July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

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Company & Association News

Business News

Energy Transfer Partners Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. announced Michael J. Hennigan, president, Crude, Liquids and Refined Products, has left the partnership for another business opportunity. Prior to the recently closed merger of ETP and Sunoco Logistics Partners, LP (SXL), Hennigan served as pr..

Editor's Notebook

Russia Seeks to Stop America's Booming Energy Industry

The next time Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits President Putin in the Kremlin, he should ask his former buddy something that’s bothered me for years: what are the Russians up to in attempting to sabotage our energy industry? First, let’s understand that energy has always been used as a polit..

Features

Advantages of Using Flow Meters to Reduce Pressure Drop

Plant operators rely on plant air pressures to maintain properly working equipment and systems. One common problem affecting processing plants that use compressed air systems is the ability to maintain reliable pressure throughout the distribution system. Insufficient air pressures may be due to un..

Brazil Advancing Natural Gas Initiative in Lula Norte Field

With the discovery in 2006 of the Tupi gas field (now known as Campo Lula), Brazil began a new era in the national petroleum industry. In December 2016, the volume of gas and oil produced reached 1.5 MMboe/d, which represents 46% of the total production of hydrocarbons at the national level. Petrob..

Bringing Gas Meters into the 21st Century

Natural gas supplies nearly 34% of the energy needs in the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This number will likely rise as recent advancements in exploration and availability of shale gas and innovative drilling techniques make it an increasingly attractive e..

Delivering Gas Off-Grid in North America

Virtual pipelines are scheduled shipments of natural gas between two points – from A to B – by road, rail or sea without a fixed pipeline. Virtual pipeline operations are usually to be found in remote areas where the terrain makes it too costly or too difficult to construct permanent pipelines. The..

Hilcorp Looks Ahead after Inlet Incidents

Hilcorp Alaska leaders are ready to look ahead after a rocky start to 2017. The company has two drilling rigs working in Cook Inlet, on the Steelhead and King Salmon platforms, and just announced a $75 million plan to ultimately reduce oil tanker traffic in the Inlet. Hilcorp found itself making u..

Kimberly Watson Leads SGA through Era of Industry Change

It would be hard to find a pipeline industry executive as fluent in change as Kimberly Watson.  As a young Texas A&M University accounting graduate, the Houston native started her job search at the epicenter of an oil bust and a savings and loan crisis that plunged the Texas economy into a major rec..

Lost Gas: Push to Track Down Gas Missing from Pa. Pipelines

A while back, Peoples Natural Gas customers paid millions of dollars for gas that the North Shore utility couldn’t account for and its customers may not have received. In 2015, 4.4% of the gas that Peoples took into its system wasn’t there when the utility tallied the volumes it delivered to custome..

Meeting Challenges of Metering and Control the Smart Way

For natural gas companies, there is growing pressure to deliver more energy, increase profitability and minimize financial losses. Greater expenditures are needed to ensure system integrity and replacement of aging infrastructure. Operators must also reduce operating costs and tightly control capit..

More to Quick-Opening Closures than Meets the Eye

The common definition of a closure is a pressure-containing component used to blank off an opening nozzle on a vessel or end of pipeline. Under this definition, a closure could be: • Weld cap (flat, ellipsoidal, spherical, conical) • Bolted blind flange • Quick opening closure As defined by ..

Permian Basin: How Long Can It Grow in Low-Price, Oversupplied Market

Coming out of the first quarter in 2017, the venerable Permian Basin had no fewer than three major natural gas takeaway pipeline projects on the drawing board along with several liquid pipe projects as well, exuding an industry-leading appeal among the U.S. major oil and gas production basins. The ..

Pipeliners Keep Protective Eye on Pregnant Polar Bear

A pregnant polar bear found an unusual spot to dig her maternity den, selected a bank of snow bank along a bridge leading to an artificial production island near Prudhoe Bay, AK – and operating company Hilcorp Alaska couldn’t be happier. “I’ve worked in the area for several years, and while you pre..

POC Focuses on Industry Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

If the attendance and tone of the speakers at the 13th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference, held March 21, are any indication of what awaits the energy business, things are continuing to look up. Almost 400 participants filled the Omni Houston Hotel in the city’s Galleria District to hear a ra..

Sample Probe Insertion Depth In Gas Pipelines With Liquid Contaminants

Liquid contaminants in natural gas pipelines have recently become an increasing concern.  Typical liquid contaminants can include water and hydrocarbons condensed from the gas stream, glycol carryover from inefficient equipment or process upsets, methanol injected to avoid hydrate formation, and com..

Setting New Standards in Natural Gas

Have you ever heard the joke that asks, “Where do the writers of dictionaries go to look up a word’s spelling?” Or have you ever wondered how people truly know how long a meter is? Well, the answer in both cases is, there are standards that are used as references. Now, sitting in an unassuming labo..

Taking Measure of Flow Meters in Phase-Contaminated Oil Flow

Accurate allocation measurement results are a key financial and commercial driver for E&P companies. Yet despite limited evidence of the performance of Coriolis and ultrasonic flow meter technology, they are being increasingly deployed for oil flows contaminated with water or natural gas. This arti..

U.S. Policy Toward Hydrocarbons in Latin America

Recommendations for the New Administration Latin America holds the largest concentration of hydrocarbon reserves outside of the Middle East. The region’s official proved oil reserve figure was 340 Bbbls (20% of the world’s total) in 2015, second only to the Middle East with 803 Bbbls (47%), and mor..

With Coriolis, Ultrasonic Flowmeters, Design Really Matters

In many ways, Coriolis and ultrasonic flowmeters have similar applications and serve similar needs. Yet, despite their similarity, they are quite different in many ways. The Coriolis and ultrasonic markets are the two fastest growing of any flowmeter markets. So it is natural to ask if they are comp..

Government

Government

EPA Agrees to Reconsider Elements of Methane Emissions Controls The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed implementation of its 2016 methane leak rule for 90 days beyond the original June 3, 2017 start date as a first step in reconsideration of parts of that rule. Both the American Pet..

In The News

In the News

Ray Lewis Honored by Houston Pipeliners Association The Pipeliners Association of Houston celebrated a very special career at its June 5 meeting, honoring long-time ROSEN Group Director Ray Lewis on his 60th anniversary working in the industry with its 2017 Pipeliner of the Year Award. Lewis was i..

World News

U.S. Tops World Hydrocarbon Production in 2016  The United States remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year, despite production declines for both petroleum and natural gas relative to their 2015 levels, the U.S. Energy Informatio..

Projects

Projects

Northern Gas Pipeline Construction Gets Green Light Jemena received approval from Australia’s Northern Territory Government to construct the first 214-mile section of the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline Project, a 386-mile pipeline that will connect Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mou..

What's New

What's New

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