Technology/R&D

What's New September 2021

News from Brooks, Enerpac, BPS, Esco Tool, Ralston, Sensirion and Sensor Networks.

German Hydrogen Council: Pipelines Most Economical Way to Move Hydrogen

Germany’s National Hydrogen Council determined pipeline transport to be the most economical option to move hydrogen for distances up to about 6,210 miles (10,000 km), even if it would require building new pipelines.

Advances in Compression Technology Keep Clean Energy Flowing

The Gas Machinery Research Council moves the industry forward in an environment, where standing still means drifting backward. A successful evolution will comprehend the energy system of the future while optimizing existing resources and new technologies.

Making Hydrogen Work for UK’s Commercial Buildings

While domestic heat makes up more than half of the U.K. heat demand, commercial and industrial properties’ space heating, hot water and heat for cooking account for more than a quarter. Therefore, any conversion from natural gas to hydrogen in the national and local pipeline grids must cater to larger-scale commercial and industrial heating.

Brazil's Logum Makes 1st Ethanol Export to U.S. Using Pipeline to Port

The firm said the transport of the ethanol by pipelines, beyond the smaller cost and economies of scale, prevented the use of more than 700 trucks, estimating the operation avoided 2,000 tons of carbon emissions.

Increased Safety for Natural Gas Pipelines

Local hard zones can cause sudden stress corrosion cracking in the through thickness direction. To detect and eliminate these local hard zones reliably during plate production, Dillinger developed a special eddy current testing system.

What's New August 2021

T.D. Williamson       T.D. Williamson enhanced its Multiple Dataset (MDS) gouge vs. metal loss (GvML) classifier, resulting in the industry’s first published performance specification for gouge identification and depth sizing within a dent. MDS offers com..

In-Field Flow Coating Boosts Gas Pipeline Capacity

Rescue Pipeline Services LLC (RPS), based in Houston, introduces their In-Field Flow Coating (IFC) technology for existing gas pipelines.

Proper Cleaning and Storage of Pipeline Pigs

Proper storage and maintenance are important to ensure the optimal performance and condition of urethane pigs.

Taking a Quantitative Approach to Benchmarking Your Team

Benchmarking is the process of comparing products, services and processes within an organization to an external standard, exploring how and why other organizations achieve higher levels of efficiency. This same methodology can be used to benchmark your pipeline integrity personnel.

Eni to Deliver Carbon Neutral LNG Cargo to Taiwan's CPC

Italian energy group Eni said it has reached an agreement with Taiwan's CPC Corporation for the delivery of a carbon-neutral LNG cargo to CPC at the Yung An receiving terminal in Taiwan.

Making Digital Transformation a Reality

Unlocking the value of process data through digital transformation not only offers oil and gas operators huge benefits, but it is also an essential step for businesses to remain efficient and competitive in the future.

Halliburton Develops Non Intrusive Pipeline Inspection Method for Unpiggable Lines

Halliburton’s technology team have been developing InnerVue non-intrusive diagnostics technology for several years. Advances in computing power and experience gained through numerous data collections in the field have moved the technology to a point where it can now be considered as an alternative for traditional intrusive ILI techniques.

What's New July 2021

Vermeer   Vermeer expanded its horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluid management equipment line with the new R600T reclaimer. The new 600-gallons/minute (2,271-liters/minute) mud recycling system can pair with maxi rigs pumping between 300 and 600 gal..

Companies Merge Technologies to Enhance Pipeline Integrity

Pipetel Technologies and Intero Integrity Services merged in January, combining the two inline inspection companies, each with a track record of innovation in the space of unpiggable pipeline inspection.

Using RTUs in Monitoring Pipelines in Extreme Conditions

In remote locations, communications may be slow, intermittent or unreliable. The RTU is the device at the edge – sitting between the control room and the field instruments – that provides a low-latency response to changing site conditions and performs data filtering.

Reassessing Value Placed on System Pressure Tests

Since the cost of failures during the construction of offshore pipelines is significant, over time, an extensive quality management regime has been developed. One such measure is to pressure test the whole pipeline system when the build is completed.

Tellurian’s Reduced-Emission Pipeline Should Play Role in Cleaner Energy Future

A longtime partnership with Baker Hughes should help Tellurian Inc.’s Driftwood Pipeline place a natural gas pipeline with 99% reduced carbon dioxide emissions in service in 2026.

STEP Advances Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles for Gas-Fired Generation

Power cycles using supercritical carbon dioxide as a working fluid show promise for many power generation applications, including high-efficiency waste heat recovery on pipeline gas turbines.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Announces Plan to Offset Carbon Impacts

Mountain Valley Pipeline announced plans that would make it one of the first interstate natural gas transmission pipelines to acquire carbon offsets for its operational emissions.

SwRI Develops Novel Technique Supporting Pipeline Transport of Heavy Crude Oils

Southwest Research Institute scientists and engineers used internal research funding to develop “EZ Flow,” a process for treating heavy crude oils, making pipeline transportation more cost-effective and less energy intensive than current techniques.

Midcoast Energy Starts Commercial Operation of Expanded CJ Express Pipeline

Siemens Energy technology will help increase the CJ Express pipeline’s transmission capacity from the East Texas supply areas to Gulf Coast demand centers to approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day.

Remote Telemetry Units Aided in China-Russia Crude Oil Pipeline Construction

This article examines how TBox-MS Remote Telemetry Units were used in the extreme conditions of the China-Russia crude oil pipeline, which set a new record by constructing more than 800 kilometers of pipeline in 180 days, in a high latitude, extremely cold environment.

Tokyo Gas to Start Methanation Pilot Program by End-March

Tokyo Gas Co Ltd, Japan's biggest city gas supplier, said on Wednesday it would start a demonstration test of methanation, a technology to help decarbonize city gas, in Japan by the end of next March.

Pipeline & Gas Journal Accepting Nominations for Inaugural P&GJ Awards

Pipeline & Gas Journal is accepting nominations for its inaugural Pipeline & Gas Journal Awards, which will honor the midstream energy segment’s leading innovations and outstanding personal contributions to the industry.

U.S. Natural Gas Companies Put Hydrogen to the Test

At least two dozen U.S. energy firms, including Dominion Energy Inc and Sempra Energy, have started producing hydrogen or testing its viability in natural gas pipes to take advantage of existing infrastructure as the world prioritizes lower-carbon fuels.

T.D. Williamson Performs First SmartPlug Pipeline Isolation in Offshore Nigeria

Isolating the 267-km (165-mi) natural gas pipeline off the shore of Nigeria enabled the safe change-out and leak testing of platform valves without depressurizing the system.

New Technology from Onboard Dynamics Can Reduce Fugitive Methane Releases

This mobile, fully integrated solution will provide operators of natural gas pipelines a tool to safely minimize their greenhouse gas emissions during routine pipeline maintenance.

What's New June 2021

Products and technology from T.D. Williamson, OleumTech, IDEC, RegO, Unifirst and Sensirion are included in this month's What's New.

Using RTUs to Optimize Performance in the Oil and Gas Sector

For decades now, remote terminal units (RTUs) have been a key component in the data chain from the I/O to the CEO. These devices have a longstanding track record of sitting on remote wellheads, pipelines and offshore platforms, and collecting, storing and acting upon data.