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And Our Readers Say …

A recent survey of Pipeline & Gas Journal readers showed a clear majority of respondents believe the lingering effects of the coronavirus and recent developments concerning Dakota Access and Atlantic Coast pipelines have dealt a serious one-two punch to midstream businesses.

Features

Anatomy of Frustration: Atlantic Coast and Dakota Access Pipelines

In early July, the U.S. pipeline industry faced down a one-two punch as the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled and a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down.

GMRC Report: Rotating to the Future – Relevance Today and a Revolutionary Tomorrow

While change in the natural gas industry is happening at an accelerated pace, GMRC is thriving by embracing flexibility, adaptability and facilitating learning in action.

Hydrogen Delivers New Future for Holland’s Pipeline Network

The European Union’s ambitious decarbonization policies and plans for a green economic recovery will have repercussions on the continent’s pipeline networks, none more so than Holland’s.

Environmental Partnership Releases Report, Expands to Pipeline Companies

The Environmental Partnership expanded its membership to midstream companies and released its second annual report, highlighting the industry’s progress in reducing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and working together to protect the environment.

EPA Drops Methane Emissions Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is dropping rules established in 2016 to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production and pipelines, a move that was applauded by the American Petroleum Institute but may have little effect on much of the industry.

Amid Challenges, Natural Gas Remains Growing Part of Energy Mix

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, 120,498 MW of gas-fired capacity came online between 2008 and Aug. 1, 2019. Twenty percent of that was in 2018 and 2019 alone, and roughly 200 new gas plants have been proposed or are in development right now.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to help residential, commercial and industrial customers make more efficient use of fuel.

Using Phased Array UT in Lieu of Radiography for Weld Inspections

Since its introduction in the early 2000s, phased array ultrasonic testing (UT) instruments have been embraced by NDT service providers for weld inspections in lieu of RT.

A Clearer Picture: How Phased Array UT Delivers 3-D Results

Today’s advanced phased array UT instruments and software give technicians the computing power to transform traditional 2-D inspection data into full-color 3-D visualizations

Pipeline Challenges Limits of Leak-Tight Pipeline Isolation Capabilities

Maintaining the integrity of piping and pipeline infrastructure continues to be of vital importance to owners and operators, particularly as a higher number of pipelines move into their fourth and fifth decade of operation, far beyond their original design life.

Norway’s Gas Field Fairy Tale

Norway has given its big gas field in the Barents Sea a fairy tale name: Snøhvit (Snow White). Now the fairy tale continues with the next phase of development called Askeladd.

Part 2: Background of the Ukraine’s Mega-Challenges

Since 2014, Ukraine has undertaken considerable reforms to reinforce macroeconomic stability and bolster the foundations of growth. After a significant contraction in 2014-2015, economic growth has picked up (2.4% in 2016-2017, 3.5% in 2018-2019). However, higher sustained economic growth is needed to deliver a durable improvement in living standards.

When Pipelines Strain Assessment Exceeds Capacity

There are many advantages of combining multiple inspection technologies to effectively build a picture of the pipeline condition and how it changes over time.

Adjusting Costs with Large-Diameter Tapping Tees

Since 2011, Peoples Gas has been pursuing an aggressive system modernization program, including the replacement of 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of cast iron and ductile iron mains operating at 7 inches (178 mm) water column with modern polyethylene operating at 22 psi (1.5 bar).

Yesterday and Today: Installing a Pipeline Across the World’s Busiest Shipping Channel

Pipeline construction veteran Joe Pikas recalls a 50-year-old offshore construction project that highlights the differences between how engineering goals were met in the past, and how they are met today.

LDCs Own Residential, Commercial Sectors but Pipelines Fuel Power: EIA

A new government report on the U.S. natural gas industry shows that local distribution companies (LDCs) supply 90% of natural gas to U.S. residential and commercial sectors, but pipeline companies handle the biggest volumes through direct delivery to electric power and industrial customers

Canada Lays Claim as Largest Source Of US Energy Imports

Canada is the largest source of U.S. energy imports and the second-largest destination for U.S. energy exports behind only Mexico. Energy is an important component of trade between Canada and the United States.

Permian Update

Permian Enters Uncharted Waters in Better Shape than Most Regions

With the Coronavirus crisis and its effect on upstream operations putting a damper on all segments of the midstream sector, some major projects in the Permian Basin appear to be moving forward, albeit at a slower and far more cautious pace.

Proper Prepping Promotes Greater Profits in the Permian

As the oil and gas industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability for service companies to be responsive and nimble is vital.

Government

Pro-Pipeline Changes to NEPA Challenged

One lawsuit has already been filed contesting the Trump administration’s July pro-pipeline changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) new authority to discount greenhouse gas emissions when approving applications for new interstate pipeline construction.

PHMSA Ratifies Industry Requestion MAOP

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in mid-July granting transmission pipelines the changes they requested after publication of a big final rule last October titled, “Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments.”

Executive Profile

Executive Profile: Engineering Veteran Ventures Out on His Own

Longtime pipeline engineering mainstay Marcelino Guedes Gomes has retired from Brazil oil giant Petrobras after more than 30 years, but he has no intention of leaving behind the work he loves. Guedes Gomes has co-founded PipelineBrazil, with the goal of improving pipelines in terms of safety and imaginative design ideas.

Projects

Projects

  Poland Fines Gazprom $57 Million Over Nord Stream 2 Poland’s antimonopoly watchdog UOKiK (Office of Competition and Consumer Protection) fined Gazprom $57 million for lack of cooperation in its proceedings with regard to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.  Poland sees Nord Stream 2, which woul..

Mountain Valley

Equitrans Says Mountain Valley Remains on Schedule for Early 2021

Leidy South

Williams gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to move forward with its Leidy South Project, which will create 582,400 Dth/d of additional pipeline capacity in the eastern United States.  The project will connect natural gas produced by Cabot Oil & Gas and Seneca Reso..

Global News

Global News

Pipeline Companies Deliver Largest Share of U.S. Gas Volumes A new government report on the U.S. natural gas industry shows that local distribution companies supply 90% of natural gas to U.S. residential and commercial sectors, but pipeline companies handle the biggest volumes through direct delive..

What's New

What's New

Honeywell Honeywell introduced new multigas monitoring solutions that work seamlessly together to help keep workers safe and confident while in hazardous areas. The Honeywell BW platform incorporates a slim profile, Bluetooth-enabled configuration with an infrared lower explosive limit sensor for t..

People in the News

People in the News

Al Walker, former chairman, president and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum, has been named to the board of directors at Enable Midstream Partners, a joint venture between CenterPoint and OGE Energy. Robert Gwin, a former president of Anadarko, also has been appointed to the board. Walker was CEO of Anadark..

Kevin Farris

Snelson Companies and PLH Group announced that Kevin Farris has joined as director of Business Development. Farris brings more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently as senior director of Gas Operations at Henkels and McCoy. He has also held management positions at Bilfinger Westcon, Sp..

Angela Kolar

Angela Kolar, Colonial Pipeline’s vice president of Operations Services and chief risk officer, was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to serve as an industry representative on the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. Commonly referred to as the Liqu..

Companies in the News

Dominion Overhauls Leadership After Sale

Dominion Energy announced a reorganized executive leadership team after the cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline and sale of its natural gas transmission and storage assets to an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway.

Companies in the News

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