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Halfwave Awarded Nord Stream 2 Inspection Contract

Halfwave has been awarded a contract to custom-build ART Scan® tools for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project. The tools will be used to inspect new pipelines during the pre-commissioning phase and have the capability to inspect an entire pipeline in one single run while providing high resolution inspection results. “This is one of the largest and most exciting contracts that we have been awarded, and we are pleased that Nord Stream 2 AG has recognized the added value the ART technology provides,” said Halfwave CEO Paul Cooper. “After a very diligent technology evaluation process, it is […]

National Grid Rolls Out Pipeline Innovations

December 2017, Vol. 244, No. 12

Britain’s National Grid, operator of the country’s 4,722 miles of high-pressure gas pipeline network, is testing the use of a miniature gas robotic agile inspection device. This important innovation is the product of an $8.27 million (£6.3 million) research project and is designed for inspection of the oldest and “bendy” parts of the network, unable to be reached by traditional inline inspection devices such as pigs that travel through pipelines checking for anomalies. This meant that significant sections of pipeline could only be checked by expensive, aboveground surveys and asset life-modeling to ensure the integrity...

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TransCanada to Run Inspection Device in Keystone Pipeline

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says it will run an inspection device through its Keystone oil pipeline to make sure there aren’t segments of pipe with similar characteristics to a section that ruptured in South Dakota. A company spokesman said Wednesday that it would run the pipeline inspection gauge through its system within a 120-day period ordered by a federal pipeline safety agency. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration this week issued a corrective order on the estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill. The report says a weight installed on the pipeline nearly a decade […]

Battelle Wins Award for PipeAssess PI Software

Battelle today announced it has received a R&D 100 Award for the company’s PipeAssess PITM software. PipeAssess PI is an innovative software application that uses physics-based, empirically derived modeling to estimate remaining pipeline life and predict axial crack growth under various operating scenarios. The user-friendly, customizable software is designed to help oil and gas pipeline companies meet critical industry requirements and reduce the risk of spills, which lead to financial loss, environmental issues and health concerns. “As pipelines age, integrity management tools become increasingly important to ensure safety, particularly in high consequence areas,” said Bruce Young, Senior Research Scientist […]

Pipeline Monitoring Systems to See Good Times Ahead

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

A growing number of oil and gas leaks in production, pipelines and storage tanks due to natural disasters, and stringent government regulations for pipeline safety and security will drive expansion and upgrades of pipeline monitoring systems in the future. In the coming years, the market is expected to witness the highest growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region. This can be attributed to the large population in these countries, along with new pipeline construction, which will increase the demand for pipeline-monitoring systems. Pipeline monitoring system segments: Technology: This area is broken down into ultrasonic, pigging, smart...

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IoT and the Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20 percent annually while at the same time the amount of data coming from the oil field can exceed 1.5 terabytes a day and threatens to overwhelm IT departments. However, through more efficient use of device data, advanced cloud-based data analytics, and automated application of corrective measures, the normal production decline of approximately 10-15 percent annually could be slowed to as little as 5 percent. Additionally, facility capital costs can be reduced […]

Companies Release Aerial Pipeline Inspection Solution for Utilities

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs have released an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is integrated by Black & Veatch into a utility’s existing enterprise asset management (EAM) systems. This streamlined solution lowers inspection times, reduces inspection costs and accelerates the integration of data into EAM systems. Over the past year, Black & Veatch and Aeryon worked with utilities across North America to develop an efficient, comprehensive drone inspection solution […]

Midstream Company Solves Flow Measurement Issues

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

When Mike Heckl was a director of operations for Crestwood Midstream, the company established itself in the West Virginia Appalachian Basin by purchasing an area of development from a major upstream firm with a large acreage in the Ohio and West Virginia Marcellus/Utica Shale fields. They had already installed about 45 miles of pipe at this location with several dozen well pads flowing natural gas. They were not a midstream company, so Crestwood purchased the right to transport the gas for that particular area. Limited Measurement Available The upstream company had built this pipeline knowing...

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Why NCRs Should Be Seen as Friends

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Whenever the term “nonconformance report” (NCR) comes in project home offices or at construction sites, it is often perceived as a negative, and personnel are typically reluctant to accept it as a positive and powerful tool for improvement. Perhaps, it’s the “non” part of “nonconformance” that causes so much discomfort. At any rate, this article explains why NCRs should be seen as a friend rather than a foe, and how such a report can be used to improve overall performance of a company, its projects, products and services. First off, having an NCR means the...

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Drones – A Necessary Tool in Pipeline Development & Maintenance

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Jennifer Urban is an associate in the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, an international firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations. As a member of the Transportation and Trade Group in Washington D.C.,  her practice concentrates on aviation, drone, and maritime matters. Urban passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) initial aeronautical knowledge test and earned a Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certificate to conduct drone operations for commercial purposes. She earned her LL.M. in Air and Space Law, J.D., M.B.A., and B.A. in Public Policy Leadership...

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Real-Time Imaging of Methane Gas Leaks Using a Single-Pixel Camera

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The ability to image invisible gases has applications in industrial and environmental monitoring settings, but is technologically challenging to embed in a low-cost device. For example, imaging methane gas has applications among gas utility companies for routine pipeline monitoring and storage facility inspection. Video rate gas imaging conveys the direction of dispersal and hence the location of a leak source, helping users to improve their efficiency of response to hazardous events. Conventional approaches to detecting methane gas leaks have mainly been based upon flame ionization detectors (FIDs), but such technology measures concentration at only a...

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Enhancing Infrastructure Maintenance with IoT

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Across pipeline operations worldwide, the term “unplanned downtime” is akin to a dirty word. Between heavy repair expenses and hundreds of thousands in lost revenue, the logistics of correcting an unforeseen supply chain interruption carry major implications – both financially and in terms of operational efficiency. No matter the cause, the clock starts running immediately when production stalls – and the price tag swells every minute. Fortunately, companies can mitigate these risks with the right tools and insights. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way countless industrial businesses operate. And as production environments...

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