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Cortez Subsea secures patent for shallow-water pipelay technology

Subsea services and technology products company Cortez Subsea has been granted a UK patent for its Modular Pipelay System, making new shallow-water pipelay technology available in the North Sea for the first time.

The role of comparative performance analysis in pipeline operations

Maintaining pipeline performance, integrity, safety and reliability are critical, and keeping operations current and optimised requires a continuous improvement process. By looking to peer-company comparisons, operators can develop strategies that balance desired operational advances with the realities of cost efficiency and reliability.

Relieving stress: preventive riser maintenance offshore Malaysia

In March 2014, global pipeline services provider T.D. Williamson completed a comprehensive pipeline services programme for a major offshore operator to assist with efforts to relieve increasing contact stress between a gas export riser and platform jacket offshore east Malaysia.

Fibreglass pipelines to enable efficient and economic onsite build

WNR Systems has produced what it describes as a revolutionary patented system that can produce continuous pipelines onsite efficiently, economically and at an unrivalled pace, signifying the future of fibreglass pipelines.

Troubles with weightings

There is currently a great disparity in approaches and level of rigour applied to risk assessment by pipeline operators largely due to the absence of complete standards or guidelines covering this complex topic. The disparity leads to inconsistent and problematic risk management, as was discussed in a previous column.

Enhancing pipeline security with distributed acoustic sensing

Oil theft from pipelines is a major international issue, and it’s not just regions such as the Niger Delta – which attract high levels of media attention – that are affected. Recently we have seen instances of pipelines being tapped as close to home as Hampshire, UK, with 30,000 cubic metres of diesel being stolen.

Indian Oil Corporation awards pipeline coating contract to Denso

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, India’s biggest pipeline operator and one of the world’s leading oil companies, has awarded a tender of more than 2.4 million square metres of high quality pipeline coating to DENSO GmbH of Germany.

PRCI announces 2014 portfolio for energy pipeline research

Thu, 27 February 2014 The Pipeline Research Council International has announced its 2014 Research Portfolio as approved by the Board of Directors at its September, 2013, meeting in Austin, Texas, US.

$US750 million investment in Mexican pipeline firm

Thu, 27 February 2014 In a cross-border deal, international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has represented Swiss private equity firm Partners Group in making a majority investment in Mexico’s leading gas infrastructure firm.

Myth busting – I don’t have enough data (Part 2)

The first part of this discussion, which was published in the June edition of Pipelines International, hopefully dispelled some myths about low data availability. We discussed how reasoning is used to generate data and how many useful pieces of risk insight emerge from even simple pieces of knowledge.

Construction bids open for Lukoil’s North Caspian gas pipeline

Russia’s largest oil company, Lukoil, has announced tenders for the construction of its Northern Caspian natural gas pipeline.

From the Editor

The recent news that the Azerbaijan-based Shah Deniz Consortium has chosen the route for its gas exports to Europe, as well as the continuing discussions about the Canada-US Keystone pipeline, has brought into focus the subject of cross-border pipelines, and this edition of Pipelines International contains two important papers on aspects of this topic.

Myth busting – I don’t have enough data (Part 1)

There are myths associated with performing a risk assessment and some use these as an excuse for not having a credible assessment. Let’s examine some of these myths beginning with how to use the data you have to ensure a meaningful risk assessment is made.

A competency-based approach for training pipeline professionals

Human capital is a critical factor for determining long-term success in any industry. In today’s pipeline industry, human capital resources are being strained as the demand for qualified technical personnel outstrips supply.

Spotlight shines on robotic system

ShawCor has been awarded an Offshore Technology Conference ‘Spotlight on New Technology’ award for Bredero Shaw’s mobile robotic cutback system.

Evaluation of leak-detection technologies

In order to detect small leaks, external leak-detection systems generally require the installation of supplementary hardware placed alongside the pipeline.

Advanced subsea pipeline inspection: an overview of field experience and benefits of subsea pipeline

The requirement for the condition assessment of subsea pipelines and structures has increased in the recent years due to general integrity reasons and the analysis of fitness-for-service of aging assets.

Isolation in the Shetland Islands

STATS Group successfully completed an isolation project on BP’s 147 km long Brent Pipeline at Sullom Voe terminal in the Shetland Islands, UK.

Making the most of the CO2 Forum

The Fourth International Forum on CO2 Transportation by Pipeline will be held from 19–20 June 2013 in Newcastle, UK.

Taq Taq to Khurmala Pipeline complete

Genel Energy and Addax Petroleum have completed the 70 km Taq Taq to Khurmala Pipeline in the Zagros Basin, northern Iraq.

Nord Stream plans expansion

Gazprom and Gasunie have signed on to co-operate in exploring the possibilities of the Nord Stream gas pipeline expansion.

Gas to flow from Northern Mozambique

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Gigajoule International Ltd and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, the Mozambican state-owned oil and gas company, for the joint study and – if feasible – the construction of a 2,100 km pipeline from Cabo Delgado to Maputo and regional markets in Mozambique.

Arrow Bowen Pipeline gains approval

Australian company Arrow Energy’s proposed Bowen Pipeline, in Queensland, Australia, has been approved by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Energy set to head east in Canada

TransCanada has proposed the Energy East Pipeline Project which will include a 4,400 km pipeline that will run west to east in Canada and benefit economies across the country.

From the Editor

The theme of the recent Banff Pipeline Workshop was ‘performance and perception’. The biennial event was larger than ever this year, attracting around 800 delegates, the majority of whom were from the North American pipeline industry. The friendly and collegiate atmosphere established over successive editions of the workshop by the far-sighted organisers once again allowed delegates to discuss many issues in an open and unthreatened manner, and continued to make this event unique and of great value.


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