Operations

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.

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.

Larson Electronics

Larson Electronics released an explosion-proof hydrocarbon gas sensor with a Class I, Division 1 and 2 (Groups B, C, D) rating for combustible environments. The device is used to test and monitor levels of toxic gas in the air.

Polyguard Products

Polyguard Products introduced the RD-6® UVO overcoat, a single component, low VOC UV resistant, water-based liquid coating that protects Polyguard’s RD-6® anti-corrosion coating from damaging UV light rays when used for above-ground pipeline field joint girth welds, valves, fittings, and FBE coated pipe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seaway Crude Pipeline Loads First VLCC at Texas Marine Terminal

Seaway Crude Pipeline, which owns a pipeline system that transports crude oil from Cushing to the Gulf Coast and a Gulf Coast distribution network, loaded its first very large crude carrier (VLCC) at the company’s marine terminal in Texas City.

‘Cradle-to-Grave’ Documentation Enhances Safety in Pipeline Projects

It’s common practice to identify and log materials when they are delivered by the manufacturer and upon installation in the ground. Two California utilities have developed an approach in which the documentation travels with the materials at all times.

Improving Your Company’s Safety Culture

Pipeline companies have a responsibility to protect the general public and the environment by managing critical infrastructure assets safely. How safe a pipeline is has to do with its equipment, control systems and procedures, as well as with the culture the company operating the pipeline and its employees exude.

Liberty Utilities Sees Potential Benefit in Decoupling

Whenever the topic of “decoupling” is mentioned concerning natural gas distribution utilities, confusion, along with a fair amount of debate, is bound to follow. That’s because, traditionally, rates for business and residential customers are decided based on a particular company’s revenues and profits.

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.

Global News

Cyprus, Israel, Greece Target 2018 Agreement on East Med Pipeline The East Med natural gas pipeline took center stage at a meeting between the leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece, who said they’re determined to move forward with plans for the project this year.  ..

TransCanada Working on Leach Xpress Pipe after W. Va. Incident

TransCanada Corp’s Columbia Gas Transmission (TCO) unit said it was working on a section of the Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline downstream of an incident in West Virginia last week.

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.

Howard Energy Partners Completes Corpus Christi Liquids Terminal

Howard Energy Partners has commenced commercial operations at a new bulk liquid terminal facility in the Port of Corpus Christi.

Gas Utility Customers Show Greater Satisfaction Levels

Pipeline & Gas Journal staff report In a year that saw growing efforts to improve safety through direct customer outreach and residential safety inspections, the latest J.D. Power Gas Utility Business Customers Study found gas utility customers increasingly satisfied. This represents the sixth yea..

Automating Surge Analysis Studies Saves Time, Money

For pipeline operators, automating surge analysis studies is smart business.

Managing the Adjacency Gap in Pipeline Control Rooms

Many control rooms were converted from offices without considering room adjacency and other factors that can improve workflow and support for controllers.

Communication and Control Rooms: Mandated Training For Controllers

In an effort to improve communication, PHMSA has made it mandatory to have team training for controllers and individuals that interact with the control room.

Control Room Team Training – Creating a Culture of Pipeline Safety

Pipeline Performance Group's new educational course helps pipeline companies follow PHMSA's recently amended Control Room Management regulations.

Elsyca V-PIMS Reveals Pipeline Corrosion Mechanisms

Elsyca's V-PIMS simulation technology provides operators with a unique state-of-the-art management system for the design, optimization, monitoring and troubleshooting of a pipeline network’s corrosion protection.

Minimize Corrosion Reduction in Power Distribution

By selecting proper materials and implementing a robust maintenance program, the rate of corrosion in power distribution equipment can be slowed down.

SwRI, UTSA Jointly Invest in Corrosion, Energy Projects

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) announced two new research projects through the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program. Each project will receive $125,000 in funding. One project will research a new technique to mitigate crack..

Major Safety Milestone Achieved by Pipeline Contractor

Pipeline contractor achieves major safety milestone.