U.S. market demand for high quality oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and steel line pipe products is growing due to the development of shale oil and gas reserves. The shale play has also given life to new pipe mills focused on reducing lead times and serving U.S. customers with a full range of locally manufactured seamless, welded and premium products, in a market where imported products account for more than 50% of total consumption.

It’s been a long road to the top for Northern Natural Gas, which sits at the apex of the latest Mastio survey of top customer value rankings in both the overall legacy category, and among top mega and major pipelines.

In fact, as recently as 2003, Northern ranked dead last in the rankings.

Our world is rapidly changing at an unprecedented pace, and the 21st century poses many challenges – food, water, education, poverty and war to name but a few. Faced with all of these, it is important that we not overlook the fact that one key challenge – meeting the global demand for energy sustainability – will be fundamental to meeting all other challenges.

The LDC remains the backbone of the nation’s natural gas distribution network. Natural gas utilities serve more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the nation that is delivered through a 2.4-million-mile underground delivery system with an outstanding safety record.

What many have called “the natural gas revolution” is a game changer not only for North American energy but potentially for the rest of the world. The two main factors in propelling commodities from local to global resources are logistics and technology.

From a little boy peppered with Band-Aids, the result of weekend mishaps from driving go-carts he’d build in the family’s garage, Larry Alexander went on to use his tenacity for design to build two highly successful companies.

The value of governmental regulation cannot be denied. In addition to numerous safety and environmental benefits, it provides a benchmark for maintaining safety and stability during the completion of field work – be it new infrastructure integration or maintenance and repair.

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92% – more than 65 million customers – receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

This article explains a test methodology that could determine the design life of heat fusion fittings and joints at end user field conditions of operating stress, operating temperature and desired design life. The methodology is useful not only for design life based on internal pressure, which is the primary load, but also to determine the effects of secondary loads, such as bending, rock impingement, squeeze-off and deflection.

Management systems are created to detail activities that an organization or its business units must implement to manage safety through the mitigation of business risk. Business risks are specific to each business unit and may include:

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