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

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline Set To Boost Regional Economic Growth

Ugandan-Tanzanian Framework Agreement Signed for 1,445 km Pipeline Construction (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)

Uganda and Tanzania are making great headway in the development of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (also known by its acronym EACOP), a 1,445-km long underground crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania costing approximately $3.5 billion.

The technocrats from Uganda and Tanzania are scheduled to hold another round of discussions next week to iron out three contentious issues that were deferred during negotiations of the Host Government Agreements (HGAs) for EACOP.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Set Back Indefinitely

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Legal environmental challenges have delayed the construction of Dominion Energy's $7.5 billion, 1000-km natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would run from West Virginia into southern Virginia, moving 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. And there are new plans -- assuming the court rules to proceed -- to expand it south into North Carolina.

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas, a utility providing natural gas for home heating and other uses to nearly 22 million people across Southern and Central California with a checkered safety history in the state, is under scrutiny for a 2017 explosion caused by a gas leak, which affected a residential neighborhood in Ontario and caused “severe damages to nearby garages and injury to one person.”

Wind Point Partners Acquires and Combines Clock Spring and Neptune Research

Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, announced today it has entered into definitive agreements to simultaneously acquire and merge Clock Spring and Neptune Research, two providers of high-performance repair and rehabilitation products for global critical infrastructure. The combined business will be named ClockSpring|NRI.

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

The tragic incident in Mexico makes it clear that pipeline tapping is becoming an increasing problem. A problem that not only costs human lives and causes enormous material damage, but also a problem that undermines public confidence in the pipeline transport systems and their operators.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.

The recent accident in Mexico is a source of great disappointment and sadness among all of us in the international pipeline community. The illegal tapping problem has been growing uncontrollably for the last 15 years throughout the world. Some countries recognize this, whereas others do not.

Many casualties in pipeline explosion in Mexico

Many casualties in pipeline explosion in Mexico (Crystacke / Shutterstock)

Unknown individuals tried to tap gasoline from a fuel pipeline. The attempt led to the explosion of the pipeline, killing at least 100 people and wounding many more.

Local media reported that several hundred people were in the vicinity of the pipeline at the time of the explosion. The pipeline in the city of Tlahuelilpan had previously leaked, and local residents were approaching it to take the gasoline with them in buckets or canisters.

Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division

Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialists, has announced changes to its board to enable it to capitalise on the increasing level of opportunities within the sector.

The move follows the creation last year of two distinct service offerings: consulting, provided by Crondall Energy Consultants and its affiliate Crondall Energy Subsea, and its technology arm Buoyant Production Technologies Ltd. which is focused on projects including work on unmanned production facilities and new FPSO designs. The two offerings are part of the Crondall Energy Group.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan have signed contracts for diagnostics (inspection) with Sonatrach, an Algerian state oil and gas company. In December, the documents were signed in the city of Algiers within the framework of the development of the provisions of the memorandum of Cooperation signed between Transneft and Sonatrach. The Memorandum was signed in October 2017 during the meeting of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Algeria Ahmed Ouyahia.

Asian and Eastern European Pipeline Operators are pushing their way into North America and Western Europe

Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)

Large Transport System Operator with their technology subsidiaries from Asia and Eastern Europe (e.g. Transneft, Sinopec and others) are pushing their way into the markets in North America and Western Europe, says Dr. Klaus Ritter in his Editorial for Pipeline Technology Journal.

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties (Copyright: PTI)

The Science and Technical Centre of the Pipeline Transport Institute in Ufa has commissioned a thermohydraulic test bench for studying heavy and bituminous oils.

The test bench’s principle of operation is based on recording oil parameters (pressure, flow and temperature) and their changes in the measuring line. The measured data is used to assess changes in rheological parameters of oil at different temperatures.

Fuel Crisis Hits Mexico After Key Fuel Pipelines Are Closed By The Government

Many gas stations in Mexico are currently closed due to fuel shortage (photopixel / Shutterstock)

Mexico is currently facing a mounting crisis due to gasoline shortage. The shortage is a direct result of the government shutting down several key fuel pipelines. The shutdown was decided by the Mexican president Andres Manuel López Obrador to prevent further fuel theft by organized crime groups.

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, could introduce a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction this past July stalled the sale.

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)

Shell has made its Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the construction of a 37-km underwater gas pipeline from the Fulmar Gas Line to Shearwater which will be jointly constructed with Exxon Mobil and BP. The construction will include a modification of the Shearwater platform to allow production and processing of wet gas. The hub is expected to produce as much as 400 million cu ft. per day.

A Potential $14 billion Investment in Canadian Gas Infrastructure

A Potential $14 billion Investment in Canadian Gas Infrastructure (Mickpl12 / Shutterstock)

Énergie Saguenay, a Quebec-based company, has announced plans to construct an underground natural gas pipeline that will run 750-km from northeastern Ontario to Saguenay.

Though the pipeline, coupled with a liquidification gas plant, would carry an impressive $14 billion price tag and provide the region with a needed economic boost, it has been derided by local newspapers and environmental groups who say "they have seen this movie before."

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline (Sergey_R)

The consortium of companies seeking to build a 120-mile-long natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has won a federal court case over its right to eminent domain.

The ruling allowing the company to build is welcome news for the pipeline industry, which has been dealt a series of setbacks pertaining to other pipelines in the country.

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Dominion Energy has put a halt to construction of the 965-km multibillion dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline, after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that more study is needed to properly evaluate the environmental impact of pipeline construction on four endangered species across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Environmental groups claim the rusty patch bumble bee, the Indiana bat, the Madison cave isopod (a type of crustacean) and the clubshell mussel would all be adversely affected by the Atlantic pipeline, even threatening their very existence.

Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series

Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series

Exact Tools based in Finland has launched their latest portable Pipe Cutting innovations with their Pro Series 360 model. The 280 and 450 models will follow shortly.

Standard features include a powerful 2500w 230v motor being able to cut pipe wall thicknesses of 20mm in steel and up to 50mm in plastic. 110-120v versions are also available with a 2200w motor fitted as standard.

A laser indicator light for precision cutting, new improved adjustment mechanism for straight cutting and an overload protection ‘traffic light’ system are all part of these unique new products.

ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed

ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed

ILF Consulting Engineering GmbH Germany has a new Management: With immediate effect, Tobias Walk (47) and Fred Wendt (48) have taken over as the global engineering firm’s Managing Directors from Dr.-Ing. Stefan Bürkle and Stefan Beck. Their appointment is ILF’s commitment to continuity, as both new Managing Directors have been serving ILF in various positions for many years – Walk for 21 years and Wendt for 16 years.

Gas grid conversion to hydrogen to decarbonise homes in northern England by 2034?

Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)

A recently published report indicates that approx. 3.7 million homes and 40,000 business in the north of England could be converted to hydrogen and made emission-free by 2034. Currently, these homes and businesses are heated by natural gas.

Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure

Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

Columbia's 780 - km Cano Limon – Covenas has been attacked yet again for the 78th time this year. And while it had been out of service to better repair the pipeline after a similar attack just a few months ago, there was still considerable damage to the environment.

Columbia has struggled for years to combat perceived National Liberation Army (ELN) attacks on its hydrocarbon infrastructure. The rebel group contends that the country is selling out its national resources to multinational companies and demands a re-think.

Israel plans gas pipeline to Europe - UAE to invest

Israel plans gas pipeline to Europe - UAE to invest (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

Israel intends to supply natural gas to Europe through a pipeline by 2025. It is planned to sign a corresponding agreement with Greece, Cyprus and Italy by the beginning of February, said the country's energy minister Steinitz.

New Studies on Proposed Malta-Sicily Gas Pipeline Will Lead To Eventual Construction

The new gas pipeline shall replace tankers like this one, currently is use between Malta and Italy (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)

Three new gas pipeline studies which the EU hopes will be a prelude to eventual construction are expected to start soon. The 160-km gas pipeline would be built between Malta and Gela in Sicily, cost around €350 million with a projected completion by 2024. The studies being undertaken are looking into the route, the seabed, the effects on the environment as well as the design of the infrastructure needed for the project. The studies are expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 summer.

TAPI Pipeline Sees Light At The End of the Tunnel

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

After decades of delays the projected $7 billion Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline will likely make its final investment decision (FID) in the first half of 2019.

The TAPI pipeline will help energy-rich Turkmenistan diversity its gas exports and supply the booming energy markets of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Keystone in No Man's Land

Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

In what has been described as "the worst time" for Canada's oil industry, a United States District Judge, Brian Morris, ruled last week that more time was needed to study the potential environmental impact of the 1905-km, $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.

In his decision, Morris said the analysis didn’t fully cover the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline’s viability or include updated modelling of potential oil spills.

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