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Editor's Notebook: Publishing P&GJ in the Age of COVID-19

Editor-in-Chief Michael Reed reflects on his personal experience during the coronavirus pandemic and how social distancing has changed the way Pipeline & Gas Journal is produced.

23rd Annual Municipal Sewer/Water Infrastructure Forecast

Presidential election years often spell trouble for public works funding programs, but that doesn't seem to be the case in 2020 for the sewer, water and stormwater markets.

Why Industry Needs to Keep Its Pipe Dreams Flexible

Flexible pipes were initially applied offshore as “kill and choke” lines, but today are found in every major production basin worldwide and used in a variety of applications to keep production flowing efficiently.

Spotlight on Guyana’s impending oil wealth

As ExxonMobil ramps up production from the Liza project, election buzz has caused murmurings that contracts should be renegotiated

Utility & Communications Construction Outlook

As the underground construction industry has continued to grow, limitations and risk factors are present that could impact sector performance. The most significant is demand for labor to complete the work opportunities that exist.

2020 North American Outlook: Industry Adopting ‘Wait And See’ Philosophy

If North America was one giant oil and natural gas basin with one spigot, the flow handle would probably be set at only half-open in 2020, a year when global events will determine if, and which direction, the handle moves.

Cost-effective, modular technologies for butane, propane and NGL treating

Hydrocarbon processing plants often encounter challenges with feedstocks containing high levels of mercaptans, which concentrate in hydrocarbon condensates and NGL when the mercaptans are not removed upstream by the acid gas removal unit (AGRU) or molecular sieve unit. While hydrogen sulfide (H2S), as well as carbon dioxide (CO2), are removed by amine treating units, most will remove little to no mercaptans. Only when physical solvents are used is removal possible.1,2

Case study: Improve gas processing by controlling condensation

Improved condensation and capture of NGL and water in natural gas cuts costs, maximizes production value, and avoids costly maintenance. Measuring and controlling temperature are key to success.

Circular economy: Getting in the door of opportunity ahead of a vanishing polymer market

Significant change is coming to the hydrocarbons industry. Up to 43% of the global conventional polymer production expected by 2040 may disappear due to circular economy (CE) initiatives. In addition, due to the growth in wind turbines and solar panels, and in lightweight composite materials in cars and planes, advanced materials waste is just beginning.

Roundtable: The skills gap: How to bridge it and how to close it

The skills gap is not a new phenomenon for the oil and gas sector. An aging workforce and increased competition for tomorrow’s technical talent have left the industry nervous about its future. On the heels of the 2019 Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), a panel of experts came together to discuss the sector’s ongoing struggle with the skills gap and what oil and gas/energy companies can do about it.

Saudi Arabia grapples with geopolitical change

The Crown Prince will continue to consolidate his control. But he must contend with unpredictable US foreign policy and shifting political alliances

A Decade into DIMP, Pipe Replacement Still Keeps Workforce Busy

Ten years after it went into effect, the U.S. Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) continued to drive much of the nation's pipeline replacement activity. An estimated 30,000 miles of cast-iron pipe still carries gas in the United States,

Stormwater Drainage for One of the World’s Best Playgrounds

The Gathering Place is a $400 million project that transformed Tulsa’s Arkansas River waterfront into a dynamic, interactive environment. Key to its development was the construction of an underground stormwater system with more than four miles of pipe and 750 domed chambers to manage stormwater flow into the river.

New Diagnostics Technology Assesses Pipeline Pig Runs

By using newer, non-intrusive technology, pipeline operators can survey their assets to gain a clear understanding of the pipeline’s deposit profile in a safe and cost-effective manner without having to stop production or risk inserting tools into the pipeline.

Canopy Pilot-Tubes Provides Unique Project Solution

Installing pipelines or utilities beneath active roadways is always a challenge. Highway departments are concerned that excavations could settle or create sinkholes, and facility owners worry about damage from overhead traffic. LRL found an innovative solution with this Oregon project.

Hydraulic Pigs Clear Quagga Mussels from Lake Ontario Intake Pipelines

Hydraulic pipe pigging was utilized during a recent project in Canada to clean invasive quagga mussels from three large-diameter freshwater intake pipelines. The deep-water intakes, each more than 3 miles long, bring water from Lake Ontario into the Island Water Treatment Plant owned by the city of Toronto.