Safety

Shell Probes Smoke Report Near Gbaran Oil Facility in Nigeria

Residents in the nearby community reported a fire near Shell's Gbaran Ubie oil and gas facility in Nigeria, stating that blasts were heard in the area where pipeline repair works had been ongoing.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Repairs Leak, Proceeds with West Virginia-Virginia Gas Line Testing

U.S. natural gas pipeline venture Mountain Valley Pipeline said on Friday it repaired a segment of pipe that failed a water test earlier in the month and will continue to prepare the long-delayed West Virginia-Virginia pipe for service.

Pipeline Safety Improves Over Five Years, Focuses on Community Engagement and Low-Carbon Solutions

Despite increases in pipeline mileage and the volume of barrels transported, the American Petroleum Institute's recent report reveals that pipeline safety has seen improvement across various key metrics over the past five years.

Exxon to Temporarily Shut Guyana Platforms for Pipeline Connection

The 140-mile (225-km) pipeline will feed Guyana's $1.9 billion gas-to-power project aimed at ending the country's dependence on imported fuels and at lowering energy costs for residents.

Kinder Morgan Declares Force Majeure on West Texas Gas Pipeline After Fire

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan said on Friday a fire that erupted on a West Texas natural gas pipeline it operates was extinguished after burning for most of the day.

Cenovus Subsidiary Husky Oil Operations Fined $1.83 Million for 2018 Canada Oil Spill

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) had laid three charges against Husky Oil Operations Ltd. for the spill — the largest in the province's history — in October 2021.

Four Killed in Drone Attack on Northern Iraq's Khor Mor Gas Field

Four expatriate workers were killed in a drone attack targeting the Khor Mor gas field in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Friday, an advisor to the Iraqi Kurdish prime minister told Reuters.

Security Concerns Drive Interest in Subsea Clamps

(P&GJ) — Increased concerns about energy security and the desire to support net-zero targets through innovative decommissioning projects are driving up demand for subsea clamps and connectors, according to pipeline technology specialist STATS Group.

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG Plant Shuts Until Friday After Gas Leak

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG plant in Arctic northern Norway was evacuated on Tuesday because of a gas leak during maintenance and will remain offline until Friday at least, the company said.

FBI Warns of Chinese Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure, Including 23 Pipeline Operators

Chinese government-linked hackers have burrowed into U.S. critical infrastructure and are waiting "for just the right moment to deal a devastating blow," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday.

Asbestos Pipe Abatement Possibly Simplified

(P&GJ) — From 1914 until 1988, asbestos was just an accepted part of life and industry, and even at the end of that span, the only requirement by the EPA was the reporting of asbestos used in some products.

TC Energy Expects No Service Disruptions After Alberta Pipeline Rupture

TC Energy said on Wednesday it does not anticipate any service interruptions from the rupture of its NGTL gas pipeline in Alberta, Canada, which caused a wildfire on Tuesday.

TC Energy's NGTL Gas Pipeline Rupture Sparks Wildfire in Alberta

A section of TC Energy's NGTL gas pipeline system in Alberta ruptured and caught fire on Tuesday, sparking a wildfire about 25 miles northwest of Edson, Alberta, in Yellowhead County, the company said.

Tamarack Valley Halts Alberta Output After Fire at Canadian Natural Resources' Gas Plant

Canadian Natural Resources, the country's biggest oil and gas producer, said it was alerted to the fire that had started inside its Mitsue Gas Plant at about 4.00 a.m. local time.

Mexican Pemex Crude Output Reduced After Platform Fire, Source Says

Mexican Pemex crude oil production is down some 20,000 barrels per day following a fire at an offshore platform on Saturday that left several injured and at least one dead, a source at the state energy company said.

INGAA Commends House Leaders for Advancing Pipeline Safety Bill

Amy Andryszak, president and CEO of INGAA, commended the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce for its progress in advancing the Pipeline Safety, Modernization, and Expansion Act of 2024.

Colonial Pipeline Freezes Nominations on Baltimore Section Amid Port Shutdown

The Colonial Pipeline Company on Tuesday paused nominations to ship fuel on cycles 15 and 16 on Line 32, which delivers products to its Curtis Bay facility in the port of Baltimore, according to a notice seen by Reuters.

Common Challenges with Field-Applied Liquid Epoxy Pipeline Coatings

Coatings are an incredibly important part of maintaining safe pipeline operations and asset integrity, including being a first line of defense against corrosion and corrosion-induced failures.

Protection in Renewal Biogas Systems for Increased Pipeline Reliability

Biogas is a renewable fuel generated through the anaerobic fermentation of organic matter. Biogas is a mixture of gases, mainly methane and carbon dioxide, accompanied by trace elements dependent on the feedstock and production method.

Leak Shuts Down CDU and Coker at TotalEnergies Texas Refinery, Sources Say

The coker and small crude distillation unit (CDU) were shut by a leak on the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) at TotalEnergies' 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, people familiar with plant operations said on Monday.

U.S. Coast Guard Investigates Oil Spill Off Huntington Beach, California Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday were trying to identify the source of an oil spill off the coast of Huntington beach, California, the agency said.

Xcel Energy Says Its Facilities Likely Started Texas Fire, Faces Negligence Allegations

The Minneapolis-based utility, which provides power and natural gas to parts of Texas and seven other U.S. states, disputed "claims that it acted negligently in maintaining and operating its infrastructure."

Denmark Ends Probe Into 'Deliberate' Nord Stream Pipeline Blasts

Denmark has dropped its investigation into the explosions in 2022 on the Nord Stream pipelines carrying Russian gas to Germany, police said on Monday, becoming the second nation to do so after Sweden closed its own inquiry.

Iran's Main Gas Pipeline Hit by Sabotage, Oil Minister Says

Two explosions along Iran's main south-north gas pipeline network on Wednesday were caused by sabotage, the Iranian oil minister told state TV, without naming any suspects.

Phillips 66 Shuts Section of Oklahoma Panhandle Pipeline After Fire

Phillips 66 said it has shut a section of a natural gas pipeline it operates in the Oklahoma Panhandle after fire and rupture that occurred on Tuesday morning.

Saudi Aramco's Capacity Cut and Pipeline Incident Trigger 11% Drop in Saipem Shares

Shares in Italian energy contractor Saipem plunged by 11% on Tuesday after damage caused by an incident involving one of its pipe-laying vessels and a decision by Saudi Aramco to drop its oil capacity expansion plans.

Solving Sulfide Stress Cracking in Sour Service

Nearly every oil country tubular goods (OCTG) manufacturer and producer is looking for solutions to sour service. It’s a perpetual issue that’s been hampering the oil and gas industry for as long as pipes have been underground.

QatarEnergy Pauses Red Sea LNG Shipping Amid Attacks, Seeks Security Advice

QatarEnergy, the world's second largest exporter of LNG, has stopped sending tankers via the Red Sea although production continues, a senior source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

New Alternatives for Noise Reduction in Gas Pipelines

Natural gas pipeline pressure reduction applications pose significant design challenges for engineers. Since flow varies considerably through these stations, control valves are required to throttle over a wide range, with large pressure drops at times, which create the potential for high noise.

Optimizing Emergency Response Through Alarm Management

With the implementation of the PHMSA Control Room Management (CRM) Rule in 2012, pipeline operators and control room managers have become familiar with the fundamentals of alarm management.