TOPICS OF INTEREST
Pipeline Leak-Detection Company Joins Chevron Technology Ventures Program
A volatile market, and a shift to more remote operations during the global pandemic has been a catalyst for demand for mIQroTech’s leak-detection technology
Canada's Shipping Runs Off the Rails
The country’s once-thriving railway system has skidded to a stall, falling victim to low crude-oil prices, reduced demand, and government-imposed oil production cuts.
The Influence of Test Parameters on Crude-Oil Yield Stress
Production of paraffinic crude presents challenges due to depressurization and cooling of crude oil during production.
Major North American Pipelines Projects Hit With Setbacks
US Court decisions put two major pipelines on hold and led to the cancellation of another pipeline project within days of each other.
US Authorizes Exports From Jordan Cove LNG Project
The US approved construction and operations for the Jordan Cove project in March; first gas is anticipated in 2024
Saipem To Install Subsea System for Búzios Pre-Salt Project
The Búzios-5 production system is planned to include the interconnection of 15 wells to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel in two phases.
McDermott Storage Unit To Install Tanks for Canadian Pipeline Expansion Project
CB&I Storage Solutions joins a list of contractors working on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
BP Sells Alaska Business To Hilcorp for $5.6 Billion
The deal follows BP’s divestment of its global petrochemicals business in late June.
Map of China Oil Infrastructure Tracks More Than 700 Facilities
Designed to be a “living” map, it focuses on the largest fixed infrastructure for crude oil and refined products such as trunk pipelines, refineries, and storage facilities.
Appalachian Trail Pipeline To Continue After Supreme Court Ruling
Supreme Court upholds ACP’s controversial permit to lay pipe under national forest and across two states.
McDermott Completes Pan-Malaysia Transportation and Installation Projects
McDermott’s completion comes 19 months after it was first awarded. SapuraOMV achieved first production from the Larak gas field in January.
Premier Recasts First Oil for Tolmount, Seeks Acquisition Deal with BP
North Sea system now on track for completion in Q2 2021.
Saipem Wins Contract for Baltic Sea Natural Gas Pipeline
The natural gas pipeline is co-financed by the EU, with work beginning immediately.
Global Oversupply of Crude Leads to Scramble for Storage Solutions and Alternatives
No vacancy? The hunt for global alternatives to store crude oil includes offshore, global strategic reserves, pipelines, rail cars, and trucks.
Shell Postpones FIDs on GoM and North Sea Projects
The deferments are the latest actions Shell has taken in response to record low crude prices.
Woodside Energy Awards TechnipFMC Second EPCI Contract Offshore Australia
This contract is for the development of the Lambert Deep and Phase 3 offshore Northwest Australia.
US Federal Court Invalidates Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline
The court ruling comes less than a month after TC Energy announced plans to proceed with construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
Shell Shuts In Perdido, ExxonMobil Shuts In Hoover Platform
Both platforms offshore assets were shut in following a leak in ExxonMobil's 100,000 B/D pipeline system.
Subsea 7 To Provide Installation Services for Anchor Field Project
Subsea 7’s installation services contract is the latest Chevron award for its Anchor field project. First oil from the project is expected in 2024.
After a Decade of Waiting, the Keystone XL Will Be Built
The $8-billion pipeline project has been held up for years, but amid a historic price crash, the Canadian government is stepping in with funding to support exports.
McDermott Wins Pre-FEED Contract for Trion Project
McDermott was selected previously for a study of the FPU. Completion of the Trion project is expected in Q3.
Aker Solutions To Provide Umbilicals for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Project
The umbilicals will be designed and manufactured at Aker Solutions’ facility in Alabama.
Leviathan Offshore Platform To Empty Natural Gas
A fault was identified at the Leviathan platform’s production system. This comes a month after a malfunction was discovered at the project’s subsea pipeline.
TechnipFMC Wins Integrated EPCI Contract for BP Platina Field in Angola
TechnipFMC will utilize its service base and umbilical factory in Angola for the EPCI contract.
Shell and Wood Unveil Smart Choke Technology Agreement
Wood is Shell’s exclusive partner for Shell’s Smart Choke technology, which suppresses riser-induced slugging.
Case Study Highlights Getting Project to Sanction in 3 Months
A small core team with the ability to make decisions was responsible for getting a subsea tie-back project up to sanction within a short-time frame.
Canada’s Safety Board Finds Stress Corrosion Cracks Led to 2018 Pipeline Fire
Westcoast Energy revised its inspection practices following the 2018 incident. Its model used to predict crack growth did not take into account all uncertainties
Subsea 7 Awarded Offshore Contracts in Australia and US Gulf of Mexico
The company announced both contract awards simultaneously. The new contract awards could be worth up to $800 million.
Chevron Signs Wood To Deliver Engineering Design for Anchor Deepwater Project
Wood will provide the FEED and design for the offshore project. First oil is anticipated in 2024.
Phillips 66 Partners Takes 50% Interest in $1.6-Billion Liberty Pipeline Project
The transaction is expected to close in March. The Liberty Pipeline runs 700 miles between Cushing, Oklahoma and Guernsey, Wyoming.
Petrofac Unit Wins $1.65-Billion Contracts for ADNOC’s Dalma Gas Project
Petrofac continues working relationship with UAE following contract awards for Dalma Gas Development project.
Equinor Awards Contracts for Bacalhau Project Offshore Brazil
Described as Brazil’s first-ever integrated SPS and SURF project, the development will include 19 wells, approximately 130 km of rigid risers and flowlines, and 35 km of umbilicals.
TC Energy Plans To Move Equipment for Keystone XL Preconstruction Work
TC Energy is planning to start mobilizing heavy construction equipment to worker campsites and pipeline storage sites in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska in February to start preconstruction work on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
New Innovations Enable Autonomous Pipeline Inspections
As companies look to reduce the time it takes to inspect a subsea pipeline, as well as the costs involved in the operation, autonomous systems have become a more desirable option. How close are they to becoming the norm?
SwRI Develops Superhydrophobic Coating for Offshore Drilling Pipes
A newly developed superhydrophobic coating keeps offshore drilling pipes from being clogged by various substances. R&D Magazine recently recognized the coating and the unique process to apply it to pipes as one of the 100 most significant innovations of 2019.
Saipem Considering Merger With Subsea 7
Bloomberg reports that Saipem is seeking to bulk up and weather an industry downturn. A potential deal could create an oilfield service giant with more than $12.4 billion in revenue.
Ingu Raises Capital To Scale Miniature Pipeline Screening Tool
The funding from Chevron Technology Ventures and Energy Innovation Capital will help scale Ingu’s data collection platform and analysis for its Pipers technology, a pipeline screening tool launched last year.
Woodside Reaches FID on Pluto-NWS Interconnector Pipeline
The pipeline is the first step in developing the infrastructure needed to transport gas between Pluto LNG and the Karratha Gas Plant in Western Australia. Woodside is targeting 2022 startup.
Will Faster Robots Improve Subsea Pipeline Inspections?
Sensors, robots, and artificial intelligence have made their way into a number of areas within the industry, including pipeline inspections. Shell has begun to examine the innovative technologies that could shift the inspection paradigm.
The Dawn of the Disruptive, Deepwater TCP Riser
Nonmetallic, thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) technology can now be found in every oil and gas region globally and can operate at pressures of up to 12,500 psi, and in water depths as low as 3000 m. The focus is now on developing and deploying TCP risers for extreme environments.
Bandwidth of Nanotechnology in the Oil Field Widens
Nanotechnology has great potential to reduce cost, increase production, and even improve the sustainability of E&P operations. But, where do we stand in terms of potential vs. reality? And, is the industry ready and willing to use the technology?
NGL Acquires Hillstone, Adds to Delaware Water Infrastructure
The $600-million deal sees NGL net around 580,000 B/D in disposal capacity and 680,000 B/D in transportation capacity via 19 saltwater disposal wells and a network of produced water pipelines. Hillstone also holds an aggregate of more than 110,000 acres in the Delaware Basin.
HDPE Liner in Carbon Steel Pipe Manages Flowline Corrosion in Giant Onshore Field
Internal corrosion has caused ADNOC to suffer loss of containment in oil flowlines in a giant onshore field. This paper describes the successful 5-year field trial program and confirmation that HDPE liner application in carbon steel pipe can be a cost-efficient way to mitigate internal corrosion.
Artificial Pipeline Model Enables Comparison of Biocides in a Dynamic System
To facilitate testing and comparison of products that attenuate microbially influenced corrosion under field conditions, a method using microorganisms from a low-tide, anoxic North Sea sample was developed that allows corrosion measurements to be made for corroding biofilms grown on steel surfaces.
Energy Transfer Agrees To Acquire SemGroup for $5.1 Billion
The deal sees Energy Transfer gain, among other assets, various crude and natural gas liquids pipelines running from the Denver-Julesburg and Anadarko Basins.
Subsea Pipelines, Umbilicals Installed for Nova Field
The completion of the subsea installation marks another major step for one of several projects scheduled to tie back to the Gjøa platform in the Norwegian North Sea. Production for the Wintershall Dea-operated project is expected to start up in 2021.
Pembina Pipeline To Acquire Kinder Morgan Canada in $4.35-Billion Deal
Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. has entered into agreements to acquire Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. and the US portion of the Cochin Pipeline system from Kinder Morgan for a total purchase price of approximately $4.35 billion.
Swire Seabed Completes Autonomous Pipeline Inspection for Equinor
The subsea operations company said its most recent campaign is the first fully unmanned offshore pipeline inspection completed “over the horizon,” surveying up to 100 km from the shore.
First Permian Crude Delivered From Cactus II Pipeline
Trafigura confirmed that it had begun shipments from the Permian to Corpus Christi via the pipeline, which has a 670,000-B/D capacity. Operator Plains All American announced last week that it had completed work on the pipeline.
Plains Adds Fee for New Pipeline, Cites Tariffs
In a filing with the US FERC, Plains All American Pipeline said it would begin charging shippers an additional fee on its Cactus II pipeline to offset higher construction costs incurred in the wake of US steel tariffs.
Is Optical Gas Imaging the New Solution for Methane Detection?
Thermal imaging helps operators maintain regulatory compliance on methane-emissions requirements. Optical gas imaging technology may be an answer in allowing for faster, more efficient inspections, but there are hurdles to its adoption. How can its widespread use become a reality?
TechnipFMC Begins Pipeline Work in Campos Basin
One of the company’s pipelay and construction vessels will install rigid and flexible pipelines for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase 2 project, adding an estimated 273 million bbl of recoverable oil to the field.
Private Equity Fund To Acquire BHGE’s Reciprocating Compression Division
The reciprocating compression division manufactures and services compression and engine systems that are used in a variety of applications, including the transmission of natural gas across domestic and international pipelines.
Water Outside the Permian: How Are Other Basins Handling the Volumes?
The Permian gets the lion’s share of attention when it comes to produced water, but other basins have a need to haul volumes off-site. How has the market changed in these areas recently? Is there a greater enthusiasm for pipelines, and can water midstream thrive?
New Pipelines Needed to Meet Surge in Permian Crude Demand
Growing supply of Permian crude oil means the basin will need extra takeaway capacity of up to 500,000 B/D by the end of the 2020s, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.
McDermott Completes First Installation Campaign for R-Cluster Project Offshore India
Completion comes despite two cyclones disrupting the project area during installation, McDermott said.
Phillips 66 Forms JVs To Boost Takeaway Capacity from Bakken and Permian
Phillips 66 and partners in two separate joint ventures are building the Red Oak and the Liberty pipeline systems to deliver a total of approximately 750,000 BOPD to the US Gulf Coast with startup of service in early 2021.
Cactus II Pipeline To Start Partial Service in the Permian by Year End
Approximately 90% of construction work has been completed on the pipeline, which is expected to transport up to 670,000 BOPD from the Permian Basin to the US Gulf Coast. Cactus II is one of several pipelines aimed at alleviating takeaway concerns in the Permian.
Can Robots Improve Above-Water Riser Inspections?
The criticality of above-water riser hull piping requires frequent inspections. Traditional manual inspection methods present safety and efficiency concerns, but work is being done to see if robotic technologies—such as drones and crawlers—can do the job as good as, or even better than, humans.
US Lifts Metal Tariffs on Canada, Mexico
The decision may alleviate some of the pressures oil and gas producers faced in the wake of their imposition last year. Canada and Mexico made up a combined 20% of US imports of oil country tubular goods in 2017.
US Exceeds One-Year Mark as Natural Gas Exporter
An EIA report shows natural gas exports reaching 4.6 Bcf/D in February, the 13th consecutive month in which the country's natural gas exports exceeded its imports. Exports are projected to reach 7.5 Bcf/D by 2020.
Neural Networks Plus CFD Speed Up Simulation of Fluid Flow
High-fidelity 3D engineering simulations are valuable in making decisions, but they can be cost-prohibitive and require significant amounts of time to execute. The integration of deep-learning neural networks with computational fluid dynamics may help accelerate the simulation process.
Joint Venture To Build Takeaway Capacity in the Permian
The pipeline system will have the initial capacity to deliver 150,000 B/D of crude oil to multiple delivery points, accessing local refineries and connecting to several downstream pipelines.
Camber Energy Eyes Acquisition of Pipeline Service and Construction Company
The independent oil and gas company is aiming to build shareholder value through a change in business focus to midstream with this step into pipeline service and construction.
Johan Sverdrup Living-Quarters Topside Sails Away
Phase 1 of the development today marked the sail-away from Kværner’s yard of the 560-bed living-quarters topside, the largest of its kind in Norway.
Williams, CPPIB To Form $3.8-Billion Appalachia Midstream JV
The combination will operate and share ownership of midstream gas assets in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays. CPPIB financially backs operator Encino Energy, which last year acquired Chesapeake Energy’s Utica assets.
Subsea is Back in Black
From its record high in 2014, purchases of subsea equipment and SURF fell around 50% until reaching a low in 2018. New data suggest that the subsea market will be a top-performing oilfield service segment.
JIP Aims for Life Extension Road Map for Top Tension Risers
A newly launched JIP aims to bridge the BSEE and API frameworks and achieve industry consensus on the analysis and inspection data required to assess the feasibility of an extended service life.
DCN Diving Nets Dana Petroleum Deal
DCN will execute fabrication, installation, and precommissioning of various components for a gas export pipeline from two platforms in the Dutch North Sea.
Facilities Piping Inspection: Is Direct Assessment Enough?
Tons of resources are devoted to assure the integrity of facility piping systems, but are the generally accepted methods of inspecting these systems the best way? Complex systems with above- and underground piping sections may require a combination of direct assessment and elements of an API code.
As Midstream Becomes Mainstream, Pipeline Integrity Grows in Importance
Pipeline approvals can be a polarizing topic and advocacy for their viability is crucial for companies. What technologies are being developed to help bolster pipeline integrity, and how is the industry working to assure the general public of their safety and reliability?
Keystone XL Pipeline Temporarily Blocked
A decision by the US District Court in Montana deals a blow to the TransCanada project, which is designed to transport heavy crude from Alberta to Nebraska.
Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity to South Central US To Reach 19 Bcf/D by Year's End
With new projects scheduled to come on line later this year, the region, which mostly comprises states along the US Gulf Coast, will shift from being a source of natural gas supply to a source of growing demand.
McDermott Nets Subsea Tieback Contract for Pemex's Ayatsil Field
The deal covers the installation of a pair of rigid flowlines for the shallow heavy oil field, Pemex’s largest discovery to date. Work is expected to be completed early next year.
Testing of New Pipeline Inspection Device Begins in Bakken
These balls have the potential to alter how pipeline inspections are done, and a consortium of pipeline operators and industry experts in North Dakota is examining just how well this emerging technology can handle the small-diameter pipelines in the area.
Construction Begins on Pipeline Connecting Finland and Estonia
The offshore gas pipeline will connect the gas markets of Finland and Estonia, enabling integration with the European Union’s common energy market
Subsea 7 Completes Acquisition of Siem Offshore Contractors
Subsea 7 completed the acquisition of Siem Offshore Contractors along with a cable-lay vessel and a support vessel.
Cyberattack Temporarily Takes Down Energy Transfer’s Electronic Data Interchange
A cyberattack on a third-party provider of an electronic data interchange platform temporarily interrupted Energy Transfer Partners’ ability to transfer files with its customers.
Corinth Secures Subsea 7 Contracts for Aker BP Subsea Tiebacks
The steel pipe manufacturer agrees to deliver outer pipes for pipe-in-pipe flowlines for a pair of recently-announced Aker BP projects in the Norwegian Sea.
Executing Offshore Projects More Efficiently
Offshore project execution enhancement ideas are highlighted for debottlenecking, gas-hydrate-induced pipeline vibration, and the design of subsea systems for efficient startup.
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