August 2009 Vol. 236 No. 8


Business Meetings & Events

August Association News: New Canadian organization, Natural Gas Supply Association

The Boards of the Petroleum Society of Canada and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) have approved a merger agreement that will create a new Canadian organization, SPE Canada.<strong><strong><strong></strong></strong></strong>

August Company News, Mergers and Acquisitions

The <strong>Michels </strong>family celebrates the company's 50th Anniversary at a reception and dinner near the company headquarters in Brownsville, WI.

August Obituaries: David A. Haynes, Barbara Jean Davis Riggs

<strong>David A. Haynes</strong> of Beaverton, MI, passed away June 27, 2009 in Oak Hill, WV while whitewater rafting with family members.

August Personnel Changes

<strong>M. Carol Fox</strong> has been named president of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Columbia Gas of Maryland.

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: Enough to Worry About

Will someone explain who the Gosselins are and why should I care about them? What do they have in common with Sarah Palin, Boone Pickens, Brett Favre, Michael Jackson and Joe the Plumber?


A New Angle On Solving Unpiggable Pipeline Challenges

This is a story of how GE's SmartLaunch™ system made in-line inspection (ILI) possible in “unpiggable lines” beneath the streets of New York.

Acquiring Land Rights For Pipelines By Negotiation And Not Condemnation

As utility corridor projects crisscross the nation, more and more land rights will be needed to build them. Even existing corridors may need to be expanded to accommodate anticipated demand.

Carbon Recycling: An Alternative To Carbon Capture And Storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is being hailed as the answer to the globe’s most pressing question: what to do with the 27 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted yearly from the burning of fossil fuels? Touted as the most promising interim solution to deal with the greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, CCS still remains unproven, costly and will not be commercially available for another 10-20 years. Meanwhile scientists are exploring alternatives to CCS by capitalizing on CO2 as a commodity instead of treating it as a waste.

Challenges, Hazards And Benefits Of Pipelines Crossing The South American Andes

Latin America has an abundance of land-based natural gas and oil reserves, with large amounts found in the Amazonian basin and Andean region.

Device Maps Centerline And Wall Details Of Live Pipelines

This article provides a brief overview of an innovative, inertial-based smart probe technology that can map the centerline of pipelines of a wide range of diameters, configurations and operating pressures.

Pipeline & Gas Journals 2009 International Pipeline Construction Report

Once again, international pipeline projects indicate a much higher number of planned pipelines versus actual construction. This is reflected in P&GJ’s latest international survey figures that indicate 85,076 miles of pipelines are under construction.

Pipeline Politics: Russias Natural Gas Diplomacy

Natural resources are the lifeblood of the Russian economy and Siberia’s riches excite envy and awe from onlooking countries.

Software Uses GIS Data To Identify High-Consequence Areas Along Pipelines

PetroChina Pipeline Company’s R&D Center has developed software for the efficient and accurate calculation of high-consequence areas (HCAs) along a natural gas or petroleum liquids pipeline route.

What Do We Really Know About Pipeline Pigging And Cleaning?

Pigging technology today has been advancing exponentially, and what we mean by technology is not so much the hardware side but the application.

From the Burner Tip

Natural Gas Outlook Uncertain As Supply/Demand Balances Vary

Natural gas might be clear and odorless gas but its future is as cloudy as a London fog!


Climate Change Bill Moves ForwardToward Natural Gas Industry

The climate change bill the Senate will consider in September — which the House passed by a narrow 219-212 vote in late June — could have a significant impact on various players in the natural gas business; but the key word is could.

In The News

August Newsreel: P&GJ Web Updates, Kitimat LNG-Gas Natural MOU, Dresser Aquires iMeter B.V., CO Last Ranking for Energy Investment

<a href=""><em>P&GJ</em> Launches Website, Online Buyer’s Guide <a href="">Kitimat LNG, GAS NATURAL Sign MOU</a>


Atlas Pipeline Completes JV With Williams For Marcellus Shale Gathering System

Atlas Pipeline Partners and Williams have formed Laurel Mountain Midstream LLC to expand and develop Atlas' presence in the southwestern Pennsylvania portion of the Marcellus Shale.

Bayou Companies Wins $27.6 Million Contract

The Bayou Companies, Inc., a subsidiary of Insituform Technologies, Inc., was awarded a $27.6 million contract with ILVA S.p.A. for pipe coating, welding and logistical support services.

Canadas Pacific Rubiales Plans Oil Pipeline In Colombia

Canada-based Pacific Rubiales plans to build an oil pipeline in Colombia with an initial capacity of 60,000 bpd.

Chinese Pipeline Program Raises Indian Eyes

China will soon begin to lay parallel oil and natural gas pipelines from the Kyaukpyu deep-sea port on Myanmar’s Arakan coast in the Bay of Bengal, all the way up to China’s Yunnan province.

CRC-Evans Acquires Global Pipelines

CRC-Evans Pipeline International has acquired a majority interest in UK-based Global Pipelines.

Enbridge gets permit for U.S.-Canada pipeline

The U.S. State department issued a permit August 20 allowing the Alberta Clipper pipeline to be constructed between Alberta's oil sands and Minnesota.

Enbridge Plans Pipeline For Oil Sands Project

Enbridge Inc. has entered into an agreement with Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Properties to provide for the transportation of blended bitumen from the Kearl project in the Athabasca Oil Sands region.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Expands Pipeline Capacity To Gulf Coast

Mobil Pipe Line Company, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, has completed a project that will increase capacity by 50%.

FERC Issues Draft EIS For Ruby Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Ruby Pipeline L.L.C. facilities.

First Azerbaijani Gas Targeted For Gazprom

Russia has signed an agreement with Azerbaijan for the supply of 500 MMcm/a of natural gas that will be pumped via a pipeline running between the two nations.

First LNG Shipment Delivered At Canaport Terminal

The Canaport terminal in Canada received its first shipment of LNG in June, marking entry of Spain’s Repsol into the North American natural gas market.

Honeywell Buying European Gas Measurement And Control Leader

Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement valued at $400 million to acquire the RMG Group.

Iran Planning $70 Billion Spending Spree

Iran said it may invest $70 billion in two major offshore natural gas fields in the 2010-2015 period.

Kazakhstan Completes Expansion Of Major Oil Line To China

A Kazakh company in charge of the project said the first test shipment of oil had been successfully completed through the newly built Kenkiyak-Kumkol pipeline.

Midcontinent Express Pipeline In Service

Construction of the approximately 500-mile Midcontinent Express Pipeline (MEP) is complete and natural gas transportation service commenced Saturday, Aug. 1.

Pakistan Suggests SubSea Pipeline From Iran

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani wants a feasibility report on a new Iran–Pakistan gas pipeline project along a sea route.

Pemex seeks bids for Central Mexico natural gas pipeline

Petroleos Mexicanos, the state oil company of Mexico, announced August 27 that it is preparing to elicit bids from companies to construct a $600 million pipeline through Central Mexico. The contract would also include a 20-year service agreement.

Royal Dutch Shell Nearing Gas Agreement With Iraq

Dow Jones reported that a multibillion-dollar deal between Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the Iraqi government to jointly develop domestic gas infrastructure in Iraq's south is moving ahead.

Russia Inks Deal For Floating Nuclear Power Plant

Russia has reported the signing of a contract between United Industrial Corporation (OPK) and Concern Energoatom PLC.

TransCanada Becomes Sole Owner Of Keystone Pipeline System

TransCanada Corporation has reached an agreement to become the sole owner of the Keystone Pipeline System through the acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ remaining interest in the project.

Trans-Sahara Pipeline Deal Sealed

Nigeria, Algeria and Niger have signed an agreement to build the multibillion-dollar Trans-Sahara pipeline which could carry up to 30 Bcm of gas per annum to Europe.

Tricor Holds Open Season For Storage/Hub Facility

Tricor Ten Section Hub LLC is holding a non-binding open season from June 1through Sept. 30, 2009 for its planned natural gas storage and hub facility located in Kern County, CA. near Bakersfield.


Affordable Automated Orifice Meter Tube Honing Process Now Available

A new meter tube honing technology that uses existing tools while increasing worker safety and accuracy of results is available.

Arc Energy Creates Specialist Site For Weld Overlay Cladding

A Center of Excellence for weld overlay cladding technology has been established by Arc Energy Resources at its Gloucestershire facility in the United Kingdom.

Compact Vacuum Pipe Lifter Claims 6,600-Lb Capacity

Vacuworx International has announced the new MC3 “mini” lifter vacuum system with a dry tool weight of 900 lbs.

Web Exclusive

Baker Hughes to Acquire BJ Services for $5.5 Billion

Baker Hughes Incorporated and BJ Services Company announced August 31 that their boards of directors have approved a definitive merger agreement, which represents a transaction value of $5.5 billion for BJ Services.

CGAs DIRT Report Finds Underground Utility Damages Declining

The Common Ground Alliance announced findings August 25 from its comprehensive Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Dennis Klumb Jr. Takes Helm at KSEnergy

Effective August 1, Dennis Klumb, Jr. succeeded his father, Dennis Klumb, Sr., as President & CEO of KSEnergy Services, according to Dennis Sr., who will retain the title of Chairman of the Board.

Operational Excellence In Information Technology Management Yields Competitive Advantage

Despite all the marketing “buzz words” from computer vendors, the true and lasting competitive advantage from information technology (IT) does not result from implementing the latest “gee whiz” technology or a “better mousetrap.”

What's New

AUT Specialists, LLC

AUT Specialists, LLC says it realizes that pipeline contractors and operators have many goals when building pipelines.

Century Products, Inc. hole openers

Century Products, Inc. offers custom-built hole openers ranging in size from 24-60 inches.

Decision Dynamics Technology Ltd.

Decision Dynamics says it has quite a diverse clientele including such companies as Colonial Pipeline, Shell and Apache.

Deepwater Corrosion Services I-Clip pipe support clip

Deepwater offers the I-Clip, an individual pipe support clip installed on the inside diameter of a pipe saddle (?10 foot diameter).

Dresser Waukesha ESM-ATGL retrofit kit

Dresser Waukesha has introduced a retrofit kit for adding its state-of-the-art ESM® engine control system to ATGL® Series gas compression engines.

GE Oil & Gas PII Pipeline Solutions MagneScan pipeline inspection

GE O&G PII says its MagneScan™ MFL pipeline inspection technology has completed its first 250 miles of pipeline inspection work on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hex-Hut Shelter Systems welding shelter

Hex-Hut Shelter Systems has published a brochure describing and illustrating its lightweight, portable welding shelter that provides a unique alternative for an optimal welding environment.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Altair Multigas Detector

The Altair® 5 Multigas Detector is described as the ideal choice for confined space entry.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: CECO PSC

CECO Pipeline Services personnel realize the importance of maintaining proper cover over pipelines.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Crowcon IR flammable gas detector

Crowcon says its new IREX infrared (IR) flammable gas detector is an alternative to pellistor-(catalytic bead) type flammable gas detectors.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Detcon 880-N4X

Detcon’s Model 880-N4X is a PLC-based control-and-alarm system designed to monitor and control multiple gas-detection sensors and other field devices.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Energy Solutions

Energy Solutions says its PipeWorks provides a suite of software products that includes LeakWarn.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: ENRG

ENRG says it offers the oil and gas industry’s first real-time, Web-based noise-monitoring service that enables operators to be proactive to potential noise issues around compressor stations and drilling and producing sites.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Flow-Cal TESTit 2.0

Flow-Cal, Inc. says its TESTit 2.0 field measurement calibration and testing application was designed to meet the industry’s increasing regulations while also providing a simplified solution to the needs of field personnel.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: GfG Instrumentation G460

GfG says its new intrinsically safe G460 is a rugged, compact instrument for simultaneous detection of up to six gases.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Heath Consultants sampling system

The Hi-Flow Sampler feature on the website of Heath Consultants is a portable, intrinsically safe natural gas measurement sampling system.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: ITT ANGEL Services

ITT says the corporation’s Airborne Natural Gas Emission Lidar (ANGEL) Services delivers the energy industry's most comprehensive natural gas aerial leak survey.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Kyocera Cutting Tools

The Cutting Tool Division of Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp. has announced the OTM API Ring Groover, said to be a new cutting tool that provides the most economical way to cut ring grooves meeting the standards recommended by the API.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: MBW

MBW offers a vapor extraction unit - V.E.U. - that helps LDC crews locate the actual leak site and remove the residual gas quickly and safely.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Synodon and Natural Resources Canada

Synodon says it has a pact with Natural Resources Canada’s Earth Sciences Sector to perform a joint field trial to evaluate realSens™ technology’s ability to detect and measure methane seeps.

Leak Detection, Monitoring, Inspection And Erosion Control: Weatherford subsea leak detection

Weatherford offers a brochure on its website devoted to subsea pipeline leak detection. Weatherford’s Pipeline & Specialty Services (P&SS) group offers multiple independent leak-detection systems.

Lincoln Electric Company Pipeliner® NR®-208P

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Pipeliner® NR®-208P, self-shielded and flux-cored wire (FCAW-S) to its line of Pipeliner® consumables.

Lincoln Electric LN-25 PRO

Lincoln Electric has added the LN™-25 PRO with dual power to its line of standard and extra torque LN-25 PRO wire feeders.

Lincoln Electric Vantage 500

Lincoln Electric Company offers a 500-amp welder, Vantage 500, in a compact case.

Noise Solutions Inc. compressor station noise suppression

Noise Solutions offers a folder “The Science of Silence®” that focuses on the firm’s Noise Suppression Blueprint™ for compressor station equipment and other noise sources.

Phoenix Contact EC-E circuit breakers

Phoenix Contact says its new EC-E electronic circuit breakers selectively protect load circuits connected to a 24-V DC power supply.

ProSoft Technology Full-Function Flow Computer

Industry Canada’s recent custody transfer certification of ProSoft Technology’s full-function flow computer for ControlLogix® (MVI56-AFC).

R&M Energy Systems Positive Closure

R&M Energy Systems says its new, revolutionary positive closure is unlike any other closure used in the oil and gas industry.