An often overlooked aspect of technology development in the pipeline inspection world, though one that usually turns out to be the most critical to success, is the people involved.
To reduce the environmental impacts and improve the economic performance of their U.S. unconventional gas production activities, energy developer Seneca Resources Corp. and drilling partner Ensign Drilling have installed two of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines to power the first LNG-fueled drilling rigs of their kind in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania.
This Thursday, Nov. 15, GE Industrial Solutions is presenting a webinar examining a new technology for inspecting unpiggable pipelines (more info and registration available here). To give us a taste of what’s to come, P&GJ asked Robert Pechacek to answer a few quick questions.
Globally, mankind has more than 1,500,000 km of oil and gas pipelines – with more than 600,000 km in North America alone. These numbers are even higher when one adds pipelines transporting other hazardous gases and liquids. Though efficient and critical, these pipelines carry high costs for individual safety incidents. Around the world, pipeline safety and security are immediate concerns, both for industry and government.
GE closed its $3 billion acquisition of Dresser, Inc. on Feb. 1. The move significantly expands GE’s offerings for energy and industrial customers worldwide and marks the latest in a series of acquisitions over the last 10 years that have transformed GE’s global energy portfolio.
Valves and valve operators from Cameron Valves & Management, Flowserve Corp., Dresser, Inc., US Valve Services and Training, Rupture Pin Technology, AnTech Ltd., R.W. Lyall and Polytec Co., Dresser’s Mooney, Flowserve Nordstrom, Leser, LLC, Siemens, Specialty Maintenance Products and CECO.
GE announced on Oct. 6 the purchase of Dresser, Inc. for $3 billion. The addition of Dresser’s portfolio, which includes technologies for gas engines, control and relief valves, measurement, regulation and control solutions for gas and fuel distribution, will extend GE’s reach into adjacent offerings for its energy and industrial customers worldwide.
Descriptions and details of new products offered from Burckhardt Compression, Bishop Lifting Products, TechCorr, Sick Maihak, Inc., CRC-Evans, Flowserve, Lincoln Electric, R&M Energy Systems, BFX Equity Partners, Dresser Pipeline Solutions, Hammersmith Mfg., Flow Management Devices, American Public Gas Association, Sullair Corporation and Huntingdon Fusion Techniques.
Dresser Waukesha has introduced 12-cylinder and 16-cylinder versions of its 275GL Series engine. The 16V275GL+ high-performance engine (16 cylinders) was rolled out in April and its sister 12-cylinder version was unveiled in late July. Both are for gas compression applications and are said to offer class-leading power and low emissions levels.