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DRA, Optimizing Solutions Reduce Permian Operating Costs

Optum Energy Solutions' Flow Optimizer helps a midstream company cost-effectively increase flow rates on a crude oil pipeline in the Permian Basin.

Features

Marcellus-Utica: The Juggernaut Continues

The Marcellus-Utica has an estimated quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas, but markets and infrastructure must be developed to leverage this potential.

Metal Import Tariffs: Unwanted ‘Help’ for Pipelines

Unsuccessful efforts to convince President Trump to halt planned tariffs on China came only a week after the energy industry protested his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports – a decision widely regarded as counterproductive to the North American pipeline sector.

Historic Perspective on U.S. Protective Tariffs

Protective tariffs occasionally have played a role in U.S. policy, but always with a less-than-desirable result going back to the late 1820s and marking the start of the nation’s Great Depression in 1930 with the now historic Smoot-Hawley Act.

Natural Gas Utilities Securing the Future

Natural gas utilities must compete for digital-savvy customers who've grown accustomed to instant information and expect more from service providers. Customer-focused natural gas utilities who partner with innovative companies to provide value-added products and services will be successful.

Iran’s Future Clearly Points to Gas

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor With the lessening of U.N. sanctions and expected inflow of foreign capital and technology, it is predicted that gas will be the basis of Iran’s future prosperity and foreign exchange earnings. The country is home to 33.5 Tcf of natural gas, equivalent to 18..

Understanding Corps Of Engineers Approach to Pipeline Permit Approvals

Growing U.S. oil and gas production will require billions of dollars in projects that require permit approvals from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Understanding and working with the Corps can help companies avoid construction delays for pipelines and marine export facilities.

EWA Partners with Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative to Leverage LNG Real-Time Global Project Information

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of data and technical information for the global energy industry, announced April 12 that Energy Web Atlas (EWA) entered into a partnership with Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative (NGI). EWA is a platform that allows users to examine real-time natural gas project information.

Jon Peters: When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs

Jon Peters, a former high school baseball phenom, explains how lessons he learned during his playing days have helped him forge a successful career in the oil and gas industry.

Pipeline Construction, Environmental Compliance Can Co-Exist

By being aware of all regulatory requirements and implementing a few best practices, companies can construct pipelines while maintaining environmental compliance.

POC Focuses on Challenges and the Path Ahead

About 300 industry professionals learned about current challenges facing pipeline projects and best practices for addressing them during the 14th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference.

Using Analytic Imaging Technology to Detect Leaks in Real Time

IntelliView Technologies' Dual Camera Analytic Module, an intelligent imaging and alerting system which combines the capabilities of advanced visualizing sensors and artificial intelligence, is helping Enbridge better detect pipeline leaks in real time.

A Conversation with Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer

In an interview with P&GJ, Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer explains the organization's unique, dual-purpose mission to work with business and government to bring environmental protection and economic vitality together.

What's New

AUMA

Electric actuator manufacturer AUMA launched explosion-proof, variable-speed valve actuators for use in potentially hazardous environment.

ControlAir

ControlAir, a manufacturer of pneumatic and electro-pneumatic controls, offers 316L stainless steel housings to ensure resistance to corrosive environments.

Flow-Cal

Flow-Cal released its Enterprise Version 10.0, which introduces the next generation user interface (UI) and the first phase of enhancements to aide upstream and midstream companies in meeting new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) compliance requirements.

Alliance Sensors

Alliance Sensors Group, a division of H.G. Schaevitz, expanded its linear position sensor line with the LHA-19-R series AC-LVDTs (linear variable differential transformers).

Sensit Technologies

Sensit Technologies released the Gasless Leak Trainer (GLT), designed to meet the hands-on training needs for gas emergencies and hazardous leak investigations.

Trelleborg

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launched a metal end cap seal engineered for high-temperature, high-pressure (HTHP) wellhead, tubing and casing hanger sealing environments, which combines the pressure and extrusion resistance of a metal-to-metal bonded component with the flexibility of an elastomer.

People News

Kevin Allen, Brian Laing and Andy Neuberger

CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. (CRC-Evans) announces the promotion of Kevin Allen to president, Onshore West, replacing Brian Laing who will move to a chief advisor role for the company. Replacing Allen in his former role of director of sales, Onshore West is Andy Neuberger, who comes to CRC-Evans with more than 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

Valerie M. Williams

WPX Energy announced Valerie M. Williams was elected to the company’s board of directors.

Brian Tienzo, Graham Robjohns

Brian Tienzo will step down as chief financial officer (CFO) of Golar LNG Limited and take the position of CEO at Golar LNG Partners. Graham Robjohns will replace Tienzo as CFO.

Jan Van Niekerk

SpotSee logistics company hired Jan Van Niekerk as vice president of engineering and innovation.

Bipin Vora

Honeywell UOP announced Bipin Vora will be inducted to the National Academy of Engineering at its annual ceremony in Washington in September.

Michel Marchand, Scott Harris

Michel Marchand is the new vice president of Case Construction Equipment for North America, replacing Scott Harris who took a similar role at Case IH.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott joined Well-Centric as a new business development manager to assist with the well integrity technology portfolio and expansion in global markets, notably the U.S., Middle East and Asia.

Pradeep Verma

Subsea services business Kreuz Subsea hired Pradeep Verma as chief commercial officer and Marek Kaminski as director of marine assets.

Scott J. Preston

Hi-Crush Partners announced Scott J. Preston will assume the role of chief operating officer.

Jonathan McKenzie, Ivor Ruste

Cenovus Energy appointed Jonathan McKenzie as the company’s next chief financial officer. He will replace Ivor Ruste who retired April 30.

Firat Sever

Civil engineer Firat Sever has been tabbed to head the expanding Pipeline Division at QuakeWrap.

Mark W. Smith, Juan Pablo Tardio

Helmerich & Payne appointed Mark W. Smith as chief financial officer to succeed Juan Pablo Tardio upon his retirement on June 30.

Albert Johnson

Albert Johnson was named executive vice president of Business Development at Dallas-based JupiterMLP.

Jeremy Goebel, Chris R. Chandler

Plains All American (PAA) promoted Jeremy Goebel to the new role of senior group vice president in a succession-planning move. Chris R. Chandler replaces Goebel as senior vice president, Strategic Planning and Acquisitions, following more than 20 years at Phillips 66, most recently as general manager of Corporate Strategy.

Kevin Fox

Pipeline construction company WHC Energy Services unanimously elected Kevin Fox as CEO.

Gabriel L. Ellisor

Energy XXI Gulf Coast appointed Gabriel L. Ellisor as a member of its board.

Company News

Smart Sand

Smart Sand acquired the rights to operate a unit train capable transloading terminal in Van Hook, N.D., to service the Bakken formation.

Nicor Gas

Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois, has chosen Sensus as the technology provider for its meter modernization program.

Alliance Pipeline

Alliance Pipeline announced Enbridge and Pembina Pipeline, each of which owns either directly or through affiliates, 50% of Alliance, have decided to convert the operation and administration of Alliance Pipeline into an owner-operator model.

Prometheus Energy

Prometheus Energy completed a four-month winter peaking service to augment National Grid’s distribution network in Rhode Island.

Concho Resources

Concho Resources will buy West Texas rival RSP Permian for $9.5 billion in a merger creating the largest shale driller in the Permian.

Partners Group

Partners Group, a private markets investment manager, acting on behalf of OPTrust, a Canadian pension fund, agreed to acquire a 50% joint control stake in Superior Pipeline Company.

Buckeye Partners

Buckeye Partners announced an $80 million expansion of the Chicago Complex, its key logistics hub in the Midwest.

C-Innovation

C-Innovation, an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore, secured a three-year contract with BP Exploration & Production, the largest energy investor in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Brazos Midstream Holdings

Brazos Midstream Holdings entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Delaware Basin subsidiary companies to North Haven Infrastructure Partners II and related funds for $1.75 billion in cash.

KP Engineering

KP Engineering, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions company, announced the on-schedule, on-budget completion of the Joyce 200 MMscf/d cryogenic gas processing unit for Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex.

Association News

Double Success for BiSN at Offshore Achievement Awards

BiSN took home the Innovator Award and Great Company Award at this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA). Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on March 22 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

American Gas Association

The American Gas Association (AGA) and its president and CEO, Dave McCurdy, announced that he will retire from the association in February 2019.

American Public Gas Association

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) submitted a letter to the California State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources in opposition to legislation in California that would require all buildings in the state to be “electric ready” beginning in 2022.

Global News

Global News

An overview of recent global oil and gas pipeline news.

Government

Government

An overview of recent U.S. oil and gas pipeline regulatory updates.

Editor's Notebook

Jon Peters: When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs

Those in the oil and gas industry would be wise to learn from the story of fellow industry professional and former high school baseball phenom, Jon Peters.

Projects

Targa to Expand Grand Prix NGL Pipeline, Delaware Basin Capacity

Targa Resources entered a long-term, fee-based agreements for natural gas gathering and processing services in the Delaware Basin and for downstream transportation, fractionation and other related services.

Gazprom Gets Finnish Approval on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Finland approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the nation’s economic zone, the Finnish government and Russian gas exporter Gazprom said.

Pipeline to be Built off the Israeli Coast

Energean Oil & Gas’ Board of Directors voted to go forward with the $1.6 billion Karish & Tanin Development Project, located off the Israeli coast.

Liberty Utilities Hires Consultants for Pipeline Project

Liberty Utilities hired two consulting firms to evaluate the Granite Bridge infrastructure project in New Hampshire. Analysis Group will perform the economic evaluation of the proposed project, while VHB take the lead the lead on environmental permitting.

Tellurian Begins Open Season for the Permian Global Pipeline

Tellurian subsidiary Permian Global Access Pipeline LLC (PGAP) is holding a non-binding open season for a proposed 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline connecting the Permian Basin in Texas to Southwest Louisiana.

Garden State Expansion Phase 2 Placed in Service

Williams Partners placed into service the facilities constructed as part of Phase 2 of the Garden State Expansion Project, an expansion of the Transco pipeline system designed to deliver 180,000 dekatherms a day of additional natural gas capacity to New Jersey Natural Gas.

Permian Cryogenic Gas Plant Completed

Mid-Continent WestTex’s Joyce 200 MMcf/d cryogenic gas processing unit has been completed on schedule, according to contractor KPE. The plant is located in Rankin, Texas, in the Permian Basin.

Governor Vows Veto of Bill Authorizing Enbridge Pipeline

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he will veto a bill that would kick start construction of a crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota.

Virginia Regulators OK Key Step for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality announced that it has approved erosion, sediment and storm water control plans for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Phase 1 of 650-Mile NGL Pipeline Completed

EPIC Y Grade Pipeline placed Phase 1 of its 650-mile NGL pipeline, which connects DLK Black River Midstream’s processing plant in Eddy County, N.M., and Delaware Basin Midstream’s terminal in Orla County, Texas, in service.

TransCanada Places Section of NGTL Program into Service

TransCanada placed its Northwest Mainline Loop-Boundary Lake pipeline in service, completing the final section of its 2017 Expansion Program on the NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL) System, a natural gas pipeline system in Western Canada that includes about15,110 miles (24,320 km) of pipeline and associated facilities.

FERC Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

A federal commission denied a request from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees along the project’s route beyond an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats.

Texas Energy Sees Uptick in Non-Compete, Trade Secrets Litigation

Because of the broad language of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, passed in 2011, energy companies in Texas are having a tougher time winning lawsuits concerning non-compete clauses and the stealing of trade secrets.