Natural Gas

Massachusetts Gas Explosions Shine Spotlight on Century-old Pipelines

Thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts are leak-prone and need repair, utilities have told state regulators, highlighting aging energy infrastructure risks after explosions ripped through three towns outside of Boston this week.

Pipeline Thieves Cause Leak, Evacuation in Mexico

A gas leak caused by pipeline theft prompted neighborhood evacuations in Puebla, Mexico.

Moldova Plans Pipeline for Romanian Gas Supply

Moldova plans to construct a new pipeline after signing a $107 million gas deal with Romania to lessen its dependence on Russian gas.

Nord Stream 2 on Track Despite Sanction Risk, Operator says

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is on track to start flowing Russian gas to Germany by the end of 2019, its operator said Friday, with European investors still committed to the project despite criticism and the threat of sanctions.

FERC Allows Construction to Resume on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Construction can resume on the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline following a decision by FERC on Wednesday to modify an order that halted work on the project in early August.

Commerce Dept: 6 Countries Dumped Welded Pipe in US Market

The U.S. Commerce Department said it made a preliminary determination that large-diameter welded pipe from Canada, China, Greece, India, South Korea and Turkey was being dumped in the U.S. market.

Malaysia Cancels China-backed Pipeline, Rail Projects

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday that the Chinese-funded $20 billion East Coast Rail Link project and a natural gas pipeline project in Sabah will be cancelled for now, according to media reports.

Preparing Pipelines for Successful In-Line Inspection

Gauge pigs provide insight into some conditions inside the pipe, but not all of them. They’re not intended to measure pipeline cleanliness or indicate if debris has built up to the point that it will impair the inspections tool’s data-gathering capabilities.

Pipeline Digs Get Assist From PMO

Performing direct assessments to verify a pipeline’s MAOP is not new, but as federal regulations become more stringent, the volume of digs will increase significantly, and operators need to keep up with the pace.

NACE President Looks to Bolster Corrosion Education

NACE International’s president for 2018, Jeffrey Didas, discusses corrosion education and other issues of importance to the organization in its 75th anniversary year.

More Skin in the Game: New Technology to Find, Fix Leaks

Technology has not only helped re-energize the natural gas sector of the global energy economy, but also led to safety advancements, such as methane-detection systems continuously monitor and alert operators to a significant leak.

Italian Energy Hub Seen as Key to EU Goals

European energy policy is largely determined by Brussels and implemented by individual member states, but integral to improving European energy security are joint plans to turn Italy into Southern Europe’s energy hub.

In-Line Inspection of Low-Pressure, Low-Flow Gas Pipelines

Maintaining control of an In-Line Inspection (ILI) tool’s speed is one of the most critical elements in successfully assessing the condition of a pipeline. Success is defined as receiving an intact tool at the conclusion of the inspection and acquiring data of sufficient quality to achieve the vendor’s sizing and accuracy specifications.

Embedding Operating Procedures in Pipeline SCADA

The pipeline SCADA operator has one of the most critical jobs in the industry and should be given all the help available to keep pipelines safe and operational. To this end, more than 25 years ago, a major oil company determined that SCADA-embedded operating procedures and safety features were needed.

Midyear International Update: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

Global energy trends and forecasts entering the second half of 2018 continue to support a generally bullish outlook for oil and gas production and infrastructure construction to meet growing demand and evolving patterns of interregional trade.

Premier Sanctions North Sea Gas Development, Export Pipeline

Premier Oil said it reached a final decision with its joint venture and infrastructure partners to invest in the development of the Tolmount gas field in Britain's North Sea, including construction of a minimal facilities platform exporting gas to shore via a new gas pipeline.

FERC Approves Transco Expansion Project in New Jersey

Williams said FERC has authorized an expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline to meet growing heating and power generation demand in the U.S. Northeast.

Apache, Kayne Anderson Form $3.5 Billion Permian Basin Pipeline Firm

U.S. oil producer Apache Corp is putting its West Texas pipeline assets into a joint venture with investment firm Kayne Anderson that will operate in the largest U.S. shale field, the companies announced.

China interested in joining TAPI pipeline project: Pakistan Official

China is exploring building a spur from Pakistan's territory once the multi-country TAPI natural gas pipeline project begins operating, a Pakistani official said.

Gas Pipeline Issues Blamed for Malaysia's Falling LNG Exports

Malaysia's LNG exports fell to a four-year low in July as domestic gas pipeline issues plaguing the country since January took their toll, according to industry sources and Thomson Reuters data.

SoCalGas: Aliso Canyon Leak Costs Exceed $1 Billion

SoCalGas raised the estimated cost for the massive leak at its 2015-2016 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Los Angeles to $1.014 billion, warning the "estimate may rise significantly" due to pending lawsuits, possible fines and other costs.

Texas Investigators Probe Pipeline Blaze that Injured 7

Authorities on Thursday were investigating what caused a fire and series of natural gas pipeline explosions in Midland County, Texas, that sent seven people to hospital and shut down five lines before being extinguished.

KKR and Williams to Acquire Discovery Midstream for $1.2 Billion

KKR entered into an agreement to acquire Discovery Midstream from TPG Growth for $1.2 billion. The provider of natural gas and oil gathering and natural gas processing services is being bought through a newly formed joint venture with Williams.

FERC Approves Atlantic Coast Construction through N.C.

Federal regulators are allowing construction of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to proceed in North Carolina.

Innovation, Technology Reshape North Dakota’s Bakken Shale

The Bakken was strewn with casualties before the turnaround, but billionaire oil pioneer Harold Hamm and his teams at Continental Energy Resources Corp. saw opportunities to create better mousetraps in exploring and producing oil and natural gas.

A Conversation with Kinder Morgan's Tom Martin

An interview with Tom Martin, president of the Natural Gas Pipelines Group for Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Martin is responsible for all commercial and operational activities of a system that includes 70,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines and gathering lines, plus storage, treating and processing facilities.

Honeywell

Honeywell's hands-free, wearable, connected plant technology features a head-mounted visual display that responds to voice and brings live data, documents, work procedures and health and safety information into view.

Siemens

Siemens has partnered with Newgate Instruments to introduce the JT400 Multivariable Gas Transmitter (MVG), an ultra-low power device custom-tailored for midstream and upstream gas production.

Instrument Simplifies Flow Data Control in Oil and Gas Operations

The Thermo Scientific AutoXP flow computer incorporates the functionality of a smart multi-variable transmitter in a single unit to simplify the generation, management and interpretation gas and liquids flow data in harsh operating environments.

New Day for Pipeline Tolls

The old rules no longer apply when it comes to determining the value of property and negotiating right-of-way agreements, as enlightened landowners are demanding and getting more lucrative contracts.