New ptj Issue 2-2019
Pipeline Safety & Operation
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Learning from Failures: Moving from ‘Failure’ Cause to ‘Root’ Cause
Phil Hopkins >>> Phil Hopkins Ltd.
Nonintrusive Pipeline Internal Deposition Mapping Provides Insight to Operators
Keith Drummond / Thomas Redares >>> Halliburton
Pipeline vibrations – Measurements under difficult conditions
Dr. Patrick Tetenborg / Dr. Christian Jansen >>> KÖTTER Consulting Engineers
The challenge of descaling and extending pipelines lifetime
Luca Reinhart >>> Reinhart Hydrocleaning
Where Technology meets Nature: a unique approach to ban illegal tapping
Kristof Verwaest >>> The Sniffers
Revolutionising Pipeline Safety: Intelligent Weldment Inspection Decision System
Mohd Nazmi bin Mohd Ali Napiah / Hambali bin Chik >>> PETRONAS

Latest News

North-South Gas Pipeline in Pakistan Advances

North-South Gas Pipeline in Pakistan Advances (Homo Cosmicos / Shutterstock)

The North-South gas pipeline, 1122-km in length with a 42-inch diameter, and which would annually transport around 12.4 billion cubic meters (bcm) of LNG from Karachi to Punjab in Pakistan, is expected to break ground in 2019 and be completed in 2020.

All of the technical aspects of the BOOT project have been finalized and now the matter will be vetted by the respective legal teams in the two principal countries, Russia and Pakistan.

California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline

 California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline (Tongra239 / Shutterstock)

Still haunted by a natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, south of San Francisco, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in 2010, California state officials and private individuals wasted no time in reacting to a grass fire burning close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline near the Contra Costa county city of Bay Point, ordering some 4000 residents to evacuate their homes.

Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria

Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria (Shutterstock / aapsky)

An oil pipeline exploded in a residential area in Nigeria last Saturday. The operating company NNPC speaks of several deaths. The exact number of victims is still uncertain but local media reports indicate a much higher casualty rate than previously reported.

TransCanada to Construct Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)

TransCanada has announced that it will proceed with construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project after a decision to sanction the LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction facility in Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.) was announced earlier by the joint venture participants of LNG Canada, a consortium comprised of Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS (the LNG Canada Participants).

“Audacia” Begins Pipelay Works for Nord Stream 2

“Audacia” Begins Pipelay Works for Nord Stream 2 (Copyright by Allseas)

The offshore pipelay vessel "Audacia" has begun its work on the Nord Stream 2 project. "Audacia", operated by Allseas, is the second vessel together with the "Castoro Dieci" (C10) to lay the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the German route section.

Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

The EITEP Institute has been organizing the international Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) for 13 years. The ptc has become Europe's largest trade fair and conference on pipeline topics: More than 650 participants from 54 countries and 73 exhibitors came to Berlin for the ptc in March 2018 to inform themselves about current developments in the field over three days. More than 70 operating companies from all over the world sent delegations to the event.

India and Nepal Begin Building A Series Of Pipelines Between The Two Countries

India and Nepal Begin Building A Series Of Pipelines Between The Two Countries (Greg Willis, Wikipedia Creative Common)

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) have held a comprehensive review of their bilateral relations and have agreed to develop a number of pipelines between the two countries to supply landlocked Nepal with oil, natural gas and LPG.

The oil pipeline, a 69-km connection between Motihari, India and Amlekhgunj, Nepal, will provide an alternative to trucks for the supply of petroleum products. Construction has already begun on the Nepal side and the pipeline will be completed in its entirety by 2019.

DENSO awarded largest field-joint coating contract for EUGAL pipeline

DENSO awarded largest field-joint coating contract for EUGAL pipeline (Copyright: DENSO)

DENSO Group Germany, manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems for field-joint coatings, pipe rehabilitation and coatings, has been awarded the largest field-joint protection contract for the EUGAL pipeline in Germany. Three quarters of the 48,000 joints along the EUGAL natural gas pipeline – the most important ongoing new construction project in Central Europe – will be protected by the DENSOLEN®-N60/-S20 tape system, which will be applied using DENSOMAT® wrapping machines.

ExxonMobil and Plains All American Envision Major New Multibillion Dollar Pipeline System in the Permian Basin

ExxonMobil and Plains All American Envision Major New Multibillion Dollar Pipeline System in the Permian Basin (G B Hart / Shutterstock)

It appears ExxonMobil will lead the development of yet another pipeline system coming from the prolific Permian Basin, where the company expects a fivefold increase in output to as much as 800,000 BOE/D.

New Emerson Corrosion Monitoring Solution Enhances Integrity Management For Remote Pipelines

New Emerson Corrosion Monitoring Solution Enhances Integrity Management For Remote Pipelines (Copyright: Emerson)

Emerson is introducing the Roxar FSM Log 48 Area Corrosion Monitor, a new pipeline integrity management system that provides remote, continuous online corrosion and erosion monitoring, enabling operators to track localized corrosion and ensure pipeline health even in challenging environments.

Longest Gas Pipeline in Nigeria Gets the Green Light for Construction

Longest Gas Pipeline in Nigeria Gets the Green Light for Construction (Michael Wick / Shutterstock)

The 614-km, 40 inch Ajaokuta - Kano Gas Pipeline (AKK), the single biggest gas pipeline in the history of oil and gas operations in Nigeria, will now go forward with $ 2.38 bn financing secured by the China National Petroleum Corporation.

Groundbreaking is supposed to occur in October: “We want to maximize the construction work before the end of the year. We are hoping for the quick resolution of the financing agreements so that we will kick-start the project in October when the dry season begins.”

TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant

TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant (Copyright: TAL)

Crude oil flow becomes electricity - at least in the Austrian Alps. The TAL - Transalpine Oil Pipeline - which delivers crude oil from Trieste, Italy, via the Alps to Germany and Austria, put the first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant worldwide in operation on the 21st of September 2018.

Massachusetts Pipeline Desaster: Gas Pipeline Pressure 12-times too high

Massachusetts Pipeline Desaster: Gas Pipeline Pressure 12-times too high (Copyright: Metropolitan Engineering Consulting & Forensics Services)

The pressure in the natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week that killed one person and injured more than two dozen was 12 times higher than it should have been.

Europe's leading pipeline event with additional key topics

Europe's leading pipeline event with additional key topics

From 18-21 March 2019, the international pipeline community will meet for the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) in Berlin. More than 700 participants and over 80 exhibitors from 50 different nations are expected. Delegations from more than 70 different pipeline operators took part in the last ptc.

In addition to the traditional technical focus of the conference and exhibition (19-21 March 2019), the topics "Qualification & Recruitment" and "Public Perception" will be covered in complementary "ptc Side Conferences" on 18 March 2019.

EDITORS COMMENT: We can't get back to business as usual after the accident in Massachusetts. We have to adjust our behavior

We can't get back to business as usual after the accident in Massachusetts. We have to adjust our behavior.

When we think of the reports about the pipeline accident in Massachusetts, we first think of those affected by the accident who suffered physical damage or even died. And we think of those who, due to the accident, have to continue their lives without the usual atmosphere of safety in their homes, those who will have to wait a long time until everything is back to the way it used to be prior to the accident.

Overpressured Gas Pipelines Caused a Series of Pipeline Explosions in Massachusetts, USA

Overpressured Gas Pipelines Caused a Series of Pipeline Explosions in Massachusetts, USA (iStockPhotos)

The residents of a small part of eastern Massachusetts were shaken by an natural gas disaster. The people of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover just south of the New Hampshire border, witnessed dozens of homes explode last Thursday, while homeowners rushed to evacuate and turn off the gas. State and federal authorities are investigating after at least 60 fires and explosions traced to gas lines erupted Thursday, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring multiple people.

Algeria's Sonatrach plans new gas pipeline by 2020

Algeria's Sonatrach plans new gas pipeline by 2020 (tommaso lizzul / Shutterstock)

Algeria will invest 280 million USD to built a gas pipeline to boost its gas exports to Europe.

The 197 km pipeline will connect to two others that link to Spain - the Pedro Duran Farell (GPDF) pipeline which runs via Morocco and the MEDGAZ pipeline which crosses the Mediterranean, Sonatrach Vice President Ahmed Mazighi said earlier. He added that "one of our objectives is to continue to produce more gas and to transport more gas to Europe and in particular to Spain,"

ROSEN Group to Introduce New Integrity Management Solution

ROSEN Group to Introduce New Integrity Management Solution

ROSEN Group is about to launch its new digital integrity management solution, NIMA, during this year’s IPC / IPE in Canada. According to ROSEN the new solution is offering customers a basis for secure decision-making by providing an accurate reflection of individual integrity management processes and easy access to all necessary data. The company expects NIMA to set a new standard in the oil and gas industry.

Transneft is the Fastest-Growing Brand in the Russian Oil and Gas Sector

A pipeline operated by Transneft (Copyright: Transneft)

Transneft became the fastest-growing brand in the russian oil and gas sector (the value of the brand grew by 53% to reach 58.9 billion roubles), according to Brand Finance, a consulting company in the field of strategy and valuation of brands.

The company has published on its website its ranking of the most valuable Russian brands in 2018. The evaluation was carried out according to several criteria: marketing investments, stakeholder equity and business performance.

Private Companies Permitted to Transport Refined Products in the Vibrant Mexican Market

Private Companies Permitted to Transport Refined Products in the Vibrant Mexican Market (Anton Watman / Shutterstock)

Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission, known by its Spanish acronym CRE, has granted the country's first permit to a private company, Invex, for the transportation of refined products in a pipeline. CRE sees this as the first step in enhancing the efficiency of the domestic fuel market.

Texas Home to A Flurry of Pipeline Construction

Oil boom in Texas causes price distortions (Dabarti CGI / Shutterstock)

A consortium of pipeline giants Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), MPLX and the Delek Group will construct a multibillion dollar 966-km oil pipeline carrying Permian Basin oil to Houston on the Texas coast.

Because of the current dearth of pipelines in the United States shippers are augmenting the preferred way to ship oil through pipelines with cargo trucks and rail.

Qatar to support liquid gas terminal in Germany

Qatar to support liquid gas terminal in Germany (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlighted the important role of Qatar in the global LNG industry. Germany is therefore looking to Qatar to develop its LNG industry. This was announced in a speech by the Chancellor at the opening of the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum held on Friday in Berlin. She further stressed that liquefied petroleum gas could "contribute to the diversification of gas supply sources" and thus also serve the security of supply. Germany is already considering the construction of an import terminal for liquefied gas.

Saudi Arabia Looks to War Torn Yemen as a Venue for Another Export Oil Pipeline

Al Mahrah in Yemen (TUBS / CC BY-SA 3.0)

In a precautionary move designed to give Saudi Arabia more oil export options in the unlikely event that Iran closes down the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the government of Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia intends to build an alternative pipeline from its borders through the Yemeni district of Al Mahrah to the Arabian Sea.

Already Saudi forces have been deployed along the coastal strip of Al Mahrah as the country prepares to extend the oil pipeline from Al Kharkir to the Port of Nishtun in Al Mahrah.

Construction of Trans Mountain Pipeline Ends As Project Left in Legal Limbo

NGPL Right-of-Way in Illinois (Copyright: Kinder Morgan)

The on again off again Trans Mountain Pipeline is currently off again, stranding some 2000 skilled workers who had been summoned for the project start.

"Official layoff notices have not been issued yet but we're waiting to hear what happens next. Our members were happy to be working. They were expecting long-term employment on the project and to wake up Thursday morning and hear the news on the radio — that the decision came down the way it did was a surprise to all of us,” said
Ryan Bruce, Director of Government and Public Relations for the union CLAC.

EUGAL: Approval for Northern Section Obtained

GASCADE-Employees are checking the construction (Copyright: Gascade)

Construction of the section of the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) in Saxony, Germany, can begin in September. The planning approval decision was handed over to the company in charge of the project, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, by the Dresden office of the state authorities in Saxony today, Thursday, 6 September 2018. It contains all the partial approvals required to build the northern section of EUGAL in Saxony. The section runs southward from the municipality of Schönfeld in the Meißen district to Wilsdruff in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district.

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