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Pipelines International

March 2012

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From the Editor

It’s not often that politics extends to pipelines, but currently there are two significant political disputes that centre around just that. In the United States, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project has become an issue in November’s presidential election, while in Africa a dispute between the new country of South Sudan and its northern neighbour Sudan centres on the existing pipeline from the Heglig area oilfields to the coast at Port Sudan.

Developing Brazil’s giant oil and gas fields

In Brazil, Saipem has been awarded an engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning contract by Petrobras for the development of the Lula NE – Cernambi gas export pipeline, in the Santos Basin Pre-Salt Region, approximately 270 km off the coast of the state of São Paulo.

Joint venture to deliver condensate to Corpus Christi

Copano Energy and Magellan Midstream Partners have formed a joint venture to deliver condensate from the Eagle Ford Shale to Corpus Christi, Texas.

Construction on third line begins for Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline

Ceremonies have marked the commencement of construction of Line C of the Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline's Uzbekistan section.

South Africa welcomes a multiple solution

Transnet Pipelines has successfully commissioned the New Multi-Product Pipeline, located in South Africa, which has been dubbed by Transnet Group Chief Executive Brian Molefe as one of the country’s most significant capital investment programmes.

Completed pipeline to unify Russian gas

Construction has been completed on Gazprom’s 650 km Pochinki – Gryazovets gas pipeline, which is intended to improve the reliability of Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System.

Connecting the world’s richest gas regions

WorleyParsons has been awarded the contract for engineering services for the Nabucco Pipeline project, which will directly connect the world’s richest gas regions – the Caspian Region and the Middle East – to European consumer markets.

Get the most out of the Bahrain Best Practice event

With a seven-track conference and a large exhibition hall bringing the industry’s finest to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the First International Conference and Exhibition on Best Practices in Pipeline Operations & Integrity Management, you’ll want to make sure you have an action plan. The Pipelines International team have a few suggestions to make the most of your conference experience.

Meet the Middle East’s leading pipeline companies

The inaugural Best Practices in Pipeline Operations and Integrity Management Conference and Exhibition will bring together experts from within and outside the Middle East to discuss some of the latest technologies and concepts for maintaining and operating oil and gas pipelines in the most efficient, cost-effective, and professional manner.

The information exchange: ASM Saudi Arabian Chapter

Established in 2007, the American Society of Material International – Saudi Arabian Chapter, provides up-to-date industry information and technical knowledge to local society members and businesses through education, networking and professional development.

A rare find: the OPAL pipeline

More than three years of preparation and planning, and 22 months of construction, has seen the creation of the OPAL pipeline, which has not only made modern history as the biggest natural gas pipeline in Europe, but has also unearthed precious artefacts from ancient history in the process.

Drilling down deep in Louisiana

Michels Directional Crossings successfully completed a nearly 1.6 km horizontal directionally drilled bore on an approximately 235 km natural gas pipeline that now runs underneath the Atchafalaya River and the accompanying levee system in central Louisiana, United States.

The essential elements of risk assessment

by W. Kent Muhlbauer, WKM Consultancy, LLC

As the desire for more robust pipeline risk management grows, so too does the need for superior risk assessment. A formal risk assessment provides the structure to increase understanding, reduce subjectivity, and ensure that important considerations are not overlooked. Associated decision-making is therefore more consistent and reliable when formal techniques are used.

‘X-Streamly’ good deepwater gas pipeline design

by John Tiratsoo, Editor-in-Chief

In his keynote paper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference in 1998, Professor Andrew Palmer introduced ‘a radical alternative approach to the design and construction of pipelines in deep water’. Here, Pipelines International looks at the DNV’s recent realisation of this concept.

From rudimentary press to advanced induction: pipe bending explained

by Craig Barnshaw, Managing Director, Barnshaws Metal Bending, UK

Over the last 80–90 years, the pipeline bending process has developed from rudimentary press bending techniques to the advanced induction bending processes available today. This article provides an overview of the current techniques available for bending pipeline in the workshop, and what is in store for the future.

Pipeline security and monitoring – protecting the industry

by Adrian Fielding, Senior Manager-Industrial Security Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions and David Hill, Technical Director

It has been an industry goal for many years to protect oil, gas and refined product pipelines against sabotage, illegal tapping and terrorist action, in addition to the everyday detecting of leaks and in-line equipment failure. This article highlights how a distributed acoustic sensing system called OptaSense is helping to protect the world’s critical oil and gas supplies.

Into the deep: testing for deepwater projects

by Qishi Chen and Chris Timms, C-FER Technologies

The technical challenge associated with building a deepwater pipeline is often measured by the combination of pipe diameter and water depth. In the past, projects like the Blue Stream Pipeline (24 inch diameter and 2,150 m depth) and Mardi Gras Pipeline (28 inch diameter and 2,200 m depth) set the frontier for such a challenge. However, recently proposed projects, such as the South Stream Pipeline (32 inch diameter and 2,200 m depth) are setting new records.

How to effectively market your business in the pipeline industry

The heavy worldwide use of the internet, along with the ability to cross borders with the click of a button, has led to a proliferation of new types of marketing tools that are the perfect complement to traditional marketing.

Securing Eastern Europe’s energy supply with pipelines

by Sarah Paul, Associate Editor, and Stephanie Chan, Assistant Editor

Within the past year, Eastern Europe has seen an increase in the development of transmission oil and gas pipelines to help secure its gas supply. Pipelines International takes a look at how the region is coming together to fuel its economy.

Integrating Russia’s gas supply with the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok pipeline

The successful commissioning of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline’s first start-up complex has heralded the beginning of an integrated gas production, transportation and supply system, which will link eastern Siberia and the Far East, while maintaining possibilities for potential gas exports to China and other Asia-Pacific countries.

Ain’t no mountain high enough to stop pipeline construction

by Stephanie Chan, Assistant Editor

Mountainous regions are found in most countries, presenting safety and economic challenges to pipeline construction worldwide. Here, a number of companies share their experiences with this kind of terrain, and the innovations that have been developed to overcome these challenges.

History of pipelines to the end of the 20th Century

Special thanks to Tom Miesner, Pipeline Knowledge and Development for this timeline which is based on the Pipeline Knowledge and Development training module, 'History of Gas and Oil Pipelines'.

Packed in for pigging at PPIM

This year’s 24th annual Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference and Exhibition was the biggest yet, with more than 1,400 attendees, 23 presentations, and an extended exhibition to accommodate the 98 company exhibitors.

Expanding global presence

Great Southern Press, publishers of Pipelines International and parent company of Tiratsoo Technical, is pleased to announce two great new additions to its international offices in Houston, Texas, US, and London, England, UK: Luke Rowohlt and Elizabeth Foster.

Three reasons to exhibit at PPIM Asia Pacific

Don’t miss your chance to exhibit at the dynamic forum discussing key trends, products and services in the pipeline inspection sector – the 24th Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 21–24 May 2012.

Get in the loop with the missing link: CO2 transportation by pipeline

Experts will converge at the two-day International Forum on Transportation of CO2 by Pipeline, to be held from 18–21 June in Newcastle, UK – make sure not to miss out on the unique programme and exhibition.

Gas goes global in Malaysia

Global gas and energy leaders from around the world will gather to attend the 25th World Gas Conference, to be held from 4–8 June 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

World’s largest SmartPlug pipeline pressure isolation tool completed

Product and services provider TDW Offshore Services has completed the design and construction of a 48 inch diameter, 12 t SmartPlug pipeline pressure isolation tool for the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline, located in the Baltic Sea in Germany.

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