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State Trade Group Can Weigh in on Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota’s main energy trade group to weigh in. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg might also allow some national energy and manufacturing groups to have a say, though he didn’t immediately rule. The groups, including the North Dakota Petroleum Council, maintain their input is important because none of the parties in a lawsuit over the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois speaks for the general oil industry. […]

Pacific Connector Pipeline Open Season Begins

Jordan Cove LNG has launched an open season for the Pacific Connector Pipeline to assess customer interest for natural gas capacity. The open season commenced on July 18, 2017 and will end on Aug. 16, 2017. Though much the natural gas from the Pacific Connector Pipeline will be shipped to Asian markets, Jordan Cove spokesman Michael Hinrichs said the open season is open to everyone. Hinrichs added that one of the reasons cited by FERC when it rejected the project in 2016 was a lack of an open season to determine customer interest in purchasing capacity on the pipeline. “We are excited to […]

Los Angeles Natural Gas Field to Reopen, but Fight Still on

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The planned reopening of a massive Los Angeles natural gas storage facility that spewed methane for months has only renewed the fight over its future. California state officials on Wednesday cleared the way for resumption at reduced capacity in the next few weeks of natural gas pumping into the underground Aliso Canyon facility after 17 months of testing and inspections. The announcement brought fierce opposition from residents who were made sick and driven from their homes by the leak, and vows of action by the advocates and local officials who represent […]

Dakota Access Developer’s New Pipeline Rankling Regulators

NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The company that developed the Dakota Access oil pipeline is entangled in another fight, this time in Ohio where work on its multi-state natural gas pipeline has wrecked wetlands, flooded farm fields and flattened a 170-year-old farmhouse. The federal commission that oversees gas pipelines told Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners last week to clean up its mess before it will allow the Rover Pipeline to flow. New drilling on unfinished sections also remains halted after 2 million gallons (7.6 million liters) of drilling mud seeped into a wetland in the spring. […]

With Coriolis, Ultrasonic Flowmeters, Design Really Matters

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

In many ways, Coriolis and ultrasonic flowmeters have similar applications and serve similar needs. Yet, despite their similarity, they are quite different in many ways. The Coriolis and ultrasonic markets are the two fastest growing of any flowmeter markets. So it is natural to ask if they are complementary or competing. While there are cases where the two flowmeter types go head to head, they are more complementary than competing for many applications. Coriolis flowmeters were first introduced to the commercial market by Micro Motion in 1977. Though Micro Motion is still a dominant supplier,...

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U.S. Policy Toward Hydrocarbons in Latin America

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

Recommendations for the New Administration Latin America holds the largest concentration of hydrocarbon reserves outside of the Middle East. The region’s official proved oil reserve figure was 340 Bbbls (20% of the world’s total) in 2015, second only to the Middle East with 803 Bbbls (47%), and more than the U.S. and Canada, with a combined total of 227 Bbbls (13%).1 Latin America also has one of the world’s largest estimated endowments of shale and other unconventional resources. Its natural gas endowment is not as relatively abundant, but the region has proved reserves of 280...

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POC Focuses on Industry Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

If the attendance and tone of the speakers at the 13th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference, held March 21, are any indication of what awaits the energy business, things are continuing to look up. Almost 400 participants filled the Omni Houston Hotel in the city’s Galleria District to hear a range of experts discuss not only the challenges the industry faces going forward, but perhaps more importantly, what sort of future awaits in the wake of the national election. “We were extremely pleased by the large turnout, especially considering all the economic challenges companies in the...

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Setting New Standards in Natural Gas

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

Have you ever heard the joke that asks, “Where do the writers of dictionaries go to look up a word’s spelling?” Or have you ever wondered how people truly know how long a meter is? Well, the answer in both cases is, there are standards that are used as references. Now, sitting in an unassuming laboratory in Denver, CO, there is a new global standard for the chemical composition of the primary constituents in natural gas. The product of a multi-year, international effort, these natural gas standards will serve as references in research and technology...

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Pipeliners Keep Protective Eye on Pregnant Polar Bear

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

A pregnant polar bear found an unusual spot to dig her maternity den, selected a bank of snow bank along a bridge leading to an artificial production island near Prudhoe Bay, AK – and operating company Hilcorp Alaska couldn’t be happier. “I’ve worked in the area for several years, and while you prepare and plan for polar bears in the area, this was the first time we had encountered a situation like this,” said Beth Sharp, Hilcorp Alaska’s wildlife specialist, told P&GJ.  “It’s great that we were able to have a positive result in this...

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Hilcorp Looks Ahead after Inlet Incidents

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

Hilcorp Alaska leaders are ready to look ahead after a rocky start to 2017. The company has two drilling rigs working in Cook Inlet, on the Steelhead and King Salmon platforms, and just announced a $75 million plan to ultimately reduce oil tanker traffic in the Inlet. Hilcorp found itself making unwanted headlines starting in early February when it reported a natural gas leak from one of its subsea pipelines in the central Inlet Middle Ground Shoal oil field offshore from Nikiski. The company took significant heat from environmental groups for not having a plan...

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More to Quick-Opening Closures than Meets the Eye

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

The common definition of a closure is a pressure-containing component used to blank off an opening nozzle on a vessel or end of pipeline. Under this definition, a closure could be: • Weld cap (flat, ellipsoidal, spherical, conical) • Bolted blind flange • Quick opening closure As defined by ASME B31.4 and ASME B31.8 a quick-opening closure is a pressure-containing component used for repeated access to the interior of a piping system. As defined by ASME VIII-1 UG-35.2 (a) (1): Quick-actuating or quick-opening closures are those that permit substantially faster access to the contents space...

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PPG Names Marathon Petroleum CEO to Board of Directors

PPG has elected Gary R. Heminger, chairman and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, to join its board of directors, effective immediately. He will serve on the PPG board’s audit committee and its nominating and governance committee. Heminger has been chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corporation since April 2016 and its chief executive officer since July 2011. “Gary’s proven leadership and comprehensive understanding of the energy industry and experience overseeing all aspects of the company, with industrial, transportation and retail businesses, will add valuable depth as PPG continues to grow our operations throughout the world,” said Michael […]