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

Worldwide Survey Reveals NDT Global as Leader for Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection

Worldwide Survey Reveals NDT Global as Leader for Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection

NDT Global are proud to share the results of the Kimberlite International Oilfield Research* 2017 Pipeline report, which highlights operators internationally ranking NDT Global as the industry leader in ultrasonic tool technology. The report also shows the improvement NDT Global has experienced in its competitive performance over the past two years, resulting in a market share gain and a clear positioning as a premium supplier that delivers superior value.

Germany's largest TSO appoints Dr. Frank Reiners to the Board of Management

Germany's largest TSO appoints Dr. Frank Reiners to the Board of Management

At its last meeting in September 2017, the Supervisory Board of Open Grid Europe decided to appoint Dr Frank Reiners as CFO of Open Grid Europe GmbH. He will assume his position on 1st February 2018.

Hilko Schomerus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Open Grid Europe, said: “With Frank Reiners we have gained an experienced manager with an excellent track record in regulation and commercial controlling.”

Canada's Multibillion Dollar Pipeline Industry Begins Soul-Searching Conversations On the Future

Canada's Multibillion Dollar Pipeline Industry Begins Soul-Searching Conversations On the Future (Sergey_R / Shutterstock)

Canada's mega $15 billion Energy East pipeline project, which would have carried 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta to Canada's east coast for export, is being scrapped by TransCanada due to more stringent environmental regulations imposed by the Trudeau government.

The Way is Clear for Opal Gastransport to Offer Full Gas Capacity

Higher Court in Duesseldorf rules against PGniG (Charlie1965nrw / Wikipedia)

A Duesseldorf Higher Regional Court said last week that it will not honour a request by Polish energy company PGniG and its German subsidiary to block Gazprom from increasing its use of the Opal pipeline in eastern Germany.

PGniG requested to stop or limit full capacity auctions on Opal to no avail. An Opal Gastransport spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that these appeals were completely rejected and that Opal Gastransport can offer its capacity fully to the market."

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)

Last week between 9,350 and 9,750 barrels of crude oil shot out of a fractured underwater pipe in the Gulf of Mexico some 64 km from Venice, Louisiana.

LLOG Exploration Offshore, the offshore oil and gas operator, says the pipe is connected to a subsea well and that the leak has ceased.

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)

After losing Kirkuk's prodigious oil fields to ISIS during the terrorists' Blitzkrieg three years ago and ultimately to rebellious Kurds after ISIS was evicted, the federal government in Baghdad has reasserted its sovereignty over the area and is now planning a "comprehensive and accelerated" rehabilitation plan for Kirkuk's crude oil pipeline network.

The pipelines run from Kirkuk 970 km to the Turkish export port of Ceyhan in the Mediterranean. During the ISIS occupation the pipelines were often sabotaged and now in urgent need of repair and rehabilitation.

Iran Planning New Major Oil Export Terminal at the Port of Jask

Iran Planning New Major Oil Export Terminal at the Port of Jask (T.W. van Urk / Shutterstock)

The port of Jask on the southern tip of Iran has long been seen as a potential new export terminal for Iranian petroleum and petroleum products. Now, nearly three years after the Iran Nuclear Accord and the resumption of trade and investment with the country, a tender for the construction of part of the pipeline to transfer crude oil to Jask is due to be held in the days ahead, according to Ali Kardor, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks (Kara Grubis / Shutterstock)

Leakey oil and gas pipelines are commanding the attention of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as 430 pipelines near occupied buildings recently failed leak-detection tests. While this is only 0.35 percent of the lines tested, state politicians are calling the tests significant and dangerous.

Construction on 1046-km Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Begins in Texas

The Gulf Coast of Texas where the EPIC pipeline leads to (Sherry Yates Young / Shutterstock).

EPIC Y Grade Pipeline, a 1046 km natural gas liquids (NGL) carrier, linking NGL reserves in the Permian and Eagle Ford Basins in New Mexico and West Texas to Gulf Coast refiners, has commenced construction running alongside the EPIC crude oil pipeline.

Driving the project is an agreement between EPIC Midstream Holdings and BP Energy to transport at least 220,000 barrels per day with multiple origin points in the Delaware and Midland Basins.

Green Light for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Green Light for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline (Copyright by Williams)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given final approval to the multibillion dollar Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, which will connect Marcelllus Shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The project has been met with considerable public push-back, especially in Lancaster County. Hundreds of people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience in an effort to block the project. In this regard, a group of nuns allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the proposed pipeline route. ptj reported earlier on that issue.

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute (Dmitrijs Kaminskis / Shutterstock)

North Dakota regulators and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) have reached an agreement concerning allegations that the Dallas - based company violated state rules during construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Rather than being charged with a hefty fine, the regulators stipulated that ETP will develop a "how-to" manual for managing unanticipated discoveries in sensitive tribal areas. In addition the company will plant over 100,000 trees to replace those that ETP allegedly destroyed excavating earth while laying the pipe.

Pipeline Projects in Eastern Europe Beset With New Concerns

A natural gas station in Bucharest, Romania (Gabriel Petrescu / Shutterstock)

Amid heightened concern about the financial viability of natural gas pipeline projects in Romania, it appears likely now that the country will scale back ambitions to export gas to western Europe and thus compete with Russia.

Romania has been developing reserves in the Neptun bloc of the Black Sea, estimated at 80 - 100 billion cubic meters, or up to nine times Romania's annual consumption. And for the past couple of years the Black Sea reserves spawned the hope that Romania could become a source of gas to other European countries.

Turkey Considering Disrupting the Kirkuk - Ceyhan Export Oil Pipeline

Turkey Considering Disrupting the KIrkuk - Ceyhan Export Oil Pipeline (Eng. Bilal Izaddin / Shutterstock)

As the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq continues to count the ballots of its controversial independence referendum, President Erdogan of Turkey warned the Kurds that he would cut off the oil pipeline from northern Iraq to the outside world -- depriving the Erbil government of its principal source of income - if the KRG does not back down.

Erdogan more specifically has threatened military intervention in Iraq, saying that Kurdish independence was unacceptable to Turkey and that this was a matter of Turkey's survival.

Rosneft Trades Gas Pipeline Investment for Future Role in Supplying Europe with Northern Iraqi Gas

Rosneft Trades Gas Pipeline Investment for Future Role in Supplying Europe with Northern Iraqi Gas (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)

Rosneft and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have agreed to cooperate in the construction of a natural gas pipeline with a 30 bcm of gas per year capacity.

The pipeline will be constructed in 2019 for Kurdish domestic use, with exports due to begin in 2020.

Kurdistan sits on some of the largest untapped gas deposits on Europe’s doorstep and analysts suggest that this investment will allow Rosneft to compete with Gazprom in the supply of natural gas to Europe.

Cutting Edge Fibre-Optic Cables - Herald of A New Era In Pipeline Leak Detection Technologies?

Cutting Edge Fibre-Optic Cables Herald A New Era In Pipeline Leak Detection Technologies

Calgary' Hifi Engineering has entered the competitive pipeline leak detection market with its own ultrasensitive leak detection system. Hifi uses fibre-optic cables to detect pinhole pipeline leaks within seconds.

In addition, the system is also capable of alerting operators about nearby construction or earthquakes that could disturb or diminish the integrity of pipe.

Pipeline Upgrades in Northeastern US Signify Growth in Natural Gas Market

Pipeline Upgrades in Northeastern US Signify Growth in Natural Gas Market

Williams Partners is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Rivervale South to Market project in the northeastern United States.

The work will involve the uprating of 16.70 km of Transco pipeline together with upgrades and alterations of existing pipeline facilities, all in New Jersey. The project will provide incremental service to customers in this growing American market.

Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York

Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York (railway fx / shutterstock)

"Constitution" a proposed 195-km natural gas pipeline championed by the US petroleum industry as well as the executive branch of federal government has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit on environmental grounds. The ruling marks a significant victory of state jurisdiction over federal environmental laws and reverses the pro-pipeline industry course that Washington has been on this year.

Third Party Access for China's Pipeline Network

Third Party Access for China's Pipeline Network (zhuda / Shutterstock)

After years of deliberation, China's nationally owned pipelines will be operated by third parties in the foreseeable future, according to media reports.

"We have been talking about open and fair pipeline access for a long time, and the detailed plans will likely be released soon. For those who have the capability to give access but decline to do so, there will be punishment," said a source familiar with the matter.

Iran on the Verge on Building Transboundary Gas Pipeline to Oman / India

Iran on the Verge on Building Transboundary Gas Pipeline to Oman / India (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

Off and on over the past ten years Iran has discussed building a transboundary pipeline via Pakistan to supply India with natural gas. Since then a subsea line has gained favor with the project's principal stakeholders.

Building the pipeline underwater would allow India to go around Pakistan, India's arch enemy. Similarly Iran's perceived Emirati enemies can also be avoided by constructing the pipeline beyond their territorial waters. Geopolitics at its best.

New Environmental Ruling With Broad Implications for the US Pipeline Industry

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (CC BY-SA 3.0 / AgnosticPreachersKid)

This week the United States witnessed a sea change in the policy of the US government toward pipeline construction.

Indeed, President Trump's program to rebuild America's infrastructure suffered a big blow when a federal court ruled that regulators must examine the pipeline's impact on global climate change before granting approval.

Sniffing out success: Leak Detection with The Sniffers’ dogs at Raffinerie Heide

The Sniffers is an independent service provider which identifies current and expectable leaks in pipelines and installations in the oil and gas industry. They provide advice on how to reduce emissions, energy losses and maintain pipeline network integrity in the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Sound Energy receives Morocco gas-line funding proposal

Sound Energy receives Morocco gas-line funding proposal (Copyright by Sound Energy)

Sound Energy, a European and African focused upstream gas company, obtained a non-bonding funding proposal of up to US$100 million for its eastern Morocco gas project. The proposal has been made by the Advisory & Finance Group Investment Bank (AFG) on behalf of a range of institutions, including shareholders of OGIF (Oil & Gas Investment Fund).

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey (michelmond / Shutterstock)

The U.S. Gulf Coast is recovering slowly from the damage done by Hurricane Harvey. On Monday, a key segment of the American fuel system will restart operations after devastating rains caused heavy damage to infrastructures in all of Texas.

Due to the storm, almost a quarter of U.S. refining capacity had to be shut down according to officials, which led to a rise in fuel prices in the country.

New European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) to receive it's first pipes

New European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) to receive it's first pipes ( © 2017 GASCADE Gastransport GmbH)

The preparations for the construction of the European gas pipeline link EUGAL are making progress. From Friday, 1 September 2017, the first pipes will be delivered to several pipe storage points until construction of EUGAL starts in mid-2018. The storage points are located along the planned route, which will require a total of 47,000 pipes to be completed. The pipes will be transported by train to eastern Germany and then distributed by truck from railway stations in Lubmin, Drögeheide and Prenzlau to nearby storage points.

Uganda Marks the Development of Feeder Pipelines to the Refinery in Hoima

Foundation Stone Laid for Ugandan - Tanzanian Crude Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)

The Ugandan government has set up a resettlement planning committee for persons affected by the country's burgeoning oil patch in Buliisa. The work, which will include a Central Processing Facility (CPF), construction camps, accommodation facilities, a workshop and feeder pipelines. is a prelude to full - scale oil production in 2020. Thus far Uganda has discovered 6.5 billion barrels of oil in 40 % of the explored area in the Albertine graben.

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