Technology/R&D

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.

Practical Approach to Critical Assessments and Evaluating Pipelines

(P&GJ) — Engineering Critical Assessments (ECA) have been incorporated into United States pipeline safety regulations1 as a means for reconfirming the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) for onshore steel gas transmission pipelines, while engineering assessments (EA) have been a longstanding method for proving consistent conclusions and recommendations across a variety of situations in accordance with the guidance in Canadian standard CSA Z662:19.

Software Adds Efficiency for Companies Transporting, Storing Hydrogen

(P&GJ) — Decarbonization is a critical challenge facing the world today, and the expansion of renewable energy sources is a key component of addressing this challenge. In the face of changing corporate and public goals with regards to the low-carbon energy transition and changing energy landscape, many companies are looking for opportunities to support more sustainable forms of energy.

Japan to Invest $107 Billion in Hydrogen Supply Over 15 Years

Japan plans to invest $107.5 billion over the next 15 years to supply the country with hydrogen, the government said on Tuesday, as it accelerates efforts to use the gas to shift to a low-carbon economy.

Global Energy Infrastructure Launches Carbon Capture Storage Projects Database

(P&GJ) — Addressing the challenges of climate change requires innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has emerged as a promising approach to mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy-intensive industries and power generation.

Pembina Pipeline, Marubeni to Partner on Low-Carbon Ammonia Export Project

(P&GJ) — Initial feasibility studies have been completed and the facility has an anticipated design capacity of up to 185 kilotonnes per annum of low-carbon hydrogen production, which will be converted into approximately one million tonnes per year of low-carbon ammonia.

U.S. State Department Warns China Could Hack Infrastructure, Including Pipelines

The U.S. State Department warned that China could launch cyber attacks against critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines after researchers discovered a Chinese hacking group had been spying on such networks.

Shale R&D Cuts Cast Shadow on Future of US Oil Production

Shale technology advances that propelled the U.S. to the top global oil producer spot with world-beating growth rates are falling fewer and farther between as drilling budgets shrink and with them, the research and development that might deliver the next great leap.

An Operator’s Perspective: How to Comply with New US Gas Gathering, ILI Regulations

(P&GJ) —Traditionally, most gas gathering lines were small-diameter, low-pressure systems traversing sparsely populated areas, posing little risk from a business, safety, and environmental perspective. More recently, the volume of gas transported through gathering systems has increased significantly due to the advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques.

FDE Discovers Natural Hydrogen in Eastern France

(P&GJ) — FDE, an independent multienergy producer with a negative carbon footprint, announced that it has discovered significant concentrations of natural hydrogen in one of the wells previously drilled by FDE in Eastern France.

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Value of Advanced Sensor Capabilities in Pipeline Management

(P&GJ) — For companies in the energy sector, optimizing systems and processes can bring as much growth as does innovating new products and services. Such optimization typically involves eliminating inefficient or unreliable steps in business systems and processes – a practice sometimes referred to as “getting the barnacles off the boat.”

ADNOC Launches $1 Million Decarbonization Technology Challenge

(P&GJ) — ADNOC has launched a global competition to find innovations that will reshape the global energy landscape. The competition was launched at UAE Climate Tech Forum in Abu Dhabi, where over 1,000 global policy makers, innovators, and industrial leaders met to drive technological solutions for decarbonization.

Using Resonance Technique to Test Pipeline Weld Fatigue

(P&GJ) — Steel catenary risers (SCRs) are a critical element within many offshore pipeline installations. The ability of these risers to withstand the installation and in-service loading is vital to the success of the projects in which they are used.

Academics Come Together to Pool Hydrogen Hub Ideas

(P&GJ) — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstration encouraged a Texas consortium spearheading the development of a regional clean hydrogen hub on the U.S. Gulf Coast to submit a full application in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) designated in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Honeywell Announces Tech to Turn Hydrogen, CO2 into Lower-Carbon Aviation Fuel

Honeywell International Inc. announced on Wednesday a new technology to produce lower-carbon aviation fuel from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide captured from industry, which can help cut greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, one of the hardest sectors to electrify and decarbonize.

Cleveland-Cliffs Completes Successful Blast Furnace Hydrogen Injection Trial

(P&GJ) — Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. has successfully completed a hydrogen (H2) injection trial at its Middletown Works blast furnace. This groundbreaking introduction of hydrogen gas as an iron-reducing agent in the blast furnace is the first-ever use of this carbon-friendly technology in the Americas region.