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The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) business has a buzz under way with the advent of a new natural gas industry building boom idling on the sidelines as more than a dozen proposals for federal permits await a decision on the start of a domestic LNG export program. The industry assumption is federal policymakers - regardless of who controls the White House - will give the green light to many of the export projects.

Flow measurement technology is advancing at an ever-increasing rate. New engineering methods in the art of flow measurement are forcing a change for the better. Newer technologies often bring advances to the operational processes within many industries which can improve management and production. This article details the design and operation of a new genre of differential pressure (DP) cone meter.

How do you know when you have the right person for the job, albeit a difficult one that can tolerate no error in judgment?

That was the dilemma facing the leadership of Pacific Gas and Electric Company after the catastrophic Sept. 10, 2010 transmission pipeline explosion that decimated an entire neighborhood in the city of San Bruno, killing eight and injuring a number of others. In addition to bringing down the wrath of regulators and lawmakers throughout the state and nation because of its shoddy record-keeping and questionable operations practices, it effectively shattered the morale of the huge utility company.

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The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer by 2017 and will be energy independent 10 years later, according to World Energy Outlook, a new forecast by the International Energy Agency released Nov. 12.
"The recent rebound in U.S. oil and gas production, driven by upstream technologies that are unlocking light tight oil and shale gas resources, is spurring economic activity - with less expensive gas and electricity prices giving industry a competitive edge," the agency reported.

The fourth annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo (TPE) was held in September, attracting nearly 2,000 attendees. Event coordinators say they are already looking forward to number five. More than 150 exhibitors from across the state converged in Tulsa to display their wares and network with others in the energy industry.

As natural gas prices in the United States approach their lowest point in a decade, several companies are in the early stages of developing liquefaction terminals to facilitate LNG exports.[1] Capacity at or output from these facilities is being snapped up by customers and buyers long before the facilities themselves are completed.

America’s policymakers need to consider whether energy independence is really necessary to achieve adequate, reliable and affordable energy supplies, according to a new report from Deloitte.

ExxonMobil plans to invest approximately $185 billion over the next five years to develop new supplies of energy to meet expected growth in demand, Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson said recently in a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange.

The induction bending process for large-diameter pipes is very popular technology. An important problem in the bending process is prediction and improvement of the bending quality. In this article, a thermo-elastic-plastic mechanical model is used to simulate induction bending of large-diameter pipes. The bending experiments of the API 5L X65 induction bend pipes were performed to clarify the deformation behavior of the pipes. The large deformation behaviors of these experiments were simulated by finite element method, using ADINA software.

Control room functions at natural gas and oil companies are drawing unprecedented attention from industry officials and regulators alike. The complex applications that call for human attention are multiplying, raising the bar on operator candidate minimum capabilities requirements. The human-machine interfaces are getting smaller and smarter. The challenge is for operators to grow in their jobs, efficiently handling the burgeoning information flow.

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