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Transco’s Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Adds Marcellus Takeaway Capacity

Long before pipeline constraints launched the race to add Permian Basin capacity, soaring natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica basins outpaced the infrastructure required to move it to market. Operators responded with a flurry of pipeline projects, and one of the most important of them - Atlantic Sunrise - has commenced full operations.

Choosing and Using Composite Repair Systems

With so many repair options in the oil and gas industry, choosing the right repair with the best materials can be difficult. There are many variables when considering a composite repair, including operating pressure and temperature, defect type and severity, pipe geometry and external or internal chemical presence.

Gas Remains Key to UK Energy

Gas is a key element of the U.K.’s energy mix, but the closure of Centrica’s Rough long-term storage facility last year reduced U.K. gas storage to only 14 days of capacity, compared with 87 in France, 69 in Germany and 59 in Italy.

Improving Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Transmission, Storage

Interstate natural gas transmission companies are committed to minimizing methane emissions. This article explains methane emission sources for the transmission and storage sector and the basis for emissions commitments that INGAA members have voluntarily adopted.

INGAA Board Affirms Commitment to Minimizing Methane Releases

Members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) have long worked to minimize methane emissions. Recognizing the increased concern about climate change, INGAA’s Board of Directors on July 19 formally affirmed its commitment to minimize methane emissions from their interstate natu..

INSIDE JOB: Phased Array Ultrasound Can Deliver Better Weld Inspections

By Dominic Giguere, Zetec Pipeline weld inspections are one of the most challenging – and common – types of nondestructive testing (NDT) applications in the oil and gas industry. Joining materials with different metallurgical properties, grain alignments, acoustic characteristics, cylindrical geome..

Keeping Up with the Times: Mechanical Grooved Couplings Still Deliver

By Austin Stevens It is not often that looking backward provides insight into the future, but examining the evolution of the world’s first mechanical coupling can give us an indication of what lies ahead. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of what began as the “victory joint,” a mechanical groo..

Kenya Expands Oil Pipeline Network Amid Controversy

Kenya Pipeline Company, East Africa’s largest oil transporter, has been implementing major capacity expansion projects in spite of mounting criticism of flawed tendering processes and claims of impropriety involving two additional pipelines, an oil jetty and replacement of hydrant pit valves at Nairobi's airport.

Leveraging Software for Improved Profitability on Rights-of-Way

The biggest benefit to pipeline operators of moving information and processes to digital form is the ability to gain actionable intelligence from their data, straight from the right-of-way. But it takes the right software to can deliver it.

Permian Basin — Where Midstream Infrastructure Needs Take on Outsized Importance

An updated examination of the Permian midstream reveals extraordinary growth projections for the one-of-a-kind petroleum basin with robust buildout continuing for years to come,

Q&A: Kinder Morgan CO2 President Looks at Capture Options

Jesse Arenivas is president of CO2 for Kinder Morgan, which is the largest transporter of carbon dioxide in North America, delivering approximately 1.3 Bcf/d for use in enhanced oil recovery projects. As such, he is responsible for overseeing the engineering, development, production and marketing o..

The Well Hasn’t Run Dry for Midstream Opportunities

A recent ICF report for the INGAA Foundation projects nearly $800 billion will be invested in new oil and gas infrastructure between 2018 and 2035 Opportunities lie ahead for midstream developers, investors and energy consumers, and the true victors will be those who develop strategies now.

Trio of Regions Drive U.S. Natural Gas Production Growth

By Energy Information Administration (EIA) Gross production of natural gas in the United States has generally been increasing for more than a decade and in recent months it has been more than 10% higher, compared with the same months in 2017. This growth has been driven by production in the Appala..

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook

By Joe Hollier While there have been plenty of companies complaining about the Trump administration tariffs, there are others who have benefited by the trade war tactic. One such company, Weldbend Corporation, recently applauded the administration’s decision to impose additional tariffs on butt wel..

Global News

Global News

Mexico’s New Administration Warns of Growing US Natural Gas Imports Mexico should speed up development of its own natural gas reserves to curb a growing “supply risk” fed by excessive dependence on U.S. supplies, the country’s incoming industry regulator proposed. “We need to diversify (sources of..

Projects

Projects

Feds Allow Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction to Resume Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile (965-km) natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regula..

Government

Government

Congress to Pass Water Infrastructure Bill Congressional passage of a water infrastructure package looks like a done deal after the House easily passed the Senate’s America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021). The main focus of the bill is authorization of some major Army Corps of Engineer..

Business

Names in the News

Michels Canada promoted Glenn MacIntosh to director of its Eastern Region.  He will spearhead the company’s continued growth in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond from a new office, located at 891 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge, Ontario. IFS appointed Christian Pedersen as chief product officer. ..

Companies in the News

Krohne Unveils New Calibration Facility The Krohne ribbon-cutting in Beverly, Mass. Krohne opened its new flow and level instrument manufacturing and calibration facility in Beverly, Mass. With a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the manufac..

Associations in the News

Associations in the News Andy Ball, Doug Evans, Criss Shipman and Fatih Can at IPLOCA’s conference. IPLOCA honored Gulf Interstate Engineering (GIE) the Excellence in Project Execution Award during the association’s recent annual conference in ..

Tech Notes

Transneft Diascan Comissions New Type of Inline Inspection Tool

Transneft Diascan has developed, manufactured and commissioned a new type of inline inspection tool that can find peeling areas in the pipeline coating.

What's New

HFT

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) introduced peripheral sealing plugs for heavy-duty applications, such as immersion in chemicals or exposure to high temperatures.

Antaira Technologies

Antaira Technologies expanded its industrial networking infrastructure line with the introduction of the LNP-0800G-M12-67-24, an IP67-rated switch designed for applications subject to high vibration and shock.

Senstar

Senstar introduced the FiberPatrol FP7000 fiber-optic pipeline integrity monitoring system for both gas and liquid-carrying pipelines. It can also be used for fence-mounted intrusion detection.

Alliance

Alliance Sensors Group introduced the SS-7 series linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) designed for subsea environments.

Dualco

Dualco introduced the Dualco SCADA Operated Unit (SOLU), a portable digital interface designed for remote operation to ensure accurate lubrication levels in valves. The SOLU can be operated from the safety of a car, truck or trailer, and records and displays wellbore pressures during well maintena..

ControlAir

ControlAir introduced the Type 6100 High Flow Capacity Volume Booster, designed to significantly increase the stroking speed in valve actuation system applications that require high forward flow and exhaust capacities.

Thermo Scientific

The new Thermo Scientific SOLA iQ online sulfur analyzer helps technicians in the oil and gas industry measure total sulfur content of liquid or gas phase samples without lab analysis. The new design offers updated modular design that eases routine maintenance and features measurement ranges from 2..