The world’s energy picture is a complex mixture of factors. For years, oil has been the dominant source of energy in many countries. But in the past ten years, it has become clear that the world’s supply of oil is not unlimited, and that over time alternative sources of energy must be found.

With world population growing at a steady pace (the earth will be home to more than 9 billion people by 2050), global demand for energy is rapidly increasing and the untapped oil reserves lying in Africa are more and more attractive. Africa nowadays supplies around 11% of the world’s oil, but it is expected to pass North America soon to become the third-largest producing area after the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.

America is depending on natural gas for its energy future, and pipeline operators are focused on ensuring that their systems provide safe and reliable delivery. Doing so has its challenges, many of which can be managed through the use of technology to solve critical pipeline integrity management issues.

Natural gas production from shale, coal bed methane and tight sands is expected to generate significant job creation, economic growth, and revenue for federal, state and local treasuries throughout the U.S. in gas producing and non-producing states alike, according to a new IHS Global Insight study.

There are striking similarities between the pre-dot com period and today’s growing use of mobile technology. That is not to suggest now is the time to contemplate a new stock market boom. It is just that today’s mobile technology resembles what was then the Internet - much discussed, used en-masse by consumers and watched but yet to be widely adopted by business. In this article we discuss mobile: demystify it and look at current practices in the pipeline sector and how mobile can potential improve process and efficiency.

Optical fiber is increasingly being deployed in many upstream and midstream applications. It is now regularly used to provide high bandwidth telecommunications and infrastructure for SCADA, and is being used more to sense pressure, temperature and strain, along buried onshore pipelines, on subsea pipelines and down hole. In this article results are presented from the latest sensing capability using standard optical fiber to detect acoustic signals along the entire length of a fiber.

Clamp-on ultrasonic meters provide accurate measurement for natural gas reservoir storage wells and in several other applications. Natural gas is stored during the warm months so it is available when demand increases.

A representative sample of a hydrocarbon product is necessary to ensure proper accounting for transactions and efficient product processing. The amount of hydrocarbon product that is transported between producer, processor, distributor and end-user is significant.

Barton Community College’s Natural Gas programs have grown by leaps and bounds since the first curriculum was introduced in August 2008, but the roots go back to almost three decades ago when MidWest Energy began working with Barton, based in Great Bend, KS, to build a gas field on college grounds to train their workers.

In recent months the biggest news in the hyperactive midstream energy sector involves the acquisitions of three companies destined to make their buyers kings of the pipeline business for years to come.

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