September 2019, Vol. 246, No. 9

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Editor's Notebook

Boom or Bust in the Permian?

Things are heating up in Texas, and it’s not just the weather. There are numerous complexities surrounding the most prolific shale region in North America that has everyone working in the basin uneasy. Though the Permian Basin, in Texas and New Mexico, has pushed the U.S. past Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top crude producer, some headwinds have appeared that have this basin fluxed.

Features

GMRC Training Committee Expands Learning Opportunities

The Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC), long known as a research think-tank, recently formalized a training committee dedicated to expanding the breadth of its existing training programs to include the midstream sector.

Slam-Shut Technology for Ultra-Low-Pressure Protection

Natural gas is an abundant fuel used for both industrial and residential energy and is one of the few energy sources delivered directly into our homes. Because it’s also a flammable, potentially explosive fluid, natural gas utilities and distribution companies are required to prioritize safety and devote focus to their protection systems to prevent over-pressurization accidents, even for systems operating at extremely low-pressure levels (< 1 psi).

Liquids Lines Run Deep In North America

In mid-2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) counted 200 liquid pipeline projects ongoing nationwide. At the same time, energy consulting firm ClearView Energy Partners tracked 79 separate legal appeals against liquid and natural gas federal permitting projects.

New Pipelines Open Permian Tap as Demand Outlook Grows Cloudy

After scrambling to catch up with fast-growing Permian Basin crude oil production, pipeline operators appear to be entering a period of excess takeaway capacity with the completion of new and expanded systems this year.

Natural Gas-Burning Power Plant Operations Vary During Cold Weather

Power generation in New England and New York is largely dependent on natural gas, which accounts for more than half of the region’s electricity generating capacity.

Testing Program Validates Wrinkle Bend Repair Solution

Wrinkle bends are ubiquitous in the United States, and many exist in lines that have been in service for decades. Continuous service and wear take their toll over time, but on wrinkle bends, which experience high strains resulting from bending and axial forces caused by shifting terrain and suffer in many cases from insufficient pipe support, there is concern about their continuing integrity.

iPIPE Program Assisting in Detection of Pipeline Leaks

Jay Almlie, a principal engineer at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), talks with P&GJ about his involvement with the intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE), an industry-led consortium focused on advancing near-commercial, emerging technologies to prevent and detect gatheri..

Digital Alternative to In-Line Inspection

There are two traditional schools of thought for monitoring internal corrosion in pipelines. One advocates the use of theoretical modeling techniques to predict the location, severity and behavior of corrosion; the other favors inline inspection (ILI) as a means to measure corrosion directly.

Africa Spotlight

Pipelines Emerging in Africa’s Quest for Gas Power

Despite the many advances in the electrification of Africa, much of the continent has yet to be connected to the grid or have access to reliable and affordable power supplies. According to World Bank figures, Africa’s electrification rate is just 42%.

East Africa’s Leakage Incidents Points to Detection Needs

Barely one year after the commissioning of East and Central Africa’s only refined oil transportation pipeline in Kenya, leakages have been reported, raising concerns about the ability of existing government agencies to monitor the safety of oil infrastructure at a time when similar projects have been unveiled across the region.

Global News

U.S. LNG exports to Europe Grow as Asian Demand Dips

U.S. LNG exports have been growing steadily and reached a new peak of 4.7 Bcf/d in May 2019, according to the latest data published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

Williams Begins Service on Deepwater Gulf Gathering Pipeline System

Williams acquired and placed into service the 16-inch Norphlet deepwater gathering pipeline system in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico constructed by operator Shell and CNOOC Petroleum Offshore.

NiSource Settles Mass. Gas Explosion Lawsuits for $143 Million

Utility operator NiSource agreed to pay $143 million to settle class action lawsuits related to a series of gas explosions in three suburban Boston communities last year.

Gazprom Signs 5-Year Natural Gas Deal with Turkmenistan

Gazprom has signed a five-year contract with Turkmengaz to purchase natural gas, the Russian gas producer sad.

Transneft Sets Cap on Compensation for Pipeline Contamination

Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said it has set a cap of $15 per barrel for compensation for damages stemming from contamination in its network.

FERC Creating New LNG Division, Opening Houston Office

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee announced the agency is creating a new division in its Office of Energy Projects to accommodate the growing number and complexity of applications to site, build and operate liquefied natural gas export terminals.

Israel Expects to Begin Gas Exports to Egypt By Year End

Israel’s Delek Drilling said it has completed testing of a subsea natural gas pipeline to Egypt and expects to begin exports by year end. That schedule was reaffirmed by Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, who told Reuters in late July that gas exports to Egypt would begin within four months.

South Africa Targets First LNG Import Terminal by 2024

State-owned freight logistics firm Transnet plans to launch a tender next year for South Africa’s first terminal to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Richards Bay port, with first gas expected to land in 2024, a senior official said.

UAE’s ADNOC Pipeline Investment Deal Reaches Nearly $5 Billion

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund (GIC) is investing $600 million in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) crude pipeline infrastructure, raising total outside investment in the newly formed ADNOC Oil Pipelines to $4.9 billion.

Government

PHMSA Likely to Accelerate LNG Rail Shipments

Environmentalists are broadening their opposition to natural gas transportation beyond pipelines by opposing the shipment of LNG on rail cars.

Pipeline Cybersecurity Protection Legislation Moves Forward

House Democrats and Republicans have had trouble agreeing on a pipeline safety bill so far this year, but a second bill on pipeline security faces no such problem.

Water Infrastructure Bill Introduced

The Senate is looking to pass bipartisan water infrastructure bills aimed mostly at providing funding for dams, irrigation and water conservation, and rejuvenation projects in the Western U.S. under the auspices of the Bureau of Reclamation, an Interior Department agency.

Projects

Tellurian Finds Strong Demand for Permian Global Access Project

An open season for Tellurian’s Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP) drew strong demand from West Texas natural gas producers seeking delivery to the rapidly growing natural gas market in Southeast Louisiana.

Gazprom Expects Danish Approval of Nord Stream 2 by October

Russian gas producer Gazprom expects Denmark to agree to its route application for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany in October, the Russia International News agency (RIA) reported.

Libya Re-Opens Pipeline from Sahara Oil Field

Libya’s national oil company said it reopened a pipeline that had been closed since the weekend and resumed production at the country’s largest oil field.

Plains All American to Remove Steel Tariff Surcharge on Cactus II

Plains All American Pipeline filed with U.S. regulators to remove a proposed surcharge on its Cactus II oil pipeline, tacked on as a result of the Trump administration’s tariff on imported steel.

Kinder Morgan Closer to 3rd Permian Pipeline

Kinder Morgan is “moving along” with plans for a third major pipeline project from the Permian Basin – the newly named Permian Pass, which would deliver natural gas from West Texas to the Sabine area of the East Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, CEO Steven Kean said.

Blue Mountain Launches Open Season for Gathering Systems

Blue Mountain Midstream announced its Wildcat subsidiaries launched an open season for new crude oil and water gathering systems and services in central Oklahoma.

US Court Vacates Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit

A permit allowing Dominion Energy to build the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina has been vacated by an appeals court.

Scarborough Pipeline Awaits Final Investment Decision

Netherlands-based Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded a contract valued at $162 million (145 million euros) for seabed intervention and shore-crossing activities for the proposed Scarborough export gas pipeline in northwestern Australia.

TurkStream 2nd String to Cross Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary

The second leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline is planned to go through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced, as Moscow prepares to phase out gas transit to Europe via Ukraine.

Tech Notes

Hand-Held Device Coats Pipeline Field Joints to OEM-Standards

Tape wrap contends with higher technology pipeline joint coating solutions, in many contexts with a degree of success. Wrapped with skill, tape can offer the requisite protection a pipeline joint needs.

What's New

Greene Tweed

Greene Tweed announced the availability of its Arlon 3000 XT thermoplastic for extreme conditions in oil and gas applications, providing better mechanical analysis. It demonstrates a glass transition temperature 35° F higher than PEEK, and provided superior mechanical property retention from 350° F ..

John Deere

John Deere is offering the 850L Dozer, which incorporates an EPA Final Tier 4 John Deere PSS 9.0L diesel engine to provide a 10% increase in horsepower (hp), at 225 hp (168 kW). The dozer is equipped with the Eco mode feature, fuel consumption is reduced by ..

Eddyfi Technologies

Eddyfi Technologies launched RMS PA, a corrosion mapping solution that delivers high-resolution imaging without speed compromise. The system aimed at improving data quality while reducing inspection times for non-intrusive inspections (NII) of critical assets. This high-speed remote access phased-ar..

Novarc Technologies

Novarc Technologies offers the Spool Welding Robot (SWR), a collaborative welding robot that increases productivity on the shop floor and reduces costs for the pipe shop while significantly improving the weld quality. It is capable of storing and quickly rec..

WFS

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 previously used to reduce the risk and operational costs associated ..

HiP

High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco, has developed the e710 supercritical CO2 extraction pump system for an environmentally friendly extraction process. The pump/drive does not require an air compressor and uses an explosion-proof motor rated for C1D1 areas. The system’s ele..

Klüber

Klüber Lubrication provides both mineral-based and synthetic PAO-based lubricants intended for use in equipment with general industrial spur, bevel, hypoid and planetary gears subject to both normal and heavy loads. With good scuffing resistance, these oils ..

People in the News

Kevin Akers

Atmos Energy appointed Kevin Akers to serve as president and CEO and a member of its board of directors, effective Oct. 1.  Akers, currently executive vice president, will succeed Mike Haefner, who is stepping down Sept. 30 to focus on a recent health issue and will retire Jan. 1 from the company an..

Barry E. Davis

Enlink Midstream’s executive chairman, Barry E. Davis, who led the company as CEO from its founding in 2014 to 2018, has reassumed the role of CEO, replacing Michael J. Garberding. Davis will continue to serve as chairman. Dallas-based Enlink also appointed former American Airlines Chairman and CEO ..

Diana M. Charletta

Diana M. Charletta has been appointed president of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (ETRN) and president of the general partner of EQM Midstream Partners, the Pittsburgh-based company’s publicly traded subsidiary. Charletta will retain her current position of chief operating officer for both ETRN and..

Kimberly S. Greene

GTI announced Kimberly S. Greene, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas, was appointed to the GTI Board of Directors.  GTI is a research, development and training organization that addresses global energy and environmental challenges through technology-based solutio..

Targa Resources

Targa Resources made the following management-succession changes effective March 1, 2020: Matthew J. Meloy, current president, will become chief executive officer and join the Board of Directors. Joe Bob Perkins, current CEO, will remain as a member of the management team and become executive chairm..

Jim Darroch

WFS Technologies named Jim Darroch as its chief technology officer. In his role, Darroch will drive product portfolio and software development strategy and expand the product engineering team to meet growing client demand for existing products.  Prior to joining WFS, Darroch was part of Honeywell’s ..

Vacuworx

Vacuworx promoted Alan Odgers to senior vice president of Strategy from vice president of Marketing and Paula Bell to director of Marketing from manager. The Tulsa, Okla.-based company also hired William Bomprezzi as director of Business Analytics, and Brandon Martin and Denise Warner as Marketing c..

Chad Edinger

JET Infrastructure, which owns and manages jet fuel pipelines and terminals across the United States, announced Chad Edinger has joined the company as general manager. He previously was vice president of Marketing and Business Development for NuStar Energy LP (formerly Kaneb Pipeline)...

D. James Harbilas

AltaGas has named D. James Harbilas to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer.  He replaces Tim Watson, who left the company...

Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray has been appointed director of Strategic Planning, Mining and Engineering & Construction Projects for Sodexo’s Energy & Resources Division. Gray joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Additionally, Simon Seaton was named by Sodexo as chief exe..

Dan Foppiano

Boston-based construction firm BOND announced the promotion of Dan Foppiano to vice president of the Civil and Utility Division of the company’s New York City office. ..

Companies in the News

Cyberhawk

Drone-inspection technologies firm Cyberhawk signed a global teaming agreement with smart-combustion solutions firm John Zink Hamworthy Combustion (JZHC), an authority on flares, burners and emissions...

Noble Midstream Partners

Noble Midstream Par-tners announced a $200 million equity commitment from Global Infrastructure Partners Capital Solutions Fund to fund capital contributions to Dos Rios Crude Intermediate LLC, a newly formed subsidiary holding Noble Midstream’s 30% equity interest in the EPIC Crude Pipeline. Of the..

ROSEN

ROSEN was awarded the Pipeline Industries Guild 2019 Prestigious Technology Award for its new Pipeline DNA and Pipe Grade Determination service. The service combines internal inspection technology for identifying pipe strength with expertise in specialist materials to produce data that provides a co..

Associations in the News

Southern Gas Association

The Southern Gas Association (SGA) named Suzanne Ogle as chief executive officer for the Dallas-based organization, succeeding William Cantrell, who retired effective Aug. 31. Although stepping down from his full-time leadership role, Cantrell will continue in a contract role as liaison for the Gas ..

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) named Michael Isper as its new director of Security, Reliability and Resilience. In his role, Isper will lead the cyber- and physical security efforts for the association, managing its ongoing collaboration efforts with member companies and t..

NACE International, SSPC Consider Merger

NACE International and The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) said they have continued discussions of a potential merger and will ask their members to vote on the matter within a year.