Operations

API Summarizes Enhanced Pipeline Leak Detection Standards

(P&GJ) — Leak prevention, mitigation and detection are critical to ensure pipelines operate safely and reliably to protect the public, workers, the environment and pipeline assets.

Sweden Sends Diving Vessel to Investigate Nord Stream Pipelines After Leak

Sweden sent a diving vessel on Monday to the site of Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea that ruptured last week following blasts in the area, to probe an incident that has added new tension to Europe's energy crisis.

Putin Accuses West of Blowing Up Pipelines as Europe Steps Up Vigilance

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday blamed the United States and its allies for blowing up the undersea Nord Stream pipelines, raising the temperature in a crisis that has left Europe racing to secure its energy infrastructure and supplies.

Kremlin Rejects Claims Russia Attacked Nord Stream Gas Pipelines

The Kremlin on Wednesday said claims that Russia was somehow behind a possible attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines were stupid, adding that the United States had opposed the pipelines and its companies had made big profits supplying gas to Europe.

EU Vows to Protect Energy Network After 'Sabotage' of Russian Gas Pipeline

The European Union on Wednesday promised a "robust" response to any intentional disruption of its energy infrastructure after saying it suspected sabotage was behind gas leaks discovered this week on subsea Russian pipelines to Europe.

PHMSA Awards $75.6 Million for Pipeline Safety Oversight, Enhancement Activities

(P&GJ) – The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has awarded over $75.6 million in grants to fund projects and activities to improve the safety of pipelines. The grants will support the jobs of state pipeline inspectors, important pipeline safety training and educational programs, and the advancement of pipeline safety technologies.

Mysterious Gas Leaks from Russian Pipelines to Europe Raise Sabotage Fears

Europe was investigating leaks in two Russian gas pipelines that churned up the Baltic Sea on Tuesday and raised concerns from Copenhagen to Moscow about sabotage on infrastructure at the heart of an energy standoff.

GPT Industries Finalist for P&GJ Award for Best Coating Technology

GPT Industries' EVOLUTION is a patent pending product that is the first of its kind to be a fully encapsulated isolating gasket. This proprietary coating has a greater than 50% increase in dielectric strength over existing isolation kits and it is compatible with all media that may be present within oil and gas pipelines.

Lake Superior Competing for P&GJ Award for Best Corrosion Technology

Lake Superior Consulting’s Atmospheric Corrosion Inspection iLINE App, which helps pipeline owners maintain continuous pipeline operations while adhering to Atmospheric Corrosion Inspections, which are required every three years by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Valves

(P&GJ) — Oils processing occurs in multiple stages and requires specialized piping systems to handle different fluids. Additionally, oils and their products are explosive, with traces of hazardous gases. As such, valves and other components of the piping systems must provide leak and emission-free transportation of fluids.

Slow Economy, Fuel Theft Hampers Transnet Pipeline’s Output

(P&GJ) — South Africa’s slow economic recovery, the national lockdown triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19 and pipeline product theft adversely affected the 2021 performance of the country’s biggest operator of fuel pipeline systems, Transnet Pipelines.

Canadian Wildfires Force Trans Mountain Pipeline Workers to Evacuate Site

A camp housing workers for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project in southern British Columbia was evacuated on Monday due wildfires in the region, although flows on the existing pipeline are not impacted, Trans Mountain Corp. said.

Mobiltex Data Finalist for P&GJ Award for Maintenance Technology

Mobiltex Data’s CorTalk RMU1-LITE remote monitoring unit is a low cost, high reliability device intended to remotely monitor AC/DC potentials (both on and instant-off) on a CP protected structure.

Slovak’s SPP Inks LNG Supply Deal with Exxon

Slovakia's national gas importer SPP has signed an LNG supply deal with Exxon Mobil, SPP said on Thursday, as Europe races to secure alternatives to Russian gas.

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Sparks Fire in Louisiana Waters

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday that it was responding to a natural gas pipeline explosion at Lake Lery, Louisiana, and there have been no reports of injuries, casualties or pollution at this time.

Being Certain of Flow Measurement Meter Uncertainty

For many years, the oil and gas industry has widely believed that the production test separator gives the most accurate flow rate measurements. However, realistically, it’s unlikely to be used because of the sheer size of a separator, which creates mobility issues such as the need to lift it with cranes and a requirement for ruggedized equipment for shocks and vibrations.

Williams Acquires Texas Natural Gas Pipeline for $423 Million

The $423 million transaction, which closed on August 31, 2022, includes approximately 80 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines and 36 Bcf of natural gas storage in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

France to Resurrect Abandoned Pipeline to Supply More Winter Gas to Germany

France is reactivating a disused pipeline in its northeastern Moselle administrative department, originally built for east-to-west flows, to send Germany gas under an energy deal unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron, according to French officials.

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Several key factors can impact system performance, including: design and maintenance best practices, unintuitive operation, and undiagnosed operational issues can all impact system performance.

Equinor, Wintershall Dea Consider Building 560-Mile Pipeline to Capture CO2 Under North Sea

Equinor and Wintershall Dea eye the construction of a 900-km (560-mile) long pipeline to transport CO2 from northern Germany to storage sites offshore Norway before 2032. The pipeline is expected to have a transport capacity of 20 million to 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Bulk Carrier Beached After Collision with LNG Tanker in Gibraltar

An LNG tanker and a bulk carrier have collided off Gibraltar, leaving the latter beached, authorities in the British overseas territory on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula said on Tuesday.

Case Study: Improved Efficiency of Integrity Programs Using EMAT Technology

Various inline inspection (ILI) tools exist for different line operating conditions and defect morphologies. To address these varying conditions and morphologies, operators often need to run multiple ILI tools receiving results in separate or combined reports.

Oceaneering Freedom AUV System Achieves TRL 6 for Pipeline Inspection

Oceaneering said on Monday its Freedom AUV, following an extensive testing and qualification program, has achieved Technology Readiness Level 6 on a 1-9 scale, as assessed by an expert industry group with representation from TotalEnergies, Chevron, and Equinor.

Pipeline Operator Gail Says India in Talks with Russia to Resume Gas Supply Deal

India is in talks with Russia to resume gas supplies under the long-term import deal between Gazprom and GAIL (India) Ltd., the state-run Indian company's chairman said at an annual shareholder meeting on Friday.

Serious Injury Reported at TC Energy’s NGTL Pipeline Work Site in Alberta

The Canada Energy Regulator said work was stopped at the TC Energy’s NGTL Edson Mainline work site near Caroline, Alberta, after it was notified of a serious, non-fatal injury on Thursday.

Shell, Union Workers Agree to End Strike at Prelude FLNG Off Australia

Shell and unions representing workers at its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility have reached a wage deal to end a long-running strike and restart production at the site off northwest Australia, they said on Wednesday.

Freeport LNG Expects to Resume Partial Operations in November

Freeport LNG Development LP said on Tuesday it expects to resume partial operations at the liquefaction facility in early to mid-November.

Kellas Midstream Installs Real-Time Methane Monitoring Sensors at Teesside Gas Terminal

Kellas Midstream, the BlackRock and GIC backed company responsible for transporting 40% of the U.K.’s domestic gas production, has deployed continuous emissions monitoring at its Teesside Central Area Transmission System terminal in partnership with Project Canary.

Damaged Pipeline System Halts Energy Supplies to Europe

Europe faces fresh disruption to energy supplies due to damage to a pipeline system bringing oil from Kazakhstan through Russia that was reported by the pipeline operator on Monday, adding to concerns over a plunge in gas supplies.

Two Oil Pipelines Destroyed by Explosives in Nigeria, Officers Arrest Four

Nigerian police said on Tuesday two oil pipelines that feed the Brass export terminal, one of Nigeria's export streams operated by Italian group Eni, were recently blown up by explosives.