EXAMINING A GROUNDBREAKING ENHANCEMENT TO CRACK DEPTH SIZING
Rogelio Guajardo R., Global Manager, UC Data Analysis, explains the Enhanced Sizing methodology for ultrasonic crack inspection!
APPLICATION OF PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT IN PIPELINE INTEGRITY
Ricardo Almandoz / Debora Veitia ROSEN Germany
ENSURING THE TECHNICAL SAFETY OF GAS INFRASTRUCTURES IN GERMANY
Alfred Klees & Anika Gross DVGW - German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water
INTEGRATED SAFETY CONCEPT OF DVGW IN TERMS OF STATISTICAL VERIFICATION OF INCIDENTS
Frank Dietzsch DVGW - German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water
IMPLEMENTING THE INTEGRAL DVGW SAFETY CONCEPT AT OPEN GRID EUROPE
Dr. Michael Steiner Open Grid Europe
ENHANCED SAFETY THROUGH EXPERT ASSESSMENTS
Christian Engel TÜV Nord
BIL - A SHIFT OF PARADIGM FOR CONSTRUCTION INQUIRIES
Jens Focke BIL - Federal German Construction Enquiry Portal
PIPELINE SECURITY - PUBLIC AWARENESS AND MITIGATION OF THIRD PARTY ACCIDENTS
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmidt / Natalie Schmidt / Johannes Biernath Center of Safety Excellence
Corrosion Prevention
For a century now, DENSO Group Germany represents experience, quality and reliability for corrosion prevention and sealing technology

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Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures

Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures (Sergey Tarasov / Shutterstock)

A new study appointed by Honeywell shows that most industrial companies are not adopting their cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, although cyber attacks have increased around the globe.

The survey – Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda – was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell. It polled 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies about their approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and their use of industrial cyber security technologies and practices. The core results are:

APGA releases new Code of Environmental Practice

Australian Pipeline and Gas Association

The Australian Pipelines & Gas Association has published an updated version of its Code of Environmental Practice for Onshore Pipelines.

Since the first release back in 1998 three revisions of the Code were published by APGA.

Deliberations on Trans Mountain Pipeline Enter Next Round

Deliberations on Trans Mountain Pipeline Enter Next Round

The Canadian Federal Conservative Party is venting its frustration with what it perceives as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pro environment, anti - pipeline stance on the further development of Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Andrew Scheer, leader of the party, said he doubts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to the $6.8 billion project, adding that he has "zero confidence" that Trudeau will back the pipeline to the finish line.

Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light

Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light (shannonpatrick / wikipedia)

TransCanada has obtained final approval from state officials in Nebraska to build the controversial Keystone pipeline across Nebraska, even though these same officials vetoed what TransCanada has viewed as the preferred route.

And while the final approval should mean that construction can begin, the realities are more complex, and even TransCanada itself says it will now have to review a number of factors relating to the pipeline's economic and political feasibility.

Pipeline safety focus at Europe’s leading pipeline show ptc 2018 in Berlin

Delegates at Pipeline Technology Conference 2017, Berlin

From 12-14 March 2018 Berlin will again host Europe’s leading pipeline conference and exhibition. The 13th edition of the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) provides a comprehensive overview of all developments in the onshore and offshore pipeline industry – covering planning & design, construction, operation and maintenance. “The ptc conference has become the biggest and most important pipeline conference in Europe.

NEXUS Gas Pipeline Traversing Northern Ohio To Be Built

NEXUS Gas Pipeline Traversing Northern Ohio To Be Built

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final authorization Wednesday to begin construction of the 36 inch, 255-mile underground NEXUS gas pipeline through northern Ohio. Communities along the way have tried to stop or re-route the pipeline, as they are concerned that it poses a threat to the safety and well-being of the area's inhabitants. Lawsuits are still pending.

The city of Green has gone to the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the pipeline. And thus far the city of Oberlin has not given NEXUS permission to build.

Worldwide Survey Reveals NDT Global as Leader for Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection

Worldwide Survey Reveals NDT Global as Leader for Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection

NDT Global are proud to share the results of the Kimberlite International Oilfield Research* 2017 Pipeline report, which highlights operators internationally ranking NDT Global as the industry leader in ultrasonic tool technology. The report also shows the improvement NDT Global has experienced in its competitive performance over the past two years, resulting in a market share gain and a clear positioning as a premium supplier that delivers superior value.

Germany's largest TSO appoints Dr. Frank Reiners to the Board of Management

Germany's largest TSO appoints Dr. Frank Reiners to the Board of Management

At its last meeting in September 2017, the Supervisory Board of Open Grid Europe decided to appoint Dr Frank Reiners as CFO of Open Grid Europe GmbH. He will assume his position on 1st February 2018.

Hilko Schomerus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Open Grid Europe, said: “With Frank Reiners we have gained an experienced manager with an excellent track record in regulation and commercial controlling.”

Canada's Multibillion Dollar Pipeline Industry Begins Soul-Searching Conversations On the Future

Canada's Multibillion Dollar Pipeline Industry Begins Soul-Searching Conversations On the Future (Sergey_R / Shutterstock)

Canada's mega $15 billion Energy East pipeline project, which would have carried 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta to Canada's east coast for export, is being scrapped by TransCanada due to more stringent environmental regulations imposed by the Trudeau government.

The Way is Clear for Opal Gastransport to Offer Full Gas Capacity

Higher Court in Duesseldorf rules against PGniG (Charlie1965nrw / Wikipedia)

A Duesseldorf Higher Regional Court said last week that it will not honour a request by Polish energy company PGniG and its German subsidiary to block Gazprom from increasing its use of the Opal pipeline in eastern Germany.

PGniG requested to stop or limit full capacity auctions on Opal to no avail. An Opal Gastransport spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that these appeals were completely rejected and that Opal Gastransport can offer its capacity fully to the market."

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)

Last week between 9,350 and 9,750 barrels of crude oil shot out of a fractured underwater pipe in the Gulf of Mexico some 64 km from Venice, Louisiana.

LLOG Exploration Offshore, the offshore oil and gas operator, says the pipe is connected to a subsea well and that the leak has ceased.

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)

After losing Kirkuk's prodigious oil fields to ISIS during the terrorists' Blitzkrieg three years ago and ultimately to rebellious Kurds after ISIS was evicted, the federal government in Baghdad has reasserted its sovereignty over the area and is now planning a "comprehensive and accelerated" rehabilitation plan for Kirkuk's crude oil pipeline network.

The pipelines run from Kirkuk 970 km to the Turkish export port of Ceyhan in the Mediterranean. During the ISIS occupation the pipelines were often sabotaged and now in urgent need of repair and rehabilitation.

Iran Planning New Major Oil Export Terminal at the Port of Jask

Iran Planning New Major Oil Export Terminal at the Port of Jask (T.W. van Urk / Shutterstock)

The port of Jask on the southern tip of Iran has long been seen as a potential new export terminal for Iranian petroleum and petroleum products. Now, nearly three years after the Iran Nuclear Accord and the resumption of trade and investment with the country, a tender for the construction of part of the pipeline to transfer crude oil to Jask is due to be held in the days ahead, according to Ali Kardor, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks (Kara Grubis / Shutterstock)

Leakey oil and gas pipelines are commanding the attention of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as 430 pipelines near occupied buildings recently failed leak-detection tests. While this is only 0.35 percent of the lines tested, state politicians are calling the tests significant and dangerous.

Construction on 1046-km Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Begins in Texas

The Gulf Coast of Texas where the EPIC pipeline leads to (Sherry Yates Young / Shutterstock).

EPIC Y Grade Pipeline, a 1046 km natural gas liquids (NGL) carrier, linking NGL reserves in the Permian and Eagle Ford Basins in New Mexico and West Texas to Gulf Coast refiners, has commenced construction running alongside the EPIC crude oil pipeline.

Driving the project is an agreement between EPIC Midstream Holdings and BP Energy to transport at least 220,000 barrels per day with multiple origin points in the Delaware and Midland Basins.

Green Light for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Green Light for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline (Copyright by Williams)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given final approval to the multibillion dollar Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, which will connect Marcelllus Shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The project has been met with considerable public push-back, especially in Lancaster County. Hundreds of people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience in an effort to block the project. In this regard, a group of nuns allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the proposed pipeline route. ptj reported earlier on that issue.

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute (Dmitrijs Kaminskis / Shutterstock)

North Dakota regulators and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) have reached an agreement concerning allegations that the Dallas - based company violated state rules during construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Rather than being charged with a hefty fine, the regulators stipulated that ETP will develop a "how-to" manual for managing unanticipated discoveries in sensitive tribal areas. In addition the company will plant over 100,000 trees to replace those that ETP allegedly destroyed excavating earth while laying the pipe.

Pipeline Projects in Eastern Europe Beset With New Concerns

A natural gas station in Bucharest, Romania (Gabriel Petrescu / Shutterstock)

Amid heightened concern about the financial viability of natural gas pipeline projects in Romania, it appears likely now that the country will scale back ambitions to export gas to western Europe and thus compete with Russia.

Romania has been developing reserves in the Neptun bloc of the Black Sea, estimated at 80 - 100 billion cubic meters, or up to nine times Romania's annual consumption. And for the past couple of years the Black Sea reserves spawned the hope that Romania could become a source of gas to other European countries.

Turkey Considering Disrupting the Kirkuk - Ceyhan Export Oil Pipeline

Turkey Considering Disrupting the KIrkuk - Ceyhan Export Oil Pipeline (Eng. Bilal Izaddin / Shutterstock)

As the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq continues to count the ballots of its controversial independence referendum, President Erdogan of Turkey warned the Kurds that he would cut off the oil pipeline from northern Iraq to the outside world -- depriving the Erbil government of its principal source of income - if the KRG does not back down.

Erdogan more specifically has threatened military intervention in Iraq, saying that Kurdish independence was unacceptable to Turkey and that this was a matter of Turkey's survival.

Rosneft Trades Gas Pipeline Investment for Future Role in Supplying Europe with Northern Iraqi Gas

Rosneft Trades Gas Pipeline Investment for Future Role in Supplying Europe with Northern Iraqi Gas (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)

Rosneft and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have agreed to cooperate in the construction of a natural gas pipeline with a 30 bcm of gas per year capacity.

The pipeline will be constructed in 2019 for Kurdish domestic use, with exports due to begin in 2020.

Kurdistan sits on some of the largest untapped gas deposits on Europe’s doorstep and analysts suggest that this investment will allow Rosneft to compete with Gazprom in the supply of natural gas to Europe.

Cutting Edge Fibre-Optic Cables - Herald of A New Era In Pipeline Leak Detection Technologies?

Cutting Edge Fibre-Optic Cables Herald A New Era In Pipeline Leak Detection Technologies

Calgary' Hifi Engineering has entered the competitive pipeline leak detection market with its own ultrasensitive leak detection system. Hifi uses fibre-optic cables to detect pinhole pipeline leaks within seconds.

In addition, the system is also capable of alerting operators about nearby construction or earthquakes that could disturb or diminish the integrity of pipe.

Pipeline Upgrades in Northeastern US Signify Growth in Natural Gas Market

Pipeline Upgrades in Northeastern US Signify Growth in Natural Gas Market

Williams Partners is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Rivervale South to Market project in the northeastern United States.

The work will involve the uprating of 16.70 km of Transco pipeline together with upgrades and alterations of existing pipeline facilities, all in New Jersey. The project will provide incremental service to customers in this growing American market.

Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York

Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York (railway fx / shutterstock)

"Constitution" a proposed 195-km natural gas pipeline championed by the US petroleum industry as well as the executive branch of federal government has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit on environmental grounds. The ruling marks a significant victory of state jurisdiction over federal environmental laws and reverses the pro-pipeline industry course that Washington has been on this year.

Third Party Access for China's Pipeline Network

Third Party Access for China's Pipeline Network (zhuda / Shutterstock)

After years of deliberation, China's nationally owned pipelines will be operated by third parties in the foreseeable future, according to media reports.

"We have been talking about open and fair pipeline access for a long time, and the detailed plans will likely be released soon. For those who have the capability to give access but decline to do so, there will be punishment," said a source familiar with the matter.

Iran on the Verge on Building Transboundary Gas Pipeline to Oman / India

Iran on the Verge on Building Transboundary Gas Pipeline to Oman / India (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

Off and on over the past ten years Iran has discussed building a transboundary pipeline via Pakistan to supply India with natural gas. Since then a subsea line has gained favor with the project's principal stakeholders.

Building the pipeline underwater would allow India to go around Pakistan, India's arch enemy. Similarly Iran's perceived Emirati enemies can also be avoided by constructing the pipeline beyond their territorial waters. Geopolitics at its best.

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