Technology/R&D

Selecting the Right Onshore Pipeline Coating System

New research by DNV GL, a technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, shows an increased expectation for the approval of new offshore pipeline projects over the next three years, up from 27% in 2017 to 38% this year. Just over a third of those surveyed (35%) anticipate new pipeline projects onsho..

SkyX Drone Completes 62-Mile Data-Collection Flight

SkyX Systems drone completes 62-mile aerial pipeline inspection in Mexico.

Use of Pigging Tool Avoids Blowing Down 25-Mile Pipeline

When a multinational an energy and services company planned to decommission an onshore gas terminal in northwest England, it required a fast, total solution that would avoid depressurizing and blowing down a 25-mile (40-km), 36-inch gas pipeline that runs from an offshore field through north and sou..

OneBridge, Worley Parsons to Develop Pipeline Integrity Solution

OneSoft Solutions Inc’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions Inc., has entered into a collaborative work agreement with WorleyParsons to deliver solutions for Canadian oil and gas pipeline operators that integrates OneBridge’s Cognitive Integrity ManagementTM (CIM) Software-as-a-Service solu..

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Fights 22 Million Cyberattacks Per Day

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s chief information officer said his team fights off about 22 million cyberattacks per day. Bill Rosetti said that at the Anchorage headquarters for the trans-Alaska pipeline, his team is kept busy by mass, automated attacks — often fr..

Minimize Corrosion Reduction in Power Distribution

By selecting proper materials and implementing a robust maintenance program, the rate of corrosion in power distribution equipment can be slowed down.

Siemens Delivers Compressor Trains for Mexico Pipeline Projects

Siemens delivers compressor trains for pipeline construction projects in Mexico.

Nicor Gas Awards Contract for Meter Modernization Program

Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois, has awarded Sensus, a Xylem brand, a technology contract for its Meter Modernization program. Nicor Gas serves 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city..

Wireless Fire, Gas Detection Solutions

A recent fire and gas detection wireless project required multiple OPGD monitors, installed at various heights, around a new process unit.

Smart Pipelines and Smarter People

To protect valuable data from cyberattacks, pipeline companies should employ a twofold strategy: developing a cybersecurity plan and educating employees.

New Pipelines Pre-Commissioning Inspection

The ROSEN Group successfully performed a pipeline inspection in Australia before commissioning took place.

Measurement Technologies Look to Improve Methane Emissions

NYSEARCH works to help local gas distribution companies identify and implement safe, cost-effective technologies to better quantify methane emissions rates of known non-hazardous leaks from pipeline infrastructure.

IoT and Digitalization of Oil and Gas Production

The oil and gas industry faces key challenges in both production and business environments. Capital expenditures across the industry are decreasing by roughly 20% annually, while at the same time the amount of data coming from the oil field can exceed 1.5 terabytes a day and threatens to overwhelm I..

Guideline Shows How to Make Oil And Gas Industry Cyber-Secure

DNV-GL has released a new guideline, RP-G108, addressing all the people, processes, and technology involved in ensuring industrial automation and control systems remain cyber secure.

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..

Red Hen Systems Develops Pipeline Leak Detection System

Red Hen Systems creates new technology that will make identifying leaks during pipeline inspections easier.

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..

Gulf Publishing’s Energy Web Atlas Releases New Features for Real-Time LNG Intelligence Service

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of data and technical information for the international energy industry, announced today several enhancements to the Energy Web Atlas (EWA) applications. The ESRI-based geographic information system (GIS) platform allows users to examine real-time project ..

Phillips 66, OneBridge to Develop Advanced Pipeline Integrity Management Solution

OneSoft Solutions Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions, Inc., has entered into a technology license and joint development agreement with Phillips 66 to create a comprehensive pipeline integrity management software application, by migrating Phillips 66’s current pipeline data managemen..

Bechtel Receives Award for Pipeline Integrity Management Tool

Bechtel has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Digital Edge 50 Award in recognition of its new Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) tool. With support from Bechtel’s Future Fund, an internal incubator which finances development of disruptive technologies, innovators from the Bechtel pipeline business ..

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

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor 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..

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..