Operations

UK's Interconnector Announces 10-Day Planned Maintenance Shutdown

The operator of Interconnector gas pipeline between Britain and Belgium said on Monday it will start a planned maintenance shutdown for 10 days starting Nov. 16, 2021.

Syria Says Gas Pipeline at Deir Ali Power Station Resumes After Islamic State Attack

The gas pipeline at the Deir Ali power station has returned to operation after completion of repairs, the Syrian Ministry of Oil announced on Saturday, according to Syrian state TV.

Program to Pacify Nigeria's Oil Delta Stalled by Corruption, its Boss Says

Before the amnesty program, the region had experienced years of full-blown conflict, with armed groups blowing up pipelines and flow stations, kidnapping oil workers and fighting the armed forces.

Maryland Cove Point LNG Export Plant to Start Work Next Week

Officials at Berkshire Hathaway Energy on Wednesday confirmed the pipeline and compressor station maintenance will start on Sept. 20 but would not confirm the shutdown of the liquefaction plant until about the day before an outage.

Gulf Coast Oil Companies Return to Ida Recovery as Nicholas Recedes

Energy companies worked to restore pipeline service and electricity after Tropical Storm Nicholas passed through on Tuesday, allowing them to return to repairing the significant damage caused by Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.

Colonial Pipeline Partially Resumes as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line resumed partial operations Tuesday as oil and gas facilities weathered hurricane Nicholas' landfall in Texas, suffering less damage than in Hurricane Ida two weeks earlier.

Canadian First Nation Demands Enbridge Reroute Gas Pipeline After 2018 Explosion

A Canadian First Nation in northern British Columbia said on Tuesday it was trying to force Enbridge Inc. to reroute a natural gas pipeline off its reserve lands after the line exploded in 2018, causing residents to flee their homes.

Texas Freeport LNG Export Plant Shut During Tropical Storm Nicholas

U.S. LNG company Freeport LNG said on Tuesday all three liquefaction trains at its Freeport LNG export plant in Texas shut, likely due to power outages from Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Spire Gets More Time to Operate Missouri St. Louis NG Pipeline

U.S. natural gas company Spire Inc. got permission from federal regulators on Tuesday to keep operating its STL natural gas pipeline in Missouri for another 90 days while regulators consider the next steps for the pipe.

Performance Measures Needed to Assess Liquid Pipeline Regulations

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended safety regulations in 2019. Several operators said they would need to modify or replace pipelines to accommodate certain inspection tools.

Offshore Operators Face Big Ida Losses as Insurers Trim Cover

Offshore energy firms are likely to face greater financial losses from Hurricane Ida than from previous storms in the Gulf of Mexico because of reduced coverage offered by insurers, risk modeling firm RMS said on Thursday.

Advances in Compression Technology Keep Clean Energy Flowing

The Gas Machinery Research Council moves the industry forward in an environment, where standing still means drifting backward. A successful evolution will comprehend the energy system of the future while optimizing existing resources and new technologies.

Stronger Storms Test Aging U.S. Offshore Oil Facilities

Stronger hurricanes threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast energy hub are elevating the risks of oil spills from damage to area refineries, oil platforms and subsea pipelines, experts say.

Operator Exceeds Requirements with Clamp-On Flow Meter Run Design

As a transporter, a company commits to the safe and reliable transfer of natural gas in adherence to the guidelines set forth by the American Gas Association (AGA), including the specifications outlined in its AGA Report No. 9, “Measurement of Gas by Multipath Ultrasonic Meters."

Securing America’s Critical Energy Infrastructure: 5 Steps for Operators

Today, fearing the worst, oil and gas companies – and the federal government – are putting a renewed emphasis on cybersecurity in this crucial component of our nation’s critical infrastructure sector. In this threatening and confusing landscape, operators follow five steps detailed in this article.

Over 89% of Oil, Gas Output Shut in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Oil and gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Friday remained largely halted in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, with 1.7 million barrels, or 93%, of its daily crude output suspended.

U.S. Energy Firms Strain to Shake Off Hurricane's Toll

U.S. oil and gas companies strained to get offshore operations back up and running on Thursday as the extent of Hurricane Ida's damages became more apparent.

GAO Report Finds Multiple Problems with Keystone Pipeline

The U.S. government watchdog found multiple problems with the construction, manufacture and design of the Keystone XL pipeline, validating President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke its permit, leaders of several House Democratic committees said.

Increased Safety for Natural Gas Pipelines

Local hard zones can cause sudden stress corrosion cracking in the through thickness direction. To detect and eliminate these local hard zones reliably during plate production, Dillinger developed a special eddy current testing system.

Russia's Sakhalin Energy Says Maintenance Continues at LNG Train 2

Russian LNG producer Sakhalin Energy said post-shutdown commissioning was continuing at the second LNG train at its Prigorodnoye production complex.

Proper Cleaning and Storage of Pipeline Pigs

Proper storage and maintenance are important to ensure the optimal performance and condition of urethane pigs.

Report Shows Pipeline Safety Improvement

Liquids pipeline incidents affecting people or the environment decreased 38% over the last five years, while total pipeline incidents were down 21%, according to government pipeline safety data.

Taking a Quantitative Approach to Benchmarking Your Team

Benchmarking is the process of comparing products, services and processes within an organization to an external standard, exploring how and why other organizations achieve higher levels of efficiency. This same methodology can be used to benchmark your pipeline integrity personnel.

Challenges of Installing a New Pipeline

During the installation of a new pipeline, corrosion engineers must consider many different aspects of the pipeline and its corrosion protection. On the surface it may appear simple, thinking only of coatings and cathodic protection, but once construction is underway, the tasks are many.

Russian Investigators Conduct Search at the Caspian Pipeline Consortium

Russian investigators are conducting searches at the Caspian Pipeline Consortium after Saturday's oil spill near the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, the regional branch of the investigative committee said.

Gazprom Cancels Aug Condensate Exports After Urengoy Fire, Sources Say

Russia's Gazprom has cancelled gas condensate exports this month less than a week after a fire at its processing plant in Urengoy curbed gas exports via the Yamal-Europe pipeline.

Live Mapping of HAZ Softening in Pipeline Seam, Girth Welds

Modern pipeline grades, such as X70 and X80, improve many properties but come with undesirable features such as heat-affected zone (HAZ) softening in seam and girth welds.

Safe Procedure Failure Led to Natural Gas Release, Fire in San Francisco Neighborhood

Kilford Engineering Inc.’s excavation crew’s failure to follow safe excavation practices near a pipeline contributed to a 2019 natural gas release and fire in a San Francisco neighborhood, the National Transportation Safety Board determined through an investigation.

Texas Railroad Commission Exceeds Legislative Target for Pipeline Safety Inspections

The agency had completed more than 1,800 pipeline safety special investigations by early August. The Legislature’s target measure for the agency is 1,200 accident and special investigations by the end of August.

Making Digital Transformation a Reality

Unlocking the value of process data through digital transformation not only offers oil and gas operators huge benefits, but it is also an essential step for businesses to remain efficient and competitive in the future.