Providing safe and reliable natural gas service is the hallmark of every natural gas distribution company. This takes a committed approach to investing in state-of-the-art equipment and best-practice sharing among industry peers to improve operations and implement the latest safety trends. New equipment and technology are important pieces to this puzzle, but hold little value if the organization lacks the right people to maintain the system or implement new techniques. The natural gas industry is facing a personnel challenge. Simply stated, natural gas utility companies need more skilled workers. This is being felt acutely in...
Ashraf Bastawros, professor of aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, has received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Along with Dr. Kurt Hebert, Dr. Pranav Shrotriya, and Dr. Leonard Bond from the Center of Non Destructive Evaluation, Bastawros will develop advanced detection methods to calculate the physical and mechanical changes associated with early stress corrosion cracking in high strength pipeline steel. The United States currently has almost 210,000 miles of liquid pipeline, with some of those pipelines ranging in age from 50-80 years old. As those […]
Iowa State University will conduct a five-year research project that will study the impact of pipeline construction on crop production and soil compaction. Researchers began collecting initial data last fall on university-owned farmland near Ames on an approximately two-acre site following construction activities for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The overall goal of the project is to quantify the impact of construction utilities equipment, field traffic and deep tillage on crop yield and soil compaction. “The pipeline installation is an opportunity for field-based research that investigates the impact of utility construction and restoration practices on farmland, especially […]
The midstream industry operates in an extremely opportunistic and entrepreneurial environment with assets that change ownership, consolidate, expand and form partnerships or joint ventures with regularity. This constant change applies to construction of new assets, expansion of existing assets, and operations and maintenance of current assets. The vast pool of contractors servicing the midstream industry, which spans from large international EPCs to small-town contractors that specialize in a specific service offering or a limited geographic footprint, have become even more vital to the industry’s success. These contractors play a critical role in any operator’s operational […]
Gazprom has opened the world’s first multimedia scientific and educational Gas Transmission Museum in Moscow. The museum was set up in the premises of Gazprom Transgaz Moscow, a subsidiary of Gazprom, at the building that used to house the Moscow district operation center of the first Russian long-distance gas pipeline, Saratov – Moscow, in the mid-20th century. The museum’s collection combines traditional museum pieces with advanced presentation technologies, such as multimedia displays and interactive installations. The exhibition features original documents relevant to the creation of the national gas transmission system, historical photos and footage, authentic tools used by builders and gas workers, and genuine gas transmission equipment from the 1940s–50s, such as a Cooper-Bessemer gas […]
Two new speakers have been added for the 13th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference on March 21, 2017 at the Omni Galleria Hotel in Houston. Joining the program will be Lee Laviolette, Managing Director, Global Oil and Gas Practice for Navigant Consulting and Jesus Soto, Senior Vice President of Natural Gas Operations for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In his presentation, Laviolette will offer a post-election overview of construction opportunities for natural gas and oil products pipeline operators, developers and contractors in North America. Soto, who was former executive at El Paso Corp., now part of Kinder Morgan, […]
The University of Houston and Fluor are partnering to promote state-of-the-art training for students in the UH Department of Construction Management. The partnership was cemented with a $1 million grant from the Fluor Foundation, Fluor’s philanthropic organization, which UH will use as a research grant to implement the project’s goals. It is a record grant for the construction management program. The department offers two programs: an industrial track, designed to train leaders for large-scale projects, including refineries and petrochemical plants, and a commercial building track. Industrial construction – especially along the Gulf Coast – is […]
Energy ministers and secretaries from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are launching a framework for sharing energy information for North America. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the website can be displayed in English, French, and Spanish and has links to all three countries’ energy statistical agencies. Current areas of focus include: comparing, validating, and improving respective energy import and export information; sharing publicly available geospatial information related to energy infrastructure; exchanging views and information on projections of cross-border energy flows; and harmonizing terminology, concepts, and definitions of energy products.
Caterpillar, in collaboration with PipeLine Machinery International, Inc. (PLM) and a group of industry leading companies, is now offering the Pipeline Safety Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind training course produced specifically for pipeliners. With a focus on personal accountability for safety and incident prevention, the program is designed to support the industry as it shifts from traditional to world-class safety management. Joining Caterpillar in developing the program vision and funding the production were PLM and partnering companies PLH Group; TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.; Spectra Energy Transmission LLC; Welded Construction; Sheehan Pipe Line Construction; Rockford Corporation; Strike, LLC; […]