July 2019, Vol. 246, No. 7

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Methane Methods for ONE Future

The ONE Future coalition is a group of natural gas companies that work together voluntarily in an effort to reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain.

Global News

Natural Gas Flaring in Permian Hits Record High in Q1

Natural gas flaring and venting in the top U.S. oil field reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2019 due to the lack of pipelines, at a time of increased focus on methane emissions.

ExxonMobil to Expand Infrastructure for Growing Argentina Production

ExxonMobil announced it will proceed with long-term development in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale, including the construction of pipeline and export infrastructure to support an expected 55,000 oil-equivalent bpd by 2024.

Brazil Supreme Court Approves Sale of Petrobas Pipeline Unit

Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras was cleared to move forward with the sale of its TAG pipeline unit to France’s Engie SA after Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that state-run firms do not need congressional approval to sell their subsidiaries.

Texas May Stiffen Penalties for Pipeline Damage

Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses.

Pipeline Opponents Challenge Louisiana Law Targeting Protesters

Environmental groups and demonstrators arrested near Energy Transfer’s Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana have filed a lawsuit challenging a 2018 state law that made trespassing near oil and gas pipelines a criminal offense.

Saudi Aramco Inks 20-year Deal with Sempra for LNG Supply

Saudi Aramco has signed a 20-year agreement to buy LNG from an export terminal that U.S.-based Sempra Energy is developing on the Texas Gulf Coast.

PetroChina Raising Gas Prices Ahead of Pipeline Reshuffle

Bucking its normal practice, PetroChina has reportedly started preparing to consolidate its pipeline assets while recouping import losses by raising wholesale natural gas prices during the weak-demand spring season.

McDermott Announces First Cargo from Cameron LNG Train 1

McDermott International announced that the first cargo of LNG has been shipped from the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, La., marking a key step in development of the facility and a precursor to the completion of Train 1. The latest development follows the announcement of first liquid from Cameron LNG Train 1 on May 14.

Russia’s Oil Output Hit 11-Month Low on Dirty Oil Crisis

Energy Ministry data showed Russian oil output fell to 11.11 MMbpd in May, its lowest level since June 2018, from 11.23 MMbpd in April – mainly from the closure due to oil contamination of the Druzhba pipeline, which usually ships 1 MMbpd, or 1 percent of global oil demand.

Canadian Oil Pipeline Congestion Sets up Lucrative Storage Play

Upheavals in the Canadian crude market are providing unique opportunities for firms with sizeable long-term leases on Alberta storage tanks, a cluster that sources say includes Mercuria Energy Group and oil major BP Plc’s trading arm.

Bombing Attack Halts Pumping on Colombian Pipelines

Pumping on Colombia’s Bicentenario and Cano Limon oil pipelines was halted in mid-May after bomb attacks in recent days, sources from operators Bicentenario and state-run oil company Ecopetrol said.

Government

Pipeline Companies Oppose Some Proposed Mapping Requirements

The proposal from the PHMSA to force transmission and distribution pipelines to submit additional geospatial data to the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) could cost the industry tens of millions of dollars in added expenses.

First Infrastructure Bill Emerges in Congress

House Democrats have introduced the first infrastructure package in Congress, and it would make significant new investments in broadband deployment and drinking water systems, among other areas. All 31 Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sponsored the LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741) which had a hearing in front of that committee on May 22.

Projects

Norway-Poland Gas Link on Track for 2022

A planned pipeline linking Norwegian natural gas fields to markets in Denmark and Poland is on track for completion by October 2022, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told Reuters.

Bulgaria Builds Gas Link to End Full Reliance on Russian Gas

Bulgaria started building a $268 million (240 million euro) gas pipeline with Greece that will end the Balkan country’s total dependence on Russian gas and help diversify supplies in southeastern Europe.

Howard Energy Plans New Gathering System in STACK Play

Howard Energy Partners (HEP) executed an agreement with a major North American oil and gas producer to construct, own and operate a new natural gas gathering system located in the over-pressured area of the prolific STACK play.

Permit Denied for 24-Mile Underwater Pipeline by New York Regulators

State environmental regulators denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile (39-km) underwater pipeline from New Jersey to Queens that backers say is crucial for meeting rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island.

FERC Authorizes Williams to Expand Pipeline for New York Markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Williams authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NSE) project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets.

Federal Permit Granted for Alaskan Pipeline Project

A company seeking to develop a large oil project on Alaska’s North Slope has won a key federal permit.

Potential Permitting Delays Could Raise Line 3 Costs

Enbridge said there is a risk its Line 3 replacement project could exceed its previous cost estimate of $6.71 billion (C$9 billion) because of delays to permits in the United States.

BC Not Authorized to Regulate Trans Mountain Oil Flows, Court Rules

Five judges ruled unanimously the provincial government of British Columbia cannot regulate increased flows of heavy crude through the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, removing a potential hurdle to the long-delayed project.

Tanzania, Zambia Planning $1.5 Billion Oil Pipeline

Tanzania and Zambia plan to build a refined products pipeline to transport petroleum between the two countries at a cost of $1.5 billion, Tanzania’s Energy minister said.

Features

Is North America Facing a Pipeline Bubble?

With about a million active wells in the U.S. pumping more and more shale oil and gas, the fracking revolution of the last decade has spawned a boom in pipeline construction, initially to carry oil and gas to markets and regional hubs across America and more recently to export facilities.

LNG: Supporting Midstream Infrastructure as Financial Lifeline

When examining the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade, including the role of U.S. midstream infrastructure, there are various exogenous factors that can be part of the matrix.

SwRI Improves Structural Monitoring of Aging Pipelines with Transducers

Maintenance of aging pipelines, especially ones that are insulated and/or buried, is a major challenge, due to limited access for application of conventional nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques. Even when access is available, financial and time constraints mean that conventional NDE is often carried out on a sampling basis, which makes it less reliable than full coverage inspection.

State of Learning in the Gas Industry

Today, the association serves nearly 100 gas and electric utilities and provides training and eLearning courses for the electric industry. MEA’s goal is to empower the energy industry through education, leadership, development and industry connections. P&GJ visited with some top executives to discuss industry challenges and the training benefits provided by MEA.

2019 P&GJ Metering & Measurement

Oil Prices and the Flowmeter Market

The worldwide flowmeter market experienced a rebound in 2018, with this particular market having followed the upward and downward fluctuations in oil prices, traditionally.

Using Computational Fluid Dynamics When Equipment Fails

The importance of accurate measurement cannot be under-estimated. In 2012, the oil price was above $100 per barrel, but only a year later, as oil prices began to decline, the average price of a barrel of crude oil was $91, dropping to $42 by 2015.

Looking to Lessen Fluctuating Flow Problems in Measurement

Good measurement practices suggest flow measurements should occur without instabilities or pulsations in the flow. Even minor inaccuracies in the measurement of high value products can lead to significant financial exposure over extended periods of time.

Choosing Correct AMI System for Gas Utilities

The natural gas industry continues to build upon a customer-first approach and is always looking for new and better ways to operate. There’s no doubt, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems have emerged as attractive solutions for local distribution companies (LDC) seeking to improve both customer and employee operations.

What's New

WFS Technologies

WFS Technologies offers Seatooth PipeLogger, an integrated pipeline, umbilical, risers and flowlines temperature monitoring and data transfer solution. It can provide real-time monitoring for offshore and subsea assets. It has been used to reduce the risk and operational costs associated with coiled..

E2S Warning Signals

E2S Warning Signals offers the D1xB2 beacons, which has global approvals with SIL1 and SIL 2 compliance. Light sources are available as either Xenon or LED. Strobes are offered in 5, 10, 15 or 21 Joule Xenon variants with four-flash rate options that are approved for private mode fire alarm use to U..

Chalmit

Chalmit launched its new Protecta X LED luminaire, which is up to 50% brighter than traditional linear lighting. It has user-definable light distribution, a lifespan of over 120,000 hours at 25° C and optional battery stick, meaning in can be installed in half the time. The Protecta X avoids the ove..

Sercel-GRC

Sercel-GRC (GRC) recently sold the 1000th Spy Pro gauge for downhole ESP systems. Rated for 5,000 and 10,000 psi at 150 degrees C (302 degrees F), the device can record up to 11 parameters, used to monitor the ESP production system. This includes intake and discharge pressures, intake and motor temp..

Emerson

Emerson released the Micro Motion 4200 2-wire loop-powered Coriolis transmitter, a new design that makes it possible to replace existing two-wire flow devices with minimal effort and without incurring additional power or cabling costs. The device can accommodate the largest line size (4-inch) of any..

John Deere

John Deere is unveiling three backhoes – the BH9B, BH10B and BH11B. Each was designed for operators handling light construction, utility work or landscaping. The attachments are ideal for tight spaces, offering swing-speed control and 180-degree capabilities. Cushioned cylinders allow for smooth ope..

Emerson: Crimpers

Emerson offers four new models of Greenlee battery hydraulic crimpers and cutters: the In-Line Quad Point Indenter (EK6ATILX, EK6FTILX), the 6-Ton Underground Indenting Crimper (EK6IDCLX), the In-Line ACSR and Guy Wire Cutter (ESC25LX). The tools have single-trigger activation, an enclosed impact-re..

Tech Notes

Flow Meter Provides Dual Measurements in Single Body

The Transus Instruments UIM-4F Duo natural gas custody transfer ultrasonic flow meter consists of two independent fiscal flow measurements in a single flow meter body, enabling enhanced condition-based diagnostics in a space saving, compact package.

People in the News

David Kellerstrass

Kirby-Smith Machinery (KSM) announced David Kellerstrass has been named general manager, Product Support Sales. Based in Dallas, Kellerstrass will manage product support sales operations, including oversight of 16 product support sales representatives. Prior to joining KSM, he was at Power Motive Co..

Matt Pond

Corrosion Resistant Alloys LP appointed Matt Pond as chief financial officer.  A former vice president of business development at CRA, he worked at Energy Alloys and co-founded oilfield materials companies. ..

David Inchausti

Chevron Corporation named David Inchausti as corporate vice president and comptroller, succeeding Jeanette Ourada, who elected to leave the company.  In his new role, Inchausti leads Chevron’s accounting, financial reporting and analysis, internal controls and Finance Shared Services organization...

Tommy Najar

Corrosion Resistant Alloys has appointed Tommy Najar as vice president of Commercial, with responsibility for its Commercial, Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources and Digital Optimization teams. He also will serve on the Corporate Leadership Team for the Houston-based alloy tube manufacturer. Naja..

Arno van Poppel

N-Sea Holding has named Arno van Poppel as chief executive of the subsea inspection, maintenance and repair services provider. He succeeds Gerard Keser, who will serve on the company’s advisory board. ..

John Michael Boquet

Edison Chouest Offshore affiliate C-Innovation has named John Michael Boquet as health, safety and environment (HSE) manager, with responsibility for upholding overall employee safety, company adherence to internal policies and processes, and regulatory compliance...

Gerald “Gerry” Grothe

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) announced the retirement of Gerald “Gerry” Grothe, who sold and rented heavy equipment primarily to the pipeline industry for more than 40 years. Grothe began his career with Fabick Tractor in 1975, when the Alaska pipeline was under construction. ..

Jean-Luc Laloe

Geoquip Marine announced the appointment of Jean-Luc Laloe as an independent, non-executive director. Laloe has extensive offshore experience and has held a variety of positions at companies including Technip, Stolt Offshore, and Acergy /Subsea 7...

Ismael Ripoll

Energy consultancy Xodus Group appointed Ismael Ripoll as its new advanced analysis lead.  Ripoll leads the team specializing in finite element analysis, covering areas including steel and flexible pipelines, pressure vessels and structures. ..

Companies in the News

NDT Global

NDT Global has relocated its United Kingdom offices in Aberdeen to a more centralized hub.  The new offices are located in the heart of Aberdeen at Marischal Square, offering improved access and amenities for visiting regional customers...

ICR Integrity

Integrated maintenance and integrity solutions provider ICR Integrity has acquired Sky-Futures Partners, which specializes in drone-based inspections and drone pilot training for the energy sector...

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has added Correlli Inc. of Dundalk, Md., to its authorized dealer network.  Hyundai said its North American network now includes more than 70 dealerships operating in more than 150 locations...

Airborne Oil & Gas

Oilfield technology firm Airborne Oil & Gas and engineering company Simeros Technologies announced a collaboration agreement to deliver the first qualified Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) Risers in deepwater Brazil. Airborne Oil & Gas commenced its TCP riser qualification program last year...

CorteCros

CorteCros has expanded its warehouse location in Split, Croatia, with a new manufacturing and laboratory at the site.  Cortec’s proprietary VpCI/MCI corrosion control technologies are now manufactured at the facility in accordance with the REACH regulation, enabling fast shipment to any location wit..

Associations in the News

OPITO

OPITO, the global, not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry, has appointed Brandon Grosvenor to the new role of vice president of strategic development for the Americas region.  Grosvenor previously spent more than a decade with National Oilwell Varco, most recently as global business deve..

Obituaries

Kathleen Eisbrenner

Kathleen Eisbrenner, founder and chairman of the board of Houston-based LNG company NextDecade, died May 9. She was 58.