There are approximately 477,000 km of onshore natural gas transmission pipelines in the United States. Since 2004, the operators of these pipelines have been required by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to develop and implement integrity management (IM) programmes to ensure the integrity of their pipelines in populated areas (defined as high-consequence areas – HCAs) so as to reduce the risk of injuries and property damage from pipeline failures.

A unified approach leads to successful pipeline welding


The pace of onshore pipeline construction is largely dependent on successful girth welding. Welding is often the pace limiting step during pipeline...

Australian Pipeline Industry Association has a new name


The Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) has undergone a name change to the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA). While this does not indicate a change in the Association’s activities,...

Big performance in a small package: new pipelayer enters the market


SUPERIOR’s family of pipelayers just got bigger with the addition of the all-new SPX-260.

Energy Solutions International and Dyonyx L.P. partner to offer cloud-based services


Global provider of software and services to the oil and gas transportation and storage markets Energy Solutions International (ESI) has named Dyonyx L.P., a leading global provider of hosted computing...

Show us your pipeline love


Pipelines International has recently received some great entries for its quarterly photo competition, featuring our ‘I ♥ Pipelines’ stickers. Don’t forget to send us your photo entries and you could...

Retrieval of a stuck cleaning pig from a natural gas pipeline


Pakistan’s largest fertilizer complex, owned by Fatima Fertilizer Co Ltd (FFCL), sources natural gas to power its operations through a 47 km, 20 inch diameter pipeline that...

A structured approach to integrity management of flexible risers


Pipeline integrity management systems (PIMS) for rigid pipelines are now widely accepted and applied within the oil and...

The future of pipeline integrity management


Both engineering knowledge about ageing pipelines and an increased public awareness and participation in planning new infrastructures leads to heightened interest in pipeline assessment processes.

27 years of integrity management success


More than 2,400 attendees flocked to the Houston Marriott Westchase from 9–12 February 2015 for another record-setting Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference and Exhibition.

Pigging products and services supplier introduces new product line


Houston-based Precision Pigging has launched a new line of high quality pigging products, ranging from foam swabs to cleaning and dewatering pigs, as well as a full line of urethane...

Robotic inspection of unpiggable piping at pump station


North American pipeline operator Alyeska Pipeline Service Company has successfully used a robotic...

HDD to the Summit


The long-anticipated arrival of natural gas to Missouri’s premiere outdoor recreational venue is drawing near as part of a monumental project that has included three trenchless bores beneath the popular...

UK trenchless equipment provider seeks worldwide distributors


Underground Systems Ltd specialises in the design, manufacture, hire and sale of equipment for the utility industries, with a focus on trenchless tools and equipment.

SUPERIOR SVL-Series vacuum lifter: a more practical alternative


SUPERIOR Manufacturing makes pipe lifting and handling easy with the SVL-Series of vacuum lifters. There are three models from which to choose – SVL-90, SVL-130 and SVL-220...

The importance of choosing the right vacuum lifter


Many people think that vacuum lifters are all the same and that there is no real difference between one brand and another. On the...

Where is the risk control strategy?


In an earlier article, we noted that risk management is, in effect, often unintentionally delegated to decision-makers occupying the lower portions of the corporate organisation...

Vale: Raymond R. Fessler (1939-2014)


It is with great sadness and loss that we mark the passing of Raymond (Ray) Fessler, known to many as the father of pipeline stress...

Questions surrounding Europe’s gas supply on the agenda at tenth Pipeline Technology Conference


Worldwide energy studies and political statements have tipped the 21st century as the...

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