January 2022, Vol. 249, No. 1

Archive

Editor's Notebook

Necessity Meets Innovation

There has been a major oil leak in progress off the coast of Louisiana for 17 years now, and I’d be willing to bet most people, even those in the industry, don’t know about it.

Global News

Global News January 2022

US Oil Pipelines at Half-Capacity, U.S. Natural Gas Production to Increase in 2022, Osaka Gas Plans to Enter India’s City Market, and more.

Government

Permitting Provision in Infrastructure Bill Disguises Federal Threats Elsewhere

Interstate pipeline companies have complained for years about federal and state delays to issue construction permits over concerns about potential damage to waterbodies.

Infrastructure Bill Lavishes $44 Billion in New Money on Water Construction

Congress dropped a load of new funding for drinking water and sewer construction in the IIJA, which is meant to be over and above what the appropriations committees will provide annually for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

Projects

Projects January 2022

GIPL Pipeline Construction Nears Completion, Ironwood Midstream Expanding in South Texas’ Eagle Ford, Dakota Natural Gas Expanding Access with Pipeline Project, and more.

Features

Artificial Intelligence and Pipelines – A Smart Way to Go

Today’s digital world defines so much of the global society from finances to socialization, education to work and play. It is no surprise that the energy sector, too, is increasingly digitized and data-driven.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2022: Amid Some Positive Indicators, New Projects Limited

Oil and natural gas prices climbed higher in 2021, prompting increased drilling and production among mostly independent producers in some regions, but a host of political and COVID-related economic concerns kept markets on edge and highly reactive for much of the year.

Russia Making Moves Affecting the Arctic’s Hydrocarbon Future

This is Part 2 of PGJ's article on Russia’s moves under its Strategic Development Act. The strategy gives particular significance to Murmansk Oblast, emphasizing a broad range of complex and multifaceted transformative measures targeting this province.

Worrying About Moving More Swiftly than Usual

In January 2020, Russia’s government approved a number of acts concerned with rendering new economic benefits and subsidies to businesses or investors willing to engage in projects in the country’s High North.

Canary Project Explores “Responsibly Sourced Gas” Possibilities

PureWest Energy LLC took bids on 7% of its Wyoming natural gas output that was certified as coming from net-zero wells that are also certified as being responsibly sourced. PureWest was testing the market.

Safety Techniques for Aboveground Natural Gas Pipelines

There are a variety of techniques used to enhance the safety of aboveground natural gas pipelines. Coatings to minimize corrosion are an example of a safety aspect used by natural gas operators.

Field Coatings for Elevated Temperature Pipelines

Heat shrinkable sleeves have been used for field joint coatings all across the world since the 1960’s. The technology has been almost completely phased out in the United States due to CP shielding issues from disbondments and corrosion failures

Methane Leak Detection Moving to Higher Plateaus

The U.S. government continues to look at rules or fees requiring companies to track and limit volumes of methane released into the atmosphere. Investment companies such as BlackRock are also keeping a close eye on sustainability practices such as methane reduction.

Responding to Failures with 4-Step ACER Analysis for Operators

Integrity management is typically seen as a preventative measure meant to manage the risks present on any given pipeline and avoid failures.

Mega-Field of Zama Draws Big Investment in Mexico

Although Pemex has yet to present a development plan for the Zama oil field, exploration company Talos Energy recently said its value, regardless of operator and equity splits, will be in “multiples of invested capital to date.”

Enbridge’s Cameron Extension Pipeline Project Nearing Completion

Texas Eastern Transmission’s Cameron Extension pipeline project in southwestern Louisiana was on track to be mechanically complete in October, leading to a November 2021 in-service.

Ensuring Resilient Infrastructure and Climate Balance

America’s energy security must be balanced with environmental stewardship while accounting for the needs and impacts of current and future generations.

Inaugural P&GJ Awards Winners Honored at In-Person Houston Gala

An elite group of midstream professionals gathered in Houston on November 18th to attend the inaugural Pipeline & Gas Journal Awards gala, which honored the midstream industry’s leading innovations and outstanding personal contributions.

EIA Reports

Crude Oil Demand Returns Faster Than Supply

The price of U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil is near its highest level since 2014, increasing rapidly from low prices in mid-2020.

Added Transnational Oil Pipeline Capacity Could Reduce Oil by Rail

The Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline, which delivers crude oil from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin, became fully operational on Oct. 1, increasing the pipeline’s capacity to 760,000 bpd.

Tech Notes

University of Houston’s Falcon In-Pipeline Leak Solution

A breakthrough in leak risk detection at oil pipe flanges comes from research by the University of Houston using a Saab Seaeye Falcon robot as a development platform.

Inspecting Deepwater Risers, Flowlines on a West Africa Flowline Loop

Effective integrity management of subsea pipelines has been especially challenging due to the difficulty of pipeline access, safety and other considerations.

What's New

What's New January 2022

What's new in products and services from Saint-Gobain, NDT Global, Vermeer, Netzsch, Ralston, and Brooks.

Business

People in the News January 2022

People  Weaver Pipeline infrastructure company Interflow has named Daniel Weaver as its new managing director, marking the fourth generation of family leadership at the Sydney, Australia-based firm. His father, former CEO Geoff Weaver, will remain as chair..

Companies in the News January 2022

San Diego-based engineering firm Kleinfelder has acquired Century Engineering of Hunt Valley, Maryland. Century provides a multitude of engineering services including transportation planning, design, and inspection; information and spatial solutions (GIS).  ..

Associations in the News January 2022

INGAA Names New VP Environment   Jones The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has named Julia Jones as its vice president of Environment. She brings to INGAA nearly two decades of experience as an environmental attorney.    Prior to joi..

Obituary

Jim Harvey   Harvey Mobile Pipe Lining and Coating announced the death of its long-time general manager, James “Jim” Harvey, of Apple Valley, California, on Nov. 14. He was 56 years old.   During his more than 25 years in the industry Jim was an active pa..

Guest Commentary

Regulatory Developments in Pipeline Cybersecurity

The Transportation Security Administration is overhauling its strategy for cybersecurity in the pipeline sector.