New ptj Issue 3-2019
Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Operations & Integrity Management and Compliance in an age of IIOT
Steve Hill >>> Honeywell Process Automation Solutions
New Technologies Drive Operational Performance by Connecting Smart Stations to Distribution Networks
Rossella Mimmi >>> Emerson Automation Solutions
Intelligent Predictive Maintenance in the context of Maintenance 4.0 for Oil & Gas Industry
Dr. Rama Srinivasan Velmurugan >>> GAIL (India)
Digital disruption will occur in Midstream as it is underway in other asset intensive industries
Sam Hemeda >>> Arundo Analytics
The Big Data Revolution: Detecting Pipeline Leaks, Encroachments and more Using Satellites
John Zhou & Caroline Beck >>> Satelytics
Best Practices for Cybersecurity Diagnosis in Industrial Environments
Ernesto Landa >>> Compania Operadora de Gas del Amazonas

Latest News

NDT Global expands integrity services solutions creating new value for customers

NDT Global integrity brochure (copyright by NDT Global)

NDT Global, a supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and integrity services, announced the expansion of its integrity services offering.

As the inspection industry’s toolbox grows in capability, pipeline operators are embracing a proactive and comprehensive approach to pipeline integrity management.
To meet this demand, NDT Global is transforming from an inline inspection business to a holistic integrity management solution provider.

An FBI Corruption Investigation Ensnares Energy Transfer in Pennsylvania

FBI agent wearing FBI uniform (copyright by Shutterstock / Dzelat)

Doubts surrounding the awarding of the multibillion dollar Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline system in Pennsylvania have given rise to an FBI corruption investigation into Dallas-based Energy Transfer. The focus of the agents’ questions involves the permitting of the pipeline, whether Governor Thomas Wolf's administration forced the environmental protection staff to approve construction permits and whether Wolf or his administration received anything in return, according to the Associated Press.

Last Keystone XL Oil Spill The Last Straw?

Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)

Despite spilling more than 383,000 gallons of tar sands oil last month in North Dakota, TC Energy, the pipeline contractor behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline, is determined to resume operations. Its decision has alarmed local Indian residents, who say the spill affected a nearby wetland while possibly reaching any groundwater below.

Saipem Secures $100 million Contract To Build Subsea Pipeline in Equatorial Guinea

Saipem Logo

The small west African country of Equatorial Guinea, boasting the continent's best infrastructure (all attributable to its relatively vast hydrocarbon wealth - proven natural gas reserves estimated of 4.5 trillion cubic feet), has awarded Italy's Saipem a contract worth $90 - $100 million to build a 70km subsea pipeline connecting the Alen Platform with the Punta Europa petrochemical hub.

The Year Ends With a Flurry of Pipeline Construction in the US

The Year Ends With a Flurry of Pipeline Construction in the US (Copyright by Reinhard Tiburzy / Shutterstock)

Pipeline contractors can look back on year 2019 as a banner year. Of the 134 active gas pipeline construction projects 46 will be completed by year's end and natural gas pipeline capacity is expected to increase between 16 and 17 billion cubic feet per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA).

Illegal Pipeline Tapping: 6 killed, 16 injured in Northern Egypt

Illegal Pipeline Tapping: 6 killed, 16 injured in Northern Egypt (aapsky / Shutterstock)

An oil pipeline has exploded Wednesday in Egypt, killing and injuring multiple people. According to the authorities, at least six people were killed and 16 others injured. The victims are said to be oil thieves.

The accident occurred in the northern province of al-Buhaira, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Health. The cause was an attempted oil theft. A fire broke out, causing a detonation.

STATS Group Partner With Saudi Arabia’s Safari Oil & Gas

STATS Group Safari -1 left to right: Safari Oil and Gas CEO Mohammed Al-Ghosain , STATS Group CEO Leigh Howarth, Ali Al-Azman, Safari Oil and Gas Vice President - Operations and Business Development, and Mark Gault, STATS Group General Manager for Middle East.

STATS Group has signed an exclusive partnership with Safari Oil & Gas (SOG) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Safari Oil & Gas has strong links to the Kingdom’s main hydrocarbon producers and the partnership will promote STATS’ patented range of pipeline isolation and intervention technologies.

The agreement follows on from a successful isolation workscope conducted on behalf of Saudi Aramco and which utilised STATS’ hot tap installed double block and bleed BISEP tools.

Editors Note: John Tiratsoo, has passed away.

John Tiratsoo and Klaus Ritter during ptc 2013 in Berlin, Germany

The passing of John Tiratsoo fills me with sadness as I have come to know John as a visionary and motivated person in the international pipeline family who has pushed his work forward with dedication and endurance.

He sometimes made his way to Berlin and Hannover, where we had great times together in Germany’s finest beer gardens. I enjoyed his company as much as I admired his ideas in regards of the pipeline sector. Our industry has truly lost one of its best-known and much appreciated individuals.

Keystone XL Pipeline Spills Hundreds of Thousands of Gallons of Tar Sands Oil in North Dakota

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Another Snag (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

The subterranean Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline has burst again spilling more than 400 000 gallons of heavy crude oil near the tiny community of Edinburg northwest of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The spill has impacted a wetland area, according to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality.

State Environmental Quality Chief Dave Glatt told The Associated Press that regulators were notified late Tuesday night of the leak. Glatt said pipeline owner TC Energy shut down the pipeline after the leak was detected. The cause of the spill is under investigation.

First oil from Johan Sverdrup to Mongstad

First oil from Johan Sverdrup to Mongstad (Copyright: Jannike Steindal Nordanger)

Oil from the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea has arrived at the Mongstad plant north of Bergen.

“This is a great day for Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership, consisting of Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total. First oil to Mongstad only a few days after production start confirms that the field is producing well," says Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for Marketing, Midstream & Processing (MMP) in Equinor.

ptc Exhibition now recognized by AUMA

Thanks to its steady growth and ever-increasing reach, the ptc Exhibition is now listed in the catalogue of AUMA, the Association of the German Fair Trade Industry.

Denmark Under Pressure to Acquiesce to Nordstream 2

 Installation of Nordstream 2 gas pipes (Copyright by Shutterstock/Stefan Dinse)

With over 2000 km of subsea pipeline laid for Nordstream 2 Gazprom and its European partners are ratcheting up the pressure on Denmark to grant access for the pipeline through its exclusive economic zone. This route would save the project significant time and money. Still it is by no means certain the Danes will go along.

"If they don't approve it... we will go around Denmark's economic zone," Gazprom chairman Viktor Zubkov said at a Moscow energy forum, quoted by TASS news agency.

Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visits Herrenknecht in Schwanau

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a short chat with apprentices of Herrenknecht (Copyright by Herrenknecht)

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel reiterated this during her visit to Herrenknecht AG on October 7, 2019. On a tour of the plant premises, company founder and Chairman of the Board of Management Dr.- Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht showed the Chancellor the tunnelling technology developed and manufactured by Herrenknecht to enable challenging projects.

Enbridge Energy's Aging Line 3 To Be Examined by Minnesota Regulators

Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

Minnesota regulators at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will take up the approval process for Enbridge Energy's controversial plan to replace its decrepit Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

The process had been stalled until legal challenges by environmental and tribal groups could be heard. These groups contend that any upgrade to the pipeline would aggravate climate change and pose an unacceptable risk of spills into sensitive lakes, streams and wetlands.

Creaform Expands European Coverage of its CUBE-R, the new generation of 3D scanning CMM

Creaform Logo (Copyright by Creaform)

Creaform, a internationally known company in portable and automated 3D measurement solutions, today announced that two European distributors, EMS in Belgium, and Measurement Solutions LDT in the UK, will be demonstrating and selling CUBE-R™.

New PHMSA Rules to Enhance Pipeline Safety in the United States

PHMSA Logo (copyright by PHMSA)

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), otherwise known as America's pipeline regulator, has been deliberating for years on ways to strengthen its regulatory framework and at long last issued three new pipeline safety rules that will materially affect the way the over 804,672 km of pipelines are operated in the United States.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao personally weighed in saying, “These are significant revisions to federal pipeline safety laws and will improve the safety of our nation’s energy infrastructure.”

DENSO Group Germany strengthens its international focus

Raajev Sharma & Luc Perrad (copyright by DENSO Group Germany)

DENSO Group Germany expands its international presence with two new sales positions. Rajeev Sharma, a proven industry expert, located in Dubai, is responsible for the regions Middle East & Asia Pacific. Luc Perrad, looking back at over 20 years of worldwide experience, represents excellent technical sales.

T.D. Williamson Hot Tapping and Plugging Fittings Fully Comply with New European Code

STOPPLE fittings (copyright by TDW)

T.D. Williamson (TDW) is releasing a standard offering for isolation fittings that fully complies with the new EN-13480 code, the European standard that replaces national codes in many countries.

With their all-new engineered design—which the company calls the ProSeries™ Advantage—the TDW STOPPLE® and STOPPLE Plus fittings meet EN-13480’s high standard for safety.

Full compliance with EN-13480 means STOPPLE fittings with the ProSeries Advantage demonstrate strict adherence to the relevant code’s stringent requirements.

MInteg Secures Largest Asset Inspection Contract

minteg southern north sea success (copyright by EnerMech)

MInteg has been awarded its largest contract to date and will supply inspection services to a major oil and gas operator in the Southern North Sea. The EnerMech subsidiary specialises in inspection and integrity and expects to create up to 15 new posts in Great Yarmouth to service the five-year contract.

Suspected drone attacks knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production

Khurais oil plant (copyright by Saudi Aramco)

The recent drone attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais have caused the loss of 5.7 million barrel oil per day. Houthi rebels claimed responsability while Saudi Arabia and the US are investigating who caused the damage.

STATS Group Signs MoU To Provide Technology On Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project

STATS Group signing MoU (copyright by STATS Group)

Pipeline technology specialist, STATS Group, (STATS) has signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will significantly increase their presence on Sakhalin-2, Russia’s first offshore gas project.

The MoU between STATS, Sakhalin Energy and OOO INTRA Services Company was signed during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, which was attended by Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin.

MWV welcomes VARO and seven other new members

MWV Logo (copyright by MWV)

The german association MWV, short for Mineralöl Wirtschafts Verband (mineral oil economic association), welcomes VARO Energy Refining and several other companies as new members.
VARO, a company from Switzerland, specialises in the downstream sector. The company is a major shareholder of the Bayernoil Raffinerie in Neustadt an der Donau with around 45%.

50,000 + Canadians Attempting to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline Before Operation

Trans Mountain pipeline project: Protest (copyright by Shutterstock/Yeexin Richelle)

In an effort to induce the Zurich Insurance Group, Trans Mountain Pipeline's insurer, to accelerate its decision to pull out of projects in Canada's oil sands sector, more than 50,000 people have signed a petition asking the company to drop its coverage of the pipeline.

Transgaz to Begin First Offshore Gas Development Project in the Romanian Black Sea Since the Fall of Communism in 1989

Midia Gas Development (copyright by Black Sea Oil & Gas)

Transgaz, the Romanian gas transmission company and Black Sea Oil & Gas, together with its co-venture partners Petro Ventures Resources and Gas Plus International, have signed an agreement to build a 24.37 km pipeline that will feed gas from Black Sea wells into the national gas infrastructure system, the economy ministry said on Friday.

The consortium announced that they had approved the Final Investment Decision to proceed with the USD 400 million Midia Gas Development Project, offshore Black Sea.

Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline recieves another penalty

Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)

Sunoco Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has been fined $319,000 for violating environmental regulations pertaining to its Mariner East pipeline system, which is the latest among $13.5 million in penalties assessed on the controversial project in numerous counties of Pennsylvania since 2017.

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