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Wireless Fire, Gas Detection Solutions

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

Thinking beyond the wire has become reality for fire and gas detection solutions. A recently successful cost-savings wireless project required multiple open path gas detection (OPGD) monitors, installed at various heights, around a new process unit. The OPGD system is set up to measure C1-C8 hydrocarbon gases. The wireless signal is transmitted to a wireless wave relayer for alarming and evacuation of the new unit. A control system, located away from the unit excavation, receives the wireless signals from the OPGD for local alarm screens, zoning, data logging and network sharing. There are several steps...

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Smart Pipelines and Smarter People

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

The industrial world is becoming more digitally connected, making operations smarter and more productive. But with that connectivity comes increased vulnerability to security threats. Last year, three out of four oil and gas companies fell victim to at least one cyber-attack, as hacking efforts across the industry, and across the world, have become more frequent and sophisticated. This statistic illustrates why the conversation around cyber-attacks in the oil and gas space is no longer a question of “if” but “when.” Pipeline operators are at a critical turning point. The pressure of managing aging infrastructure is...

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New Pipelines Pre-Commissioning Inspection

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

Prior to the commissioning of any pipeline system, it is critical for both the construction company and the asset owner to verify that the pipeline’s construction conforms to standard regulations, and that no damages have occurred during the construction phase. The timing of these inspection services is critical to ensure that any repairs that may be required can be executed before the pipeline is placed in operation. These testing practices, which range from pipeline gauging and hydrotesting to inline inspection, are of great benefit to the owner/operator, since they ensure safe operation not only during...

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Measurement Technologies Look to Improve Methane Emissions

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

In 2014, increased attention to greenhouse gas emissions by the environmental community and the public at large started to focus on methane emissions in proximity to the gas infrastructure. With technologies that generally took indirect atmospheric methane concentration measurements, various environmental groups and universities took interest in how to aid gas companies to prioritize repair of ‘non-hazardous’ leaks. Local gas distribution companies (LDCs) have a long history in meeting regulations while refining the most practical procedures for leak survey, detection, classification and localization. Despite safety being the natural gas industry’s top priority, when incidents do...

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IoT and Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20% 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 10-15% annually could be slowed to as little as 5%. Additionally, facility capital costs can be reduced by up to 3%...

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Guideline Shows How to Make Oil And Gas Industry Cyber-Secure

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

Digitalization is bringing great benefits to the oil and gas industry including pipelines, with even more gains to come from the smart use of data through advanced data analytics. Advanced data analysis is paving the way for greater operating efficiencies and better safety and sustainability performance. More than a third (37%) of more than 800 senior oil and gas professionals surveyed by DNV GL started 2018 expecting research and development (R&D) projects in digitalization to receive the go ahead this year.1 A similar percentage (36%) see R&D in cybersecurity as likely to win approval in...

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MAN Diesel Wins Order from Kuwaiti Oil

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order for nine compressor trains for the state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). MAN technology will be deployed in Kuwait’s Burgan field, one of the world’s largest oil fields. The British plant manufacturer Petrofac has been contracted by KOC to build Gas Gathering Center 32 for processing accompanying gases and improve the quality of the oil produced. In Kuwait, turbomachinery by MAN is also deployed in other gas gathering centers, including an order in the past year for six ReTPac machinery trains at the Al Zour refinery. The nine...

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Red Hen Systems Develops Pipeline Leak Detection System

Red Hen Systems, a Colorado geospatial company with 21 years of experience locating infrastructure using video mapping technology, today announced it has created Pipeline Leak Detection Services (PLDS). PLDS uses a multi-sensor detection system to locate, and quantify in real-time fugitive methane through aerial and ground surveys, and is currently helping oil & gas producers in Colorado and neighboring producing states to comply with state regulations in keeping their infrastructure safety gas-free. “We try to find dangerous events that could possibly precipitate to explosion before they happen,” said Neil Havermale, Red Hen Systems’ founder. PLDS […]

Trelleborg Receives Design Certification for Type 3 Clamps

January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Skelmersdale, England, has been certified for the design of its Type 3 Clamp under the American Petroleum Institute (API) specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013). This is an important milestone, as the full suite of qualification requirements relating to the design methodology of Trelleborg’s clamps and distributed buoyancy modules (DBM) is now complete. The Type 3 Clamp is a design primarily comprising of a syntactic foam clamp body split in to a number of segments, an upgraded titanium tensioning system and high tenacity straps. Typically used...

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Pipeline Connection Installed in Australia

January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

The drilling rig is 250 tons of pulling force led to early completion of a complex project. In just three months, Australian drilling contractor Dunstans Construction Group installed a 35-mile (700-meter) pipeline in Anglesea, and a 250-ton HDD rig from Herrenknecht played a key role in the achievement. The construction crew built a sea outfall with the machine and pulled in the pipeline all the way back to the local water treatment plant. In August 2015, a large cliff segment collapsed in the Australian state of Victoria, resulting in an acute need for action. Falling...

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Greater Understanding of Flexible Pipes Needed

January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

Since the first flexible pipes came into operation in the North Sea, they have acquired a mixed reputation. While recognized as an essential piece of technology that makes key operations possible in a way that fixed pipe cannot support, they are still seen, rather more widely than is perhaps deserved, as a more risky option that is prone to greater failure rates. To understand more about the reality of flexible pipe deployments in the global oil and gas industry, and to separate persistent beliefs from empirical fact, the Sureflex Joint Industry Project (JIP) started a...

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Tool Offers Option for Detecting Corrosion

January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

America’s oil and gas pipelines travel 2.5 million miles through mountains, forests, wetlands and urban areas. Monitoring such a vast network isn’t easy. Nearly half of all pipeline incidents reported in the U.S. since 2002 were caused by malfunctioning equipment, construction flaws and other technical problems – most largely hidden from view and difficult to detect. Historically, pipeline companies in the oil and gas sector use high-tech, complex leak detection systems that measure hydraulic data and count on aerial surveys and other measures to ensure that their pipelines work efficiently and safely. All too common...

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