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

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.

As TAPI Reaches Its End Problems Mount

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The protracted, 1,814-km transboundary Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, with construction actually starting in Turkmenistan in December of 2015, has witnessed reported large -scale violations on a 200-km section from Multan (where Alexander the Great was said to have been killed by a poisoned arrow) to the Indian border.

Corinth Pipeworks wins Baltic Pipe offshore contract

Cylindrical steel pipes (copyright by Shutterstock/khan3145)

Energinet has awarded a contract to Corinth Pipeworks S.A.. As part of the Danish offshore part (Energinet LOT1) of the Baltic Pipe pipeline the contract comprises 114km of steel pipes with three-layer polyethylene anti-corrosion coating weighing about 43.000 tonnes, epoxy lining and concrete weight coating.

Bilfinger and Akselos Form Partnership: Digital Twin Technology for Complex Assets

Akselos CEO Thomas Leurent (left) and Bilfinger CEO Tom Blades (right) at Offshore Europe 2019. (copyright Bilfinger)

Industrial services provider Bilfinger and deep tech start-up Akselos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Akselos’ Digital Twin technology for complex assets in the offshore and process industries. A digital replica of a large and complex asset’s civil structure ensures a near real-time assessment, based on its current integrity status.

Eastern European Transboundary Gas Pipeline Project To Be Signed This Week

Turkey and Bulgaria (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)

Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, announced at the 12th Annual Summer University of GERB Youth Organization that a gas pipeline contract from Turkey through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria is expected to be signed on 5 September 2019. He added that the energy project will help to ensure diversification of supplies and that together with the gas interconnector, Greece will achieve 100 percent diversification.

Iran Revives Transboundary Oil Pipeline Through Iraq

Iraq barrels and pipeline (copyright by Maxx-Studio/Shutterstock)

Amid heightened tension in the Persian Gulf related to American displeasure with Iran's growing nuclear program, Iran has offered to help build a major oil pipeline across the Nineveh Plain to transport Iranian oil to Syria.

The world’s first integrated Power-to-Liquid test facility to synthesize fuels from the air-captured carbon dioxide

P2X Kopernikus project test facility (copyright by Patrick Langer/KIT)

Sector coupling of electric power and mobility has now been demonstrated by the partners of the P2X Kopernikus project on the premises of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The first liters of fuel were produced from air-captured carbon dioxide and green power. For the first time, a container-based test facility integrating all four chemical process steps needed was used to implement a continuous process with maximum carbon dioxide utilization and very high energy efficiency.

Court rules over subcontractor who caused gas explosion at BASF site.

Verbund site Ludwigshafen (copyright by BASF)

In 2016, a subcontractor at BASF's site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, caused a gas explosion during welding work. The court has now ruled: 1 year on parole.

While welding a pipe a 63 year old subcontractor accidentially cut into the wrong pipe. The resulting fire spread through the pipe systems and eventually led to a gas explosion.
5 people died and another 44 were injured. Among the dead were 4 firefighters.

Non-european newcomer on Prisma

TTPC Logo (copyright by the Trans Tunisian Pipeline Company)

For the first time a non-european company has used Europe’s leading gas capacity trading platform to offer some it's pipeline capacities.

After the tunisian government and the italian company Eni had reached an agreement over the continuation of the gas pipeline in question the TTPC (Trans Tunisian Pipeline Company), a subsidiary of Eni, offered the capacities on the Prisma trading platform.

Over 60% of Nord Stream 2 are finished

The Pioneering Spirit installing the pipeline in swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

According to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lawrow over 60% of the disputed pipeline project Nord Stream 2 is finished. Two ships are currently laying 8 kilometers of pipeline per day and Nord Stream 2 officials anticipate the project being finished at the end of this year.

New onshore drilling record set by PetroChina

A PetroChina oil well in the Gobi Desert (copyright by PetroChina)

According to PetroChina their Well No 1 in the Tarim Basin of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reached a depth of 8,882 meters. This sets a new record for onshore drilling in Asia and confirms that China is operating on a high level of ultradeep drilling.
Drilling started in June 2018 and the objective was to find oil and gas formations in deeper areas.

T.D. Williamson and TRC Partner to Provide improved Services to Pipeline Operators

T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)

TRC has joined with T.D. Williamson (TDW) to support pipeline operators with safe, reliable and efficient services to get them in compliance with the new federal “Gas Mega Rule.”
The Gas Mega Rule – the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s revisions to 49 CFR Parts 191 and 192 – are expected to go into effect in August.

ROSEN Delivers Polyurethane Lined Pipe

Pipe coating facility, Calgary Alberta - Rosen Group

The ROSEN Group has delivered Polyurethane Lined Pipe to an Oil Sands Mine in Fort McMurray. The pipe is internally coated with a wear resistant RoCoat™ liner. ROSEN also equipped the new pipe with a wear monitoring system allowing acquisition of coating condition online. The lined pipe and wear monitoring devices were designed, manufactured and installed in Calgary, Alberta.

Can Europe’s gas industry overcome methane emissions challenge and remain relevant in the low-carbon EU economy?

ricochet64 / Shutterstock

European leaders this month once again clashed over future polices concerning the role natural gas should play in the European Union’s energy landscape. Many in the commission are pursuing plans for full electrification of the energy system within the next three decades – but others remain sceptical that such a move would be possible or even fully serve the needs of all member states – and believe that existing gas infrastructure must be utilised for cost and timescale purposes, if climate change commitments are to be met.

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Another Snag

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

Whatever the merits of the case against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, its advocates are not just fading away into the sunset. In the latest contentious round, US Army Corps of Engineers issued approvals for the crossing of hundreds of waterways along the 1184 mile path from Canada to Nebraska. Environmentalists promptly filed another lawsuit to stop further development of the $8 billion tar sands pipeline, claiming the Army Corps did not examine the potential for oil spills and other damages in a pristine environment.

Iran - Pakistan Gas Pipeline Victim of U.S. - Iran Confrontation

Iran - Pakistan Gas Pipeline Victim of U.S. - Iran Confrontation (MZinchenko / Shutterstock)

For years Pakistan has been negotiating with its regional neighbor Iran about importing Iranian natural gas. Seeking to bolster its energy security by cutting a deal with its energy - rich next door neighbor, planning in Islamabad was in full swing. But the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, in 2015, and the subsequent rise in tensions throughout the Persian Gulf, has pushed any thought of an Iranian - Pakistani gas pipeline far from the front burner.

Projects Success in Canada and US and New Sales Strategy Boosts Turnover For STATS Group

Nedelcu Paul Petru / Shutterstock

STATS Group is growing its market share and expects activity in the US and Canada to improve by more than 70% in both countries.

The company revealed they had recently invested approximately £2m (US$ 2.5m) in new premises and associated infrastructure to support growth plans in the US and Canada.
Revenues are expected to increase in 2019 by 71% in total revenues in the Americas of £13.2m (US$ 16.6m).

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