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Understanding Collaborative Approach to Pipeline Control Room Design

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Control rooms are critical nerve centers of pipeline and midstream operations. The design and layout of a control room should take into account not only the operating controllers’ interaction with the SCADA system but also other transactional needs like work permitting, operations supervisory monitoring, maintenance needs, engineering needs and meeting space. Understanding these functional needs is a vital first step for an effective and robust control room design. Unfortunately, many design-build firms fail to adequately assess the owner’s organizational needs, both current and future, prior to designing and building a control room. Beyond the functional...

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Natural Gas Putting Israel and Egypt on Energy Leader Board

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Israeli Pipeline Prospects Politically, Economically Complex Israel’s desire for increased energy security, alongside the opportunity of importing natural gas through the planned Arish-Ashkelon gas-pipeline in the 1990s, encouraged the adoption of that fuel. Between 2008 and 2012, the Arish-Ashkelon pipeline brought Egyptian gas to Israel. LNG imports began in 2013 via the offshore Hader Deepwater LNG Terminal. The new millennium inaugurated a series of small offshore gasfield discoveries  culminating in the 10.8 Tcf Tamar field that came online in 2013, and  the 21.9 Tcf Leviathan field that will be fully on stream in 2019, (Figure...

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Samalayuca-Sasabe Pipeline Looks to Bring Power to North Mexico

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

The Samalayuca-Sasabe project’s main objective is connecting the federal gas network to the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora in order to supply energy to the power-generation plants located in the north and northeast of Mexico. According to the work schedule, the project is expected to start operations next April with a $916 million total investment. This is one of the most important projects in recent years in terms of energy integration at a national level. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) commissioned the construction to a consortium formed by Mexico-based Grupo Carso and the Spanish...

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ATCO Meets Wildfire Chaos with Heroic Response

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Like others in the oil and gas industry, the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and its membership hold safety in the highest regard, and every year the 110-year-old organization honors deserving companies for outstanding performances in that area. But when the CGA, in considering the effort Alberta-based ATCO delivered following last year’s Fort McMurray wildfires, decided it needed to establish a one-of-a-kind honor for the local distribution company’s exceptional work, we at P&GJ realized this deserved special mention in our pages as well. The President’s Safety Award for Excellence was presented by CGA President and CEO...

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GIE’s Latest Challenge: World’s Longest Heat-Traced Pipeline

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

While Gulf Interstate Engineering (GIE) has no shortage of the kind of experience that comes from completing huge projects, its latest endeavor – the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) – promises to offer at least a few new challenges along the way. For one thing, once completed the 897-mile (1,443-km) Uganda-to-Tanzania pipeline, which should be in operation by the end of 2020, will be the longest heat-traced line in existence. “What heat-traced basically means is they are going to make the pipe itself into a toaster,” said Doug Evans, president and CEO of GIE....

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IPLOCA Reinforces its Engagement with Key Stakeholders

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Since its inception over 50 years ago, IPLOCA (The International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association) has been a recognized voice of the pipeline industry and its mission remains providing value to members through a forum for sharing ideas, engaging the industry and its stakeholders, facilitating business opportunities and promoting the highest standards in the pipeline industry. 2017 Annual Convention in Mexico City This year, IPLOCA’s annual convention will be held in Mexico City from Sept. 25-29. Owners of and suppliers to pipeline construction companies, and their clients – the Regular, Associate and Corresponding Members...

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Exporting Natural Gas to Mexico: An Opportunity for Texas?

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

As partners in the Houston office of the law firm Jones Walker LLP, Jennifer D. Hamer and Amy L. Vazquez have a front-row perspective on the legal and business issues surrounding the export of natural gas from the United States (through Texas) to Mexico. Hamer has a broad business practice in energy, real estate and finance transactions, focusing on the development, operation and financing of domestic and international energy infrastructure projects. Vazquez concentrates her practice on energy litigation, energy and natural resources matters, oil and gas law, eminent domain and complex business litigation. They provide...

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Natural Gas Trading Reported Second Highest in 9 Years

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

The amount of physical natural gas traded in the United States rose 5% in 2016 to the second-highest amount in nine years, according to a recent study by economic and financial consulting company Cornerstone Research. Meanwhile, the natural gas fixed-price volume potentially reported to price-index publishers decreased 6%. Among other findings from the Characteristics of U.S. Natural Gas Transactions study: Annual marketed production decreased by 1.6% in 2016, the first decrease since 2005. This was partly due to the decline in prices from an annual average of $2.62 in 2015 to $2.52 in 2016. Due...

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Advanced Remote Sensing Offers Key to Identifying Pipeline Risks

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

With over 2.9 million miles of pipeline transporting natural gas, oil and other hazardous liquid across the United States, ensuring public safety and infrastructure security is of the utmost importance. High-profile incidents such as the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion and the natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility underscore the impact of problems caused by pipeline failures. Current remote-sensing technologies are making it easier and more cost-effective for utilities to continually survey assets, inspect for problems and proactively address potential concerns. It only takes a quick glance at the headlines to...

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Monitoring, Responding Quickly to Cyberattacks Still a Challenge

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Lacking enterprise-wide cyber analytics technology to monitor for cyberattacks, most oil and gas companies are not fully aware of when or even how cyberattacks might affect them, according to new research from Accenture. A majority (74%) of the 186 oil and gas company leaders surveyed in Accenture’s High Performance Security 2016 Report  said their organization is confident that cybersecurity measures will yield valuable results. Over 75% believe their top strategies can protect their companies’ reputations, information and prevent service disruption. However, this is at odds with 60% of energy leaders who said cybersecurity is a...

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Pipeline Survey Offers Electrical Solutions to Save Millions

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

During route selection for an interstate pipeline, surveyors must consider an array of factors that affect the feasibility and cost of constructing the pipeline, including wetlands, bodies of water, property boundaries and roads. Another that should also be considered in electricity. For one recent pipeline survey and design project completed by Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW), reassessing the location and quantity of pump stations on the proposed route meant saving the midstream company $100 million on the construction of the pipeline. “When building a pipeline, it’s not uncommon for companies to invest a significant amount...

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Midyear International Report: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

The global oil and gas industry closed 2016 with cautious optimism that the worst of a prolonged downturn might be over. Midway through this year, there is growing confidence that 2017 marks a turning point in several key areas that drive long-term demand for natural gas development and pipeline construction. While the industry still faces a challenging year, analysts believe the oil and gas industry is on a firmer footing in 2017 than at any time in the previous two years. Turning Point Wood Mackenzie projected earlier this year that exploration should return to profitability […]

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