Technology/R&D

Traders Thought Apple Had 'the Holy Grail' of Oil Data, but the Quest Continues

As more and more of the world is run on data, oil traders have been increasingly looking for any source that can provide real-time data on fuel demand.

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CDI CDI introduced the SoniTrack XLR, an acoustic geophone pipeline pig tracking system that includes a computer-controlled audio amplifier. This allows an operator to easily listen for pigs moving within a pipeline over several miles. In addition to indust..

Living Live, Leak Free with HDPE Hot-Tap Solution

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe has been touted for its leak-free and long service life properties for decades. When gas and water service companies add new mains and service lines, these piping systems can remain entirely HDPE and leak-free with hot tap tools.

Actuators Specified for Long-Haul Pipeline in India

A currently under construction 435-mile (700-km) pipeline from southern India to a key refinery has selected hundreds of Rotork actuators for the project, according to a company spokesman.

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.

Operating, Installation Considerations For Pipeline Composite Repairs

Composite repairs are no longer new to the pipeline integrity world. A significant body of work has been developed over the last several decades characterizing their performance and developing guidelines for end-users.

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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..

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.

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).

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.

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.

John Deere

John Deere updated its line of rotary cutter attachments with the new RX72 and RX84, designed for heavy-duty vegetation management applications, including property maintenance and right-of-way clearing.

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Sensaphone Sensaphone introduced a combination temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide (CO2) sensor that measures and provides real-time values to monitoring devices that accept a 4-20-mA or MODBUS signal. When the sensor registers that a monitored conditi..

Gas Pipe Upgrade Made Easy with Shur Stop

Spire Energy is a public utility serving more than 1.7 million customers in Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri, making it the fifth-largest publicly traded natural gas company in the United States.

Drones Become Additional Inspection Tool in Permian Basin

Data collection, inspections and safety within the basin have become increasingly important among oil and gas enterprises in the Permian Basin, and drone technology has emerged as a front runner to transform operations.

Buried Pipe Failures Dependent on Soil Stiffness, Too

Performance limits and potential failures must be identified for buried pipe design. Chief among those are excessive deformations of the pipe, wall buckling and collapse.

Control Centers at the Heart of Innovation, Advancement

Just as technology advances helped drive U.S. oil and gas producers to new heights, operators of the energy highways – the pipelines and their sophisticated control centers – are increasingly harnessing innovation to gain efficiency.

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Juniper Systems Juniper Systems released the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet. Built on the success of the Mesa 2, it grants users access to the Google Play Store, providing the data collecting, mapping and productivity applications needed. Mesa 3 operates on an octa-c..

Vacuum Lifting More Common Among Pipehandlers

Commonly, pipes are stacked several meters high in the shape of a pyramid, meaning that in order to attach lifting equipment, someone must climb the stack. This can be a dangerous situation; however, lifting by vacuum offers a solution.

Weldcote

Weldcote introduced its high-quality Slitter INOX-Prime grinder wheels, which offers excellent cutting speeds per cut with minimal burr and a smooth finish. The wheels are available in 4-1/2-inch and 6-inch sizes, with a standard 7/8-inch arbor hole. Designed for precise and quick cutting on high-qu..

Single Phase Power Solutions

Single Phase Power Solutions introduces the 50 HP 1-to-3 Microgrid Power Source, featuring a patented BELLE Motor with Written-Pole® technology to deliver three-phase power from single-phase utility service. The 50 HP 1-to-3 can be used to operate a 25-HP motor three-phase motor, and multiple other ..

Alliance Sensors

Alliance Sensors expanded its in-cylinder position sensor product line to include the MHP-7 series linear inductive sensors. These compact inductive linear sensors were designed to be installed into the rear endcap of hydraulic cylinders for operation at pressures up to 5,000 psig. Their 1-inch hex ..

ControlAir

ControlAir expanded its Type 2000 Electro-Pneumatic Valve Positioner Series to include worldwide safety approvals for use with natural gas when paired with the Type 950 Explosion-proof I/P Transducer. Mounted with ControlAir’s Type 950 Explosion-proof I/P Transducer, the equipment is CSA-, FM- and A..

Fluoramics

Fluoramics introduced an application tip for its 100-gram tube of Formula-8 thread sealant. The packaging makes it easier for users who require one-handed application. The extended tip also makes it easy to access hard-to-reach areas. Formula-8 is a shear-sensitive paste that sheets out into polytet..

Garlock

Garlock Pipeline Technologies (GPT) unveiled Evolution, an isolation gasket that features easier installation, tight sealing, high-temperature operation, no permeation, hydrotesting isolation, fire safety and chemical resistance. With a thinner, 1/8-inch design, Evolution minimizes the difficulties ..

Bionomic Industries

Bionomic Industries has released its Series 8500 High-Efficiency Venturi Scrubbers, designed to withstand the rigorous demands of mineral processing. The device features a spin separator specifically designed to take on and remove high particulate concentrations. Available in the proprietary ScrubPa..

All-Polymer Connector Delivered to 3 Operators

Subsea pipelines polymer-lining specialist Swagelining installed its LinerBridge connector technology for the first time within pipeline bundles at one of Equinor’s developments in the Norwegian North Sea.

Hot Tapping, Flow Stopping for Odd-Sized Pipes

Mainline Control Systems (MCS), in conjunction with Kleiss & Co., is offering utilities the technology and tooling to tap and stop flow on vintage piping materials and nonstandard-inch sized pipes.

Coarse Filtration Serving as First Line of Defense

For the oil and gas industry, coarse filtration of various fluids is critical to ensure reliable production, extend the life of midstream equipment and increase the intervals between backwashing or necessary maintenance.