South Caucasus Pipeline

BP has turned over rights to operate the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP), part of the network that is due to start carrying gas from Azerbaijan to Europe this year, to a unit of Azeri state energy firm SOCAR.

Pipeline Operator Energy Transfer Warns of Coming Job Cuts

Dallas-based pipeline operator Energy Transfer will begin cutting about 6% of its workforce next week, as the impact of weak oil and gas prices continued to spread through the energy industry.

Coating Repairs Under Way on Enbridge Line 5 pipeline

Enbridge reported it has begun repairing gaps in the protective coating on its Line 5 pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac after the damage was discovered during routine maintenance that began early this month.

NACE Partially Reopens Houston Training Center, Offers Online Courses

NACE International will begin reopening its Houston-based training center at the end of the month.

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.

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.

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.

Shell Midstream Offers Mars Sour Crude Storage as Offshore Producers Keep Pumping

Shell Midstream is offering to store barrels of Mars Sour crude as offshore producers continue to pump oil amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ecopetrol Condemns Attacks on Oil Pipelines

Ecopetrol's oil transportation unit condemned a series of attacks in north east Colombia that have taken place against two of its pipelines since last Saturday.

Regulators Ease Storage Rules, Fees for Texas Producers

Texas oil and gas regulators voted to temporarily relax their rules for underground crude storage and waive related fees and surcharges that producers typically pay.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kentucky

Enbridge responded to an explosion Monday evening on Line 10 of its Texas Eastern system in Kentucky, and said Tuesday that it has shut-in a section of the pipeline. Gas futures rose on the news.

Moda Midstream Completes 10 Million Barrel Crude Oil Storage Expansion

Moda Midstream has placed its final 495,000-barrel oil storage tank into service at its 10-million-barrel storage facilities in Texas.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

NACE-SSPC Merger Approved by Members

NACE International announced late Wednesday that its members have voted to approve the association’s proposal to combine with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.

Remaining Oil Storage in Cushing, OK is Already Booked — Traders

Oil traders have said the remaining storage space for crude oil in Cushing, Oklahoma, the largest storage site in the U.S., is already completely booked up by producers.