January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1



Are Natural Gas Prices Ready to Explode?

American natural gas prices are at their lowest since February. As I write this in mid December, Henry Hub is off 11 cents to $2.79 per thousand cubic feet (or million BTUs), having lost 8.8% in value for the week and 12% for the month. The reason is simple: overall demand is coming in lower than t..

China Expanding its Oil and Gas Pipeline Network

China to invest in oil and gas pipeline construction projects over the next decade.

Contractors and Utilities: What Makes a Relationship Work?

Fifteen years ago, a gas utility client faced a nearly impossible task – quadrupling pipeline construction with a limited increase in internal resources. The solution – bring in the contractors as trusted partners and build the solution together. And it worked. Relationships of any kind take hard ..

Dakota Access Pipeline: Lessons for the Pipeline Industry

Nearly seven months have passed since the Dakota Access pipeline construction project was finished, and there are many lessons that can be learned from it.

Gas Industry Looks Toward Long Haul Amid Stagnant Prices

The prevailing thinking within the natural gas industry appears to be that the low-price environment is here to stay, prompting more players to pursue a strategy designed to optimize current assets while cutting costs rather than waiting for a recovery. This is according to the newly released Black..

Greater Understanding of Flexible Pipes Needed

Since the first flexible pipes came into operation in the North Sea, they have acquired a mixed reputation. While recognized as an essential piece of technology that makes key operations possible in a way that fixed pipe cannot support, they are still seen, rather more widely than is perhaps deserve..

Gulf Coast Likely Natural Gas Export Hub for Years to Come

The U.S. Gulf Coast is expected to be a crude oil, natural gas and LNG export hub for years to come even as supply, demand and geopolitical swings shift market dynamics, industry consultants said at a recent conference. At the heart of the forecast is the fact that U.S, supplies are abundant and ch..

INGAA Leader Urges Industry to ‘Do a Better Job Telling Our Story’

Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co, President Jeff Bruner was recently elected as 2018 chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). During his 25-year career at Iroquois, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary before being named president in 2013. Bruner is ..

Microfluidics Probe ‘Cholesterol’ of Oil Industry

It sounds cliché, but things do get worse before they get better when oil and gas lines are being cleared of contaminants, according to Rice University researchers. Until now, nobody knew exactly why. Asphaltene is a complex of hydrocarbon molecules found in crude oil. It is the source of valuable ..

New Venue, Speakers for Pipeline Conference

Due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the 14th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference has been relocated from the Omni Galleria hotel to the Westin Galleria Hotel, according to conference director Karen Francis. Francis said both the April 3 date of the conference and the April ..

ODORIZATION: The Not-So-Sweet Smell Of Safety

Ensuring that natural gas is easily detectable is not just for the sake of customer safety but also concerns economics. For example, the loss of over 607,000 tons of gas by the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) storage facility near Los Angeles is estimated to have cost the company $665 million..

PRCI Tech Center Busy with Detection Research

The Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston continued to experience a high level of activity in the third quarter. Ongoing research at the center consists of both PRCI-funded research and development (R&D) projects and member-funded work through joint industry initiatives or independent work...

READY OR NOT, Here Comes New U.S. Pipeline Infrastructure

Pipeline construction projects booming across America.

The Hurdles Never Seem to End for Keystone XL

TransCanada continues to encounter hurdles concerning the Keystone XL pipeline construction project.

The Re-Emergence of Spherical Pigs

Because of rising shale oil and gas production, spherical pigs have re-emerged as a popular tool to use during pipeline inspections.

U.S. to Dominate Oil Markets After Biggest Boom in World History

The U.S. will be a dominant force in global oil and gas markets for many years to come as the shale boom ushers in the biggest supply surge in history, the International Energy Agency predicted. By 2025, the growth in American oil production will equal that achieved by Saudi Arabia at the height of..

Williams Partners Begins Service on Virginia Southside II Expansion, Provides Updates on Ongoing Projects

Williams Partners places Virginia Southside II Expansion Project in service, provides updates on other ongoing pipeline construction projects.


Pipeline Connection Installed in Australia

Pipeline construction project completed in Australia.

Tool Offers Option for Detecting Corrosion

Draper develops tool that helps detect corrosion during pipeline inspections.

Trelleborg Receives Design Certification for Type 3 Clamps

Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Skelmersdale, England, has been certified for the design of its Type 3 Clamp under the American Petroleum Institute (API) specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013). This is an important milestone, as the full suite of qualification r..

What's New

What's New

The latest innovations in technology that can be used during pipeline construction projects worldwide, as featured in our January 2018 issue.

Company & Association News

Companies in the News

NDT Global was named in the Kimberlite International Oilfield Research 2017 Pipeline report as the industry leader in ultrasonic tool technology. The worldwide survey of the market for inline inspection (ILI), showed operators saw NDT Global rating ahead of all other suppliers in seven of 11 criteri..

Names in the News

Gulf Publishing Names New Group Publisher, Editor for P&GJ Brian Nessen has joined Gulf Publishing Company as group publisher. He will head a group that includes Pipeline & Gas Journal, Pipeline News, Underground Construction magazines, as well as the Pipeline Opportunities Conference and UCT Confe..



An overview of worldwide pipeline construction projects, as featured in our January 2018 issue.

In The News

In the News

Perry Pushes NAFTA Renegotiation, Signs MOU with Saudi Arabia U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said it makes sense for the United States, Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, in part because of the enormous new supply of U.S. oil and gas locked in once-inaccessi..

World News

Gas-Exporting Countries Concerned by Growing Supplies Top officials of major gas-producing countries acknowledged at a recent gathering in Bolivia that expanding supplies of the fuel are giving global buyers greater sway over purchase and contract terms. The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), w..



EPA Examining Further Changes to Methane Leak Rule The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a second look at its requirements for natural gas pipelines to repair compressor leaks as part of the methane emissions final rule the agency published in 2016. That rule – a new source performan..

Editor's Notebook

Replacing a Legend is Never Easy, but I'm up for the Challenge

Historically there have been some great feats of longevity and everyone has their favorites. Most deal with sports or at least the ones that can be recounted easily. Today I find myself tasked with replacing a Ripkenesque-type icon in the publishing world. That’s right, after 22 years as editor of P..