April 2017, Vol. 244, No. 4


Company & Association News


Associations in the News Nancy J. Huston, president, Tall Oak Associates, Inc., received MEA’s inaugural Distinguished Environmental Professional Award. The award  honors an individual who made a significant contribution in the environmental area, especially the gas utility and electric sector. Hus..

Editor's Notebook

America Needs Tough Pipeline Regulations

Strict pipeline regulations benefit America, says our editor, Jeff Share.


Addressing Harsh Cryogenic Proving Conditions

Movement of hydrocarbon products via pipeline or other transport methods is critical in the oil and gas industry. Whether moving heavy bitumen or light gases converted to liquid, the economy, both locally and globally, depends on the transportation of these products. As these hydrocarbon products ar..

AGA Study ‘Uncovers’ U.S. Commercial Gas Market

Lower Prices, Higher Efficiency Create Economic Opportunity For most of the past decade, the U.S. natural gas commercial sector has been hiding in plain sight, but a new report by the American Gas Association (AGA) has brought the “forgotten” sector back into focus. Based on an analysis of the fed..

Are Your Pipeline Controllers Satisfied at Work?

Are you satisfied with your job? Do you love your career? Do you expect the same thing from your job that your manager expects from you? Are you valued by your company? Over the last five years of studying workload and human factors in the pipeline industry, we have repeatedly asked these same quest..

Capacity Center’s Annual Top 20 Pipeline Traders

In 2016, Tenaska once again topped Capacity Center’s annual top trader listings, acquiring 4.786 Bcf/d of annualized capacity during 2016. BP came in second with 4.529 Bcf/d, with Direct Energy (3.611 Bcf/d), Sequent (3.241 Bcf/d) and Constellation (2.995 Bcf/d) rounding out the Top 5, respectively...

Decommissioning of Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities Rising Sharply

The decommissioning of aging offshore oil and gas platforms, subsea wells and related assets is increasing dramatically, with over 600 projects expected to be disposed of during the next five years alone. This rapid trend toward decommissioning is causing spending to rise significantly, according to..

Gas Customers Say Safety, Reliability Biggest Factors in Satisfaction

Despite a year in which a natural gas-related incident made national news, customers’ impressions of media stories about their gas provider are increasingly positive nationally. However, customer concerns regarding safety and reliability can linger for years after a major incident, according to the ..

Interior Department Proposes 73-Million-Acre GOM Lease Sale

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the department will offer 73 million acres of offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The proposed region-wide lease sale, scheduled for Aug. 16, would include all available unleased ..

New ‘Super Basin’ has Large, Untapped Potential

New research finds that the Tampico-Misantla Basin in Mexico could be one of 24 global onshore ‘Super Basins’ that IHS Markit has identified. Exploration and production companies investing in Mexico’s upstream have shown strong interest in the country’s offshore basins, but the onshore potential in ..

OTC Names 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

The 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients May 2 in Houston. As part of the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, the conference will recognize John Bomba for individual achievement, the LLOG Exploration Delta House Proje..

PECO, Higher Ed. Partner on Next-Generation Natural Gas Workforce

Providing safe and reliable natural gas service is the hallmark of every natural gas distribution company. This takes a committed approach to investing in state-of-the-art equipment and best-practice sharing among industry peers to improve operations and implement the latest safety trends. New equi..

Pipeline Building Boom: Is It Coming To Your Area Anytime Soon? 

Industry experts give their thoughts about what the present and future holds for pipeline construction projects in America.

Pipeline Operators, Are You Prepared for NTSB Accident Investigations?

The aftermath of a liquid or natural gas pipeline accident can be chaotic and quite demanding for a pipeline operator and its employees. The effect on people, property and the environment can be dramatic. The effort required to respond to a pipeline accident can be overwhelming, especially when com..

Reducing Deepwater Pipeline Inspection Costs

Inspecting a pipeline is a complex operation. It is often fraught with complications due to the varying dimensions that the pipeline exhibits in order to operate in a deepwater environment. Designing the line with future inspections in mind is the exception, not the rule. As a result, a deepwater l..

Replacing Aging Pipe Remains a Big Source for Work

Companies across America are investing in pipeline construction projects that involve upgrading aging lines.

SoCalGas Breaks Ground on First Renewable Natural Gas Pipeline

Southern California Gas Co. and CR&R Environmental begin work on a pipeline construction project designed to deliver renewable natural gas.

STATS Group Completes Isolation of 42-inch Subsea Pipeline

Engineers at STATS Group had a hat trick of challenging issues to overcome when commissioned to isolate a 42-inch subsea pipeline in the Middle East. The dead leg pipeline was housed within an oil storage tank. The national operating company was concerned the integrity of the pipe was suspect after..

Tom Hutchins Steers INGAA Foundation on Steady Course

There are more literally more issues than days of the year to deal with if you’re an executive in the oil and gas pipeline industry today. From construction safety to dealing with pushback issues stoked by the anti-fossil fuel movement, Thomas D. Hutchins can tell you all about that, and more, if th..



A look at the latest pipeline regulations impacting the industry.

In The News

In the News

Enbridge at 66,000 Miles of Pipelines with Addition of Spectra Oil and natural gas pipeline giant Enbridge is now the dominant energy transportation and storage company in North America after finalizing its buyout of Spectra Energy Partners on Feb. 27. The Calgary-based company bought Spectra in a ..

World News

Fluor JV Nets FEED Contract for Pump Project in Kazakhstan w/photo  Fluor Corp.’s joint venture team, KPJV, was selected by Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO) to execute the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the multi-phase pump project in Kazakhstan. The project scope includes FEED, detail design ..



A look at the latest news regarding pipeline construction projects worldwide.

What's New

What's New

An overview of new equipment that can be used on pipeline construction projects, as featured in our April 2017 issue.