Headquartered in Spokane, WA with a service area of more than 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, Avista Utilities is embarking on a 20-year program to systematically replace 714 miles of plastic main piping and install transition tubing at the identified steel tees at a cost of about $10 million a year. The investor-owned utility serves about 323,000 natural gas customers and another 158,000 electric customers.

Centrifugal compressor surge and its prevention have drawn significant attention in compressor literature and editorial content. An important aspect of surge avoidance lies in the design of the compressor station and, in particular, the piping upstream and downstream of the compressor.

DESFA, the gas transmission system operator in Greece, has ordered state-owned public gas corporation DEPA SA to supply the country’s largest and most expensive high-pressured natural gas pipeline ever.

Specialist pipe measurement technology company Optical Metrology Services (OMS) Ltd, recently completed measuring more than 19,000 pipe ends for Bredero Shaw at its pipe-coating facility in Leith, Scotland. The pipes are destined for use on Chevron’s technically challenging Congo River Crossing (CRX) Pipeline project.

Business transformation can be a daunting task for any organization to undertake. As the economy begins to show signs of recovery, companies seeking to shift their strategy away from cost-cutting and toward growth and value creation are learning this the hard way.

Today’s inline inspection (ILI) technologies provide reliable solutions for inspecting pipelines once deemed unpiggable or difficult to inspect. Yet the tools are only one part of the solution. The fact remains that “unpiggable” pipeline challenges do not affect just the ILI tools – planning and managing the overall inspection project, and the complex variables involved, are critically important in delivering expectations in these challenging environments.

A hundred years encompasses a lot of history; if you’re talking about the energy industry and pipeline infrastructure, then you’re really including almost the entire history of the business.

For Johann Stupp and five succeeding generations of the Stupp family, America has certainly been a land of opportunity. Still, it’s unlikely that 157 years ago, Johann could ever have imagined that a company bearing his name would be known worldwide as an industrial leader providing essential materials for the construction of pipelines, bridges, sports facilities and even high-rise buildings.

Oil and gas companies are tasked with maintaining, securing and ensuring that hundreds of miles of pipeline deliver energy to residents and businesses throughout the country every day. This is a job made even more daunting considering the shortage of resources within the industry and budgets requiring managers to stretch every dollar.

The work of a forensic engineer can be exciting, challenging and rewarding; however, behind the glamorous veneer, it is high pressure, hard work, frequently requiring its practitioner to draw unpopular conclusions.

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