Technology/R&D

Antaira

Antaira Technologies expanded its industrial networking infrastructure family with the introduction of the STM-60XC series of Serial to Modbus Gateways, providing a range of applications including 1, 2 and 4 serial port options.

Huntingdon Fusion

Huntingdon Fusion’s Weld Purge Film Kits minimize gas use by reducing purge time and eliminating the need to clean a weld. They can be used on pipe diameters up to 36 inches and temperatures up to 572º F.

John Deere

John Deere's SS30 model Stump Shredder removes stumps from 8 inches to 28 inches in one pass, and larger stumps are easily removed with multiple bores.

Clock Spring

Clock Spring Leak Stopper has been introduced as a solution for temporary leak containment on oil and gas pipelines, in refineries and petrochemical plants, and on municipal water and gas distribution lines.

Trimble

Trimble launched the Trimble® Nomad® 5 handheld computer, a flexible, all-in-one package that features a streamlined form factor, a 5-inch sunlight-readable touch screen and an Android 8.1 operating system.

Leslie Controls

Leslie Controls’ K-Max Eccentric Plug Rotary Control Valve incorporates a cam-action, low-friction design for tight shutoff in a variety of flow control applications from high-pressure steam systems to abrasive slurries.

EAG

The EAG VOC Plus analyzer measures total VOCs from stationary sources with real-time continuous logging and multiple measurement ranges.

Gas Seal Technology Designed to Reduce Methane Emissions

John Crane, a provider of rotating equipment solutions, recently launched its latest gas seal technology that can reduce methane emissions by up to 95% when retrofitted into centrifugal compressors

Assuring Integrity of Polyethylene Gas Pipeline Systems

To maximize benefits, gas transporters continue to push polyethylene pipe design with more demanding applications, larger diameters and higher operating pressures. The risk of rapid crack progression and variables affecting performance must be considered when increasing the diameter and wall thickness of PE pipe.

Lawmakers Urge U.S. Agency to Bolster Pipeline Cybersecurity

Two Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits.

Brookby Named VP Data Sales for Energy Web Atlas

Energy Web Atlas names Harry Brookby as Vice President of Data Sales

Leveraging Software for Improved Profitability on Rights-of-Way

The biggest benefit to pipeline operators of moving information and processes to digital form is the ability to gain actionable intelligence from their data, straight from the right-of-way. But it takes the right software to can deliver it.

Keeping Up with the Times: Mechanical Grooved Couplings Still Deliver

It is not often that looking backward provides insight into the future, but examining the evolution of the world’s first mechanical coupling can give us an indication of what lies ahead.

ControlAir

ControlAir introduced the Type 6100 High Flow Capacity Volume Booster, designed to significantly increase the stroking speed in valve actuation system applications that require high forward flow and exhaust capacities.

Alliance

Alliance Sensors Group introduced the SS-7 series linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) designed for subsea environments.

Senstar

Senstar introduced the FiberPatrol FP7000 fiber-optic pipeline integrity monitoring system for both gas and liquid-carrying pipelines. It can also be used for fence-mounted intrusion detection.

Antaira Technologies

Antaira Technologies expanded its industrial networking infrastructure line with the introduction of the LNP-0800G-M12-67-24, an IP67-rated switch designed for applications subject to high vibration and shock.

HFT

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) introduced peripheral sealing plugs for heavy-duty applications, such as immersion in chemicals or exposure to high temperatures.

Transneft Diascan Comissions New Type of Inline Inspection Tool

Transneft Diascan has developed, manufactured and commissioned a new type of inline inspection tool that can find peeling areas in the pipeline coating.

The Future Arrives: Virtual Reality Safety Training

Companies such as Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Company have begun to explore virtual reality platforms to supplement traditional gas meter safety and inspection training.

GE's Avitas Gains First BLVOS Approval after Shell Oil Study

Avitas Systems, a GE venture, received the first civil approval to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle with radar beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) after a successful study with Shell Oil, marking an important step toward long-range pipeline monitoring with drones.

Thermon

Thermon introduced its TraceNet™Genesis Control & Monitoring System, a new solution for managing heat-trace circuit performance on process lines, tanks and instrumentation. The system allows instant access to comprehensive information, including circuit performance history, fault analysis, and circuit drawings.

Mesa

Mesa has partnered with SAE to distribute the EnvirAnode impressed current cathodic protection system and Conducrete conductive carbonaceous backfill.

Sulzer Installs 15 Pump Skids for Pipeline Conversion Project

The objective of this project was to convert an existing gas pipeline into a crude oil pipeline with a pumping capacity of 320,000 bpd of light crude, a task that would demand considerable expertise.

You Do Leak Detection, but Do You have Breach Detection?

Pipeline companies invest considerable effort preventing, detecting, and responding to leak incidents, but are they investing enough effort preventing, detecting, and responding to cybersecurity incidents? Since, in principle, a cyber-incident could lead to a leak incident, companies should consider breach detection as part of their overall leak prevention program.

Stopping Corrosion Under Insulation in Global Oil and Gas Facilities

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is the root cause of many of the global petrochemical industry’s most serious problems including forced shutdowns, lost production, early repair and replacement, as well as safety and environmental consequences that can cost millions of dollars per incident.

Drones: Flights of Fancy or Future of the Energy Industry?

As wildfires again ravaged much of California and other western states, energy industry responders could hardly imagine how their counterparts dealt with similar disasters just a few years ago without drones.

Progressing Cavity Pumps Prove Cost-Effective for Multiphase

Multiphase fluids in traditional field developments will typically free flow to gathering stations, through surface lines pushed by the natural formation pressure. However, heavy oil and extra heavy oil pose particular challenges for flow through pipelines because the increased viscosities result in high friction losses.

Pipeline Technology Forum: New Name, Same Goals for GITA Fall Conference:

GITA’s fall GIS conference has a new name, the Pipeline Technology Forum, but its goal remains the same: timely and accurate delivery of actionable information on new technologies, regulations, best practices and value.

PSE&G’s Record Gas Main Project Demonstrates Growing Role of CIPL

When PSE&G identified numerous joint leaks in an aging cast-iron gas main, the Newark-based utility faced the additional challenge of a crowded and complex substructure. Its permanent renewal of the 36-inch main using trenchless methods and a cured-in-place liner set a new world record.