Petrofac's engineering and consulting services business, in partnership with Doris Engineering, was awarded a project management contract by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for specialized technical assistance and supervision for construction, installation, commissioning, testing and start-up of deepwater subsea wells and infrastructure for the Lakach project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. was selected by Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to provide project management services for the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Program.

Natural gas utilities increased their investment in natural gas efficiency programs to nearly $958 million in 2011, according to a report from the American Gas Association (AGA).

This article describes the two different process applications and quality-control aspects of zinc for corrosion control. A question often faced by engineers and material procurement personnel concerns making a choice between hot-dip galvanized material and zinc-electroplated options. The process, properties and quality-control issues of the two are discussed here in simple terms. This article also references typical applicable ASTM specifications.

Establishing pipeline integrity requires identifying specific threats, understanding their relationship to the condition of the pipeline, and establishing what mitigative measures are appropriate to assure integrity. The pipeline industry has relied on many years of research and experience to develop a set of tools to perform qualitative analyses of pipeline integrity. With the implementation of the Integrity Management Program (IMP) by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), the analysis methods and results must be defendable and documented.

Dominion East Ohio and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) have teamed up to offer free energy efficiency assessments (up to a $6,000 value) to qualifying Dominion customers who own or lease a nonresidential building.

Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI) has acquired through subsidiaries the Paradox Basin midstream assets of Patara Oil & Gas LLC.

Custody transfer measurement in the oil and gas business has been described many ways. It has been called, “An accuracy in measurement that both the buyers and sellers can agree upon” and “The best that can be achieved to meet the contract conditions.” But I prefer to call it, “The search for the truth.”

Dow Oil, Gas & Mining and Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd (PIH) (part of the CRC Evans group of companies) report a simple and robust field joint coating process for DOW NEPTUNE™ F Advanced Subsea Flow Assurance Insulation.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. is buying Copano Energy, L.L.C. for $5 billion. Copano, a midstream natural gas company with operations primarily in Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming, provides services to natural gas producers, including natural gas gathering, processing, treating and natural gas liquids fractionation.

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