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

Subsea 7 S.A. Awarded Pipeline and Subsea Construction Contract in Offshore Norway

Maria field (© 2015 Wintershall)

Subsea 7, S.A. a subsea engineering, construction and services company serving the offshore energy industry with headquarters in London, announced the award of a $300 million contract for the Maria field development operated by Wintershall Norge AS. The field is located in the Norwegian Sea at a water depth of approximately 300 metres.

The pipeline and subsea construction contract consists of engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of 95 kilometres of rigid flowlines and associated structures to develop the Maria field.

Gazprom and CNPC Sign Heads of Agreement For Gas Supply Via Western Route

Wang Dongjin and Alexey Miller (© 2015 Gazprom)

Culminating years of negotiations Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Alexey Miller and the CNPC Vice President Wang Dongjin signed in Moscow this week the Heads of Agreement for a 2600 km, 56 inch pipeline from Russia to China via the western route. With Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping looking on, the document outlines the main technical and commercial parameters of the future supplies.

Kinder Morgan Receives FERC Approval on Commercial Aspects of Palmetto Pipeline

Palmetto Project Map(© 2015, Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, announced last week that it had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the rates, terms and conditions of service for the proposed Palmetto Pipeline on May 1, 2015.

DNV GL Lands Another Offshore Pipe Laying Surveillance Contract By Statoil

Polarled Pipeline Project(© 2015 Statoil)

DNV GL, the international certification body which, among other things, ensures that pipelines are designed, constructed, operated and maintained in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner, has been awarded a $4 million offshore pipelay surveillance contract by Statoil to monitor quality assurance throughout the installation campaign. The work will focus on the 480 km Polarled gas pipeline between the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea and the Nyhamna gas processing facility in western Norway.

California Residents Discover Huge Oil Spill from Leaking Crude Oil Pipeline Into The Pacific Ocean

Refugio Oil Pipeline Spill in Santa Barbara, California (© 2015 Zackmann08, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

A 24 inch subterranian crude oil pipeline carrying up to 150 000 barrels per day ruptured along the southern California coast spilling an estimated 21 000 gallons (more than 500 barrels) of oil into the Pacific Ocean.

Siemens Awarded Four Year Service and Maintenance Contract for Yamal Pipeline Turbo-Compressor Trains

Siemens to provide service for compressor stations along gas pipeline system in Poland (© 2015 Siemens)

Polish PGNiG, Russian Gazprom and Polish Gas-Trading S.A., shareholders in EuRoPol GAZ s.a., which owns 684 km of the Polish section of the Yamal - Europe Transit Pipeline System, has awarded a major service and maintenance contract to Siemens Power Generation Services.

Sensing pipelines health with Light

Optical fiber sensors are used around the globe to monitor the condition of difficult‐to‐access bits of infrastructure. Pipelines are certainly among them.

Optosensing proposes a versatile, fully automated station able to install optical fiber sensing cables along the pipelines making them "smart" in such a way that they become able to sense any three dimensional deformations or leakages.

Russia and Turkey Agree on Construction Schedule for Turkish Stream - However Questions Still Linger

Alexey Miller and Taner Yildiz address Turkish Stream (© 2015 Gazprom)

This past December 2014 Russia and Turkey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to transport 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year via a Black Sea pipeline from Russia into Turkey and ending at the Turkish-Greek border. Generally such MOUs are non-binding. But this week the two countries sought to erase any doubt by announcing the operational commissioning and start of gas deliveries in December 2016.

New Research into Aerial Vehicle Technologies to Enhance Pipeline Monitoring

Enbridge, TransCanada, Kinder Morgan working together to evaluate aerial-based pipeline safety technologies (© 2015, Enbridge Inc.)

The pipeline infrastructure in Canada and the United States is showing growing signs of wear and tear. In the past few months a series of leaks and explosions from Mississippi to Calgary have led to a number of deaths, damaged property and polluted the local environment. Against this background Enbridge Pipelines, TransCanada Corporation and Kinder Morgan Canada have signed a Joint Industry Partnership agreement to conduct research into aerial-based leak detection technologies with the aim of enhancing pipeline safety throughout North America.

Statoil Isolates 150 km Huldra-Heimdal Gas Pipeline

 Statoil Isolates 150 km Huldra-Heimdal Gas Pipeline (© 2015 T.D. Williamson)

As it continues to build up its natural gas infrastructure in the North Sea, Statoil has chosen SmartPlug® isolation technology, by T.D. Williamson (TDW), to safely isolate a 150 km wet gas pipeline from its Huldra platform to the Heimdal Gas Center.

To this end the company has elected to lay a 27 km pipeline from Valmont and tie into the existing Huldra-Heimdal pipeline.

Ever More Natural Gas From the Norwegian Sea Bound for Continental Europe

Ever More Natural Gas From the Norwegian Sea Bound for Continental Europe (© 2015 shell)

For many years the Cassandras have been crying that North Sea / Norwegian Sea natural gas reserves are running out. While this may be so in the North Sea, increasing volumes of gas are being produced northwards in the Norwegian Sea.

BP Unloads 250 Mile Long Gas Pipeline in the North Sea

North Sea Region Portfolio (© 2015 BP)

With a renewed focus on its core upstream business, BP has agreed to sell its share of the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), a major piece of the North Sea gas pipeline system, to majority shareholder Antin Infrastructure Partners for £324m.

The system includes a 250 mile long gas pipeline between the Everest field and a gas terminal at Teesside in England, meeting 8 percent of the UK demand for natural gas.

Up to now BP has served as the operator of CATS.

BP North Sea regional president Trevor Garlick said: "The North Sea is an important region for BP.

Canadian National Energy Board Launches Online Pipeline Incident Map

Canadian National Energy Board Launches Online Oil/Gas Pipeline Incident Map (© 2015 NEB)

The National Energy Board (NEB), Canada's pipeline regulator, has announced the development of an online interactive Pipeline Incident Map providing Canadians with the opportunity to view all pipeline incidents occurring in the country since 2008.

The innovative program places a premium on transparency and good governance. It is also believed that it will have positive implications for the safety of Canadians and the overall health of the Canadian environment.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Looking to Iran for Added Volumes of Gas

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Looking to Iran for Added Volumes of Gas (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Coming on the heels on the preliminary agreement between the P5+ 1 and Iran on its nuclear program, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) announced that it is ready to take in new consortium shareholders -- including Iran.

TAP, which will transport natural gas from the Azeri Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian through Turkey to Europe, will thus be in a position to add Iran's immense gas reserves, currently estimated to be the second largest in the world, to the project.

Record Ruling in 2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion in San Bruno, California

28-foot-long ruptured section of pipeline at laboratory facilities at the NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA (© 2010 NTSB)

Nearly five years after the fatal explosion leveling neighborhoods in San Bruno, California caused by a natural gas pipeline rupture, Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation has been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to pay a record $1.6 billion in fines and other penalties.

The latest penalties cover nearly 3,800 violations of state and federal laws and regulations that two administrative law judges for the commission found in connection with PG&E's pipeline network, including the 2010 explosion.

Chevron Driving Significant Upgrade of Caspian Pipeline Capacity

Expansion Boosts Caspian Pipeline Export Capacity (© 2015 Chevron Corporation )

Chevron has announced that it is increasing the incremental capacity of its 1505 km crude oil pipeline from Tengiz, Kazakhstan to Novorossiysk, Russia.

Mexico Seals a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline Deal

Pemex signs deal with BlackRock and First Reserve (© 2015 Pemex)

Mexico's state-run oil company, PEMEX, will begin the second phase of a 462 mile gas pipeline from Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon to the State of Guanajuato where a number of maquiladoras and automobile factories will use the natural gas as a clean source of power.

U.S.-based investment firms BlackRock and First Reserve are investing $4.6 billion and $30 million respectively and taking a 45 percent share of the project in return.

Transco Seeks Natural Gas Pipeline System Expansion

Proposed Atlantic Sunrise Project (© 2015 Williams)

Williams, one of the premier natural gas companies in the United States, announced that it is seeking authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand the 60 percent Williams-owned Transco, the nation's largest volume and fastest growing interstate natural gas pipeline system running over 10,000 miles in length.

The project, dubbed Atlantic Sunrise, will transport 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

EVRAZ and Enbridge Partnering for Huge Pipeline Surge in Canada

 EVRAZ and Enbridge Partnering for Huge Pipeline Surge in Canada(© 2015, Enbridge Inc.)

EVRAZ, a multinational, vertically - integrated steel making and mining company headquartered in London, has announced that it will invest $200 million in the construction of a large diameter pipe mill, enabling the production of thicker - walled pipe.

The investment, the biggest in EVRAZ North American history, will serve the growing demand in Canada for large diameter pipes and state-of-the-art steelmaking.

Statoil Charters New Pipeline Waters in Arctic Project

The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled  to be completed by the end of August. (© 2014 Lillian Aasheim/Shell)

Statoil has begun laying the first segments of the Polarled 482 km gas pipeline project, which will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna in western Norway.

STATS Group Adds New Products to its Range of Pipeline Isolation Tools

STATS Group Adds New Products to its Range of Pipeline Isolation Tools (© 2015 STATS Group )

DNV GL, a leading provider of technical assurance and risk management services to the oil & gas industry, has approved the STATS Group's new Techno Plug and BISEP range of pipeline isolation tools.

Obtaining type approval from DNV GL ensures clients that STATS Group products are fully compliant to the highest standards and are ‘ready to go’ without the need for further work or adaptation by the end-user.

Groundbreaking on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)

Groundbreaking on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)(© 2015, TANAP)

The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) has broken ground. The placement of the first segment of the 1850 km gas pipeline planned from Shah Deniz to Europe was celebrated by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the Selim district of Kars.

TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for Combined Pipeline Receiving Terminal and Onshore Pipeline Construction in Italy

TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for Combined Pipeline Receiving Terminal and Onshore Pipeline Construction in Italy (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Continuing its push forward, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has issued contract notices for companies for pre-qualify for the construction of a Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT) and a the laying of the onshore pipeline in Italy.

Scope of the work will cover two lots:
1) Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC)
2) The EPC of an approximately 8 kilometer long, 36 inch diameter pipeline connecting the project's offshore pipeline at the landfall with the PRT.

ATCO to Monitor Pacific Gas Limited's 900 km Gas Pipeline

ATCO to Monitor Pacific Gas Limited's 900 km Gas Pipeline (© 2014 ATCO Ltd. )

ATCO Energy Solutions and ATCO Pipelines are teaming up to manage and maintain a newly implemented pipeline monitoring system covering a 900 km natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.

The agreement between ATCO and the Pacific North Gas Limited’s (PNG) West Transmission Pipeline provides that ATCO Energy Solutions will manage the overall operating contract and ATCO Pipelines will implement and monitor the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

Israel To Export Natural Gas to Egypt in Billion Dollar Deal

Tamar gas field off the shore of Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea  (© 2014 EPA)

In what would have been considered unthinkable just a few years ago, Israel and Egypt have struck a deal whereby Israel will sell at least $1.2 billion of natural gas from Israel’s Mediterranean Tamar field to private industrial customers in Egypt.

Another odd twist is that the gas will be shipped through a ten year old pipeline built originally to bring the commodity from Egypt to Israel.

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