November 2009 Vol. 236 No. 11


Business Meetings & Events

November Ad Index

Advertisers in the print edition for November 2009, Vol. 236 No. 11

November Association and Personnel News

Grady Bell of Laney Directional Drilling Co. discussed the state of horizontal directional drilling at the Oct. 5 meeting of the Pipeliners Association of Houston. <a href="">Association News</a>, <a href="">personnel changes</a> and <a href="">obituaries</a>.

November Company News, Mergers and Acquisitions

Plano, TX-based <strong>Invensys Operations Management</strong> has signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar contract to supply comprehensive operator training, process design and operation optimization solution to Malaysia LNG Tiga Sdn Bhd.

ROSEN Completes Inaugural AFX Survey

ROSEN USA recently completed the first inline inspection survey to combine both Axial Flaw Detection and Extended-Resolution Geometry technology.

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: An Argentine Adventure

Are we safe? Did we miss the bus? I slowly open my weary eyes, marveling that I am alive and in one piece.


Are Investors Prepared To Capture The Opportunity Of LNG That Emerges From The Recession?

Despite the global financial crisis which has led to a fall in energy demand and prices, the market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to regain its steep growth trajectory in the mid and long terms.

Are You Ready For DIMP?

In August, PHMSA informed the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee that the proposed rule on Gas Distribution Pipeline Integrity Management (commonly referred to as DIMP) has been approved by the DOT and sent to the Office of Management and Budget.

Costly Insider Security Breaches

A self-taught file system administrator had worked eleven years for Omega Engineering, a government contractor to NASA and the U.S. Navy, when he learned that he would be let go in a few days. The administrator inserted six simple lines of DOS code into the mainframe computer and borrowed the backup tapes. A few weeks after leaving the company, the program deleted every one of company’s mainframe files. The loss value was estimated at $10-12 million. The company never recovered. Here, in their simplicity, are the six lines of code. 7/30/96 F: F:LOGINLOGIN 12345 CDPUBLIC

First Robotic Device To Inspect Unpiggable Gas Transmission Pipeline

Full deployment and inspection of unpiggable pipelines has been achieved with Explorer II. Explorer II is an untethered, modular, remotely controllable, self-powered inspection robot for the visual and non-destructive inspection of 6- and 8-inch natural gas tranmission and distribution system pipelines.

Hacking The Industrial SCADA Network

It was a Trojan program inserted into SCADA system software that caused a massive natural gas explosion along the Trans-Siberian pipeline in 1982. A newspaper reported the resulting fireball yielded “the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space.”

LNG Facility Brings Positive Economic Change To Former Manufacturing Center

Waterbury, CT, is on the rebound, with various projects throughout the city revitalizing once derelict property. One such project was completed in fall 2007 by Yankee Gas Service Company, Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company.

Mears Hosts Workshop On ECDA For Cased Pipelines

Mears invited a group of customers to its state-of-the-art test-and-research facility for a hands-on workshop of External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA) applications of cased pipes.

Monopsnimby: An Ambivalent Florida Faces Its Energy Future

State and federal energy policy formulation is, at its essence, the ongoing attempt to reconcile the usually irreconcilable in the face of a changing geopolitical, economic and social environment.

Pre-Odorization Or Pickling Of New Natural Gas Pipe

Natural gas, odorless on its own, is odorized in order for people to be able to detect gas leaks by sense of smell.

Salt Cavern Gas Storage Facility Planned For Central Utah

Magnum Gas Storage, LLC, says it is working to firm up support for a project to construct the first large-scale, high-deliverability, multi-cycle salt cavern natural gas storage facility in the western United States.

SCADA Cyber Security Training

National SCADA Test Bed Advanced Training focused on energy sector participants to teach the difficult subject of cyber security, to raise awareness, to make better defenders and to encourage more security disciples.

Snelson Companies Construct Pipeline in Challenging Ground Conditions in Colorado

Snelson Companies Inc. recently completed the Colorado Hub Connection Pipeline, a 26.5-mile pipeline connecting the Meeker/White River hub in Rio Blanco, CO with Northwest's mainline system 17 miles south of Rangely, CO.

Weak Economy And Energy Price Uncertainty Continue To Hamper Product Consumption

<em>Pipeline & Gas Journal’s</em> 2009 29th Annual 500 Report provides detailed statistical listings of the nation’s energy pipeline systems. As in past years, the report ranks the nation’s top gas distribution, liquids and gas transmission systems.

From the Burner Tip

Measurement Matters: Improvements In Multiphase Flow Measurement

I was reviewing some recent columns and realized that I've been ranting about knowledge management and training programs for much of this year.


Alaska Natural Gas Coordinator Drue Pearce Steps Down

Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project Drue Pearce announced Nov. 16 that she will be stepping down from her position in accordance with a request from President Obama.

EPA GHG Emission Requirements Could Affect Interstate Pipelines

Pipelines dodged one Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas (GHG) bullet temporarily but may get hit by another.

Florida Raises "Significant National Issue" In FERC Consideration Of FGT Project

The state of Florida is pressing FERC to put conditions on its approval of Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC's Phase VIII Expansion Project.

In The News

November Newsreel: Gazprom launches business in North America; Quanta acquires Price Gregory and more

<a href="">Gazprom Marketing & Trading Launches North American Natural Gas Business</a> <a href="">Quanta Finalizes Price Gregory Acquisition; Forms New Natural Gas And Pipeline Division</a> <a href="">Bayou Companies Acquiring Garneau Assets In Canada</a>


Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan May Study New Trans-Caspian Pipeline

The state-run oil and gas firms of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have signed agreements to facilitate trans-Caspian transportation and export of Kazakhstan's growing oil production.

CNPC Starts Pipeline Work In Myanmar

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has begun building gas and oil pipelines through Myanmar.

Corinth Upgrades Pipe Manufacturing Facility

Corinth Pipeworks S.A. reports it is the first pipe manufacturer worldwide to produce 26-inch outside diameter pipes using the HFI (High Frequency Induction) welding process.

Dominion Seeks Approval For Appalachian Gateway Project

Dominion has requested the FERC pre-filing process for its proposed Appalachian Gateway Project.

Enbridge To Build $250 Million Pipeline In Gulf

Enbridge Inc. has entered into a letter of intent to construct and operate an oil pipeline from the proposed Big Foot ultra deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Enterprise Products and Duncan Energy Increase Capacity of Haynesville Extension Project

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Duncan Energy Partners L.P. announced Nov. 17 an increase in the capacity of its recently announced Haynesville Extension project from 1.4 Bcf/d to 2.1 Bcf/d.

ExxonMobil Looks to Buy Ghana Assets

Kosmos Energy LLC, a U.S. oil exploration company backed by Blackstone Group LP and Warburg Pincus LLC, plans to sell its Ghana assets to ExxonMobil Corp. for a reported $4 billion.

French Companies Merge to Create Global Solution for Oil and Gas Flow Management

Countum, the French-based holding company of the Satam company, completed its purchase of Meci Co. as part of its effort to create a major player on the oil and gas market.

Kinder Morgan Begins Biodiesel Shipments On Oregon Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has started commercial transportation of blended 2 percent biodiesel (B2) through its 115-mile Oregon Pipeline that runs from Portland to Eugene.

MapleLNG Wins Pipeline Approval

MapleLNG has received its permit from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for construction of a 1.3-mile pipeline.

Pemex Awards United Pipeline de Mexico $12.4 Million Contract

Insituform Technologies, Inc.’s Mexican joint venture, United Pipeline de Mexico de C.V. (UPM), has been awarded a $12.4 million contract by Pemex.

ProNeft To Build Pipeline In Russias Tomsk Oblast Region

ProNeft Resources has raised $US27.5 million from international investors to fund pipeline and infrastructure work on an oil field located in the Tomsk Oblast region of Russia.

Range Resources to Be Anchor Shipper for Spectra Energy's TEAM Expansion Program

Spectra Energy's Texas Eastern Transmission has executed a binding agreement for a minimum of 150 Mmcf/d of firm transportation capacity with the leading Marcellus Shale producer.

Regency Energy Partners Announces Two Pipeline Extensions

Regency Energy Partners LP has announced construction of two pipeline expansions to accommodate Haynesville Shale production.

Russia And Iraq Plan Pipeline Projects

Pipeline Asia News reports Russia and Iraq have reached agreements regarding the construction of two pipelines.

Russia Pushing Hard for South Stream Pipeline Project

Against the European Union's Southern Corridor project, Russia is redoubling efforts to advertise its own project, South Stream, with Italian backing.

Russia Seeking Investors To Develop Yamal Reserves

rime Minister Vladimir Putin said that Russia is open to the possibility of foreign companies investing in the hydrocarbon-rich Yamal Peninsula, albeit in partnership with Russian firms.

Satellite Connections Being Used for Remote Tuning, Testing of Indian Pipeline

GE Oil & Gas is using satellite connections to customer sites to tune and test gas turbine combustion systems at 11 pipeline stations owned by Reliance.

Subsea 7 To Build Pipeline Off Australia

Subsea 7 Inc. has been awarded a major subsea pipeline and installation services contract from Santos Limited at the Casino-Henry field, offshore Victoria, Australia.

Tenaska Capital Management To Build East Texas Gathering System

Tenaska Capital Management, LLC plans to build a new natural gas gathering system to serve the Haynesville shale formation in areas of East Texas lacking in gathering infrastructure.

Transco Wins Approval For Added Gas Service To Southeast

FERC has approved a proposal by Williams to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline by 308,500 Dth/d to serve markets in the southeastern United States.


Focus On Error Factors In The Control Room Urged By Industry Veteran

Charles Alday is a man on a mission to raise familiarity in pipeline companies of the human factors that can combine to produce extraordinary pipeline operations.

Web Exclusive

NACE International Announces the Resignation of Tony Keane, Executive Director

NACE International, the Corrosion Society, announces the resignation of Tony Keane as executive director.

Worlds First Offshore Gravity-Based LNG Terminal Near Venice

In a pioneering application for the global liquid natural gas (LNG) industry, GE Oil & Gas technology is powering the world’s first gravity-based offshore LNG terminal 10 miles offshore from the town of Rovigo, near Venice, on Italy’s north east coast.

What's New

November New Products

Pipeline Inspection Company, Ltd., Cameron and Hoerbiger, Lincoln Electric, R&M Energy Systems, Farwest Corrosion Control Co., American Innovations, GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, IRT Integrated Rectifier Technologies, Inc., KBR Magneto, Senscient Inc., SubSurface Instruments, Inc., Sensus, Porta-King, GeoFields, Inc.

What's New: Valves and Valve Operators

Structural Integrity Associates and New Century Software, Pipe and Valve Technology Institute, Victaulic, Elster Perfection, Rotork, Metso Automation, Tyco Flow Control, Siemens Energy & Automation, WhiteStar Corp., Tinker & Rasor, ViaData LP, Emerson Process Management, Sensus, Pietro Fiorentini and TechCorr.