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P&GJ Digital Edition May 2017

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

The digital edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal, May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5....

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Pe Ben Chooses 825 M for Pipe Yard Duty

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

According to operations manager Jimmy Gregory, the pipe yard for a current project in McKeesport, PA presented specific challenges that led him to search for a wheeled pipe-handling solution. The answer he found was a Sennebogen 825 M material handler. “We typically use excavators with a vacuum attachment to move pipe to and from our trucks,” Gregory explained. “For this job, the owner of the pipe yard required us to use a wheeled machine, so we went searching for it. We checked the dealers for a couple different OEMs. The Sennebogen dealer had this machine...

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Abundance of Natural Gas Drives Midstream Propane Terminals

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

It’s clear the propane market in the United States has been strongly influenced by the abundance of natural gas. According to Propane Resources, a Kansas City-based propane industry consultancy, the U.S. was importing about 100,000 bpd of propane 10 years ago; today, it’s an exporter of 1.1 MMbpd of propane. Why? A decade ago, 48% of propane in the U.S. was derived from natural gas; today, that number has jumped to 75%, due to the various ways of getting raw product out of the ground. That includes hydraulic fracturing, among other methods. True, a very...

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Rooting Out Trouble Before It Happens

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

For years, utilities like PSE&G have used pigging devices to inspect the inside of gas pipes for corrosion, damage by excavators and other signs of trouble that could cause leaks and, in extreme cases, explosions. A pipeline pig normally is propelled by the speed of the gas flowing through the transmission main while sensors measure corrosion and any thinning of the pipe wall. “PSE&G maintains about 61 miles of gas transmission pipelines that serve our system,” said George Ragula, distribution technical leader for gas asset strategy. “In about 30 of those miles, we are unable...

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Pipeline Protest: The New Playbook

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

In the last few years, the pipeline industry has been swept into an escalating whirlwind of public protest intended to challenge whether we should continue to rely on pipelines to deliver energy in the United States. Unmoved by the federal government’s assessment that “pipelines are currently still the safest means of transporting hazardous liquids and natural gas…,” opponents have become mobile, confrontational and media-savvy as they attempt to stanch the delivery of natural gas, crude and refined products to the U.S. economy. The midstream protest movement has gathered numerical force by seeking linkages to social...

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Establishment of an MAOP Validation Program

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

The federal regulatory code governing natural gas pipeline design, operations and maintenance came into effect in about 1970 (some U.S. states had regulatory codes governing these activities in effect prior to 1970). I say “about” because, as with any regulatory codes, it takes time for operators to progress activities to be in compliance with regulations. However, the intent of the code fulfills a government objective – impose regulations on industry to ensure the protection of the people and their property. Regulation on businesses is in place to protect the people from fraud and misrepresentation. In...

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Study Points to Cybersecurity Gaps in Oil & Gas Industry

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

A survey of U.S. oil and gas risk managers indicates the deployment of cybersecurity measures in the industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in oil and gas operations. In a study from the Ponemon Institute, The State of Cybersecurity in the Oil & Gas Industry: United States, only 35% of respondents rated their organization’s operational technology (OT) cyber-readiness as high. The Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy, examined how oil and gas companies are addressing cybersecurity risks. Its authors surveyed 377 individuals in the...

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Understanding the Scope: Brief History of Energy Industry Cyberattacks

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

For years, cybersecurity has been an afterthought relegated to digital bits and bytes with little interest beyond the data center. With high-profile hacks now permeating the headlines, those times are gone forever, but there is hope of turning the tide despite the alarming trends in play. A different mentality needs to be embraced by corporate decision-makers in order to prepare for this new era in cybersecurity. This is especially true in energy-related industries where the threat is particularly disconcerting. The nature, scale and severity of cyberattacks against oil- and gas-related concerns have dramatically increased and...

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Kimberly Demuth Represents a Changing Energy Industry

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

When Kimberly Demuth began work in January for TRC Companies Inc., its significance marked the growing desire for firms involved in infrastructure development to hire environmental specialists. TRC is known as an industry leader for engineering, environmental consulting and construction management services. Early last year, TRC acquired the Professional Services business segment of Willbros Group, renaming it TRC Pipeline Services, with headquarters in Tulsa, OK. As part of its business strategy, TRC opened a Seattle office to serve the Pacific Northwest and named Demuth, its new market director of Environmental Planning, as its leader. Demuth’s...

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Canadian Natural Offers Internal Pipeline Cutter Tool for Abandonments

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural) is an oil and natural gas production company with operations in Western Canada, the U.K. portion of the North Sea and offshore Africa. Technology plays an important part of ensuring safe, effective and efficient operations at Canadian Natural, which led to the creation of a new design for the Three Wheel Internal Pipeline Cutter (IPC) tool. This tool is primarily used for cutting pipeline risers on well sites and pipeline rights-of-way with minimal ground disturbance. Improving Practices There has been an ongoing effort to improve pipe-cutter capabilities for more […]

Addressing Opposition Tops INGAA Foundation Meeting

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

The INGAA Foundation held its Spring 2017 Meeting Mar. 29-31 in Las Colinas, TX.  Another attendance record was established with over 375 gas pipeline industry representatives from operators, contractors, and key product and service providers. INGAA Foundation 2017 Chair Thomas Hutchins (Vice President, EH&S, Kinder Morgan) presided over a comprehensive agenda including 15 presentations from industry leaders. A common thread throughout the meeting and discussions was a focus on communications challenges and approaches to address significant industry opposition. An agenda highlight was a discussion by U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), Vice Chairman, Energy & Commerce...

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2017 Shaping Up as a Time to Build Pipelines

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

About the same time in early February that one part of the U.S. federal government was freeing up a stalled multibillion-dollar interstate oil pipeline in the Midwest for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), another part of the Trump administration gave the greenlight to ETP’s Rover Pipeline for moving Appalachian natural gas supplies to market in the Northeast. The symbolism and momentum felt huge, even in a continuing depressed commodity price environment. As a result of the latter approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ETP executives told news media bullishly that they expected the […]

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