Business & Markets

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.

How the Historic Energy Reform Transformed Mexico’s Oil Fortunes

Five years ago, few would have predicted that Mexico would be capable of overhauling its oil and gas sector, much less through a downturn. Yet since the constitutional reform of 2013, Mexico has dramatically revivified its upstream sector.

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.

Regulators Greenlight Construction of Trans Mountain Segments

Canada's energy regulator said it had given the go-ahead for the construction of a large portion of the Trans Mountain expansion project, which will nearly triple capacity on the oil pipeline from Alberta to a Vancouver area port.

Tallgrass Energy Announces Seahorse Pipeline Open Season

Tallgrass Energy announced an open season soliciting binding shipper commitments for crude oil transportation service on Seahorse Pipeline , a proposed 700-miles project with the capacity to transport up to 800,000 bpd from Cushing to the Louisiana coast.

Supplemental Open Season Launched for Medallion Expansion

Medallion Pipeline Company said it successfully closed a binding open season for a major expansion of its Permian crude oil pipeline and launched a supplemental open season for additional capacity in response to "compelling interest" by potential shippers.

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.

Australia’s APA Backs $9.5 Billion Bid from Hong Kong’s CKI

The board of Australia’s APA Group has recommended shareholders vote for a $9.45 billion (A$12.98 billion) takeover offer from a consortium led by Hong Kong’s CK Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (CKI) at a meeting in late November.

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.

Lotus Midstream to Acquire Centurion Pipeline

Crude oil logistics provider Lotus Midstream entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Centurion pipeline system and a Southeast New Mexico crude oil gathering system from Occidental Petroleum. The transaction is expected to close later in the third quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.

Plains to Bring Two Permian Pipeline Projects Online Early

Plains All American Pipeline LP said two West Texas crude oil projects would begin partial operations slightly ahead of their original schedules as bottlenecks in the region depress prices to the weakest level in four years.

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.

China Issues Draft Rules to Open Access to Oil, Gas Infrastructure

China's state planner issued new draft rules on Friday to give private companies access to the country's oil and gas infrastructure, including crude oil pipelines, gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas terminals and underground gas storage.

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.

Northeast Looking at Record Gas Pipeline Buildout in 2018

By the end of 2018, if all of the new natural gas pipeline projects start service on schedule, more than 23 Bcf/d of takeaway capacity will be online out of the Northeast - triple the capacity of only four years ago.

What a Gas Measurement Technician Needs to Know for Success

The position of measurement technician is one of the most important roles in the transmission pipeline operation. This article discusses those requirements and the knowledge and skills that a measurement technician must possess to be successful.

Egypt: The Next Natural Gas Hotspot

After years of halting progress, an agreement to sell natural gas from offshore Israel to Egypt is bolstering the region’s bid to transform itself into a sizable source of gas production, and potentially, exports.

Closer Look at Flammability, Inerting of Complex Hydrocarbon Mixtures

In the lifetime of oil and gas pipelines there are numerous events that could pose the potential of an explosion hazard. In case of air purging, flammable mixtures are created in pipelines in an uncontrolled manner. This article covers basic flammability and inerting principles and applications of mobile nitrogen unit technology has been proven safer than air purging while maintaining high operational flexibility.