For more than 80 years Battelle Memorial Institute, based in Columbus, OH, has earned a worldwide reputation as leader in science and technology. The world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization, with over 20,000 employees at more than 100 locations globally, was established as a charitable trust in 1929 by industrialist-turned-researcher Gordon Battelle, who felt that business and scientific interests could benefit social good by working together.

Alaska North Slope producers are considering building one of the world's largest and most expensive liquefied natural gas projects, according to a letter the companies sent last month to Gov. Sean Parnell.

In Part One (P&GJ July 2012) we discussed the practice of natural gas sampling, challenges, current standards and the basic equipment that is available for the measurement technician.

It is estimated by Barclay’s Capital in a recent industry survey that nearly $600 billion will be spent by oil and gas exploration and production companies in 2012 (an increase of 10% over 2011). One reason is that the oil industry is mature which is reflected by the rising costs. From 1995-2004, $2.4 trillion of capital expenditure resulted in an increase of global oil production of 12.3 MMbpd; in the following six years, 2005-2010, despite the same spend oil production fell by 0.2 MMbpd.

This case study describes the design and commissioning of an impressed current cathodic protection (CP) system for a 10-inch OD, 106.2-mile welded steel pipeline with a three-layer coating system. It describes the adventures of cross-cultural technical communications, differences in equipment specifications and understanding and conducting the survey in the lush green mountains of southern China in torrential rains and lightning storms.

The clock is ticking. The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (H.R.2845) signed by President Obama in January further confirms the direction federal regulators are taking with respect to pipeline security and safety. The Act, along with advisories from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) largely address the post-failure findings of the San Bruno, CA pipeline failure in 2010.

This article concerns satisfying PHMSA regulatory requirements for pipeline control room management.

What causes a human factors engineer, a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and experienced pipeliners from Pipeline Performance Group (PPG) to be invited to over 20 pipeline control rooms in the 2011-2012 time period? Because companies need assistance in complying with a requirement in the PHMSA Control Room Management Rule 195.446(e)(5) and 192.631(e)(5):

While the discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970s - led primarily by the Dutch and British governments - the literature on the societal risk of hazardous goods transportation, particularly by pipeline, has been much more limited.
For fixed facilities, F-N curves and individual risk calculations are broadly used to assess the risk to the general public.

For pipeline operators, deciding to implement leak detection is easy. However, determining how to accomplish it is hard. Leak detection is a good tool for quickly raising alarms for theft, identifying product loss due to wear and corrosion to the pipe, and/or preventing environmental events caused by spills. Whether driven by safety and production concerns or regulatory requirements, the method chosen for leak detection has a significant impact on its effectiveness.

In recent years the increased number of opportunities in the North American oil and gas industry has led to a spate of merger and acquisition activity as companies from around the world seek out suitable partners with skill sets necessary to compete in this challenging but profitable environment.

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