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Gas Flows to Millions in Thailand While Pipeline Repaired

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Responsible for providing Thailand with 20% of its natural gas supply, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) work to make sure natural gas production from the Bongkot and Erawan production platforms, located in the Gulf of Thailand, flow with little disruption. Since replacing valves is a routine function in pipeline maintenance, the PTTEP team responded quickly when it identified three topside valves needed replacing on the gas export riser attached to the Bongkot platform. The Bongkot platform is connected to a major export line that extends to the Erawan production platform, a primary...

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Integrated Corrosion Management of Oil, Gas Installations

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Corrosion monitoring of oil and gas installation usually peaks during the operations/production stage, but each stage of the project is (design, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance/shutdown time) is equally important for these facilities. The activities carried out during the design/commissioning stages are necessary for efficient production because corrosion monitoring will be carried out once the facilities are in operation. Compare corrosion monitoring to the watchful eyes of an eagle: macro to minor, nothing is too small to be ignored. This article discusses the importance of design, construction, commissioning, operations and shutdown activities along with the role...

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Understanding OPEC, OECD Influence on Crude Oil Markets

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) accounts for oil supply and demand by reporting on OPEC and OECD countries. So it is worth looking at both organizations to understand better what they are and how they operate. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is a permanent, intergovernmental organization composed of 13 major oil-producing countries. It was founded at the Baghdad Conference on Sept. 10-14, 1960 by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Eight others joined in the intervening years: Qatar (1961), Indonesia (1962), Libya (1962), United Arab Emirates (1967), Algeria (1969), Nigeria (1971), Ecuador (1973)...

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Dutch-owned Gasunie at Heart of ‘Magic Gas Roundabout’

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Gasunie, the Dutch state-owned gas infrastructure company worth more than 10 billion euros, lies at the heart of Northwest Europe’s gas transmission network. The system consists of a gas transmission grid in the Netherlands and parts of northern Germany. Its interconnected pipeline network links customers in northwestern Europe with gas fields in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands Norway and Russia. Gasunie’s LNG terminal in the Rotterdam port provides an entry-point for worldwide gas supplies to Europe. In addition to its transmission and distribution services, the company stores and trades natural and green gas. Where Gasunie...

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Ghana’s Sankofa Gas Project a Game Changer

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Ghana’s Sankofa Gas Project (SGP) is focused on the development and subsequent production of two offshore natural gas fields within the OCTP (Offshore Cape Three Points) bloc. OCTP is comprised of the Sankofa and Gye Nyame non-associated gas fields, and the separate Sankofa East oil field (estimated total reserves exceeding 100 million barrels of oil). This field is located 60 km offshore in western Ghana in water depths of 500-1,000 meters. OCTP is being developed by two private investors, Eni S.p.A. of Italy and Vitol Group of the Netherlands – together with the state-owned Ghana...

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Dakota Access Pipeline: A New Artery for Bakken Crude     

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

The past two years (2015-16) will not be remembered as anything like the preceding ones of robust growth when new energy infrastructure was sprouting up like weeds, particularly on the North Dakota prairie atop the Bakken Shale play, and Justin Kringstad has had a front row seat on the roller coaster. As director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, Kringstad says “it has been quite an interesting ride” the past eight years. Uncertainty now runs through the midstream sector the way pipe- and pump-laden trucks used to rumble through the Bakken-Three Forks in Kringstad’s state...

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Orifice Meter Inspection – An Important but Forgotten Part of Measurement

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

You attended standards meetings and various measurement schools around the globe and met with your engineering peers to design the most cost-effective meter runs or meter stations. You believe everything is designed as best as it could be. The product is inspected prior to release and acceptance at the fabrication shop, but the Inspection was not thorough enough and the inspector missed key elements of the meter run. This is about to cost you possible millions of dollars in measurement error of up to and possibly over 2.8%. This article lists the measurement effects and...

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Shell’s Ajay Shah on Developing Gas Markets

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Shell Vice President Ajay Shah leads a global team responsible for gas market development from the regasification terminal through to the local downstream market. He has worked in Shell’s gas and power division for over half his career and was part of the team responsible for the start-up of Hazira, Shell’s LNG regasification terminal in Gujarat, India. Gas Matters Editor Mark Selby met with Shah at Flame 2016 in Amsterdam to discuss the outlook for global gas markets against a backdrop of burgeoning LNG oversupply and increasing carbon regulation. Selby: What are your responsibilities at...

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P&GJ Digital Edition July 2016

July 2016, Vol. 243, No. 7

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P&GJ Digital Edition June 2016

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

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P&GJ Digital Edition May 2016

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

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P&GJ Digital Edition October 2015

October 2015, Vol. 242, No. 10

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