Whitepapers

Utilizing Software Tools to Align Internal Policies with Regulatory Requirements
8 May 2024

This white paper covers the challenge of comprehensively aligning safety programs and internal policies with regulatory mandates. Operators face hurdles in determining operating policy, assuring policy aligns with required compliance, and documenting compliance. To address these challenges, this paper explains how operators should implement inclusive alignment efforts and the utilization of purpose-built software tools. It discusses strategies for identifying and closing safety gaps, stressing the importance of traceability and the adoption of a Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) cycle. The recommended approach involves employing pipeline-specific software like POEMS®, facilitating seamless compliance, and enhancing operational efficiency.

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Waste Not Want Not: Harnessing Untapped Energy Potential in the Gas Value Chain
4 March 2024

The white paper focuses on the opportunity to address the energy transition challenge by enhancing energy efficiency in the gas industry. It highlights the potential of energy recovery technologies like Organic Rankine Cycle systems and gas expanders. By capturing wasted energy from gas compression, LNG regasification, and pressure let-down stations, the industry can improve operational efficiency, reduce emissions, and foster sustainability. Strategic adoption of these technologies enhances competitiveness while demonstrating commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility.

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Physical and Chemical Composites Enhance Coating Properties, Boost Performance
4 March 2024

Sometimes a little added reinforcement is all that’s needed to turn a well-performing coating into a high-performing composite coating. Such physical composite coatings combine two or more substances that together offer performance properties greater than the sum of their parts. The same is true for chemical composite coatings. This article reviews the various types of composite coatings and described how they enable more robust performance by enhancing properties such as corrosion resistance, durability, flexibility and resistance to cathodic disbondment.

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Leveraging Edge Computing Platforms in Midstream Oil & Gas
6 February 2024

Midstream Oil & Gas owners and operators are responsible for continuous, safe, reliable, and compliant operations while addressing demand pressures, environmental concerns, theft, and even cybersecurity threats. Digitalization strategies and resulting solutions should effectively serve this goal. A well-executed solution significantly improves Midstream business performance in terms of asset reliability, operational efficiency, security, product quality, and work safety

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Simplifying Effective Control Room Alarm Management
1 December 2023

Pipeline control room alarm management poses a unique set of problems for the industry. The frequent repetition of alarms and standardized type of sites can make it difficult to manage. Remote facilities also add a level of difficulty because time becomes a key consideration when executing alarm rationalization and documentation. Likewise, leak alarm response is another alarm management challenge, particularly given the considerations around the new rupture mitigation regulatory requirements (49 CFR 192, 49 CFR 195). In this white paper, we cover the common challenges and applicable solutions for effective alarm management in pipeline control rooms without making it needlessly complex.

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Non-Intrusive Pig Signallers - An Opportunity
2 November 2023

This whitepaper discusses the evolution of pig signallers, focusing on the shift from intrusive to non-intrusive technology. Intrusive pig signallers, rely on mechanical components and can pose challenges for maintenance, often requiring interventions that carry operational and environmental risk. Non-intrusive pig signallers, including magnetic, ultrasonic and acoustic types, offer significant advantages. They are safer, environmentally friendly and simplify maintenance. The choice of technology should be tailored to specific pipeline conditions and pig types. Overall, non-intrusive signallers promise enhanced safety, reduced environmental impact and operational efficiency.

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The Business Case for Control Room Management Tools and AVEVA Enterprise SCADA/OASyS
10 October 2023

Many pipeline operators currently use AVEVA Enterprise SCADA (formerly OASyS) to monitor and control pipeline assets. Operators are also using tools for Control Room Management put in place in 2010 – 2012 to address the PHMSA CRM Rule. These legacy implementations use multiple tools and often include custom development, creating challenges for operators when they need to adapt to change and prepare for inspections. This white paper discusses the benefits of integrating AVEVA/OASyS with software designed specifically for comprehensive Control Room Management.

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Making sense of LNG market volatility
10 October 2023

The LNG market is currently facing significant uncertainty, which has led to fluctuations in pricing and contract terms. In 2022-23, high spot prices drove emerging buyers toward alternative fuels and established buyers to prefer long-term contracts. This uncertainty has widened the gap between buyer and seller expectations in LNG sale and purchase agreements (SPAs), with buyers seeking supply security and flexible terms. The evolving nature of LNG trading further complicates decision-making, especially in emerging Asian markets.

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