It could have sounded like one of those old jokes: “An Englishman, an Irishman, and a Scotsman met up together and…” But in this case, it was a President of NACE International, a President of PRCI, a Secretary General of EPRG, and a number of high-level subsea pipeline industry representatives, and it wasn’t a joke.
Enterprise Products Partners and Chesapeake Energy Corporation have entered into a long-term contract whereby Chesapeake would anchor Enterprise’s proposed long-haul ethane pipeline from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to the United States Gulf Coast.
Kenya Pipeline Company is planning to replace its existing oil pipeline, which transports petroleum products from Mombasa to Nairobi in Africa.
Constructing an approximately 800 km gas pipeline through three countries is no small feat, but the submission of a preliminary environmental impact assessment to the Greek Ministry of Environment has taken the Trans Adriatic Pipeline one step closer to achieving this goal.
Gazprom has met with Kogas to discuss further steps toward implementing the plan to provide Russian gas pipeline supplies to the Republic of Korea via North Korea.
The Brazilian Development Bank has approved a bridge loan of approximately $US960 million for Logum Logistica to implement an ethanol pipeline and to install product collection centres.
Make sure not to miss the first Saudi Aramco international conference and exhibition on Best Practices in Pipeline Operations and Integrity Management, to be held from 19–21 March 2012, at Bahrain’s prestigious Gulf Convention Centre.
Building on the success of previous years, the 24th Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference and Exhibition will held from 6–9 February 2012 at the Marriott Westchase in Houston, Texas, bringing some of the industry’s best together.By Doug Woodley, Director, Woodley Pipeline Services Ltd and Technical Adviser, Pigging Products and Services Association
One of the most crucial aspects of pipeline operation is ensuring pipeline integrity. The intelligent pig has become an important tool for assessing the condition of a pipeline, and is set to become an even more integral part of pipeline maintenance as steps are made towards solving the ‘unpiggable’ pipeline puzzle. Pipelines International spoke with Doug Woodley to trace the origins of the intelligent pig and examine how it developed into the essential tool that it is today.
After its 23rd successful year in Houston, Tiratsoo Technical and Clarion recently brought the acclaimed Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference and Exhibition to Prague, Czech Republic.by Stephanie Chan, Assistant Editor
A number of exciting pipeline projects are currently underway in Australasia, including LNG developments across Australia and Papua New Guinea. Pipelines International looks at the projects which are set to launch Australia to the position of second-biggest exporter of LNG and to the new frontier of LNG in PNG.
Since June 2010, Nacap has been constructing the QSN 3 Project, a 938.5 km, 450 mm diameter pipeline from Wallumbilla in southeast Queensland to Moomba in South Australia. As the project nears completion, Nacap reflects on the challenges it has overcome to deliver this major Australian pipeline looping project.
In early 2012, general production will begin on the PL83 pipelayer, replacing the 583T, and the PL87, replacing the 587T and 587R. The PL83 and PL87 offer a variety of features for increased lift capacity, enhanced slope capability, ease of operation, performance and transportability.by Derrick Butterfield, Volvo Construction Equipment, Germany
There has been an increase of interest in heavyweight pipelayers around the world; however Volvo’s new PL3005D, with its 50 t tipping capacity, could be the new middleweight champ.
Rosen, a leading privately owned company, celebrates 30 years of serving the oil and gas industry with inspection, integrity, and rehabilitation products and services. Operating in over 100 countries, the company has provided the industry with advanced inspection and integrity solutions to ensure safe and economical operation of a wide range of assets and facilities.by Devon Brendecke, Quest Integrity Group
Inspection and assessment capabilities in the pipeline industry are constantly improving thanks to competitive technology developments. More advanced in-line inspection tools yield better data on pipeline condition, which in turn drives the need for advanced assessment capabilities to leverage the improved data quality and accuracy.
In the United States, a New Jersey pipeline safety programme has received approximately $US1 million funding, and a number of pipeline safety bills have been signed by the Californian Governor, in a major step toward preventing pipeline failures such as the San Bruno incident. Meanwhile, the Australian pipeline industry is working to expand its pipeline standard, and DNV has established its second pipeline technical committee in China.
Faced with challenges from start to finish, the In Salah Southern Fields Project – located in the Sahara desert – will overcome searing heat, sand storms and corrosive gas to install a 300 km pipeline network that will transport gas from the isolated desert to local and international markets.by Gerald Misajon, Shell Philippines Exploration and Production, and Rolf Gunnar Lie, T.D. Williamson Asia Pacific Pty Ltd
With operators eager to ensure that pipeline networks function with minimum interruption, quick replacement of defective valves is important. Shell Philippines Exploration and Production discovered the benefits of SmartPlug® pressure isolation technology from T.D. Williamson Inc. in facilitating a timely replacement of a defective primary emergency shutdown valve on the Malampaya shallow water platform, located in the Philippines.by John Tiratsoo, Pipelines International Editor-in-Chief
The recent issue of the Journal of Pipeline Engineering contains five scientific papers dealing with a number of aspects of pipeline engineering design. Here Pipelines International highlights three of these, two of which deal with fracture mechanics and propagation, and one which looks at the problems of landslides and the risk assessment process that can be applied to this situation.by Eur.Ing. David Newman, Managing Director, International Pipeline Management Services Ltd, UK
Sour gas is evident in various oil and gas producing regions of the world, in particular, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The product can not only cause deterioration to pipelines, but is potentially harmful to the environment and personnel health. This calls for specific requirements in terms of steel manufacture, materials selection and testing, as well as a strict code of compliance.
Founded in 1944, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America and promotes best practice in pipeline safety.
Industry experts gathered to discuss the latest in pipeline rehabilitation at the 2011 Evaluation, Rehabilitation and Repair of Pipelines Conference and Exhibition, which was held from 2–3 November at the Marriott Westloop in Houston, Texas, US.
Bringing together some of the leading pipeline industry individuals, the 8th biennial Rio Pipeline Conference and Exhibition, held 20–22 September 2011 at the Sul America Convention Centre in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, was a great success.
In February 2011, the Professional Institute for Pipeline Engineers launched Pipeloop – the global directory of pipeline professionals. Pipeloop is a business networking site exclusively for accredited pipeliners, and is available to all those involved in the pipeline industry.