Technology/R&D

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.

Using Analytic Imaging Technology to Detect Leaks in Real Time

IntelliView Technologies' Dual Camera Analytic Module, an intelligent imaging and alerting system which combines the capabilities of advanced visualizing sensors and artificial intelligence, is helping Enbridge better detect pipeline leaks in real time.

EWA Partners with Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative to Leverage LNG Real-Time Global Project Information

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of data and technical information for the global energy industry, announced April 12 that Energy Web Atlas (EWA) entered into a partnership with Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative (NGI). EWA is a platform that allows users to examine real-time natural gas project information.

Robots, Drones Help Protect Offshore Pipelines

Oil and gas companies are using robots and drones to inspect offshore pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.

Automating Surge Analysis Studies Saves Time, Money

For pipeline operators, automating surge analysis studies is smart business.

The Offshore Technology Conference Celebrates 50 Years

In 2018, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is celebrating 50 years since its first conference at NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park) in Houston.

AUMA Actuator Retrofit Improves Safety at OLPP Tank Farm

AUMA electric actuators help increase safety at a Polish tank farm handling liquid fuels by making emergency valve closing more reliable.

System Repairs Pipe Through Direct Bonding

Milliken Infrastructure Solutions' PolyBrute system is the first structural reinforcing system that can bond directly to polyethylene and polypropylene pipe, while reducing repair time by 50% or more when compared to traditional repair methods.

New Series of Pneumatic Hammers

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, has released the first model of its new XPR series of high-performance pneumatic hammers for pipe ramming and pipe bursting applications.

Elsyca V-PIMS Reveals Pipeline Corrosion Mechanisms

Elsyca's V-PIMS simulation technology provides operators with a unique state-of-the-art management system for the design, optimization, monitoring and troubleshooting of a pipeline network’s corrosion protection.

Pipeline Technology Conference Celebrates Milestone with Record Attendance

BERLIN – The 13th Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC) and second Pipe and Sewer Conference (PASC) attracted more attendees than ever – 657 delegates from 54 different nations, delegations from 69 different pipeline operators  and 73 exhibitors. Attendees benefited from panel discussions on pipelin..

P&GJ Attends PTC, Tours Pipeline-Related Facilities in Europe

In an ongoing effort to expand Pipeline & Gas Journal’s global coverage, Publisher Brian Nessen and Managing Editor Michael Reed visited Europe last week to get a first-hand look at a few facilities and attend a conference. While in Germany they attended the 13th annual Pipeline Technology Conferen..

Selecting the Right Onshore Pipeline Coating System

New research by DNV GL, a technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, shows an increased expectation for the approval of new offshore pipeline projects over the next three years, up from 27% in 2017 to 38% this year. Just over a third of those surveyed (35%) anticipate new pipeline projects onsho..

SkyX Drone Completes 62-Mile Data-Collection Flight

SkyX Systems drone completes 62-mile aerial pipeline inspection in Mexico.

Use of Pigging Tool Avoids Blowing Down 25-Mile Pipeline

When a multinational an energy and services company planned to decommission an onshore gas terminal in northwest England, it required a fast, total solution that would avoid depressurizing and blowing down a 25-mile (40-km), 36-inch gas pipeline that runs from an offshore field through north and sou..

OneBridge, Worley Parsons to Develop Pipeline Integrity Solution

OneSoft Solutions Inc’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions Inc., has entered into a collaborative work agreement with WorleyParsons to deliver solutions for Canadian oil and gas pipeline operators that integrates OneBridge’s Cognitive Integrity ManagementTM (CIM) Software-as-a-Service solu..

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Fights 22 Million Cyberattacks Per Day

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s chief information officer said his team fights off about 22 million cyberattacks per day. Bill Rosetti said that at the Anchorage headquarters for the trans-Alaska pipeline, his team is kept busy by mass, automated attacks — often fr..

Minimize Corrosion Reduction in Power Distribution

By selecting proper materials and implementing a robust maintenance program, the rate of corrosion in power distribution equipment can be slowed down.

Siemens Delivers Compressor Trains for Mexico Pipeline Projects

Siemens delivers compressor trains for pipeline construction projects in Mexico.

Nicor Gas Awards Contract for Meter Modernization Program

Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois, has awarded Sensus, a Xylem brand, a technology contract for its Meter Modernization program. Nicor Gas serves 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city..

Wireless Fire, Gas Detection Solutions

A recent fire and gas detection wireless project required multiple OPGD monitors, installed at various heights, around a new process unit.

Smart Pipelines and Smarter People

To protect valuable data from cyberattacks, pipeline companies should employ a twofold strategy: developing a cybersecurity plan and educating employees.

New Pipelines Pre-Commissioning Inspection

The ROSEN Group successfully performed a pipeline inspection in Australia before commissioning took place.

Measurement Technologies Look to Improve Methane Emissions

NYSEARCH works to help local gas distribution companies identify and implement safe, cost-effective technologies to better quantify methane emissions rates of known non-hazardous leaks from pipeline infrastructure.

IoT and Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20% annually, while at the same time the amount of data coming from the oil field can exceed 1.5 terabytes a day and threatens to overwhelm I..

Guideline Shows How to Make Oil And Gas Industry Cyber-Secure

DNV-GL has released a new guideline, RP-G108, addressing all the people, processes, and technology involved in ensuring industrial automation and control systems remain cyber secure.