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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.

How Monitoring Detects Pipeline Issues

The world’s pipelines are vital energy corridors which link oil and gas fields to customers. At one large end of the spectrum, the 760-mile (1,222-km) Nordstream1 natural gas pipeline is the longest subsea pipeline in the world with an annual capacity of 55 Bcm. There is also the West-East Gas Pipe..

Brazos’ Midstream Strategy Includes Compression

Fort Worth-based Brazos Midstream isn’t your typical midstream company. Actually, in today’s energy industry there is no typical midstream company. Few, if any, are identical, and their mixture of assets can change almost daily, depending on business conditions and the management team’s strategy. W..

Monitoring, Responding Quickly to Cyberattacks Still a Challenge

Lacking enterprise-wide cyber analytics technology to monitor for cyberattacks, most oil and gas companies are not fully aware of when or even how cyberattacks might affect them, according to new research from Accenture. A majority (74%) of the 186 oil and gas company leaders surveyed in Accenture’s..

Utility Reminds People to Call 811 Before Digging

In honor of National Safe Digging Day tomorrow, Aug. 11, Dominion Energy Ohio today announced a reminder that Ohio law mandates that property owners and contractors to call 8-1-1 — to have underground utility lines marked — at least two business days, but no more than 10 business days, prior to any ..

Call 811 Before Digging, PG&E Says

In honor of National Safe Digging Day on Friday, August 11, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is asking all Californians to help prevent damage to gas pipelines and other underground utilities. With a free call to 811 or submission on 811express.com at least two working days ahead of any diggi..

OSHA Announces Inaugural Safe + Sound Week

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that urges organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and hea..

Pipeline Safety Seminars to be held in West Virginia

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association are holding Pipeline Safety Seminars in Charleston on April 20 and Bridgeport on April 25, 2017. The one-day seminars will focus on a review of federal and state requirements including recent changes..

PECO, Higher Ed. Partner on Next-Generation Natural Gas Workforce

Providing safe and reliable natural gas service is the hallmark of every natural gas distribution company. This takes a committed approach to investing in state-of-the-art equipment and best-practice sharing among industry peers to improve operations and implement the latest safety trends. New equi..

NACE International Jazzes Up Annual Corrosion Conference

NACE kicked off its annual Corrosion Conference & Expo on March 26 with President Sandy Williamson wielding the larger-than-life scissors at the 2017 ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Visitors on opening night were greeted by a New Orleans jazz band as they entered the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ..

End-to-End Monitoring, Data Collection Increases Pipeline Safety

Pipeline inspections conducted end to end help increase safety.

SoCalGas Makes Pipeline Safety a Top Priority

SoCalGas increases its commitment to safely working on pipeline construction projects by joining the Gold Shovel Standard.

Iowa State Engineering Researchers Collaborate to Study Pipeline Corrosion

Iowa State Engineering Researchers Collaborate to Study Pipeline Corrosion

Deal-making, Increased Pipeline Safety on Tap for 2017

Construction management and consulting firm, TRC Companies, released its top 12 predictions for the energy, utility, and oil and gas sectors for 2017, which included robust funding for utility mergers, acquisitions and infrastructure upgrades, along with big shifts in power plant and pipeline constr..

PHMSA Requires Faster Notification Following Pipeline Accidents

New pipeline regulations from PHMSA require quicker notification following accidents.

Transportation Secretary Appoints 24 Members to Pipeline Safety Working Group

PHMSA appoints 24 to group tasked with improving pipeline inspection information sharing.

‘New World Order’ Re-shaping Natural Gas Storage 

As the International Energy Agency (IEA) observed in June, dramatic changes are underway in the world’s natural gas trade. Thanks to shifting demand patterns, suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from producing countries such as the U.S. and Australia increasingly will need to look for new homes..

Quake Near Oklahoma Oil Hub Causes Substantial Damage

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows in a central Oklahoma city, rendering century-old buildings unsafe and raising concerns about key infrastructure. As the sun rose Monday, television new..

Martin Midstream to Sell Corpus Christi Terminal Assets

NuStar Logistics to acquire Martin Midstream's pipeline assets in Corpus Christi.

EQT Midstream Acquires Transmission, Storage and Gathering Assets

EQT Midstream Partners acquired the Allegheny Valley Connector (AVC) transmission and storage system, along with several Marcellus gathering systems from EQT Corporation for $275 million in cash, effective Oct. 1. The assets include 209 miles of transmission pipeline and 11 Bcf of working gas storag..

NiSource Opens Employee Training Center Featuring ‘Mock Town’

MONACA, PA – Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of NiSource, recently opened a modern, centralized training facility for employees who operate and maintain its natural gas distribution system. The $10 million, 22,000-square-foot facility is the first of four leading-edge training centers th..

Michigan Panel that Oversees Pipeline Network to Meet Today

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state panel that oversees the safety of pipelines carrying oil and other substances around Michigan is meeting Monday. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Michigan Agency for Energy building in Lansing. The board is c..

Regulator: Dakota Access Pipeline Worker Killed in Accident

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said Saturday. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the man, whose name has not been released, died of his injuries Frid..

Integrated Corrosion Management of Oil, Gas Installations

Corrosion monitoring of oil and gas installation usually peaks during the operations/production stage, but each stage of the project is (design, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance/shutdown time) is equally important for these facilities. The activities carried out during the design..

New Report Confirms Pipelines Are One of the Safest Ways to Transport Energy

API has released a new report, with the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), confirming that pipelines continue to be one of the safest ways to efficiently transport energy across the United States. The report highlights liquid pipeline safety performance and industry-wide efforts to improve pipeli..

Feds Order More Upgrades to Spectra Pipelines After Blast

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) – A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to upgrade three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration..

Upgrades to Unsafe Tank Cars Could Take 15 Years, Board Says

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation offici..

Firm: California Spill Went Undetected Due to Pipeline Work

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a pipeline that spewed tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a Southern California ravine said Friday it didn’t detect the leak because the line was undergoing maintenance. Crimson Pipeline said the remotely monitored line was emptied on Wednesday to ..