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September 2010

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From the editor

It’s conference time again and Pipelines International is pleased to be associated with two major pipeline industry meetings taking place in September, and two further significant events taking place in October and November.

All aboard the Fayetteville Express

A major new gas pipeline being constructed in the United States’ Midwest will help supply the country’s long-term energy needs, and contribute to its ongoing energy independence and stability. In the short term, the pipeline is also acting as an economic stimulus in the region, creating thousands of local construction jobs throughout 2010.

Brazilian slurry pipeline in the public interest

Brazil’s Minas Gerais State Government has announced that Ferrous Resources’ planned iron ore slurry pipeline – planned to connect Ferrous’ Viga mine to the company’s planned port in the state of Espírito Santo – is ‘in the public interest’.

TAPI Pipeline plans firming

Turkmenistan’s gas export potential has bolstered the prospects of the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India Pipeline, according to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Georgia and Iraq to supply Nabucco Pipeline

Two pipelines will be constructed to the Turkish – Georgian border and the Turkish – Iraqi border respectively, to supply gas into the proposed Nabucco Pipeline.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline route revised

Albanian Ministers and government officials have endorsed the revised route of the 520 km Trans Adriatic Pipeline through Albania.

Pipeline development a key focus in Tanzania

Orca Exploration Group has established a division, East Coast Transmission and Marketing, to focus on the development of a 600 km pipeline which would carry natural gas from the Songo Songo Island and Mnazi Bay gas fields in southern Tanzania toward the country's border with Mozambique.

Pipes & People

PRCI selects new president

The pipeline developers building energy lifelines in Canada

Stephanie Clancy

Canada is one of the world’s biggest producers of petroleum; ranked third in the world in natural gas production and sixth in oil. It produces 16.2 Bcf/d of natural gas and 2.2 Bbbl/d of oil. Pipelines International looks at the pipeline developers bringing Canadian petroleum resources to domestic and international energy markets.

Getting the most out of your International Pipeline Conference and Exposition experience

With 14 streams, featuring panels, tutorials and 350 technical papers from 40 different countries, and an exposition boasting over 150 industry brands – getting the most out of the 8th International Pipeline Conference and Exposition in five days requires a plan! Pipelines International has some suggestions to ensure you have a productive, enjoyable and pipeline-filled conference and exposition experience.

Michels: providing for pipelines in Canada

Michels Canada, a division of Michels Corporation, works with industry leaders to provide service to customers such as Kinder Morgan, TransCanada, and Enbridge on a wide variety of projects. The company has recently completed work on the Alberta Clipper, Southern Access, and Southern Lights pipeline projects, located in North America.

Indigenous communities as stakeholders in pipeline projects

Canada’s First Nations are often key stakeholders in proposed pipeline construction projects in the country. Indigenuity’s Cheryl Brooks and Janis Brooks consult and advise project promoters needing support with First Nations’ consultation.

Providing coating protection in arctic tundra

China National Petroleum Corporation and Daqing Oilfield Construction Group have been confronted with the challenging task of repairing and providing protection to the MoDa Pipeline, which is located in a permafrost region. Dutch company STOPAQ has stepped in to provide a solution with their pipeline insulation and corrosion protection technology.

Understanding and preventing corrosion

Leo van Beugen, CEO of Kleiss & Co, distributor of VISCOTAQ products

Corrosion can pose a threat to the integrity of a pipeline. Coating manufacturer VISCOTAQ outlines the different types of coatings available and the phenomena that can contribute to the corrosion of pipeline infrastructure.

Good things come in small packages: the SB-3OM pipelayer

Dressta pipelayers can perform hoisting works in standalone or team work operations. The company has recently released the SB-30M Extra Pipelayer, which can meet work and safety requirements in a smaller machine.

Cellular technology: improving line integrity

A US mid-stream oil company has turned to cellular technology to improve the integrity of a 161 km LPG pipeline after it was decided that adding non-critical data points to its SCADA monitoring system was too costly. ProSoft Technology explains how the implementation of cellular technology has significantly improved data communication along the pipeline.

ALLU: screening the industry

On pipeline project sites around the word ALLU’s screening buckets are proving a popular alternative to traditional padding machines. ALLU’s David MacLynn talks to Pipelines International about the benefits that the company’s Screener Crushers are delivering to pipeline projects in North America, Algeria and South Africa.

Leak detection for ultimate protection

It is important to alert the community of the risks that transmission pipelines present to people and the environment, including wildlife and property. It is equally vital to educate legislators, politicians, technicians and engineers about the importance of equipping pipeline systems with appropriate technology for disaster prevention. Leak detection company Asel-Tech uses data drawn from the USA Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to highlight the importance of reliable detection systems.

Compressor technology evolves to meet today’s challenges

Leonardo Baldassarre, Compressors & Expanders Engineering Manager – Turbomachinery, GE Oil & Gas

Compressors are the workhorses that pressurise gas, enabling it to be liquefied, transported and distributed via pipeline. Compressor technology is dynamic and evolving due to ongoing improvements in performance, efficiency, reliability and control, which are absolutely critical if gas reserves are to be developed and exploited on a practical and economic basis.

Getting your fill: CRC Evans explains padding machines

Selecting the right padding equipment for pipeline construction can have a positive impact on a project’s safety requirements and rate of productivity. CRC Evans Operating Co-ordinator, Padding Department, Terry Scrutchfield outlines how.

Products and Services

TVC launches new data logging equipment

Regulation round-up

Regulations, standards and legislation are continually being developed and refined to meet the new technologies and changing conditions of the pipeline industry. Here, Pipelines International reports on a new anti-vandalism standard in Canada, amendments to the United Kingdom’s safety regulations, and a proposal to increase pipeline data transparency in the European Union. We also outline a major new piece of energy legislation currently being considered in Nigeria.

Pipeline construction in temperate rainforest

Between a deep and intricate root system and dense canopy – there is little room to move when constructing pipelines through temperate rainforests. However with good design, a little bit of innovation and experienced construction teams, pipelines can be laid in temperate rainforests on time, on budget and with minimal adverse impacts on the environment. Pipelines International talks to African Minerals Environmental Manager in Sierra Leone Andrew Huckbody about pipeline construction in temperate rainforest.

The Dutch implement ‘gas roundabout’ concept

John Tiratsoo, Pipelines International Editor-in-Chief

The Netherlands’ state-owned infrastructure company N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie is currently working on the Dutch Government’s ambitious ‘gas roundabout’ concept, which will see the Netherlands becoming the heart of a major gas hub for northwestern Europe.

Enerflex turns on the pressure down under

Enerflex has installed a pressure reducing metering station in Australia’s southern state of Victoria to allow gas to feed into the recently installed Mortlake Pipeline from a number of different supply lines.

Nord Stream Pipeline; a photo essay

On 9 April 2010, a ceremony was held at Portovaya Bay in Russia to commemorate the start of the Nord Stream Pipeline construction. It is planned that by late 2011 European consumers will receive Russian gas through the first of the two new pipelines and, by the end of 2012, the twin pipelines will reach their rated capacity of 55 Bcm/a.

Getting the most out of your trencher

Trencher manufacturers and distributors Astec, Ditch Witch, Tesmec and Vermeer know how to get the most out of your trencher. Astec’s Al Bender, Ditch Witch's Jason Proctor, Tesmec’s Flavio Villa and Kris Phillips, and Vermeer’s Chris Lynch share their trencher tips with Pipelines International.

APIA: the voice of Australia’s pipeline industry

The Australian Pipeline Industry Association represents the full spectrum of Australia’s pipeline industry, embracing pipeline owners and operators, construction companies, engineering firms and suppliers of products and services and many other types of companies involved in all aspects of the industry. Pipelines International talks to Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright about the Association’s role in meeting industry challenges.

Wind, water, earth: potential environmental impacts on pipelines

Environmental issues are among the main features of the September issue of The Journal of Pipeline Engineering. As well as papers discussing flow assurance, horizontal directional drilling, and a comparison of API 1104 Appendix A and BS 7910, five papers look at varying aspects of how the environment affects oil and gas pipelines, both onshore and offshore.

The Urengoy – Pomary – Uzhgorod Pipeline: a Cold War pipeline

The 4,451 km Urengoy – Pomary – Uzhgorod Pipeline, constructed from 1982–84, is one of Russia’s major gas export pipelines, transporting gas from the Urengoi Field in Siberia to the west European natural gas network. At the time of construction the Soviet Government faced significant challenges in obtaining necessary pipe and equipment as a consequence of sanctions imposed by the US Government, which was fearful of western Europe’s potential dependency on Soviet gas.

Transporting CO2: issues discussed in Newcastle

John Tiratsoo, Pipelines International Editor-in-Chief

The transportation of carbon dioxide gas from carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes is increasingly becoming a key issue in mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The First International Forum on the Transportation of CO2 for CCS was held in Newcastle, UK, in July 2010, to discuss this burgeoning issue.

Count down commences for evaluation and rehabilitation in Berlin

There is less than one month before pipeline professionals descend on Berlin, Germany, for the Evaluation, Rehabilitation and Repair of Pipelines Conference & Exhibition. However there is still plenty of time for you to confirm your attendance, and make the most of this exciting opportunity.

Get out your diary: PPIM 2011 is not to be missed!

The Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference, held in Houston, has made its name as an industry forum devoted exclusively to the subjects of its title, annually bringing together a wide range of disciplines in the oil and gas pipeline industry. Mark 14–17 February 2011 in your diary to make sure you don’t miss out.

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