Operations

US to Release Oil from Reserves; OPEC+ Rebuffs Call for More Crude

The United States said on Tuesday it would release millions of barrels of oil from strategic reserves in coordination with China, India, South Korea, Japan and Britain to cool prices after OPEC+ producers repeatedly ignored calls for more crude.

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.

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.

Tight Deadlines, Imminent Concerns Result from Security Directives

The federal Transportation Security Administration is moving quickly to ramp up the ability of utilities and pipelines to defend themselves against future cyberattacks.

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.

PRCI Collaborates with PHMSA to Enhance Underground Storage Safety and Integrity

Pipeline Research Council International has been awarded a research project from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

US Unveils Crackdown on Methane from Oil and Gas Industry

The Biden administration unveiled a plan to slash emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, drawing cautious support from both environmental groups and drillers.

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.

Pipeline Rupture Halts Gas Flows from Bulgaria to Serbia

Bulgaria's gas network operator Bulgartransgaz halted the transport of natural gas to Serbia and Hungary early Monday following a pipeline rupture in the gas network near the northeastern village of Vetrino.

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.

Shell Expects Ida-Hit Offshore Facility to Restart in November

Shell expects an offshore transfer facility, which was shut due to damage from Hurricane Ida, to be operational in the first half of November, restarting production of a popular Gulf of Mexico crude grade earlier than expected.

Enbridge Briefly Shut Down Line 5 After Protesters Tampered with Pipeline

Enbridge Inc. shut down its Line 5 oil pipeline for several hours on Tuesday after protesters trespassed onto a facility in Michigan and tampered with the pipeline, an Enbridge spokesman said on Wednesday.

Berkshire Hathaway Maryland Cove Point LNG Export Plant Exits Outage

During the three weeks that Cove Point was shut, the amount of pipeline gas flowing to U.S. export plants fell to around 10.1 bcfd from about 10.5 bcfd during the prior 30 days.

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.

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.

Baker Hughes and Primus Line Collaborate to Rehabilitate and Repurpose Existing Pipelines

Baker Hughes signed a memorandum of understanding with Primus Line to collaborate on non-metallic pipe applications to rehabilitate and repurpose existing pressure pipelines.

Russia's Gazprom Completes Maintenance at Gas Pipeline to China

Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it has completed planned maintenance at the Power of Siberia natural gas pipeline to China.

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.

UK's Interconnector Announces 10-Day Planned Maintenance Shutdown

The operator of Interconnector gas pipeline between Britain and Belgium said on Monday it will start a planned maintenance shutdown for 10 days starting Nov. 16, 2021.

Syria Says Gas Pipeline at Deir Ali Power Station Resumes After Islamic State Attack

The gas pipeline at the Deir Ali power station has returned to operation after completion of repairs, the Syrian Ministry of Oil announced on Saturday, according to Syrian state TV.

Program to Pacify Nigeria's Oil Delta Stalled by Corruption, its Boss Says

Before the amnesty program, the region had experienced years of full-blown conflict, with armed groups blowing up pipelines and flow stations, kidnapping oil workers and fighting the armed forces.

Maryland Cove Point LNG Export Plant to Start Work Next Week

Officials at Berkshire Hathaway Energy on Wednesday confirmed the pipeline and compressor station maintenance will start on Sept. 20 but would not confirm the shutdown of the liquefaction plant until about the day before an outage.

Gulf Coast Oil Companies Return to Ida Recovery as Nicholas Recedes

Energy companies worked to restore pipeline service and electricity after Tropical Storm Nicholas passed through on Tuesday, allowing them to return to repairing the significant damage caused by Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.

Colonial Pipeline Partially Resumes as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line resumed partial operations Tuesday as oil and gas facilities weathered hurricane Nicholas' landfall in Texas, suffering less damage than in Hurricane Ida two weeks earlier.

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.

Texas Freeport LNG Export Plant Shut During Tropical Storm Nicholas

U.S. LNG company Freeport LNG said on Tuesday all three liquefaction trains at its Freeport LNG export plant in Texas shut, likely due to power outages from Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Spire Gets More Time to Operate Missouri St. Louis NG Pipeline

U.S. natural gas company Spire Inc. got permission from federal regulators on Tuesday to keep operating its STL natural gas pipeline in Missouri for another 90 days while regulators consider the next steps for the pipe.