Technology/R&D

Pipeline Technology Conference Celebrates Milestone with Record Attendance

BERLIN – The 13th Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) and second Pipe and Sewer Conference (PASC) attracted more attendees than ever – 657 delegates from 54 different nations, delegations from 69 different pipeline operators  and 73 exhibitors. Attendees benefited from panel discussions on pipelin..

P&GJ Attends PTC, Tours Pipeline-Related Facilities in Europe

In an ongoing effort to expand Pipeline & Gas Journal’s global coverage, Publisher Brian Nessen and Managing Editor Michael Reed visited Europe last week to get a first-hand look at a few facilities and attend a conference. While in Germany they attended the 13th annual Pipeline Technology Conferen..

Selecting the Right Onshore Pipeline Coating System

New research by DNV GL, a technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, shows an increased expectation for the approval of new offshore pipeline projects over the next three years, up from 27% in 2017 to 38% this year. Just over a third of those surveyed (35%) anticipate new pipeline projects onsho..

SkyX Drone Completes 62-Mile Data-Collection Flight

SkyX Systems drone completes 62-mile aerial pipeline inspection in Mexico.

Use of Pigging Tool Avoids Blowing Down 25-Mile Pipeline

When a multinational an energy and services company planned to decommission an onshore gas terminal in northwest England, it required a fast, total solution that would avoid depressurizing and blowing down a 25-mile (40-km), 36-inch gas pipeline that runs from an offshore field through north and sou..

OneBridge, Worley Parsons to Develop Pipeline Integrity Solution

OneSoft Solutions Inc’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions Inc., has entered into a collaborative work agreement with WorleyParsons to deliver solutions for Canadian oil and gas pipeline operators that integrates OneBridge’s Cognitive Integrity ManagementTM (CIM) Software-as-a-Service solu..

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Fights 22 Million Cyberattacks Per Day

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s chief information officer said his team fights off about 22 million cyberattacks per day. Bill Rosetti said that at the Anchorage headquarters for the trans-Alaska pipeline, his team is kept busy by mass, automated attacks — often fr..

Minimize Corrosion Reduction in Power Distribution

By selecting proper materials and implementing a robust maintenance program, the rate of corrosion in power distribution equipment can be slowed down.

Siemens Delivers Compressor Trains for Mexico Pipeline Projects

Siemens delivers compressor trains for pipeline construction projects in Mexico.

Nicor Gas Awards Contract for Meter Modernization Program

Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois, has awarded Sensus, a Xylem brand, a technology contract for its Meter Modernization program. Nicor Gas serves 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city..

Wireless Fire, Gas Detection Solutions

A recent fire and gas detection wireless project required multiple OPGD monitors, installed at various heights, around a new process unit.

Smart Pipelines and Smarter People

To protect valuable data from cyberattacks, pipeline companies should employ a twofold strategy: developing a cybersecurity plan and educating employees.

New Pipelines Pre-Commissioning Inspection

The ROSEN Group successfully performed a pipeline inspection in Australia before commissioning took place.

Measurement Technologies Look to Improve Methane Emissions

In 2014, increased attention to greenhouse gas emissions by the environmental community and the public at large started to focus on methane emissions in proximity to the gas infrastructure. With technologies that generally took indirect atmospheric methane concentration measurements, various enviro..

IoT and Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20% annually, while at the same time the amount of data coming from the oil field can exceed 1.5 terabytes a day and threatens to overwhelm I..

Guideline Shows How to Make Oil And Gas Industry Cyber-Secure

Digitalization is bringing great benefits to the oil and gas industry including pipelines, with even more gains to come from the smart use of data through advanced data analytics. Advanced data analysis is paving the way for greater operating efficiencies and better safety and sustainability perform..

MAN Diesel Wins Order from Kuwaiti Oil

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order for nine compressor trains for the state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). MAN technology will be deployed in Kuwait’s Burgan field, one of the world’s largest oil fields. The British plant manufacturer Petrofac has been contracted by KOC to build Gas Gathering Cen..

Trelleborg Receives Design Certification for Type 3 Clamps

Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Skelmersdale, England, has been certified for the design of its Type 3 Clamp under the American Petroleum Institute (API) specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013). This is an important milestone, as the full suite of qualification r..

Pipeline Connection Installed in Australia

Pipeline construction project completed in Australia.

Greater Understanding of Flexible Pipes Needed

Since the first flexible pipes came into operation in the North Sea, they have acquired a mixed reputation. While recognized as an essential piece of technology that makes key operations possible in a way that fixed pipe cannot support, they are still seen, rather more widely than is perhaps deserve..

Tool Offers Option for Detecting Corrosion

Draper develops tool that helps detect corrosion during pipeline inspections.

Microfluidics Probe ‘Cholesterol’ of Oil Industry

It sounds cliché, but things do get worse before they get better when oil and gas lines are being cleared of contaminants, according to Rice University researchers. Until now, nobody knew exactly why. Asphaltene is a complex of hydrocarbon molecules found in crude oil. It is the source of valuable ..

ODORIZATION: The Not-So-Sweet Smell Of Safety

Ensuring that natural gas is easily detectable is not just for the sake of customer safety but also concerns economics. For example, the loss of over 607,000 tons of gas by the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) storage facility near Los Angeles is estimated to have cost the company $665 million..

National Grid Rolls Out Pipeline Innovations

National Grid tests a miniature gas robotic agile pipeline inspection device.

Millennium Pipeline Defends Compressor Emissions with ‘Real-World’ Comparisons

The dramatic rise in anti-pipeline activism has been a game-changer for an industry accustomed to public decorum, but pipeline companies are learning to play by the new rules. Millennium Pipeline Company is a notable example. Millennium recognized that activists use legitimate facts out of context ..

Traces of Bentonite Prevent Bonding of Electrofusion Pipeline Joints

Underground pipelines are often installed using drilling techniques that minimize surface disruption. An investigation to determine the root cause of field failures in a polyethylene gas distribution line led to the discovery that a common ingredient in drilling mud could lead to ineffective bonding..

Optum Emerges as Pipeline Drag Reducer Manufacturer

Optum Energy Solutions entered the pipeline drag reducer market as a major manufacturer and full service supplier. The leadership team at Optum traces its experience with drag reducing agents (DRA) to the first commercial use of the technology for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The company offers custo..

NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION: Expanding with Renewable Natural Gas

Partners in the Houston-based energy private equity firm, EIV Capital LLC, obviously liked what they saw in the natural gas transportation space, and particularly renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane, because last summer they plunked down $47 million in equity funds in Chicago-based AMP Americ..

Improving Pipeline Cybersecurity with Public-Private Partnerships

From an environmental, safety, and health perspective, pipelines are widely considered the optimal mode of transporting fossil fuel products. Release failures and loss-of-life incidents remain on a downward trend that began decades ago. But with over 2.5 million miles of pipelines moving natural ga..

Inline Isolation Provides Decommissioning Benefits

When a multinational energy services company planned to decommission an onshore gas terminal in northwest England, it needed a fast, total solution that would avoid depressurizing and blowing down a 25-mile (40-km), 36-inch pipeline. The pipeline runs from an offshore field through north and south ..