February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

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What's New

What's New

An overview of the latest technological developments that can be used on pipeline construction projects worldwide.

Product Showcase

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TechNotes

MAN Diesel Wins Order from Kuwaiti Oil

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order for nine compressor trains for the state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). MAN technology will be deployed in Kuwait’s Burgan field, one of the world’s largest oil fields. The British plant manufacturer Petrofac has been contracted by KOC to build Gas Gathering Cen..

Performance Pipe Offers Improvements in Abrasion Resistance

Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, released a new polyethylene (PE) pipe that significantly improves abrasion resistance in industrial and energy applications such as mining, oil and gas gathering, produced water, liners, power plants, dredging and pumping. The Drisc..

Vermeer Offers Reclaimer for Directional Drilling

Vermeer expands its fluid management product lineup with the introduction of the R250C reclaimer – a modular mud reclaimer that can be paired with a variety of directional drills, trailers, pit pumps and gensets on a job site. The design of the Vermeer R250C reclaimer helps to reduce the costs to c..

Wireless Fire, Gas Detection Solutions

A recent fire and gas detection wireless project required multiple OPGD monitors, installed at various heights, around a new process unit.

Features

A Whopper of a Tale That’s No Exaggeration

When Columbia Gas of Kentucky began looking for better ways to dispose of its surplus expired plastic pipe, some of its workers came up with a plan that turned out to be a fish story worthy of retelling. As chance would have it the employees, who happened to enjoy recreational hunting and fishing, ..

Addressing the Labor Shortage, Production Cost in the Shale Boom

Shale drillers are scrambling to take advantage of the recent surge in oil prices, but the cost of production could begin to creep up, offsetting some of the promised gains. In a sign that shale companies are gearing up with WTI in the mid-$60s, the oil rig count jumped by 10 last week, the largest..

Big Politics at Work Behind Nordstream 2

There are big politics at work behind the scenes of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction project.

Canada’s Evolving Pipeline Infrastructure Picture

Currently, it's a struggle to get new oil and gas pipeline construction projects off the ground in Canada.

Energy Experts Predict More Demand Growth

If anyone thought the latest oil market outlooks of the EIA and the IEA are upbeat, here’s an even more upbeat one from Energy Aspects: The consultancy expects crude demand this year to grow by 1.7 MMbpd, and says Brent could touch above $100 a barrel in 2019. According to Energy Aspects, the reaso..

Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2018

The rapid pace of technological developments and disruptive innovations, along with organizational resistance to change, are the top concerns for boards of directors and business leaders around the world heading into 2018. This is according to the results of the sixth annual Executive Perspectives ..

Guideline Shows How to Make Oil And Gas Industry Cyber-Secure

Digitalization is bringing great benefits to the oil and gas industry including pipelines, with even more gains to come from the smart use of data through advanced data analytics. Advanced data analysis is paving the way for greater operating efficiencies and better safety and sustainability perform..

Incident Command System Communications for Next Emergency

In the event of an incident such as a pipeline rupture and fire, an Incident Command System enables operators to communicate quickly and efficiently with not only their own people but outside entities as well.

IoT and Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20% annually, while at the same time the amount of data coming from the oil field can exceed 1.5 terabytes a day and threatens to overwhelm I..

Measurement Technologies Look to Improve Methane Emissions

In 2014, increased attention to greenhouse gas emissions by the environmental community and the public at large started to focus on methane emissions in proximity to the gas infrastructure. With technologies that generally took indirect atmospheric methane concentration measurements, various enviro..

New Pipelines Pre-Commissioning Inspection

The ROSEN Group successfully performed a pipeline inspection in Australia before commissioning took place.

Pipeline Analysis Reveals Growing Cybersecurity Risk, Offers Preventive Steps

Domestic U.S. oil and gas production has increased dramatically with technological advances in drilling and completion techniques, and pipelines now transport roughly two-thirds of U.S. energy demand. Important as it is to the economy, however, this delivery system is at risk. More than half the na..

Pipeline Politics Destroyed Canada’s Reputation for Investors

It took a decade. It happened so gradually few noticed. Those who did were regarded as alarmist. Those opposed who participated, knowingly or otherwise, in an organized, well-financed, multi-year plan to destroy the future of the oil sands were pleased. No country in the world has written more abou..

SGA Sets Upbeat Course as Industry Veteran Takes Reins

Bill Cantrell’s father was an accountant by profession and a craftsman at heart, and some of Cantrell’s favorite memories are of helping him make furniture, cabinets and other improvements to their Tampa, Fla., home.  He credits this early enjoyment of building and “making things work” as a factor i..

Smart Pipelines and Smarter People

To protect valuable data from cyberattacks, pipeline companies should employ a twofold strategy: developing a cybersecurity plan and educating employees.

The View from the Bakken: Looking Back at 2017 in Oil

Oil prices held steady in 2017, and the Bakken oil and gas industry hunkered down to find ways to make oil and gas wells economic in the lower price environment. Meanwhile, the elimination of the oil export ban helped Bakken crude find new markets, and Dakota Access helped it access better markets,..

Company & Association News

Companies in the News

McDermott International and CB&I will create a vertically integrated onshore-offshore company, with a broad engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) service. David Dickson, current president and CEO of McDermott will assume those postions for the combined company. The transacti..

Names in the News

David Cedro joined the Danos executive team as vice president of finance and administration, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s domestic and international administration, finance and accounting activities. James Callahan, who previously held the senior finance position, moves into a ne..

In The News

In the News

Williams Partners Places Expansion Project into Service  Williams Partners placed into service its Virginia Southside II expansion project, the fifth of Transco’s “Big 5” expansions to be placed into service. The Williams Partners’ fully-contracted expansion projects – Gulf Trace, Hillabee Phase 1..

Government

Government

An overview of the latest news and trends concerning pipeline regulations in America.

Editor's Notebook

Pipeline Companies Care About Safety, Too

According to the EIA, there are more than 200 natural gas pipeline systems in the United States. Within these systems are more than 300,000 miles of interstate and intrastate transmission pipelines, along with another 2.1 million miles of distribution pipelines. These numbers increase every year alo..