Pipelines

Pipeline Opportunities Conference Shifts Back to Industry Basics

About 200 participants from all areas of the pipeline industry gathered for the 15th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference to hear a wide range of experts offer their perceptions about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry, as well as share insights on how to move forward.

House Explosion Kills 1, Injures 2 in Southern Indiana

Fire investigators have determined the explosion of a southern Indiana house that killed one person was caused by natural gas.

Hidden Beneath the Bed

Undocumented Obstacles Below Railroad Tracks Complicate Ramming Job

Steering Through Sandy Soils to Upgrade City Sewer System

The economy in Garden City, Kan., is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers makes its way to the plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To keep up with the expected growth from the dairy industry and retail stores being constructed nearby, Garden City is upgrading existing utilities to ensure they are prepared to handle current and future needs.

Consumers Energy Modernizes System with Saginaw Trail Pipeline

In Michigan, Consumers Energy is modernizing its natural gas system to improve safety and reliability, and a key element is replacing 78 miles of transmission pipeline that passes through three Michigan counties.

New INGAA Report Highlights Importance of Natural Gas to a Lower-Carbon Economy

Natural gas will remain a significant contributor to the energy portfolio and to economic growth in the United States over the next two decades, playing a key role in meeting low-carbon goals, a new study commissioned by the INGAA Foundation finds.

Mass. Budgets Statewide Review of Natural Gas Systems

Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a spending bill that funds a statewide examination of Massachusetts’ natural gas distribution system. The review was ordered after the Sept. 13 gas explosions that killed one person, injured 25 others and damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings in the Merrimack Valley.

Miami-Dade Almost Out of Money for Federally Mandated Sewage System Upgrades

Miami-Dade County, Fla., is on the brink of running out of money to pay for federally mandated upgrades to its outdated sewage system. This revelation comes just days after more than 700,000 gallons of sewage dumped into Biscayne Bay from the last remaining pump station yet to be scheduled for repairs.

Texas Pipeline Contractor Expands with Horizontal Directional Drilling

Scott Andrews of S & J Contractors has seen boom and bust years over three decades in the industry and believes having the right team of people is the best way to survive those peaks and valleys.

First Look: Utilizing Inertial Navigation Technology for 3D Mapping, Locating, Management

Over the last two decades, significant advances have been made in the quality and application of inertial navigation technology targeted at mapping underground pipe and duct assets. This article provides information on pipeline technologies that are available to map a minimum internal diameter (ID) of 1.6-inch to larger sizes. The pipeline mapping system offers a range of solutions that can map any pipe, regardless of its material, depth or type of utility.

Breaking Records in a Conservation Park

Watercare Services of New Zealand engaged McConnell Dowell and McMillen Jacobs to increase the outfall capacity for its Army Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project involved installing a new wastewater outfall, upgrading the existing pump station and building a new ultraviolet disinfection facility.

Detailed Planning Helps Resolve Leak on Critical CWA 102-Inch Line

Greg Henry, P.E., LAN  |  Greg Olinger, P.E., CWA A major component of the Texas Coastal Water Authority (CWA) is the Lynchburg Pump Station and three, large-diameter pipeline distribution systems that make up the Trinity River Water Distribution System. These three pipeline distribution systems, k..

It’s Complicated: The Politics of Pipelines

by Robert Carpenter | Editor-in-Chief Growing up in rural Oklahoma seems so long ago, so far away. It was a simpler time for many reasons, but nonetheless an enjoyable time and definitely life-shaping. Back then, the area’s primary economic drivers were wheat, cattle and oilfield (gas was viewed a..

LAN to Design Major East Texas Utility Project

The City of Tyler, Texas, selected civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to design improvements to two of its major sanitary sewer basins. The East Texas city’s wastewater collection system includes more than 690 miles of sewer mains ranging in sizes from 6-inches to 54-inch..

Land Developers and Alien Pipelines

What to do When You Find Alien Pipelines on Your Property With oilfield growth, often comes economic expansion and building of commercial centers and new residential areas. Real estate developers are discovering abandoned and unknown “alien” pipelines on their properties at an increasing rate. In s..

ALLU Transformer TS Drum Assembly Improves Profitability in Pipeline Applications

The ALLU Transformer TS Drum Assembly, manufactured for the ALLU Transformer D-Series material processor attachment frames, is an effective tool for pipeline padding and backfilling applications. Because it allows material to be screened onsite and backfilled directly into a trench, it eliminates th..

FERC to Review Pipeline Policy Statement

New Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre’s announcement that the commission will review its 1999 pipeline policy statement comes in the wake of pressure from the Trump Administration to ease permitting of various infrastructure projects. President Trump issued an Aug. ..

LAN Awarded For Layne Water Pipeline Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Texas awarded civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) a gold medal, under the water and wastewater services category, for its work on the Layne water pipeline and infrastructure project. The Engineering Excellence Awards Comp..

Even Pipelines Are Happy When PICA Is On The Job

Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis (PICA) Corporation is currently performing an inspection of 4 miles of 66-inch cement and steel cylinder lined PCCP pipe in southern California. To test the resolution of PICA’s brand new In-Line Inspection Tool, the customer embedded some small button magn..

Making Pipe Dream A Reality

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – the process of cracking rock deep underground to release oil and gas – has revolutionized the oil and gas industry and helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. Industry estimates show U.S. crude oil production is up more than 85 percent, or some 4.5 million bar..

Will Oil Production, Natural Gas Price Upticks Lead To Pipeline Growth?

By Michael Reed, Contributing Editor While pointing to Hurricane Harvey as the reason for some ambiguity concerning oil prices in the short term, recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections have trended favorably for the pipeline industry in the coming year. In fact, with many Gulf ..

UCT & Market Perspectives

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief The first major event of 2018 is the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) scheduled for Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 in New Orleans. By now, most have made their plans to attend the preeminent event of the underground indust..

Global Energy, Pipeline Outlook

By Jeff Awalt Executive Editor Despite ongoing challenges, there is growing confidence among analysts that 2017 marks a turning point in several key areas that drive long-term demand for natural gas development and pipeline construction. A Barclays survey projected global exploration and productio..

FERC Sets Precedent For Overriding State Blockage Of New Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), under new Chairman Neil Chatterjee, wasted no time making clear that it would use the exemption authority given to it recently by a U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia in order to approve pipeline construction where states balk at issuin..

With The Stroke Of A Pen, Smiles Return to Pipeline Contractors, Engineers, Owners

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief For the energy pipeline construction industry, 2015 and 2016 were, to say the least, disappointing in many ways for both contractors and energy companies. Obviously, with the price of oil and natural gas remaining largely depressed in recent years, many pipelin..

U.S. Shale: Water Is the New Oil

Texas has a water problem, and this one isn’t due to Hurricane Harvey… Rising U.S. shale output has led to increased amounts of the water that inadvertently flows out of wells together with oil. For now, drillers use trucks to transport this dirty water—which exceeds the amount of oil produced—to d..

1940s-era Texas City Reservoir Undergoing $12 Million Renovation

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — For the first time since it was built in 1948, the Texas City Reservoir that provides a backup water supply for Galveston County is getting a major renovation. The Galveston County Daily News reports the Gulf Coast Water Authority’s reservoir off Attwater Avenue was built w..

Environmental Groups Sue Over Pipeline Permitting Decisions

Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines. The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in Richmond Circuit Court. They’..

New Padding Bucket Designed Specifically For Pipelines

Finish manufacturer REMU has introduced a new pipeline padding bucket to the North American market. The PD3160 is specifically designed for pipeline padding to preparing padding material used to protect pipelines from damage by any sharp particles, said Eric Dupee, vice president of REMU USA. The ..

Republicans Ready Regulatory Relief for Pipelines

It looks like, based on two recent hearings, that GOP members of the House are focused on providing the pipeline industry with regulatory relief as part of any infrastructure bill which comes before Congress. One House committee held hearings in May on a discussion draft of legislation containing ch..

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