Technology/R&D

MAN Diesel Wins Order from Kuwaiti Oil

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order for nine compressor trains for the state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). MAN technology will be deployed in Kuwait’s Burgan field, one of the world’s largest oil fields. The British plant manufacturer Petrofac has been contracted by KOC to build Gas Gathering Cen..

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..

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

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 legitimate facts out of context ..

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..

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..

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.

International Plastic Pipe Conference Extends Deadline for Papers

The organizers of the International Plastic Pipe Conference and Exhibition today announced a two-week extension of the deadline for the submission of abstracts to Nov. 15, 2017. “We have already received some major proposals for presentations and are particularly interested to receive case referenc..

Midstream Company Solves Flow Measurement Issues

When Mike Heckl was a director of operations for Crestwood Midstream, the company established itself in the West Virginia Appalachian Basin by purchasing an area of development from a major upstream firm with a large acreage in the Ohio and West Virginia Marcellus/Utica Shale fields. They had alread..

Asset Tracking and Traceability: Field-to-GIS Solution

The industry has implemented a new materials traceability standard, ASTM F2897, that asset manufacturers are using to mark assets with standardized barcodes. In response to this standard, Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) has been working with vendor LocusView on a solution that leverages ne..

Drones – A Necessary Tool in Pipeline Development & Maintenance

Drones are helping make pipeline inspections and monitoring simpler.

Real-Time Imaging of Methane Gas Leaks Using a Single-Pixel Camera

A single-pixel camera can help identify methane leaks in real-time during pipeline inspections.

Does Residual Stress Really Matter in Pipelines?

The presence of residual stress in components should not be overlooked, even though it may not be as apparent and quantifiable as primary loads. While residual stress is often responsible for over-conservatism of a design, it can also be considered a major “unknown” contributing factor during a fail..

Enhancing Infrastructure Maintenance with IoT

The Internet of Things can help improve pipeline inspections.

GDM Pipelines and Explore Integrity Launch Complete Pipeline Integrity Solution

GDM Pipelines and Explore Integrity have joined forces to launch gX Insight, the oil and gas industry’s first and only complete pipeline integrity solution to incorporate the planning, execution and data collection for in-field integrity programs with comprehensive information management and data an..

Gulf Publishing Company, Quest Offshore Align for Joint Operation of Offshore Conferences

Gulf Publishing Company and Quest Offshore Resources have announced the formation of Gulf Quest LLC for the joint operation of offshore conferences, including the leading global deepwater technology event,  Marine Construction Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD). MCEDD, in its 15th year in 20..

Drone Companies Team up to Service North Dakota Oil Patch

Drones help make pipeline inspections in North Dakota easier.