Operations

New Terminal Loads Initial VLCC Tanker with Crude Oil

Buckeye Partners said crude oil export operations began at the second deepwater dock at South Texas Gateway (STG), a new facility constructed at the mouth of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Ingleside, Texas.

Enterprise, Navigator Begin Service on Ship Channel Ethylene Tank

Enterprise Products Partners and Navigator Holdings began service has begun on a 30,000-ton refrigerated ethylene storage tank at the ethylene export terminal, which is owned 50/50 by affiliates of the two companies.

Natixis Sees Deals from Gulf States Monetizing Oil Assets

Natixis expects oil-rich Gulf states to accelerate privatizations, including by extracting revenue from oil assets, with Saudi Arabia and possibly Oman as likely candidates for similar deals next year, the French bank’s regional head said.

China’s Sinopec Plans Record LNG Imports to Battle Cold Snap

Sinopec Corp pledged to maximize domestic gas productions and raise imports of LNG to record rates as a cold spell hitting large parts of the country this week lifts demand for the winter heating fuel.

Federal Officials Investigate Fiery Oil Train Derailment

U.S. federal and local authorities were investigating a fiery oil car train derailment north of Seattle, Wash., near where two people were arrested last month and accused of attempting a terrorist attack on train tracks to disrupt plans for a natural gas pipeline.

Appropriate Methods for Repairing Pipelines

Over many decades now, the ever-growing network of on- and offshore pipelines has transported an increasing volume of refined petroleum products, industrial chemicals, crude oil and natural gas to commercial and household customers. North America is a case in point.

Nebraska Pipeline Rupture Likely Caused by 3rd-Party

A natural gas pipeline in rural Nebraska has been repaired after a rupture caused an explosion that was large enough to be seen by satellite. Northern Natural Gas said “a series of scores and gouges were found across the impacted pipeline segment,"

Explosion Caused by Natural Gas Pipeline on Field

A pipeline rupture caused an explosion in a field near Lyons, Neb., on Christmas Day that was large enough to be seen by satellite. There were no reported injuries.

Explosion Hits Gas Pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai

An explosion at a key natural gas pipeline in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai Peninsula caused a fire but no human casualties, a senior official told the Associated Press.

North Sea Could Shift from Oil Reservoir to CO2 Storage - Total CEO

The North Sea could be switched from a depleting oil and gas basin to a site for storing carbon dioxide under the seabed, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said on Tuesday.

Magellan Midstream Tank Explosion Injures 7 in Corpus Christi

Seven Magellan Midstream Partners employees were injured, four critically, when a storage tank at a Magellan plant in Corpus Christi exploded after catching fire Saturday morning, according to deputy Fire Chief Richie Quintero.

Fire Shuts Equinor Gas Processing Terminal, Methanol Plant

A fire at Norway's Tjeldbergodden industrial facility on Wednesday triggered an evacuation of staff and the shutdown of Europe's largest methanol plant and a gas processing terminal, state-controlled oil firm Equinor said.

Gassco Changes Make Norway Gas Flows Harder to Gauge - Analysts

Norwegian gas pipeline operator Gassco launched a revamped data website this week that switches away from live physical flows, drawing criticism from analysts who say it has reduced transparency in a key energy market.

Rocket Attack Causes Fire at Oil Refinery in Northern Iraq

A rocket attack in northern Iraq hit a fuel storage tank at the Siniya refinery in Salahuddin province, causing a large fire to break out and briefly halting operations, the country's Oil Ministry said.

Eni's Brass River Crude Exports Halted after Pipeline Explosions

Eni declared force majeure on exports of Nigerian Brass River crude oil following pipeline explosions in Bayelsa state, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Yemen Rebels Claim attack on Saudi Oil Facility in Jiddah

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit.

Enbridge Adds Solar Facilities to Power Pipeline Operations

Enbridge is adding solar energy facility to help power its natural gas pipeline compressor stations, citing a recent pledge to green its operations.

Blast Strikes Natural Gas Pipeline in North Sinai

A blast struck the Al Arish-Al Qantara natural gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, three witnesses told Reuters.

Oil Companies Tighten Nigeria Security as Protests, Job Losses Stoke Tension

Oil companies have asked Nigerian security services to tighten surveillance as more industry job losses may worsen desperation and aggravate problems of pipeline tapping, illegal oil refining and pirate attacks in the region.

Managing Complex Pipeline Compliance with Software Solutions

From maintenance and testing to record-keeping and audits, operators often underestimate how complex and time-consuming the path toward compliance will be.

Control Rooms Faced with Navigating the Pandemic

We asked over 300 controllers from 13 U.S. and Canadian control rooms for first-hand accounts of how their companies responded to the pandemic and controller needs.

Gas Storage’s Impact on Pipelines

The arrival of natural gas in Europe in the 1960s marked the advent of large regional gas storage solutions designed to meet multiple needs. Today, gas storage systems balance and stabilize flows of gas to meet demand, smooth price fluctuations and help ensure energy security.

CenterPoint Completes $240 Million Pipeline Modernization Plan, Seeks Cost Recovery

CenterPoint Energy's Southern Indiana Gas and Electric utility has asked regulators for a rate increase to recover the costs of its 7-year, $240 million natural gas pipeline modernization plan.

Dresser NGS Expands Product Line with Acquisition of Flow Safe

Dresser Natural Gas Solutions has acquired Flow Safe in a move that enables the Houston-based measurement and instrumentation provider to offer over-pressure protection for its natural gas customers.

Brooge Energy Begins Preconstruction Work on Phase III Oil Storage Facility

Oil storage firm Brooge Energy has begun preconstruction work on Phase III of its storage facility outside the Straight of Hormuz in the United Arab Emirates.

Majors Win Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards

Citgo, Colonial and Marathon were the big winners of the American Petroleum Institute (API) 2019 Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards.

Transforming Pipeline Monitoring with AI, Drone Technology

The oil and gas industry, pipeline monitoring in particular, is deriving great benefit from the implementation of both drone technology and AI.

China Crude Storage Flows Accelerate as Last of Cheap Oil Offloads

China pumped more crude oil into storage in September reversing two months of drawdowns as the world's largest oil importer continued to work through massive purchases made earlier this year when prices plunged.

Evolution of Effective Design for Alarm Management Applications

Specialized applications have become the norm for high-performance data analysis in today’s market, and these applications have continued to evolve as technology trends push big data analytics to the forefront of the automation industry.

Lower Canada-U.S. Crude Flows Draws Down on Cushing Glut

Weakened crude oil flows from Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma have helped drawdown on a surplus of fuel at a major industry storage hub over the past two weeks, according to industry traders.