March 2019, Vol. 246, No. 3

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Features

Over-Pressure Protection for Natural Gas Distribution Systems

Over-pressure protection equipment, or systems, are critically employed to ensure a single point of failure cannot result in exceeding the system MAOP.

NACE International Roundtable: Corrosion Management for Pipeline Integrity

To explain the value of corrosion management systems (CMS), how they work, and what programs and platforms are available to help organizations improve corrosion control programs, three experts in oil and gas pipeline corrosion management share their knowledge and experience with CMS. They are Michael Ames, Chapman Engineering; Gerry Koch, DNV GL; and David Kroon, Aegion Corporation.

PHMSA and Advisory Group Finalizing New Safety Program

A Voluntary Information Sharing (VIS) advisory group, working with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), voted to recommend a new, industry-wide safety reporting program in which employees, in a “no-fear” environment, would report pipeline operational and infrastructure risks and hazards. Reports would be “de-identified” and centralized. The goal is that potential problems would be found and corrected before they worsened, possibly becoming emergency situations.

Companies Improve Human Resources Through Liquids Pipeline Roundtable

The Liquid Pipeline Roundtable (LPR) is a member group of Human Resources professionals representing companies who operate pipeline systems that transport crude oil. The purpose of the LPR is to enhance professionalism and increase the effectiveness of the Human Resources departments within the liqu..

Damage Tolerance Testing of Small-Diameter Pipelines

Internal and external corrosion, as well as third-party damage such as dents and gouges, are the main causes of pipeline failures worldwide. When such damage is detected by direct inspection, or in-line inspection methods, a decision to replace, repair, or accept and monitor must be made.

SGA’s Chapman Promotes Clean Energy Future

P&GJ recently sat down with Adrian Chapman to discuss his new role as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Gas Association, and the outlook for SGA and the energy industry.

Corrosion Protection Through New Cost-Effective Coating

A growing number of proactive companies are going beyond traditional techniques that have only slowed corrosion. They are turning to a new category of tough, chemically bonded phosphate ceramics (CBPCs) that can stop carbon steel corrosion, extend equipment life, and minimize the cost and production downtime required to recoat, repair, or replace equipment.

Striking a Balance in CRA Pipe Protection

The use of corrosion resistant alloys (CRA) is increasing in the pipeline industry.

Exploring Tariffs to Curb Alleged Chinese Intellectual Property Thefts

The United States recently implemented significant trade tariffs against Chinese products, totaling over $250 billion. As a result, its trade negotiations with China have waxed and waned over the past several months.

Editor's Notebook

Unwanted Night Moves

Whenever the subject of internal corrosion in pipelines comes up, it rekindles some unpleasant memories from my extensive time as a pipeline company spokesperson. Being part of an emergency response team for over 12 years was rewarding in many ways, but there was always an uneasy feeling when the phone would ring in the middle of the night.

Global News

Global News

Finland, Estonia and Latvia Sign Deal for Single Gas Tariff Zone Gas transmission operators of Finland, Latvia and Estonia signed an agreement on to set up a single gas transmission tariff zone for the three countries from the start of 2020. The agreement fulfills a goal ..

Projects

Projects

Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG Receives FEIS for Export Facility, Pipeline   Tellurian said U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the final environmental impact statement for Driftwood LNG, a 27.6 mtpa export facility and an associated 96-mile Driftwood pipeline project, proposed near ..

Government

Government

FERC Begins a Likely Skein of Mandatory Rate Cases FERC’s initiation of what amounts to a wholesale review of interstate pipeline rates threatens to shake up the industry and maybe its customers. The commission is in the early stages of reviewing the rates of about 130 pipeline and storage companie..

Business

Names in the News

Names in the News Sam Pitts EnCap Flatrock Midstream has promoted Sam Pitts to managing partner. Pitts joined EnCap Flatrock Midstream as managing director in 2014 and was promoted to partner in January. He serves on the board of directors of several EnCap..

Businesses in the News

Businesses in the News TransCanada Corp., the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline, is changing its name to TC Energy. If approved by shareholders and regulators, the name change will occur in the second quarter. The stock ticker “TRP” will not change. PG&E Corporation provided the Californ..

Associations in the News

Associations in the News Don Baldridge, president of the commercial division for DCP Midstream, has been elected chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association (TPA). TPA is the largest state trade association in the country that solely represents the interests of the intrastate pipeline network...

Obituary

Obituary Kevin McIntyre Kevin McIntyre FERC member Kevin McIntyre, 58, who served briefly as the commission’s chairman, died Jan. 2 after a battle with brain cancer, the agency said. McIntyre, a lawyer representing clients from energy industries includin..

Tech Notes

Technology Provides Steering Accuracy for Tough PG&E Replacement

The United States’ infrastructure is crowded with underground pipelines that will need to be replaced. When the time came to replace a critical but vintage, PG&E 30-inch gas line in the East Bay Area of Oakland, Calif., there were issues that Senior Gas Engineer Joshua Hampton needed to resolve.  T..

What's New

CDI

CDI CDI introduced the SoniTrack XLR, an acoustic geophone pipeline pig tracking system that includes a computer-controlled audio amplifier. This allows an operator to easily listen for pigs moving within a pipeline over several miles. In addition to industry-standard head..

Pure Safety Group

Pure Safety Group Pure Safety Group (PSG) unveiled its Guardian Fall Protection S1 safety harness, which is the first in a series of innovative new harnesses designed with three levels of features for various work scenarios. All harnesses meet OSHA standards, while exceedi..

CostTrax

CostTrax CostTrax, powered by EquipmentWatch, is a new software solution for construction project owners that streamlines reporting, automatically flags questionable expenses and ensures reimbursement request is 100% compliant. CostTrax is entirely web-based and requires no software download. It ca..

Parker

Parker Protecting gas turbines and compressors from dust, sand, moisture, salt and other contaminants is vital to performance and reliability. The TS1000 coalescer from Parker has been specifically developed for regions such as the Middle East and other places where this c..

Emerson

Emerson  Emerson’s TopWorx TV-LED Switchbox provides a local, ultra-bright LED position indicator plus an electrical signal/digital input that communicates valve position remotely to the control room or plant management system. With its 360° viewing angle, the device enabl..

Andax

Andax Andax introduced the Xtreme Shell Pipe Flange Containment System, a reusable, hard containment shell designed to fully enclose a pipe flange, manifold or any other leak point. The drain hose diverts the leak to a closed container, thereby reducing the potential dange..

John Deere

John Deere John Deere introduced two G-Series motor graders to the European market through the Wirtgen Group distribution network in Germany and France. The European rollout focused on the six-wheel drive 622GP and 672GP models that feature fuel-efficient Final Tier 4 John..