June 2010 Vol. 237 No. 6


Business Meetings & Events


ABB, a US-based instrumentation manufacturer, has agreed to acquire Prairieville, Louisiana level gauge maker K-TEK in an effort to increase ABB's oil and gas offerings. K-TEK will join the Measurement Products business unit within ABB’s Process Automation division.

Brooks Instrument Names Hale President/COO

Brooks Instrument announced June 14 that Clark Hale has joined the company as president and COO. Hale will be responsible for leading all global operations, quality, material management, procurement and manufacturing engineering functions.

July 2010 Personnel Changes

<strong>Philip B. Drake</strong> has joined Bonacker Interactive as creative director. Drake brings over 20 years experience to the position, including extensive experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

June 2010 Ad Index

Advertisers in the print edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal, June 2010, Vol. 237 No. 6.

Kvisle Retires from TransCanada, Girling Named CEO

Effective June 30, Hal Kvisle will retire from TransCanada, where he has been chief executive since 2001. His successor is Russ Girling. Girling has been a TransCanada employee since 1994 and is the current chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).

National Fuel Gas Announces Management Changes

National Fuel Gas Company announced a number of management changes June 14, including the naming of Ronald J. Tanski as president and COO. Tanski previously held the posts of treasurer and principal financial officer of National Fuel, as well as president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation.

Pipe Coating Group Re-Elects Top Two Officers

The National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators (NAPCA) re-elected Merry Brumbaugh and Brendan Ryan to second terms as president and vice president, respectively, at the association’s 46th annual meeting held in April at Indian Wells, CA.

UniversalPegasus Names Hymel Onshore Director of Business Development

UniversalPegasus International announced June 8 that it has named Gary Hymel as the onshore director of business development.

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: A Spill Worth Crying Over

Every night I tear at the sheets, tossing, turning and hoping by some miracle the news will be better in the morning: that BP will have finally regained control of its runaway well that is causing heartache and angst throughout the nation, the Gulf Coast and the petroleum industry.


Big Oil Faces Global Competition From National Oil Companies

Until recently, nationalized oil companies (NOCs) posed a competitive threat to international oil companies (IOCs) only in their home countries. However, a number of factors have now converged to prompt once-isolated NOCs to expand their reach on a global scale.

BPs Fight Against Pollution From Deepwater Gulf Blowout

The eyes of the world continue to be focused on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as BP mobilizes its full resources to stop the flow of oil and fight the oil spill, which follows the blowout and sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig operating in Mississippi Canyon 252 block.

Croatia Methane Pipeline Project Requires Difficult Canal Crossing

Ghazzoni SpA recently completed an open cut pipeline project on a section of the 72 km Vodnjan-Umag DN 300 methane pipeline that is part of an improvement effort to extend and modernize Croatia’s gas transportation system.

Economic Outlook Brightens For Pipeline Coating Developments

The economic crisis has affected pipeline construction as with many other industries, because of the lack of availability of finance for new projects, and because of the drop in oil and gas prices. However, oil prices are starting to rise again in 2010 and the outlook for pipe coating is very encouraging, according to Noru Tsalic, Consultant at Applied Market Information.

Emission Regulations And Their Impact On Engine Choices And Costs

New emissions regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are scheduled to take effect in July and August. The regulations have a potentially large impact on domestic reciprocating engine usage and domestic energy production, but thus far, relatively little attention has been given to them.

Future Role Of Natural Gas And Shale Revolution Dominate At P&GJs 2010 Pipeline Opportunities Conference

<em>Pipeline & Gas Journal</em>, in partnership with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), presented its sixth annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference on March 31 in Houston. Jeff Share, conference founder and organizer, said the single-day event drew more than 500 attendees at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the third consecutive year, attesting to the intense interest in the pipeline industry.

Pictorial Job Aids: The Next Step In Operator Qualification

There is a saying that one picture is worth a thousand words. After more than 32 years in the natural gas industry, I agree with that saying but with a caveat: it must be the correct picture and it must be presented with a concise and meaningful caption. Then, it will be worth many thousands of words.

Pipeline Operator Gains By Wirelessly Monitoring Cathodic Protection

Cathodic protection (CP) has slowly become a critical issue in America and beyond. The catalysts for this are: (1) new governmental regulations, (2) stiff penalties for non-compliance, (3) the aging of buried metal assets, and (4) increased scrutiny in the public and private sectors seeking efficiency and the protection of assets.

Reduce Compressor Maintenance Costs With Remote Monitoring

Remotely located gas compressors can pose a significant operating and maintenance challenge. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are often used to address this challenge, but to be cost effective, a critical mass of units must be located in close proximity to one another.

Shell Sets The Pace In Promoting Pipeline Safety

An estimated 2.7 million television viewers across the country witnessed the climactic finish of the April 25 NASCAR race in Talladega, FL as driver Kevin Harvick sped past a competitor to capture the lead in the final lap. For Shell, principal sponsor of Harvick’s high-performance car, the event represented a double victory.

Unconventional LNG To Assume Limited Role

Unconventional LNG will play a limited role in the future of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, comprising just 5% of total LNG supply in 2020, according to a consultant’s report. In a video presentation to delegates at LNG16 in Oran last month, Frank Harris, head of LNG Consulting for Wood Mackenzie, reflected on the heightened interest in unconventional LNG supply projects.

Wisconsin Utility Tackles Major Gas Construction Project

It is not unusual for a utility to face obstacles during a major improvement project. But, when construction bids come in higher than expected, it brings an interesting challenge to the table. This was the scenario in Madison, WI last year.


BP Accident Imperils Offshore Gas Expansion; Consideration Of Renewable Incentives Worries Gas Advocates

Despite the different and superior safety profile for offshore natural gas exploration, the BP deepwater oil spill may well dissuade Congress from approving the addition by the Obama administration of gas-rich areas to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) 2007-2012 leasing plan.

In The News

June Newsreel: ANGA names Robertson VP; rising oil prices may threaten economic recovery; INGAA attracts record turnout and more

<a href="http://pipelineandgasjournal.com/june-newsreel#anga">ANGA Names Robertson To Lead Legislative, Regulatory Affairs Efforts</a> <a href="http://pipelineandgasjournal.com/june-newsreel#price">Rising Oil Prices Could Hamper Economic Recovery, Clean Energy Policies </a> <a href="http://pipelineandgasjournal.com/june-newsreel#ingaa">INGAA Foundation Meeting Attracts Record Turnout</a> <a href= "http://pipelineandgasjournal.com/june-newsreel?page=2#ent">Enterprise Completes Acquisition Of Natural Gas Gathering Systems</a>


Austria Agrees To Join South Stream Project

Austria wants to join the South Stream project, a key step toward construction on a pipeline to increase the flow of Russian gas to Europe.

Construction Begins On East Texas Gas Gathering System

Tenaska Capital Management LLC (TCM) has started construction of TPF II East Texas Gathering LLC (ETG), a major high capacity gas-gathering system with multi-market capacity to serve the Haynesville Shale formation in East Texas.

Dominion Gas Awarded Nord Stream Deal

Aberdeen-based Dominion Gas will become the main supplier of industrial gas for the Nord Stream Project in a deal worth upwards of Euro 2 million.

Dominion Plans Facilities To Handle Marcellus Gas

Dominion has plans to gather, process and transport the growing volumes of high-Btu (wet) Marcellus natural gas production in Marshall and Wetzel counties, WV and surrounding counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Energy Transfer Partners Announces Haynesville Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners announced June 2 the construction of a 63-mile natural gas pipeline that will provide its customers additional transportation, gathering, and treating services in the rapidly expanding Haynesville Shale in East Texas.

Energy Transfer Partners Files For Tiger Pipeline Expansion

Energy Transfer Partners announced June 17 that it has filed an application with FERC requesting authorization of construction and operation of the ETC Tiger Pipeline Expansion Project, Phase I.

Enterprise Resumes Operations on North Texas Pipeline After Explosion

Enterprise Products Partners announced June 14 that it has completed repairs to the portion of its partially-owned North Texas natural gas pipeline that was damaged in an explosion June 7 in rural Johnson County, Texas. One person died in the accident.

India Rethinking Stance On Gas Pipeline

After Iran and Pakistan signed a recent agreement for a bilateral natural gas pipeline, India asked to reopen negotiations to make the project trilateral.

Kinder Morgan Announces Cochin Pipeline Expansion Plans

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners plans to modify and expand the existing Cochin Pipeline system to provide a solution for transporting NGLs from the Marcellus Shale Basin to fractionation plants and chemical markets near Sarnia, Ontario, and Chicago.

Kinder Morgan Launches Marcellus Open Season

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners launched a 30-day non-binding open season June 14 to further gauge shipper interest for its Marcellus Lateral Project.

Lightning Strikes Gasoline Tank, Starts Fire

A Colonial Pipeline tank containing gasoline caught fire early on June 13 after it was apparently struck by lightning. The Greensboro, NC Fire Department deployed a reported 150 firefighters who worked for six hours to extinguish the fire.

Magellan Evaluates Texas Pipeline Conversion

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. is evaluating the reversal and conversion of a portion of its 18-inch Houston-to-El Paso pipeline (the former Longhorn Pipeline) to crude service.

Natural Gas Talks Conclude Between Turkey, Azerbaijan

Turkey and Azerbaijan have agreed on the amount and price for the sale of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey in a deal that paves the way for further progress in pipeline projects between the Caspian and Europe.

New Trunkline Will Provide Eagle Ford Producers Access To Multiple Markets

Meritage Midstream Services has entered into agreement with Laredo Energy to build a 48-mile high pressure gas-gathering system in Webb County, TX to gather gas produced primarily from the Eagle Ford shale formation.

NFG Announces Two Pipeline Projects

National Fuel Gas (NFG) announced its Pipeline Supply Corp. and Empire Pipeline subsidiaries have entered binding precedent agreements for the Northern Access and Tioga County Extension pipeline projects, respectively.

Nuovagiungas Supplying Monolithic Insulating Joints To Trans-Magellan Gas Pipeline

Daniel Manicone, recently appointed by Nuovagiungas as resident manager for the Americas, told a news conference that Nuovagiungas will take part in the construction of the Trans-Magellan Gas Pipeline crossing the homonymous strait.

Partnership Plans Rich-Gas Gathering And Processing Facilities

NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGT&S) and MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC, announced continued joint development of new natural gas gathering, processing, and transmission projects to support increased Marcellus production volumes in the northern West Virginia area of the Appalachian Basin.

Russia Offers To Merge Gazprom With Naftogaz

Closer ties have emerged between Russia and Ukraine since Viktor Yanukovich was Ukraine's president in February including agreements on gas pricing.

Spanish Natural Gas Company Changes Hands

Galp Energia and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure have closed their joint acquisition of certain gas supply and distribution businesses in the Madrid region from Gas Natural Fenosa (Gas Natural).

Spectra Energy Holds Open Seasons

Responding to its customers in northeast British Columbia, Spectra Energy Corp. launched an open seasons May 7 to assess customer requirements for expanded transportation service on its Transportation North (T-North) system, and for raw gas-gathering and processing service in the Fort Nelson resource area.

Stupp Spiral Mill Delivers 90 Miles Of Custom Steel Line Pipe

On March 30, Stupp Corp. completed the manufacture, coating, shipment and delivery of 90 miles of 36-inch OD, X-70 API-5L PSL2 custom steel line pipe.

TransCanada Seeks NEB Approval For Horn River Pipeline

TransCanada’s Alberta System has moved ahead with another critical infrastructure project to access Northeast BC shale gas by filing the Horn River Pipeline Project with the National Energy Board (NEB).

Two Natural Gas Processing Plants Planned In Appalachian Basin

Dominion and Exterran Holdings, Inc. will team to provide increased natural gas processing in the Appalachian Basin.

Williams Partners Completes Pipeline Expansion

Williams Partners L.P. has placed an expansion of its Transco natural gas pipeline system into service, increasing firm transportation capacity into the Southeast by 253,500 Dth/d.

World Needs Fossil Fuel Until 2050, Shell Says

The world will remain heavily reliant on fossil fuels for the next 40 years, said Shell Chief Executive Peter Voser at an energy conference in Singapore on May 5.


HMI/SCADA Solution Works For ENSTOR

Natural gas is an important energy source for reducing pollution. Compared to coal and oil, combustion of natural gas releases significantly lower amounts of harmful pollutants and carbon dioxide. After its exploration, production and transportation, natural gas can be stored for an indefinite period of time for future use.

Repairing Pipeline Defects With "Hot Sleeves"

The increased use of intelligent inspection pigs to determine the actual wall thickness of pipelines has given rise to the demand for a procedure to remedy wall thinning, laminations and sharp discontinuities, i.e. defects which normally make it necessary to restrict the maximum allowable operating pressure.

Restoring Terrain Along REX East Pipeline Route

Whether it’s the rugged slopes of the Rockies, or the highly erosive, silt loam soil in Mississippi, Profile Products LLC says it offers effective solutions for pipeline construction and restoration projects. Utilizing a total approach to vegetative establishment, Profile® focuses on Green Design Engineering™ as the foundation to provide innovative products and trusted project consultation and execution.

Texas LDC Installs High-Pressure Plastic Gas Distribution Pipe

Georg Fischer Central Plastics of Shawnee, OK reported that the Mid-Tex Division of Atmos Energy Corporation recently completed a 6,000-foot installation of 4-inch, DR-11, Hyperplast™ Polyamide-11 pipe near Corsicana, TX. The total installed cost of this project is said to be comparable to that of steel pipe and, unlike steel, the Hyperplast™ system requires no corrosion protection now or in the future.

Valve Makers Say Decline Of Last Year Expected To Reverse

After a 5% decline in 2009, the valve industry appears to have stabilized and will probably see some minor growth this year, according to a new report from the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA).

What does the name Cary Goss, President of Industrial Fabrics, Inc. mean to you?

On any given day, you can walk through the doors of Industrial Fabrics, Inc. of Baton Rouge, LA and find owner, Cary S. Goss, in the boardroom. He is busy touching base with his staff, strategically planning the week ahead.

What's New

New Combination Catalytic Converter/Silencer Designed For Easy Ground-Level Access

Operators of large, lean-burn natural gas or diesel engines – 2,000-10,000 hp, used in gas compression, power generation and other applications – now have an innovative option that combines state-of-the-art emissions reduction with a design that aims to dramatically cut maintenance labor and risks.

Whats New In Compressor Packages, Noise Abatement, Utility Operations Software and Buildings

What's new from Cameron Compression Systems, Step-Ko, CECO, Phoenix Building Systems, Environmental Noise Control, Exterran Holdings, Computerized Processes Unlimited, HB Rentals, GE Intelligent Platforms, iicorr, Mueller Environmental Designs, New Century Software, Senscient and American Innovations.