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Federal Pipeline Agencies Accepting Applications for Pipeline Safety Program

PHMSA has begun accepting applications for its new Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grant program, which will offer nearly $200 million in grants annually over the next five years to improve the safety of high-risk, leak-prone natural gas distribution infrastructure.

Norway's Hammerfest LNG Plant Extends Outage until May 27

Norway's Hammerfest LNG plant is now expected to restart on May 27, four days later than the previous plan and further delaying operations since a fire in 2020, Norwegian gas system manager Gassco said.

The Cultural Divide Between IT & OT Puts Critical Operations at Risk

Cultural and technical differences between traditional IT best practices and what is possible in OT increases an organization’s risk for costly cyber incidents.

An Executive’s Guide to Industrial Cybersecurity

What you need to know to keep your operational technology secure.

5 Critical Controls for World-Class OT Cybersecurity

How to align your leadership and implement a successful operational technology (OT) security posture.

Enhancing Pipeline Security: Cybersecurity Alone Is Not Enough

Like any industrial operation, pipeline operators strive to provide safety and reliability in the delivery of their products. However, impacts from a variety of factors – from natural and environmental processes to vandalism and terrorism – threaten to disrupt the safety and reliability of pipeline systems.

Deadly Explosion Rocks Hotel in Cuba, Gas Leak Suspected

A deadly explosion hit a well-known hotel in downtown Havana on Friday, tearing a gash several floors high into the side of the building, killing at least eight people and sending another 30 to hospital, witnesses and Cuban state media said.

BP, Colonial and Phillips 66 Win 2021 API Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards

The American Petroleum Institute (API) announced the winners of the 2021 API Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards including a small, medium and large pipeline operator that were recognized for their commitment to safety and work to advance a zero incidents culture.

API, AOPL Report Shows Strengthened Pipeline Safety Performance

The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) today released their annual 2021 Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report, which found that the safety of liquids pipelines increased across several key indicators.

27-Day ILI Run: A Case Study of a Low-Pressure, Low-Flow Gathering Line

In 2011, a customer, who was in a difficult situation, approached Pipesurvey International (PSI). The customer had a pipeline that ran from the Q1 Field in the North Sea 52 miles (81 km) off the coast of The Netherlands, to an offshore terminal that needed an in-line inspection (ILI).

Virginia Natural Gas to Deploy Drones to Inspect 5,500 Miles of Gas Pipeline

Virginia Natural Gas said it will use drones to perform equipment inspections across its natural gas infrastructure. The drones will begin flights across Hampton Roads conducting inspections of critical infrastructure, right-of-way assessments, and 5,500 miles of gas pipeline.

Engineer’s Role in Hazardous Area Classification

Hazardous area classification is not a new technique to address the risk associated with flammable gas, vapor, liquids and dust. It involves evaluating a location or process for hazards of fire or the probability of incident.

Using Motion Cameras to Evaluate Flow-Induced Vibration

Piping vibration issues is an area of concern for the oil and gas industry, because it may cause severe plant production interruptions, impact plant integrity, compromise workers safety and/or impact the environment.

Rule Adds Protocols for Pipelines Near Sensitive Waterways

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to the Federal Register in December that designated the Great Lakes, coastal beaches and marine coastal waters as “Unusually Sensitive Areas.”

Exxon Mobil May Completely Withdraw from Russia by June 24 — Sources

Exxon Mobil is considering a complete withdrawal from Russia by June 24, following the U.S. group's decision back in March to exit from its oil and gas operations in the country.

Natgas Pipeline Explosion Injures Two at Louisiana Air Force Base

The incident occurred on a 10-inch (25.4 cm) natural gas gathering line located on the base, a spokesperson for Energy Transfer LP said, adding, "the line was immediately shut in and the area is secure."

Cheniere Launches Program to Monitor GHG Emissions on Natural Gas Systems

Cheniere Energy Inc. has entered a collaboration with natural gas midstream companies to implement quantification and monitoring of GHG emissions on natural gas gathering, processing, and storage systems.

CPCM – An ILI Methodology to Assess the Effectiveness of CP

The role of cathodic protection (CP) is to mitigate damaging corrosion from the surface of the structure being protected.

Southwest Gas Holdings to Consider Sale After Another Acquisition Bid

Icahn has sought to gain control of the company's board after the company adopted a shareholder rights plan in October to stop the investor's push to make the company abandon its $2 billion takeover of Questar Pipelines.

US Natgas Jumps 4% To Fresh 13-Year High on Small Storage Build

U.S. natural gas futures gained about 4% to close at a fresh 13-year high on Thursday on a smaller than usual storage build and a recent drop in U.S. output.

Xebec Wins $113.5 Million Order for Carbon Capture, Sequestration Equipment

Xebec Adsorption Inc. has inked a binding contract to supply large-scale CO2 compression equipment for world’s largest carbon capture and storage project.

Williams’ Natural Gas Pipeline Ruptures in Alabama

The incident happened at a natural gas compressor facility owned by The Williams Companies Inc., located on Highway 69 in southwest Marengo County, Alabama.

Delek Logistics Acquires Permian Basin Gathering Assets in $624.7 Million Deal

The asset base includes approximately 485 miles of pipelines, 88 million cubic feet per day of cryogenic natural gas processing capacity, 120,000 bbl of crude storage capacity and 200,000 bbl/d of water disposal capacity.

Spain to Open Idle Liquid Gas Facility as European Storage Base

Spain plans to open a never-before-used LNG plant on its northern coast and dedicate it to receiving and re-exporting fuel to other European countries struggling to break their dependence on gas piped from Russia.

Pipeline Damage Incidents See Positive Trend Thanks to Public Awareness

The month of April is Safe Digging Month designed to bring awareness to the serious public safety consequences should pipelines or other underground utilities be damaged anywhere in Texas.

Alberta Picks Six Proposals to Develop Canada's First Carbon Storage Hubs

Canada's main oil-producing province Alberta has selected six proposals to move forward with developing Canada's first carbon storage hubs, intended to help cut climate-warming emissions by permanently sequestering them underground.

PHMSA Releases New Rule for Pipeline Shut-off Valves to Strengthen Safety, Reduce Emissions

The requirements will apply to all new or replaced onshore pipelines six inches in diameter or greater. Additionally, pipeline operators installing these valves will be required to comply with new performance standards for the operation of those valves.

Greece Will Review Plans on Additional LNG Cargoes If Russian Gas Flows Stop

The Greek gas grid operator will review its plans on additional cargoes of LNG that Greece might need if Russia stops gas supplies to the country, the energy ministry said.

US Oil Exports Surge, Drawing Crude Away from Storage Hub

U.S. oil exports have climbed following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and barrels of domestic oil that would typically go to the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub are instead being exported via the Gulf Coast.

Russia Warns of Sharp Caspian Pipeline Oil Export Drop After Storm

A storm in Russia's section of the Black Sea has damaged loading equipment of CPC, one of the world's biggest oil pipelines which ships crude from Kazakhstan to global markets.