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Editor's Notebook

Pipelines Have Been Here All Along

If you read anything about the pipeline planned for the Hill Country, you will get the clear yet misleading impression that, while the rest of Texas is marred by oil and gas infrastructure, the Hill Country is virgin territory, untouched by the footprint of one of the state’s most important industries. The Permian Highway Pipeline Project, to employ the most popular metaphor used by the opposition, would “scar the Hill Country.”

Features

Laguna-Aguascalientes Gas Pipeline Propels Growth in Mexico

It is estimated that by 2026 in Mexico, natural gas demand will double the total amount of natural gas produced in 2012. Meanwhile, the current conditions suggest production will increase 2.8% annually.

Brazil’s LNG-to-Power Complex Funded; Phase 2 Underway

The Gas Natural Açu (GNA) joint venture between Prumo Logistica, BP and Siemens – developer of Brazil’s largest infrastructure project – has gained regulatory approval for LNG imports and satisfied lender conditions for $750 million in project financing to complete the 1.3 GW first phase of its LNG-to-Power complex at the Port of Açu.

Investors Flock to Finance Calcasieu Pass LNG Construction

Venture Global LNG said it has made a final investment decision to proceed with development of its $5.8 billion Calcasieu Pass liquefaction facility after financing was nearly two times oversubscribed with more than $10 billion in binding commitments.

New York to Fight FERC Ruling on Constitution Pipeline

The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams’ planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. In spite of the challenge, the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

TechnipFMC to ‘De-Merge’ into Independent Companies

Less than three years after Technic merged with FMC Technologies to create a $20 billion offshore services company, London-based TechnipFMC said it will separate into two independent, publicly traded companies to focus on their respective strategies.

Northeast Energy

Northeast Energy Outlook, 2020: It Takes More than Good Vision

The topography in America’s northeast region can be tricky. It is craggy, unpredictable and a bit cranky, as befits the cradle of the United States democratic experiment.

Price Spikes in New England Limited by Natural Gas

It seems like each winter we see consumers in New England suffering not just from freezing temperatures but also the highest energy prices in the country – largely because there’s not enough natural gas infrastructure to serve the region during periods of peak winter demand. This past winter, the news was a little bit better.

Integrity Management

New Diagnostics Technology Assesses Pipeline Pig Runs

Pipelines can require both scheduled and unplanned cleaning for many reasons, from the maintenance of throughput to preparation for inspections runs. The most common method for removing debris from pipelines is using pigs and scraper tools.

Separating Pipeline Integrity Management’s Wheat from Its Chaff

Natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline operators have been accumulating mass volumes of data for several years. But what to do with all this data? This is a question many natural gas pipeline operators are asking in advance of the highly anticipated Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed gas and gathering pipeline mega-rule.

Utility Finds Big Assist with Low-Pressure Issue

While psi levels vary depending on the application, real-time pressure monitoring is essential for utilities that supply natural gas to residential and commercial endpoints on their distribution networks.

Improving Data Loss During In-Line Inspections

Although there are other inspection methods, such as direct assessment or hydrostatic testing, ILIs are the most popular worldwide due to number of factors, including practicality, cost-effectiveness and accuracy.

Oil & Gas and the Evolution to Augmented Reality

In just a few months IoT technology will be integrated with the technology platforms of some of the largest oil and gas companies. The integration spans across their artificial intelligence, IoT, and AR solutions for predictive maintenance, which is the ability to predict any technology issues that may happen across operations with vast amounts of equipment.

Drones & Pipelines

Robotics Applications Making Advances in Norway

In the oil and gas industry, the use of robots, whether fixed or mobile, is not new, as such devices were introduced to a lesser extent in the 1970s. Today, however, we are beginning to see highly advanced applications of such robotics being used.

Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Drone Inspects Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently made history by completing the first true beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight under the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule.

Building A Holistic Pipeline Integrity Program

While new pipelines continue to be constructed the world over, the vast majority of them were laid in the 40s, 50s and 60s, often in remote or isolated areas. Today, operators are constantly facing an uphill battle of maintaining infrastructure well past its shelf life.

Drones on Deck to Make Pipeline Inspections Safer, More Efficient

Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to inspect pipelines is one of the most promising uses of new technologies that our industry has ever seen. Unmanned aerial vehicles, often called drones, can be launched from nearly any location, controlled remotely and programmed to operate autonomously.

Global News

Kinder Morgan Takes Final Bow Out of Canada

A year after selling its Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to Canada’s government for $4.5 billion, U.S. operator Kinder Morgan is making its final exit from the “Great White North” with the $3.3 billion sale of Kinder Morgan Canada and the Cochin Pipeline system to Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline.

Enbridge Urges Canadian Regulator to Not Intervene in Pipeline Plan

Enbridge asked Canadian energy regulators not to intervene in the company’s proposal to restructure contracts on its Mainline network.

Nice Try, But No Surcharge

After striking out on its U.S. Commerce Department request for exemption from steel tariffs, Plains All American tried a new approach this year – and promptly whiffed again.

In a Twist, LNG Takes NatGas Market Share in Europe

Europe’s two biggest suppliers of pipeline gas lost market share for the first time in at least four years as LNG imports into the region tripled between October and August.

Clean-Up of Polish Section of Druzbha Pipeline Could Take a Year

The operator of the Polish section of the Druzbha oil pipeline said it could take up to a year to completely clean its part of the network after a major Russian oil contamination this year, the RIA news agency reported.

BP to Quit Alaska after 60 Years with $5.6 Billion Sell-Off

BP said it will sell all its Alaskan properties to Hilcorp Energy in a $5.6 billion agreement and exit the region where it has operated for 60 years.

Government

EPA Proposes Limits on State Barriers to Pipeline Construction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with an effort to prevent states from blocking pipeline projects by delaying or rejecting Clean Water Act certifications.

Senate Pipeline Bill Differs from House Bill

The Senate and House appear to be on a bit of a collision course with regard to reauthorization of the pipeline safety program at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Key committees in each of the two houses of Congress have passed bills that have different provisions and share only a few provisions.

Projects

Williams Completes Rivervale South to Market Project

Williams said it has successfully placed into full service its Rivervale South to Market project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system – to meet growing heating and power generation demand for northeastern consumers.

Tribe Seeks to Intervene on Proposed Dakota Access Expansion

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a motion to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. The tribe, which led original opposition to the pipeline, petitioned for status as an intervenor in the case before the Public Service Commission.

Tellurian Files for FERC Review of Permian Global Access Pipeline

Tellurian has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to initiate a review of its proposed Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP) following an oversubscribed open season for the 625-mile natural gas project from West Texas to Southeast Louisiana’s growing LNG export market.

Feds Clear Way for Williams Pipeline over NY Objections

Federal regulators have cleared the way for a Williams Partners natural gas pipeline to move forward despite New York’s denial of a water quality permit that had blocked the project.

Nebraska Supreme Court Affirms Alternative Keystone XL Pipeline Route

A court in Nebraska affirmed an alternative route in the Midwest state for TC Energy Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline in the latest chapter in the nearly 10-year legal fight over the Canada to Texas pipeline.

Trans Mountain Restarts Construction on Pipeline Expansion

Trans Mountain Corp restarted construction on parts of its pipeline to nearly triple the flow of crude from Alberta’s oil sands to the British Columbia coast roughly a year after the project’s latest regulatory setback.

LM Energy Completes Phase I of Touchdown System

LM Energy Holdings said it has completed first phase of its Touchdown Crude Oil Gathering System in the northern Delaware Basin and will begin transporting crude oil shortly for contracted customers in Eddy County, N.M.

Nord Stream 2 Investor OMV Says Project Can Still Meet Deadline

The leader of a company invested in Nord Stream 2 said the project’s completion date has not been changed and the pipeline could still be delivered on time and budget, despite Denmark’s long-pending decision on a construction permit.

Tech Notes

Clariant Opens Industry’s First HTE Laboratory

Clariant opened its next high-throughput experimentation (HTE) laboratory Sept. 5 in Houston.

Tube Tech International Launches Next-Generation Cleaning Robot

Tube Tech International Ltd. (TTIL) launched its next-generation cleaning robot, which the company said is capable of eradicating more than 90% of heat exchanger fouling.

Allseas Selected Pipe-Logger for Major Subsea Pipeline Project

Allseas installed WFS Technologies’ Seatooth Pipelogger for the real time measurement of process temperature on a subsea pipeline system. The pipeline system is designed to have a total gas throughput capacity of 31.5 Bcm per year.

What's New

Krohne

Krohne now offers PipePatrol, a comprehensive suite of software modules for multi-product pipelines for oil, gas, chemical or refined products.  The software is configured in eight modules, covering leak detection, theft detection, stress monitoring, line b..

Emerson

Emerson expanded its Greenlee hand tool line to include 9-inch, high-leverage pliers, which offers a double-dipped grip for added comfort and control on the jobsite. The pliers are forged from chrome vanadium steel for increased strength and longevity, ensuring the tool will withstand repeated use y..

GfG

GfG Instrumentation offers the G460, a portable atmospheric monitor. The G460 is a rugged, compact instrument for simultaneous detection of up to six gases, including infrared for the detection of CO2 and PID for the detection of VOCs. The concussion proof and dust and water resistant housing protec..

John Deere

John Deere now offers the high-lift option on the 344L Compact Loader. The lift provides operators with increased height and further reach for dumping or stacking, ag material handling, general construction or landscaping and snow removal tasks. With a maximum hinge pin height of 13 feet, 2 inches (..

TrueLook

TrueLook offers a wireless and solar-powered camera trailer for challenging or remote jobsites where mobility and flexibility are essential priorities. The lightweight, mobile camera trailer can be maneuvered around large jobs or sites with limited visibility. The camera trailer is also an ideal opt..

Trimble

Trimble launched its portfolio of data collectors – the Trimble T7 tablet. Built for survey and Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection applications, the device connects to Trimble’s suite of survey instruments and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers in a portable and ult..

Pure Safety Group

Pure Safety Group (PSG) unveiled its Guardian Fall Protection S1 safety harness, which is the first in a series of innovative new harnesses designed with three levels of features for various work scenarios. All harnesses meet OSHA standards, while exceeding ANSI standards. The S1 features steel hard..

PumpWorks

PumpWorks, a manufacturer of API 610 and ANSI Process Industrial Pumps, unveiled the PWA-SL Sealless horizontal process pump, designed to take on all applications of a typical ANSI pump, while eliminating the need for mechanical seals and seal support systems. With this latest addition to the PWA pr..

People in the News

David Gray

David Gray has joined Colonial Pipeline as vice president and general counsel. He brings 25 years of legal experience to his new role at Colonial. Most recently, Gray was senior vice president for the midstream business of EQT Corp., with responsibility for business development, asset optimization a..

SoCal Edison

Southern California Edison has named former California Public Utilities Commission member Carla Peterman as its new senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs.  Steven Powell, former senior vice president, Strategy, Planning and Operational Performance, assumed the newly created position of executi..

Mark Finley

Mark Finley has been named fellow in energy and global oil in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, where he will help lead a new initiative focused on understanding the continuing evolution of U.S. and global oil markets. An economist with 35 years in..

Tom Jensen

Environment and natural resources lawyer Tom Jensen has joined Perkins Coie in Washington. He previously served as majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and as associate director for Natural Resources at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. P&GJ..

Mia DeMontigny

The board of Sempra Energy subsidiary Southern California Gas Company has named Mia DeMontigny as chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, controller and treasurer of the company. Bruce Folkmann, who previously served in those roles at both SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, an..

Sergey Kupriyanov

Sergey Kupriyanov has been appointed Head of Department 106 – Press Secretary to Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee. Kupriyanov, who joined Gazprom in 2003, most recently served as deputy head of the department. He succeeds Alexander Bespalov, who retired. P&GJ ..

Pat Hickey

Pat Hickey has joined CECO Compressor Engineering (CECO) as a consultant in its the Training & Technical Services team. He brings more than 45 years in the natural gas industry specializing in software development, start-up and commissioning of new installations and troubleshooting existing control ..

Trent Bischoff

Prairie Field Services announced that Trent Bischoff has joined the company as vice president of Business Development in the Texas region, working out of its Orla, Texas, location. In his new role, Bischoff will be responsible expanding Prairie’s business in the region. P&GJ..

Evolution Midstream

Evolution Midstream said its chief commercial officer, Brandon Cowert, was named chief executive officer of the Denver-based company.  Matthew Franzen joined Evolution as chief operating officer and Alan Shroeder was promoted to vice president of Commercial from director of Corporate Planning. P&GJ..

Daniel Gordon

Colonial Pipeline named Daniel Gordon as vice president, chief commercial officer. In his new role, Gordon will lead Colonial’s commercial affairs functions for long-term growth opportunities. P&GJ ..

Companies in the News

Genscape

Real-time data and intelligence provider Genscape will become part of consultant Wood Mackenzie following a $364 million cash acquisition by WoodMac parent Verisk. Founded in 1999, Genscape has grown to become the world’s largest private network of in-field monitors. It distributes alternative energ..

MVP Holdings

Wichita, Kansas-based energy logistics company MVP Holdings announced the opening of a Houston office to serve its growing customer base in the Permian Basin and South Texas. Industry veterans Clay Buford and Jamie George have joined MVP as senior directors of Crude Oil Marketing and will work out o..

Pipeline Equipment

Pipeline Equipment is the largest manufacturer in Oklahoma named to the annual Inc. 5000 list, with three-year revenue growth of 78%. The Tulsa-based company had revenues of $37.2 million, according to the listing of independent small businesses. P&GJ..

Gate Energy

Houston-based Gate Energy announced the opening of its new Singapore office, marking its first permanent location outside of the United States.  Since opening its first office in 2000, the oil and gas engineering, commissioning and specialty field services company has grown to more than 400 employee..

Honeywell

Honeywell announced that PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical Company will adopt advanced heavy oil processing technology from Honeywell UOP for its new, integrated petrochemical complex in China. The facility will have an annual crude processing capacity of 20 million tons, helping to meet a national..

Michels Corporation

Michels Corporation said it is celebrating its 60th anniversary by dedicating the year to the people, projects and values that have helped the company grow from a regional gas distribution contractor into one of the largest utility and transportation contractors in North America.  ..

Associations in the News

GPA Midstream Association

The GPA Midstream Association today announced that longtime industry executive Joel Moxley has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the nearly 100-year-old trade organization. He succeeds Mark Sutton, who announced his retirement in early May after 37 years with the association. M..