Integrity

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.

Enbridge, Baker Hughes Partner on Enhanced Inspection for Pipeline Safety

Enbridge and G.E. company Baker Hughes launched testing of new, ultrasonic phased array pipeline inspection tool sensors designed to enhance accuracy and identification of crack features and to deliver greater detail on the condition of a pipeline.

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.

Platform Simulates Pipeline Network

Elsyca V-PIMS is a graphical simulation platform for the integrity management of pipeline networks with respect to external corrosion. The platform simulates and visualizes the CP health status of the entire network based on known design information.

Chinese Pipeline Selects Rotork ELB for Increased Line Break Safety

The Rotork Electronic Line Break (ELB) is a self-contained system that continuously monitors pipeline pressure dynamics to provide early detection of pipeline breaks and initiate automatic valve actuator movement to a pre-selected emergency position.

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.

Safety Board: Damage During Installation Led to Pipeline Crack

The NTSB said last year’s rupture of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota was due to a fatigue crack that probably resulted from mechanical damage by a metal-tracked vehicle during installation.

Integrity Management of Unpiggable Pipelines

The long-term integrity of pipelines often depends on the ability to inspect their entire lengths with ILI technologies. When construction or location specifics prevent use of ILI, however, managing the short-term integrity of the pipeline becomes a higher priority until it can be made piggable.

Unidirectional Composite Repairs: A One-Way Approach to Failure

Composites can be easily over-summarized, in the same way a layman may state that all pipes are just metal. The author sets the record straight on one common design choice: using unidirectional strands or fabrics.

Examining Data Quality of Robotic Pipeline Inspection Methods

Examining the ability of robotic pipeline inspection methods to address specific pipeline threats, including surface corrosion, internal and external anomalies, deformations, construction features, and other useful pipeline features and characteristics.

Tunnel, Trench Offer Options for Replacing Pipeline

A 65-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil beneath a sensitive waterway connecting two of the Great Lakes could be replaced with pipes buried in a tunnel or partially enclosed in trenches that would pose virtually no risk of leakage but require years and hundreds of millions of dollars to build, according to a report released Friday.

Judge Dismisses Complaint Against Pipeline Security Company

A judge on Wednesday dismissed a complaint that North Dakota regulators filed against a North Carolina-based company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Enbridge: Line 5 Dented Nearly an Inch

Enbridge officials have informed Michigan regulators that the company's Line 5 was dented nearly an inch by a suspected tugboat anchor strike last month.

Liquid Pipeline Deliveries Rise 43%, Incidents Drop

According to API and AOPL's 2018 Annual Liquids Pipeline Report, pipelines are safely transporting more oil than ever before.

Michigan Official: Tugboat Damaged Great Lakes Pipelines

Recent damage to Enbridge's Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac was caused by a tugboat dragging its anchor, Michigan's attorney general announced Tuesday.

Underwater Vehicle to Inspect Damaged Great Lakes Oil Pipeline

Underwater vehicle to help Enbridge inspect recent Line 5 damage that may have been caused by a ship's anchor.

Senator Wants Temporary Halt of Oil Flow Through Line 5

Michigan senator says the flow of crude oil through Enbridge's Line 5 should be suspended until authorities determine how severely it was damaged by what may have been a ship anchor strike.

Michigan Governor: Vessel Damaged Line 5

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway linking two of the Great Lakes were damaged by the same vessel believed to have caused a recent 600-gallon (2,270-liter) coolant fluid leak from electric cables.

Pipeline Spill Twice as Big as First Thought

A crude oil spill from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November twice as big as first reported.

Pipeline Break Spills Diesel Fuel in South-Central Idaho

A diesel-fuel pipeline in south-central Idaho ruptures.

North Dakota Oil Pipeline Leak Impacts Pastureland, Creek Tributary

A pipeline leak in Billings County spilled an estimated 2,100 gallons of oil and produced water, some of it into a waterway.

Indonesia State Firm Says Oil Spill Due to Cracked Underwater Pipeline

Indonesia’s state oil company Pertamina says a cracked underwater pipeline caused an oil spill off the coast of a port city on Borneo island that has prompted a major cleanup operation in the area.

NTSB: Dallas Gas Leaks Reported Some 2 Months Before Fatal Blast

DALLAS (AP) — A preliminary federal report indicates natural gas leaks were first detected in a Dallas neighborhood nearly two months before another leak led to a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl. The report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says leaks in the..

Diesel Fuel Spills from Pipeline in Southwestern Indiana

SOLITUDE (AP) — Authorities have contained a diesel spill in a southwestern Indiana creek and will try to recover the fuel. On-scene coordinator Kevin Turner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said he believes about 42,000 gallons of fuel spilled into Big Creek in Posey County before the l..

Gas Leak in San Diego Prompts Evacuation of 1,100 Homes

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A ruptured gas pipeline in San Diego was capped Wednesday after the leak prompted the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes and shut down a 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch of freeway for about nine hours. A construction worker helping with a road expansion project accidentally dri..

Gas Service Stops for Thousands of Dallas Homes Due to Leaks

DALLAS (AP) — Natural gas service will be shut down to thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that has brought repeated evacuations in the wake of a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl. Authorities announced early Thursday that gas service will be discontinued for up to th..

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210K Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure ..

North Dakota Regulators Blame Pipeline Spill on Human Error

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators say human error caused a pipeline spill that leaked more than 11,000 gallons (42,000 liters) of oilfield wastewater in western North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the spill in Dunn County on Sunday was reported by Crestwood Midstream. Department o..

Shell: Four Oil Platforms Shut In Gulf Of Mexico After Fire

Four oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been shut after a fire broke out at Shell-operated Enchilada oil platform last week, Shell said on Tuesday. “Production is shut in at the Shell-operated Enchilada and Salsa platforms, as well as the associated Hess-operated Conger field,” said Shell whi..

Iran Denies Involvement In Bahrain Oil Pipeline Blast

Tehran has denied that it had anything to do with the blow-up of Bahrain’s biggest oil pipeline that carries crude from Saudi Arabia. In a statement carried by media, the spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said “It seems the only thing that Bahraini officials have learned to do after any inciden..