Technology/R&D

What's New July 2021

Vermeer   Vermeer expanded its horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluid management equipment line with the new R600T reclaimer. The new 600-gallons/minute (2,271-liters/minute) mud recycling system can pair with maxi rigs pumping between 300 and 600 gal..

Companies Merge Technologies to Enhance Pipeline Integrity

Pipetel Technologies and Intero Integrity Services merged in January, combining the two inline inspection companies, each with a track record of innovation in the space of unpiggable pipeline inspection.

Using RTUs in Monitoring Pipelines in Extreme Conditions

In remote locations, communications may be slow, intermittent or unreliable. The RTU is the device at the edge – sitting between the control room and the field instruments – that provides a low-latency response to changing site conditions and performs data filtering.

Reassessing Value Placed on System Pressure Tests

Since the cost of failures during the construction of offshore pipelines is significant, over time, an extensive quality management regime has been developed. One such measure is to pressure test the whole pipeline system when the build is completed.

Tellurian’s Reduced-Emission Pipeline Should Play Role in Cleaner Energy Future

A longtime partnership with Baker Hughes should help Tellurian Inc.’s Driftwood Pipeline place a natural gas pipeline with 99% reduced carbon dioxide emissions in service in 2026.

STEP Advances Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles for Gas-Fired Generation

Power cycles using supercritical carbon dioxide as a working fluid show promise for many power generation applications, including high-efficiency waste heat recovery on pipeline gas turbines.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Announces Plan to Offset Carbon Impacts

Mountain Valley Pipeline announced plans that would make it one of the first interstate natural gas transmission pipelines to acquire carbon offsets for its operational emissions.

SwRI Develops Novel Technique Supporting Pipeline Transport of Heavy Crude Oils

Southwest Research Institute scientists and engineers used internal research funding to develop “EZ Flow,” a process for treating heavy crude oils, making pipeline transportation more cost-effective and less energy intensive than current techniques.

Midcoast Energy Starts Commercial Operation of Expanded CJ Express Pipeline

Siemens Energy technology will help increase the CJ Express pipeline’s transmission capacity from the East Texas supply areas to Gulf Coast demand centers to approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day.

Remote Telemetry Units Aided in China-Russia Crude Oil Pipeline Construction

This article examines how TBox-MS Remote Telemetry Units were used in the extreme conditions of the China-Russia crude oil pipeline, which set a new record by constructing more than 800 kilometers of pipeline in 180 days, in a high latitude, extremely cold environment.

Tokyo Gas to Start Methanation Pilot Program by End-March

Tokyo Gas Co Ltd, Japan's biggest city gas supplier, said on Wednesday it would start a demonstration test of methanation, a technology to help decarbonize city gas, in Japan by the end of next March.

Pipeline & Gas Journal Accepting Nominations for Inaugural P&GJ Awards

Pipeline & Gas Journal is accepting nominations for its inaugural Pipeline & Gas Journal Awards, which will honor the midstream energy segment’s leading innovations and outstanding personal contributions to the industry.

U.S. Natural Gas Companies Put Hydrogen to the Test

At least two dozen U.S. energy firms, including Dominion Energy Inc and Sempra Energy, have started producing hydrogen or testing its viability in natural gas pipes to take advantage of existing infrastructure as the world prioritizes lower-carbon fuels.

T.D. Williamson Performs First SmartPlug Pipeline Isolation in Offshore Nigeria

Isolating the 267-km (165-mi) natural gas pipeline off the shore of Nigeria enabled the safe change-out and leak testing of platform valves without depressurizing the system.

New Technology from Onboard Dynamics Can Reduce Fugitive Methane Releases

This mobile, fully integrated solution will provide operators of natural gas pipelines a tool to safely minimize their greenhouse gas emissions during routine pipeline maintenance.

What's New June 2021

Products and technology from T.D. Williamson, OleumTech, IDEC, RegO, Unifirst and Sensirion are included in this month's What's New.

Using RTUs to Optimize Performance in the Oil and Gas Sector

For decades now, remote terminal units (RTUs) have been a key component in the data chain from the I/O to the CEO. These devices have a longstanding track record of sitting on remote wellheads, pipelines and offshore platforms, and collecting, storing and acting upon data.

Snakebot Slithering Its Way Toward Pipeline Inspection Mode

Garnegie Mellon University’s snake-like robot can now slither its way underwater, allowing the modular robotics platform to inspect ships, submarines and infrastructure for damage.

Gas Industry Responds to Climate Change, Readies Transition

In the midst of winter this year, a panel of academics and energy industry experts gathered online with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy to map out pathways for making and using hydrogen.

Italy's Snam in World First with Test of 30% Gas-Hydrogen Blend in Steel Forging

Gas transport group Snam said on Wednesday a 30% blend of natural gas and hydrogen had been used for the first time to power furnaces at a steelmaker in northern Italy.

What's New May 2021

News from IDEC, Denso, Trimble, NDT Global, Endess+Hauser and Caterpillar are included in this month's What's New.

Overcoming Flexible Pipe Challenges of Pre-Salt Subsea Developments

Baker Hughes said it reached a technology milestone by finding a way to overcome flexible pipe stress corrosion cracking (SCC) tendencies in high carbon dioxide (CO2) content fields, such as those found in Brazil’s pre-salt offshore developments.

How Drones Assist with Pipeline Inspections

The benefits of drone technology are especially apparent in large-scale infrastructure projects with high regulatory burdens and high consequences if something goes wrong.

PRCI Working to Ensure Sustainability Today and Tomorrow

PRCI has advanced the development of its research portfolio through the establishment of Strategic Research Priorities (SRP) that will have a key impact on our members and the pipeline industry.

Energinet and Gasunie Studying Feasibility of Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure

Energinet and Gasunie published a technical pre-feasibility study for transporting hydrogen via a 350-450 km (217-279 mi) pipeline from Esbjerg or Holstebro in Denmark to Hamburg in Germany.

Research Into Hydrogen Transportation by Pipeline Increasing

The research regarding hydrogen transportation by pipeline is increasing and becoming more coordinated, a presentation at the 17th Annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference indicates.

Perspective: Oil Execs, Environmentalists Could Support Hydrogen for Climate Solution

Some see hydrogen as a potential substitute for hard-coal coke in making steel. It also offers energy companies a future market using processes they know. It can be liquefied, stored, and transported through existing pipelines and LNG ships, with some modifications.

Tank Car Impact Tests Take Aim at Safety Concerns

Tank cars transport roughly 2 million shipments of hazardous materials (hazmat), carrying goods that are essential to North America’s economy, public health and quality of life. Railroad safety is the key to making it all work. Rail is recognized as the safest mode of transportation for moving bulk shipments of hazardous materials.

New Analysis Tool Can Help Solve Gas and Steam Transient Problems in Pipelines

Applied Flow Technology (AFT) says its new AFT xStream analysis software tool can help engineers rigorously evaluate and solve gas and steam transient engineering problems they have only been able to guess at in the past.

Phillips 66 Opts for Pipeline Control Center Operations Pilot

Phillips 66 selected Crux OCM, a system of robotic industrial process automation (RIPA), for an oil and gas operations pilot program. The program will incorporate the company’s pipeBOT, which requires fewer manual commands for control room operations.