Technology/R&D

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.

Report: North American Pumps and Valves Services Market to Grow Through 2021

Technavio has released a new report, Pumps and Valves Services Market in North America 2017-2021, which states the pumps and valves services market in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% during the forecast period. Key findings include: The growth of the end-user industries ..

Gulf Publishing Company Launches LNG Intelligence Service for Energy Industry

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading media company and provider of market data for the international energy industry, launches today the Energy Web Atlas to provide the downstream energy sector with easy access to information about the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. A real-time project informa..

Report: Installation of IoT in Pipelines Can Reduce Oil Thefts Significantly

According to a new report from Technavio, the global IoT market in pipeline management is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 12% between 2017-2021. Reasons for this growth include: Increasing oil thefts Growth of deepwater pipelines Drones for pipeline monitoring Increasing oil thefts ..

ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program

ExxonMobil today announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities across the United States. The program, which builds on the company’s longstanding commitment to emissions reduction, prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy..

Vallourec Launches Intelligent Pipes Challenge

Vallourec has launched the company’s first “Open Innovation Challenge”  to identify start-ups, laboratories and companies with expertise in the area of intelligent pipes and to work with the selected companies to develop solutions adapted to fit Vallourec’s markets. “Intelligent” pipes are those de..

New Tools Can Cut Station Drying Times in Half

Sugar Land, TX-based Pipeline Drying International, LLC, said it has developed new proprietary tools and techniques that, when used in combination with its patented Mobil Drying Units (MDU), can dry compressor stations, meter stations and some vessels faster than anyone else in the industry. The co..

Excavators Look to Doosan for Challenging TAP Project

Doosan's line of excavators help the Trans Adriatic pipeline construction project make good progress.

Capturing Waste Heat from Gas Compressor Stations

In view ensuring the efficient use of fossil fuel energy and to reduce overall carbon emissions, the possibilities of maximizing exhaust-heat recovery should be seriously considered. Gas turbines reject 50% or more of the energy in the fuel into the atmosphere through the exhaust systems. Some of t..

Customized Protective Coatings Extends Life of Rotating Equipment

Achieving an acceptable service life without excessive maintenance can be a challenge for rotating equipment that is used in processing and delivery of hydrocarbon products. With the latest surface coating technologies it is possible to offer massive improvements to the expected service life of comp..

Reciprocating Compressor Pulsations Effect on Compressor Surge Margins

The mixed operation of centrifugal and reciprocating compressors in a single compression plant has become common design practice over the last 20 years, as this arrangement can provide benefits for highly cyclical process profiles. Conventional thinking was that a centrifugal compressor may experie..

SoCalGas Achieves Methane Capture Milestone

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company has passed the one million cubic foot mark in its ongoing methane capture initiative. This innovative process allows for gas that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere during pipeline replacement work to be saved and reinjected..

Axalta Unveils Latest Addition to Internal Pipe Coatings Portfolio

Axalta Coating Systems has released the Nap-Gard 7-0015 Tan Internal FBE, a thermosetting epoxy powder constructed to pass Saudi Aramco’s 09-SAMSS-091 (2011) specification that delivers high adhesion properties to effectively protect pipelines subject to H2S, CO2 and CH4 exposure. “Axalta is excite..

Pinnacle Midstream Inks Deal with Bedrock Automation

Pinnacle Midstream has entered into an agreement with Bedrock Automation to use the Bedrock™ control system as the automation platform for its crude oil receipt and delivery points. Under the terms of the agreement, Bedrock™ system will coordinate flow of product from Pinnacle Midstream’s partners,..

Wood Group Releases Flexible Pipe Integrity Report

In a report titled Flexible Pipe Integrity Management Guidance & Good Practice, Wood Group has published its findings from the Sureflex joint industry project, a global effort that began in 2015 to improve knowledge and understanding of flexible pipe integrity management by assessing inspection and ..

EnergySec Honors 2017 Cybersecurity Industry Leaders

On Aug. 16, 2017, at the company’s 13th Annual Security and Compliance Summit, EnergySec recognized Michael Meason as Cybersecurity Professional of the Year and Andy Bochman as Cybersecurity Leader of the Year. Each year, EnergySec gives special recognition to individuals who have stood out among t..

SoCalGas Streamlines Processes to Support Renewable Gas Projects

Southern California Gas Co. has announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company’s natural gas pipeline system. First is the creation of a downloadable toolkit to assist renewable gas producers and developers who are interested in ..

Smart Pipeline Leak Technology to be Featured in Chevron Program

Rheidiant, Inc. today announced its Smart Sign pipeline leak detection system has been selected to participate in Chevron Technology Ventures new Catalyst Program, which is designed to support startup companies that bring innovative products that may have positive impact on the oil and gas industry...

Understanding Collaborative Approach to Pipeline Control Room Design

Control rooms are critical nerve centers of pipeline and midstream operations. The design and layout of a control room should take into account not only the operating controllers’ interaction with the SCADA system but also other transactional needs like work permitting, operations supervisory monito..

GIE’s Latest Challenge: World’s Longest Heat-Traced Pipeline

Gulf Interstate Engineering to design world's longest heat-traced pipeline construction project

Advanced Remote Sensing Offers Key to Identifying Pipeline Risks

With over 2.9 million miles of pipeline transporting natural gas, oil and other hazardous liquid across the United States, ensuring public safety and infrastructure security is of the utmost importance. High-profile incidents such as the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion and the natural gas leak at..

RWG to Overhaul Siemens Gas Generators in Turkey

Botas Petroleum Pipeline Company has awarded RWG a contract to overhaul three Siemens Industrial Avon aero-derivative gas generators. This equipment, located at the Kirklareli Compressor Station, provides mechanical drive capacity for natural gas compression, helping to maintain the reliability of T..