Workforce

Despite Recent Setbacks, Midstream Shows Confidence

The cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the court order to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline will have a lasting impact on the midstream sector, signaling ongoing legal and regulatory challenges and making it harder to raise capital for large projects, a Pipeline & Gas Journal survey indicates.

UCT Conference Moves to Late Spring

The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) has been moved from late January 2021 to May 18-20 at Music City Center in Nashville.

Norway Could Cut 22% of Oil and Gas Output if Workers Strike

Norwegian oil firms plan to close down 22% of the country's oil and gas output, or 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, if workers go on strike next week, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said.

Register for the Virtual Pipeline Opportunities Conference-EMEA

The POC-EMEA virtual conference is free to attend and will feature live and recorded sessions, allowing you the ability to tune in where you are, at a time that is convenient.

Pipeline Conference To Explore Germany’s Hydrogen Grid

Join the inaugural Pipeline Opportunities Conference – EMEA (POC-EMEA) from your home or office on September 17 and gain insight into the ongoing challenges operators and service companies face in the region.

API Names Distinguished Pipeline Safety Award Winners

Citgo, Colonial and Marathon were selected by their peers as winners of API's annual safety awards, which recognize leadership in fostering a proactive safety culture and sharing best practices with the industry.

Energy Firms Halt Return-to-Work Initiatives as Virus Cases Soar

Energy companies in Houston abruptly paused plans to return employees to their offices as cases of COVID-19 soared to the highest daily numbers recorded in the state and top hospitals warned they could soon run out of ICU beds.

Canada's Enbridge Says 800 Workers Take Voluntary Buyouts

Enbridge has reported that 800 workers have agreed to take voluntary buyouts as the pipeline operator seeks to cut costs amid the pandemic.

Pipeline Operator Energy Transfer Warns of Coming Job Cuts

Dallas-based pipeline operator Energy Transfer will begin cutting about 6% of its workforce next week, as the impact of weak oil and gas prices continued to spread through the energy industry.

NACE Partially Reopens Houston Training Center, Offers Online Courses

NACE International will begin reopening its Houston-based training center at the end of the month.

NACE International Corrosion 2020 Conference Cancelled Due to Pandemic

NACE International has officially canceled its Corrosion 2020 Conference and Expo.

Reporting Higher Q1 Profits, Enterprise Products CEO Puts a Personal Spin on COVID Response

Enterprise Products Partners’ outspoken co-CEO Jim Teague used a conference call with investors Wednesday as an opportunity to comment on the U.S. economic shutdown, reflecting on his personal experiences during the 1950s polio epidemic and as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in relation to the COVID-19 response.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

Control Centers at the Heart of Innovation, Advancement

Just as technology advances helped drive U.S. oil and gas producers to new heights, operators of the energy highways – the pipelines and their sophisticated control centers – are increasingly harnessing innovation to gain efficiency.

EnLink Midstream Lays off 20% of Workforce

EnLink Midstream said it has laid off about 300 employees, or 20% of its workforce, to cut costs amid an unprecedented crash in oil prices because of the coronavirus outbreak and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

AGA Chair Diane Leopold Brings Positive Outlook to Challenging Period for Industry

Diane Leopold became chair of the American Gas Association just in time for an unprecedented economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Dominion Energy, talked to P&GJ about the challenges and opportunities facing the natural gas industry.

Gazprom Workers Leave Hospital After Negative Coronavirus Tests

Twenty Gazprom workers, who were airlifted to a hospital following a coronavirus scare last week, have been discharged after the tests came back negative, a Gazprom spokesman said on Monday.

Pipeline Opportunities Conference Focuses on Business, Industry Success

The 16th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference (POC) took place on March 3 at the Westin Galleria in Houston, TX bringing together nearly 200 owners, operators, and industry experts from around the country.

Gazprom Isolates 20 Workers at Field Feeding Nord Stream Pipeline

Russian gas company Gazprom has isolated 20 workers at a major natural gas field which feeds the Nord Stream pipeline after one worker tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pipeliners Podcast: Education Through Conversation

Over the last decade, podcasts have emerged as a popular form of distributing audio content to a broad, international public that covers specialized topics. In November 2017, the Pipeliners Podcast became the first such podcast focused on pipelining.

Taking Responsibility for Next Generation of Pipeline Talent

As the discussion around the skills gap in pipeline continues, clients ask me what they should be doing as a business to attract new talent, and how they can help those from outside the industry transition into a career in the market.

When Workers Leave: How to Retain Their Knowledge

Like other manufacturers, the oil and gas industry is impacted by the impending departure of an aging workforce. The people who make up this group have decades of institutional knowledge that has become second nature within the work environment, yet much of this knowledge is unstructured and not readily available to others across the organization.

Embedding Operating Procedures in Pipeline SCADA

The pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) operator has one of the most critical jobs in the pipeline industry and should be given all the help available to keep pipelines safe and liquid flowing. To this end, more than 25 years ago, a major oil company determined that SCADA-embedded operating procedures and safety features were needed to improve safety.

Productivity & Safety: A Natural Pairing in Pipe Handling

Most construction accidents happen during pipe handling, when workers are loading and unloading large, heavy pipe or when additional construction equipment is brought in to move big and unwieldy pipe with workers in close proximity.

Where PHMSA’s Voluntary Information-Sharing Program Stands

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officials are apparently still interested in developing a voluntary information sharing (VIS) safety reporting program.

PPI Offers Overview on NDT for Plastic Pipe

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) published a new document, Inspection of Plastic Pipes, Fittings and Joints Using Non-Destructive Test Methods and Evaluation (TN-60), which provides an overview of non-destructive testing and evaluation techniques that have been introduced into the plastic pipe industry.

A Chat with PPI’s Energy Piping Chief

Randy Knapp, is the director of engineering at the Energy Piping Systems Division of The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc.  In this conversation, he discusses educating the industry about plastic pipes, the need for more skilled labor in the sector and what PPI sees as the its top priorities in the coming year.

PPI Provides Midstream Workforce with Chance to Learn About Plastic Pipes

As employment growth continues across much of the U.S., many companies are finding it increasingly difficult to hire people with the right skill set. The energy sector is no different, and the situation is more severe in the United States because of rapid industry growth.

APGA Chairman Intends to Re-Engage Membership

In an interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, APGA Chairman Samual Davis Jr. discusses the challenges and goals faced by the organization in during the coming year. He also talks about strategies for effectively explaining the benefits of natural gas to the public and shares his thoughts on electrification.

Alternative to Congested Pipelines at Risk as Canada Rail Strike Looms

Canada's Teamsters notified Canadian National Railway of plans to strike Tuesday after a stalemate in contract negotiations, threatening an important shipping alternative to congested pipelines for Alberta's oil producers.

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