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Pipeline transmission systems operate at high pressures which must be reduced (regulated) at off-takes and distribution points. Additionally, at compressor stations and power plants, the gas pressure to feed the fuel systems of gas turbines has to be reduced to a level acceptable to the fuel system controls.

In case you hadn’t realized it, the construction business is no longer strictly a man’s domain. Thanks to inspired and inspiring executives such as Gretchen Gagel, president of Continuum Advisory Group, that image is undergoing a gradual change and will continue to do so as long as we build houses, factories and yes, pipelines.

PLS Inc., a leading Houston-based research, transaction and advisory firm, in conjunction with its international partner Derrick Petroleum Services, reports global upstream oil and gas M&A activity for Q1 2014 of $40.7 billion spread across 192 transactions (including 133 with deal value disclosed).

Polyethylene (PE) has revolutionized low-pressure gas distribution pipeline design on a global basis. PE’s combination of flexibility, ease of joining, lack of corrosion, long-term durability and lower installation cost make it the gas transporter/operator’s preferred material.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles concerning research developments in the oil and gas business.

To hear Harvey Hack tell it, engineers like he, by their very nature, are not the best subjects for interviews.

Compressor stations are the unsung heroes of the pipeline and gas industry. Given the media hype lately, the public’s focus has been driven primarily to the extraction and refining components of the energy equation with little notice paid to the engines – literally – that transfer products from one end of the country to the other.

An inline inspection (ILI) project is not complete until the reported features are verified in the field. The process is important because inappropriate inspection techniques can invalidate an otherwise valid report.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday suggested bringing in European and U.S. companies to help operate the strategic pipeline that carries Russian natural gas across the country to Europe.

Last summer the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) previewed proposed additions to its integrity management program (IMP) which require operators to test pipe segments located in high-consequence areas (HCAs) and to “devote additional focus, efforts, and analysis … to ensure the integrity of [those] pipelines.”

The majority of the United States is dependent upon the Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline system for supplies of natural gas. Intelligent distributed condition monitoring solutions are now available for the compressor stations that maintain pressure on the natural gas pipeline network and ensure continuous forward movement of supplies.

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