July 2022, Vol. 249, No. 7


Editor's Notebook

US Midstream and the Russia Factor

With much of the world shunning Russian energy as prices surge, the resulting systematic upheaval in dynamics has the potential to alter oil and gas supply trends and trade partnerships for years to come.


Glick Renomination, Policies Become Converging Controversies

Some key decisions about federal pipeline regulation are coming to a head as the comment period for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) two draft policy statements closed and the Senate decides whether to renew Richard Glick’s chairmanship at FERC.

Environmental Groups Attempt to Slow LNG Exports to Europe

Despite Biden’s commitment to get more U.S. LNG to Europe, environmental groups are trying to convince FERC to slow or kill export LNG facilities and pipelines that serve them on mostly environmental grounds.


Gas Gathering Pipeline Rules: A New Beginning

The need to regulate the more than 425,000 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines throughout the United States for the first time stems from more than governmental fiat. It is tied to the transformation of the energy industry in the 21st century and the pipelines that supply increasingly complex markets.

How Operators Can Respond to PHMSA Gas Gathering Reporting Rule

A new gas gathering rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), expands safety oversight to all onshore gas-gathering pipelines, with the intent to make all processes associated with pipelines safer.

South Africa’s Fuel Switch and the Pipeline Market

South Africa’s drive to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 would require huge investments in a phased fuel switch by industrial and domestic consumers, which could diversely impact the country’s pipeline market.

Identifying, Minimizing Sinkhole in Pipeline Rights-of-Way

Kentucky and Pennsylvania have several areas within their borders susceptible to karst formations, including sinkholes and surface depressions. These states also have substantial resources available for pipeline companies to review when attempting to identify locales with sinkholes as well as areas that are prone to karst formations.

Understanding Specifications When Purchasing Pipeline Materials

To successfully procure the materials needed for a new pipeline system, engineering professionals must have the technical experience, logistical knowledge and organizational systems in place to support the project’s needs.

Ongoing Journey of Composite Repairs

Carbon steel has been used for over a century as the standard material for pipelines. Throughout that time, countless new techniques and improvements have been made so much so that new pipelines laid today share almost nothing with their ancestors beyond shape.

What to Do When the Corps of Engineers Turns You Down

It may surprise some who have had contentious relationships with the Corps of Engineers over project permits, but Corps professionals take no delight in pointing out deficiencies within an application.

PRCI Leading the Way into the Energy Future

When a small group of pipeline operators at a conference realized they were each experiencing brittle cracks in their pipelines, they also realized the power of collaboration. Within two short years of pooling resources and research, a solution presented itself to end the decades-long issue.

Securing Pipeline Flow Measurement and Metering

Maintaining safe, reliable and profitable pipeline operations requires a high degree of trust. This is especially true for remote users who must have faith that the conditions are safe and that the person or device requesting the operation has authorization to do so.

Making the Link Between DAS, Machine Learning, Digitalization

There is increased pressure for pipeline operators to improve efficiencies, reliability and safety. One way these demands can be achieved, which is widely regarded as the way forward, is digitalization – whereby digital technologies seamlessly connect to advance processes throughout an organization.

Taking a Look at 5 Opportunities in a Hydrogen Economy

The United States and many other countries have set goals to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. To achieve this end, entire economies will need to be decarbonized.

Economic and ESG Cost of Lost and Unaccounted for Gas Errors

The industry-accepted lost and unaccounted for (LAUF) natural gas storage, processing and transportation averages 0.40% of throughput. LAUF is driven by myriad factors, including pneumatic device integrity and venting, but it is dominated by persistent measurement errors.

EIA Update

FERC OKs Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Aimed at US Exports

In the first quarter of 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved three projects intended to increase U.S. natural gas exports via pipeline and as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Natural Gas Consumed by US Electric Power Sector Sets Record

In January 2022, natural gas consumed for electric power in the United States averaged 31.6 Bcf/d (895 MMcm/d), the highest January average on record and the highest amount for any winter month.

Guest Commentary

Dealing with Lack of Universal Sleeve Manufacturing Specifications

Full encirclement steel sleeves have been a popular repair solution for more than a century and are widely used by pipeline operators.


Nigeria On Board with Morocco-to-Europe Gas Pipeline

Vaca Muerta Gas Pipeline Targets 25% Capacity Growth, Much-Delayed Iran-Oman Pipeline Project Back on Track, 105-Mile Genesis Deep-Water Pipeline Expected by 2025, UGI to Fully Fund for RNG Projects in South Dakota, Nigeria On Board with Morocco-to-Europe Gas Pipeline and more.

Tech Notes

Digitized Testing System Takes Flight

IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH (IMA) boosted its testing capabilities with an all-digital measurement and control chain that automates shell testing.

DNV to Evaluate Use of Hydrogen in Czech Republic Pipeline

DNV, an assurance provider, has been asked by NET4GAS, the international gas transmission system operator based in the Czech Republic, to evaluate the hydrogen suitability of an existing DN 1400 pressure natural gas transmission pipeline and related stations.

What's New

What's New July 2022

Endress, Trimble, Honeywell, Sensor Networks, Dinkle, Juniper, ROSEN and more.


People in the News July 2022

People in the News July 2022

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