Technology/R&D

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.

The Re-Emergence of Spherical Pigs

Because of rising shale oil and gas production, spherical pigs have re-emerged as a popular tool to use 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..

Gulf Publishing’s Energy Web Atlas Releases New Features for Real-Time LNG Intelligence Service

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of data and technical information for the international energy industry, announced today several enhancements to the Energy Web Atlas (EWA) applications. The ESRI-based geographic information system (GIS) platform allows users to examine real-time project ..

Phillips 66, OneBridge to Develop Advanced Pipeline Integrity Management Solution

OneSoft Solutions Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions, Inc., has entered into a technology license and joint development agreement with Phillips 66 to create a comprehensive pipeline integrity management software application, by migrating Phillips 66’s current pipeline data managemen..

Bechtel Receives Award for Pipeline Integrity Management Tool

Bechtel has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Digital Edge 50 Award in recognition of its new Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) tool. With support from Bechtel’s Future Fund, an internal incubator which finances development of disruptive technologies, innovators from the Bechtel pipeline business ..

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

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor 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..

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..

Iraq Employs Drones To Monitor Oil Pipelines

The Iraqi government announced plans to use drones to monitor and protect its export and production pipelines in the first quarter of next year. Reuters reported on Monday that Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi is looking for professional security companies that can supply Iraq with drones. The Iraqi g..

SoCalGas Breaks Ground on Innovative Fiber-Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has broken ground on a first-of-its kind, fiber optic cable installation that will allow the company to monitor the condition of its high-pressure transmission pipelines in real-time. The fiber optic technology is being installed along a new,..

Florida Regulators OK TECO Peoples Gas Innovative New Waste-to-Energy Service

The Florida Public Service Commission today unanimously approved TECO Peoples Gas’ request to provide renewable natural gas service. The new service would offer the opportunity for Peoples Gas to clean or condition a customer’s biogas and allow customers to transport their renewable natural gas usin..

McElroy, Getac Partner to Make Pipeline Technology More Accessible

McElroy has selected Getac’s ZX70 tablet to be incorporated into the company’s DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The ZX70 is a lightweight, 7-inch Android tablet whose fully-rugged design allows it to withstand extreme conditions. It runs on the Android 6.0 platform and inclu..

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..

TransCanada to Run Inspection Device in Keystone Pipeline

TransCanada to place a pipeline inspection on the Keystone Pipeline following a Nov. 16 leak.

Clock Spring Unveils New Pipeline Corrosion Solution

Clock Spring Company, LP has launched Contour WA™, a composite solution featuring an engineered, bi-axial stitched e-glass tape impregnated with a water-activated polyurethane resin. The new product, which is designed for application on lines to 1,500 psi, repairs corrosion and mechanical damage on ..

Battelle Wins Award for PipeAssess PI Software

Battelle receives research and development award for PipeAssess PI, the company's pipeline inspection software.

SwRI Wins Two 2017 R&D 100 Awards

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) today announced its Smart Leak Detection (SLED) and High Power Impulse Plasma Source (HiPIPS) systems have each received R&D 100 Awards for being among the 100 most significant innovations in 2017. Leaks in the U.S. liquid hydrocarbon pipelines network exceeded 1..

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 ..

Pipeline Monitoring Systems to See Good Times Ahead

The global pipeline inspection technology market is on the rise.

China’s First Center to Test Flare Emissions

Honeywell UOP reports that its Callidus Technologies business has begun operation of China’s only facility capable of testing flare emissions for volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The test center in Luoyang, Henan Province, aids customers trying to reduce emissions of VOCs in industrial flare sys..

Error Reduction as It Relates to Human Performance

Increasingly, gas and pipeline operations are implementing an array of safety systems and protocols, including risk, stakeholder and safety management systems, along with robust human capital management programs. However, in many cases, safety performance is still plateauing and safety metrics, inc..

IoT and the Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help improve pipeline inspections. Learn how in this whitepaper courtesy of Bsquare Corporation.

Companies Release Aerial Pipeline Inspection Solution for Utilities

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs launch a new aerial pipeline inspection tool to help utilities better monitor their infrastructure.