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Pipeline Conference Speakers’ List Growing

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

the agenda is rapidly filling for the 14th Annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference on April 3, 2018 at the Omni Galleria in Houston. The one-day conference is focused on new construction opportunities in North America as well as expert analyses of the drivers moving the industry forward. The conference is sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal, a Gulf Publishing Company publication. Co-sponsors include she Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the Association of Oil Pipelines, and the McGuire Energy Institute, a part of Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Jeff Share, Editor of P&GJ...

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Why NCRs Should Be Seen as Friends

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Whenever the term “nonconformance report” (NCR) comes in project home offices or at construction sites, it is often perceived as a negative, and personnel are typically reluctant to accept it as a positive and powerful tool for improvement. Perhaps, it’s the “non” part of “nonconformance” that causes so much discomfort. At any rate, this article explains why NCRs should be seen as a friend rather than a foe, and how such a report can be used to improve overall performance of a company, its projects, products and services. First off, having an NCR means the...

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Implied Emissions Could Cost Energy East Half of Profits

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

I t seems that hardly a week goes by without some new announced barrier to the construction of pipelines to allow Canadian oil to flow to markets other than the glutted United States. The National Energy Board (NEB) recently issued a news release announcing the topics to be considered in its assessments of the $15.7 billion Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. Environmentalists are celebrating what they know is a major setback for pipeline production in Canada. Most of the topics are pretty obvious. Pipeline safety, environmental impacts, socio-economic impacts and so on. But the...

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Asset Tracking and Traceability: Field-to-GIS Solution

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The industry has implemented a new materials traceability standard, ASTM F2897, that asset manufacturers are using to mark assets with standardized barcodes. In response to this standard, Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) has been working with vendor LocusView on a solution that leverages newly developed hardware and software to automatically create maps and material traceability records of assets during construction using GPS and barcode scanning. The Distribution Material Traceability project has been a priority for PG&E as it strives for traceable, verifiable and complete records. ASTM F2897 defines requirements for the data – including...

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How Monitoring Detects Pipeline Issues

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The world’s pipelines are vital energy corridors which link oil and gas fields to customers. At one large end of the spectrum, the 760-mile (1,222-km) Nordstream1 natural gas pipeline is the longest subsea pipeline in the world with an annual capacity of 55 Bcm. There is also the West-East Gas Pipeline Project, which at 2,485 miles (4,000 km), is among the longest onshore pipelines and links the gas fields of Turkmenistan in Central Asia with such Chinese coastal cities as Shanghai and Hong Kong. Moreover, pipeline networks can be extensive. For example, the United States contains...

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Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania Rank as Top Net Energy Suppliers

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

EIA recently released State Energy Data System estimates for net energy supply, which provide data on each state’s total primary energy production and consumption. Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and North Dakota ranked as the top five net suppliers of energy in 2015. Overall, 12 states produced more primary energy than they consumed, while 38 states and the District of Columbia were net recipients of energy. Wyoming has the smallest population of any state and ranks 42nd out of 51 in terms of energy consumption. Wyoming leads the nation in coal production, accounting for more […]

Drones – A Necessary Tool in Pipeline Development & Maintenance

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Jennifer Urban is an associate in the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, an international firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations. As a member of the Transportation and Trade Group in Washington D.C.,  her practice concentrates on aviation, drone, and maritime matters. Urban passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) initial aeronautical knowledge test and earned a Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certificate to conduct drone operations for commercial purposes. She earned her LL.M. in Air and Space Law, J.D., M.B.A., and B.A. in Public Policy Leadership...

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Real-Time Imaging of Methane Gas Leaks Using a Single-Pixel Camera

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The ability to image invisible gases has applications in industrial and environmental monitoring settings, but is technologically challenging to embed in a low-cost device. For example, imaging methane gas has applications among gas utility companies for routine pipeline monitoring and storage facility inspection. Video rate gas imaging conveys the direction of dispersal and hence the location of a leak source, helping users to improve their efficiency of response to hazardous events. Conventional approaches to detecting methane gas leaks have mainly been based upon flame ionization detectors (FIDs), but such technology measures concentration at only a...

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Does Residual Stress Really Matter in Pipelines?

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The presence of residual stress in components should not be overlooked, even though it may not be as apparent and quantifiable as primary loads. While residual stress is often responsible for over-conservatism of a design, it can also be considered a major “unknown” contributing factor during a failure investigation. The origin of residual stress in engineering components is complex and results from manufacturing, processing, fabrication or assembly. Residual stresses exist within a structure and can be either tensile or compressive. Classification is often made based on origin, type or scale, while the fields can be...

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Enhancing Infrastructure Maintenance with IoT

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Across pipeline operations worldwide, the term “unplanned downtime” is akin to a dirty word. Between heavy repair expenses and hundreds of thousands in lost revenue, the logistics of correcting an unforeseen supply chain interruption carry major implications – both financially and in terms of operational efficiency. No matter the cause, the clock starts running immediately when production stalls – and the price tag swells every minute. Fortunately, companies can mitigate these risks with the right tools and insights. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way countless industrial businesses operate. And as production environments...

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Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline Key to Mexico’s Power Supply

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

According to recent estimates for 2025, Mexico’s demand for natural gas will double Pemex’s production in 2012. Current domestic market conditions suggest the production growth rate will have to increase by 2.9% per year to meet that demand. This is why the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has approved construction of 24 natural gas pipelines at an investment of $6.78 billion in order to add capacity  8.4 Bcf/d and a total length of 2,385 km, until 2023. A 42-inch pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico will be approximately 800 km in length. It will include a...

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SoCalGas Tech Cites Training for Life-Saving Response

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

When Southern California Gas Co. technician Jeff Catton pulled his truck into the cul de sac near a two-story residence, he was already thinking about what might lie ahead. A seven-year employee at SoCalGas, Catton was responding to what many might consider a routine call – an elderly couple in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills reported smelling gas at their home and wanted it checked out. “When I arrived, the homeowners were already standing in their driveway [as advised by a customer service representative when they called]. They were motioning for me to...

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