Technology/R&D

Enbridge Adds Solar Facilities to Power Pipeline Operations

Enbridge is adding solar energy facility to help power its natural gas pipeline compressor stations, citing a recent pledge to green its operations.

Managing Complex Pipeline Compliance with Software Solutions

From maintenance and testing to record-keeping and audits, operators often underestimate how complex and time-consuming the path toward compliance will be.

Tech Notes: Neptune Energy, Eserv Partner on Digitization of Cygnus Platform

Neptune Energy announced a new partnership with 3-D technology specialist, Eserv, as part of the ongoing digitalization of Neptune’s assets, including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the southern North Sea in the U.K.

New Model Design Against Running Ductile in Dense-Phase CO2 Pipelines

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is vital to decarbonize a few important sectors, including the most energy-intensive industries: power, heat and transport. It will also enable future operations to become more competitive and sustainable in a net-zero economy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can Implementing AI Make a Smart Pig Smarter?

A windfall may be looming for pipeline operators who've taken advantage of cheap digital storage to save data from their SCADA systems, smart pigs, smart balls and maintenance.

DNV GL Leads Hydrogen Readiness Study for Italian Gas Network

Oil and gas research firm DNV GL has been hired by Italian utility company SGI to assess the feasibility of switching the company's gas distribution network to hydrogen.

T.D. Williamson Crews Isolate Burning NGL Pipeline for Repair

Crews at T.D. Williamson isolated a ruptured 14-inch NGL pipeline, while gas continued to flare off, enabling them to repair the system while it remained in service.

UCT Conference Moves to Late Spring

The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) has been moved from late January 2021 to May 18-20 at Music City Center in Nashville.

Spain Approves Hydrogen Strategy to Spur Low-Carbon Economy

Spain has approved a plan to increase the country's clean hydrogen production which includes building enough infrastructure to give the nation a major role in Europe's clean energy ambitions.

What's New

Honeywell Honeywell introduced new multigas monitoring solutions that work seamlessly together to help keep workers safe and confident while in hazardous areas. The Honeywell BW platform incorporates a slim profile, Bluetooth-enabled configuration with an infrared lower explosive limit sensor for t..

Executive Profile: Engineering Veteran Ventures Out on His Own

Longtime pipeline engineering mainstay Marcelino Guedes Gomes has retired from Brazil oil giant Petrobras after more than 30 years, but he has no intention of leaving behind the work he loves. Guedes Gomes has co-founded PipelineBrazil, with the goal of improving pipelines in terms of safety and imaginative design ideas.

Adjusting Costs with Large-Diameter Tapping Tees

Since 2011, Peoples Gas has been pursuing an aggressive system modernization program, including the replacement of 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of cast iron and ductile iron mains operating at 7 inches (178 mm) water column with modern polyethylene operating at 22 psi (1.5 bar).

When Pipelines Strain Assessment Exceeds Capacity

There are many advantages of combining multiple inspection technologies to effectively build a picture of the pipeline condition and how it changes over time.

Proper Prepping Promotes Greater Profits in the Permian

As the oil and gas industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability for service companies to be responsive and nimble is vital.

Register for the Virtual Pipeline Opportunities Conference-EMEA

The POC-EMEA virtual conference is free to attend and will feature live and recorded sessions, allowing you the ability to tune in where you are, at a time that is convenient.

National Grid Connects Biomethane to UK Gas Grid

National Grid has connected biomethane to the UK gas transmission system for the first time.

What's New

ControlAir ControlAir introduced the Type 7150 Precision Air Relay, a high-precision, multistage pressure relay offering fine adjustment and maximum stability under variable operating conditions. High-resolution output control combined with high-relief capa..

CPP Completes Pressurized Pipeline Repair with Mechanized Welding Technology

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP) was hired by PetroChina Southwest Pipeline Company to complete the work on the China-Myanmar Oil and Gas Pipeline, a pressurized 40-inch by 80-grade gas pipeline, using mechanized FCAW in-service welding technology.

Case Study: Starling Pipe-in-Pipe Project Copes with Stresses of S-Lay Pipelaying

The use of pipe-in-pipe systems for the thermal insulation of pipelines is well established. Since 2004, Tata Steel has been delivering systems for pipe-in-pipe projects in the North Sea, including BP Rhum and Talisman Tweedsmuir.

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $33 Million for Natural Gas Pipeline Retrofitting Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced over $30 million in funding to develop technology to rehabilitate aging natural gas pipelines.

Problems Plagued U.S. CO2 Capture Project Before Shutdown - DOE Document

Mechanical problems and missed production targets, combined with the market collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic, contributed to the shutdown of a $1 billion carbon capture project in Texas earlier this year.

Snam and Baker Hughes Test First Hydrogen Hybrid Turbine for Gas Transportation

Snam and Baker Hughes have announced the successful completion of testing for a new "hybrid" turbine that will allow pipelines to carry hydrogen along with natural gas.

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..