Current Issue: May 2021, Vol. 248, No. 5

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Editor's Notebook

Beware of Pending FERC Shift

A recent vote of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may have come out favorably for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), but 3-2 wins like this for midstream companies will likely become a much rarer commodity this summer.

Global News

Global News May 2021

Industry Poll Finds Widespread US Support for Pipelines  The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released new polling data measuring the sentiment of the American public toward pipelines, climate change, and the energy transition. By wide margins across key audiences, Americans support pipelines ..

Government

New Policy Formalizes FERC Use of GHG Emissions

A Republican commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took the unusual step of advising interstate pipeline and LNG companies to get ready to have pending applications for construction upended by the order FERC issued on March 23 by a vote of 3-2.

Features

New SGA Chair Focuses on Evolving Role of Natural Gas

In this interview, SGA Chair and Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline President and CEO Jimmy Staton discusses the concerns of the SGA membership, adapting to a new president’s agenda, improving the public’s perception of the natural gas industry and other topics.

Marcellus, Utica Ready to Pick Up Where They Left Off

Cautious optimism appears to be the name of the game for operators and others associated with the Marcellus and Utica Shales, according to representatives of key coalitions in the regions.

US Federal Land Policy Still Leaves Room for Winning Hands

State energy officials have been laser-focused on the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leasing on federal lands because it could eventually curtail Bakken production by more than 100,000 bpd.

Natural Gas Projects Boost Midstream in Early 2021

While no one can dispute that 2020 was not a good year for midstream, there has been some positive movement concerning natural gas pipelines – despite a year characterized by pricing woes and a crippling pandemic.

PRCI Working to Ensure Sustainability Today and Tomorrow

PRCI has advanced the development of its research portfolio through the establishment of Strategic Research Priorities (SRP) that will have a key impact on our members and the pipeline industry.

Galaxy Pipelines Look to Expand Gas Pipeline Network in Abu Dhabi

Despite climate change, and uncertain futures for both demand and supply, some financial investors have become enthusiastic about gas pipelines.

Saudi Aramco Seeks $7.5 Billion Loan for Pipeline Investors

In late 2019, struggling Saudi Aramco (Aramco), the world’s largest oil company, completed the biggest initial public offering of shares to raise $25.6 billion, with additional shares sold, bringing the total raised to a hefty $29.4 billion.

Australia’s Western Gas, APA Group Studying Potential Gas Pipeline

Western Gas and APA Group are undertaking a development and marketing study to deliver Equus gas to Australian customers and markets via a 130-mile (210-km) offshore pipeline and a transcontinental pipeline, the companies announced.

Enhancing Safety with Integrated Rupture Disk Assemblies

For decades, rupture disks have served the oil and gas industry as an effective, passive safety mechanism to protect against overpressure or potentially damaging vacuum conditions.

How Drones Assist with Pipeline Inspections

The benefits of drone technology are especially apparent in large-scale infrastructure projects with high regulatory burdens and high consequences if something goes wrong.

Ameren Illinois Begins Phase 2 Transmission Pipeline Upgrade

Ameren Illinois began Phase 2 of a $65 million project to modernize its natural gas energy delivery infrastructure in and around Belleville, Ill., the company said.

Annual US Natural Gas Production Decreased by 1% in 2020

U.S. natural gas production – as measured by gross withdrawals – averaged 111.2 Bcf/d (3.15 Bcm/d) in 2020, down 900 MMcf/d (25 MMcm/d) from 2019 as result of a decline in drilling activity related to low natural gas and oil prices in 2020.

US Consumption to Continue Decreasing

EIA forecasts a decreased total U.S. natural gas consumption in 2021 and 2022, following a decline in 2020. Consumption in 2020 was 1.9 Bcf/d lower than the all-time high of 85.1 Bcf/d set in 2019.

Projects

Projects May 2021

Midcoast Energy Completes CJ Express Pipeline Expansion  Texas-based Midcoast Energy completed its CJ Express pipeline expansion project, and it is now in service, the subsidiary said.  Midcoast Energy, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, entered into a commercial..

PennEast Expects First Phase of Gas Pipeline in Service Next Year

PennEast Pipeline still expects to put the first phase of its $1.2 billion natural gas pipeline project in Pennsylvania in service in 2022 and complete the second phase from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in 2024.

Spotlight on Utilities

Automated Compliance Management Aids Recordkeeping

Amid growing PHMSA regulation and evolving technology, gas utilities are being called to modernize and improve business processes to meet safety and compliance goals. Going through this process will cause organizations to experience change on many levels.

Tech Notes

Overcoming Flexible Pipe Challenges of Pre-Salt Subsea Developments

Baker Hughes said it reached a technology milestone by finding a way to overcome flexible pipe stress corrosion cracking (SCC) tendencies in high carbon dioxide (CO2) content fields, such as those found in Brazil’s pre-salt offshore developments.

What's New

What's New May 2021

News from IDEC, Denso, Trimble, NDT Global, Endess+Hauser and Caterpillar are included in this month's What's New.

Business

People in the News May 2021

People   Forde ROSEN (UK) has promoted Senior Corrosion Engineer Marguerite Forde to Integrity Solutions specialist and sales manager, focusing on the U.K. and Ireland. Forde brings a decade of experience and expertise in internal and external corrosion cons..

Companies in the News May 2021

Companies   Caterpillar has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Excellence Award in the category of Clean Air Technology for the Cat 3512E Tier 4 DGB engine. This is the 17th year that the EPA has recognized individuals and organizations for their innovative efforts w..

Associations in the News May 2021

The Pigging Products and Services Association (PPSA) has named T.D. Williamson (TDW) Director of Integrity Solutions Mike Kirkwood as president of its board of directors. As board president of PPSA, he will spearhead several new initiatives, including online events and other programming.   Kirkwood ..

David Schramm receives NACE International’s 2021 R.A. Brannon Award

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is pleased to announce that David Schramm, vice president–senior consultant with EN Engineering, is the recipient of the 2021 NACE R.A. Brannon Award.

Guest Commentary

Strategies to Minimize Release of Fugitive Emissions

Large pressure faced by oil and gas companies from environmental, social, and governance (ESG) movements is increasing and inarguably being felt across midstream and all other sectors of the energy value chain.