Technology/R&D

New Fortress Energy Plans to Launch Second and Third Fast LNG Units in 2025

New Fortress Energy Inc. announced on Tuesday that it is currently constructing the second and third production units for its Fast LNG technology. The company anticipates these units to become operational in the first quarter of 2025.

Williams and Chattanooga Gas Partner to Deliver Certified Low-Emission NextGen Gas

(P&GJ) — Williams has entered into an agreement with Chattanooga Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas, to provide certified, low-emissions NextGen Gas over a three-year period.

Sypris Wins Award for Venture Global's CP2 LNG Terminal and Express Gas Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Sypris Technologies Inc. has won an award for specialty high-pressure closures for use in the Venture Global CP2 LNG export terminal and the Venture Global CP Express natural gas pipeline project.

Criteria to Consider in Selecting Water Transfer Flow Meters

(P&GJ) — The oil and gas industry contains a complex number of flow applications, featuring a myriad of fluids and gases that challenge even the toughest of flow instrumentation. So, choosing the right flow meter for a water transfer application should be straightforward in comparison … right?

Government of Alberta Commits $50 Million to Advance Hydrogen Innovation Projects

(P&GJ) — The Government of Alberta has announced $50 million in funding to support researchers, innovations, companies and the industry to develop technologies that are critical to advancing Alberta’s hydrogen roadmap and natural gas strategy.

Restart Delayed at Texas Coal Unit Linked to Petra Nova CCS Project

The coal unit had hosted the $1 billion Petra Nova carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) plant, which sent the carbon dioxide gas about 80 miles (130 km) by pipeline, where it was pumped into an aging oilfield to boost output, a technique known as enhanced oil recovery.

Sudden Decompression: When the Pressure Gets Released

(P&GJ) — While many integrity management techniques attempt to detect flaws in the early stages, the potential always exists for a defect to initiate a running fracture along the length of a pipe. Cracks can be initiated by, for example, excavation damage, corrosion, or ground movements and may not provide any early warning.

SwRI Tapping into Geothermal Energy Possibilities in Texas

(P&GJ) — Electric power generates the second-largest share of greenhouse gas emissions and includes emissions from electricity production used by end use sectors, such as industry. Nearly 80% of electricity in the U.S. comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.

Strengthening the Bond with Reliable Structural Adhesives

(P&GJ) — Most industrial maintenance or repair procedures involve welding or the use of mechanical fasteners as these can be perceived as easy and quick. However, while these procedures might initially seem to correct the issue but may cause more harm than good.

ROSEN Conducts Research on Hydrogen Embrittlement

(P&GJ) — The ROSEN Group, together with National Gas (formerly National Grid Gas Transmission), has started researching ways to mitigate the potential for embrittlement of pipeline steel in hydrogen service.

Mitsubishi Power Delivers Hydrogen-Ready Gas Turbines to Utah Project

(P&GJ) — Mitsubishi Power Americas has delivered two M501JAC advanced-class gas turbines to the Intermountain Power Project (IPP) Renewed project in Delta, Utah. A pipeline from the ACES Delta hub will feed the IPP Renewed project with hydrogen to operate the J-Class turbines.

SLB and Eni Form Partnership for New Pipeline Monitoring Technology

(P&GJ) — The alliance covers the deployment of e-vpms technology for pipelines transporting liquid hydrocarbons and produced water and enables the detection of product loss attributable to external events such as attempted product theft or accidental impact, corrosion related leak events, and land movement events caused by earthquakes or landslides.

Developments in Custody Transfer Metering of Natural Gas

(P&GJ) — Natural gas has become an even more important energy source as the world looks to transition away from coal-fired power plants. Natural gas emits about half of the carbon emissions as coal, so it has many countries looking to adopt it as a larger part of their energy infrastructure.

Canada Releases Framework to Phase Out Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Climate policy analysts said the framework was an important step forward but fell short in continuing to allow government support for oil and gas projects that plan to reduce emissions through technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Managing Lost and Unaccounted for Gas Volumes

(P&GJ) — Lost and unaccounted for (LAUF) gas is a calculated value that compares the amount of gas coming into a system (purchased) to the amount of gas leaving that system (sold or otherwise accounted for). Although LAUF is often equated to leaking pipes and equipment, leaks generally only represent a small portion of the value.

Importance of Moisture Analysis in Pipeline Transportation

(P&GJ) — Nearly every substance is affected by moisture, which can alter physical, chemical and electrical properties. When transporting hydrocarbons such as natural gas, the presence of moisture in the pressurized stream can create serious problems.

Why Flowmeter Calibration Sometimes Lacks Accuracy

(P&GJ) — The oil and gas industry appears to be favoring a move toward using “newer” and more “advanced” flow measurement technologies, such as ultrasonic and Coriolis devices as an alternative to turbine and positive displacement meters.

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Canada's First LNG Terminal in 'Encouraging' Talks with British Columbia on Electrification

The CEO of LNG Canada, the Shell-led LNG export project in British Columbia, said on Thursday discussions with the province about electrifying a second phase of the terminal have been "encouraging" but building new power transmission infrastructure remains a long way off.

Japan's Mitsui OSK Gets Approval for Liquefied CO2 Vessel, Floating Storage Unit

Liquefied CO2 transportation helps connect carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) sites safely and efficiently over long distances where pipelines are not economically viable.

Making the Cut in Decommissioning Project

(P&GJ) — Decom Engineering’s specialized cutting technology has been successfully deployed on a decommissioning project off the coast of West Africa.

Pipeline Operator CPC to Spend $200 Million to Resolve Bottleneck Issues, $100 Million on Repair Work

The CPC, which handles about 1% of global oil, will spend roughly $200 million to complete its program to remove bottlenecks, and about $100 million would be allocated for the replacement of pumps and valves as well as repair work.

Tech Notes: Cold Bonding Used to Restore Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Evaluation of a facility, based in the north of Thailand, found that a huge pipeline carrying high-pressure water for injection into oil wells was suffering from thin wall defects. The pipeline in question was made out of 39-foot (12-meter) pipe lengths that had been welded together.

Proactive Integrity Management for Pipeline River Crossings

(P&GJ) — The selection of appropriate pipeline routes is critical for reducing the impact of geotechnical and hydrotechnical hazards. Many hazards, including water crossings, can be avoided by careful route planning.

Detecting Leaks Using Remote Sensing Pipeline Monitoring

(P&GJ) — Pipelines are incredibly valuable assets for the energy and resources industry. Not only are they the safest way to move petroleum and other products, but they are also the most cost-effective and sustainable option to do so.

DNV Grants Safety Certification to Project Greensand's CO2 Storage in the North Sea

(P&GJ) — The project is the first in the world to demonstrate that CO2 can be transported across national borders and stored offshore to mitigate climate change. The safety verification covers everything from the fabrication by the individual subcontractors to the actual offshore installation.

Beijing Gas to Start Regasification Terminal in October, Secures Term Contracts

The new terminal, located in Tianjin and connected with the Chinese capital Beijing via a 300-km (186-mile) pipeline, can handle 5 million tonnes of LNG annually.

Russia's Novatek Has Developed Its Own LNG-Producing Technology

Russian company Novatek said on Tuesday it has developed its own technology to produce large-scale volumes of LNG, a key step in boosting LNG production and raising Russia's global share in the fuel market.

Tackling Mega Rule Leak Detection Challenge by Air

(P&GJ) — Four years after part one of the PHMSA Mega Rule came into effect, the industry is still trying to get a handle on the full extent of the rule requirements and their implications.

Repurposing Pipelines for Hydrogen Transportation

(P&GJ) — The energy transition and climate targets have created a pressing need to scale technologies to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors, many of which require low-carbon gases as well as greater electrification.