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Features

Combined Flaws Represent Key Danger to Pipelines

Sergey Zubin, chief engineer of Transneft Diascan, discusses the importance of detecting “combined flaws,” or those that occur in close proximity on the pipeline, with Pipeline & Gas Journal.

Ensuring LNG Liquefaction Facilities’ System Tightness

By Nirmal Surendran Menon, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), New Zealand  System “tightness testing” is the last stage before inerting (the introduction of a non-combustible gas into a closed system) and the introduction of hydrocarbon and is a vital safety step in the start-up sequence..

How the IIoT and Edge Computing are Transforming Pipeline Management

Forward-looking pipeline operators are turning to industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies, including distributed sensors and edge computing systems that push intelligence right to the pumping or compressor stations or other field locations.

Pipeline Management Office Proves Beneficial to Pipeline Digs

The Digs Project Management Office (PMO) is often referred to as the “Big PMO” because of its sheer volume of work and its potential effect to the pipeline assets and its stakeholders.

SCADA Operations Controlled Remotely

Houston-based Remote Operations Center (ROC) connects operators to their data and provides an offsite monitoring workforce that can improve efficiency while reducing risk. It is the only third-party provider solely focused on executing control center services for liquid and gas pipeline operators.

Virginia Natural Gas Sees Veterans as Having the Right Stuff

The Southern Company Gas subsidiary, which provides natural gas service to nearly 300,000 customers in southeast Virginia, believes military veterans can provide the type of leadership and expertise to help fill its new employee needs.

Staying Secure While Migrating to the Digital Oil Field

Digitization allows for more accurate measurement and deeper visibility, but internet connectivity also means devices can be accessed remotely, and maliciously. This is cause for huge concern since attacks targeting the oil and gas industry or power grids are more than just about stealing data as they take on an actual physical manifestation.

What Everyone Needs to Know About Building Pig Launchers, Receivers

Having been engaged for many years in running pigs, inspecting sites, designing and building pig traps worldwide, we have seen a variety of applications, locations and product types, along with a wide array of designs – some good, some bad.

Bakken Shale: North Dakota's Growth Engine

The Bakken Shale play has catapulted sparsely populated North Dakota to the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, eclipsing historically oil-rich states such as Alaska and California.

Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

Recently research on artificial intelligence underscores the fact that AI has no inherent ethical bias. The same technology that could, in principle, allow AI to identify and treat an injured person, could equally be trained to identify and harm members of specific groups.

CEPA Seeks Common Ground on Bill C-69

Canada’s energy transmission pipeline companies are clear on what amendments they would like to see, and we ask the Canadian government to take the time to get this right.

Advanced Analytics Can Help Boost Pipeline Performance

Leveraging existing operational data as well as new data sources available as part of a digital transformation can provide great opportunities to significantly improve performance through better asset reliability, efficiency and safety performance.

Predictive Maintenance’s Role in Improving Oil & Gas Efficiency

Predictive maintenance enables organizations to forecast when or if functional equipment will fail so that its maintenance and repair can be scheduled before the failure occurs.

Editor's Notebook

Refining the Oil and Gas Industry Through 5G Mobile Technolog

Guest Editorial The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, is nearly upon us. And right now, enterprises across all industries are imagining how it will change their business. This digital transformation will affect the oil and gas industry in significant ways.    We expect 5G technology to e..

Global News

Global News

TAP Gas Pipeline Completes $4.5 Billion Project Financing The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completed its $4.5 billion (3.9 billion euros) project financing, paving the way for construction to be completed for start-up in 2020, its managing director said in January. ..

Projects

Projects

Bulgaria Seeking Binding Bids for TurkStream Link  Bulgaria’s state gas network operator Bulgartransgaz plans is seeking binding bids from shippers for a new gas link to transport mainly Russian gas from the TurkStream pipeline to central Europe, Reuters said, based on company documents. ..

Government

Government

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. US Chamber Details Effect of Pipeline and LNG Opposition   A new U.S. Chamber of Commerce study estimates at least $91.9 billion in domestic economic activity and nearly 730,000 job opportunities were lost because of environmental opposition..

Business

Business News

People in the News Chesapeake Utilities Corporation appointed Jeffry M. Householder, currently president of the company’s Florida business unit, as its president and CEO. He replaced Michael P. McMasters, who announced his retirement in September and will continue as a board member. Householder wil..

Tech Notes

In Complex Regulatory Environment, NIMA provides Integrity Decision Support

ROSEN designed its integrity management platform NIMA around the idea of process modelling and the ability to build integrity-relevant processes, while allowing for secure information and workload sharing.

Whats New

Antaira

Antaira Technologies expanded its harsh environment applications with the introduction of the LNP-0800G-M12-67-24. The IP67-rated switch was designed specifically for industrial applications that are subject to high vibration and shock.

Weldcote

Weldcote Metals introduced a comprehensive line of metal-working abrasives, making up more than 900 new units. The flap discs are formulated for a wide variety of metals, including ceramic, zirconia, aluminum oxide and aluminum.

John Deere

John Deere redesigned its K-Series compact wheel-loader models with the company's Articulation Plus system for greater stability and more lifting power while turning tighter.

TT Technologies

TT Technologies offers Grundoram pneumatic pipe-ramming tools for 4-inch through 120-inch trenchless casing installation in a variety of soil conditions..

Exact Tools

Exact Tools launched its portable Pro Series 360 pipe-cutting tools with a 2200-watt, 120-volt motor that can cut half-inch thicknesses in steel and up to 2 inches in plastics.

Krohne

Krohne's Optimass 6400 twin-bent tube Coriolis mass flowmeter works for standard liquid and gas applications and features advanced entrained gas management (EGM), with no loss of measurement with gas entrainment up to 100% of volume.

Dynatol

The Dynatrol CL-10-HY density cell and Series 2000 density digital converter has an onboard microcontroller and is ready to use with no programming.

Miller Electric

Miller Electric offers a technology designed to provide a more reactive arc and greater control in stick welding on transmission pipelines.