June 2009 Vol. 236 No. 6


Business Meetings & Events

Art Reine named Pipeliner of the Year

Arthur H. (Art) Reine, President of Pipeline Consultants, Inc.--who has more than 50 years of experience in the pipeline industry--was named Pipeliner of the Year for 2008-2009.

Cameron Acquires MaxTorque

As of June 15, Cameron has acquired the MaxTorque line of products and services. The business will now be offered through Cameron’s Flow Control division, part of the company’s Drilling & Production Systems group.

Deepwater Corrosion Services sets up Gulf of Guinea bases

Deepwater Corrosion Services, in conjunction with its local partner Alduco, has set up two bases of operation to service the Offshore Market in the Gulf of Guinea.

June Association News

The American Gas Association (AGA) has named Kristin Schrader Marcell as the director of communications.

June Company News, Mergers and Acquisitions

The founders of Texas ReExcavation, LC, a Houston?based oilfield services company, have acquired GSPE Engineering, Inc. and formed <strong>T-Rex Engineering & Construction, LC</strong>.

June Personnel Changes

Insituform Technologies, Inc. has named <strong>Kenneth L. Young</strong> as vice president and treasurer, effective April 13, 2009. Young comes to Insituform with over 30 years of experience in treasury and financial management.

Parker Named Vice President at Texas Gas Service

ONEOK, Inc. announced June 17 that Krystal Parker, 34, will become vice president, western region for its Texas Gas Service division, effective immediately. She will be located in El Paso, Texas.

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: Aubrey McClendon Knows How to Sell

That Aubrey McClendon is some kind of salesman, isn’t he? McClendon is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Energy Corp., one of the largest producers of natural gas in the U.S.


Digital Pipeline Radiography Speeds Detection Of Corrosion And Other Anomalies

Recent developments in solid-state radiographic pipeline inspection equipment, primarily durable, mobile computers and solid-state image capturing devices, are raising the technique’s profile as a useful, capable way to find and assess corrosion.

European Gas Prices: Implications Of Gazproms Strategic Engagement With Central Asia

Gazprom’s decision to pay higher prices for Central Asian gas will reduce the company’s short-term profits. However, the move will compensate for a slowdown in domestic gas production.

Michels Completes Crucial Water Crossings On Rex Pipeline Project

It may not be the largest or most extensive pipeline project out there, but according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Kinder-Morgan’s Rockies Express (REX) Pipeline is the largest currently under construction and members of the Commission have unofficially dubbed it, “The King of Pipelines.”

Michels Corporation: Making History For 50 Years

The Michels Corporation is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2009, marking its evolution from a small contractor specializing in gas pipeline construction to one of North America's largest, multi-division utility contractors.

New Elcometer Building At NACE International Helps Meet Growing Workforce Needs

Classes in corrosion control for pipelines and other industries are filled to capacity into the first quarter of 2010 at the NACE International training center in west Houston.

Pipe Coater Group Names First Woman President At 45th Annual Meeting

The National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators (NAPCA) elected the first female president in its history during its 45th annual convention held in April at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ.

Pipeline Opportunities Conference Draws Record Crowd

The single-day conference drew a record 519 attendees who came to hear 15 top industry executives discuss new and ongoing pipeline projects, technological advancements to help natural gas and product pipeline operators, and a member of Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin’s pipeline team presented an overview about the long-planned Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Project.

Rotor Instability Problems In An Integrally Geared Compressor

MSI was asked by an end-user to help troubleshoot a newly commissioned critical compressor train that had begun to undergo unexplained vibration trips. These sudden vibration trips threatened to result in a substantial revenue loss for the end user.

Selection Of Pipe Material For Low-Temperature Service

The selection of material for any specific environment is directly dependent on the material’s properties, especially those properties that are affected by that special environment.

Soft-Landing Semi-Active Valve For Reciprocating Compressors Inspires Confidence During Field Tests

Ongoing field testing of a semi-active valve (SAV) concept on a BP natural gas gathering facility reciprocating compressor through Oct. 3, 2008, demonstrated that the concept is practical and can significantly extend compressor valve life. Specifically, the field tests showed:

Static VAR Compensators (SVCs) Facilitate Electrification Of Pipeline Compressor Stations

Demands on pipeline infrastructure are growing. Modernizing the nation’s infrastructure requires boosting existing capacity and providing new lines where additional transport is required.

Third-Generation EMAT Tool Enhanced For Finding SCC And Disbonded Coating In Dry Gas Pipelines

This article looks at third-generation enhancements to electro-magnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) inline inspection technology for dry gas pipelines. The enhancements have been derived from five years of operational experience by GE Oil & Gas-PII.

Workforce Planning The Right Stimulus Package For The Natural Gas Industry

Just about everyone, it seems, is lining up for their cut of the stimulus package billions—except of course the oil and gas sector. As a consequence, workforce planning must become more important than ever for the oil and gas companies.

From the Burner Tip

Biofuels Have Questionable Path As New Fuels for Transportation

In recent years, fossil fuels, particularly coal and crude oil products, have become politically incorrect. Though they account for more than 75% of all fuels used in the U.S., for a handful of reasons, some groups want to replace them.


FERC Pushes Two Projects Forward

FERC has moved closer to approving construction of one of the three big Oregon LNG projects as well as a major new pipeline in the Southeast.

Questions Arise On SRF Stimulus Funding

Questions are arising from states and localities about requirements for spending the water infrastructure funds in the Stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

TransCanada Files Application For Bison

TransCanada filed a construction application at FERC in April for its Bison Pipeline, the latest entrant in the race to bring Rockies gas to eastern markets.

In The News

Admiral Barrett Hired By Alaskan Project Coordinators Office

Federal Coordinator Drue Pearce, Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects (OFC), has named Vice Admiral Thomas Barrett, USCG (Ret.), as her deputy federal coordinator.

June Newsreel: Enterprise, TEPPCO Pull Out of Offshore Project; El Paso Exec Supports Ruby Pipeline; and more

GE Oil & Gas Consolidates Operating Company Brands CCSI Records Million Man Hours Without Lost Time Injury Chuck Watson Leaves Eagle Energy Partners Oregon LNG Receives Letter Of Recommendation From U.S. Coast Guard

Welspun Dedicates World-Class Steel Pipe Plant In Arkansas

Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren Ltd. (WGSRL), commissioned its first manufacturing facility outside of India in Little Rock, AR on April 29.


AMEC Awarded FEED Contract For Australian Project

Inpex has awarded AMEC Engineering a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the Ichthys Gas Field Development offshore facilities.

Arkoma Connector Nears Completion

MarkWest Energy Partners and ArcLight Capital Partners LLC have formed a joint venture to build and operate the Arkoma Connector pipeline, a 50-mile interstate pipeline.

Australia Pipeline Inspected Using Computed Radiography

A pipeline in Australia is the first pipeline to be completely inspected using computed radiography.

Bow River Pipeline Expansion

The Inter Pipeline Fund plans to invest approximately $72 million to expand oil delivery capabilities on the Bow River Pipeline system.

China And Russia Sign 20-Year Oil Deal

Beijing and Moscow have finalized an intergovernmental deal under which Russia will supply China with oil for 20 years in exchange for a $25 billion loan to Russia's state-run energy companies.

Company To Offer Gas Storage In July

Monroe Gas Storage Company LLC announced a binding open season for up to 1.0 Bcf of firm, high deliverability storage capacity at its Monroe Gas Storage facility.

Enbridge Holds Open Season For Proposed Interstate Pipeline

Enbridge Inc. recently completed a non-binding open season for the proposed LaCrosse Pipeline.

Innovative Pipe Repair Solution For North Sea Field

TDW Offshore Services AS designed and delivered a customized pipeline repair solution for StatoilHydro.

Iraq Promises To Punish Deadline Busters

Iraq's Oil Ministry has stripped Russia's Stroitransgaz of a contract it was awarded last year to rehabilitate the Kirkuk-Banias crude export pipeline as punishment for missed deadlines.

Kazakhstan Signs On To Russian Pipeline Plan

Kazakhstan has signed an agreement to participate in a planned trans-Russia gas pipeline that would have an approximate capacity of 26-30 Bcm.

Kentuckys Big Sandy Pipeline Commissioned

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently joined Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo and State Senator Johnny Ray Turner in officially opening EQT Corporation's new Big Sandy natural gas pipeline.

Kurdistan Ready To Ship Crude To Turkey

Kurdistan said that crude oil exports will start shortly from the Tawke Field, following the completion of the tie-in of the field pipeline with the Iraq–Turkey pipeline at the border town of Fishkhabur.

Magellan Midstream/POET Assess Feasibility Of Dedicated Ethanol Pipeline

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. has signed a joint development agreement with POET to continue assessing the feasibility of constructing a dedicated ethanol pipeline.

Midcontinent Express Pipeline Begins Interim Service

On April 24, 2009 Midcontinent Express Pipeline (MEP) began interim service on 266 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the interconnects with Houston Pipe Line Company and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL).

Mustang Completes Lake Pontchartrain Pipeline

Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC, has completed work on a 37-mile, 14-inch hydrogen pipeline for Air Products.

Mustang Signs Agreement with Fyfe Engineers Surveyors to Pursue Coal Bed Methane Projects

Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC, announced June 18 that its Australian affiliate, Mustang Engineering Pty Limited, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fyfe Pty Ltd to jointly support coal seam gas/coal seam methane (CSG/CSM) projects.

Petrobras, China Sign $10 billion Deal

Petrobras has completed negotiations with the China Development Bank (CDB) for a 10-year bilateral credit line worth $10 billion.

Progress Noted On Nabucco Pipeline Project

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded an agreement last month between Turkey and Azerbaijan to move forward on the Nabucco Pipeline project.

Russian Gas Exports Show Decline

Russian gas exports in 2008 were little changed from the 2007 level of about 195 Bcm but gas production and exports have fallen in recent months.

Shell, Twister Announce New System Startup in Nigeria

Twister BV announced the successful startup of a new commercially operated Twister Supersonic Separator system June 12 in Nigeria.

Spectra Energy Completes NOARK Acquisition

Spectra Energy Partners, LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of all of the ownership interests of NOARK Pipeline System, Limited Partnership from Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P.

Subsea 7 Acquires Rights To Subsea Hot Tap Technology

Subsea 7 Inc.’s subsidiary, Subsea 7 Limited, has acquired the exclusive global licence rights for a new subsea hot tap technology, known as Subsea Grouted Tee (SSGT).

T&T Bisso Salvages 2,000-Ton Inland Drill Barge

T&T Bisso has salvaged a 2,000-ton inland drill barge that capsized during Hurricane Gustav in Southern Louisiana.

Total Falling Behind Schedule On Par

Pars Oil & Gas Company has taken over the upstream element of Total’s proposed integrated Pars LNG project.

TransCanada Files Alaska Gas Pipeline Application With FERC

According to the <em>Anchorage Daily News</em>, TransCanada has filed the necessary paperwork for approval to begin the work needed to get U.S. regulators' approval for its proposed multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Alberta, Canada.

Tricor Applies for FERC Authorization to Construct Potential Gas Storage Hub

Tricor Ten Section Hub, LLC announced June 16 that it has filed an application with FERC for authorization to construct and operate a high-deliverability, multi-cycle underground natural gas storage facility in Kern County, California, ten miles southwest of Bakersfield.

UAE To Build Crude Pipeline That Avoids Strait Of Hormuz

Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Co., or IPIC, will start pumping oil through a new pipeline that will avoid the narrow Strait of Hormuz in 2011.

Williams To Build NGL Pipeline In Canada

A pipeline to create a strategic outlet for oil sands produced NGLs is planned by Williams in Alberta, Canada.


Measurement Guru Waxes Philosophically Over Flow Meters

Well-known throughout the flow measurement industry, Jesse Yoder is founder and CEO of Flow Research, Wakefield, MA. Since 2000, he has focused principally on world markets for flow, pressure and temperature devices as they are employed in the energy business. He excels in his chosen pursuit by the force of his intelligence, his enthusiasm and his research and writing aptitude.

Web Exclusive

Cameron to Acquire NATCO

Cameron announced June 1 that it is acquiring process equipment company NATCO in an all-stock transfer unanimously agreed upon by the boards of both companies.

ExxonMobil and TransCanada to join forces on Alaska Pipeline

ExxonMobil and TransCanada have announced that they will be cooperating on the construction of the long-awaited Alaska Pipeline project. ExxonMobil will be taking an unspecified stake in the construction of the pipeline, while TransCanada retains the majority interest and all AGIA obligations.

What's New

Maintech International

Maintech International L.L.C. ™ says it will become an authorized distribution, repair and maintenance facility in the South Texas market for Flowserve® Pumps.