Technology/R&D

Enbridge, Baker Hughes Partner on Enhanced Inspection for Pipeline Safety

Enbridge and G.E. company Baker Hughes launched testing of new, ultrasonic phased array pipeline inspection tool sensors designed to enhance accuracy and identification of crack features and to deliver greater detail on the condition of a pipeline.

Innovation, Technology Reshape North Dakota’s Bakken Shale

The Bakken was strewn with casualties before the turnaround, but billionaire oil pioneer Harold Hamm and his teams at Continental Energy Resources Corp. saw opportunities to create better mousetraps in exploring and producing oil and natural gas.

New Frack Pump Reduces Maintenance Costs

The SPM® QEM 3000 Frac Pump was designed to withstand the most punishing pressure pumping operations, including continuous duty at a sustained maximum 275,000-pound rod load.

Matrox

Matrox® Imaging is introducing series of updates to the Matrox Supersight Solo high-performance computing (HPC) platform, including a new system host board (SHB) that improves computing performance.

Larson Electronics

Larson Electronics released an explosion-proof hydrocarbon gas sensor with a Class I, Division 1 and 2 (Groups B, C, D) rating for combustible environments. The device is used to test and monitor levels of toxic gas in the air.

Honeywell

Honeywell's hands-free, wearable, connected plant technology features a head-mounted visual display that responds to voice and brings live data, documents, work procedures and health and safety information into view.

Siemens

Siemens has partnered with Newgate Instruments to introduce the JT400 Multivariable Gas Transmitter (MVG), an ultra-low power device custom-tailored for midstream and upstream gas production.

Instrument Simplifies Flow Data Control in Oil and Gas Operations

The Thermo Scientific AutoXP flow computer incorporates the functionality of a smart multi-variable transmitter in a single unit to simplify the generation, management and interpretation gas and liquids flow data in harsh operating environments.

Platform Simulates Pipeline Network

Elsyca V-PIMS is a graphical simulation platform for the integrity management of pipeline networks with respect to external corrosion. The platform simulates and visualizes the CP health status of the entire network based on known design information.

Chinese Pipeline Selects Rotork ELB for Increased Line Break Safety

The Rotork Electronic Line Break (ELB) is a self-contained system that continuously monitors pipeline pressure dynamics to provide early detection of pipeline breaks and initiate automatic valve actuator movement to a pre-selected emergency position.

Real-Time Views of Measurement for Performing Data Analytics

When everyone in your operation has data properly contextualized for their role, there is a significant impact on each person’s ability to determine what actions are required. When this happens in real-time, decisions can be made now vs. reactively making decisions after events have passed.

Mobile Technology Takes Pipeline Data to the Cloud

For decades, collecting, evaluating and maintaining data has been done with old-school tools and methods that make data acquisition expensive. Thanks to smartphones, tablets and the cloud, some pipeline services companies are finding there are better methods available.

Closer Look at Flammability, Inerting of Complex Hydrocarbon Mixtures

In the lifetime of oil and gas pipelines there are numerous events that could pose the potential of an explosion hazard. In case of air purging, flammable mixtures are created in pipelines in an uncontrolled manner. This article covers basic flammability and inerting principles and applications of mobile nitrogen unit technology has been proven safer than air purging while maintaining high operational flexibility.

Allseas Touches Down with Sonardyne Dual-GyroUSBL’s on Lorelay Stinger

Offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company Allseas is taking advantage of the operational benefits available from Sonardyne International’s GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology, following an order for two systems for its 236-meterlay vessel, Lorelay.

Roadmap to Future Energy Infrastructure

A “new energy realism” based on advancing technologies is replacing “old energy pessimism” as government and industry leaders collaborate on future energy infrastructure.

Caterpillar

Engineered for reliable production on the most challenging job-sites, the Cat PL61 pipelayer (sideboom) is part of a full line of purpose-built pipelayers designed for performance, safety and serviceability. Easy transport width, means this equipment is available when and where you need it.

Krohne

Krohne offers the Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter, designed to measure dry and wet biogas with variable composition. The flowmeter provides functions such as calculation of standard volume, methane content measurement and diagnostics features.

Thermo Scientific

The new Thermo Scientific SOLA iQ online sulfur analyzer helps technicians in the oil and gas industry measure total sulfur content of liquid or gas phase samples without lab analysis.

A.Y. McDonald

A.Y. McDonald introduced its Portable Bypass Kit for getting around meters during inspections or when changing out devices.

John Deere

John Deere added three new plate compactors to its portfolio of Worksite Pro attachments. Designed for trench, slope and excavation compaction applications, the PC4, PC7 and PC10 plate compactor models deliver powerful performance and productivity.

Bionomic Industries

Bionomic Industries, a manufacturer of air pollution abatement and heat recovery technologies, released its new Series 9000 Preformed Spray Scrubber.

Garlock

Garlock Pipeline Technologies (GPT) launched Evolution, its next generation of isolation gaskets, featuring easier installation, tight sealing, high-temperature operation, no permeation, hydrotesting isolation, fire-safety and chemical-resistance. The thinner, 1/8-inch design makes the gasket easier to install.

Unidirectional Composite Repairs: A One-Way Approach to Failure

Composites can be easily over-summarized, in the same way a layman may state that all pipes are just metal. The author sets the record straight on one common design choice: using unidirectional strands or fabrics.

The Role of Smart Gas in the Smart City

Gas utilities are looking to advanced metering infrastructure and other solutions that place them at the forefront of the smart city movement and capitalize on the promise of smart gas solutions.

Defending Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

Critical infrastructure provides the essential services that society needs to survive – clean drinking water, power to keep homes warm in the winter, transportation to get people and goods to where they need to be. In this world of increased digitization and connectivity, cybersecurity should be of utmost concern.

The Unsinkable: A Look at Blockchain’s Potential and Pitfalls

To effectively exploit blockchain technology, industry participants need to be able to consider not only its promise but also its shortcomings. The authors explore the attributes of blockchain of particular relevance to the natural gas industry.

Examining Data Quality of Robotic Pipeline Inspection Methods

Examining the ability of robotic pipeline inspection methods to address specific pipeline threats, including surface corrosion, internal and external anomalies, deformations, construction features, and other useful pipeline features and characteristics.

GITA, Pipeline & Gas Journal Launch Annual Technology Conference

Gulf Energy Information's Pipeline & Gas Journal and the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) announced they will produce the Pipeline Technology Forum, including the 27th GITA Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference, Oct. 16-17 in Houston.

Natural Gas Utilities Securing the Future

Natural gas utilities must compete for digital-savvy customers who've grown accustomed to instant information and expect more from service providers. Customer-focused natural gas utilities who partner with innovative companies to provide value-added products and services will be successful.

DRA, Optimizing Solutions Reduce Permian Operating Costs

Optum Energy Solutions' Flow Optimizer helps a midstream company cost-effectively increase flow rates on a crude oil pipeline in the Permian Basin.