Safety

Regulatory Developments in Pipeline Cybersecurity

The Transportation Security Administration is overhauling its strategy for cybersecurity in the pipeline sector.

Inspecting Deepwater Risers, Flowlines on a West Africa Flowline Loop

Effective integrity management of subsea pipelines has been especially challenging due to the difficulty of pipeline access, safety and other considerations.

Safety Techniques for Aboveground Natural Gas Pipelines

There are a variety of techniques used to enhance the safety of aboveground natural gas pipelines. Coatings to minimize corrosion are an example of a safety aspect used by natural gas operators.

Artificial Intelligence and Pipelines – A Smart Way to Go

Today’s digital world defines so much of the global society from finances to socialization, education to work and play. It is no surprise that the energy sector, too, is increasingly digitized and data-driven.

Safer Operations with Geospatial Analytics

Geospatial analytics has come a long way from its inception in the early 80s. Today’s high-resolution satellites can survey each square foot of the entire earth’s surface and can do so daily.

DIMP-Related Pipe Replacement Work Continues in Full Force US

While the amount of work to replace cast-iron and bare-steel pipe has declined in volume since the implementation of the Gas Distribution Integrity Management Program in 2009, there is still plenty of construction left to be done.

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.

Pennsylvania Fines Energy Transfer $2 Million for 2018 NatGas Pipe Blast

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a nearly $2 million settlement with a unit of Energy Transfer LP for a pipeline explosion and fire at its Revolution natural gas pipe in Western Pennsylvania in 2018.

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.

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.

Petroperu Warns of Possible Fires at Pumping Station Occupied by Protesters

Petroperu warned on Monday that protesters who seized a pumping station of an oil pipeline a month ago risked causing fires and explosions at the facility, located in an Amazon jungle region of the country.

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.

U.S. Awards $98 Million in Grants to Support Pipeline Safety Efforts

PHMSA announced it is awarding $98.8 million in grants to states, territories, and tribes to help enhance pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs at the community level for 11 different safety programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Edition of Global Pipeline Standard Enhances Safety, Strengthens Pipelines’ Environmental Sustainability

The American Petroleum Institute published Global Pipeline Standard 1104, 22nd Edition, updating an important global standard that supports industry-wide actions to strengthen environmental sustainability efforts while meeting growing energy demand.

Enbridge U.S. TETCO NatGas Pipe Prepares to Return to Full Service

Enbridge Inc's Texas Eastern Transmission unit said it provided all the information federal safety regulators requested and is preparing to increase pressure in its Pennsylvania to Mississippi pipeline as soon regulators approve.

Energy Transfer Says It Addressed Most Pipeline Safety Issues Raised by Regulator

Energy Transfer LP said it has already addressed most of the possible safety violations pertaining to the operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline raised by a federal regulator, and was working to resolve remaining issues.

US Regulator Issues Notice to Dakota Access Pipeline Over Safety Concerns

The U.S. Department of Transportation's pipeline regulator put the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer LP, on notice for probable violations of safety regulations and proposed a civil penalty against it.

Gas Pipeline Explosion Kills Two in Collin County, Texas

An explosion on a natural gas pipeline in Collin County, Texas, near the town of Farmersville, killed two people and injured three, local media reports said.

Report Shows Safety, Reliability Improvements Among Pipelines

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.

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.

Natural Gas Production in Extreme Weather

During the February freeze event, the wells themselves did not freeze or fail, the ancillary equipment downstream did. This distinction is important, because it can affect the manner in which the natural gas industry seeks to mitigate risks from future freeze events.

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.

Fire Breaks Out at Tehran Oil Refinery

A huge fire broke out at an oil refinery in the southern part of the Iranian capital Tehran due to a pipeline leak, Iranian state media reported, saying there were so far no reports of casualties.