Monitoring

Implementation Struggles of PHMSA’s Fatigue Mitigation Regulations

Fatigue is one of a controller’s greatest threats. Despite restrictions that have transpired for monitoring and mitigating controller fatigue in the past decade, fatigue is not a new worry within the oil and gas industry.

Assistive Technologies Set to Transform Pipeline Projects

Increased attention is being focused on minimizing or removing human presence in extreme environments by using remote operations and assistive technologies for monitoring and decision support.

Blast Hits Oil Pipeline in Southern Iran, No Casualties – TV

An oil pipeline in southern Iran exploded on Wednesday, Iran's state TV reported on Wednesday, citing aging infrastructure as the reason for the blast.

Russian Gas Flows to Germany via Yamal Pipeline Unchanged

Russian gas continued flowing via the Yamal-Europe pipeline to Germany at Thursday levels, preliminary data from German network operator Gascade showed, below volumes seen earlier in the week when Gazprom started to increase supplies to refill its storage.

A Guide to New Robotics, Drone Technologies for Pipelines

Today, the pipeline industry can buy a wide range of technologies for automating, managing, monitoring, repairing and improving safety of pipeline infrastructure and operations.

Highway Traffic and the Effect on Pipelines

Ruptures of natural gas pipelines in right-of-ways of roadways are less common, but when they occur, the devastation can be far more extensive than the more common ruptures.

Leveraging 2 Kinds of Wisdom to Support Asset Integrity

For most pipeline integrity and risk assessment programs, there are two main sources of information, including measurement-driven data that is fed into computational risk assessment tools and information obtained from human observation or perception.

3-D Metal Loss Profiles from MFL Data

The responsible methodologically inherent MFL principal of ambiguity can be overcome: the groundbreaking Deep Field Analysis approach calculates 3-D profiles from MFL with high repeatability.

Isolation Enables Operator to Replace, Pressure Test Pipeline

T.D. Williamson completed its first SmartPlug isolation in offshore Nigeria, working for a major operator through its local partner, Strides Energy & Maritime.

Tallgrass to Track, Measure Emissions on U.S. Interstate NatGas Pipeline

Tallgrass Energy Partners will begin monitoring emissions, including methane and other greenhouse gases, on its Rockies Express Pipeline, making it the first U.S. company to do so an interstate natural gas pipeline.

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.

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.

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.

Halliburton Develops Non Intrusive Pipeline Inspection Method for Unpiggable Lines

Halliburton’s technology team have been developing InnerVue non-intrusive diagnostics technology for several years. Advances in computing power and experience gained through numerous data collections in the field have moved the technology to a point where it can now be considered as an alternative for traditional intrusive ILI techniques.

PIDX Emissions Data Exchange Initiative Moves Emissions Reporting Forward

PIDX International, a professional standards organization comprised of energy industry leaders, announced that its emissions transparency data exchange (ETDX) project team is moving forward with scope 3 emissions reporting.

Using RTUs in Monitoring Pipelines in Extreme Conditions

In remote locations, communications may be slow, intermittent or unreliable. The RTU is the device at the edge – sitting between the control room and the field instruments – that provides a low-latency response to changing site conditions and performs data filtering.

Options for Internal Inspection of Difficult-to-Check Pipelines

In the second part of this article, different case studies introduce the different categories of tools for the inspection of challenging pipelines, including specialty free-swimming, umbilical and robotic.

Validating Meter Accuracy Simplified Using Flow Conditioning

AGA Report No. 9 requires flow calibration for all applications to reduce the meter’s overall uncertainty. Because of field installation effects, AGA 9 also discusses uncertainty requirements that an ultrasonic meter manufacturer must meet once the meter is installed.

Police Detain Eight Employees of China Gas Unit After Deadly Pipeline Blast

Eight employees at a China Gas Holdings unit have been detained by local police following a fatal gas pipeline explosion on Sunday, according to a statement by the Shiyan city government.

Sulfur Removal Solutions for Gas Gathering Systems

Pipelines are considered one of the safest, most reliable, most efficient and economic means of transporting large quantities of natural gas, crude and refined petroleum products. However, sulfur contaminants in the form of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and mercaptans (RSH) pose significant safety, operational, environmental and compliance problems.

Monitoring Pipelines to Protect Against Theft, Leaks

Oil and gas pipeline operators are under enormous pressure to reduce risk across their networks while simultaneously lowering costs. This can be achieved through effectively monitoring and maintaining the integrity of the pipeline networks to minimize product loss.

Options for Internal Inspection of Difficult-to-Check Pipelines

Pipelines are essentially cylindrical pressure vessels. Any medium transported must not leak out. Each built to a specific design pressure, they must be operated efficiently and effectively to ensure not just safety and environmental protection but also optimum performance.

Strategic Approach to Automated Leak, Rupture Detection

Remaining vigilant is the best approach when mitigating oil and gas pipeline leaks and ruptures, particularly with new legislation and other requirements that can lead to penalties and fines, not to mention the negative impact on a company’s image.

A Different Perspective on Pipeline Repairs

For the past few decades, the industry has been repairing pipelines in the same fashion. Typically, either welded steel sleeves are used on our pipe, Type A or Type B, or composite materials such as E-glass, carbon fiber and Kevlar are used to repair defects.

Colonial Pipeline Again Experiencing Network Issues

Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest fuel pipeline, on Friday said it was experiencing network issues, just weeks after a ransomware attack crippled fuel delivery for several days in the United States.

Physical Threats to Pipeline Critical Infrastructure Growing

The importance of physical threat awareness toward critical pipeline infrastructure has never been greater. Safeguarding against physical threats are just as important, if not more important, as cyber-threats to protecting our nation’s pipeline systems, terminals and facilities.

IECA Urges Congress to Give FERC Reliability Oversight on Natural Gas Pipelines

The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) on Wednesday sent letters to the Senate and House Committees of jurisdiction on physical and cybersecurity of natural gas pipelines.

Colonial Pipeline Hit by Network Outage Just Days After Hack Shutdown

Colonial Pipeline is having network issues preventing shippers from planning upcoming shipments of fuel, the company said on Tuesday, just after the system reopened after a week-long ransomware attack.

Registration Open for Oil & Gas Pipeline Leak Detection 2021 Virtual Congress

Senior leads of Operations, EHS and Pipeline/Asset Integrity experts will detail how they find and implement the right mix of leak detection and pipeline monitoring technologies during a virtual congress June 28 through 30.

Colonial Pipeline Recovering; Paid Almost $5 Million Ransom

After a six-day outage, the top U.S. fuel pipeline on Thursday moved some of the first millions of gallons of motor fuels after a crippling cyberattack led to fuel shortages across East Coast states.