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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.

U.S. Equipment Rentals to Top $58 Billion in 2020: ARA

Equipment and event rental companies are expected to generate $58.1 billion in revenue in the United States in 2020, up 3.8% from 2019, according to the latest forecast from the American Rental Association.

Gibson Sanctions Million-Barrel Expansion at Hardisty Terminal

Calgary-based Gibson Energy approved the construction of 1 million barrels of new tankage at its Hardisty Terminal.

Evolution of Ultrasonic Inline Inspection

Inline inspection (ILI) by means of intelligent pigging has become a standard application to ensure the safe operation of pipelines worldwide. Ultrasonic inspection tools have proven successful for crack and metal loss inspections of liquid pipelines.

Embedding Operating Procedures in Pipeline SCADA

The pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) operator has one of the most critical jobs in the pipeline industry and should be given all the help available to keep pipelines safe and liquid flowing. To this end, more than 25 years ago, a major oil company determined that SCADA-embedded operating procedures and safety features were needed to improve safety.

Transneft Diascan Inspected Over 55,000 Kilometers of Trunk Pipelines in 2019

Russian owned Transneft Diascan performed inspections of 55,400 kilometers (34,400 miles) of Transneft trunk pipelines in 2019.

Freeport LNG Starts Commercial Operation of Train 2

Freeport LNG announced it has launched commercial operation of the second liquefaction train at its three-train facility, with initial gas deliveries from BP under a 20-year agreement.

Productivity & Safety: A Natural Pairing in Pipe Handling

Most construction accidents happen during pipe handling, when workers are loading and unloading large, heavy pipe or when additional construction equipment is brought in to move big and unwieldy pipe with workers in close proximity.

Managing Selective Seam Weld Corrosion as Part of Integrity Management Plans

The industry expects that all operators take a robust approach to integrity management, resulting in safe and reliable pipelines. One of the many known threats to pipeline integrity that must be explicitly addressed is Selective Seam Weld Corrosion (SSWC). This article explores ways of reliably assessing pipelines for the threat of SSWC and actively managing SSWC when it is an active threat.

Pipeline Liquids Safety Record Reflects Inroads, Areas of Concern

Nearly 98% of barrel miles in the United States are governed by pipeline safety management systems, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API). That, combined with greater public awareness, means that pipeline integrity and safety are under a greater degree of scrutiny than ever before.

Where PHMSA’s Voluntary Information-Sharing Program Stands

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officials are apparently still interested in developing a voluntary information sharing (VIS) safety reporting program.

DNV GL Publishes New HDD Standard for Pipelines

Oslo-based technical advisor DNV GL said it has published a new standard that reduces risk and improves quality of site investigation, engineering, planning and installation of pipelines using horizontal directional drilling (HDD).

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.