Technology/R&D

Nanoparticles Transform Pipeline Cleaning, Integrity Management

(P&GJ) — Oil, gas, and multi-phase pipelines can be fouled with several types of deposits or internally restrictive debris. The actual type of fouling is dependent upon several factors including: the production fluid characteristics such as hydrocarbon product, water, and gas composition; the presence and composition of common oilfield contaminants, such as hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, mercury, arsenic, zinc, lead, iron, and manganese and operating conditions (e.g., temperature, pressure, pH, flow regimes, etc.).

What's New February 2023

NDT Global presents its OPTIX Data Visualization and Insights Platform, providing pipeline operators with an intuitive, cloud-based dashboard to visualize all inline inspection (ILI) data in one accessible location.

Tech Notes: Case for 100% Ultrasonic Testing of Steel Sleeves

(P&GJ) — You get what you inspect, not what you expect. It’s a simple adage but nicely summarizes the value of advanced material inspection, especially in the oil and gas industry.

Tokyo Gas Cuts Shareholder Returns to Invest in Decarbonization

Japan's Tokyo Gas will cut shareholder returns from the next financial year and use freed up funds to invest in technology to slash its carbon emissions, the company said on Wednesday. The company will pay out 40% of profits from the current 50% from the next financial year, it said.

How Wearables Re-Energize Digital Transformation

(P&GJ) — With oil prices reaching the highest levels in six years, the oil and gas industry is experiencing a windfall. At the same time, geopolitical tensions and bans on imports from Russia have accelerated the move away from oil toward cleaner energy.

Nicor Gas Completes Meter Modernization Deployment Using Xylem’s Sensus Technology

(P&GJ) – Nicor Gas, Illinois’s largest natural gas distribution company, has completed its meter modernization deployment with Sensus, a Xylem brand. Nicor Gas integrated the technology without interrupting the day-to-day life of its 2.3 million customers – no easy task.

Using Dynamic Simulation to Improve HPPT Level Control Performance

(P&GJ) — The slug flow is a varying or irregular flow in the pipeline and surges of gas and liquid through any cross-section of a flowline. Slugs of liquid in multiphase lines can create serious design and operating problems for gas-oil separation plant (GOSP) processing equipment.

How Geogrid Advancements Can Benefit Pipeline Operators

(P&GJ) — Since the first gas well was drilled in the U.S. in 1825, there have been many advancements in technology and engineering to make the capture and pipeline transportation of oil and gas better and more efficient. These advancements have resulted in now-industry standard methods such as hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, 3-D seismic imaging, and many more.

Recognizing Value of Data as Pipeline Integrity Assets

(P&GJ) — Increased investment in infrastructure as a result of higher oil and gas prices, as well as growing activity in planning for future energy provision, means that many operators and utilities around the world are seeking ways to help them improve operational efficiency and access to safe and sustainable energy for the communities that they serve.

Value of Routing Studies for New Natural Gas Pipelines

(P&GJ) — When natural gas pipeline owners announce their preferred route for a new pipeline, permitting bodies and other stakeholders inevitably ask, “Why here?” By conducting a methodical routing study that produces data-driven and experience-tested route alternatives, owners obtain supporting data and documentation they can use to formulate a response and help obtain buy-in.

What's New January 2023

OleumTech, Fecon, Sensirion, Polygon, Mission Secure, Endress+Hauser and more.

PODS Releases New Data Model System with ILI Module for Pipeline Operators

(P&GJ) — The Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) data model provides the database architecture pipeline operators need to submit regulatory reports, store critical information, analyze pipeline systems data, and manage geospatial data in a linear-referenced database which can be visualized in any GIS platform.

What's New December 2022

RegO, Enduro, Netzsch, Takeuchi, Esco Tool and more.

Digital Transformation in Midstream Oil and Gas

(P&GJ) — A lack of up-to-date digital capabilities has stymied American industries for years. Midstream oil and gas is no exception and has repeatedly shown that it needs accelerated change to succeed.

Cybersecurity Update: Aligning Industry Standard’s Best Practices

(P&GJ) — Cybersecurity, both interpersonally and geopolitically, has been protested over the past few years, sparked by stories of basement hackers breaking into government agency websites, nation-states warring on the dark web and hacktivists acting in the name of civil disobedience for political and social change.

SICK Finalist for P&GJ Award for Best Digital Transformation

(P&GJ) — After launching the FLOWSIC500, the world’s first ultrasonic gas flow meter for natural gas distribution, SICK has taken the next innovative step with its second-generation device, which is setting new standards in connectivity and transparency.

Putting Machine Learning to Use for Integrity Management

(P&GJ) — Minimizing the unscheduled downtime of a pipeline network is a crucial part of ensuring maximum throughput and therefore helping to ensure profitability. As an industry, it is known that one of the best ways to achieve this is to develop and maintain an effective risk assessment and an associated integrity management plan, acting on the outcomes of them and ensuring we have a good understanding of the current condition of the pipeline and the rate at which it is deteriorating.

Latest Liebherr Oil & Gas Equipment Presented on Bauma 2022

Liebherr offers the right solution for every operational stage of international pipeline projects: At the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, Bauma in Munich, customers can experience the latest developments in Oil and Gas equipment, assistance technologies and machine controls. (Sponsored Content by Liebherr)

Miros Wins Sensor Contracts for Subsea 7 Pipelay Support

Miros Wins Sensor Contracts for Subsea 7 Pipelay Support and Fiber-Optic Cable Used to Overcome Monitoring Challenges.

Strohm Competing for P&GJ Award for Best Corrosion Technology

(P&GJ) — Strohm BV’s Thermoplastic Composite Pipe is a strong, corrosion resistant composite pipe solution with a long, maintenance free service life. Compared to conventional steel alternatives, it is lightweight and spoolable.

GPT Industries Finalist for P&GJ Award for Best Coating Technology

GPT Industries' EVOLUTION is a patent pending product that is the first of its kind to be a fully encapsulated isolating gasket. This proprietary coating has a greater than 50% increase in dielectric strength over existing isolation kits and it is compatible with all media that may be present within oil and gas pipelines.

SPOT Tracker Vying for P&GJ Award for Maintenance Technology

SPOT Tracker’s Operations and Maintenance module is designed to solve the challenges that come with geolocating, managing, and operating existing assets, maximizing uptime.

Mobiltex Data Finalist for P&GJ Award for Maintenance Technology

Mobiltex Data’s CorTalk RMU1-LITE remote monitoring unit is a low cost, high reliability device intended to remotely monitor AC/DC potentials (both on and instant-off) on a CP protected structure.

Compression Stations: The Long Road to Commissioning

(P&GJ) — Commissioning involves the use of a disciplined, systematic methodology to convert the constructed compressor station into an integrated and operational unit within a gas transmission system.

Onboard Dynamics Competing for P&GJ Award for Maintenance Technology

The GoVAC FLEX system enables natural gas pipeline crews to prevent close to 100% of methane emissions from occurring during pipeline evacuations. With the GoVAC FLEX, operators can draw down a pipeline to near 0 PSIG.

Being Certain of Flow Measurement Meter Uncertainty

For many years, the oil and gas industry has widely believed that the production test separator gives the most accurate flow rate measurements. However, realistically, it’s unlikely to be used because of the sheer size of a separator, which creates mobility issues such as the need to lift it with cranes and a requirement for ruggedized equipment for shocks and vibrations.

Overcoming Challenges of Midstream Digital Transformation

(P&GJ) — A lack of up-to-date digital capabilities has stymied American industries for years. Midstream oil and gas is no exception and has repeatedly shown that it needs accelerated change to succeed.

STATS Group Contender for P&GJ Award for Maintenance Technology

(P&GJ) — STATS Group’s BISEP DS technology offers pipeline operators a solution for line stopping, incorporating an integrated bypass to maintain production during maintenance activities.

Sypris to Supply High-Pressure Closures for Permian Highway Pipeline Expansion Project

Sypris Technologies Inc. has recently received an award for specialty high-pressure closures for use in the Permian Highway Pipeline expansion project, the company said on Tuesday. Shipments under this award are expected to be completed by year-end. Terms of the order were not disclosed.

What's New September 2022

Fecon, Ralston, Honeywell, Polygon, Trimble and more.