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US Gulf of Mexico Brimming with LNG Tankers as Exports Rise

LNG export terminals are running near full capacity with U.S. exports in high demand amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Europe's drive to rebuild shrunken natural gas stocks.

Geo-Hazard Challenges and Mitigations for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

Routing hydrocarbon pipelines through steep terrains and along high mountainous areas is a challenging task for pipeline engineers because of significant risks during the construction phase, as well as operation and maintenance time.

Using Remote Monitoring for Evaluation in a Flash

Can lightning cause corrosion? It’s a question people don’t often consider. However, when it comes to pipelines, it’s a legitimate concern.

For Dutch Province, Ukraine War Is a Call to Pump Natural Gas

The Groningen field contains roughly 450 Bcm of recoverable gas. That's nearly three years' worth of European imports from Russia, according an expert at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Science.

Protecting Pipelines from Effects of Alternating Current

To meet the growing demand for natural gas, hundreds of new pipelines are being installed in the same corridors as high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) transmission lines.

Extending Our Capabilities to Integrity and Beyond

In-line inspection (ILI) has long been the go-to method to prove the integrity of pipelines but what happens after the inspection report has been delivered?

Underground Storage Faces a Clouded Future

In early November, the consulting firm FTI Consulting Inc. conducted a workshop on underground natural gas storage as part of its contract with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Marathon Petroleum Shuts Oil Pipeline After Leak in Illinois

The leak into the Cahokia diversion channel was first detected on Friday morning and booms were deployed to try and contain the oil, parent company Marathon Petroleum Corp. said in a statement.

Pipeline Solutions to Withstand Harsh Temperatures

Since beginning commercial operation in January 2018, the second line of the China-Russia crude oil pipeline has doubled the yearly annual imports of crude oil from Russia to China from 15 million to 30 million tons.

Shell Faces $400 Million Writedown on Russian Downstream Assets

In February, the oil major quit its ventures in Russia with Gazprom and related entities including the flagship Sakhalin 2 LNG plant and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Gas Security a Growing Worry Due to Russia's Export Dominance

Energy industry leaders said the burgeoning energy crisis is more dire for Europe's natural gas market than its crude oil imports, due to the continent's dependency on Russia.

Eni Suspends the Purchase of Oil from Russia

Italian energy group Eni has suspended the purchase of oil from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine and is watching developments closely with regards to gas procurement.

Texas Railroad Commission Implements Operator-led Plan to Reduce West Texas Earthquakes

In the Western Permian Basin, the Railroad Commission began implementation last week of a first of its kind operator-led response plan that addresses injection-induced seismicity to help keep residents and the environment safe.

EPIC Midstream Pioneers with Industry Leading ESG Standards for Pipeline Monitoring

EPIC’s cutting edge environmental and safety protections are possible through using fiber optics to monitor over 1,600 miles of its crude and NGL pipelines.

Neptune Energy Aims to Store More Carbon than it Emits by 2030

Neptune Energy announced its aim to go beyond net zero and store more carbon than is emitted from its operations and the use of its sold products by 2030.

Talos Energy to Seek Approvals for Several Carbon-Capture Projects

Talos is developing plans to build carbon capture projects along the Texas and Louisiana coasts as energy businesses seek to lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

Erosion Prediction, Prevention in Pipeline Gas Production

According to industrial experts, many causes for erosion include multiphase flow with sand or without sand, droplet impingement, slurry flow, cavitation and droplet flash.

Thermal-Mass Measurement Principle and Metering Selection

The European Green Deal is the strategic plan to make the European Union carbon neutral by 2050. Decarbonizing the energy sector will be vital to achieving this goal, as this sector contributes significantly to Europe’s CO2 emissions.

ICR Integrity Plays Critical Role in Cruden Bay Terminal Regeneration

CR Integrity (ICR) recently completed a crucial scope of work for Doosan Babcock on the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) shutdown project at the Cruden Bay Booster Station in Northeast Scotland.

Study Finds Flowmeters Rebound Within Oil and Gas Industry

A new research study from Flow Research, Flowmeters in the Oil and Gas Industry, finds that worldwide revenues for all flowmeters sold to the oil and gas industry in 2019 totaled $1.64 billion.

Why It’s Time to Invest in Natural Hazard Risk Management

Recent years have been scattered with natural hazard events that have destroyed property and infrastructure, devastated businesses and taken lives.

Managing the Threat of Hard Spots

Hard spots are believed to result from application of a local thermal cycle, such as localized quenching of the surface, to produce a microstructure that is different from (and harder than) the surrounding parent material.

Energy Transfer Unit Charged with Environmental Crimes in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office on Wednesday charged a unit of Energy Transfer LP with nine counts of environmental crimes related to construction of the Revolution natural gas pipe in the western part of the state.

Aerial Surveys Detect Dozens of Methane 'Super-Emitters' in Permian

The facilities, which include pipelines, were observed as "persistently" emitting large volumes of methane over the three years of aerial surveys.

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.

University of Houston’s Falcon In-Pipeline Leak Solution

A breakthrough in leak risk detection at oil pipe flanges comes from research by the University of Houston using a Saab Seaeye Falcon robot as a development platform.

Oil Flow Resumes in Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline After Blast in Turkey

The flow of crude oil through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline has resumed, after it was halted on Tuesday due to a blast near the pipeline in the southeastern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras.

Responding to Failures with 4-Step ACER Analysis for Operators

Integrity management is typically seen as a preventative measure meant to manage the risks present on any given pipeline and avoid failures.

Methane Leak Detection Moving to Higher Plateaus

The U.S. government continues to look at rules or fees requiring companies to track and limit volumes of methane released into the atmosphere. Investment companies such as BlackRock are also keeping a close eye on sustainability practices such as methane reduction.