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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.

Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is experiencing a strong resurgence of exploration and production activity and is well on its way toward reaching a “new equilibrium” in 2013 according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest upstream outlook.

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The need for good quality measurement has increased dramatically in recent years. Deregulation of market pricing structures, open access markets, increased exploration and drilling costs, fierce competition and new regulatory requirements have all influenced today’s approach to quality measurement methodologies. In fact, the terminology has evolved from “gas volume measurement” to “total energy measurement.” Today, not only is the volume of gas a consideration, but also the quantity of energy the gas produces. The gas industry has evolved from the MMcf to the MMBtu.

White Cliffs Pipeline, a partially owned subsidiary of SemGroup Corp., is considering an expansion of capacity from Platteville, CO to Cushing, OK to facilitate increasing shipments of crude petroleum from the DJ Basin to the Cushing hub.

Governmental bodies are paying particular attention to seam welded pipes because several prominent releases, including the PG&E San Bruno, CA explosion, occurred at longitudinal seams.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and DCP Midstream, have jointly agreed to design and construct a natural gas liquids pipeline that will originate in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin in Weld County, CO and extend 435 miles to Skellytown, TX in Carson County.

This Thursday, Nov. 15, GE Industrial Solutions is presenting a webinar examining a new technology for inspecting unpiggable pipelines (more info and registration available here). To give us a taste of what's to come, P&GJ asked Robert Pechacek to answer a few quick questions.