Current Issue: November 2020, Vol. 247, No. 11

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Editor's Notebook

Doubling Down on $5 Natural Gas

While there hasn't been a lot of good news on the midstream front lately, projected $5 natural gas by the fall of 2021 is a hopeful sign. And who can argue with the Farmer's Almanac weather forecast?

Features

Bakken Restart: Back to Basics with Idle Wells

Abandoned wells have long been a part of the more-than-a-century-old American oil and gas industry, but industry and state regulators have become more thorough in mitigating and remediating these retired well sites.

Largest Capacity CO2 Pipeline Part of Expandable Capture, Storage System

A new system built to safely transport and permanently store CO2 is shifting how carbon is managed in the province of Alberta, Canada.

New Model Design Against Running Ductile in Dense-Phase CO2 Pipelines

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is vital to decarbonize a few important sectors, including the most energy-intensive industries: power, heat and transport. It will also enable future operations to become more competitive and sustainable in a net-zero economy.

Beneath the Bustling City, Pipelines Operate Largely Unnoticed

Within cities, utilities considering pipeline replacement or expansion must have it all, including great communication, a solid plan, the latest technology and a smart public awareness strategy.

Managing Complex Pipeline Compliance with Software Solutions

From maintenance and testing to record-keeping and audits, operators often underestimate how complex and time-consuming the path toward compliance will be.

Control Rooms Faced with Navigating the Pandemic

We asked over 300 controllers from 13 U.S. and Canadian control rooms for first-hand accounts of how their companies responded to the pandemic and controller needs.

Gas Storage’s Impact on Pipelines

The arrival of natural gas in Europe in the 1960s marked the advent of large regional gas storage solutions designed to meet multiple needs. Today, gas storage systems balance and stabilize flows of gas to meet demand, smooth price fluctuations and help ensure energy security.

China Bullish on Myanmar’s Gas Reserves, Pipelines

After many years of brokering deals and planning, China has managed to cement its place as the sole buyer of Myanmar’s massive Shwe Gas reserves. A new trans-Burma corridor now aims to secure oil imports from the Middle East and Africa.

Handling Pipe Remains Long-Standing Business for Montgomery Family

After startup in 1945 in Odessa, Texas, the family-owned pipeline stringing business that became MTI Logistics quickly expanded to unloading and stockpiling, and handling and storage of line pipe for construction projects.

Sonatrach to Expand Pipeline Network in New Contracts

Algeria’s national integrated oil and gas company Sonatrach’s short- to medium-term investment strategy has moved a notch higher after it signed contracts with six companies for construction of midstream, upstream and downstream projects

INGAA's New CEO Stresses Great Industry Engagement

In this month's Executive Commentary, INGAA's new president and CEO, Amy Andryszak, shares her thoughts on her new job, new regulatory policies and the need for pipeline companies to engage the general public.

Government

FERC Wants Limit on State Consideration of Quality Permits

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to apply the new federal Clean Water Act requirement to transmission pipelines, limiting state challenges to construction projects in and around wetlands.

Interstates Worry About Inspecting Farm Taps

Will transmission pipelines now have to worry about complying with distribution pipeline regulations in addition to their own? That is the concern with one of the key provisions in a proposed rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Tech Notes

Tech Notes: Neptune Energy, Eserv Partner on Digitization of Cygnus Platform

Neptune Energy announced a new partnership with 3-D technology specialist, Eserv, as part of the ongoing digitalization of Neptune’s assets, including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the southern North Sea in the U.K.

Projects

Projects

Jemena Reveals Plans to Extend Eastern Gas Pipeline  Newcastle and the Central Coast may soon be integrated further into Australia’s East Coast gas grid with leading energy infrastructure company, Jemena, today revealing plans to extend its 495-mile (797-km) Eastern Gas Pipeline (EGP) from Horsley ..

Global News

Global News

OPEC Predicts Oil Demand to Plateau in Late 2030s World oil demand will plateau in the late 2030s and could by then have begun to decline, OPEC said, in a major shift for the producer group that reflects the lasting impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and consumer habits.  ..

What's New

IDEC

IDEC Corporation announced an expansion to the MicroSmart FC6A All-in-One PLC family, with three new 12V DC CPUs. End-users, designers and OEMs now have more options for automating battery-backed equipment and heavy-equipment vehicles. Many applications req..

People in the News

People

Williamson T.D. Williamson (TDW) Chairman Emeritus Richard B. “Dick” Williamson received the International Pipeline Conference Lifetime Achievement Award Sept. 30 during the International Pipeline Expo (IPC), held virtually from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. T..

Companies in the News

Companies

Artera Services Acquires Otis Eastern (photo: Otis Eastern/Artera) Artera Services, a natural gas and electric infrastructure services company, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Otis Eastern Service.  Founded in 1936 and acquired by c..

Associations in the News

Associations

The Lafayette Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers officers for 2020-2021 include Jude Boudreaux, president, Offshore Energy Services, Inc.; Bryan Leger, first vice president, Premium Oilfield Services; Jordan Woods, second vice president, Delta Energy Consultants; Sharon Moore,..