Technology/R&D

Enhancing Pipeline Security: Cybersecurity Alone Is Not Enough

Like any industrial operation, pipeline operators strive to provide safety and reliability in the delivery of their products. However, impacts from a variety of factors – from natural and environmental processes to vandalism and terrorism – threaten to disrupt the safety and reliability of pipeline systems.

What's New May 2022

Emerson, RegO, Sick, Dekotec, Esco Tool and Polygon.

Preventing Hydrate Formation Problems at Storage Sites

In natural gas storage facilities in underground salt caverns, hydrates can easily form in the pipes, clogging them and making regular measurement of the gas pressure difficult.

Strategy Garners $100 Million in Project-Related Contracts

EnerMech secured more than $100 million of pre-commissioning and new pipeline contract awards, following a $30 million equipment investment program across its global locations.

HDD Implemented in Nueces Bay Intersect Bore

NuStar Energy, based in San Antonio, Texas, tapped Hard Rock Directional Drilling to extend one of its three South Texas Pipeline Systems.

Enbridge Invests $6.6 Million in Smartpipe’s Innovative Pipeline Technology

Smartpipe Technologies has received a $6.6 million investment from Enbridge Inc. for its innovative pipeline technology, designed to improve pipeline safety and allow for the transportation of hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Virginia Natural Gas to Deploy Drones to Inspect 5,500 Miles of Gas Pipeline

Virginia Natural Gas said it will use drones to perform equipment inspections across its natural gas infrastructure. The drones will begin flights across Hampton Roads conducting inspections of critical infrastructure, right-of-way assessments, and 5,500 miles of gas pipeline.

Engineer’s Role in Hazardous Area Classification

Hazardous area classification is not a new technique to address the risk associated with flammable gas, vapor, liquids and dust. It involves evaluating a location or process for hazards of fire or the probability of incident.

Using Motion Cameras to Evaluate Flow-Induced Vibration

Piping vibration issues is an area of concern for the oil and gas industry, because it may cause severe plant production interruptions, impact plant integrity, compromise workers safety and/or impact the environment.

Cheniere Launches Program to Monitor GHG Emissions on Natural Gas Systems

Cheniere Energy Inc. has entered a collaboration with natural gas midstream companies to implement quantification and monitoring of GHG emissions on natural gas gathering, processing, and storage systems.

CPCM – An ILI Methodology to Assess the Effectiveness of CP

The role of cathodic protection (CP) is to mitigate damaging corrosion from the surface of the structure being protected.

Engineering Renewable Natural Gas Solutions

Environmental regulations across the globe are mandating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and methane is a particularly high-profile target due to its high global-warming potential (GWP).

BP’s Argos Platform Pushing Digital Boundaries in GOM

When it arrived at its offshore home on the Mad Dog Field in Green Canyon Block 780 at the end of 2021, BP’s Argos floating production unit (FPU) became one of the most digitally advanced platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

What's New April 2022

News from Vermeer, NDT Global, Sensirion, Fine Tubes, NevadaNano and Ralston.

Advanced Cameras Measure Infrared Absorption from Methane

With ESG (environmental, social, governance) being today’s hot three-letter acronym, the industry is clearly focused on re-establishing itself as a clean-capable energy provider.

Baker Hughes to Provide Hydrogen-Ready Compressor Upgrade for Greece Pipeline

Baker Hughes has been awarded a contract to supply gas turbines and compressors that can run on a blend of natural gas and hydrogen for a new compression station of the Greek Natural Gas Transmission System.

Norway and Germany to Study Possibility of Hydrogen Pipeline Link

Norway and Germany agreed to study the transport of hydrogen via a pipeline between the countries to reduce dependence on Russian energy.

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.

Non-Intrusive Method Using Induced Pressure Waves to Track Moving Objects Within Pipelines

November 2019 saw the dawn of a new era in real-time pig tracking when Halliburton Pipeline and Process Services successfully validated a live pig-tracking method based on patented transient wave theory, the foundation of their InnerVue suite of services.

What's New March 2022

News from OleumTech, Honeywell, NDT Global, Dynatrol, Antaira and Denso.

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.

Magnetics Delivers Filtration for a Gas Receiving Station Application

Eclipse Magnetics Oil and Gas Division (Eclipse) has designed and delivered a bespoke magnetic separator to an international operating company for use within a gas pipeline pig receiver in North Africa.

What's New February 2022

News from Sensirion, Polygon, Rockwell, Trimble, RegO and Antaira.

Polyethylene Pipe Proves Capable in High-Temperature Saltwater Disposal

Performance Pipe’s PlatinumStripe 1800 Series Pipe was recently utilized to convey water from wells to a saltwater disposal facility in Desert Hills, near Orla, a small town in West Texas.

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.

Neptune Energy, EDF Complete First-of-Its-Kind Methane Study in UK

Neptune Energy completed a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund to measure methane emissions on a working UK offshore platform using advanced drone technologies.

India's Reliance Plans to Turn Syngas into Blue Hydrogen

India's Reliance Industries plans to produce blue hydrogen at a "competitive cost" of about $1.2-$1.5 per kg as it repurposes its $4-billion gasification assets, the conglomerate said in a presentation.

Linde Debuts Plant for Extracting Hydrogen from Natural Gas Pipelines Using Membrane Technology

Linde Engineering started a full-scale pilot plant in Germany to showcase how its HISELECT powered by Evonik membrane technology can extract hydrogen from natural gas pipelines.

DNV Evaluating Hydrogen Readiness of Hungarian Gas Pipeline

FGSZ Ltd. commissioned DNV to assess the suitability for partial to full hydrogen transport of one of FGSZ’s natural gas pipelines in Hungary.

What's New January 2022

What's new in products and services from Saint-Gobain, NDT Global, Vermeer, Netzsch, Ralston, and Brooks.