Maintenance

Balticconnector Gas Pipeline Set to Resume Commercial Operations on April 22

The Balticconnector subsea gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia, which was damaged in Oct. 2023, will resume commercial operations on April 22. The damage had previously affected energy security and raised concerns in the wider region.

Dutch Senate Approves Law to Permanently Close Shell, Exxon-Operated Groningen Gas Field

The Dutch Senate on Tuesday approved a law to permanently close the Groningen gas field, following the government's promise that production will never be resumed to limit seismic risks in the region.

TC Energy's NGTL Gas Pipeline Rupture Sparks Wildfire in Alberta

A section of TC Energy's NGTL gas pipeline system in Alberta ruptured and caught fire on Tuesday, sparking a wildfire about 25 miles northwest of Edson, Alberta, in Yellowhead County, the company said.

Tamarack Valley Halts Alberta Output After Fire at Canadian Natural Resources' Gas Plant

Canadian Natural Resources, the country's biggest oil and gas producer, said it was alerted to the fire that had started inside its Mitsue Gas Plant at about 4.00 a.m. local time.

Motiva Restarts Two CDUs at Port Arthur Refinery After Power Outage

Motiva Enterprises restarted two crude distillation units (CDUs) overnight at its 626,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas refinery, the nation's largest, after a power outage on Wednesday, people familiar with plant operations said on Thursday.

Mexican Pemex Crude Output Reduced After Platform Fire, Source Says

Mexican Pemex crude oil production is down some 20,000 barrels per day following a fire at an offshore platform on Saturday that left several injured and at least one dead, a source at the state energy company said.

U.S. Coast Guard Clears Louisiana Waters After Main Pass Oil Gathering Pipeline Integrity Test

The Unified Command completed a line integrity test on the Main Pass Oil Gathering (MPOG) company's pipeline system near Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.

AMPP Unveils New Guide to Enhance Pipeline Safety Through Corrosion Control

AMPP unveils a comprehensive guide to enhance pipeline safety through corrosion control, aligning with the latest PHMSA regulations. Developed by industry experts, the guide offers practical strategies for U.S. gas transmission operators and valuable insights for international counterparts, all aimed at safeguarding pipeline integrity.

Trans Mountain's Expanded Pipeline System to Begin Operations on May 1

Trans Mountain's expanded oil pipeline system will start commercial operations on May 1, the Canadian company said on Wednesday.

Osaka Gas Expects Minimal Impact from Freeport LNG Partial Shutdown

Japan's Osaka Gas expects to see little impact on its balance of supply and demand for LNG from a partial shutdown of U.S. Freeport LNG's facilities, the president of the city gas provider said on Wednesday.

Pipeline Movement, Landslides Navigated with Technology

Bearing the responsibility of ensuring the continuous flow of energy resources through vast networks of pipelines, the custodians of pipeline integrity face an ever-present challenge: geohazards.

Iraq, Oil Firms Trade Blame Over Shut Turkey Pipeline

Foreign oil firms operating in Iraq's Kurdistan region are partly to blame for the delay in resuming crude exports after failing to submit contracts for revision, Iraq's oil ministry said.

Experts See Polymers Among Keys to Better Pipe Protection

Leaders within the coatings industry have indicated that there are a number of innovative products and services that have been developed recently, which enhance corrosion control and provide better pipeline coatings.

Common Challenges with Field-Applied Liquid Epoxy Pipeline Coatings

Coatings are an incredibly important part of maintaining safe pipeline operations and asset integrity, including being a first line of defense against corrosion and corrosion-induced failures.

Editor’s Notebook: Nord Stream’s $20 Billion Question

It has been more than two years since the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines and still nobody knows for sure who were the perpetrators – or if they do, they are not saying so publicly.

Using Integrated Approach Toward Geohazard Threat Management

In a recent advisory bulletin (ADB-2022-01, Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by Earth Movement and Other Geological Hazards), PHMSA highlighted the importance of proactive integrity management, to reduce the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by earth movement or other geological hazards, collectively referred to as “geohazards.”

Coating Versatility Can Assist with Better Flow Efficiency

Corrosion control is an important factor when it comes to maintaining the integrity and safety of pipelines. Given the growing need for energy transportation it's crucial to shield pipelines from corrosion in order to ensure their longevity and prevent any leaks or failures.

Freeport LNG Expects Trains 1 and 2 at Texas Facility to Remain Offline Until May

Freeport LNG said on Wednesday that trains 1 and 2 at its LNG facility in Texas are anticipated to be down until May, while train 3 is now back online.

SONATRACH and Huawei Launch Smart Fiber Sensing Solution for Oil, Gas Pipelines

This innovative solution integrates advanced fiber optic sensing technology to enhance pipeline security, intelligence, and operational efficiency.

Leak Shuts Down CDU and Coker at TotalEnergies Texas Refinery, Sources Say

The coker and small crude distillation unit (CDU) were shut by a leak on the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) at TotalEnergies' 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, people familiar with plant operations said on Monday.

Keystone Oil Pipeline Resumes Operations After Temporary Shutdown

TC Energy's Keystone oil pipeline resumed service on Thursday after going offline and temporarily restricting a major conduit of Canadian oil to the United States, which sent oil prices higher.

Scotland's Finnart Pipeline Repairs Projected to Continue Through April

Repair work on the Finnart pipeline that supplies Scotland's only refinery will take longer than expected to complete, five industry sources told Reuters, in the latest in a series of setbacks this year.

TotalEnergies Texas Refinery Operating at Minimal Rates Amid Upsets

TotalEnergies' 238,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, is operating at minimal production as it contends with multiple upsets, sources said on Wednesday.

Gasgrid Confirms On-Track Progress for Balticconnector Pipeline Repair, Targeting April Completion

Finland's Gasgrid on Thursday said preparations for the repair of the Balticconnector gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia were on schedule and estimated that commissioning could take place in April.

Pemex Platform in Mexico Leaked Clouds of Methane Even After UN Alert, Data Shows

State energy company Pemex released large volumes of methane from an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico last year, with leaks recurring even after a United Nations agency flagged problems there to the Mexican government, according to a Reuters analysis of previously unreported U.N. data.

Case Study: Identification, Sizing Accuracy for UTCD In-Line Inspection

One of the most pressing concerns for operators of liquid buried pipelines is the management of stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Detecting and sizing SCC in liquid pipelines is usually accomplished through ultrasonic crack detection (UTCD) in-line inspection tools.

Remote Alarm Notification Helps Fuel Increased Gas Production

Accurate, real-time data is essential to succeeding in the oil and gas industry. Engineers need operational data from the field to calibrate equipment, schedule maintenance activities and coordinate with third-party logistics, to keep the flow of product moving.

Marathon Petroleum Beats Profit Estimates, Plans Maintenance Slowdown in Q1 2024

Marathon Petroleum beat quarterly profit estimates on Tuesday, supported by strong refined product margins and high refinery utilization rates, but expects to cut back plant activity sharply at the start of this year for maintenance.

Freeport LNG Faces Month-Long Unit Outage Due to Winter Storm

Freeport LNG expects one of the three gas liquefaction units at its Texas plant to be out of service for a month after it faced a technical issue during Winter Storm Heather, the company said on Friday.

Solving Sulfide Stress Cracking in Sour Service

Nearly every oil country tubular goods (OCTG) manufacturer and producer is looking for solutions to sour service. It’s a perpetual issue that’s been hampering the oil and gas industry for as long as pipes have been underground.