Operations

NACE Partially Reopens Houston Training Center, Offers Online Courses

NACE International will begin reopening its Houston-based training center at the end of the month.

Correct Pigs, Procedures for Hydrostatic Testing of New Pipelines

Laying a cross-country pipeline is expensive. Many hours of engineering and planning must meet certain standards and regulations and receive federal government approval before starting construction. It costs approximately $100,000 per diameter-inch-mile to build a pipeline in a reasonable lay area. This number can easily triple in marsh lands, hills, mountains and rocky terrain. In those areas it could cost about $20 million to lay 100 miles (161 km) of 20-inch pipe.

For Inspection and Pressure, How Low Can the Gathering Sector Go?

As natural gas assets are beginning to age, there is a larger need for integrity solutions in this area. The challenge with these assets is that they often operate at lower pressures, which can make running a conventional inline inspection tool difficult.

Tips for Safe, Successful Horizontal Directional Drilling

Over the last 25 years, I have been involved with designing and inspecting horizontal directional drills (HDD) for pipeline construction, attending numerous seminars, purchasing many texts and reading countless white papers related to the subject. Of much more educational value (and fun) is the many hours spent on drilling sites, asking questions and listening intently to the folks running the drill.

Shell Midstream Offers Mars Sour Crude Storage as Offshore Producers Keep Pumping

Shell Midstream is offering to store barrels of Mars Sour crude as offshore producers continue to pump oil amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ecopetrol Condemns Attacks on Oil Pipelines

Ecopetrol's oil transportation unit condemned a series of attacks in north east Colombia that have taken place against two of its pipelines since last Saturday.

Regulators Ease Storage Rules, Fees for Texas Producers

Texas oil and gas regulators voted to temporarily relax their rules for underground crude storage and waive related fees and surcharges that producers typically pay.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kentucky

Enbridge responded to an explosion Monday evening on Line 10 of its Texas Eastern system in Kentucky, and said Tuesday that it has shut-in a section of the pipeline. Gas futures rose on the news.

Moda Midstream Completes 10 Million Barrel Crude Oil Storage Expansion

Moda Midstream has placed its final 495,000-barrel oil storage tank into service at its 10-million-barrel storage facilities in Texas.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

NACE-SSPC Merger Approved by Members

NACE International announced late Wednesday that its members have voted to approve the association’s proposal to combine with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.

Remaining Oil Storage in Cushing, OK is Already Booked — Traders

Oil traders have said the remaining storage space for crude oil in Cushing, Oklahoma, the largest storage site in the U.S., is already completely booked up by producers.

Producers Scramble for Storage Space as Oil Glut Grows

Oil producers are scrambling to find storage space for excess barrels, many being forced to pay storage companies to take oil as prices turned negative on Monday for the first time in history due to an unprecedented slump in demand.

Buried Pipe Failures Dependent on Soil Stiffness, Too

Performance limits and potential failures must be identified for buried pipe design. Chief among those are excessive deformations of the pipe, wall buckling and collapse.

Electromagnetic Measurements Used in NDT for Pipeline Coating in Mexico

Corrosion is the chemical process through which metal tries to return to its original or mineral state. In the case of buried pipelines, the metal is exposed to corrosive processes that may eventually cause ruptures with the consequent environmental and economic damages.

Control Centers at the Heart of Innovation, Advancement

Just as technology advances helped drive U.S. oil and gas producers to new heights, operators of the energy highways – the pipelines and their sophisticated control centers – are increasingly harnessing innovation to gain efficiency.

U.S. Crude Stocks Jump by Record 19 Million Barrels: EIA

Crude oil stockpiles in the U.S. rose by 19 million barrels last week, the largest one-week increase in history.

France's CIM's Storage Tanks Brimming on Low Oil Demand

Oil tanks at France's storage and dispatch services company CIM are completely full due to the glut in global oil supply and the sharp drop in products demand, the director general of the company said.

AGA Chair Diane Leopold Brings Positive Outlook to Challenging Period for Industry

Diane Leopold became chair of the American Gas Association just in time for an unprecedented economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Dominion Energy, talked to P&GJ about the challenges and opportunities facing the natural gas industry.

Gazprom Workers Leave Hospital After Negative Coronavirus Tests

Twenty Gazprom workers, who were airlifted to a hospital following a coronavirus scare last week, have been discharged after the tests came back negative, a Gazprom spokesman said on Monday.

Coronavirus Choppers Evacuate Offshore Workers

Offshore aviation company Bristow Group said it has deployed specially-equipped helicopters from its Search and Rescue (SAR) fleet to transport offshore workers with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in the North Sea and Americas regions.

U.S. to Buy 30 Million Barrels of Oil to Help Fill Strategic Reserve

President Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Energy to begin purchasing crude oil to fill the country's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Global Oil Storage May Hit Capacity Within Months — Analysts

Industry analysts are predicting oil storage availability around the globe may reach capacity within months.

Traders Race for Storage as Oil Price Plunges

Oil traders are racing to buy up storage as oil prices plummet amid the Saudi/Russian price war.

Vacuum Lifting More Common Among Pipehandlers

Commonly, pipes are stacked several meters high in the shape of a pyramid, meaning that in order to attach lifting equipment, someone must climb the stack. This can be a dangerous situation; however, lifting by vacuum offers a solution.

Causes, Effects and Solutions for Damaged Pipelines

The United States has more than 2.5 million miles (4 million km) of pipelines dedicated to liquid and natural gas. Although many are unaware, this large network provides a lifeline to everyday activities like pumping gas, generating electricity and even heating a home.

Gibson Sanctions Million-Barrel Expansion at Hardisty Terminal

Calgary-based Gibson Energy Inc. said it has approved the construction of one million barrels of new tankage at its Hardisty Terminal.

Methane Emissions: Fugitives on the Loose

Steeped in New Mexico politics and public service from an old line Democratic Party family, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham did not hesitate to jump on the climate change bandwagon and commit to address the issue aggressively when she ran for the governor’s job in 2018 while still serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Controlling Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Pipelines

Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) refers to corrosion caused by the presence and activities of microorganisms – microalgae, bacteria, archaea, and fungi. While microorganisms do not produce unique types of corrosion, they can accelerate corrosion reactions or shift corrosion mechanisms.

Canadian Agency Determines Corrosion Caused 2018 Enbridge Gas Pipeline Blast

An explosion and fire in 2018 along an Enbridge Inc natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia was caused by corrosion, Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Wednesday.