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  1. BC Alaska-Canada gas pipeline

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    MacDonald, K. [BP Canada Energy Company, Calgary, AB (Canada). BP Alaska Canada Gas Pipelines

    2006-07-01

    The Alaska natural gas pipeline project was discussed in relation to the Canadian oil and gas industry and pipeline infrastructure. Total project costs for the pipeline were estimated at approximately $20 billion. Options out of Alberta include increasing existing capacity to the west coast, as well as expanding pipeline capacity to supply midwest and east coast markets. Existing pipeline systems will be expanded, and a new pipeline from Alaska to Chicago has been proposed. The gas pipeline project is expected to be the largest private construction project in the history of North America, and will provide 6500 jobs in both the United States and Canada. Project challenges to date have included the development of relationships with Aboriginals and First Nations groups in Canada and the United States, as well as ensuring access to efficient, competitive market-based regulatory processes. Project risks to date have included capital and operating cost over-runs, regulatory and legal delays, completion risks, and commodity price risks. Stranded gas act processes were discussed, as well as fiscal contracts related to the legislative and public process. Elements of the fiscal contract were provided, as well as details of First Nations relationships and Crown consultation processes. tabs., figs.

  2. Alaska gas pipeline and the global natural gas market

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    The global natural gas market was discussed in relation to the Alaska natural gas pipeline project. Natural gas supply forecasts to the year 2025 were presented. Details of the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market were discussed. Charts were included for United States natural gas production, consumption, and net imports up to the year 2030. The impact of high natural gas prices on the manufacturing sector and the chemicals industry, agricultural, and ethanol industries were discussed. Natural gas costs around the world were also reviewed. The LNG global market was discussed. A chart of world gas reserves was presented, and global LNG facilities were outlined. Issues related to the globalization of the natural gas trade were discussed. Natural gas imports and exports in the global natural gas market were reviewed. A chart of historical annual United States annual LNG imports was presented. tabs., figs

  3. Alaska highway pipeline inquiry

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    Lysyk, K.M.; Bohmer, E.E.; Phelps, W.L.

    1977-01-01

    A public enquiry was held to determine the social and economic impacts associated with the proposed Alaska Highway pipeline. The pipeline was proposed to carry natural gas from Prudhoe Bay to the continental United States. The pipeline would follow the trans-Alaskan pipeline to Fairbanks, and follow the Alaska Highway through southern Yukon into northern British Columbia. The 48 inch pipe would operate at a pressure of 1,260 psi and would carry 2.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day, and could operate at that level for at least 25 years. Issues considered included alternative routes, employment and training, economic impact, social impact, the Yukon Indian land claim, the Dempster Lateral pipeline, planning and regulation, and compensation. The enquiry concluded that the government of Canada should not give approval in principle to the proposed pipeline through the southern Yukon without resolving the issues of an advanced payment towards the settlement of the Yukon Indian land claim, of compensation from the pipeline company, the establishment of a planning and control agency, and the deferral of the commencement of construction of the pipeline. 8 figs.

  4. Operational Challenges in Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) Transportation Through Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS)

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    Godwin A. Chukwu; Santanu Khataniar; Shirish Patil; Abhijit Dandekar

    2006-06-30

    Oil production from Alaskan North Slope oil fields has steadily declined. In the near future, ANS crude oil production will decline to such a level (200,000 to 400,000 bbl/day) that maintaining economic operation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) will require pumping alternative products through the system. Heavy oil deposits in the West Sak and Ugnu formations are a potential resource, although transporting these products involves addressing important sedimentation issues. One possibility is the use of Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) technology. Estimated recoverable gas reserves of 38 trillion cubic feet (TCF) on the North Slope of Alaska can be converted to liquid with GTL technology and combined with the heavy oils for a product suitable for pipeline transport. Issues that could affect transport of this such products through TAPS include pumpability of GTL and crude oil blends, cold restart of the pipeline following a prolonged winter shutdown, and solids deposition inside the pipeline. This study examined several key fluid properties of GTL, crude oil and four selected blends under TAPS operating conditions. Key measurements included Reid Vapor Pressure, density and viscosity, PVT properties, and solids deposition. Results showed that gel strength is not a significant factor for the ratios of GTL-crude oil blend mixtures (1:1; 1:2; 1:3; 1:4) tested under TAPS cold re-start conditions at temperatures above - 20 F, although Bingham fluid flow characteristics exhibited by the blends at low temperatures indicate high pumping power requirements following prolonged shutdown. Solids deposition is a major concern for all studied blends. For the commingled flow profile studied, decreased throughput can result in increased and more rapid solid deposition along the pipe wall, resulting in more frequent pigging of the pipeline or, if left unchecked, pipeline corrosion.

  5. The Alaskan gas pipeline conflict

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    Savich, P.; Fraser, N.M.; Hippel, K.W.

    1983-03-01

    A new conflict analysis technique is employed to study the dispute surrounding the selection of a natural gas pipeline route to transport gas from the American state of Alaska and also northern Canada to southern markets in the United States and Canada. The improved metagame analysis algorithm is the type of conflict analysis method that is used for providing a framework to study systematically the Alaskan gas pipeline controversy and to put the historical information into proper perspective. In addition, the methodology is utilized for predicting the possible feasible political solutions to the conflict.

  6. An ornithological study of alternate gas pipeline routes in Alaska, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The study was an attempt to describe and estimate the numbers of species and relative densities of birds along the two alternate pipeline routes, and to arrive at...

  7. North Slope pipeline work strong; gas pipeline project deferred

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    Hale, D.

    1982-09-01

    Over 225 miles of insulated pipelines will be installed on the North Slope as part of a 5-year, $10.5 billion program by Sohio and Arco to maintain output from the field to feed the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. New lines are for waterflood supply systems, low pressure production systems, produced water handling, and gas handling. Pipeline construction is quite active at both Prudhoe Bay and at Kuparuk Field. Future projects include an oil line to the Beaufort Sea, the Polar Gas Project, the Arctic Pilot project, and the Northern Tier Pipeline.

  8. Northern gas : Arctic Canada and Alaska

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    This paper discusses supply challenges in relation to Northern gas availability in Arctic Canada and Alaska. A background of BP Canada Energy Company was provided. It was suggested that gas from traditional North American basins would not meet demand, and that incremental sources of supply would be needed. A map of traditional and non-tradition supply sources was presented along with details of supply and infrastructure investment requirements from 2003-2025. The roles of producers, local distribution companies, pipelines and policy makers in infrastructure development were examined. Potential resources in Alaska and the Mackenzie Delta were discussed, along with details of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline project and exploration activities. Alaska's North Slope gas resource was reviewed. Several large projects devolving from the Alaska Gas Pipeline represent an anticipated total investment of $20 billion. Various regulatory and economic conditions necessary for the successful completion of the project include the Alaska Fiscal Contract; Alaska gas provisions in the Federal Energy Bill; details of the Canadian regulatory process; and cost reductions and market outlooks. It was concluded that the Alaska Gas Pipeline would provide thousands of jobs and provide stability of long-term gas prices as well as meeting North America's energy needs. In addition, the pipeline would provide $16 billion in Canadian government revenues and $40 billion in US government revenues. The pipeline would provide 4.5 billion cubic feet per day of clean energy, with half the carbon dioxide emissions of coal. It would also provide hundreds of billions of dollars in consumer savings. tabs, figs

  9. 76 FR 53086 - Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines

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    2011-08-25

    ... sufficient to protect the public in the event of a gas pipeline leak or rupture? Are there ways that PHMSA... pipeline operators. In 2003, similar IM regulations were enacted for gas pipelines (68 FR 69778; 12/15/2003... pipelines in the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968, Public Law 90-481, which has since been......

  10. Natural gas pipeline technology overview.

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    Folga, S. M.; Decision and Information Sciences

    2007-11-01

    The United States relies on natural gas for one-quarter of its energy needs. In 2001 alone, the nation consumed 21.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. A large portion of natural gas pipeline capacity within the United States is directed from major production areas in Texas and Louisiana, Wyoming, and other states to markets in the western, eastern, and midwestern regions of the country. In the past 10 years, increasing levels of gas from Canada have also been brought into these markets (EIA 2007). The United States has several major natural gas production basins and an extensive natural gas pipeline network, with almost 95% of U.S. natural gas imports coming from Canada. At present, the gas pipeline infrastructure is more developed between Canada and the United States than between Mexico and the United States. Gas flows from Canada to the United States through several major pipelines feeding U.S. markets in the Midwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and California. Some key examples are the Alliance Pipeline, the Northern Border Pipeline, the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, the TransCanada Pipeline System, and Westcoast Energy pipelines. Major connections join Texas and northeastern Mexico, with additional connections to Arizona and between California and Baja California, Mexico (INGAA 2007). Of the natural gas consumed in the United States, 85% is produced domestically. Figure 1.1-1 shows the complex North American natural gas network. The pipeline transmission system--the 'interstate highway' for natural gas--consists of 180,000 miles of high-strength steel pipe varying in diameter, normally between 30 and 36 inches in diameter. The primary function of the transmission pipeline company is to move huge amounts of natural gas thousands of miles from producing regions to local natural gas utility delivery points. These delivery points, called 'city gate stations', are usually owned by distribution companies, although some are owned by

  11. Overcoming regulatory, political and operational challenges to boost Alaska E and P and pipeline activity

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    This presentation addressed a range of issues associated with the development of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline, including fundamentals regarding North American gas supply and demand for power generation, industrial use and residential and commercial use; pipeline routing. It also addressed issues regarding the United States Energy Bill and Alaska readiness in terms of regulatory approvals and right-of-way applications, TransCanada readiness, and other key issues. Natural gas supply from the East Coast, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, United States Rockies, Gulf of Mexico and other localities in the United States were illustrated in a graph along with natural gas market prices and a comparison of recent NYMEX gas price forecasts. The author indicates that 10 to 15 billion cubic feet per day of new supply will be needed. The Mackenzie project continues to work towards an in-service date of 2009. However, a strong competitor and alternative to northern gas is liquefied natural gas (LNG). The issue of integrating Alaskan gas into the existing Alberta pipeline grid was also discussed along with technologies to improve pipeline costs and issues regarding First Nation consultations. TransCanada believes that Alaskan gas can be delivered to markets in the United States by 2012 if existing pipeline infrastructures are used as well as existing legislation in Canada. 4 figs

  12. A Cheap Aerial Gas Pipeline

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    Alexander A. Bolonkin

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: At present time gas pipelines are designed from steel and located on ground surface. That is very expensive and building requests a lot of time. Research and utilization of an old author idea: Design of new cheap aerial pipelines, a large flexible tube deployed at high altitude through neutral seas, for delivery of natural (fuel gas, water and other payload over a long distance is delineated. Approach: A lift force of 1 m3 of methane equals approximately 0.5 kg (1 pound. The lightweight film flexible pipeline can be located in air at high altitude and, as such, did not damage the environment. Using the lift force of this pipeline and wing devices payloads of oil, water, or other fluids, or even solids such as coal, cargo, passengers can be delivered cheaply at long distance. Results: Researcher showed: This aerial pipeline dramatically decreased the cost and time of construction relative to conventional pipelines of steel which saved energy and greatly lowers the capital cost of construction. Article contained a computed project for delivery 24 billion m3 of gas and tens of million tons of oil, water or other payload per year. Conclusion: Design of new cheap aerial pipelines, a large flexible tube deployed at high altitude, for delivery of natural (fuel gas, water and other payload over a long distance (neutral sea was delineated. The offered idea an aerial pipe line was researched. It was shown new pipelines radically decreased pipeline cost and construction time. Using the lift force of this pipeline and wing devices payloads of oil, water, or other fluids, or even solids such as coal, cargo, passengers can be delivered cheaply at long distance. This pipeline and wing devices also allowed to delivery the other goods.

  13. Regulating natural gas pipeline efficiency

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    Proponents of gas pipeline capacity assignment---sometimes referred to as capacity brokering---would like a policy that would allow holders of gas pipeline capacity contact, usually firm transportation, to resell that capacity for short periods of time when it is not needed. In this paper the authors review the current U.S. policy towards capacity assignment in the context of FERC regulation of interstate pipelines and compare the U.S. debate with Canada's approach. The authors offer a modest proposal to institute a capacity assignment program experiment

  14. Alaska Gas: future options for development

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    An examination of industry trends indicate a growth in the proportion of the gas component in the worldwide production of the three primary energy sources of coal, oil and natural gas. BP, as one of the leading North American producers of natural gas, is well positioned in all of the most attractive basins for growth in market share, and to maintain an aggressive leadership position in terms of price competition. BP's Alaska holdings and operations are outlined, including its gas-to-liquid technology facility, construction of which is scheduled to start in 2002. Development of Alaskan LNG in consortium with Phillips, Foothills and Marubeni, which is premised on the assumption of exporting the LNG to the Far East, is also reviewed. The project is expected to cost between five and six billion dollars, not including ships to transport the product. Construction of a gas pipeline to the lower 48 states to gain access to the extensive North American grid is also under study. Three routes are being considered; construction will employ high-strength steel, automated welding, improved pipeline monitoring, advanced computer control and instrumentation, advanced protective coating and operation at high pressures in excess of 2,500 psig. Current cost estimates range from six to ten billion dollars. The pipeline route through Canada seems to hold the most promise at this time. BP's position regarding construction of the pipeline should be finalized in 2001

  15. Alaska-US gas line - design considerations for the Alaska segment of ANGTS (Alaska natural gas transportation system)

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    Hetland, N.

    1982-01-01

    In 1968, the largest single discovery of oil and natural gas ever found on the North American continent was made at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. The Prudhoe Bay field contains over 26 tcf of recoverable natural gas, or ca 13% of the proven domestic gas reserves. To bring this natural gas to the market in the Lower 48 states, filings were made with the Federal Power Commission, the predecessor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to construct a pipeline transportation system. The gas pipeline project will initially transport ca 2 billion cu ft of gas daily, expandable to 3.2 billion cu ft/day with additional compressor stations. The total ANGTS comprises nearly 4,800 miles of pipeline with diameters ranging from 36 to 56 in., and initially ca 1.4 million hp will be installed to transport 2.0 billion cu ft/day. This presentation concentrates on the Alaska segment of the ANGTS.

  16. Nova Gas's pipeline to Asia

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    The involvement of the Calgary-based company NOVA Gas International (NGI) in Malaysia's peninsular gas utilization (PGU) project, was described. Phase I and II of the project involved linking onshore gas processing plants with a natural gas transmission system. Phase III of the PGU project was a gas transmission pipeline that began midway up the west coast of peninsular Malaysia to the Malaysia-Thailand border. The complex 549 km pipeline included route selection, survey and soil investigation, archaeological study, environmental impact assessment, land acquisition, meter-station construction, telecommunication systems and office buildings. NGI was the prime contractor on the project through a joint venture with OGP Technical Services, jointly owned by NGI and Petronas, the Thai state oil company. Much of NGI's success was attributed to excellent interpersonal skills, particularly NGI's ability to build confidence and credibility with its Thai partners

  17. A comparison of natural gas pipeline options for the North

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    High prices and high demand for natural gas in the North American market, combined with a more positive investment climate, have renewed interest in the development of natural gas reserves in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories and Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. A prerequisite to developing these resources is construction of a pipeline. This report describes the results of an analysis of five of the six pipeline options which have been considered in recent years. The options considered are: (1) Mackenzie Valley Stand Alone, (2) a combination onshore Alaska North Slope with Mackenzie Valley, (3) a combination offshore Alaska North Slope with Mackenzie Valley, (4) the Alaska Natural Gas Transmission System (ANGTS) and (5) a combination of ANGTS and Dempster Lateral. The Mackenzie Valley with the Prudhoe Bay Onshore route was not included because benefits and costs are considered to be very similar to those of the Mackenzie Valley with Prudhoe Bay Offshore route. Both these would connect Alaska gas with gas from the Mackenzie Delta and ship both down the Mackenzie Valley. The report presents results of an analysis which focused on capital costs, employment and fiscal benefits to the Northwest Territories, employment and fiscal benefits to Canada, pipeline tolls and producer revenues. Results show that both the Northwest Territories and Canada as a whole would benefit most from a Mackenzie Valley and Offshore Prudhoe Bay Pipeline route because economic, employment and fiscal impacts are the highest. Tolls are also projected to be the lowest with this option; this would result in higher revenues to producers. Although all routes have the potential to affect the geology, hydrology, climate and biological aspects of the areas surrounding them, the environmental impacts for all routes appear to be moderate for the construction phase and low to negligible for the operation. Environmental implications are discussed in detail in Appendix B. 25 refs., 43 tabs., 9

  18. Alaska-Washington effects on northern oil and gas projects

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    Persily, L. [Alaska Dept. of Revenue, Juneau, AK (United States)

    2003-07-01

    This paper presents a review of a natural gas project proposal for Alaska. The proven reserves of the Alaskan North Slope total 35 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas. Potential gas reserves are estimated at about 100 tcf, but the gas is stranded and far from markets. The challenge of developing the resource lies in the development and construction of a pipeline to Alberta. While many companies have expressed interest in the project, investors believe the risk is too high for the multi-billion-dollar construction cost. In 1977, the government of Alaska created an oil-wealth savings account from the profits of the Prudhoe Bay oil discovery. The author suggested that instead of using the account for paying dividends to Alaskans as is currently done, the government should consider using the money to help reduce the risk and encourage private investors. BP and ConocoPhillips have indicated that they want risk-sharing help from the U.S. Treasury to build the pipeline. The author explained why gas price risk is such a concern and why North Slope producers are asking for financial assurances. Some Alaskans would prefer that a public corporation build, own and operate a gas project. Instead of building a pipeline to Alberta, they would prefer to build and operate a pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to a coastal liquefaction plant where a fleet of tankers would bring the refined LNG product to markets. The Alaska Native concern is another issue that requires attention. The issues which are important to Alaska natives include maintaining local control over taxation, social issues, and a financial stake in the project. Several Native corporations have formed a partnership and hope to buy into the Alaska gas project.

  19. PETROCHINA WEST EAST GAS PIPELINE & SALES COMPANY

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    2006-01-01

    @@ PetroChina West East Gas Pipeline & Sales Company, a regional company directly under PetroChina Company Limited (PetroChina), is responsible for the construction and operation of the West-East Gas Pipeline Project, and the gas marketing and sales of the natural gas market in China.

  20. California Natural Gas Pipelines: A Brief Guide

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    Neuscamman, Stephanie [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Price, Don [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Pezzola, Genny [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Glascoe, Lee [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2013-01-22

    The purpose of this document is to familiarize the reader with the general configuration and operation of the natural gas pipelines in California and to discuss potential LLNL contributions that would support the Partnership for the 21st Century collaboration. First, pipeline infrastructure will be reviewed. Then, recent pipeline events will be examined. Selected current pipeline industry research will be summarized. Finally, industry acronyms are listed for reference.

  1. Future impact on natural gas pipelines

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    Croom, J.H.

    1982-01-01

    The future for natural gas pipelines is forecast by examining the sources and uses of energy today and projecting respective changes. No significant changes are expected over the next 20 yr in natural gas usage, but regionally, some demand shift could impact certain gas transmission facilities. The conclusion is that natural gas will continue to displace oil in some stationary uses, while coal will displace natural gas in some power plant and feedstock applications. Although these shifts will result in some regional construction activity, they will probably not necessitate major arterial increases to the pipeline network. However, significant changes in supply sources may have a major impact on pipeline planning and construction.

  2. China Oil & Gas Pipeline Survey & Design Institute, Pipeline

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    Bureau of CNPC; Zhao Surong

    1995-01-01

    @@ China Oil/Gas Pipeline Bureau(P.B) is the only professional organization in China specialized in oil/gas pipelines design and construction since 1980s. It has ever cooperated with certain number of well known companies from Japan,USA, Germany, Canada, as well as Italy in the designs of many large oil/gas pipeline projects, during the course of which, personnel from P.B accumulated much experience in international project designs. During the execution of each particular project, they strictly followed the common-use international codes and standards with computers as the auxiliary design system combined with the self-developed software. All its clients showed their trust in this organization and gave it high praise for its outstanding survey, design and technical service.

  3. Pipelines jockey to serve Florida gas market

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    This paper reports that Florida Gas Transmission Corp. (FGT), Houston, appears to have taken the lead in competition to serve Florida's growing gas markets. Florida Power and Light (FPL), Miami, decided to reserve transportation capacity on FGT's proposed Phase III expansion rather than the Sun Coast pipeline proposed by United Gas Pipe Line Co. (UGPL), Houston, and Coastal Corp. unit ANR Pipeline Co., Detroit (OGJ, Aug. 31, p. 31). Withdrawal of FPL, Florida's largest electric utility, from Sun Coast left the proposed 560 mile, 400 MMcfd intrastate gas transmission pipeline with only one major prospective client, Florida Power Corp., St. Petersburg. That forces UGPL and ANR to dissolve the partnership

  4. Black powder in gas pipelines

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    Sherik, Abdelmounam [Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    2009-07-01

    Despite its common occurrence in the gas industry, black powder is a problem that is not well understood across the industry, in terms of its chemical and physical properties, source, formation, prevention or management of its impacts. In order to prevent or effectively manage the impacts of black powder, it is essential to have knowledge of its chemical and physical properties, formation mechanisms and sources. The present paper is divided into three parts. The first part of this paper is a synopsis of published literature. The second part reviews the recent laboratory and field work conducted at Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center to determine the compositions, properties, sources and formation mechanisms of black powder in gas transmission systems. Microhardness, nano-indentation, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) techniques were used to analyze a large number of black powder samples collected from the field. Our findings showed that black powder is generated inside pipelines due to internal corrosion and that the composition of black powder is dependent on the composition of transported gas. The final part presents a summary and brief discussion of various black powder management methods. (author)

  5. Australia's changing natural gas and pipeline industry

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    The future is bright for continued development of Australia's natural gas pipeline infrastructure, as well as for privatization and private energy infrastructure growth. Gas demands are growing and the development of open access principles for all natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines heralds a much more market focused industry. Within the next few years gas-on-gas competition will apply to supply, pipelines, and retail marketing. No longer will operators be able to pass on high costs resulting from inefficiencies to their customers. This article describes the changing Australian gas industry, evaluates the drivers for change and looks at ways the industry is responding to new regulatory regimes and the development and use of new pipeline technology

  6. Stress Analysis of Shallow Sea Gas Pipelines

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    Xiaonan Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Shallow sea gas pipelines usually operate in complicated and changeable regional environments and can generate corresponding stresses and displacement under the influence of internal pressures, earthquakes, waves and other loadings. An unevenly distributed stress will lead to shallow sea gas pipeline failure easily. In order to ensure the safety of pipeline, it is necessary to research the stress conditions of the shallow sea gas pipeline and check whether it can meet the safety requirements or not. In this study, we analyze the stress conditions of shallow sea gas pipelines of two laying modes in XX areas using stress analysis software CAESAR II, discuss the loading conditions under the operating condition and determine the position of the key point where pipeline damage is most likely to happen, the bend pipe. The comprehensive experiments show that underground method more secure than the sea-bed method, it greatly improves the reliability of the shallow sea pipeline running. Our research provides a theoretical basis for the construction of shallow sea gas pipelines.

  7. Market Brief : Turkey oil and gas pipelines

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    This report presented some quick facts about oil and gas pipelines in Turkey and presented opportunities for trade. The key players and customers in the oil and gas sector were described along with an export check list. Turkey is looking into becoming an energy bridge between oil and gas producing countries in the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe. The oil and gas sectors are dominated by the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, a public enterprise dealing with exploration and production, and the State Pipeline Corporation which deals with energy transmission. They are also the key buyers of oil and gas equipment in Turkey. There are several pipelines connecting countries bordering the Caspian Sea. Opportunities exist in the areas of engineering consulting as well as contracting services for oil and gas pipeline transmission and distribution. Other opportunities lie in the area of pipeline construction, rehabilitation, materials, equipment, installation, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Currently, the major players are suppliers from Italy, Germany, France, United States and Japan. Turkey has no trade barriers and imported equipment and materials are not subjected to any restriction. The oil and gas market in Turkey expected in increase by an average annual growth rate of 15 per cent from 2001 to 2003. A brief description of pipeline projects in Turkey was presented in this report along with a list of key contacts and support services. 25 refs., 1 append

  8. Decision and report to Congress on the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System. [Selection of Alcan project

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    1977-09-01

    The selection of the Alcan project was made after an exhaustive review required by the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act of 1976 determined that the Alcan Pipeline System will deliver more natural gas at less cost to a greater number of Americans than any other proposed transportation system.

  9. Review of Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction in 2007

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    Qu Hong

    2008-01-01

    @@ China's pipeline industry has developed for 50 years till 2008. In the past 10 years, more than 50,000 kilometers of long-distance oil and gas pipelines have been constructed,of which gas pipelines reached about 30,000 kilometers,crude oil pipelines about 17,000 kilometers, and product oil pipelines about 7,000 kilometers. Oil and gas pipeline networks across regions have taken shape.

  10. Seismic vulnerability of natural gas pipelines

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    This work deals with the analysis of the interaction of earthquakes with pipelines transporting and distributing natural gas for industrial and civil use. To this aim, a new large data-set of seismic information classified on the basis of selected seismological, geotechnical and structural parameters is presented and analyzed. Particular attention is devoted to continuous pipelines under strong ground shaking, which is the geotechnical effect due to passage of waves in soil. Results are provided in terms of the likelihood of the loss of containment with respect to Peak Ground Velocity (PGV), a seismic intensity parameter which may be easily retrieved either from local authorities and public databases or from site dependent hazard analysis. Fragility functions and seismic intensity threshold values for the failure and for the loss of containment of gas from pipeline systems are also given. The obtained functions can be easily implemented in existing codes and guidelines for industrial risk assessment, land-use planning, and for the design of public distribution network, with specific reference to Natural—Technological interaction (Na-Tech). -- Highlights: • The seismic vulnerability of natural gas pipelines is analyzed. • A collection of data for pipelines damaged by earthquake is given. • Damage states and risk states for pipelines are defined. • Consequence-based fragility formulations for the loss of containment are given • Seismic threshold values for public authority, risk assessment and gas distribution are shown

  11. Alaska Federal Oil and Gas Historical Leases

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    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior — This data set contains the outlines for historic (i.e., relinquished or inactive) federal oil and gas leases in the Alaska OCS Region through sale 193. They...

  12. Determination of radon in natural gas pipelines

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    The aim of this study was to develop the methodology for collection and analysis of radon from a natural gas pipeline. Activated charcoal was used as collection media. Two methods were designed for collecting radon gas samples from onshore and offshore production sites. For onshore sites a continuous gas sampling method from the pipeline was developed. In case of offshore sites, a batch sampling method was designed. Gamma spectroscopy was utilized to determine the concentration of radon by analysis of radon daughters on the charcoal. (author)

  13. Gas elephants: Arctic projects revived by expanding markets and pipelines

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    The revival of interest in Arctic natural gas and the developing competition to extend the pipeline grid to Alaska and the Yukon and the Northwest territories are the subject of this report. Substantial agreement between competing interest groups is reported with respect to the need for Arctic gas and the willingness of the market to pay for bringing it south to consumers. The discussion centers on the construction of the Alliance Pipeline Project that will reportedly bring two billion cubic feet per day of excess capacity to transport natural gas from northeastern British Columbia to Chicago, and the 2,400 km long Foothills Pipelines System that carries about one-third of Canadian gas exports to middle-western states and California. Plans are to extend the line to 5,240 km by laying pipe in a giant Y pattern between Prudhoe Bay and the Mackenzie delta in the north, and the start of the Foothills System at Caroline in central Alberta. The estimated cost of the line is about $US 6 billion, using a 36-inch diameter line at increased pressures in place of the 56-inch diameter pipe used in the 1970s. Construction plans are similar for the rest of the big Y, the Dempster Lateral beside the Dempster Highway between Whitehorse and Inuvik. A competing project, the Northern Gas Pipeline Project is also discussed. This line would run east of Prudhoe Bay under the Beaufort Sea to the Mackenzie Delta; then south along the Mackenzie Valley to Alberta. Cost of this line is also estimated at $US 6 billion, however, it would have a capacity of four billion cubic feet per day, including 2.5 billion cubic feet from Alaska and 1.5 billion cubic feet from Canada. Strong revival of interest is also reported from the supply side, with BP Amoco, ARCO, Chevron Canada Resources, Ranger 0il Ltd., Paramount Resources, Berkley Petroleum Corporation, Canadian Forest Oil, Alberta Energy Company, Petro-Canada, Anderson Resources, and Poco Petroleum Ltd., all showing interest to mount new

  14. Shaan-Jing Gas Transmission Pipeline

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    Deng Diqun

    1997-01-01

    @@ The gas transmission pipeline under construction from Shaan-Gan-Ning Gas Field, western China to Beijing,is of the longest transmission distance and the largest diameter of the kind so far in China. Under complex geomorphologic and geological conditions along its stretch, strict criteria are demanded for its engineering design and construction.

  15. A Cheap Levitating Gas/Load Pipeline

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    Bolonkin, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    Design of new cheap aerial pipelines, a large flexible tube deployed at high altitude, for delivery of natural (fuel) gas, water and other payload over a long distance is delineated. The main component of the natural gas is methane which has a specific weight less than air. A lift force of one cubic meter of methane equals approximately 0.5 kg (1 pound). The lightweight film flexible pipeline can be located in air at high altitude and, as such, does not damage the environment. Using the lift ...

  16. Northwest Asia - gas market outlook: LNG vs. pipeline gas

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    The share of natural gas in Northeast Asia's energy mix is quite low despite that the region currently dominates the world LNG trade. In the long term, the region's rapid expansion of gas demand in the coming decades looks very likely, but the LNG dominance in the region's gas market will collapse in parallel with the introduction of a long distance pipeline gas. The most likely timing of pipeline gas introduction in Northeast Asian gas market seems to be during the second half of the next decade. (Author)

  17. A Cheap Levitating Gas/Load Pipeline

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    Bolonkin, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    Design of new cheap aerial pipelines, a large flexible tube deployed at high altitude, for delivery of natural (fuel) gas, water and other payload over a long distance is delineated. The main component of the natural gas is methane which has a specific weight less than air. A lift force of one cubic meter of methane equals approximately 0.5 kg (1 pound). The lightweight film flexible pipeline can be located in air at high altitude and, as such, does not damage the environment. Using the lift force of this pipeline and wing devices payloads of oil, water, or other fluids, or even solids such as coal, cargo, passengers can be delivered cheaply at long distance. This aerial pipeline dramatically decreases the cost and the time of construction relative to conventional pipelines of steel which saves energy and greatly lowers the capital cost of construction. The article contains a computed project for delivery 24 billion cubic meters of gas and tens of million tons of oil, water or other payload per year.

  18. The gas century: worldwide LNG developments may deal death blow to Alaskan pipeline dream

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    The growing interest in liquefied natural gas (LNG), which casts doubt on the viability of the Alaska gas pipeline, and the potential impacts on Canadian gas exports to the United States are discussed. There is currently a proposal before Congress for an Alaskan LNG project, and consensus appears to be building among American energy experts and law-makers that building a multitude of LNG facilities would be more flexible and cheaper than building the proposed Alaska pipeline. As further proof of the growing popularity of LNG, U.S. industry lobbyists are said to be rapidly gaining congressional support for the idea of building eight to ten billion cubic feet per day of LNG capacity along the U. S. coast. Either development, -- LNG facilities or the Alaska pipeline -- have the potential to seriously impact Canadian natural gas exports. If the Alaska pipeline is built, the addition of five billion cubic feet per day of new gas on the market would cause gas prices to fall; if the U.S. decides to subsidize its gas industry, Canadian gas would be put at a serious disadvantage. Conversely, if the Alaskan LNG proposal were to succeed, the potential demise of the Alaska pipeline would mean the loss of about 12,000 jobs that would be created during the Canadian construction phase of the pipeline, as well as the loss of tariffs. Industry experts predict that by 2005 LNG terminals will dot the periphery of the U. S. coast line; to prepare for these eventualities, Canadian companies, such as Irving Oil, TransCanada Pipelines and EnCana are taking note, and are scrambling not to be left out of the game. As proof of the seriousness of their concern, Irving Oil is adding a Can$500 million LNG facility to its Canaport terminal on the Scotian shelf; TCPL is working to supply an LNG terminal offshore Massachusetts, and EnCana is refurbishing a Louisiana salt cavern to prepare for storage of gas delivered to the Gulf Coast

  19. Liquid holdup in wet-gas pipelines

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    An experimental study of two-phase flow was conducted to investigate liquid holdup in wet-gas pipelines. The liquid-holdup data were obtained by passing spheres through a 1,333-ft [406.3-m] -long, 3.068-in. [77.93-mm] -ID horizontal pipe and measuring the liquid volumes removed. Three different two-phase mixtures were used. The holdup data were compared with predicted holdup values and were used to evaluate a mechanistic model for stratified flow. None of the methods could accuratly predict liquid holdup in this low-holdup region. Two new empirical liquid-holdup correlations for horizontal flow were proposed. The first is strictly for wet-gas pipelines (0< y/sub L/<0.35); the second is for any horizontal pipeline (0< y/sub L/<1.0)

  20. International Gas Trade : The Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline

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    Law, Peter L.; Franco, Nelson

    1998-01-01

    The Bolivia-Brazil natural gas pipeline, which will transport natural gas more than 3,000 kilometers, will cost US$2.1 billion to construct. Despite the substantial benefits for both Bolivia and Brazil and the involvement of reputable private partners, the perceived risks and complexities of this large project made financing it a major challenge. The pipeline will link supply in one countr...

  1. Gas supplies of interstate natural gas pipeline companies, 1991

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    This publication provides information on the total reserves, production, and deliverability capabilities of the 64 interstate pipeline companies required to file the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form 15, ''Interstate Pipeline's Annual Report of Gas Supply.'' Data reported on this form are not considered to be confidential. This publication is the 29th in a series of annual reports on the total gas supplies of interstate pipeline companies since the inception of individual company reports to the Federal Power Commission (FPC) in 1964 for report year 1963

  2. Microwave Radar Detection of Gas Pipeline Leaks

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    Gopalsami, N.; Kanareykin, D. B.; Asanov, V.; Bakhtiari, S.; Raptis, A. C.

    2003-03-01

    We are developing a microwave radar sensing and imaging system to detect and locate gas leaks in natural gas pipelines. The underlying detection principle is radar backscattering from the index-of-refraction inhomogeneities introduced by the dispersion of methane in air. An essential first step in the development effort is modeling to estimate the radar cross section. This paper describes the modeling results and the experimental efforts underway to validate the model. For the case of leaks from small holes in a pressurized gas pipeline, we modeled the gas dynamics of the leak jet to determine the plume geometry and the variation of methane concentration in air as a function of distance from the leak source. From the static and dynamic changes in the index of refraction in the turbulent plume, the radar backscatter cross sections were calculated. The results show that the radar cross sections of the leak plumes should be detectable by special-purpose radars.

  3. Research into the transmission of natural gas by gas pipeline

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    Gadonneix, P.

    1998-12-31

    This paper is the press release of the talk given at the `Gaz de France scientific meeting with the press` by P. Gadonneix, chairman of Gaz de France company, on October 7, 1998. The aim of this talk concerns the new French and European supply link for bringing natural gas from the Norwegian North Sea fields. This new supply link is the first direct link between Norway and France and the NorFra gas pipeline which brings natural gas from the North Sea to France is the longest offshore pipeline in the world. The `Artere des Hauts de France` pipeline (the largest diameter gas pipeline ever laid in France) is devoted to the transfer of natural gas from Dunkerque to the Gournay-sur-Aronde underground storage site. This paper describes successively: the French European gas supply hub, the NorFra project, the Artere des Hauts de France pipeline, the network performance research, the safety and quality guaranties, the reduction of overland natural gas transmission costs (improvement of pipe-laying techniques and optimization of line route and welding operations), the specific techniques used for road and river crossing (micro-tunnel digging, river-crossing ditches) and for anchoring (buoyancy compensation). Finally, the environmental impact of the laying operations is briefly described. (J.S.)

  4. Natural radionuclides on natural gas pipeline scales

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    Not well known as the scales observed in the petroleum industry, scales are found on gas pipelines. Its formation process is different from that of scales from the petroleum industry; redox reaction between substances existing in the natural gas and the pipeline walls gives rise to scales, sometimes called as lack powder. The differences between the petroleum industry scales and this kind of scales go further than only the formation process and color. While in the traditional scale barium sulfate and calcium carbonate are the main chemical component, iron and iron sulfite are here the main constituents. Also, the associated natural radionuclides are different, instead radium isotopes 210Pb is the principal radionuclide observed. Since the use of natural gas is ecologically more favorable than diesel or gasoline, a large pipeline network (3,000 km) was built in order to increase the percentage of the natural gas in the Brazilian energetic matrix from the actual 2.5% to 10% during the next years. To reduce the pipeline internal corrosion and, therefore, the scale production, pigging operation are carried out on semester or yearly basis. During this operation, black powder residues are generated and collected. In order to verify the existence of 210Pb, and also of 226Ra and 228Ra, on such kind of deposits, 15 samples were obtained and analyzed for these radionuclides. 210Pb concentrations up to 5 kBq/kg were found, but, generally, 226Ra and 228Ra were much lower than the 210Pb concentration. As expected, iron and iron sulfite were the main chemical constituents observed. (author)

  5. Gas supplies of interstate/natural gas pipeline companies 1989

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    1990-12-18

    This publication provides information on the interstate pipeline companies' supply of natural gas during calendar year 1989, for use by the FERC for regulatory purposes. It also provides information to other Government agencies, the natural gas industry, as well as policy makers, analysts, and consumers interested in current levels of interstate supplies of natural gas and trends over recent years. 5 figs., 18 tabs.

  6. Gas supplies of interstate natural gas pipeline companies 1990

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    This publication provides information on the interstate pipeline companies' supply of natural gas in the United States during calendar year 1990, for use by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for regulatory purposes. It also provides information to other Government agencies, the natural gas industry, as well as policy makers, analysts, and consumers interested in current levels of interstate supplies of natural gas and trends over recent years

  7. The trans-Alaska pipeline controversy: Technology, conservation, and the frontier

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    The Trans-Alaska Pipeline was the object of perhaps the most passionately fought conservation battle in the U.S. Although numerous authors documented the pipeline construction during its construction, there is, surprisingly, no previous scholarly treatment of this event written by an historian. Coates is an environmental historian who views the most interesting aspect of the controversy to be open-quote its relationship to earlier engineering projects and technological innovations in Alaska and the debates that accompanied them.close quotes Thus, he describes how the conservationist and environmental ideas arose during numerous earlier major Alaskan projects and controversies, including the Alaska Highway (1938-41), Canol Pipeline (1943-45), exploration of Naval Petroleum Reserve Number Four (Pet 4, 1944-1953), DEWline (1953-57), oil development in the Kenai National Moose Range (1957-58), statehood (1958), the creation of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge (1960), Project Chariot (1958-63), and Rampart Dam (1959-67). The history starts with the acquisition of Alaska in 1867 and finishes about the time of the Valdez oil spill in 1989

  8. Economics of Alaska North Slope gas utilization options

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    The recoverable natural gas available for sale in the developed and known undeveloped fields on the Alaskan North Slope (ANS) total about 26 trillion cubic feet (TCF), including 22 TCF in the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) and 3 TCF in the undeveloped Point Thomson Unit (PTU). No significant commercial use has been made of this large natural gas resource because there are no facilities in place to transport this gas to current markets. To date the economics have not been favorable to support development of a gas transportation system. However, with the declining trend in ANS oil production, interest in development of this huge gas resource is rising, making it important for the U.S. Department of Energy, industry, and the State of Alaska to evaluate and assess the options for development of this vast gas resource. The purpose of this study was to assess whether gas-to-liquids (GTL) conversion technology would be an economic alternative for the development and sale of the large, remote, and currently unmarketable ANS natural gas resource, and to compare the long term economic impact of a GTL conversion option to that of the more frequently discussed natural gas pipeline/liquefied natural gas (LNG) option. The major components of the study are: an assessment of the ANS oil and gas resources; an analysis of conversion and transportation options; a review of natural gas, LNG, and selected oil product markets; and an economic analysis of the LNG and GTL gas sales options based on publicly available input needed for assumptions of the economic variables. Uncertainties in assumptions are evaluated by determining the sensitivity of project economics to changes in baseline economic variables

  9. Economics of Alaska North Slope gas utilization options

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    Thomas, C.P.; Doughty, T.C.; Hackworth, J.H.; North, W.B.; Robertson, E.P.

    1996-08-01

    The recoverable natural gas available for sale in the developed and known undeveloped fields on the Alaskan North Slope (ANS) total about 26 trillion cubic feet (TCF), including 22 TCF in the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) and 3 TCF in the undeveloped Point Thomson Unit (PTU). No significant commercial use has been made of this large natural gas resource because there are no facilities in place to transport this gas to current markets. To date the economics have not been favorable to support development of a gas transportation system. However, with the declining trend in ANS oil production, interest in development of this huge gas resource is rising, making it important for the U.S. Department of Energy, industry, and the State of Alaska to evaluate and assess the options for development of this vast gas resource. The purpose of this study was to assess whether gas-to-liquids (GTL) conversion technology would be an economic alternative for the development and sale of the large, remote, and currently unmarketable ANS natural gas resource, and to compare the long term economic impact of a GTL conversion option to that of the more frequently discussed natural gas pipeline/liquefied natural gas (LNG) option. The major components of the study are: an assessment of the ANS oil and gas resources; an analysis of conversion and transportation options; a review of natural gas, LNG, and selected oil product markets; and an economic analysis of the LNG and GTL gas sales options based on publicly available input needed for assumptions of the economic variables. Uncertainties in assumptions are evaluated by determining the sensitivity of project economics to changes in baseline economic variables.

  10. Regular pipeline maintenance of gas pipeline using technical operational diagnostics methods

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    Volentic, J. [Gas Transportation Department, Slovensky plynarensky priemysel, Slovak Gas Industry, Bratislava (Slovakia)

    1997-12-31

    Slovensky plynarensky priemysel (SPP) has operated 17 487 km of gas pipelines in 1995. The length of the long-line pipelines reached 5 191 km, distribution network was 12 296 km. The international transit system of long-line gas pipelines ranged 1 939 km of pipelines of various dimensions. The described scale of transport and distribution system represents a multibillion investments stored in the ground, which are exposed to the environmental influences and to pipeline operational stresses. In spite of all technical and maintenance arrangements, which have to be performed upon operating gas pipelines, the gradual ageing takes place anyway, expressed in degradation process both in steel tube, as well as in the anti-corrosion coating. Within a certain time horizon, a consistent and regular application of methods and means of in-service technical diagnostics and rehabilitation of existing pipeline systems make it possible to save substantial investment funds, postponing the need in funds for a complex or partial reconstruction or a new construction of a specific gas section. The purpose of this presentation is to report on the implementation of the programme of in-service technical diagnostics of gas pipelines within the framework of regular maintenance of SPP s.p. Bratislava high pressure gas pipelines. (orig.) 6 refs.

  11. Real-time receding horizon optimisation of gas pipeline networks

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    Aalto, Hans

    2005-01-01

    Real-time optimisation of gas pipelines in transient conditions is considered to be a challenging problem. Many pipeline systems are, however, only mildly non-linear. It is shown, that even the shutdown event of a compressor station can be described using a linear model. A dynamic, receding horizon optimisation problem is defined, where the free response prediction of the pipeline is obtained from a pipeline simulator and the optimal values of the decision variables are obtained solving a Qua...

  12. Current Status and Prospects of Oil and Gas Pipelines in China

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    Pu Ming

    2010-01-01

    @@ By the end of 2009,the total length of existing oil and gas pipelines in China had reached 75×103 km.The pipelines include 38×103 km of gas pipelines,20×103km of crude oil pipelines and 17×103 km of oil product pipelines,framing a trans-regional pipeline network for the oil and gas delivery.

  13. Managing changes of location classes of gas pipelines

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    Cunha, Sergio B.; Sousa, Antonio Geraldo de [PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. (TRANSPETRO), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-12-19

    Most of the gas pipeline design codes utilize a class location system, where the design safety factor and the hydrostatic test factor are determined according to the population density in the vicinities of the pipeline route. Consequently, if an operator is requested or desires to maintain an existing gas pipeline in compliance with its design code, it will reduce the operational pressure or replace pipe sections to increase the wall thickness whenever a change in location class takes place. This article introduces an alternative methodology to deal with changes in location classes of gas pipelines. Initially, selected codes that utilize location class systems are reviewed. Afterwards, a model for the area affected by an ignition following a natural gas pipeline leak is described. Finally, a methodology to determine the MAOP and third part damage mitigation measures for gas transport pipelines that underwent changes in location class is presented. (author)

  14. Natural gas pipelines: emerging market challenges

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    The Australian gas industry has come a long way in recent years. Most of the formerly government owned gas transmission, distribution and retail businesses have been privatised; major utility companies have been fundamentally restructured; the convergence of energy markets has seen many companies stepping outside the boundaries of their traditional businesses; and national competition policy has led to profound changes in the regulatory landscape. Yet despite the magnitude of these changes, it is clear that the journey of competitive reform has a long way to go. The Australian Gas Association's Industry Development Strategy identifies the potential for gas to increase its share of Australia's primary energy market, from around 18 percent at present to 22 percent by 2005, and 28 percent by 2015. Our analysis, using ACIL's Eastern Australian Gas Model, clearly shows that in the absence of major new sources of gas, these challenging targets will not be met and, indeed, there will be an increasing supply shortfall. However, with the emergence of new competitive supply sources such as Papua New Guinea and the Timor Sea, our modelling suggests that most of this demand can be satisfied at prices which will maintain gas' competitiveness in energy markets. Such developments provide both opportunities and challenges for the industry. In particular, they will profoundly affect the owners and operators of transmission pipeline systems. (Authors)

  15. Alaska Highway Pipeline Project and union linkages : Working Paper No. 7.2.7

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    Large construction projects such as the proposed Alaska Highway Pipeline Project typically have an agreement with a union before starting construction in order to avoid strikes and other labour disruptions. Unions can also secure multi-year employment for their workers, creating a win-win situation. There are 4 unions associated with building pipelines. These are United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), Teamsters, International Union of Operating Engineers, and Laborers International Union. Only the UA is currently active in construction in the Yukon. Generally, all contractors and sub-contractors must sign a collective agreement. Unions give local hiring priority and have also established targets for First Nations hiring. This study presented charts depicting employment of operators, labourers, teamsters, welders, pipefitters, electricians, carpenters and others, by seasons in Canada in the main union jurisdictions and in building trades. None of the highway, road, bridge or engineering construction firms active in the Yukon is unionized, but some have collective agreements in other jurisdictions. It was noted that these local non-union firms may have difficulty bidding on pipeline related sub-contracts. The four unions along with several pipeline contractors have formed a joint council of northern pipeline construction called the Northern Pipelines Projects Group, which intends to coordinate training programs for pipeline workers. 2 tabs

  16. Recompression of natural gas during pipeline repair

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    Rotink, M.H.; Koppens, B.G. [N. V. Nederlandse Gasunie, Groningen (Netherlands)

    2013-04-15

    Gasunie is working to minimize the company's emission of greenhouse gases and set up a so-called (carbon) footprint reduction programme. Recompression of natural gas is a part of that programme, being the better alternative for flaring or venting when a pipeline must be emptied. To fully utilize the recompression concept, a unique recompression unit was designed to make recompression as easy as possible, what was considered to be of vital importance for successful implementation. The unit came into operation in 2006 and Gasunie has integrated recompression in its regular workflow. 30 gas evacuation jobs have since been done with recompression which resulted in a recompressed volume of 13.3 million m{sup 3}(n). This volume represents 238,000 t of CO{sub 2}-equivalents that are prevented of flowing into the atmosphere and a revenue of 3.7 million Euro from the gas that is saved from beingwasted by flaring or venting. The revenue is based on a commodity price of 0.28 Euro/m{sup 3}. The unit did cost 1.5 million Euro, so the return on investment is obvious. If all gas evacuation jobs are considered, there is still some recompression potential left. A limiting factor of recompression is the time it takes. In some cases the time to recompress exceeds the allowable down time of the pipeline. Therefore a second unit is delivered to Gasunie in 2010. With this extra capacity more gas can be recompressed. Gasunie has put in serious effort to get the recompression concept working in all its aspects and is therefore very pleased with the results so far. This is underlined by the fact that a second unit is bought. With recompression Gasunie has found a way to reduce greenhouse emissions in a cost effective way, or even better, in a cost saving way.

  17. Status of the use of North Slope natural gas in Alaska

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    This presentation provided details of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA) and its role in the development of the natural gas industry in Alaska. ANGDA is a public corporation of the state, and aims to plan, design, and construct a gas transmission pipeline extending from Prudhoe Bay to Prince William Sound or Cook Inlet. The project is expected to provide gas for heating and electric power generation for areas in the region. Financing and tax advantages are in place to ensure low delivery costs for consumers. The pipeline will be used to transport ethane, propane, and butane. Concerns include the availability of physical take-off points, tariffs to Alaska destinations, and a lack of information leading to inequitable practices. Supply alternatives include increasing gas supply, reducing gas consumption through conservation or fuel substitution. It was concluded that the open season process must be simplified, and the North Slope gathering system tax credits system must be extended to in-state energy distribution infra-structure developers. Local access facilities for natural gas and propane were also outlined. tabs., figs

  18. Research on Optimization Operation of Urban Gas Pipeline Network

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    田一梅; 迟海燕; 李鸿; 周颖

    2003-01-01

    The optimization operation of gas pipeline network is investigated in this paper. Based on the theories of system optimization and the multi-object decision, a mathematical model about the multi-object optimization operation of gas pipeline network is established, in line with the demand of urban gas pipeline network operation. At the same time, an effective solution of the mathematical model is presented. A calculating software about optimization operation is compiled, coupling the actual operation of gas pipeline network. It can be applied to the operation of the gas pipeline network. The software was examined by real examples. The results indicated that 2.13%00 energy consumption and 3.12%oo gas supply cost can be reduced through optimization operation.

  19. A comparison : Impact studies and Trans-Alaska Pipeline : Working Paper No. 6.1.2

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    The impact of the proposed Alaska Highway Pipeline Project (AHPP) was examined using data of tariff rates from Industry Canada (IC) and the Yukon Government (YK). The IC impact spans 8 years from 2001 to 2008 with peak investment of $2.4 billion in 2005. The YK impact spans 10 years from 2002 to 2012 and peaks at nearly $2.0 billion in 2006. For the IC impact, the construction phase peaks in 2005 at 0.2 per cent impact on the Canadian Gross Domestic Product. For the YK impact, different government policy assumptions were used to produce 2 different scenarios for the AHPP impact. The first scenario is comparable to the IC impact, because the fiscal policy assumptions are similar. In the second scenario, Gross Domestic Product impacts peak at 0.25 per cent impact on the Canadian economy in 2006 with long-term impacts of nearly 0.13 per cent. The direct effects of both the IC impact and the YK impact are very similar in magnitude and the methodology used in the IC impact and scenario 1 is similar. This report presented a comparison of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) with the AHPP. TAPS is probably the closest pipeline in magnitude to the AHPP, but TAPS is an oil pipeline which results in variations in construction methods and materials. TAPS spans 800 miles and was built in 1970 to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. The basic difference between the two lines is that TAPS has to maintain the oil at a high temperature so it will flow, and most of the pipeline has to be suspended above ground, while AHPP can be buried underground and operated at low temperatures. The construction costs per mile are expected to be much lower for the AHPP. 7 refs., 2 tabs

  20. 78 FR 70163 - Communication of Operational Information between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission...

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    2013-11-22

    ... gas pipelines have relevant planning information to assist in maintaining the operational integrity... Operational Information Between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators, 78 FR 44900 (July... integrity of the transportation and transmission systems. In addition, interstate natural gas pipelines...

  1. Options for Gas-to-Liquids Technology in Alaska

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    Robertson, Eric Partridge

    1999-10-01

    The purposes of this work was to assess the effect of applying new technology to the economics of a proposed natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, to evaluate the potential of a slower-paced, staged deployment of GTL technology, and to evaluate the effect of GTL placement of economics. Five scenarios were economically evaluated and compared: a no-major-gas-sales scenario, a gas-pipeline/LNG scenario, a fast-paced GTL development scenario, a slow-paced GTL development scenario, and a scenario which places the GTL plant in lower Alaska, instead of on the North Slope. Evaluations were completed using an after-tax discounted cash flow analysis. Results indicate that the slow-paced GTL scenario is the only one with a rate of return greater than 10 percent. The slow-paced GTL development would allow cost saving on subsequent expansions. These assumed savings, along with the lowering of the transportation tariff, combine to distinquish this option for marketing the North Slope gas from the other scenarios. Critical variables that need further consideration include the GTL plant cost, the GTL product premium, and operating and maintenance costs.

  2. Options for gas-to-liquids technology in Alaska

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    Robertson, E.P.

    1999-12-01

    The purpose of this work was to assess the effect of applying new technology to the economics of a proposed natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, to evaluate the potential of a slower-paced, staged deployment of GTL technology, and to evaluate the effect of GTL placement of economics. Five scenarios were economically evaluated and compared: a no-major-gas-sales scenario, a gas-pipeline/LNG scenario, a fast-paced GTL development scenario, a slow-paced GTL development scenario, and a scenario which places the GTL plant in lower Alaska, instead of on the North Slope. Evaluations were completed using an after-tax discounted cash flow analysis. Results indicate that the slow-paced GTL scenario is the only one with a rate of return greater than 10%. The slow-paced GTL development would allow cost saving on subsequent expansions. These assumed savings, along with the lowering of the transportation tariff, combine to distinguish this option for marketing the North Slope gas from the other scenarios. Critical variables that need further consideration include the GTL plant cost, the GTL product premium, and operating and maintenance costs.

  3. Continuously Innovating Technology of Oil and Gas Pipeline in China

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    Yao Shihong; Yang Tianbing

    2009-01-01

    @@ Through fifty years' development and effort,oil and gas pipeline industry in China has created a selfdevelopment way under the country's characteristics which relies on scientific and technological innovation and introduction,assimilation and re-innovation.Along with the completion and application of West-East Gas Transmission Pipeline Ⅰ and starting construction of Line West-East Gas Transmission Pipeline Ⅱ,in the main technology field such as design and construction,the whole oil and gas pipeline industry has reached the international advanced level,even some have reached the international top level at present.Thanks to the development process of current economic globalization and technology internationalization,scientific and technological innovation as the inevitable choice to realize continuous,effective,fast and harmonious development of China oil and gas pipeline technology.

  4. Black powder removal in a Mexico gas pipeline

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    Morrow, John R. [TDW Services, Inc., New Castle, DE (United States); Drysdale, Colin; Warterfield, Bob D. [T.D.Williamson, Inc., Tulsa, OK (United States)

    2008-07-01

    This paper focuses on the cleaning methodology and operational constrains involved with the removal of black powder in a high pressure natural gas transmission pipeline. In this case, the accumulation of black powder along the pipeline system over the seven year period since it was put into service was creating significant problems in the areas of maintenance, customer relations, and cost to the pipeline operator due to clogging of filters, reduced gas flow, and penalties as result of non-compliant delivery contracts. The pipeline cleaning project consisted of running cleaning pigs or scrappers with batches of cleaning solution through each section of the pipeline while dealing with such factors as three (3) pipeline section lengths in excess of 160 kms (100 miles), gas flow velocity fluctuations, shutdowns, and gas delivery schedule requirements. The cleaning program for the entire pipeline system included the use of chemical and diesel based cleaning solution, running multiple cleaning pigs, liquid injection and separation system, mobile storage tanks, various equipment and personnel for logistical support. Upon completion of the cleaning program, the level of black powder and other solids in all pipeline sections was reduced to approximately 0.5% liquid/solid ratio and the pipeline system returned to normal optimum operation. (author.

  5. Environmental analysis for pipeline gas demonstration plants

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    Stinton, L.H.

    1978-09-01

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has implemented programs for encouraging the development and commercialization of coal-related technologies, which include coal gasification demonstration-scale activities. In support of commercialization activities the Environmental Analysis for Pipeline Gas Demonstration Plants has been prepared as a reference document to be used in evaluating potential environmental and socioeconomic effects from construction and operation of site- and process-specific projects. Effluents and associated impacts are identified for six coal gasification processes at three contrasting settings. In general, impacts from construction of a high-Btu gas demonstration plant are similar to those caused by the construction of any chemical plant of similar size. The operation of a high-Btu gas demonstration plant, however, has several unique aspects that differentiate it from other chemical plants. Offsite development (surface mining) and disposal of large quantities of waste solids constitute important sources of potential impact. In addition, air emissions require monitoring for trace metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, and other emissions. Potential biological impacts from long-term exposure to these emissions are unknown, and additional research and data analysis may be necessary to determine such effects. Possible effects of pollutants on vegetation and human populations are discussed. The occurrence of chemical contaminants in liquid effluents and the bioaccumulation of these contaminants in aquatic organisms may lead to adverse ecological impact. Socioeconomic impacts are similar to those from a chemical plant of equivalent size and are summarized and contrasted for the three surrogate sites.

  6. Energy geopolitics and Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline

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    With the growing energy demands in India and its neighboring countries, Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline assumes special significance. Energy-deficient countries such as India, China, and Pakistan are vying to acquire gas fields in different parts of the world. This has led to two conspicuous developments: first, they are competing against each other and secondly, a situation is emerging where they might have to confront the US and the western countries in the near future in their attempt to control energy bases. The proposed IPI pipeline is an attempt to acquire such base. However, Pakistan is playing its own game to maximize its leverages. Pakistan, which refuses to establish even normal trading ties with India, craves to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in transit fees and other annual royalties from a gas pipeline which runs from Iran's South Pars fields to Barmer in western India. Pakistan promises to subsidize its gas imports from Iran and thus also become a major forex earner. It is willing to give pipeline related 'international guarantees' notwithstanding its record of covert actions in breach of international law (such as the export of terrorism) and its reluctance to reciprocally provide India what World Trade Organization (WTO) rules obligate it to do-Most Favored Nation (MFN) status. India is looking at the possibility of using some set of norms for securing gas supply through pipeline as the European Union has already initiated a discussion on the issue. The key point that is relevant to India's plan to build a pipeline to source gas from Iran relates to national treatment for pipeline. Under the principle of national treatment which also figures in relation to foreign direct investment (FDI), the country through which a pipeline transits should provide some level of security to the transiting pipeline as it would have provided to its domestic pipelines. This paper will endeavor to analyze, first, the significance of this pipeline for India

  7. Virtual Pipeline System Testbed to Optimize the U.S. Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline System

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    Kirby S. Chapman; Prakash Krishniswami; Virg Wallentine; Mohammed Abbaspour; Revathi Ranganathan; Ravi Addanki; Jeet Sengupta; Liubo Chen

    2005-06-01

    The goal of this project is to develop a Virtual Pipeline System Testbed (VPST) for natural gas transmission. This study uses a fully implicit finite difference method to analyze transient, nonisothermal compressible gas flow through a gas pipeline system. The inertia term of the momentum equation is included in the analysis. The testbed simulate compressor stations, the pipe that connects these compressor stations, the supply sources, and the end-user demand markets. The compressor station is described by identifying the make, model, and number of engines, gas turbines, and compressors. System operators and engineers can analyze the impact of system changes on the dynamic deliverability of gas and on the environment.

  8. Methodology for environmental audit of execution in gas-pipelines and pipelines

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    In first instance the constructive aspects and the environmental impact related with the gas-pipes and pipelines construction are presented; then a methodology to make the environmental audit of execution in gas-pipes and pipelines, is showed. They contemplate four stages basically: planning, pre-auditory, execution and analysis, and post-auditory with their respective activities. Also, it is given to know, generalities of the practical case, to evaluate the applicability of the proposed methodology

  9. Pressure equivalents in industrial gas pipelines

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    Metel' kov, V.P.

    1980-01-01

    Pressure equivalence is a mathematical concept used to explain action and load parameters for pipelines. These two parameters are congruent to pressures encountered in pipelines. The research examined pressure equivalence in 820 by 8 millimeter pipelines in the Samotlor region and took into account the influence of support jams during first and second category jamming. It was determined that the absolute dimensions to pressure pulsations were significantly larger than plus or minus ten percent from (Prab) and even exceeded (Prab) in certain instances. The ratios at which (Prab) can be exceeded vary with relation to the jam supports and the maximum variations stem from yield in the metal pipelines themselves. The above concepts can be used to study the effects of pressure equivalence upon loads and pressures of Samotlor field pipelines and to select appropriate pipeline planning and construction methods. The conclusions drawn are valid for industrial surface pipelines used at below limit pressures. Annular and daily temperature variations in the outside air are considered with regard to their effect upon the pressure equivalence within the lower sections of the pipeline. Deviations here have been noted to exceed (formula). It was observed that in the case of underground pipelines, operated at below limit pressures, pressure equivalence occured in the upper section of the pipeline.

  10. Numerical modeling of fires on gas pipelines

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    When natural gas is released through a hole on a high-pressure pipeline, it disperses in the atmosphere as a jet. A jet fire will occur when the leaked gas meets an ignition source. To estimate the dangerous area, the shape and size of the fire must be known. The evolution of the jet fire in air is predicted by using a finite-volume procedure to solve the flow equations. The model is three-dimensional, elliptic and calculated by using a compressibility corrected version of the k - ξ turbulence model, and also includes a probability density function/laminar flamelet model of turbulent non-premixed combustion process. Radiation heat transfer is described using an adaptive version of the discrete transfer method. The model is compared with the experiments about a horizontal jet fire in a wind tunnel in the literature with success. The influence of wind and jet velocity on the fire shape has been investigated. And a correlation based on numerical results for predicting the stoichiometric flame length is proposed. - Research highlights: → We developed a model to predict the evolution of turbulent jet diffusion flames. → Measurements of temperature distributions match well with the numerical predictions. → A correlation has been proposed to predict the stoichiometric flame length. → Buoyancy effects are higher in the numerical results. → The radiative heat loss is bigger in the experimental results.

  11. Risk from transport of gas by pipeline ''kokui-perm''

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    Full text of publication follows: the length of gas pipelines in Russia is 142 thousands km, 62 % are pipelines of the large diameters. Annually on gas pipelines in Russia there are more than 70 large accidents, more than 50 % from them is accompanied by ignition of gas. The average ecological looses from accident is: destruction arable lands - 78 hectares; removing from consumption agricultural soils - 6,2 hectares; destruction forests - 47,5 hectares. In work the reasons of accidents on gas pipelines of different diameters are analyzed. So, for pipelines a diameter of 1220 mm by the reasons of accidents are: marriage of civil and erection works - 39, 1 %; outside corrosion - 35,9 %; mechanical damages - 9,4 %; defects of pipes - 6,2 %; defects of the factory equipment - 1,6 %; nature disasters and other reasons - 7,8 %. In work the results of risk analysis on a gas pipeline 'Kokui - Perm' are analysed. The gas pipeline 'Kokui - Perm' passes near 22 towns and countries, crosses 15 highways, 2 rail ways, 15 rivers. In work the concrete recommendations for management of risk and safety of the population are given. (author)

  12. Geotechnical risks affecting pipelines : the Bolivia-Brazil natural gas pipeline experience

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    Geotechnical management practices for pipelines can minimize the risk of accidents caused by hazards such as landslides, foundation subsidence, settlement and erosion. This paper summarized the geotechnical risks affecting pipelines and presented some examples of practical work done by Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto (TBG) along the longest pipeline in South America, the Bolivia-Brazil natural gas pipeline. TBG is also responsible for the maintenance and operation of the 2593 km long pipeline which spans from Rio Grande in Bolivia to Canoas in southern Brazil. The pipeline crosses a range of difficult topography where both natural and human hazards can lead to high stress levels that can reach the steel yield strength limit and result in ruptures. The traction, compression, inflection or strain depend on the direction of the movement and the pipe position. The area most prone to geotechnical hazards is in the south due to its hard topography and a variety of geological materials such as colluvium deposits and debris flows. The right-of-way geotechnical risks that affect the pipeline were presented along with some of the practical remedial work that has been done by TBG along the pipeline route. The integrity management plans and the adopted actions that prevent geotechnical accidents were also presented. It was concluded that geotechnical hazard mapping should be emphasized in the planning phase of pipelines. New technologies such as the GEOPIG inspection tool combined with traditional preventive measures can effectively detect landslide areas. 2 refs., 2 tabs., 18 figs

  13. Robotic inspection of unpiggable natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline

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    Laursen, Paul [InvoDane Engineering Ltd., Toronto, Ontario (Canada); D' Zurko, Daphne [The Northeast Gas Association, Needham, MA (United States); Vradis, George [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn, NY (United States); Swiech, Craig [National Fuel, Buffalo, NY (United States)

    2010-07-01

    This paper describes the development and pre-commercial use of Explorer II, a semi-autonomous robotic platform that carries a remote field eddy current (RFEC) sensor, to inspect unpiggable natural gas pipelines whose range is 6 to 8 inches, including pipelines with multiple diameters, short radius, mitered bends, and tees. The modular design of the system allows its deployment in various configurations for visual inspection and non-destructive evaluation of a pipeline. The essential part of this system is a RFEC sensor that can measure the pipeline's wall thickness. The robot is also equipped with two fisheye cameras (one at each end) that provide high-quality visual capabilities for locating and inspecting joints, tee-offs, and other pipeline features. The system can be launched, operated, and retrieved in live pipelines with pressures up to 750 psig. It should be commercially available in the fall of 2010.

  14. Survey of technologies available to detect small leaks on the Trans Alaska Pipeline

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    This paper discussed the types of systems that are currently used to detect any major leaks in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and presented some facts about the pipeline to demonstrate the problems facing leak detection in a region with temperature extremes and reduced sunlight during half of the year. In particular, this paper described the operation of the 1290 kilometer section of pipeline belonging to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and their inquiries regarding the feasibility of using sensor technologies developed for space exploration. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) examined the possibility of using remote chemical and thermal sensors, airborne light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, ground penetrating radar, and in situ chemical sensing. It was determined that these space-based remote sensing techniques are not suitable for detecting small leaks. The best option appeared to be in a simple in situ system of mass-produced, tiny sensors capable of one-time or multi-use detection of hydrocarbons through BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) vapours. It was emphasized, however, that some technical and economic difficulties must still be solved before these sensors can be put into commercial use for TAPS. 5 refs., 1 tab

  15. Gas Pipelines, LP and LNG, Published in unknown, DCP Midstream.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Gas Pipelines, LP and LNG dataset, was produced all or in part from Field Survey/GPS information as of unknown. Data by this publisher are often provided in...

  16. Studying of acid-gas pipelines corrosion with impedance spectroscopy

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    Neshati, J.; Fardi, M.R.; Ghassem, H. [Corrosion Department, NIOC-RIPI, Pazhooheshgah Bulevard, Khairabad Junction, Old Qom Road Tehran (Iran)

    2004-07-01

    In this research, the acid-gas pipelines of a gas refinery were simulated in laboratory. Acid gas is normally the feed of sulfur recovery plant (SRP) in a gas refinery. For studying corrosion kinetic and related mechanisms the impedance spectroscopy was used. Impedance diagrams were simulated by Boukamp1988 software. It was found that the simulated systems can be equated to a circuit with two time constants. For studying corrosion rate changes a type of inhibitor was utilized. The inhibitor used in this work was an imidazoline, an appropriate based inhibitor formulated with the commercial grade imidazoline and dimmer - trimer acid. It was shown that impedance spectroscopy technique can be used for corrosion monitoring of acid gas pipelines in gas refineries. The impedance spectroscopy will be tried in due course as a suitable technique in field for corrosion control of acid-gas pipelines. (authors)

  17. Gas pipeline optimization using adaptive algorithms

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    Smati, A.; Zemmour, N. [INH, Boumerdes (Algeria)

    1996-12-31

    Transmission gas pipeline network consume significant amounts of energy. Then, minimizing the energy requirements is a challenging task. Due to the nonlinearity and poor knowledge of the system states, several results, based on the optimal control theory, are obtained only for simple configurations. In this paper an optimization scheme in the face of varying demand is carried out. It is based on the use of a dynamic simulation program as a plant model and the Pareto set technique to sell out useful experiments. Experiments are used for the identification of regression models based on an original class of functions. The nonlinear programming algorithm results. Its connection with regression models permits the definition off-line, and for a long time horizon, of the optimal discharge pressure trajectory for all the compressor stations. The use of adaptive algorithms, with high frequency, permits one to cancel the effect of unknown disturbances and errors in demand forecasts. In this way, an on-line optimization scheme using data of SCADA system is presented.

  18. Current Status and Prospects of Oil and Gas Pipelines in China

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    2009-01-01

    @@ By the end of 2008,the total length of existing oil and gas pipelines in China had reached 6.3×104 km.These pipelines include 3.2×104 km of natural gas pipelines,1.8×104 km of crude oil pipelines and 1.3×104 km of oil products pipelines,laying the foundation for establishing a network of trans-regional oil and gas pipelines.

  19. A Low-Cost Natural Gas/Freshwater Aerial Pipeline

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    Bolonkin, A; Bolonkin, Alexander; Cathcart, Richard

    2007-01-01

    Offered is a new type of low-cost aerial pipeline for delivery of natural gas, an important industrial and residential fuel, and freshwater as well as other payloads over long distances. The offered pipeline dramatically decreases the construction and operation costs and the time necessary for pipeline construction. A dual-use type of freight pipeline can improve an arid rural environment landscape and provide a reliable energy supply for cities. Our aerial pipeline is a large, self-lofting flexible tube disposed at high altitude. Presently, the term "natural gas" lacks a precise technical definition, but the main components of natural gas are methane, which has a specific weight less than air. A lift force of one cubic meter of methane equals approximately 0.5 kg. The lightweight film flexible pipeline can be located in the Earth-atmosphere at high altitude and poses no threat to airplanes or the local environment. The authors also suggest using lift force of this pipeline in tandem with wing devices for che...

  20. Deliverability on the interstate natural gas pipeline system

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    NONE

    1998-05-01

    Deliverability on the Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline System examines the capability of the national pipeline grid to transport natural gas to various US markets. The report quantifies the capacity levels and utilization rates of major interstate pipeline companies in 1996 and the changes since 1990, as well as changes in markets and end-use consumption patterns. It also discusses the effects of proposed capacity expansions on capacity levels. The report consists of five chapters, several appendices, and a glossary. Chapter 1 discusses some of the operational and regulatory features of the US interstate pipeline system and how they affect overall system design, system utilization, and capacity expansions. Chapter 2 looks at how the exploration, development, and production of natural gas within North America is linked to the national pipeline grid. Chapter 3 examines the capability of the interstate natural gas pipeline network to link production areas to market areas, on the basis of capacity and usage levels along 10 corridors. The chapter also examines capacity expansions that have occurred since 1990 along each corridor and the potential impact of proposed new capacity. Chapter 4 discusses the last step in the transportation chain, that is, deliverability to the ultimate end user. Flow patterns into and out of each market region are discussed, as well as the movement of natural gas between States in each region. Chapter 5 examines how shippers reserve interstate pipeline capacity in the current transportation marketplace and how pipeline companies are handling the secondary market for short-term unused capacity. Four appendices provide supporting data and additional detail on the methodology used to estimate capacity. 32 figs., 15 tabs.

  1. THE SELECTION OF GAS PIPELINE ROUTE ON THE PLAN OF GAS SUPPLIED AREA

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    O. N. Medvedevа

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement. Selection of gas pipeline route exercises significant influence on the func-tioning of gas distribution system. The optimal solution of this problem would substantially reduce costs for construction and operation of gas supply system.Results and conclusions. In this paper, we give some recommendations on design of branch gas pipelines to increase the effectiveness of their operation. The results of technical and economic studies of gas distribution systems are presented. To determine the optimal variant of the gas pipe-line, we designed software package which allows to optimize simultaneously the pressure distribu-tion over the gas network and geometrical parameters.

  2. Full-scale chilled pipeline frost heave testing, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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    Hazen, B. [Northern Engineering and Scientific, Anchorage, AK (United States); Isaacs, R.M. [RMI Associates, Camano Island, WA (United States); Myrick, J.E. [Myrick International, Tyler, TX (United States)

    2010-07-01

    This paper discussed a chilled pipeline frost-heave testing facility that was developed to simulate and record the rate of frost heave and frost-bulb growth for a buried, chilled pipeline in frost-susceptible soil and to determine the effectiveness of different mitigation techniques. The test facility, which was established near Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1979, has 10 test sections using 1.22-metre-diameter pipe. The testing involved un-insulated, insulated, and insulated with over-excavation and gravel berm configurations as well as the frost heave of the chilled pipeline. The test facility was described in detail. Frost heave and frost-bulb growth measurements from the first 10 months of testing were presented, as these are the first data to enter the public domain. The testing was undertaken to investigate the frost-heave relationships between sections, to better understand frost heave in permafrost, to explore possible mitigation options, and to advance the predicative capabilities of frost heave models. 12 refs., 1 tab., 17 figs.

  3. Response and management strategies utilized during the Kenai pipeline crude oil spill, Nikiski, Alaska

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    An oil tanker deballasting pipeline ruptured at the Kenai Pipeline Company dockside facilities at Nikiski, Alaska on January 4, 1992, spilling 1,006 bbl of a water/crude oil mixture into Cook Inlet. The release, containing an estimated 100-400 bbl of oil, occurred at flood tide, causing the spill to move southwest. By January 6, the oil had been recovered or dissipated through work performed under a coordinated command system. Evaluations conducted after the spill indicated that the greatest success during the spill occurred in the area of spill management. Strategies utilized for this spill are discussed, including the formation of an oil spill response cooperative in Cook Inlet. A key element in the spill management was pre-planning, including contingency plans and oil spill drills. The responding parties were organized using an incident command system and a coordinated command structure that integrated the pipeline company and federal and state agencies. A 210 foot spill response vessel with two skimmer systems on board was on 24 hour standby and was the first to respond to the spill. Centrally located facilities assisted greatly in spill management. 7 refs., 2 figs

  4. Energy geopolitics and Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline

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    Verma, Shiv Kumar [Political Geography Division, Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067 (India)]. E-mail: vermajnu@gmail.com

    2007-06-15

    With the growing energy demands in India and its neighboring countries, Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline assumes special significance. Energy-deficient countries such as India, China, and Pakistan are vying to acquire gas fields in different parts of the world. This has led to two conspicuous developments: first, they are competing against each other and secondly, a situation is emerging where they might have to confront the US and the western countries in the near future in their attempt to control energy bases. The proposed IPI pipeline is an attempt to acquire such base. However, Pakistan is playing its own game to maximize its leverages. Pakistan, which refuses to establish even normal trading ties with India, craves to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in transit fees and other annual royalties from a gas pipeline which runs from Iran's South Pars fields to Barmer in western India. Pakistan promises to subsidize its gas imports from Iran and thus also become a major forex earner. It is willing to give pipeline related 'international guarantees' notwithstanding its record of covert actions in breach of international law (such as the export of terrorism) and its reluctance to reciprocally provide India what World Trade Organization (WTO) rules obligate it to do-Most Favored Nation (MFN) status. India is looking at the possibility of using some set of norms for securing gas supply through pipeline as the European Union has already initiated a discussion on the issue. The key point that is relevant to India's plan to build a pipeline to source gas from Iran relates to national treatment for pipeline. Under the principle of national treatment which also figures in relation to foreign direct investment (FDI), the country through which a pipeline transits should provide some level of security to the transiting pipeline as it would have provided to its domestic pipelines. This paper will endeavor to analyze, first, the significance of this

  5. Corrosion behavior of API 5L-X80 Pipeline steel for natural gas pipeline

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    Natural energy problem, including the environmental aspects had changes into certain circumstances in recent years and natural gas has been a focus of constant attention from the viewpoint of energy efficiency and pollution free. From that kind of background, pipeline construction for petroleum and natural gas were considerate as energy infrastructure maintenance plan. Based on the clarification of Asian Pipeline Project (1997-2007) centered in Japan, international pipeline is needed as the natural gas is mainly transported from gas field in Russia and Middle East to consumer country such as Japan etc. It used in severe condition such as cold district and sea. In the meantime, pipeline steel is not just received damages by earth crust fluctuation and corrosion, but also suffered from the corrosion caused by anions that were dissolved in sea and groundwater. The diversification of dispersion and consumption structure of natural gas supply acceptance base are seen regarding, that made the needs of the storing are rising and dealt with the quantitative spatial expansion of the demand. By that, corrosion resistance, not only the hardness, tough, weldability, corrosiveness gas environment is extremely required. (author)

  6. Polish Standard of the Technical Safety of Transmission Gas Pipelines

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    The document is presenting the idea of the CNGI Norm called The Polish Standard of the Technical Safety of Transmission Gas Pipelines and the way of using it by companies associated in the Chamber of the Natural Gas Industry in the business activity. It will be applied to improve the quality and reliability of gas transmission after full opening of Polish natural gas market. (author)

  7. 78 FR 77444 - Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Stingray Pipeline Company, L.L.C.; Notice of...

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    2013-12-23

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Stingray Pipeline Company, L.L... America LLC (Natural), 3250 Lacey Road, 7th Floor, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-7918 and Stingray Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (Stingray), 110 Louisiana Street, Suite 3300, Houston, Texas 77002, filed a...

  8. NORTH SEA PIPELINES: A SURVEY OF TECHNOLOGY, REGULATION AND USE CONFLICTS IN OIL AND GAS PIPELINE OPERATION

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    This project was undertaken to provide information on North Sea offshore pipelines and the processes used in route selection decision-making. It is designed to be used by persons involved in offshore oil and gas pipeline planning, including pipeline corridors and landfalls. A bri...

  9. Stress limitation of rehabilitation overloading of a gas pipeline

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír

    Praha: Czech Gas and Oil Association, 1996, s. 9/1-9/4. [International Colloquium on Reliability of High-Pressure Gas Pipelines /5./. Praha (CZ), 00.03.1996] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR GA103/95/1320; GA AV ČR IAA2071601

  10. Statistics of interstate natural gas pipeline companies, 1991

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    This report, presents financial and operating information of all major interstate natural gas pipeline companies that operated in the United States during 1991. This report is used by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), State utility commissions, other government agencies, and the general public. The information is taken from FERC Form 2, ''Annual Report of Major Natural Gas Companies,'' as filed with FERC

  11. Regulatory reform for natural gas pipelines: The effect on pipeline and distribution company share prices

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    Jurman, Elisabeth Antonie

    1997-08-01

    The natural gas shortages in the 1970s focused considerable attention on the federal government's role in altering energy consumption. For the natural gas industry these shortages eventually led to the passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA) in 1978 as part of the National Energy Plan. A series of events in the decade of the 1980s has brought about the restructuring of interstate natural gas pipelines which have been transformed by regulators and the courts from monopolies into competitive entities. This transformation also changed their relationship with their downstream customers, the LDCs, who no longer had to deal with pipelines as the only merchants of gas. Regulatory reform made it possible for LDCs to buy directly from producers using the pipelines only for delivery of their purchases. This study tests for the existence of monopoly rents by analyzing the daily returns of natural gas pipeline and utility industry stock price data from 1982 to 1990, a period of regulatory reform for the natural gas industry. The study's main objective is to investigate the degree of empirical support for claims that regulatory reforms increase profits in the affected industry, as the normative theory of regulation expects, or decrease profits, as advocates of the positive theory of regulation believe. I also test Norton's theory of risk which predicts that systematic risk will increase for firms undergoing deregulation. Based on a sample of twelve natural gas pipelines, and 25 utilities an event study concept was employed to measure the impact of regulatory event announcements on daily natural gas pipeline or utility industry stock price data using a market model regression equation. The results of this study provide some evidence that regulatory reforms did not increase the profits of pipeline firms, confirming the expectations of those who claim that excess profits result from regulation and will disappear, once that protection is removed and the firms are operating in

  12. 75 FR 72877 - Pipeline Safety: Updates to Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Reporting Requirements

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    2010-11-26

    ... reporting further would impact safety trending capability, therefore, we have chosen to maintain the... LNG facilities should be integrated into 49 CFR Parts 192 and 193 respectively. At present, reporting... Safety: Updates to Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Reporting Requirements; Final Rule...

  13. Research on airborne infrared leakage detection of natural gas pipeline

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    Tan, Dongjie; Xu, Bin; Xu, Xu; Wang, Hongchao; Yu, Dongliang; Tian, Shengjie

    2011-12-01

    An airborne laser remote sensing technology is proposed to detect natural gas pipeline leakage in helicopter which carrying a detector, and the detector can detect a high spatial resolution of trace of methane on the ground. The principle of the airborne laser remote sensing system is based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). The system consists of an optical unit containing the laser, camera, helicopter mount, electronic unit with DGPS antenna, a notebook computer and a pilot monitor. And the system is mounted on a helicopter. The principle and the architecture of the airborne laser remote sensing system are presented. Field test experiments are carried out on West-East Natural Gas Pipeline of China, and the results show that airborne detection method is suitable for detecting gas leak of pipeline on plain, desert, hills but unfit for the area with large altitude diversification.

  14. Design for internal corrosion resistance of sales gas pipelines

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    Kolts, Juri [ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, OK (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Three aspects of internal corrosion of sales gas pipelines are discussed, especially for use during the design phases of a project. These include corrosion by salts at water contents less than saturation, corrosion by glycol solutions at water contents less than saturation, and by short term wetting of the pipeline by upsets or commissioning. Water salt, but especially sea-salt, promotes corrosion of pipeline steel at water contents significantly less than saturation. At relative humidity between 23 and 100%, sea-salt absorbs water from 'dry' gas and promotes corrosion. The corrosion rate increases with increasing relative humidity. The corrosion measured in the laboratory is low, but can be significant for pipelines with a long design life. One method of reducing likelihood of such corrosion is by specifying clean water slugs after hydro-testing. Corrosion by glycol/water mixtures has been well investigated by the industry. This paper describes the corrosion in humid environments. The glycol concentration remains in equilibrium with the gas phase, thus the water/glycol ratio in a pipeline varies with temperature and pressure. The corrosion rate increases with decreasing temperature, because the greater water dilution of glycol with decreasing temperature overcomes the increasing corrosion rate from elevating temperature. Short-term exposure of internal pipeline surfaces can occur during upsets or from certain aspects of commissioning. The duration of exposure in wet environments can be estimated, sometimes, by measuring the degree of water saturation in pipeline gas. At low temperatures, iron supersaturation can play an important role in reducing corrosion after water exposure under stagnant conditions. (author)

  15. Real gas flow simulation in damaged distribution pipelines

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    The paper discusses chosen issues concerning damaged gas pipelines. Attention is paid to modelling the steady-state flow of natural gas in distribution pipelines, and the most commonly applied models of isothermal and adiabatic flow are evaluated for both the ideal and the real gas properties. A method of accounting for a leakage by means of a reference flow equation with a discharge coefficient is presented, and the dependency of the discharge coefficient on pressure is demonstrated both with literature data and the authors' experimental results. A relevant computational study of a pipeline failure is presented for a high- and a medium pressure pipeline. The importance of an appropriate choice of the flow model (isothermal or adiabatic flow of real or ideal gas) is demonstrated by the results of the study. It is shown that accounting for the variability of the discharge coefficient is required if medium pressure pipelines are analysed. However, it is eventually shown that the impact of the discharge coefficient on the predicted outflow rate is of lesser importance than that of the applied flow model. -- Highlights: ► Comparison of real/ideal gas, isothermal/adiabatic gas flow in a damaged pipeline. ► Variability of the discharge coefficient with pressure is demonstrated. ► Isothermal model predicts wrong values of downstream pressure, not just temperature. ► Isothermal model may cause significant error (for 2 case studies is >20%). ► Error in the discharge coefficient has a weak influence on the predicted flow rate.

  16. Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipeline Networks: A Review of Key Issues

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    Melaina, M. W.; Antonia, O.; Penev, M.

    2013-03-01

    The United States has 11 distinct natural gas pipeline corridors: five originate in the Southwest, four deliver natural gas from Canada, and two extend from the Rocky Mountain region. This study assesses the potential to deliver hydrogen through the existing natural gas pipeline network as a hydrogen and natural gas mixture to defray the cost of building dedicated hydrogen pipelines.

  17. Video Mosaicking for Inspection of Gas Pipelines

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    Magruder, Darby; Chien, Chiun-Hong

    2005-01-01

    A vision system that includes a specially designed video camera and an image-data-processing computer is under development as a prototype of robotic systems for visual inspection of the interior surfaces of pipes and especially of gas pipelines. The system is capable of providing both forward views and mosaicked radial views that can be displayed in real time or after inspection. To avoid the complexities associated with moving parts and to provide simultaneous forward and radial views, the video camera is equipped with a wide-angle (>165 ) fish-eye lens aimed along the axis of a pipe to be inspected. Nine white-light-emitting diodes (LEDs) placed just outside the field of view of the lens (see Figure 1) provide ample diffuse illumination for a high-contrast image of the interior pipe wall. The video camera contains a 2/3-in. (1.7-cm) charge-coupled-device (CCD) photodetector array and functions according to the National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) standard. The video output of the camera is sent to an off-the-shelf video capture board (frame grabber) by use of a peripheral component interconnect (PCI) interface in the computer, which is of the 400-MHz, Pentium II (or equivalent) class. Prior video-mosaicking techniques are applicable to narrow-field-of-view (low-distortion) images of evenly illuminated, relatively flat surfaces viewed along approximately perpendicular lines by cameras that do not rotate and that move approximately parallel to the viewed surfaces. One such technique for real-time creation of mosaic images of the ocean floor involves the use of visual correspondences based on area correlation, during both the acquisition of separate images of adjacent areas and the consolidation (equivalently, integration) of the separate images into a mosaic image, in order to insure that there are no gaps in the mosaic image. The data-processing technique used for mosaicking in the present system also involves area correlation, but with several notable

  18. Development Of A Centrifugal Hydrogen Pipeline Gas Compressor

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    Di Bella, Francis A. [Concepts NREC, White River Junction, VY (United States)

    2015-04-16

    Concepts NREC (CN) has completed a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored project to analyze, design, and fabricate a pipeline capacity hydrogen compressor. The pipeline compressor is a critical component in the DOE strategy to provide sufficient quantities of hydrogen to support the expected shift in transportation fuels from liquid and natural gas to hydrogen. The hydrogen would be generated by renewable energy (solar, wind, and perhaps even tidal or ocean), and would be electrolyzed from water. The hydrogen would then be transported to the population centers in the U.S., where fuel-cell vehicles are expected to become popular and necessary to relieve dependency on fossil fuels. The specifications for the required pipeline hydrogen compressor indicates a need for a small package that is efficient, less costly, and more reliable than what is available in the form of a multi-cylinder, reciprocating (positive displacement) compressor for compressing hydrogen in the gas industry.

  19. Stress analysis of parallel oil and gas steel pipelines in inclined tunnels

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    Wu, Xiaonan; Lu, Hongfang; Wu, Shijuan

    2015-01-01

    Geological conditions along long distance pipelines are complex. In consideration of differences in elevation and terrain obstacles, long distance pipelines are commonly laid through tunnels. Oil and gas pipelines are often laid side by side to reduce construction costs and minimize geological impact. The layout and construction of parallel oil and gas pipelines are more complex than those of single pipelines. In order to reduce safety hazards, it is necessary to carry out stress analysis of ...

  20. Spatial variation in spring CO2 efflux along the trans-Alaska pipeline, Alaska: Contribution of spring carbon

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    Kim, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Spring soil CO2 efflux-measurement was conducted in representative sites along the trans-Alaska pipeline during 2010 to 2012 for the understanding of spatial variation in spring CO2 efflux response to change in snow-melting timing. The sites is 3 tundra sites (coastal tundra, upland tundra, upland tundra, and sub-alpine tundra), 2 white spruce sites in tundra-boreal forest ecotone, and Gold Creek, and 3 black spruce sites in Coldfoot, upper and lower reaches of the Yukon River. Soil CO2 efflux-measurement, which is a portable manual chamber CO2 efflux system, was conducted during snow-covered and snow-melting periods, minimizing artificial effects. CO2 effluxes in snow-covered and exposed soils showed a significantly difference, suggesting that spring CO2 efflux is much higher than that in snow-covered soil. The efflux was measured at 4-direction due to the difference of exposed extent, implying the magnitude of CO2 production. Average diameter in breast height (DBH: 85 × 11 cm) of white spruce is much thicker than black spruce (DBH: 33 × 5 cm), suggesting the difference of heat uptake and emission capacity between both forests. Soil temperature at 5 cm below the surface is one of significant keys in determining soil CO2 efflux. The magnitude of spring CO2 efflux showed white spruce, black spruce, and tundra in turn, suggesting that spring CO2 efflux (> 8 gC/m2/day) of corresponds to summer soil CO2 efflux. Then, spring soil CO2 efflux should be not overlooked the contribution of annual soil carbon efflux in spite of difficulties in snow-disappeared timing and springtime.

  1. Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipeline Networks. A Review of Key Issues

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    Melaina, M. W. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Antonia, O. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Penev, M. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2013-03-01

    This study assesses the potential to deliver hydrogen through the existing natural gas pipeline network as a hydrogen and natural gas mixture to defray the cost of building dedicated hydrogen pipelines. Blending hydrogen into the existing natural gas pipeline network has also been proposed as a means of increasing the output of renewable energy systems such as large wind farms.

  2. Application of Dry Air Drying Techniques on West-East Gas Pipeline Project

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    GaoJianguo; XieLigong; DaiZongyu

    2004-01-01

    Based on the pre-eommissioning requirements of gas pipeline, the basic principles and influential factors of dry air drying adopted in long distance gas pipelines, and states in detail the technological flow and the equipment required, etc. are introduced, which will have practical significance in drying operation on gas pipeline.

  3. 78 FR 18968 - Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Application

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    2013-03-28

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Application Take notice that on March 8, 2013, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (Natural), 3250 Lacey Road, 7th... directed to Bruce H. Newsome, Vice President, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC, 3250 Lacey...

  4. 77 FR 65508 - Annual Charge Filing Procedures for Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2012-10-29

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 154 Annual Charge Filing Procedures for Natural Gas Pipelines... filing requirements for natural gas pipelines that choose to recover Commission-assessed annual charges through an annual charge adjustment (ACA) clause. Currently, natural gas pipelines utilizing an ACA...

  5. Residual stresses evaluation in a gas-pipeline crossing

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    Fonseca, Maria Cindra [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Almeida, Manoel Messias [COMPAGAS, Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Rebello, Joao Marcos Alcoforado [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil); Souza Filho, Byron Goncalves de [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    The X-rays diffraction technique is a well established and effectiveness method in the determination of the residual and applied stresses in fine grained crystalline materials. It allows to characterize and to quantify the magnitude and direction of the existing surface stresses in the studied point of the material. The objective of this work is the evaluation of the surface stresses in a 10 in diameter Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline manufactured from API 5 L Gr B steel of COMPAGAS company, in a crossing with a Natural Gas Transportation Pipeline, in Araucaria-PR. This kind of evaluation is important to establish weather you have to perform a repositioning of one of the pipeline or not. The measurements had been made in two transversal sections of the pipe, the one upstream (170 mm of the external wall of the pipeline) and another one downstream (840 mm of the external wall of the pipeline). Each transversal section measurements where carried out in 3 points: 9 hours, 12 hours and 3 hours. In each measured point of the pipe surface, the longitudinal and transversal stresses had been measured. The magnitude of the surface residual stresses in the pipe varied of +180 MPa at the -210 MPa. The residual stress state on the surface of the points 12 hours region is characterized by tensile stresses and by compressive stresses in the points of 3 and 9 hours region. The surface residual stresses in gas-pipeline have been measured using X-ray diffraction method, by double exposure technique, using a portable apparatus, with Cr-K-alpha radiation. (author)

  6. Upgrading Algeria-Italy trans-Mediterranean natural gas pipeline

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    The first trans-Mediterranean pipeline system, which went into service in 1983, had to be doubled in capacity in order to meet increased European demand for Algerian natural gas. After a brief review of the contractual, planning and construction history of the first pipeline, this paper discusses the strategies taken which led to the decision to double the line's capacity. Descriptions are then given of the different construction phases realized in Tunisia, the Sicilian Channel and Italian mainland. Focus is on construction schedules, problems and solutions. The report comes complete with details of project financing, organizing, materials supply programs, innovative technology applications, design philosophy and construction techniques

  7. Elements of Market Power in the Natural Gas Pipeline Industry

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    Broadman, Harry G.

    1986-01-01

    As a result of the distortions that have beset natural gas markets in the wake of partial wellhead deregulation under the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (NGPA)-the most visible problem being the existence of increased prices amid a glut of deliverable supplies-concern has mounted about whether the natural gas pipeline industry will perform in a socially efficient manner in the long run when field prices are completely decontrolled. In addition to transporting natural gas from the field to the...

  8. Assessment of the impact of a Trans-Alaska Pipeline oil spill on the birds and mammals of the Atigun River system

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — An oil spill resulting from a crack in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was discovered on June 10, 1979 near pipeline mile post 166, on the north side of Atigun Pass....

  9. Northern entanglement : Arctic gas pipeline plans caught in web of competing interests, but dire supply-demand forecasts indicate line will be built

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    This article discussed land access and regulatory issues surrounding decisions to stop field work of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline in the spring of 2005. Although current supply and demand balances in natural gas markets argue that the pipeline will be beneficial, Imperial Oil and its partners have halted activities such as geotechnical data-gathering programs and preparatory work on contracting construction. The project's future depends on the successful resolution of First Nations land claims, governmental disputes and various activist groups protesting the pipeline's construction. Imperial Oil has suggested that the pipeline presents a significant opportunity for the people of the North to reduce their reliance on government and will create jobs and business opportunities for Aboriginal people. In the aftermath of work stoppage, Alberta's former Energy Minister stated that imports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Alaska gas from the proposed Alaska Highway Pipeline Project may arrive on the market in advance of the Mackenzie Valley project, which would affect the project's financial future. It was noted that access and benefits agreements with First Nations stakeholders have yet to be reached. Lawsuits involving the Deh Cho First Nations were examined. It was also suggested that Imperial Oil has not included information on the Alberta portion of the project in its environmental impact assessment. It was concluded that if the Mackenzie Delta line isn't in service by 2010, North American consumers can expect to spend an extra $190 billion on gas from 2011 to 2020. 3 figs

  10. Satellite Radar Interferometry For Risk Management Of Gas Pipeline Networks

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    Ianoschi, Raluca; Schouten, Mathijs; Bas Leezenberg, Pieter; Dheenathayalan, Prabu; Hanssen, Ramon

    2013-12-01

    InSAR time series analyses can be fine-tuned for specific applications, yielding a potential increase in benchmark density, precision and reliability. Here we demonstrate the algorithms developed for gas pipeline monitoring, enabling operators to precisely pinpoint unstable locations. This helps asset management in planning, prioritizing and focusing in-situ inspections, thus reducing maintenance costs. In unconsolidated Quaternary soils, ground settlement contributes to possible failure of brittle cast iron gas pipes and their connections to houses. Other risk factors include the age and material of the pipe. The soil dynamics have led to a catastrophic explosion in the city of Amsterdam, which triggered an increased awareness for the significance of this problem. As the extent of the networks can be very wide, InSAR is shown to be a valuable source of information for identifying the hazard regions. We monitor subsidence affecting an urban gas transportation network in the Netherlands using both medium and high resolution SAR data. Results for the 2003-2010 period provide clear insights on the differential subsidence rates in the area. This enables characterization of underground motion that affects the integrity of the pipeline. High resolution SAR data add extra detail of door-to-door pipeline connections, which are vulnerable due to different settlements between house connections and main pipelines. The rates which we measure represent important input in planning of maintenance works. Managers can decide the priority and timing for inspecting the pipelines. The service helps manage the risk and reduce operational cost in gas transportation networks.

  11. Engineering considerations for corrosion monitoring of gas gathering pipeline systems

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    Braga, T.G.; Asperger, R.G.

    1987-01-01

    Proper corrosion monitoring of gas gathering pipelines requires a system review to determine the appropriate monitor locations and types of monitoring techniques. This paper develops and discusses a classification of conditions such as flow regime and gas composition. Also discussed are junction categories which, for corrosion monitoring, need to be considered from two points of view. The first is related to fluid flow in the line and the second is related corrosion inhibitor movement along the pipeline. The appropriate application of the various monitoring techniques such as coupons, hydrogen detectors, electrical resistance probe and linear polarization probes are discussed in relation to flow regime and gas composition. Problems caused by semi-conduction from iron sulfide are considered. Advantages and disadvantages of fluid gathering methods such as pots and flow-through drips are discussed in relation to their reliability as on-line monitoring locations.

  12. Safety distance between underground natural gas and water pipeline facilities

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    A leaking water pipe bursting high pressure water jet in the soil will create slurry erosion which will eventually erode the adjacent natural gas pipe, thus causing its failure. The standard 300 mm safety distance used to place natural gas pipe away from water pipeline facilities needs to be reviewed to consider accidental damage and provide safety cushion to the natural gas pipe. This paper presents a study on underground natural gas pipeline safety distance via experimental and numerical approaches. The pressure–distance characteristic curve obtained from this experimental study showed that the pressure was inversely proportional to the square of the separation distance. Experimental testing using water-to-water pipeline system environment was used to represent the worst case environment, and could be used as a guide to estimate appropriate safety distance. Dynamic pressures obtained from the experimental measurement and simulation prediction mutually agreed along the high-pressure water jetting path. From the experimental and simulation exercises, zero effect distance for water-to-water medium was obtained at an estimated horizontal distance at a minimum of 1500 mm, while for the water-to-sand medium, the distance was estimated at a minimum of 1200 mm. - Highlights: • Safe separation distance of underground natural gas pipes was determined. • Pressure curve is inversely proportional to separation distance. • Water-to-water system represents the worst case environment. • Measured dynamic pressures mutually agreed with simulation results. • Safe separation distance of more than 1200 mm should be applied

  13. Provincial impacts of Alaska Highway Pipeline Project : Working Paper No. 7.1.1

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    The impact that the construction and operation of the proposed Alaska Highway Pipeline Project will have on the Canadian economy was examined. Part 2 of this report presents a series of assumptions where the changes to the economy were explained with reference to the cost of developing facilities, revenues earned by their operations and other determinants that affect jurisdictional and sectorial impacts. The third part of the report presents the implications for the Northwest Territories/Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta since they are the regions that will be directly impacted by the AHPP. The significance of the development that extend beyond the immediately impacted regions was also assessed. For the impact analysis procedure, a base case forecast of the economy was prepared, assuming the project does not go ahead. This was followed by an impact case forecast of the economy in which the pipeline is developed and operated. Direct, indirect and induced effects were described. Two impact cases were considered for both national and regional studies. For the first case, all changes in government balances from increased revenues were assumed to go directly into debt reduction or acquisition of financial assets. For the second case, the governments recycle the increased revenue using a lower employment insurance contribution rate, and keeping federal business tax revenue and federal personal income tax revenue equal to the base case. The general effect of the second scenario is to increase the induced effects by increasing disposable income through lower tax rates. The report examined assumptions in the construction phase with reference to capital costs and construction employment. It also examined assumptions in the operational phase with reference to transportation services and operations employment. 7 tabs., 12 figs

  14. Northern pipelines : backgrounder

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    Most analysts agree that demand for natural gas in North America will continue to grow. Favourable market conditions created by rising demand and declining production have sparked renewed interest in northern natural gas development. The 2002 Annual Energy Outlook forecasted U.S. consumption to increase at an annual average rate of 2 per cent from 22.8 trillion cubic feet to 33.8 TCF by 2020, mostly due to rapid growth in demand for electric power generation. Natural gas prices are also expected to increase at an annual average rate of 1.6 per cent, reaching $3.26 per thousand cubic feet in 2020. There are currently 3 proposals for pipelines to move northern gas to US markets. They include a stand-alone Mackenzie Delta Project, the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project, and an offshore route that would combine Alaskan and Canadian gas in a pipeline across the floor of the Beaufort Sea. Current market conditions and demand suggest that the projects are not mutually exclusive, but complimentary. The factors that differentiate northern pipeline proposals are reserves, preparedness for market, costs, engineering, and environmental differences. Canada has affirmed its role to provide the regulatory and fiscal certainty needed by industry to make investment decisions. The Government of the Yukon does not believe that the Alaska Highway Project will shut in Mackenzie Delta gas, but will instead pave the way for development of a new northern natural gas industry. The Alaska Highway Pipeline Project will bring significant benefits for the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and the rest of Canada. Unresolved land claims are one of the challenges that has to be addressed for both Yukon and the Northwest Territories, as the proposed Alaska Highway Pipeline will travel through traditional territories of several Yukon first Nations. 1 tab., 4 figs

  15. U.S. natural gas pipeline flow and demand trends

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    It is no surprise that regional natural gas supply and demand patterns in North America are constantly changing. A consensus of forecasters agree that the natural gas resource base is larger than envisaged in the early 1980s due to advances in exploration and production technology. In addition, on the demand side more gas will be burned by US power generators to meet growth in electricity. Gas consumption is up in the commercial sector, and natural gas is correctly seen as environmentally protective. But how much more natural gas does the US need? This paper reports that new pipeline projects are springing up all over the nation --- 43 to be exact, with most of them connecting gas deliverability out of basins west of the Mississippi to new markets along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts

  16. Economics of LNG and pipeline gas export from GC C

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    This paper briefly reviews the economic and non-economic considerations underlying gas exports from the GC C and the Arabian Peninsula in general. It addresses four themes: policy issues, political risks, technical risks and economics. It examines the distance between the regional resource areas and the major gas markets in the Far East and Europe, and examines the implications for moving gas to those markets in liquid form or by pipeline, in terms of number of LNG vessels required, and capital costs. (Author)

  17. 78 FR 53190 - Pipeline Safety: Notice to Operators of Hazardous Liquid and Natural Gas Pipelines of a Recall on...

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    2013-08-28

    ... Liquid and Natural Gas Pipelines of a Recall on Leak Repair Clamps Due to Defective Seal AGENCY: Pipeline.... Williamson, Inc. (TDW) Leak Repair Clamp (LRC) recall issued by TDW on June 17, 2013. The recall covers all... subject to the recall by reviewing their records and equipment for installation of these LRCs....

  18. 78 FR 44900 - Communication of Operational Information Between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission...

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    2013-07-25

    ... natural gas pipelines for the purpose of promoting reliable service or operational planning is reasonable... flow rates.'' \\40\\ In addition, this standard ensures that natural gas pipelines have relevant planning information to assist in maintaining the operational integrity and reliability of pipeline service, as well...

  19. 77 FR 10415 - Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2012-02-22

    ... pipelines have relevant planning information to assist in maintaining the operational integrity and... natural gas pipelines.\\1\\ The Commission also proposes to provide guidance on the standards the Commission...) applicable to natural gas pipelines. The Commission also proposes to provide guidance on the standards...

  20. Pipelines update : new tolls and new opportunities in gas gathering

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    An overview of the new TransCanada energy transmission system was given. TransCanada has ownership interests in seven other North American natural gas pipelines and the integration of former NOVA Gas Transmission, TransCanada Energy Transmission and ANG Pipeline organizations into a single organization is nearing completion. Integration efforts have been driven by TransCanada's commitment to provide customers with lower costs and improved service levels. The service enhancements will include one-stop shopping, customer advisory councils, harmonized design criteria, optimized operations/maintenance, and consistent billing processes. The new toll design which will replace the current postage-stamp pricing regime offered by NGTL was also reviewed, emphasizing key features such as pricing, term linked tolls, interruptible/short term tolls, renewal incentive, risk/reward collar, transition period and new services

  1. Integrated diagnostics of northern gas pipelines; Diagnostic integre des gazoducs septentrionaux

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    Volsky, E.; Dedikov, E.; Ananenkov, A.; Salchov, Z.; Yakupov, Z. [Joint-Stock Company, Gazprom (Russian Federation)

    2000-07-01

    The main part of gas joint - stock company 'Gazprom' extracts from the northern deposits, which are situated in the permafrost zone. Ensuring of gas transporting pipeline's safety operation is a very complex and priority problem. On the basis of usage of this complex of methods the problem to ensure the safety operation is solved systematically: gas-mine - plant IV - derivation pipelines (condensate pipeline Yamburg Novy Urengoy, gas pipeline IV - GCS with negative temperature of transported products) taking into account 'co-ordination' dynamics of changes in pipeline GTS and technological modes of equipment operation. All researches was executed on the high professional level. (authors)

  2. Optimization methods for pipeline transportation of natural gas

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    Borraz-Sanchez, Conrado

    2010-10-15

    Within three research projects on the optimization of natural gas transport in transmission pipeline systems, a number of various mathematical models, algorithms, and numerical experiments have been presented and discussed in this thesis. The proposed optimization methods are composed of NLP and MINLP models, as well as of exact and heuristic methods. In addition, the experimental analyses conducted on each project were devoted to gain insight into three major issues: 1) the assessment of the computability of the mathematical models, 2) the performance of the proposed optimization techniques, and 3) comparison of the proposed techniques with existing optimization algorithms and tools. Project 1 focused on minimizing the total fuel consumption incurred by compressor stations installed in a gas pipeline system. The project was mainly devoted to tackle large natural gas pipeline systems with cyclic structures. After conducting a painstaking study on the NLP model introduced in Section 4.3, three different methodologies were proposed to effectively overcome both the difficulties encountered in the steady-state flow model, namely the non-linearity and non-convexity, as well as the weaknesses found in previously suggested optimization approaches. As discussed in Chapter 4, the key to success in this project was to apply the strategic idea of discretizing the feasible operating domain of compressor stations, which in turn allowed the implementation of hybrid solution methods based on powerful optimization techniques such as DP, tabu search, and tree decomposition. The idea of working within a discretized space has been successfully applied since the liquid pipeline optimization conducted in the late 1960s by Jefferson, until the non-traditional optimization technique suggested by Carter in 1998. The computational experiments conducted on each proposed optimization method, coupled with comparisons with typical approaches found in the literature, indicated that a continual

  3. Foam for Flow Assurance in Gas-Condensate Pipelines

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    Karam, Thereza

    2013-01-01

    Use of foam in the oil industry is employed for lifting cuttings in drilling operations, for removal of liquid loading in vertical wells and for increasing oil recovery. Limited researches discussed the foam applicability as a flow assurance practice. This study is an initial attempt to investigate the possibility of using foam to remove or reduce liquid accumulations in horizontal gas-condensate pipelines. The different rheological models of foam had been examined along with the correspondin...

  4. Essays on the economics of natural gas pipelines

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    Oliver, Matthew E.

    The natural gas pipeline transportation industry is comprised of a primary market and a secondary market. In the primary market, pipelines sell 'firm' transport capacity contracts to gas traders, local distribution companies, and other parties. The (per unit) secondary market value of transport is rarely comparable to the regulated primary market two-part tariff. When and where available capacity in the secondary market is scarce, its value can far exceed the primary market tariffs paid by firm contract holders, generating scarcity rents. The following essays demonstrate that this phenomenon has predictable effects on natural gas spot prices, firm capacity reservations, the pipeline's capacity construction and expansion decisions, and the economic welfare of producers and consumers at the market hubs connected by the pipeline. Chapter 1 provides a theoretical framework for understanding how pipeline congestion affects natural gas spot prices within the context of the current regulatory environment, and empirically quantifies this effect over a specific regional pipeline network. As available pipeline capacity over a given route connecting two hubs becomes scarce, the spot prices for gas at the hubs are driven apart---a phenomenon indicative of some market friction that inhibits the ability of spot price arbitrage to fully integrate the two prices, undermining economic efficiency. The theoretical component of Chapter 1 illuminates a potential source of this friction: the deregulated structure of the secondary market for gas transportation services. To support and quantify the predictions of the theoretical model, the empirical component demonstrates that the effect of congestion on the secondary market value of transport---the key factor in driving apart spot prices---can be quite strong. Coefficient estimates indicate that dramatic increases in transport costs are likely to result from marginal increases in congestion. This result has important implications because

  5. CHARACTERIZATION OF EXTERNAL INDUCED CORROSION DEGRADATION OF AJAOKUTA-ABUJA GAS PIPELINE SYSTEM, NIGERIA

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    ADEDIPE OYEWOLE

    2011-01-01

    Characterization of External Induced corrosion degradation of Ajaokuta- Abuja gas pipeline system was successfully carried out. The objective of this work is to analyze the mechanism of corrosion, analyze the effect of the corrosion on oil and gas pipeline and to evaluate the corrosion potential of a pipeline route. These were achieved by carrying out resistivity experiment on every one kilometer on the right of way (ROW) of the pipeline. Soil and water aggressiveness test was also carried ou...

  6. The research on natural gas pipeline transportation price formulation method

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    YU Wenjia

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper will introduce a method of natural gas pipeline transportation price on the basis of two-part tariff.Distance,investment and income have been taken into consideration.The total fee is divided into three parts:reservation fee,usage fee and peak-load regulation fee.Because there are different types of users in the natural gas market who show great difference in the continuity and reliability of gas supply,capacity of bearing price,elastic demand and balance use of gas,according to the method,the different types of users can pay reasonable fee.This method not only considers the investment income recovery but also considers the different types of users paying a reasonable fee.We hope the new pricing model can give a reference to the development of China's natural gas industry.

  7. Mechanical properties of steel for construction of gas transfer pipelines and their modification resulting from expanding of gas pipelines during hydraulic pressure testing

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    There are discussed the mechanical properties of the new generation of steel as per European Standard EN 10208.2: 1996. on the basis of the mechanical parameters of steel the normalized graphs of steel tensioning are presented. Analysis of influence of expanding gas pipelines on changes of steel tensioning graphs were performed. Advantages, resulting from expanding of gas pipelines, were shown. (author)

  8. Remote laser detection of natural gas leakages from pipelines

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    A differential absorption lidar based on a tunable TEA CO2 laser emitting at 42 lines of the 'hot' 0111 - 1110 band in the range from 10.9 to 11.4 μm is developed for detecting natural gas leakages from oil pipelines by measuring the ethane content in the atmosphere. The ethane detection sensitivity is 0.9 ppm km. The presence of methane does not distort the measurement results. The developed lidar can detect the natural gas leakage from kilometre heights at the flying velocities up to 200 km h-1 and a probe pulse repetition rate of 5 Hz. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  9. Practical approach on gas pipeline compression system availability analysis

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    Santos, Sidney Pereira dos [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Kurz, Rainer; Lubomirsky, Matvey [Solar Turbines, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2009-12-19

    Gas pipeline projects traditionally have been designed based on load factor and steady state flow. This approach exposes project sponsors to project sustainability risks due to potential losses of revenues and transportation contract penalties related to pipeline capacity shortage as consequence of compressor unit's unavailability. Such unavailability should previously be quantified during the design phase. This paper presents a case study and a methodology that highlights the practical benefits of applying Monte Carlo simulation for the compression system availability analysis in conjunction with quantitative risk analysis and economic feasibility study. Project economics main variables and their impacts on the project NPV (Net Present Value) are evaluated with their respective statistics distribution to quantify risk and support decision makers to adopt mitigating measures to guarantee competitiveness while protecting project sponsors from otherwise unpredictable risks. This practical approach is compared to load factor approach and the results are presented and evaluated. (author)

  10. Leak in spiral weld in a 16 inches gas pipeline

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    Fazzini, Pablo G.; Bona, Jeremias de [GIE S.A., Mar del Plata (Argentina); Otegui, Jose L. [University of Mar del Plata (Argentina)

    2009-07-01

    This paper discusses a failure analysis after a leak in the spiral weld of a 16 inches natural gas pipeline, in service since 1974. The leak was the result of the coalescence of two different defects, on each surface of the pipe wall, located in the center of the inner cord of the helical DSAW weld. Fractographic and metallographic studies revealed that the leak was a combination of three conditions. During fabrication of the pipe, segregation in grain boundary grouped in mid weld. During service, these segregations underwent a process of selective galvanic corrosion. One of these volumetric defects coincided with a tubular pore in the outer weld. Pigging of the pipeline in 2005 for cleaning likely contributed to the increase of the leak flow, when eliminating corrosion product plugs. Although these defects are likely to repeat, fracture mechanics shows that a defect of this type is unlikely to cause a blowout. (author)

  11. Field validation of a dynamic model for an MFL ILI tool in gas pipelines

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    Botros, K. K. [Nova Chemical Research and Technology Centre, Calgary, Alberta, (Canada); Golshan, H. [TransCanada Pipelines Ltd, Calgary, Alberta, (Canada)

    2010-07-01

    The pipeline industry uses pigs for numerous operations such as dewatering, cleaning and inspection. Pigs used on gas pipelines are subject to stringent parameters. For example, the inclination in the section of the pipeline affects driving pressure and velocity. The study investigated the behaviour and performance of pigs in gas pipelines. A dynamic model was developed for the movement of pigs in an inclined pipeline section, taking into consideration the effects of gas properties, wall friction, by-pass flow for speed control, differential pressure across the pig, seal efficiency and gap flows. Field data from pigging a 158 km NPS 18 gas pipeline on TransCanada's pipeline system in Alberta are used for field validation of the model. It is found that the developed model is stable. The comparison between field data and model results demonstrated the accuracy of the model, within +/- 8% of St. Deviation.

  12. GASDUC-3: a gas pipeline with neutralization of greenhouse gases

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    D' Oliveira, Celso A.; Paula, Eliane H. de; Freire, Dilian A.D. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    PETROBRAS seeks to develop its projects following the contemporary premises of sustainable development. The Cabiunas-REDUC-3 Gas Pipeline (GASDUC-3), an undertaking from the Transportadora Associada de Gas - TAG (Associated Gas Transporter) in progress by PETROBRAS, is an example showing that interfacing with the environment can overcome legal questions to reach the realm of awareness and community spirit. In addition to the many programs directed specifically towards the fulfillment of environmental regulations, as defined by competent agencies, the GASDUC-3 is also inserted in the Carbon Free Program. In the Carbon Free Program, all the GHG emissions into the atmosphere during the construction of the gas pipeline will be compensated for with the neutralization of carbon through reforestation. Such initiative is considered unheard of in works with pipelines worldwide. An inventory that quantified the emission of GHG during the implementation of GASDUC-3 made it possible to quantify the reforestation to be implemented and to calculate the number of native species to be planted for absorption - during the course of their growth - of this same amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The trees are being planted especially in Permanent Preservation Areas (PPA), located in the Unidades de Conservacao do Bioma Mata Atlantica (Conservation Units of the Atlantic Forest Biome), inside the influence region of the gas pipeline, in accordance with the competent environmental agencies and owners. In this way, in addition to fixing carbon and contributing to the deceleration of global warming, the project also cooperates with the preservation of hydro and soil resources and the local and regional biodiversity. The recapturing of the already emitted GHG through reforestation faces bureaucratic and economic difficulties in order to be implemented, different from the emission reduction projects which are widely disseminated by means of Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM

  13. 76 FR 8293 - Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits

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    2011-02-14

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 157 Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits...) computes and publishes the project cost and annual limits for natural gas pipelines blanket construction... practice and procedure, Natural Gas, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Jeff C. Wright,...

  14. 75 FR 8245 - Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits

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    2010-02-24

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 157 Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits...) computes and publishes the project cost and annual limits for natural gas pipelines blanket construction... Part 157 Administrative practice and procedure, Natural gas, Reporting and recordkeeping...

  15. 75 FR 35700 - Revisions to Forms, Statements, and Reporting Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2010-06-23

    ... for Natural Gas Pipelines June 17, 2010. AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION... Natural Gas Pipelines, Order No. 710, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,267 (2008), order on reh' g and... revised its financial forms, statements, and reports for natural gas companies, contained in FERC Form...

  16. 77 FR 8724 - Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits

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    2012-02-15

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 157 Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits... (OEP) computes and publishes the project cost and annual limits for natural gas pipelines blanket..., Natural gas, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Jeff C. Wright, Director, Office of Energy...

  17. 75 FR 36376 - Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Application

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    2010-06-25

    ... Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Application June 17, 2010. Take notice that on June 8, 2010, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (Natural..., pursuant to sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), an application to abandon two...

  18. Numerical simulation of wall temperature on gas pipeline due to radiation of natural gas during combustion

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    Ilić Marko N.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents one of the possible hazardous situations during transportation of gas through the international pipeline. It describes the case when at high-pressure gas pipeline, due to mechanical or chemical effect, cracks and a gas leakage appears and the gas is somehow triggered to burn. As a consequence of heat impingement on the pipe surface, change of material properties (decreasing of strength at high temperatures will occur. In order to avoid greater rapture a reasonable pressure relief rate needs to be applied. Standards in this particular domain of depressurizing procedure are not so exact (DIN EN ISO 23251; API 521. This paper was a part of the project to make initial contribution in defining the appropriate procedure of gas operator behaving during the rare gas leakage and burning situations on pipeline network. The main part of the work consists of two calculations. The first is the numerical simulation of heat radiation of combustible gas, which affects the pipeline, done in the FLUENT software. The second is the implementation of obtained results as a boundary condition in an additional calculation of time resolved wall temperature of the pipe under consideration this temperature depending on the incident flux as well as a number of other heat flow rates, using the Matlab. Simulations were done with the help of the “E.ON Ruhrgas AG” in Essen.

  19. Application of a Fracture-Mechanics Approach to Gas Pipelines

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír; Šperl, Martin

    Dubai , UAE : WASET, 2011 - (Ardil, C.), s. 676-683 ISBN N. [World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology - International onference on Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Engineering - ICOGPE 2011. Dubai (AE), 25.01.2011-27.01.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/10/2052; GA ČR(CZ) GPP105/10/P555; GA MPO(CZ) FT-TA5/076 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : constraint factor * pipelines * fracture mechanics Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  20. Condition prediction models for oil and gas pipelines using regression analysis

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    El-Abbasy, M.; Senouci, A; Zayed, T.; Mirahadi, F.; Parvizsedghy, L.

    2014-01-01

    Although they are the safest means of transporting oil and gas products, pipelines can sometimes fail with hazardous consequences and large business losses. The decision to replace, repair, or rehabilitate depends mainly on the condition of the pipeline. Assessing and predicting its condition is therefore a key step in the maintenance plan of a pipeline. Several models have recently been developed to predict pipeline failures and conditions. However, most of these models were limited to the u...

  1. Electrostatic sensors applied to the measurement of electric charge transfer in gas-solids pipelines

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    Woodhead, Stephen; Denham, John; Armour-Chelu, David

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a number of electric charge sensors. The sensors have been developed specifically to investigate triboelectric charge transfer which takes place between particles and the pipeline wall, when powdered materials are conveyed through a pipeline using air. A number of industrial applications exist for such gas-solids pipelines, including pneumatic conveyors, vacuum cleaners and dust extraction systems. The build-up of electric charge on pipelines and powder...

  2. Assessment of Gas Hydrate Resources on the North Slope, Alaska, 2008

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    Collett, Timothy S.; Agena, Warren F.; Lee, Myung W.; Zyrianova, Margarita V.; Bird, Kenneth J.; Charpentier, Ronald R.; Cook, Troy; Houseknect, David W.; Klett, Timothy R.; Pollastro, Richard M.; Schenk, Christopher J.

    2008-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed the first assessment of the undiscovered technically recoverable gas-hydrate resources on the North Slope of Alaska. Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the USGS estimates that there are about 85 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of undiscovered, technically recoverable gas resources within gas hydrates in northern Alaska.

  3. Commercial possibilities for stranded conventional gas from Alaska's North Slope

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    Attanasi, E.D.; Freeman, P.A.

    2014-01-01

    Stranded gas resources are defined for this study as gas resources in discrete accumulations that are not currently commercially producible, or producible at full potential, for either physical or economic reasons. Approximately 35 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of stranded gas was identified on Alaska’s North Slope. The commercialization of this resource requires facilities to transport gas to markets where sales revenue will be sufficient to offset the cost of constructing and operating a gas delivery system. With the advent of the shale gas revolution, plans for a gas pipeline to the conterminous US have been shelved (at least temporarily) and the State and resource owners are considering a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project that targets Asian markets. This paper focuses on competitive conditions for Asian gas import markets by estimating delivered costs of competing supplies from central Asia, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Australia in the context of a range of import gas demand projections for the period from 2020 to 2040. These suppliers’ costs are based on the cost of developing, producing, and delivering to markets tranches of the nearly 600 TCF of recoverable gas from their own conventional stranded gas fields. The results of these analyses imply that Alaska’s gas exports to Asia will likely encounter substantial competitive challenges. The sustainability of Asia’s oil-indexed LNG pricing is also discussed in light of a potentially intense level of competition.

  4. Fatigue assessment of a double submerged arc welded gas pipeline

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    Fazzini, Pablo; Otegui, Jose Luis [Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata, Mar del Plata (Argentina). Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales (INTEMA); Teutonico, Mauricio; Manfredi, Carlos [GIE S.A., Mar del Plata (Argentina)

    2005-07-01

    An uncommon blowout in a 24'' diameter, 7 mm thick API 5L X52 gas pipeline was due to fracture at the longitudinal double submerged arc weld. Oddly enough for gas pipelines, it was found that fatigue cracks had propagated from a large embedded weld defect of lack of fusion resulting from severe geometrical mismatch between inner and outer weld passes. What makes this failure particularly interesting is that: previous in line inspections failed to detect any defect, no evidence of third party damage was found, and very few large pressure cycles had been recorded during the last 5 years of service, which were believed to be representative of the entire service life of the pipeline. Fatigue tests were carried out to characterize propagation of fatigue cracks in weld metal, it was found that a large Paris exponent made the few large amplitude cycles most contributing to crack propagation. Crack growth path and striation patterns were studied. Fatigue growth was modelled by integrating experimental results and by extrapolating striation spacing in the fracture surface of the failed pipe. Crack growth path and striation patterns were studied. It was found that microstructure discontinuities govern propagation at low {delta}K, but one striation per cycle was produced at large {delta}K, due to a mostly ductile propagation mode. Fatigue growth was modelled by integrating experimental results and by extrapolating striation spacing in the fracture surface of the failed pipe. It was found that in the early life of the line many more large pressure cycles than expected had occurred. Good correspondence between predicted and actual fatigue lives was in this way obtained (author)

  5. ALASKA OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PERMITTING PROJECT

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    Richard McMahon; Robert Crandall; Chas Dense; Sean Weems

    2003-11-19

    This is the second technical report, covering the period from April 1, 2003 through September 30, 2003. This project brings together three parts of the oil exploration, development, and permitting process to form the foundation for a more fully integrated information technology infrastructure for the State of Alaska. The geo-technical component is a shared effort between the State Department of Administration and the US Department of Energy. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is rapidly converting high volumes of paper documents and geo-technical information to formats suitable for search and retrieval over the Internet. The permitting component is under the lead of the DNR Office of Project Management and Permitting. A web-based system will enable the public and other review participants to track permit status, submit and view comments, and obtain important project information on-line. By automating several functions of the current manual process, permit applications will be completed more quickly and accurately, and agencies will be able to complete reviews with fewer delays. Structural changes are taking place in terms of organization, statutory authority, and regulatory requirements. Geographic Information Systems are a central component to the organization of information, and the delivery of on-line services. Progress has been made to deploy the foundation system for the shared GIS based on open GIS protocols to the extent feasible. Alaska has nearly one-quarter of the nation's supply of crude oil, at least five billion barrels of proven reserves. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists report that the 1995 National Assessment identified the North Slope as having 7.4 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and over 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. From these reserves, Alaska produces roughly one-fifth of the nation's daily crude oil production, or approximately one million barrels per day from over 1,800 active wells.

  6. Decision and risk assessment in natural gas pipeline planning

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    Craig, R.L. [Nova Gas Transmission Ltd., Calgary, Alberta (Canada). Business Development

    1996-12-01

    This paper will document the application and benefits of using a rigorous decision making and risk assessment process in a gas pipeline planning environment. A comprehensive step by step decision making procedure has been developed to disaggregate decision making into discrete stages and to apply tools and processes to each stage. The analyst and the decision maker work through each of the decision stages together and develop a thorough joint understanding of the problem. The result is better decisions. The risk assessment process forces the analyst to focus not only on facts or readily calculable variables but also on unknowns or uncertainties. Uncertainties invariably creep into the decision making process and serve to cloud and complicate the decision process. Risk assessment involves undertaking probabilistic assessments of uncertainties in order to understand their potential influence or impact on the decision. In this way, the decision maker understands the true range of risk and reward that accompanies each decision. This paper highlights this risk assessment process, and describes a risk assessment of a large scale gas pipeline decision involving $200 million in capital expenditures.

  7. Multi objective optimization of line pack management of gas pipeline system

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    This paper addresses the Line Pack Management of the ''GZ1 Hassi R'mell-Arzew'' gas pipeline. For a gas pipeline system, the decision-making on the gas line pack management scenarios usually involves a delicate balance between minimization of the fuel consumption in the compression stations and maximizing gas line pack. In order to select an acceptable Line Pack Management of Gas Pipeline scenario from these two angles for ''GZ1 Hassi R'mell- Arzew'' gas pipeline, the idea of multi-objective decision-making has been introduced. The first step in developing this approach is the derivation of a numerical method to analyze the flow through the pipeline under transient isothermal conditions. In this paper, the solver NSGA-II of the modeFRONTIER, coupled with a matlab program was used for solving the multi-objective problem

  8. Corrosion Prevention And Control In High Pressure Oil And Gas Transmission Pipelines

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    At the start of the 1990s there were concerns over the increasing threat of corrosion to the integrity of high-pressure oil and gas transmission pipelines. For example: corrosion was the major cause of reportable incidents in North America (1]. Corrosion was the major cause of pipeline failure in the Gulf of Mexico [2]. Corrosion in a North American onshore oil pipeline had required over $1 billion in repairs(3]. Internal corrosion along the complete length of pipelines had resulted in replacement[4] . However, the worldwide published failure statistics indicate that the incidents of corrosion are not increasing year on year(5-9]. Indeed, CONCA WE[8,9] statistics (for pipelines In Western Europe) show that the failure rate from corrosion (the most likely failure mode with increasing age) has not increased with pipeline age (Figure 1). In fact the statistics for gas pipelines in Europe

  9. Pipelines: prebuild remains focus of attention

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    1980-04-21

    Progress on the prebuilding of the Alaska Highway Pipeline continues to dominate the Canadian pipeline scene as the deadline nears for decision making on several aspects of the project. If obstacles are removed in time for the western leg of the prebuild to proceed on the revised schedule, facilities for gas deliveries to California should be completed by fall 1980. Financing negotiations are continuing in both the US and Canada. Pipeline projects in Canada during 1980 are listed by line type, including gas transmission lines, crude oil and products lines, gas gathering systems, waterflood systems, and new projects not called gas transmission lines.

  10. Alaska Oil and Gas Exploration, Development, and Permitting Project

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    Richard McMahon; Robert Crandall

    2006-03-31

    This is the final technical report for Project 15446, covering the grant period of October 2002 through March 2006. This project connects three parts of the oil exploration, development, and permitting process to form the foundation for an advanced information technology infrastructure to better support resource development and resource conservation. Alaska has nearly one-quarter of the nation's supply of crude oil, at least five billion barrels of proven reserves. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists report that the 1995 National Assessment identified the North Slope as having 7.4 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and over 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. From these reserves, Alaska produces roughly one-fifth of the nation's daily crude oil production, or approximately one million barrels per day from over 1,800 active wells. The broad goal of this grant is to increase domestic production from Alaska's known producing fields through the implementation of preferred upstream management practices. (PUMP). Internet publication of extensive and detailed geotechnical data is the first task, improving the permitting process is the second task, and building an advanced geographical information system to offer continuing support and public access of the first two goals is the third task. Excellent progress has been made on all three tasks; the technical objectives as defined by the approved grant sub-tasks have been met. The end date for the grant was March 31, 2006.

  11. 75 FR 10242 - Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the...

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    2010-03-05

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Notice of Availability of the Environmental... proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) in the above referenced docket. TGP requests authorization... your computer's hard drive. You will attach that file as your submission. New eFiling users must...

  12. INFLUENCE OF TECHNOLOGICAL PARAMETERS OF CROSS-COUNTRY GAS PIPELINE ON OPERATIONAL INDICES OF COMPRESSOR STATION

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    A. A. Abrazovsky

    2014-01-01

    The paper contains an analysis that reveals an influence of technological parameters of a cross-country pipeline on operational indices of a compressor station. An actual dependence of the gas pipeline capacity and consumed power of the compressor station and real indices of power efficiency of gas compressor units have been determined in the paper.

  13. The Technical Specification and Physical Performance Level of Line Pipes for West-East Gas Pipeline

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    FengBin; WangMaotang; LiuFangming; XiaoLiming

    2004-01-01

    The west-east gas transmission engineering is an important project attracting domestic and foreign attention. The gas pipeline used in this project is a gas pipeline with the longest distance, largest pipe diameter and highest transmission pressure in the history of petroleum pipeline construction of China. For the construction of top-rank gas pipeline in the world with high standard, high speed and high benefit, the key of specifying production of metallurgical and pipe-making enterprises and ensuring quality performance of the steel and steel pipe is to research and formulate a feasible and satisfactory technical Specification for engineering steel and steel pipe with international level. In this paper the author introduces the establishment of the technical specification for West-East gas pipeline project, and lays emphasis on the analysis and discussion of principle and method determining major technical indexes related to line pipes for West-East gas pipeline. The author also introduces actual material selection of gas pipeline home and abroad, and presents examination and application of the technical specification for West-East gas pipeline.

  14. 77 FR 43711 - Standards for Business Practices of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2012-07-26

    ... Gas Pipelines, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 77 FR 10415 (Feb. 22, 2012), FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 32... Natural Gas Pipelines, 77 FR 28331 (May 14, 2012). II. Discussion A. Incorporation by Reference of the... relevant planning information to assist in maintaining the operational integrity and reliability...

  15. 77 FR 28331 - Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2012-05-14

    ... Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines, notice of proposed rulemaking, 77 FR 10415 (Feb... Natural Gas Pipelines AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Request for additional... Proposed Rulemaking (77 FR 10415) (NOPR) proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference...

  16. Natural gas markets and the creation of an export gas pipeline system in Eastern Russia

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    The world natural gas markets are analysed, with a special focus on the countries of Northeast Asia (NEA). The natural gas demands of China, Japan and South Korea, until the year 2020, is projected, considering a possible share of Russian gas. The resource potential of natural gas from the Siberian platform and the Sakhalin shelf is given as a sound basis for fuelling Russia's position in the natural gas market of NEA countries. Development of the powerful gas industry in the East of Russia faces some particular conditions that can decrease the effectiveness of investments. The eastern geopolitical direction is very important for Russia and the necessity to create a favourable political and economic environment for oil and gas export is of prime interest, as stressed in Energy Strategy for Russia till the Year 2020. In this context, the long-term market for natural gas in East Siberia and the Far East of Russia is investigated. Possible routes of natural gas export from Russia to NEA countries include three main directions: to the west of China with connection to the 'West-East gas pipeline', a route through and/or round Mongolia and, finally, a route along the Trans-Siberian or Baikal-Amur railroads to Russian ports in the Far East. As a result of complex studies, three stages in the creation of the unified gas pipeline system are suggested. Evaluation of the investments required for construction of such a natural gas pipeline system, expected gas volumes and prices on the markets show its high economic efficiency. In conclusion, the most valuable ideas are stressed. (author)

  17. Geohazard assessment lifecycle for a natural gas pipeline project

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    Lekkakis, D.; Boone, M. D.; Strassburger, E.; Li, Z.; Duffy, W. P.

    2015-09-01

    This paper is a walkthrough of the geohazard risk assessment performed for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of a planned large-diameter natural gas pipeline, extending from Eastern Europe to Western Asia for a total length of approximately 1,850 km. The geohazards discussed herein include liquefaction-induced pipe buoyancy, cyclic softening, lateral spreading, slope instability, groundwater rise-induced pipe buoyancy, and karst. The geohazard risk assessment lifecycle was comprised of 4 stages: initially a desktop study was carried out to describe the geologic setting along the alignment and to conduct a preliminary assessment of the geohazards. The development of a comprehensive Digital Terrain Model topography and aerial photography data were fundamental in this process. Subsequently, field geohazard mapping was conducted with the deployment of 8 teams of geoprofessionals, to investigate the proposed major reroutes and delve into areas of poor or questionable data. During the third stage, a geotechnical subsurface site investigation was then executed based on the results of the above study and mapping efforts in order to obtain sufficient data tailored for risk quantification. Lastly, all gathered and processed information was overlain into a Geographical Information database towards a final determination of the critical reaches of the pipeline alignment. Input from Subject Matter Experts (SME) in the fields of landslides, karst and fluvial geomorphology was incorporated during the second and fourth stages of the assessment. Their experience in that particular geographical region was key to making appropriate decisions based on engineering judgment. As the design evolved through the above stages, the pipeline corridor was narrowed from a 2-km wide corridor, to a 500-m corridor and finally to a fixed alignment. Where the geohazard risk was high, rerouting of the pipeline was generally selected as a mitigation measure. In some cases of high uncertainty in

  18. 75 FR 8329 - Regulations Governing the Conduct of Open Seasons for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects...

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    2010-02-24

    ... opportunity to learn about and discuss the procedures and process for commenting upon and holding an open... Energy Regulatory Commission Regulations Governing the Conduct of Open Seasons for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects; Notice of Rescheduled Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects Open Season...

  19. A mathematical framework for modelling and evaluating natural gas pipeline networks under hydrogen injection

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    Tabkhi, Firooz; Azzaro-Pantel, Catherine; Pibouleau, Luc; Domenech, Serge

    2008-01-01

    This article presents the framework of a mathematical formulation for modelling and evaluating natural gas pipeline networks under hydrogen injection. The model development is based on gas transport through pipelines and compressors which compensate for the pressure drops by implying mainly the mass and energy balances on the basic elements of the network. The model was initially implemented for natural gas transport and the principle of extension for hydrogen-natural gas mixtures is presente...

  20. Inter provincial input-output analysis of the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project : Working Paper No. 7.2.1

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    The economic impact of the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project (AHPP) was examined using an inter provincial input-output model (IPIO) consisting of 10 provincial input-output matrix sets and 2 territorial IO matrix sets which were then interconnected through inter provincial trade flow. Changes in any province, industry or commodity will impact on other provinces, industries and commodities. The AHPP will cause investment and production of pipeline services to increase. Investment will require additional products from the economy that can come from domestic industries or imported from foreign markets. The purchase and installation of pipeline and any preparation costs would be associated with non-residential structure investment. The report refers to both machinery and equipment capital expenditures, and pipeline cost-of-service. Direct, indirect and induced effects were also examined. The construction phase impact for the Yukon segment of the AHPP will be $2,138 million from structures investment, and $1,231 million from machinery and equipment investment. For the British Columbia segment, the construction phase impact will be $1,711 million from structures investment and $927 million from machinery and equipment investment. The construction phase is expected to generate 50,000 person-years of employment in the Canadian economy over a 10 year construction period, with peak construction occurring in 2006. The construction phase is expected to generate $3,446 million of Gross Domestic Product for Canada, of which $2,318 million will be split between Yukon and British Columbia. 5 refs., 3 tabs., 4 figs

  1. Fiber Optics: Safety Measures on Oil & Gas Pipeline Monitoring in Lagos State Region

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    Johnson, Oluseye

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this thesis work is to research and implement the use of an optical communication system (fiber optics) as a safe and reliable monitoring system for the oil and gas pipeline industry in Lagos region of Nigeria. These optical fiber cables are laid parallel to oil and gas buried pipelines to monitor and indicate ad-vanced warning in real time situation once leakages occur in these pipelines, thereby allowing pipeline operators to take immediate and strategic actions to re-solve...

  2. (Northern Pipeline Agency) annual report, 1987-1988. (Administration du pipe-line du Nord) rapport annuel, 1987-1988

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    1988-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interest of Canada. This report reviews the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included. Major revisions in the second-stage pipeline design and substantially reduced cost estimates are outlined, which, combined with the improved market for natural gas, improve the chances for completion of the pipeline in the 1990s.

  3. Crossing of a rail section during the natural gas pipeline construction; Querung einer Bahnstrecke beim Gasleitungsbau

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    Doetsch, Andreas [PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH, Quakenbrueck (Germany)

    2013-03-01

    The construction of a new, about 68 km long natural gas pipeline between Sannerz in Hessen (Federal Republic of Germany) and Rimpar in Bavaria (Federal Republic of Germany) facilitates an extension of the existing natural gas distribution system so that South Germany is optimal supplied with natural gas furthermore. As a parallel pipeline, this natural gas pipeline unburdens the existing MEGAL and increases their total capacity. The realization of this project also satisfies the increasing energy demand of the European neighbours in Italy and Austria.

  4. Facilitating major additions to gas pipeline capacity: innovative approaches to financing, contracting, and regulation

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    The North American gas pipeline industry is in the process of changing from a highly regulated merchant business to a less-regulated, more competitive, transportation industry. This has changed the risk profiles of many companies. This study examined various innovative approaches to successfully financing major pipeline projects emphasizing pipeline capacity financing, contractual terms between shippers and pipelines, and regulatory developments. Besides suggesting options to enhance prospects for financing major pipeline expansion projects, the study also aimed at creating a better understanding of the regulatory market and commercial changes in the pipeline industry and their financing implications. The study also includes a review of the evolution in gas markets and a record of consultations with lenders, producers, marketers and users. Innovative financing, contracting and regulatory solutions are identified and assessed. 25 refs., 17 tabs., 16 figs

  5. Ultrasonic semi-batch pigging of a gas pipeline; Ultraschallmolchung einer Gasleitung im Halbbatchverfahren

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    Erfurth, Jens; Stratmann, Jochen; Hille, Christian [Open Grid Europe GmbH, Essen (Germany)

    2012-11-01

    Ultrasonic inspections of pipelines need a contact fluid (e.g. water) between the sensor and pipe wall and can therefore not be carried out during operation of a gas pipeline. Further, in the project described sufficient spatial resolution of the data was only possible by semi-batch pigging in a completely water-filled pipeline. The inspection therefore had to be planned carefully on the basis of simulations.

  6. Pipeline Access and Market Integration in the Natural Gas Industry: Evidence from Cointegration Tests

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    Arthur De Vany; W. David Walls

    1993-01-01

    This research seeks to determine the extent to which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's policy of "Open Access" to natural gas pipelines has created competition in natural gas markets. We argue that recently developed cointegration techniques are the natural way to evaluate competition between natural gas spot markets at dispersed points in the national transmission network. We test daily spot prices between 190 market-pairs located in 20 producing fields and pipeline interconnections...

  7. (Northern Pipeline Agency) annual report, 1988-1989. (Administration du pipe-line du Nord) rapport annuel, 1988-1989

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    1989-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interest of Canada. This report reviews the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included. During 1988-89, proposals were made to expand substantially the capacity of the prebuilt eastern and western legs to export additional supplies of Canadian gas to markets in the USA. While plans for the second stage are still on hold, 3 owners of reserves in the Mackenzie Delta region sought authorization to export 260 billion cubic meters of gas over a 20-year period beginning in 1996. Plans were developed by Foothills Pipelines to transport the gas southward along the Mackenzie Valley to connect with the Alaska Highway Pipeline.

  8. The Second International Conference on Northeast Asia Natural Gas Pipeline Held in Beijing

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    Chen Ying

    1997-01-01

    @@ The Second International Conference on Northeast Asia Natural Gas Pipeline co-sponsored by the National Pipeline Research Society of Japan, the Korea Pan-Asia Natural Gas Pipeline Association and China National Petroleum Corporation was held in Beijing, during September 23-24,1996. The 145 participants were from 13 countries, i.e.,Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, Mongolia, North Korea,Thailand, the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and Italy. The Conference mainly aimed at providing an opportunity for making a discussion on the Northeast Asia Pipeline and acted as a preparatory meeting to establish an organization for joint study on an international natural gas pipeline network in the Northeast Asia region.

  9. 2010 updated assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)

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    Houseknecht, D.W.; Bird, K.J.; Schuenemeyer, J.H.; Attanasi, E.D.; Garrity, C.P.; Schenk, C.J.; Charpentier, R.R.; Pollastro, R.M.; Cook, T.A.; and Klett, T.R.

    2010-01-01

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean volumes of 896 million barrels of oil (MMBO) and about 53 trillion cubic feet (TCFG) of nonassociated natural gas in conventional, undiscovered accumulations within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and adjacent State waters. The estimated volume of undiscovered oil is significantly lower than estimates released in 2002, owing primarily to recent exploration drilling that revealed an abrupt transition from oil to gas and reduced reservoir quality in the Alpine sandstone 15-20 miles west of the giant Alpine oil field. The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) has been the focus of oil exploration during the past decade, stimulated by the mid-1990s discovery of the adjacent Alpine field-the largest onshore oil discovery in the United States during the past 25 years. Recent activities in NPRA, including extensive 3-D seismic surveys, six Federal lease sales totaling more than $250 million in bonus bids, and completion of more than 30 exploration wells on Federal and Native lands, indicate in key formations more gas than oil and poorer reservoir quality than anticipated. In the absence of a gas pipeline from northern Alaska, exploration has waned and several petroleum companies have relinquished assets in the NPRA. This fact sheet updates U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates of undiscovered oil and gas in NPRA, based on publicly released information from exploration wells completed during the past decade and on the results of research that documents significant Cenozoic uplift and erosion in NPRA. The results included in this fact sheet-released in October 2010-supersede those of a previous assessment completed by the USGS in 2002.

  10. Efficiency estimation of electrical protection in the underground oil and gas pipelines

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    Full text : The method of determination damage, caused by installation of protectors unsufficient quantity in underground oil and gas pipelines group, is offered in this article. The method is based in comparison the pipeline protection zones among themselyes with a choice of protectors number

  11. 77 FR 58616 - Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to Gas Transmission and Gathering...

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    2012-09-21

    ... definitions match the definitions listed in the gas distribution annual report, except for the threat of... ``Incidents in HCA's'' column in Part M of the Gas Transmission Annual Report form. The definitions that serve... Activities, Revision to Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report, Gas Transmission...

  12. Alaska North Slope regional gas hydrate production modeling forecasts

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    Wilson, S.J.; Hunter, R.B.; Collett, T.S.; Hancock, S.; Boswell, R.; Anderson, B.J.

    2011-01-01

    A series of gas hydrate development scenarios were created to assess the range of outcomes predicted for the possible development of the "Eileen" gas hydrate accumulation, North Slope, Alaska. Production forecasts for the "reference case" were built using the 2002 Mallik production tests, mechanistic simulation, and geologic studies conducted by the US Geological Survey. Three additional scenarios were considered: A "downside-scenario" which fails to identify viable production, an "upside-scenario" describes results that are better than expected. To capture the full range of possible outcomes and balance the downside case, an "extreme upside scenario" assumes each well is exceptionally productive.Starting with a representative type-well simulation forecasts, field development timing is applied and the sum of individual well forecasts creating the field-wide production forecast. This technique is commonly used to schedule large-scale resource plays where drilling schedules are complex and production forecasts must account for many changing parameters. The complementary forecasts of rig count, capital investment, and cash flow can be used in a pre-appraisal assessment of potential commercial viability.Since no significant gas sales are currently possible on the North Slope of Alaska, typical parameters were used to create downside, reference, and upside case forecasts that predict from 0 to 71??BM3 (2.5??tcf) of gas may be produced in 20 years and nearly 283??BM3 (10??tcf) ultimate recovery after 100 years.Outlining a range of possible outcomes enables decision makers to visualize the pace and milestones that will be required to evaluate gas hydrate resource development in the Eileen accumulation. Critical values of peak production rate, time to meaningful production volumes, and investments required to rule out a downside case are provided. Upside cases identify potential if both depressurization and thermal stimulation yield positive results. An "extreme upside

  13. (Northern Pipeline Agency) annual report, 1986-1987. (Administration du pipe-line du Nord) rapport annuel, 1986-1987

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    1988-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interests of Canada. This report reviews the annual progress of this process. It gives an overview of the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included.

  14. Integrity management of Brazil-Bolivia gas pipeline to reduce risks due third party damage

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    Vasconcellos, Carlos Renato Aragonez de; Monte, Oswaldo [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Colen, Eustaquio; Cunha, Roberto de Souza; Oliveira, Hudson Regis de [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil, S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Lima, Rogerio de Souza [RSL Consultoria Geoprojetos (Brazil); Schultz Neto, Walter [Milton Braga Assessoria Tecnica (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    The Bolivia-Brazil Natural Gas Pipeline has 2.600 kilometers from Rio Grande City in Bolivia to Canoas City, in the south of Brazil. The right-of-way crosses a lot of types of topography and areas subjected to various kinds of anthropological actions, like areas in class locations 3, locals under agricultural activities, forests and minerals explorations, and near constructions of highway and railway, industrial constructions, new pipelines in the same right-of -way, channels, dams, that requires special projects to avoid that the gas pipeline could be subject to strengths that were not consider in the original design. The aim of this paper is to present the jobs developed by TBG during seven years of gas pipeline operations, as public awareness program, procedures to design, construct and inspect specials constructions along and near the right-of -way, control of mineral and forest explorations, monitoring and controlling of excavations on the right-of-way to install new pipelines and optical cables, to reduce risks of gas pipeline damage due third party, as a component of TBG' Managing Integrity Gas Pipeline Program. (author)

  15. 2001 in review: recent Canadian regulatory developments affecting natural gas pipelines

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    The natural gas delivery system witnessed unprecedented bottlenecks and frenzied markets as a result of the unprecedented prices for natural gas at the beginning of 2001. This situation was especially serious in Western Canada. It brought to light, to both producers and consumers, that transportation constraints have a major impact on the industry. The importance of the regulatory framework governing natural gas transmission was re-emphasized with this heightened awareness. The author reviewed and outlined the significant regulatory decisions and the events of 2001 and early 2002 which had an impact on the regulation of natural gas pipelines in Canada. Some important federal decisions made by the National Energy Board, which in turn led to provincial decisions, are summarized in this paper, with special emphasis placed on the situation of both British Columbia and Alberta. On the federal side, the author reviewed pipeline harmonization; guidelines for negotiated traffic, tolls, and tariffs; and consultation with Aboriginal Peoples. The major gas pipelines applications and decisions mentioned are: Multi-pipeline cost of capital, Maritimes and North-East Pipeline Limited, TransCanada, Westcoast, and Petro-Canada Medicine Hat Pipeline. The next section of the presentation deals with potential Northern pipelines and the last section deals with the provincial picture in Alberta and British Columbia. refs., figs

  16. GASVOL 18'' gas pipeline - risk based inspection study

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    Bjoernoey, Ola H.; Etterdal, Birger A. [Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Oslo (Norway); Guarize, Rosimar; Oliveira, Luiz F.S. [Det Norske Veritas (DNV) (Brazil); Faertes, Denise; Dias, Ricardo [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    This paper describes a risk based approach and inspection planning as part of the Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) system for the 95.5 km long 18'' GASVOL gas pipeline in the South eastern region of Brazil transporting circa 5 000 000 m3 dry gas per day. Pipeline systems can be subject to several degradation mechanisms and inspection and monitoring are used to ensure system integrity. Modern pipeline regulations and codes are normally based on a core safety or risk philosophy. The detailed design requirements presented in design codes are practical interpretations established so as to fulfill these core objectives. A given pipeline, designed, constructed and installed according to a pipeline code is therefore the realization of a structure, which, along its whole length, meets the applicable safety objectives of that code. The main objective of Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) is to control and document the integrity of the pipeline for its whole service life, and to do this in a cost-effective manner. DNV has a specific approach to RBI planning, starting with an initial qualitative assessment where pipelines and damage type are ranked according to risk and potential risk reduction by an inspection and then carried forward to a quantitative detailed assessment where the level of complexity and accuracy can vary based on availability of information and owner needs. Detailed assessment requires significant effort in data gathering. The findings are dependent upon the accuracy of the inspection data, and on DNV's interpretation of the pipeline reference system and simplifications in the inspection data reported. The following specific failure mechanisms were investigated: internal corrosion, external corrosion, third party interference, landslides and black powder. RBI planning, in general words, is a 'living process'. In order to optimize future inspections, it is essential that the analyses utilize the most recent information regarding

  17. Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines - Gulf of Mexico Region NAD 27

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    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior — This polyline data set contains the locations of oil and gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf federal waters that are associated with the oil...

  18. Cracking resistance study of steel for gas pipelines; Badania odpornosci stali przeznaczonej na rurociagi gazowe

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    Wasiak, J.; Bilous, W.; Hajewska, E.; Szteke, W.; Wagner, T. [Institute of Atomic Energy, Otwock-Swierk (Poland)

    1996-12-31

    The results of cracking resistance of steel tubes for gas pipelines have been performed. The temperature dependence of mechanical properties of X56 steel used as tube material have been shown. 2 refs, 6 figs, 4 tabs.

  19. Social and Economic Benefits of the West-East Gas Pipeline Project

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    Li Xiangyang

    2002-01-01

    @@ On July 4 2002, a project attracting world attention, i.e., the West-East Gas Pipeline Project was declared in full-scale commencement. The project will write history with its enormous social and economic benefits.

  20. Use of GRASS for routing gas pipeline rights-of-way

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    This study, sponsored by the Gas Research Institute (GRI), was conducted to illustrate how a GIS (Geographic Information System) can be used to assess alternative routes for new gas pipeline rights-of-way (ROWs). The results show that a least-cost analysis using GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis and Support System) is a good method for siting new gas pipeline ROWs on the basis of environmental and engineering constraints to pipeline construction and maintenance. The cost and time needed to use this least-cost approach compare favorably with the current methods used by gas pipeline company planners and engineers. The types of criteria used, as well as the costs or weights given to the criteria, can be changed easily. This provides the flexibility to assess several alternatives quickly and easily

  1. Oil and Gas Pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico from BOEM

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — A line file representing locations of the pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico associated with the oil and gas industry is presented. These layers were...

  2. The tightness of the globe valves in the exploitations practice of the gas pipe-lines

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    Technological units of the Transit Gas Pipeline (i.e. Compressor Stations, Valve Stations, Stations or National Network Service Installations) have been fitted with Ball Valves as shut-off devices (block valves). Internal tightness of the valves' seat becomes major factor in securing proper service conditions during normal pipeline operation as well as for isolating of pipeline sections in emergency situations (loss of pipeline integrity or uncontrolled gas escape). Internal tightness of the valves is being inspected during scheduled maintenance of the pipeline units. Any leak revealed during inspection is being repaired, following instructions provided in the Manufacturer's Valve Manual. After a time, some cases have been identified, when repair of the revealed leak was found to be difficult, despite close following of the repair manuals. The paper presents analysis of the issue and corrective actions taken accordingly. (authors)

  3. Alarm management in gas pipeline plant: a case study

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    Araujo, Juliano; Lima, Marcelo; Leitao, Gustavo; Guedes, Luiz Affonso [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil); Branco, Nicolau; Coelho, Robson; Elias, Gustavo Passos; Nunes, Marcelo [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil (TBG), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    In order to improve the requirements of industrial processes, many decision support systems have been introduced in recent years. In this context, the alarm management systems have great relevance. On the other hand, the informatics revolution allowed a great increase of information concerning the operation of the industrial processes. Currently, process operators handle an excessive number of about 1.500 alarms per day. Thus, this overdose of information implies in the discredit of alarms. Then, in order to improve the operation activities of industrial processes, it is mandatory to incorporate procedures to evaluate and rationalize alarms. Since the EMMUA191 Standard is the reference guide to alarm management, but it does not specify how to execute an alarm management procedure, in this paper, a systematic procedure to evaluate alarms configurations in industrial processes is proposed. This procedure is in line with EMMUA191 and is composed by the following steps: to use statistics analyses to identify problematic alarms, such as occurrence, intermittency, correlation, and flooding calculation; to indicate problematic alarm group; and to propose a set of actions to be implemented. To validate our proposal, we present a case study in a gas pipeline plant using the BR-AlarmExpert software. (author)

  4. Seismic/geologic risks as factors in prioritizing gas pipeline system replacement

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    During the past decade, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG and E) has intensified efforts to evaluate earthquake hazards and their potential effects on gas and electric power systems, with the goals of implementing reduction of earthquake vulnerability and increasing post-earthquake reliability. The earthquake lifeline engineering approach applied to the gas pipeline system involves identifying potential locations of high-probability, large-magnitude scenario earthquakes; developing seismic zonation maps for surface fault rupture, liquefaction potential, and slope-failure potential; evaluating the condition of the existing gas pipeline system and the consequences of the scenario earthquakes in order to assess and implement mitigations. This paper describes an example of application of this approach to modify the PG and E Gas Pipeline Replacement Program (GPRP), which is a long-term replacement of aging and leak-prone installed pipelines. An additional pipeline prioritization factor is defined and applied to accelerate the replacement of GPRP pipeline segments in areas subject to earthquake effects that are likely to increase gas leak potential

  5. Jockeying for position : how the proposed pipeline projects and route-on-route competition are shaping up in the Arctic

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    This presentation included a brief historical look at pipeline proposals submitted over the years to bring Alaska and Northwest Territories gas to market. The challenges facing the early proponents of a pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the Mackenzie Delta, such as cost, environmental impact and socio-economic impact on Aboriginals living in the Mackenzie Valley, have now been removed. Lobbying efforts by politicians in Alaska nearly succeeded in forcing an Alaska Highway gas pipeline, instead of letting market economics dictate the route. The author indicated that an Alaska pipeline would not benefit the Canadian natural gas industry, rather it would force production from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) to be slashed, resulting in reduced drilling and lower royalties to government. The author suggested that Canada should not grant any permit to construct a pipeline in Canada that is destined for markets in the contiguous United States if the pipeline was in any way subsidized to disadvantage Canadian producers. The author explained why the proposal to build a standalone pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley before the Alaska Highway pipeline is not a good idea. Gas prices and pipeline tolls are the most important economic elements. The author expressed the opinion that the over the top route combined with the Mackenzie Valley route would be beneficial to both Canada and the United States for a host of reasons. figs

  6. Pipeline politics—A study of India′s proposed cross border gas projects

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    India′s energy situation is characterized by increasing energy demand, high fossil fuel dependency, large import shares, and significant portion of population deprived of modern energy services. At this juncture, natural gas, being the cleanest fossil fuel with high efficiency and cost effectiveness, is expected to play an important role. India, with only 0.6% of proven world reserves, is not endowed with adequate natural gas domestically. Nevertheless, there are gas reserves in neighbouring regions which gives rise to the prospects of three cross border gas pipeline projects, namely, Iran–Pakistan–India, Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India, and Myanmar–Bangladesh–India. This study is a political analysis of these pipeline projects. First, it provides justification on use of natural gas and promotion of cross border energy trade. Then it examines these three pipeline projects and analyses the security concerns, role of different actors, their positions, shifting goals, and strategies. The study develops scenarios on the basis of changing circumstances and discusses some of the pertinent issues like technology options for underground/underwater pipelines and role of private players. It also explores impact of India′s broader foreign relations and role of SAARC on the future of pipelines and proposes energy induced mutually assured protection (MAP) as a concept for regional security. -- Highlights: •We justify the need for cross border energy trade through gas pipelines for India. •We examine prospective pipeline projects—IPI, TAPI, MBI and their security issues. •We develop scenarios and analyze role of actors, their positions, and strategies. •We discuss technology and policy options for realizing these gas pipelines. •We propose energy induced mutually assured protection (MAP) for regional security

  7. 78 FR 19409 - Annual Charge Filing Procedures for Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2013-04-01

    ... Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 154 Annual Charge Filing Procedures for Natural Gas... revise the filing requirements for natural gas pipelines that choose to recover Commission-assessed annual charges through an annual charge adjustment (ACA) clause. Currently, natural gas...

  8. Utilisation of gas pipelines - Application of new codes

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    Bjoernsen, T. [Norske Veritas Industri Norge A/S, Hoevik (Norway)

    1997-12-31

    Current design codes are based upon requirements and safety philosophies introduced many decades ago. Few updates have been done compared to code development in other industries. The changes in the pipeline industry with new pipeline scenarios, standardisation and requirements to cost reduction have forced the industry to reconsider the current codes and look for improvements. Topics in this paper cover: Historical background on codes and standards; pipeline failure statistics; motivation for changes in current codes; limit state based design and safety, risk and reliability; status and standardisation and code development; discussion. 5 figs.

  9. Analyzing of Stray Current Interference on Buried Gas Pipeline from Shanghai Urban Rail Transit

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    Chen Zhiguang

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available With the fast development of urban transit system and natural gas industry, the Stray Current Corrosion (SCC for buried gas pipeline has become more frequent in china. In this study, principle and characteristic of Stray Current (SC resulting from rail transit system were introduced. Presently available SC testing methods, equipment and determination standards in china were summarized. For an underground gas pipeline located in the neighboring area and parallel to the rail transit in Shanghai, pipe-to-soil potential, potential gradient of soil, current within pipeline were measured during different operation time of rail transit with a self-made SC monitoring system based upon virtual instrument. Result shows that pipe-to-soil potential fluctuation of the tested gas pipeline is 200 mV, current within pipeline and potential gradient of soil is 100 mA and 62 mV/m, respectively, which is consistent with the operation of rail transit, serious corrosion of the buried gas pipeline may occur. Through theoretical Analysis, several protective measures were introduced.

  10. Hybrid laser-gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of high strength steel gas transmission pipelines

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    Harris, Ian D.; Norfolk, Mark I. [Edison Welding Institute (EWI), Columbus, Ohio (United States)

    2009-07-01

    Hybrid Laser/arc welding process (HLAW) can complete 5G welds, assure weld soundness, material properties, and an acceptable geometric profile. Combining new lasers and pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW-P) has led to important innovations in the HLAW process, increasing travel speed for successful root pass welding. High power Yb fiber lasers allow a 10 kW laser to be built the size of a refrigerator, allowing portability for use on the pipeline right-of-way. The objective was to develop and apply an innovative HLAW system for mechanized welding of high strength, high integrity, pipelines and develop 5G welding procedures for X80 and X100 pipe, including mechanical testing to API 1104. A cost-matched JIP developed a prototype HLAW head based on a commercially available bug and band system (CRC-Evans P450). Under the US Department of Transportation (DOT) project, the subject of this paper, the system was used to advance pipeline girth welding productivity. External hybrid root pass welding achieved full penetration welds with a 4-mm root at a travel speed of 2.3-m/min. Welds were made 'double down' using laser powers up to 10 kW and travel speeds up to 3-m/min. The final objective of the project was to demonstrate the hybrid LBW/GMAW system under simulated field conditions. (author)

  11. Case Study - internal corrosion in natural gas pipelines; Estudo de caso - corrosao interna em dutos transportadores de gas natural

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    Nobrega, A.C.V. da; Barbosa, A.F.F.; Silva, D.R. da [Rio Grande do Norte Univ., Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica. Lab. de Corrosao]. E-mail: anacecilia@eol.com.br; andreafranciscab@yahoo.com; djalma@ccet.ufrn.br; Pimenta, G.S. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas; Peixoto, D.G. [PETROBRAS S.A., Natal/Fortaleza, RN/CE (Brazil). Unidade de Negocios

    2003-07-01

    One of the aspects what more characterize the gas natural is the possibility of your state physical can be adapted the conditions of transport , since the zone where is producing until the region where it is consumer (distant only one from another), you can stand out this three principal alternatives: gas pipelines; in the form of liquefied, in cryogenic ships; in the form of derive compounds that can be liquids or solid. For susceptibilities to the corrosion of the carbons steels used in the equipment and natural gas pipelines of the production reservoirs until the denominated city gates, it makes be necessary to identify the acting corrosive agents and monitoring them along time, because, the failures for internal corrosion in natural gas pipelines can carry serious environmental problems, damages to the image of the distributors companies and prejudices related to operational continuity. Some aspects of the processing of the natural gas are argued, as well as your effect regarding the internal corrosion in natural gas pipelines. To leave of this analysis, it tries establishing a monitoring and controlling methodology of the internal corrosion in field for natural gas pipelines. For chemical characterization of the samples of the black powder were used analyses for Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, X-Ray Fluorescence. (author)

  12. Coalbed methane : evaluating pipeline and infrastructure requirements to get gas to market

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    This Power Point presentation evaluated pipeline and infrastructure requirements for the economic production of coalbed methane (CBM) gas. Reports have suggested that capital costs for CBM production can be minimized by leveraging existing oil and gas infrastructure. By using existing plant facilities, CBM producers can then tie in to existing gathering systems and negotiate third party fees, which are less costly than building new pipelines. Many CBM wells can be spaced at an equal distance to third party gathering systems and regulated transmission meter stations and pipelines. Facility cost sharing, and contracts with pipeline companies for compression can also lower initial infrastructure costs. However, transmission pressures and direct connect options for local distribution should always be considered during negotiations. The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) commingling services was also recommended. A map of the North American gas network was provided, as well as details of Alberta gas transmission and coal pipeline overlays. Maps of various coal zones in Alberta were provided, as well as a map of North American pipelines. refs., tabs., figs

  13. Optimization of the steady operation of Shaanxi to Beijing gas pipeline

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    Changchun Wu [China University of Petroleum, Beijing (China); Peng Zhang [Beijing Huayou Gas Company (China); Hongsheng Cui [PetroChina, Beijing (China)

    2005-07-01

    Shaanxi to Beijing gas pipeline is the first one with intermediate compressor stations in China. With one reciprocating compressor station and three centrifugal compressor stations, the pipeline has an annual capacity of about 36..10{sup 8}m{sup 3}. Increasing gas demand in Beijing and commissioning of the three underground gas storage facilities connected to the pipeline make it to operate near to the capacity for most time of a year, which can be approximately considered as steady state. With the goal to minimize the energy cost of the pipeline, a dynamic programming model was established for its optimal steady operation, in which outlet pressures of each compressor station were defined as state variables and compression ratios as decision variables. The optimal solutions of the model showed that the energy cost could be reduced to different extent by means of optimal operation for the different flow-rates of the pipeline, and that the savings of the energy cost from optimal operation may be over 20% compared to the operation schemes specified by traditional experience in some cases. Furthermore, the guidelines for the optimal operation of gas pipelines were revealed from the analysis of the optimal solutions of the model. (author)

  14. An evaluation of the economic impacts associated with the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline and Mackenzie Delta gas development : an update

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    The government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. requested an assessment of economic impacts associated with the development and production of gas reserves in the Mackenzie Delta and the construction and operation of a proposed pipeline running from the Mackenzie Delta down the Mackenzie Valley to an interconnect with the TransCanada system in northern Alberta. This study presents an evaluation from the period 2002-2035 for three volume scenarios. The first assumes that only gas from the Anchor fields will be available. The second scenario assumes that other known gas discoveries are sufficient to operate the pipeline for 15 years. The third scenario assumes that other known gas plus new discoveries are sufficient to operate the pipeline for 25 years. The analysis also considered 2 gas price scenarios and 3 gas and natural gas liquid volume cases. The report concludes that the overall Canadian impacts would be substantial and spread across all regions of Canada and major sectors including: business services; transportation and utilities; wholesale and retail trade; construction; manufacturing; the oil and gas sector; and mining. The development and production of natural gas reserves in the Mackenzie Delta would increase Canada's Gross Domestic Product, government revenues, investment revenues, and labour income. It would also increase total employment across Canada and offer opportunities for economic development in Canada's north. An added value of $80 to 230 million annually is possible due to avoided greenhouse gas emissions. 25 tabs., 28 figs

  15. A numerical study of liquid film distribution in wet natural gas pipelines

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    Gao, X. Q.; Zhao, Y. L.; Xu, W. W.; Guan, X. R.; Wang, J. J.; Jin, Y. H.

    2016-05-01

    The software of FLUENT was used to simulate the gas-liquid turbulent flow in wet natural gas pipeline of the Puguang gas field. The RNG k- ɛ model was used to simulate the turbulent flow, the Mixture model was used to simulate gas-liquid mixed phase, and the Eulerian wall film model was used to simulate the formation and development of liquid film. The gas phase flow field characteristics, the distribution of the axial and circumferential film thickness, and the droplet distribution in the pipeline were studied when the gas Reynolds number is 7.72 × 106(10.8m/s). The results can be concluded as followed: Liquid film distributes unevenly along the circumferential direction and mostly distributes under the pipeline wall because of gravity. The impact of the dean vortex and centrifugal force in the straight section can also influence the liquid film distribution. The wall shear stress distributions in horizontal straight pipeline is concerned with liquid membrane volatility, and consistent with the film volatility period, the wall shear stress reached the maximum value in a certain position of wave front. The influence of the wall shear stress on the film fluctuation in inclined pipeline is weakened by gravity and other factors.

  16. Alaska oil and gas: Energy wealth or vanishing opportunity

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    Thomas, C.P.; Doughty, T.C.; Faulder, D.D.; Harrison, W.E.; Irving, J.S.; Jamison, H.C.; White, G.J.

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to systematically identify and review (a) the known and undiscovered reserves and resources of arctic Alaska, (b) the economic factors controlling development, (c) the risks and environmental considerations involved in development, and (d) the impacts of a temporary shutdown of the Alaska North Slope Oil Delivery System (ANSODS). 119 refs., 45 figs., 41 tabs.

  17. Permafrost-associated natural gas hydrate occurrences on the Alaska North Slope

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    Collett, T.S.; Lee, M.W.; Agena, W.F.; Miller, J.J.; Lewis, K.A.; Zyrianova, M.V.; Boswell, R.; Inks, T.L.

    2011-01-01

    In the 1960s Russian scientists made what was then a bold assertion that gas hydrates should occur in abundance in nature. Since this early start, the scientific foundation has been built for the realization that gas hydrates are a global phenomenon, occurring in permafrost regions of the arctic and in deep water portions of most continental margins worldwide. In 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey made the first systematic assessment of the in-place natural gas hydrate resources of the United States. That study suggested that the amount of gas in the gas hydrate accumulations of northern Alaska probably exceeds the volume of known conventional gas resources on the North Slope. Researchers have long speculated that gas hydrates could eventually become a producible energy resource, yet technical and economic hurdles have historically made gas hydrate development a distant goal. This view began to change in recent years with the realization that this unconventional resource could be developed with existing conventional oil and gas production technology. One of the most significant developments was the completion of the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well on the Alaska North Slope, which along with the Mallik project in Canada, have for the first time allowed the rational assessment of gas hydrate production technology and concepts. Almost 40 years of gas hydrate research in northern Alaska has confirmed the occurrence of at least two large gas hydrate accumulations on the North Slope. We have also seen in Alaska the first ever assessment of how much gas could be technically recovered from gas hydrates. However, significant technical concerns need to be further resolved in order to assess the ultimate impact of gas hydrate energy resource development in northern Alaska. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Justification for internal coating of natural gas pipelines

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    Asante, B. [NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., Calgary, Alberta (Canada). System Design Dept.

    1995-12-31

    One of the major considerations in the design of a pipeline is the decision to coat or not to coat the pipe internally. This decision is essentially an economic one. It requires a detailed evaluation of the costs and benefits of internal coating over the projected life of the pipeline. Some of the benefits of internal coating have been confirmed by experimental studies conducted by various pipeline companies. These studies established, among other things, that coating pipes internally could increase pipeline capability by up to 15%. For lines with fixed capacities, this could mean substantial savings in associated compressor fuel and consequently, lower operating cost of transmission. There are also some intangible benefits associated with internal coating. For example, internal coating offers protection against corrosion due to atmospheric oxidation during storage and also due to the presence of corrosive components in the transported material during service. Coated pipes are also easier to inspect for defects such as dents, cracks, quench marks and weld undercuts, which may result in catastrophic failure of the line if undetected. A survey of some major pipeline companies in North America which employ internal coating indicated that most of these patrons regard it as merely ``good practice``. Thus, very few had a defensible procedure for adequately quantifying and justifying the application of internal coating. This paper outlines a procedure for adequately evaluating the costs and benefits of internal coating.

  19. CHARACTERIZATION OF EXTERNAL INDUCED CORROSION DEGRADATION OF AJAOKUTA-ABUJA GAS PIPELINE SYSTEM, NIGERIA

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    ADEDIPE OYEWOLE

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Characterization of External Induced corrosion degradation of Ajaokuta- Abuja gas pipeline system was successfully carried out. The objective of this work is to analyze the mechanism of corrosion, analyze the effect of the corrosion on oil and gas pipeline and to evaluate the corrosion potential of a pipeline route. These were achieved by carrying out resistivity experiment on every one kilometer on the right of way (ROW of the pipeline. Soil and water aggressiveness test was also carried out on soil and water sample of the pipeline route respectively. The resistivity result was considerably high, chemical analysis revealed that the soil and wateracidity is between the pH of 6.7 and 8.2 respectively, which is moderately alkaline in nature, which makes the soil environment not conducive for pipelines due to potential for corrosion attack. The chloride content of the soil and water were also high. Based on the experimental results, it was proposed that the pipe should be laid on2-5m below the ground and that the galvanic anode for cathodic protection be located 1m below the ground, in order to avoid corrosion. It is therefore necessary to note that characterization of external corrosion is quite different from internal pipeline corrosion characterization.

  20. Development of a new solvent-free flow efficiency coating for natural gas pipelines

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    Fogg, Graham A.; Morse, Jennifer [Bredero Shaw, Houston, TX (United States)

    2005-07-01

    Pipeline design engineers have traditionally considered external anti-corrosion coatings for the protection of gas transmission pipelines, with less consideration given to the benefits of internal flow efficiency coatings. This paper reviews the benefits of using a traditional solvent-based flow efficiency coating, and the relationship between the internal surface roughness of a pipe, the pressure drop across the pipeline, and the maximum flow rate of gas through the pipeline. To improve upon existing solvent-based flow efficiency coatings, a research program was undertaken to develop a solvent-free coating. The stages in the development of this coating are discussed, resulting in the plant application of the coating and final qualification to API RP 5L2. (author)

  1. Hierarchical Leak Detection and Localization Method in Natural Gas Pipeline Monitoring Sensor Networks

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    Ning Yu; Renjian Feng; Jiangwen Wan; Yinfeng Wu; Yang Yu

    2011-01-01

    In light of the problems of low recognition efficiency, high false rates and poor localization accuracy in traditional pipeline security detection technology, this paper proposes a type of hierarchical leak detection and localization method for use in natural gas pipeline monitoring sensor networks. In the signal preprocessing phase, original monitoring signals are dealt with by wavelet transform technology to extract the single mode signals as well as characteristic parameters. In the initia...

  2. STUDY OF DEFECT ADMISSIBILITY IN GAS PIPELINES BASED ON FRACTURE MECHANICS

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    N. ABDELBAKI

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Bearing in mind the considerable distances between natural gas fields and consumers’ appliances, transport by gas pipelines remains the most competitive means. These gas pipelines which are generally made of steel pipes may contain however several types of defects of various origins and which are susceptible to initiate cracks which may grow under some circumstances to such extent as to lead to fracture. Failures of gas pipelines may have serious consequences and may lead to catastrophes from ecological and financial viewpoints. It is therefore interesting to study the defect admissibility so as to maximize safety and minimize exploitation costs through a simplified method based on the Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD. The latter is used in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEM applied to fracture mechanics to help decision making as to whether a given defect present in a pipe is acceptable or not.

  3. Experimental research on biomimetic drag-reducing surface application in natural gas pipelines

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    Luo, Yuehao; Zhang, Deyuan [Beihang Univ., Beijing (China). School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

    2012-12-15

    In the context of natural gas pipelines the application of biomimetic drag-reducing technology has been proposed for the purpose of reducing wall resistance and increasing the transportation capacity by virtue of smooth internal coating. In this article, in order to validate the drag reduction effect, the precured micro-rolling technology (PCMRT) was adopted to fabricate the biomimetic drag-reducing pipes, and the field testing experiment with natural gas was performed for the first time, achieving a maximum drag reduction of 8.68%, which proves the feasibility of the application of this new technology in natural gas pipelines. (orig.)

  4. Development of natural gas and pipeline capacity markets in the United States

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    Juris, Andrej

    1998-01-01

    Deregulation of the U.S. natural gas industry has been under way since the late 1970s. The industry was deregulated to create competitive markets in natural gas and its pipeline transportation, in the expectation that competition would guide transactions toward a more efficient outcome. The author provides an overview of the deregulation process and its effect on the development and functioning of natural gas and gas transportation markets in the United States. He analyzes the trading of pipe...

  5. Mathematical model of a multi-loop network of gas pipelines at various modes of current

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    Orifjon Sh. Bozorov

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available A method of hydraulic calculation of a multi-loop network of gas pipelines based on Kirchhoff’s laws is offered. As completing relations, the formula for the change of pressure on elementary sites of the horizontal gas pipe, received on the basis of Leybenzon’s generalized formula of resistance is used.

  6. Comparison of fracture tougness of curved and flat CT specimens for the gas pipeline integrity management

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír; Šperl, Martin; Crha, P.

    Kodaň : International Gas Union, 2014, WP3-44. [IGRC. International Gas Union Research Conference. Kodaň (DK), 17.09.2014-19.09.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/10/2052 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : pipelines * fracture toughness * CT specimens Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  7. The use of the internal epoxy coating in the gas pipelines

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    The subject of the presentation is to show the impact of internal pipe coating on capacity of the gas transit system. There are technical and economical aspects of internal coating application in the presentation. The technical attributes and the results of economical factors prove the benefit of the use the internal coating in the gas pipelines. (author)

  8. 77 FR 22387 - Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to Gas Transmission and Gathering...

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    2012-04-13

    ... Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or visit http... transmission annual report) to provide a mechanism for owners and operators to identify those segments of..., Revision to Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report, Gas Transmission and...

  9. THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE STRATEGY OF THE OIL AND GAS PIPELINES OF RUSSIA

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    Motomura, Masumi

    The Russian oil and gas industry earns more than half of the Russian tax revenue and foreign currency, and has been playing the role of the backbone of the state economy through the eras of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. With the elongation of distance to the European market from the oil producing regions, starting from Baku in the era of Imperial Russia to the Second Baku (Volga-Ural) and the third Baku (West Siberia) in turn, the role of the oil pipeline system as the transportation infrastructure became more and more important and the deployment of pipelines has become one of the indispensable pillars of oil strategy. Now, the oil pipeline network is to reach the Pacific Ocean, which will enable Northeast Asia to be added as a destination for Russian oil, with a result of expanding influence for Russia in these regions. On the other hand, gas exports from the Soviet Union to Eastern Europe started in 1967 by constructing a trunk pipeline from Ukraine, which was extended to West Germany in 1973, overcoming the confrontation between the East and the West and becoming a regional stabilizer. The United States considered this pipeline as an energy weapon and criticized this deal by saying that when Soviet gas flows to Western Europe, its political influence must flow like the gas itself. However, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, while gas transportation continued without any disruption. This is evidence that the gas pipeline from the Soviet Union was purely for a business purpose and was not politicized. Recently, Russia is aiming to export gas to northeastern Asia, which is expected to be a new stabilizer in this region, although different types of diffi culties (especially about the method of determination of the gas price) still need to be resolved.

  10. Remote monitoring of a natural gas pipeline using fiber optic sensors

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    Cauchi, Sam; Morison, William Donald [Fiber Optic Systems Technology Inc. (FOX-TEK), Bedford, Nova Scotia (Canada)

    2009-07-01

    The pipeline network referred to herein transports natural gas from the NE part of British Columbia through Western Canada into the US Mid-West. Across over 2000 km of the operator's large diameter transmission pipeline system are numerous river crossings and other geotechnical hazards that are continuously identified and risk ranked using a variety of methods, including in line inspection and geotechnical surveys. One particular section of the operator's mainline near Edmonton, Alberta, where railway tracks have recently been installed overtop this vital natural gas transport pipeline, will be the focus of this paper. In order to protect the pipeline from soil stresses to be imposed by heavy cyclic loading during construction of the railway tracks and when trains begin passing overtop, protective concrete structures were constructed around the pipeline within the vicinity of the tracks. While these structures assist in maintaining the integrity of the pipeline in the presence of heavy loading forces, they simultaneously prevent any subsequent access to the pipeline for general inspection and repair. As a result, prior to the construction of the protective concrete structures, the operator made multiple modifications to the pipeline's integrity system within the area of the proposed tracks. This included the enhancement of the cathodic protection to further prevent external corrosion, and the installation of fiber optic strain gauges at multiple sites to ensure that strain levels remain within tolerable limits under the inaccessible area. Background information on operator's pipeline and the layout of the protective concrete structures and railways will be presented in addition to field data obtained using the fiber optic strain monitoring system. An introduction to fiber optic strain gauges will be given, followed by a discussion on the design and installation of the sensors themselves. The particular method used to analyze the strain data is

  11. Research on Gas Hydrate Plug Formation under Pipeline-Like Conditions

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    Florian Stephan Merkel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrates of natural gases like methane have become subject of great interest over the last few decades, mainly because of their potential as energy resource. The exploitation of these natural gases from gas hydrates is seen as a promising mean to solve future energetic problems. Furthermore, gas hydrates play an important role in gas transportation and gas storage: in pipelines, particularly in tubes and valves, gas hydrates are formed and obstruct the gas flow. This phenomenon is called “plugging” and causes high operational expenditure as well as precarious safety conditions. In this work, research on the formation of gas hydrates under pipeline-like conditions, with the aim to predict induction times as a mean to evaluate the plugging potential, is described.

  12. Gas Pipeline Transportation: Competing within Ex-Ante Increasing Returns to Scale and Sunk Costs Gas Pipeline Transportation: Competing within Ex-Ante Increasing Returns to Scale and Sunk Costs

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    Ricardo Raineri

    1997-01-01

    In the present decade the Chilean economy has witnessed a vigorous development in the natural gas industry, with cruel battles among competing corporations that look for the success of their gas pipeline projects. This paper analyzes industrial organization implications of gas pipeline transportation technology providing a theoretical foundation for what current believes on natural monopoly's saw as impossible: three gas wars and one gas-electric war. There are two key components that determi...

  13. A Simulation Method of Voltages and Currents on a Gas Pipeline and its Fault Location

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    Ametani, Akihiro; Kanba, Junsuke; Hosokawa, Yuji

    The present paper develops a numerical simulation method of steady-state and transient voltages and currents on a gas pipeline by applying a generalized circuit analysis program EMTP which is realized as a worldwide standard software. A buried gas pipeline is represented as an underground cable consisting of a tubular core and its outer insulator. The series impedance and the shunt admittance are easily evaluated by the EMTP supporting routine Cable Parameters. The paper has carried out simulations of steady-state and transient voltages and currents along the buried gas pipeline by EMTP. Based on the simulation results, it has become clear that the distributions of the voltages and the currents along the pipeline differ notably in the front and in the rear of a fault position. Thus, a detecting method is developed by observing a difference of a voltage amplitude between sound and fault states. The proposed techniques are investigated on real gas pipelines based on EMTP simulations, and it has been confirmed that the technique can be used in practice.

  14. Detection of gas leaks along pipelines by spectrally tuned infrared imaging

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    Gross, Werner; Hierl, Thomas; Scheuerpflug, H.; Schirl, U.; Schulz, Max J.

    1998-12-01

    We present a novel method developed for the localization of leaks along natural gas pipelines. Methane distributions in the atmosphere around the leaky pipeline are detected and visualized by spectrally tuned IR imaging. In contrast to conventional techniques which utilize laser radiation sources or scanning, we irradiate the overall region under investigation by 1 kW halogen lamps. The scene background is subtracted by a real-time computer evaluation of the image. The methane gas emitted from the leak creates a flickering cloud in the image which is easily recognized. Methane concentrations as low as 0.03 percent by volume are visible. The method was successfully tested under realistic conditions on a buried pipeline by a natural gas provider.

  15. A petroleum system model for gas hydrate deposits in northern Alaska

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    Lorenson, T.D.; Collett, Timothy S.; Wong, Florence L.

    2011-01-01

    Gas hydrate deposits are common on the North Slope of Alaska around Prudhoe Bay, however the extent of these deposits is unknown outside of this area. As part of a United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gas hydrate research collaboration, well cutting and mud gas samples have been collected and analyzed from mainly industry-drilled wells on the Alaska North Slope for the purpose of prospecting for gas hydrate deposits. On the Alaska North Slope, gas hydrates are now recognized as an element within a petroleum systems approach or TPS (Total Petroleum System). Since 1979, 35 wells have been samples from as far west as Wainwright to Prudhoe Bay in the east. Geochemical studies of known gas hydrate occurrences on the North Slope have shown a link between gas hydrate and more deeply buried conventional oil and gas deposits. Hydrocarbon gases migrate from depth and charge the reservoir rock within the gas hydrate stability zone. It is likely gases migrated into conventional traps as free gas, and were later converted to gas hydrate in response to climate cooling concurrent with permafrost formation. Gas hydrate is known to occur in one of the sampled wells, likely present in 22 others based gas geochemistry and inferred by equivocal gas geochemistry in 11 wells, and absent in one well. Gas migration routes are common in the North Slope and include faults and widespread, continuous, shallowly dipping permeable sand sections that are potentially in communication with deeper oil and gas sources. The application of this model with the geochemical evidence suggests that gas hydrate deposits may be widespread across the North Slope of Alaska.

  16. For the North, from the North : Enbridge perspectives on a Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline

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    The increase in natural gas demand and strong gas prices are the main driving forces behind northern pipeline development. While Western Canada can supply much of the demand growth to key markets in the Pacific Northwest, California, Eastern Canada, as well as the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. it is not expected to supply all the growth. Producers are acquiring land in the Northwest Territories (NWT) and planning to increase drilling activity. In February 2000, Imperial, Gulf, Shell and Mobil entered into an agreement to study the feasibility of developing Mackenzie Delta gas, a study in which Enbridge Inc. participated. Enbridge is the major transporter of Canadian crude oil and liquids and they have a growing involvement in natural gas transmission. They also own and operate the largest gas distribution company in Canada. They have extensive Northern experience and already operate two pipelines in the NWT. The proposed 2,100 km, 36 inch pipeline will transport 1.2 bcf/d of natural gas increasing to 1.7 bcf/d with more compression. Its estimated cost is $4.2 billion. Some of the economic risks of such a project include the need for large amounts of equity, timing of market development, competing sources of gas, and stability of gas prices. The multitude of regulatory processes are also complex. Clarity is needed in many jurisdictional processes. Support of indigenous people is also crucial. A historic January 25, 2000 meeting of Aboriginal leaders of the Northwest Territories resulted in a declaration of support for a Mackenzie Valley pipeline. Protecting the permafrost is also a priority when constructing and operating a pipeline in the North. It is unlikely that Mackenzie Delta gas will flow before 7 years .13 figs

  17. Safety appraisement on building natural gas pipeline over coal mining subsidence area

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    GUO Wei-jia; LIU Jin-xiao; WEN Xing-lin

    2007-01-01

    The target of the text is to scientifically appraise dynamic development of surface deformation in subsidence area and its influence on groundwork stability of natural pipe and then adopt some technological measures to ensure safe circulation of natural pipeline. Analysed the influence on natural pipeline from coal mining subsidence in the way of pipeline grade variation, vertical curve variation, transverse deformation, horizontal pull and compression deformation and pipe stress variation etc., and described detailed surface subsidence product and its used time among initial phase, active phase and decline phase in the course of surface movement deformation time. In the context of considering surface subsidence that doesn't reach basic latter end and residual subsidence quantity, the text confirmed the calculation method of residual deformation in surface subsidence area, and gave the technological measures about building natural gas pipeline in subsidence area finally.

  18. Assessment of potential oil and gas resources in source rocks of the Alaska North Slope, 2012

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    Houseknecht, David W.; Rouse, William A.; Garrity, Christopher P.; Whidden, Katherine J.; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Charpentier, Ronald R.; Cook, Troy A.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Kirschbaum, Mark A.; Pollastro, Richard M.

    2012-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey estimated potential, technically recoverable oil and gas resources for source rocks of the Alaska North Slope. Estimates (95-percent to 5-percent probability) range from zero to 2 billion barrels of oil and from zero to nearly 80 trillion cubic feet of gas.

  19. Applications of ZigBee Technology in the Safety Monitoring System of Low Gas Pipeline Transportation

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    Wei Deyu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The existing safety monitoring system of low gas pipeline transportation establishes a wired communication network monitoring system mainly on the basis of industrial bus. It has problems such as large transmission signal attenuation, complex wiring, high-labor intensity, inconvenient installation and maintenance, high maintenance cost, and so on. Featuring low cost, power-saving, reliability, stability and flexibility, the wireless sensor network established by ZigBee wireless communication technology can realize the real-time all-dimensional dynamic monitoring on parameters of low gas pipeline transportation system and overcome the shortcomings and deficiencies of wired network system.

  20. Locating Mechanical Damages Using Magnetic Flux Leakage Inspection in Gas Pipeline System

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    Gas transmission pipelines are often inspected and monitored using the magnetic flux leakage method. An inspection vehicle known as a 'pig' is launched into the pipeline and conveyed along the pipe by the pressure of natural gas. The pig contains a magnetizer, an array of sensors and a microprocessor-based data acquisition system for logging data. This paper describes magnetic flux leakage (MFL) signal processing used for detecting mechanical damages during an in-line inspection. The overall approach employs noise removal and clustering technique. The proposed method is computationally efficient and can easily be implemented. Results are presented and verified by field tests from an application of the signal processing

  1. Rehabilitation and certification of the PGPB Cactus-San Fernando gas pipeline system

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    Graciano, L.S. [Permex Gas y Petroquimica Basica, Mexico City (Mexico); Clyne, A. [GE Energy PII Pipeline Solutions, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Cazenave, P.; Willis, S. [GE Energy PII Pipeline Solutions, Houston, TX (United States); Kania, R. [GE Energy Pipeline Solutions, Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2004-07-01

    The Cactus-San Fernando gas pipeline system is 650 km in length and was constructed in the late 1970s. The system transports more than 1100 million standard cubic feet per day of dry natural gas to electricity generators in Mexico. This paper described a project undertaken to re-validate the pipeline and demonstrate the future integrity of the pipeline system and ensure that it was suitable for operation to 1219 psig. Pipeline sections were inspected using high resolution magnetic flux leakage (MFL) in-line inspection (ILI) tools, and inertial mapping unit vehicles equipped with global positioning surveys (GPS). The combined inspections allowed the project team to accurately identify features of the pipeline that required repairs. External and internal corrosion were identified as the most prevalent defects. RSTRENG methodologies were used to investigate the interaction of individual corrosion anomalies. Corrosion patterns were compared, and above-ground survey data were used to establish the causes of both the external and internal corrosion, as well as to establish future corrosion growth rates. Decision tree analysis was then used to analyze the growth rates and to identify statistical differences between corrosion growth rates as a function of distance along the pipeline. After the ILI reports were generated, an integrity assessment was then conducted to identify necessary repair options. Repairs plans were then developed along with recommended re-inspection intervals for each section. After the integrity assessments were accepted by a certification company, field work was conducted to locate and measure defects. Defects characteristic of major volumetric welding flaws introduced during pipeline construction were identified and repaired with an epoxy sleeve technique. It was concluded that repairs needed to operate the pipeline at the requested pressure were accomplished within a period of 8 months. 7 refs., 2 tabs., 4 figs.

  2. Application of Fracture-Mechanics Approach to Gas Pipelines

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír; Šperl, Martin

    VII, č. 73 (2011), s. 480-487. ISSN 2010-376X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/10/2052; GA ČR(CZ) GPP105/10/P555 Grant ostatní: GAMPO(CZ) FT-TA5/076 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : axial crack * fracture-mechanics * J integral * pipeline wall Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  3. North SEa pipelines: a survey of technology, regulation and use conflicts in oil and gas pipeline operation. Final report, Aug-Dec 78

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    Nothdurft, W.E.

    1980-02-01

    This project was undertaken to provide information on North Sea offshore pipelines and the processes used in route selection decision-making. It is designed to be used by persons involved in offshore oil and gas pipeline planning, including pipeline corridors and landfalls. A brief overview of offshore activity in both the United Kingdom and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea is presented, with special emphasis on the transportation systems established or proposed for the major commercial fields. The report then focuses on the specific issues arising from the installation and operation of each of these transportation systems. These issues include: regulations affecting pipeline placement, criteria for route selection, pipeline trenching and burial, and conflicts with the fishing industry in the North Sea.

  4. Competition in the natural gas pipeline industry: An economic policy analysis

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) currently regulates the price at which natural gas can be sold by regulated interstate natural gas pipelines. Whether pipelines should be deregulated depends, to an important extent, on the competitive nature of the market. The key question is whether pipelines can successfully raise price (i.e., the transport fee) and reduce output if the market is deregulated. In most natural gas pipeline markets, there are a small number of current suppliers. Opponents of deregulation argue that the unrestrained market power of pipelines in many local markets will introduce inefficiencies in the sale of natural gas. Implicit in their arguments is a narrow view of competition: the number of current suppliers. The competitive effect of potential entry is largely ignored. These commentators would argue that without potential entry, it may be true that the net social cost of deregulation exceeds the costs of maintaining present regulation. A study was conducted to determine the extent to which potential entry might constrain the exercise of market power by natural gas pipelines if price and entry regulation is removed. Potential entrants are defined in the context of antitrust markets. That is, these markets are consistent with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Merger Guidelines. The study attempts to quantify the effects of potential entry on the market power of current suppliers. The selection of potential entrants therefore considers a number of factors (such as the size of the nearby supplier and the distance to the market) that are expected to affect the likelihood of collision in a deregulated market. The policy implications of the study are reviewed

  5. The Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline: an illusion or a real prospect?; Le trans Saharan Gas Pipeline Mirage ou reelle opportunite?

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    Auge, B.

    2010-07-01

    The African continent holds 8% of global natural gas reserves. Its relative economic weakness and the almost total absence of natural gas networks means there is very limited internal gas consumption - almost none outside of Algeria and Egypt - giving it considerable exporting capabilities. A pipeline joining up Sub-Saharan Africa with the European Union (EU) is therefore a reasonably logical project in economic terms. The two interested blocks have been discussing this with increasing intensity since early 2000. On the face of it the strategy seems obvious, the European area has three important gas producers: Norway (a non-EU member but closely associated with its energy policy), Great Britain and the Netherlands, with respective outputs of 99.2, 69.5 and 67.5 billion m{sup 3} in 2008. However, Norwegian and Dutch production will begin to decrease in several years time; and British production has already fallen considerably since 2000. Britain currently imports one-third of its gas for domestic consumption (93.9 billion m3 in 2008). Logically EU imports are going to increase progressively. And yet, a fear of dependency on Russian natural gas - currently the average rate of Russian gas supply amongst the EU 27 is 25% - in the near future, is leading the EU to consider diversifying its supply source. Without this diversification Russia could be supplying around 70% of the European market (27 countries) by 2050. Presently some EU countries clearly favour an increase in 're-gasification' plants in order to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG): France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Poland. The Persian Gulf countries, Egypt and Algeria and the U.S. will supply these new plants. The Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline (TSGP) which would link Nigeria to Niger and Algeria, itself connected to Spain and Italy by existing pipelines or those currently under construction, could turn out to be an additional supply option in the long term. However

  6. 76 FR 68502 - National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Oil and Gas Lease Sale 2011 and Notice of Availability of the...

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    2011-11-04

    ... Bureau of Land Management National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Oil and Gas Lease Sale 2011 and Notice of Availability of the Detailed Statement of Sale for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 2011 in the National Petroleum... opening for select tracts in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The United States reserves the...

  7. AIRBORNE, OPTICAL REMOTE SENSNG OF METHANE AND ETHANE FOR NATURAL GAS PIPELINE LEAK DETECTION

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    Jerry Myers

    2005-04-15

    Ophir Corporation was awarded a contract by the U. S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory under the Project Title ''Airborne, Optical Remote Sensing of Methane and Ethane for Natural Gas Pipeline Leak Detection'' on October 14, 2002. The scope of the work involved designing and developing an airborne, optical remote sensor capable of sensing methane and, if possible, ethane for the detection of natural gas pipeline leaks. Flight testing using a custom dual wavelength, high power fiber amplifier was initiated in February 2005. Ophir successfully demonstrated the airborne system, showing that it was capable of discerning small amounts of methane from a simulated pipeline leak. Leak rates as low as 150 standard cubic feet per hour (scf/h) were detected by the airborne sensor.

  8. Numerical simulation of a gas pipeline network using computational fluid dynamics simulators

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    SELEZNEV Vadim

    2007-01-01

    This article describes numerical simulation of gas pipeline network operation using high-accuracy computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulators of the modes of gas mixture transmission through long, multi-line pipeline systems (CFD-simulator).The approach used in CFD-simulators for modeling gas mixture transmission through long, branched, multi-section pipelines is based on tailoring the full system of fluid dynamics equations to conditions of unsteady, non-isothermal processes of the gas mixture flow. Identification, in a CFD-simulator, of safe parameters for gas transmission through compressor stations amounts to finding the interior points of admissible sets described by systems of nonlinear algebraic equalities and inequalities. Such systems of equalities and inequalities comprise a formal statement of technological, design, operational and other constraints to which operation of the network equipment is subject. To illustrate the practicability of the method of numerical simulation of a gas transmission network, we compare computation results and gas flow parameters measured on-site at the gas transmission enterprise.

  9. [Northern Pipeline Agency] annual report, 1992-1993. [Administration du pipe-line du Nord] rapport annuel, 1992-1993

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    1993-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interest of Canada. This report reviews the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included. During 1992-93, plans for substantially expanding the capacity of the western and eastern legs of the pipeline to transport increased exports of Canadian natural gas to western and mid-western US markets continued to move forward. During the calendar year 1992, Canadian gas exports to the USA increased by more than 20% to 58.02 billion cubic metres. Pacific Gas Transmission Co. proposed expansion of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System such that capacity to deliver gas to California and the Pacific Northwest would be increased 8.5 million m[sup 3]/d. A new compressor unit was announced for the eastern leg of the pre-built system of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline to provide back-up capacity. 1 fig.

  10. Compared economic and energy analysis of natural gas transport chains with on-shore pipelines, off-shore pipelines and by liquefaction

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    Montellanico, P.; Maineri, M.

    1985-01-01

    The report is relative to a detailed computer code which allows to state, starting from the physical data of the gas to be transported just as the throughput and the distance to be travelled over, in one hand the technical characteristics of the most economic pipeline and in the other hand the least gross energy requirement for pipeline construction and operation. The programme deals with on-shore pipelines as well as off-shore pipelines including compressor platforms. The analyses comparison is made in order to establish what are the practical possibilities to spare energy in the gas transportation sector. Both economic and energy analyses are then applied to LNG seaborne transportation. As a result it is possible to recover a part of the liquefaction energy for electricity production with very high efficiency. Finally the various transportation chains are compared in order to find out the economic break-even points. 68 refs.

  11. Numerical forecasting surge in a piping of compressor shops of gas pipeline network

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    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a method of forecasting stable operation of gas compressor unit (GCU) centrifugal supercharger (CFS) installed on a piping of compressor shops servicing gas pipelines. The stability of superchargers operation is assessed in relation to the phenomenon of surge. Solution of this problem amounts to the development and numerical analysis of a set of ordinary differential equations. The set describes transmission of gas through a compressor shop as a fluid dynamics model with lumped parameters. The proposed method is oriented to wide application by specialists working in the gas industry. The practical application of this method can use all-purpose programming and mathematical software available to specialists of gas companies.

  12. North American natural gas pipeline and supply update

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    A series of overhead viewgraphs accompanied this presentation which presented an update of North American natural gas supply. Some of the graphs depicted the following: (1) natural gas consumption in the United States, (2) U.S. imports of Canadian natural gas, (3) natural gas prices differential: Henry Hub versus Empress, (4) natural gas production in the U.S., and (5) Baker Hughes active rig count, U.S. gas rigs. First Energy's view of U.S. natural gas supply is that the estimate of 50.0 Bcf/d for U.S. domestic production is looking too high. The first quarter 1999 exit production rates are behind expectations. U.S. domestic natural gas expenditure budgets are still down by more than 40 per cent compared to 1998 levels. The impact that this will have on prices was discussed. 21 figs

  13. ASSOCIATED PETROLEUM GAS EFFICIENT UTILIZATION SYSTEM IN PIPELINES OPERATING

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    2012-01-01

    N this article is described the most common ways of associated petroleum gas utilization, is conducted a brief analysis, is selected method of disposal when using gas turbines and is suggested ways to improve their efficiency.

  14. Recommendations on X80 steel for the design of hydrogen gas transmission pipelines

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    By limiting the pipes thickness necessary to sustain high pressure, high-strength steels could prove economically relevant for transmitting large gas quantities in pipelines on long distance. Up to now, the existing hydrogen pipelines have used lower-strength steels to avoid any hydrogen embrittlement. The CATHY-GDF project, funded by the French National Agency for Research, explored the ability of an industrial X80 grade for the transmission of pressurized hydrogen gas in large diameter pipelines. This project has developed experimental facilities to test the material under hydrogen gas pressure. Indeed, tensile, toughness, crack propagation and disc rupture tests have been performed. From these results, the effect of hydrogen pressure on the size of some critical defects has been analyzed allowing proposing some recommendations on the design of X80 pipe for hydrogen transport. Cost of Hydrogen transport could be several times higher than natural gas one for a given energy amount. Moreover, building hydrogen pipeline using high grade steels could induce a 10 to 40% cost benefit instead of using low grade steels, despite their lower hydrogen susceptibility. (authors)

  15. Research & Development of Grade X70 LSAW Steel Pipes for West-East Gas Pipeline

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    WangXiaoxiang; SunQi

    2004-01-01

    In this article the research and development of X70 large diameter longitudinal seam submerged arc welded (LSAW) steel pipes for West-East Gas Transportation Pipeline project (WEGTP) in China are introduced, including the key technique, fabrication of pipe production line, mass production and the latest progress of LSAW steel pipe technique.

  16. The strategic priorities of the national oil and gas pipeline transport system development

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The retrospective analysis of legal documents governing relations between Ukraine, Russia and the European Union as part of their energy policies was performed. The strategic interests of participating countries and the strategic priorities of the governance with national oil and gas pipeline transport system development in particular were designated

  17. 12th International corrosion congress: Preceedings. Volume 4: Oil/gas/pipeline

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    Volume 4 of these proceedings contain 65 papers divided into the following sections: Cathodic protection (7 papers); Hydrogen effects (10); Oil and gas production and refining workshop (33); Pipeline corrosion (6); and Reliability and corrosion control of weldments/corrosion resistant alloys (9). All papers have been processed separately for inclusion on the data base

  18. 76 FR 52253 - Revisions to Forms, Statements, and Reporting Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2011-08-22

    ... the required accounting systems necessary to allocate fuel costs to negotiated, discounted and... Reporting Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines, Order No. 710-B, 76 FR 4516 (Jan. 26, 2011), 134 FERC ] 61... functions, including transportation, storage, gathering, and exploration/production, and should include,...

  19. 75 FR 36615 - Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Gas Distribution Annual Report Form

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    2010-06-28

    ... incident report form and instructions. NAPSR also proposed a revision of the definition of ``excavation... Collection Gas Distribution Annual Report Form AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration... Annual Report Form (PHMSA F 7100.1-1). PHMSA F 7100.1-1 is covered under the PHMSA information...

  20. New method of leak detecting in diagnostic of gas pipeline system

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    This report describes new directions in gas transmission pipelines diagnostics as well as new methods and equipment used to detect leaks. It was also shown that efficient and functional diagnostics system is the necessary condition to keep the exploitation of transmission systems safe. (author)

  1. A wandering probe for tightness testing of the gas pipelines by means of the radiotracer method

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    The report deals with the problem of the application of radiotracer techniques in the examination of the gas pipelines tightness. In particular, it gives a concise description of the construction of a special ''wandering probe'' for the localization of radiotracer leaks extorted in course of the measurements. (author)

  2. Integral diagnostic in the failure causes of external corrosion of a natural gas transport pipeline

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    Mora-Mendoza, J.L.; Saucedo-Robles, L.C.; Rodriguez-Clemente, H. [PEMEX Gas y Petroquimica Basica, Subdireccion de Ductos; Marina Nacional 329, Edificio B-1, Piso 8, Col. Huasteca, D.F., CP 11311 (Mexico); Gonzalez-Nunez, M.A. [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Reforma 113, Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos, CP 62490 (Mexico); Zavala-Olivares, G.; Hernandez-Gayosso, M.J. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Direccion de Exploracion y Produccion, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas Norte 152, Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, D.F., CP 07730 (Mexico)

    2011-08-15

    The objective of this study consisted in investigating the possible causes which give rise to the presence of low wall pipe thicknesses on a 16'' natural gas transport pipeline, even though during the last 12-year period cathodic protection (CP) potentials were kept in the protection range at which external corrosion should not occur. Results from in-line inspection from a 16'' natural gas transport pipeline showed 46 indications with more than 80% wall thickness lost due to external corrosion in the second segment of the pipeline. Direct inspection at the indication locations, review of the CP system performance, pipeline maintenance programs and studies, allowed to make an integral diagnostic where it was found out that the main cause of external corrosion was an inappropriate coating application since the pipeline construction, this situation has originated the increase of CP shielding effects through time. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. An evaluation of the economic impacts associated with the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline and Mackenzie Delta gas development

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    The government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 28, 1999 identifying a mutual desire to develop the natural gas reserves of the NWT and to construct a pipeline. Both parties have requested an assessment of economic impacts associated with the development and production of gas reserves in the Mackenzie Delta and the construction and operation of a pipeline running from the Mackenzie Delta down the Mackenzie Valley to an interconnect with the TransCanada system in northern Alberta. This study presents an evaluation from the period 2002-2033, for two gas price scenarios. The report concludes that the overall Canadian impacts would be substantial and spread across all regions of Canada plus major sectors including: business services; transportation, communication, and utilities; wholesale and retail trade; construction; manufacturing; the oil and gas sector; and, services associated with mining. The development and production of natural gas reserves in the Mackenzie Delta would result in increases in: Canada's Gross Domestic Product, government revenues, investment revenues, and labour income. It would also result in an increase in total employment across Canada. Other benefits associated with the project include: significant opportunities for economic development in Canada's north; value added from upgrading of incremental gas liquids to petrochemical products; potential increased in discoveries in other areas along the route of the pipeline; potential savings to households in northern communities; savings to gas users in Canada because the incremental gas supply would keep prices low; and gains valued at up to $2.1 billion annually because of avoided greenhouse gas emissions. 38 refs., 14 tabs., 11 figs

  4. Evaluation of long-term gas hydrate production testing locations on the Alaska North Slope

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    Collett, Timothy S.; Boswell, Ray; Lee, Myung W.; Anderson, Brian J.; Rose, Kelly K.; Lewis, Kristen A.

    2012-01-01

    The results of short-duration formation tests in northern Alaska and Canada have further documented the energy-resource potential of gas hydrates and have justified the need for long-term gas-hydrate-production testing. Additional data acquisition and long-term production testing could improve the understanding of the response of naturally occurring gas hydrate to depressurization-induced or thermal-, chemical-, or mechanical-stimulated dissociation of gas hydrate into producible gas. The Eileen gashydrate accumulation located in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area in northern Alaska has become a focal point for gas-hydrate geologic and production studies. BP Exploration (Alaska) Incorporated and ConocoPhillips have each established research partnerships with the US Department of Energy to assess the production potential of gas hydrates in northern Alaska. A critical goal of these efforts is to identify the most suitable site for production testing. A total of seven potential locations in the Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk River, and Milne Point production units were identified and assessed relative to their suitability as a long-term gas-hydrate-production test sites. The test-site-assessment criteria included the analysis of the geologic risk associated with encountering reservoirs for gas-hydrate testing. The site-selection process also dealt with the assessment of the operational/logistical risk associated with each of the potential test sites. From this review, a site in the Prudhoe Bay production unit was determined to be the best location for extended gas-hydrate-production testing. The work presented in this report identifies the key features of the potential test site in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area and provides new information on the nature of gas-hydrate occurrence and the potential impact of production testing on existing infrastructure at the most favorable sites. These data were obtained from well-log analysis, geological correlation and mapping, and numerical

  5. Oil and gas wells and pipelines on U.S. wildlife refuges: challenges for managers.

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    Full Text Available The increased demand for oil and gas places a burden on lands set aside for natural resource conservation. Oil and gas development alters the environment locally and on a much broader spatial scale depending on the intensity and extent of mineral resource extraction. The current increase in oil and gas exploration and production in the United States prompted an update of the number of pipelines and wells associated with oil and gas production on National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS lands. We obtained geospatial data on the location of oil and gas wells and pipelines within and close to the boundaries of NWRS lands (units acquired as fee simple (i.e. absolute title to the surface land by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We found that 5,002 wells are located in 107 NWRS units and 595 pipelines transect 149 of the 599 NWRS units. Almost half of the wells (2,196 were inactive, one-third (1,665 were active, and the remainder of the wells were either plugged and abandoned or the status was unknown. Pipelines crossed a total of 2,155 kilometers (1,339 miles of NWRS fee simple lands. The high level of oil and gas activity warrants follow up assessments for wells lacking information on production type or well status with emphasis on verifying the well status and identifying abandoned and unplugged wells. NWRS fee simple lands should also be assessed for impacts from brine, oil and other hydrocarbon spills, as well as habitat alteration associated with oil and gas, including the identification of abandoned oil and gas facilities requiring equipment removal and site restoration.

  6. Application of flash setting material for temporary earthquake disaster restoration of gas pipelines using fly ash cement mixtures

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    Shimada, H.; Sasaoka, T.; Fujita, S.; Matsui, K. [Kyushu Univ., Nishi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan). Dept. of Earth Resources Engineering; Yoshida, Y. [Kyushu Univ., Nishi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan). Dept. of Earth Resources Engineering; Sankyo Material Co. Ltd., Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (Japan); Araki, K. [Kyushu Univ., Nishi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan). Dept. of Earth Resources Engineering; Fuso Technologh Co. Ltd., Sumida-ku, Tokyo (Japan); Satake, S.; Ishikawa, M. [Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama (Japan)

    2009-07-01

    Earthquakes are common in Japan. In the event of a large earthquake, gas, sewage, and telecommunications pipelines would require immediate restoration. Since gas leaks from damaged pipelines pose a fire hazard, gas companies would stop the supply of gas to houses, possibly over a large area. A considerable amount of time is also required to repair the pipelines once the gas supply is stopped. As such, a quick method for restoring damaged gas pipelines would be useful following an earthquake. This paper discussed the feasibility of using a new flash setting material for the damaged gas pipeline. The method involves injecting a swelling agent into the home's gas connection when the gas supply is turned off during an emergency. Different combinations of fly ash, chemical agents and water were considered in several experiments, in order to clarify to what degree the contents of flash settling material affected the properties of the injected fly ash mixture causing heavy damage to the gas pipeline in an earthquake. Specifically, the paper discussed the disaster of gas leakage after earthquake; the characteristics of fly ash; the requirements of flash setting material for restoration; and the development of flash setting material. It was concluded that the mixture of A agent, which was a 30 per cent solution of silicic acid sodium, and the B agent of cement, fly ash, the adhesive, the swelling agents were able to accomplish the objective of the study. 13 refs., 7 tabs., 5 figs.

  7. Urucu-Manaus gas pipeline: challenges and solutions; Gasoduto Urucu-Manaus: desafios e solucoes

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    Loureiro, Mauro de O.; Machado, Otto Luiz de M.; Moura, Marcos [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The challenge of building and develop a gas pipeline such as Urucu-Manaus, in the middle of Amazon rain forest, it is beyond to conventional engineering solutions that is common used in this kind of contract. The development of this venture join a large variety of activities since the several techniques of pipeline construction to the improvement the skills of the local workers but never to leave out important points such as integrated management of work, for instance, safety, environment care, health, communication with the involved parts, archaeology, goods and services acquisition, telecommunications and the mean of transportation to equipment and workers. (author)

  8. Sulfate reducing bacteria detection in gas pipelines; Deteccao de bacterias redutoras de sulfato em gasodutos

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    Lutterbach, Marcia Teresa S.; Oliveira, Ana Lucia C. de; Cavalcanti, Eduardo H. de S. [Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia (INT), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Div. de Corrosao e Degradacao]. E-mails: marciasl@int.gov.br; analucia@int.gov.br; eduardoh@int.gov.br

    2004-07-01

    Microbiology induced corrosion (MIC) process associated with sulfate reducing bacteria (BRS) are one of the most important matter of concern for the oil and gas industry as 77% of failures have been attributed this sort of degradation. Corrosion products found present in gas transportation pipelines, the so-called 'black-powder' problem, are also a nuisance and source of economic losses for the gas industry. According to the literature, the incidence of black-powder can be ascribed to the metabolism of BRS that can be found in the gas environment. Integrity monitoring programs of gas pipelines adopt pigging as an important tool for internal corrosion monitoring. Solid residue such as the black-powder, collected by pigging, as well as the condensed, can be seen as a very valuable samples for microbiological analyses that can be used to detect and quantify bacteria related to the incidence of MIC processes. In the present work results concerning samples collected by pigging and condensed are presented. Small populations of viable BRS have been found in the pipeline. It can be seen that the inclusion of microbiological analyses of solid and liquid residues as a complementary action in the integrity monitoring programs adopted by gas transportation industry can be very helpful on the decision making concerning preventive and corrective actions to be taken in order to maintain the CIM processes under control. (author)

  9. Energy saving in the process of gas pipeline overhaul

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    Mitrokhin, Alexey

    2014-01-01

    The problem of energy saving during overhaul of a linear part of gas trunkline is regarded in this paper. This issue has been analyzed from different perspectives. Thermodynamic analysis of gas evacuation from a string that is off operation for the overhaul to a parallel or adjacent string with the use of mobile compressor systems was made. Economical attractiveness of mobile compressor systems applications was proved. Various methods of gas trunklines linear parts overhaul have been consider...

  10. Route implications of Arctic gas

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    This PowerPoint presentation focused on the issue of North American natural gas supply. The optimistic outlook is that supply in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB), the North, Sable offshore operations, the Rockies and Gulf Coast are expected to grow. WCSB supply grows by 18 per cent but still loses 2 per cent in market share between 2000 and 2010. The paper includes several graphs depicting WCSB supply forecast with reference to the number of wells drills, new production and gas reserves. TransCanada Pipelines supports a two-pipeline model for Alaska and the Mackenzie Delta. The Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project is a joint commercial proposal for Alaska Highway project with 9 other major pipeline companies. It includes 1755 miles of pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Gordondale/Boundary Lake in British Columbia. Initial volumes expected from Prudhoe Bay are 4 to 4.5 Bcf/d. For the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline Project, TransCanada continues to support a standalone Mackenzie Valley pipeline which includes 765 miles of pipeline from Inuvik to the border with the Northwest Territories and Alberta. Initial volumes are estimated at 0.8 Bcf/d with ultimate volumes estimated at 1.5 Bcf/d. The author discussed logistics and construction regarding the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project with reference to permafrost regions and moving gas beyond the north. 11 figs

  11. Auction design for gas pipeline transportation capacity-The case of Nabucco and its open season

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    As a response to the Russian dominance of the EU's natural gas supplies and the EU's increasing gas demands, major gas pipeline projects are currently under way to enhance the EU's energy supply security. Oftentimes to raise financing and to allocate gas transportation capacities, auctions are carried out to allow gas shippers to book transportation rights. In recent years, auctions have emerged as one of the most successful allocation mechanisms in the microeconomic theory. However, different auction designs can lead to different outcomes making the choice of auction design a decisive one, especially for divisible-good auctions. This paper seeks to give a formulation of an optimal auction design for gas pipeline transportation capacity. Specifically three different mechanisms are tested: (i) NPV allocation; (ii) pro rata allocation; and (iii) optimization. In addition, Nabucco is taken as a case study to empirically show results of such auction designs. Results show that a trade-off between revenue optimization and fair allocation can be observed: allocation per optimization is the favorable auction design when revenue maximization is more important than fair allocation. On the other hand, pro rata allocation is the auction design to be chosen when fairness of allocation is considered most central. - Research highlights: → Auction design for gas pipeline transportation capacity. → Empirical market-survey of Nabucco pipeline project auction as input data. → Testing of three different allocation mechanisms: (i) NPV allocation; (ii) pro rata allocation; and (iii) optimization. → Results show a trade-off between revenue optimization and fair allocation. → Allocation per optimization is the favorable auction design when revenue maximization is more important than fair allocation. → On the other hand, pro rata allocation is the auction design to be chosen when fairness of allocation is considered most central.

  12. The redefinition of the american and british gas industries: the regulation of the access load to the gas pipelines networks

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    The transport and distribution networks regulation is the main stakes of the regulation reform of the gas industries. This thesis analyzes the models applied in The Usa and in the United Kingdom. The first part deals with the gas industries deregulation in these two countries, the impacts on the economy and the organization of the gas industries. The second part presents a theoretical approach of the regulation applied to the prices of the natural ags transport by gas pipelines. Regulation by the service cost price and by price cap are compared. (A.L.B.)

  13. Application Summary of Remote Sensing Technique of the West-East Gas Transportation Pipeline

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    2004-01-01

    The West-East Gas Transportation Pipeline (WEGTP) is a strategic project for the energy source transport, which is about 3900km long. The remote sensing technique has the unique superiority to obtain the geographic information. The remote sensing technique is used in WEGTP to interpret comprehensively the information of geology, landform and humane geography along the route of pipeline, and to update the topographic map along the route of Zhengzhou-Shanghai section pipeline, and to interpret finely the crossing point of the Nanjing Changjiang river crossing section. Through the overlap of TM image and the DEM, the complicated landform information can be grasped by the three dimensional flight over the section of complicated geography. The application achievements are managed with RS-GIS service system.

  14. Trans-Caspian gas pipeline feasibility study. Volume 1

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    This study, conducted by Enron Engineering and Construction Company, was funded by the US Trade and Development Agency. The study provides detailed information concerning natural gas demand in Turkey and Southern Europe. The purpose of the study is to estimate the rate at which new gas can be absorbed in the Turkish market and be re-exported to the markets in Europe, as well as to forecast Turkish natural gas demand for the period up to 2020. The study also evaluates gas demand and pricing for the market in the 2002--2005 time frame. This is Volume 1 of a 3-volume report, and is divided into the following sections: (1) Task A: Gas Sales; (2) Task B: Initial Economic Screening; (3) Task D: Project Cost Analysis

  15. China's modern day Great Wall : the 40 inch West to East Gas Pipeline Project

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    In order to fuel China's economic growth, PetroChina began construction of the West to East Natural Gas Pipeline Project (WEPP) in 2001 to transport large quantities of natural gas reserves from the Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in far western China to markets in eastern China. The WEPP is the first large diameter, cross-country pipeline project ever constructed in China, and was the first to use automatic welding and automatic ultrasonic inspection on pipelines in China. This paper addressed the management, engineering, procurement and construction challenges of the WEPP. Upon completion of the 3,800 km, 1.016 mm mainline pipeline, construction will begin on other major facilities, such 294 km of lateral line, dual fiber optic conduits with the mainline, 1,100 km of access roads, 23 metering stations, 18 pigging stations, 10 compressor stations, 16 mountain tunnels, 16 aerial crossings, 1 crossing of the Yangtze River, 3 crossings of the Yellow River, a gas control center, and SCADA system. Houston-based Universal Ensco Inc. was awarded a contract to perform a feasibility study as well as a construction supervision contract by PetroChina for the WEPP. Universal also designed a gas turbine drive compressor station at Lunnan and an electric drive compressor station at Zhengzhou. This paper demonstrated that business in China for foreign companies in the pipeline industry is evolving and several changes can be expected as the state planned economy is reformed to a free market economy. 4 refs., 5 tabs., 17 figs.

  16. Algorithms for near real-time detection of gas leaks from buried pipelines using hyperspectral imagery

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    Hoffmann, G. D.; Silver, E. A.; Pickles, W.; Male, E.

    2009-12-01

    Gas leaks from buried pipelines can directly impact the health of overlying vegetation. The leak can produce patches of highly stressed or dead vegetation. Plant health can be assessed remotely by measuring the depth of the chlorophyll absorption, which is located between 550 nm and 700 nm in reflectance imagery. Chlorophyll absorption is readily recognizable in multispectral and hyperspectral imagery as a strong absorption band centered on red light (typically 680 nm wavelength). We have examined several methods of measuring chlorophyll absorption with the goal of automating vegetation stress detection above underground pipelines in order to facilitate same-day detection of potential pipeline leak locations. One method, in which we measure vegetation stress as the ratio of the measured reflectance at peak absorption to the spectral continuum, was particularly successful. We compare the results of this measurement with a manual analysis of 0.18 m resolution imagery of several controlled CO2 leaks, finding the automatic analysis to be robust. High spatial resolution is shown to greatly increase the quality of the results, however, we show that this method works in even 3 m resolution imagery of an underground pipeline methane leak. This algorithm runs very quickly for large images. We are developing the image analysis algorithm to operate in real-time while flying buried pipeline right of way with hyperspectral sensors.

  17. Development of a Neural Fuzzy System for Advanced Prediction of Gas Hydrate Formation Rate in Pipeline

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available With the development of the natural gas industry in the 20th century, the production, processing and distribution of natural gas under high-pressure conditions has become necessary. Under these conditions, it was found that the production and transmission pipelines were becoming blocked with what looked like to be ice. Hammerschmidt determined that hydrates were the cause of plugged natural gas pipelines. Gas hydrates and difficulties related to their formation in production and transmission pipelines and equipment, are the major concerns of the gas industry. The main objective of this study was to present a novel approach to access more accurate hydrate formation rate predicting models based on a combination of flow loop experimental data with learning power of adaptive neural-fuzzy inference systems and more than 900 data points of the , , , and i-  hydrate formation rate. Using this data set different predictive models were developed. It was found that such models can be used as powerful tools, with total errors less than 6 % for the developed models, in predicting hydrate formation rate in these cases.

  18. Evaluation of the sources of error in the linepack estimation of a natural gas pipeline

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    Marco, Fabio Capelassi Gavazzi de [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil S.A. (TBG), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    The intent of this work is to explore the behavior of the random error associated with determination of linepack in a complex natural gas pipeline based on the effect introduced by the uncertainty of the different variables involved. There are many parameters involved in the determination of the gas inventory in a transmission pipeline: geometrical (diameter, length and elevation profile), operational (pressure, temperature and gas composition), environmental (ambient / ground temperature) and those dependent on the modeling assumptions (compressibility factor and heat transfer coefficient). Due to the extent of a natural gas pipeline and the vast amount of sensor involved it is infeasible to determine analytically the magnitude of resulting uncertainty in the linepack, thus this problem has been addressed using Monte Carlo Method. The approach consists of introducing random errors in the values of pressure, temperature and gas gravity that are employed in the determination of the linepack and verify its impact. Additionally, the errors associated with three different modeling assumptions to estimate the linepack are explored. The results reveal that pressure is the most critical variable while the temperature is the less critical. In regard to the different methods to estimate the linepack, deviations around 1.6% were verified among the methods. (author)

  19. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) based automatic tool for selection of gas pipeline corridors

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    Matos, Denise F.; Menezes, Paulo Cesar P.; Paz, Luciana R.L.; Garcia, Katia C.; Cruz, Cristiane B.; Pires, Silvia H.M.; Damazio, Jorge M.; Medeiros, Alexandre M.

    2009-07-01

    This paper describes a methodology developed to build total accumulated surfaces in order to better select gas pipelines corridor alternatives. The methodology is based on the minimization of negative impacts and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), allowing an automatic method of construction, evaluation and selection of alternatives, that will contribute to the decision making process. It is important to emphasize that this paper follows the assumptions presented on the research reports of a project sponsored by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and elaborated at the Electric Power Research Center (CEPEL), called 'Development of a Geographic Information System to Oil and Gas Sectors in Brazil', and also the studies d GTW Project (Gas to Wire). Gas pipelines, as for their linear characteristic, may cross a variety of habitats and settlements, increasing the complexity of their environmental management. Considering this reality, this paper presents a methodology that takes into account different environmental criteria (layers), according to the area impacted. From the synthesis of the criteria it is presented the total accumulated surface. It is showed an example of a hypothetical gas pipeline connection between two points using the total accumulated surface. To select the 'impact scores' of the features, the gas pipeline was considered as a linear feature, but the result is a region, formed by pixels, each pixel with an accumulated impact score lower than some arbitrary measure. This region is called 'corridor', and it is the final result obtained using the proposed methodology. (author)

  20. 长输天然气管道泄漏回收研究%Research on Recovery of Natural Gas in Pipeline During Long-Distance Pipeline Leakage

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    马焱; 刘德俊; 李小月; 高钊; 王芙; 高吉庆; 孙皓

    2013-01-01

    长输天然气管道作为重要的能源运输工具,在保障安全高效性输送的同时,全面拉动了我国天然气城市化进程。国内处理管道泄露问题时,通常先放空管道内天然气再进行抢修工作,这样就造成了对天然气的大量浪费。设计了一套对长输管道放空天然气进行回收的车载压缩机组,并进行经济可行性分析。当发生泄露后,车量迅速到达截断阀室现场,将泄露段天然气回收注入至下一段管道,既节约能源,又减少了由于放空天然气带来的环境污染。%As important energy transportation means, the long-distance natural gas pipeline promotes the natural gas urbanization process in China as it can ensure safe efficiency natural gas transmission. When dealing with the problem of pipeline leak in China, natural gas in the pipeline is usually vented before carrying out the repair work,which can cause a lot of waste of natural gas. A set of vehicle compressor was designed, it can recover natural gas in long distance pipeline, and its economic feasibility was analyzed. When a leak occurs, recycling car will quickly reach the cut-off valve room scene, recycle natural gas of leak section and inject it into the next section of pipeline. It can save energy, and reduce the environmental pollution caused by venting natural gas.

  1. Trans-Caspian gas pipeline feasibility study. Volume 3

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    This study, conducted by Enron Engineering and Construction Company, was funded by the US Trade and Development Agency. The study provides detailed information concerning natural gas demand in Turkey and Southern Europe. The purpose of the study is to estimate the rate at which new gas can be absorbed in the Turkish market and be re-exported to the markets in Europe, as well as to forecast Turkish natural gas demand for the period up to 2020. The study also evaluates gas demand and pricing for the market in the 2002--2005 time frame. This is Volume 3 of a 3-volume report, and it is divided into the following sections: (1) Executive Summary; (2) Task C: Technical Feasibility and Preliminary Design; (3) Task F: Project Implementation Strategy

  2. Trans-Caspian gas pipeline feasibility study. Volume 2

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    This study, conducted by Enron Engineering and Construction Company, was funded by the US Trade and Development Agency. The study provides detailed information concerning natural gas demand in Turkey and Southern Europe. The purpose of the study is to estimate the rate at which new gas can be absorbed in the Turkish market and be re-exported to the markets in Europe, as well as to forecast Turkish natural gas demand for the period up to 2020. The study also evaluates gas demand and pricing for the market in the 2002--2005 time frame. This is Volume 2 of a 3-volume report, and it is divided into the following sections: (1) Executive Summary; (2) Policy, Legal and Administrative Framework; (3) Assessment of Alternatives; (4) Baseline Conditions in the Project Area; (5) Potential (Unmitigated) Environment, Health and Safety Impacts; (6) Proposed Environmental Prevention and Mitigation; (7) Projected Net Environmental Impacts; (8) Bibliography

  3. Investigations of pipeline reactions to detonations of radiolysis gas

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    As a case of damage in a head spray cooling piping of a boiling-water reactor showed, detonations of radiolysis gas in safety-relevant tubes of nuclear power plants cannot be excluded in all cases. Radiolysis gas is a mixture of gaseous hydrogen and oxygen in stoichiometric ratio which is generated by dissociation of water under the influence of gamma and neutron radiation. Within the scope of a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) the basis for the assessment of the related risk potential for plant operation shall, among others, be provided. Due to the high-rate response of the pipe to the detonation, multiple longitudinal cracks and fragmentation can occur. Detonation tests and numerical evaluations are performed to simulate detonations of radiolysis gas in thin-walled pipes. The radiolysis gas is simulated by mixing hydrogen and oxygen from gas bottles. Pipes made of austenitic steel with the nominal dimensions of OD x t = 114,30 mm x 6,02 mm are used for the tests. The internal pressure is 70 bar in all cases. In different tests, which are carried out at room temperature, the ratio of radiolysis gas in the pipe is varied and for the simulation of steam nitrogen is used as another filling medium. Next to the results of three detonation tests with a radiolysis gas ratio of 60% and 80% the results of tests, carried out for the experimental evaluation of the radiolysis gas reactions, with thick-walled vessels are presented. (orig.)

  4. [Northern Pipeline Agency] annual report, 1990-1991. [Administration du pipe-line du Nord] rapport annuel, 1990-1991

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    1991-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interest of Canada. This report reviews the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included. During 1990-91, plans for completing the second stage continued to remain on hold. Representatives of a consortium of three owners of Canadian gas reserves in the Mackenzie Delta and three pipeline companies that originally planned to begin shipping gas to southern markets as early as 1996 have indicated that the project is unlikely to be operational at least before the turn of the century because of unfavourable market conditions. Foothills Pipelines was authorized to build a pipeline from the Delta along the Mackenzie Valley to Boundary Lake in the vicinity of northern British Columbia and Alberta, which it plans to link with the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline through a 656 km extension from the present terminus of the pre-built segment of the system at Caroline, Alberta. The design and route of the delivery system are yet to be decided. 1 fig.

  5. 18 CFR 260.9 - Reports by natural gas pipeline companies on service interruptions and damage to facilities.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Reports by natural gas..., NATURAL GAS ACT STATEMENTS AND REPORTS (SCHEDULES) § 260.9 Reports by natural gas pipeline companies on service interruptions and damage to facilities. (a)(1) Every natural gas company must report to...

  6. Leak detection in gas pipeline by acoustic and signal processing - A review

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    Adnan, N. F.; Ghazali, M. F.; Amin, M. M.; Hamat, A. M. A.

    2015-12-01

    The pipeline system is the most important part in media transport in order to deliver fluid to another station. The weak maintenance and poor safety will contribute to financial losses in term of fluid waste and environmental impacts. There are many classifications of techniques to make it easier to show their specific method and application. This paper's discussion about gas leak detection in pipeline system using acoustic method will be presented in this paper. The wave propagation in the pipeline is a key parameter in acoustic method when the leak occurs and the pressure balance of the pipe will generated by the friction between wall in the pipe. The signal processing is used to decompose the raw signal and show in time- frequency. Findings based on the acoustic method can be used for comparative study in the future. Acoustic signal and HHT is the best method to detect leak in gas pipelines. More experiments and simulation need to be carried out to get the fast result of leaking and estimation of their location.

  7. Multi-attribute risk assessment for risk ranking of natural gas pipelines

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    The paper presents a decision model for risk assessment and for risk ranking of sections of natural gas pipelines based on multi-attribute utility theory. Pipeline hazard scenarios are surveyed and the reasons for a risk assessment model based on a multi-attribute approach are presented. Three dimensions of impact and the need to translate decision-makers' preferences into risk management decisions are highlighted. The model approaches these factors by using a multi-attribute utility function, in order to produce multi-dimensional risk measurements. By using decision analysis concepts, this model quantitatively incorporates the decision-maker's preferences and behavior regarding risk within clear and consistent risk measurements. In order to support the prioritizing of critical sections of pipeline in natural gas companies, this multi-attribute model also allows sections of pipeline to be ranked into a risk hierarchy. A numerical application based on a real case study was undertaken so that the effectiveness of the decision model could be verified

  8. Designing a reliable leak bio-detection system for natural gas pipelines

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    Monitoring of natural gas (NG) pipelines is an important task for economical/safety operation, loss prevention and environmental protection. Timely and reliable leak detection of gas pipeline, therefore, plays a key role in the overall integrity management for the pipeline system. Owing to the various limitations of the currently available techniques and the surveillance area that needs to be covered, the research on new detector systems is still thriving. Biosensors are worldwide considered as a niche technology in the environmental market, since they afford the desired detector capabilities at low cost, provided they have been properly designed/developed and rationally placed/networked/maintained by the aid of operational research techniques. This paper addresses NG leakage surveillance through a robust cooperative/synergistic scheme between biosensors and conventional detector systems; the network is validated in situ and optimized in order to provide reliable information at the required granularity level. The proposed scheme is substantiated through a knowledge based approach and relies on Fuzzy Multicriteria Analysis (FMCA), for selecting the best biosensor design that suits both, the target analyte and the operational micro-environment. This approach is illustrated in the design of leak surveying over a pipeline network in Greece.

  9. Designing a reliable leak bio-detection system for natural gas pipelines.

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    Batzias, F A; Siontorou, C G; Spanidis, P-M P

    2011-02-15

    Monitoring of natural gas (NG) pipelines is an important task for economical/safety operation, loss prevention and environmental protection. Timely and reliable leak detection of gas pipeline, therefore, plays a key role in the overall integrity management for the pipeline system. Owing to the various limitations of the currently available techniques and the surveillance area that needs to be covered, the research on new detector systems is still thriving. Biosensors are worldwide considered as a niche technology in the environmental market, since they afford the desired detector capabilities at low cost, provided they have been properly designed/developed and rationally placed/networked/maintained by the aid of operational research techniques. This paper addresses NG leakage surveillance through a robust cooperative/synergistic scheme between biosensors and conventional detector systems; the network is validated in situ and optimized in order to provide reliable information at the required granularity level. The proposed scheme is substantiated through a knowledge based approach and relies on Fuzzy Multicriteria Analysis (FMCA), for selecting the best biosensor design that suits both, the target analyte and the operational micro-environment. This approach is illustrated in the design of leak surveying over a pipeline network in Greece. PMID:21177031

  10. Method and measuring device for checking the support and/or covering of a pipeline for oil or gas

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    The previous invention was for a device which was propelled along the pipeline by the oil or gas flow and measured the background radiation. By comparing the radiation profile with a reference profile made when the pipeline was new, changes in the support of the pipeline on the sea bed, or in its sand cover, can be detected, and to a certain degree, measured. The present invention is that by placing similar detectors at different positions in the same cross-section of the pipeline, and processing the signals comparatively, the need for a reference profile is obviated. (JIW)

  11. Bolivia-Brazil gas-pipeline implantation. The employment generation according to Leontief's matrix

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    During the past 15 years, a strong evolution in the concept of the use of energy for industrial purpose was brought in step by step by the Governments and users themselves. The progress within the fields of energy savings, thermal control and reduction of air pollution must be pointed out. Within this scheme the natural gas technology has overcome many technical difficulties and the solutions using natural gas rank among the most efficient to tackle current problems. The aim of this work is to analyse Bolivia-Brazil gas-pipeline implantation and it influences in the Brazilian economy

  12. Risk analysis for construction and operation of gas pipeline projects in pakistan

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    In order to cater for its high energy demand, Pakistan is planning to import natural gas through pipelines from neighboring countries. For fully utilizing the imported gas, providing it to end customers, the infrastructure of gas pipeline needs to be developed. Therefore, huge investment has been done and proposed in this sector in coming future. Considering geological, topographical, geopolitical and climatic conditions of the country, there is added risk of earthquake, landslides and floods. Due to current geopolitical situation there is a persistent threat of unrest and terrorism in the country. Instable Government policies, high rate of inflation, rapid change in material prices are also important risk factors. All these factors make the situation very complex in quantifying the risk especially for a project in which the risk impact factor rises exponentially in case of risk occurrence. In this paper, most appropriate risk classification is made based on technological, organizational, political, natural climatic, security and environmental risk factors. Effort has been made to device a simpler risk management methodology to analyze and manage risks of gas pipeline project. In the proposed risk management model Monte Carlo simulation has been used to identify critical risks. (author)

  13. Responding to a northern pipeline challenge

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    Klatt, T.J. [Alaska North Slope LNG Project, Anchorage, AK (United States)

    2000-07-01

    The challenges regarding the construction of a pipeline to transport LNG from the Alaska North Slope Liquefied Natural Gas Project were discussed. The LNG will be transported by an 800 mile buried pipeline from the Prudhoe Bay area to a liquefaction plant at an ice-free port in southern Alaska. The project is expected to begin in 2008. The isolated arctic region and permafrost add to the challenges of this project. The first challenge of synchronizing the pipeline's operating pressure with the LNG plant's inlet pressure to achieve maximum efficiencies has been addressed. Secondly, an advanced method to designing and operating a gas pipeline in discontinuous permafrost was evaluated and new construction methods were developed for trenching areas and winter construction. Stage one of the conceptual study which defines the project and minimizes costs has also been completed. More work, however, is still needed to transform the project from concept to reality. Alternative methods are still needed to construct a safe, environmentally sound and economically viable arctic gas pipeline system. 4 figs.

  14. Study and Application of Internal Coating Technique to Drag Reduction of the Trunk Pipeline for the West-East Gas Pipeline

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    HuShixin; QuShenyang; LinZhu

    2004-01-01

    Coverage layer coated in the internal wall of pipeline enables the friction drag to be reduced, the throughput and the gas transmission efficiency to be increased, the frequency of pigging and the number of the intermediate compressor station to be reduced, and the power consumption of the compressor to be decreased etc. The drag reduction is a high advanced scientific technique with outstanding economical benefit. The study and application of internal coating technique for drag reduction of 4000km trunk pipeline in West-East gas transmission pipeline (WEGTP) project are described, in which the main points are the drag reduction principle, coating process and the indoor study of this technique with own-decided knowledge property right at home.

  15. Friction factor in smooth and rough gas pipelines. An experimental study

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    Sletfjerding, Elling

    1999-01-01

    Flow of high pressure natural gas in pipelines has been studied experimentally. Pipeline flow of natural gas is characterized by high Reynolds numbers due to the low viscosity and relatively high density of pressurized gas. Friction factor correlations for high Reynolds number flow in smooth and rough pipes were developed. To study the effect of wall roughness on pipe flow at high Reynolds numbers 8 test pipes with different wall roughness were fabricated. The wall roughness in 6 of the test pipes was varied by adding glass beads in an epoxy coating applied on the pipe wall. One test pipe was treated with a smooth epoxy coating and one was left untreated. The inner diameter of the test pipes was 150 mm. Measurements of the pressure drop in the pipes were made in a closed flow loop at line pressures of 25, 70, 95 and 120 bar. The Reynolds number of the flow was varied in the range 2-30 million. The wall roughness of the test pipes was measured with a stylus instrument. Correlations between the directly measured wall roughness and the friction factor at fully rough flow conditions were presented. To characterize the wall roughness of the test pipes a parameter combining a measure of the roughness height (R{sub q}) and the texture of the wall roughness was used. Due to the high Reynolds number of the flow, minute irregularities of the pipe wall had significant effect on the friction factor in the pipe. The measured wall roughness of the test pipes was in the range 1.4 < R{sub q} <31 (my)m. The flow experiments in test pipes was compared with data from operating pipelines in the North Sea. The offshore pipelines are coated with the same epoxy coating as used in the test pipes. The friction factor in coated offshore gas pipelines showed smooth behavior when the additional pressure drop due to welds were accounted for. The study of coated gas pipelines showed that the friction factor was significantly lower than predicted by standard correlations.

  16. Considerations about the Urucu-Manaus gas pipeline design; Consideracoes sobre o projeto do gasoduto Urucu-Manaus

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    Villela, Claudio Henrique Lobianco G.; Correia, Luiz de Carvalho Dias [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    The main purpose of this job is to present the characteristics that influenced the elaboration of the Urucu-Manaus Gas Pipeline Project and the difference between this pipeline and other pipelines already installed on the Amazon region. In this project were emphasized the aspects related to the route definition, mapping technologies that had not been utilized in our pipeline projects, the crossing of vast flooded areas, requiring specific studies, as well the minimization of the environment impacts, in this case the existence of animal species present only in this region. Other differential factor was the Rio Negro crossing, where the pipeline will be installed in the riverbed. The know-how attained with this project consolidates ever so the activity of building pipelines in tropical forest regions. (author)

  17. Application of four dimensional matrix for thermal analysis of Slovak transit gas pipeline by program FENIX

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    Széplaky, Dávid; Varga, Augustín

    2016-06-01

    The contribution describes the principle of the FENIX program operation, which was designed to determine the temperature field of the transit pipeline for the transportation of natural gas. The program itself consists of several modules which are reciprocally linked. The basis of the program is the elementary balance method by means of which the unsteady heat transfer is assigned in several layers in different directions. The first step was to assess both the pressure and temperature of the natural gas mode, the second step is to determine the heat transfer through the walls of the pipes, and the last one is to determine the distribution of the temperature field in the surroundings of the pipeline.

  18. Dynamic behaviour of high-pressure natural-gas flow in pipelines

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    Gato, L.M.C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal)]. E-mail: lgato@mail.ist.utl.pt; Henriques, J.C.C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal)]. E-mail: jcch@mail.ist.utl.pt

    2005-10-01

    The aim of the present study is the numerical modelling of the dynamic behaviour of high-pressure natural-gas flow in pipelines. The numerical simulation was performed by solving the conservation equations, for one-dimensional compressible flow, using the Runge-Kutta discontinuous Galerkin method, with third-order approximation in space and time. The boundary conditions were imposed using a new weak formulation based on the characteristic variables. The occurrence of pressure oscillations in natural-gas pipelines was studied as a result of the compression wave originated by the rapid closure of downstream shut-off valves. The effect of the partial reflection of pressure waves was also analyzed in the transition between pipes of different cross-sectional areas.

  19. Fuzzy Reliability Analysis for Seabed Oil-Gas Pipeline Networks Under Earthquakes

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    刘震; 潘斌

    2003-01-01

    The seabed oil-gas pipeline network is simplified to a network w i th stochastic edge-weight by means of the fuzzy graphics theory. With the help o f network analysis, fuzzy mathematics, and stochastic theory, the problem of rel iability analysis for the seabed oil-gas pipeline network under earthquakes is t ransformed into the calculation of the transitive closure of fuzzy matrix of the stochastic fuzzy network. In classical network reliability analysis, the node i s supposed to be non-invalidated; in this paper, this premise is modified by in t roducing a disposal method which has taken the possible invalidated node into a ccount. A good result is obtained by use of the Monte Carlo simulation analysis.

  20. Gas Pipelines, LP and LNG, pipedigitized, Published in 2000, 1:24000 (1in=2000ft) scale, Carbon County GIS.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Gas Pipelines, LP and LNG dataset, published at 1:24000 (1in=2000ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Other information as of 2000. It is described as...

  1. 78 FR 65637 - Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for...

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    2013-11-01

    ...-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Pima County, Arizona; two meter stations; two pig launchers and two pig receivers; \\1\\ and \\1\\ A pig is an internal tool that can be used to clean and dry a...

  2. Interpreting concentration indices in the secondary market for natural gas transportation: The implication of pipeline residual rights

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    In 1992, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission created a secondary market for natural gas transportation whereby shippers holding firm transportation capacity on interstate natural gas pipelines can compete with the pipeline in the provision of transportation services. However, if a shipper does not use some of its contracted firm transportation capacity, the pipeline can resell that capacity as interruptible transportation. That is, the pipeline has residual rights with respect to firm transportation capacity contracted for by shippers. We demonstrate that these residual rights can have a significant effect on the competitiveness of the secondary market for natural gas transportation. A consequence of these residual rights is that the secondary market for natural gas transportation may be considerably more competitive than indicated by measures of concentration like the widely used Herfindahl-Hirschman Index. (author)

  3. Gas Pipelines, LP and LNG, Published in 1997, 1:4800 (1in=400ft) scale, County of Lexington.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Gas Pipelines, LP and LNG dataset, published at 1:4800 (1in=400ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 1997. Data by this...

  4. Dry Hyperbaric Gas Metal Arc Welding of Subsea Pipelines : Experiments and Modeling

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    Azar, Amin S.

    2012-01-01

    Ambitions in exploration of oil and gas fields at deeper water depth require continuous investigation and maintenance. The transportation pipelines laid in deep waters are both subjected to corrosion and buckling due to environmental phenomena. They may also often undergo branching (namely hot tapping) to redirect (or add to) the transportation paths. Mechanical joints and welding are both considered as available alternatives when sectioning and replacement of the pipes at shallow waters is n...

  5. Combined CFD/Population Balance Model for Gas Hydrate Particle Size Prediction in Turbulent Pipeline Flow

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    Balakin, Boris V.; Hoffmann, Alex C.; Kosinski, Pawel; Istomin, Vladimir A.; Chuvilin, Evgeny M.

    2010-09-01

    A combined computational fluid dynamics/population balance model (CFD-PBM) is developed for gas hydrate particle size prediction in turbulent pipeline flow. The model is based on a one-moment population balance technique, which is coupled with flow field parameters computed using commercial CFD software. The model is calibrated with a five-moment, off-line population balance model and validated with experimental data produced in a low-pressure multiphase flow loop.

  6. Russian energy imperialism : the world maped along the gas pipelines

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    Baločkaitė, Rasa

    2012-01-01

    Energy imperialism refers to the use of natural resources for political purposes, i.e. weaponization of energy. At the state level, it means specific institutional structure, as the state building is predetermined by oil led developments. At the international level, it means international nets of energy dependency, centered around the mother state possessing oil, gas and other natural resources. In a paradox way, the so called Western world (Western Europe and North America) becomes increasin...

  7. Odourisation of CO2 pipelines in the UK: historical and current impacts of smell during gas transport

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    Kilgallon, Rachel; Gilfillan, Stuart; Haszeldine, Stuart; McDermott, Christoper

    2015-01-01

    Commercial scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will require CO2 to be transported from industrial point sources to storage sites, potentially over distances of hundreds of kilometres. One of the most efficient means of transporting fluids over large distances is via pipeline. Pipeline leaks can be problematic, especially when transporting colourless and odourless gases such as natural gas and CO2. One of the current methods of risk mitigation for natural gas transport is odourisation. The ...

  8. Application of groundwater aggressiveness assessment method for estimation of the karst process at main gas pipeline construction

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    Ermolaeva, A. V.

    2016-03-01

    Main pipelines maintenance is connected with hazard engineering and geological working conditions. The article deals with the use of groundwater aggressiveness assessment method to estimate the karst processes development during the construction of main gas pipelines. The possibility of using this method is analyzed on the example of the initial section of the designed gas pipeline “Power of Siberia” (section “Chayanda-Lensk"). The calculation of the nonequilibrium index Ca was made in accordance with the geotechnical survey data. The dependencies between the geomorphological features of the terrain and the natural waters aggressiveness were determined.

  9. Rejection of seamless pipe noise in magnetic flux leakage data obtained from gas pipeline inspection

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    Afzal, Muhammad; Udpa, Satish; Udpa, Lalita; Lord, William

    2000-05-01

    Natural gas is traditionally transmitted from production facilities to customer locations through a vast pipeline network. A major segment of this network employs seamless pipes. This is especially true for smaller diameter transmission and distribution lines. Manufacturing process associated with the production of seamless pipes contribute to a helical variation in the pipe along the axis. The deformation introduces an artifact in the data obtained from MFL inspection of these pipelines. This seamless pipe noise is usually correlated with signals generated by defects and other elements (joints, tees, etc.) in pipelines, and can therefore, mask their indications in MFL data. This warrants the need for methods to improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in MFL data from seamless pipes. This paper presents a technique for detecting signals in MFL data from seamless pipes. The approach processes the data in various steps. First, a wavelet based denoising technique is applied to reduce the noise due to instrumentation and other sources. An adaptive filtering approach is then applied to reject seamless noise in the data. Since the inspection of pipelines typically generates vast amounts of data, it is imperative that the algorithm be computationally efficient. The processing method has to be robust in that it should be data independent. The approach described in this paper meet these criteria. Results from application of the approach to data from field tests are presented.

  10. A Robust Bayesian Approach to an Optimal Replacement Policy for Gas Pipelines

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, we address Bayesian sensitivity issues when integrating experts’ judgments with available historical data in a case study about strategies for the preventive maintenance of low-pressure cast iron pipelines in an urban gas distribution network. We are interested in replacement priorities, as determined by the failure rates of pipelines deployed under different conditions. We relax the assumptions, made in previous papers, about the prior distributions on the failure rates and study changes in replacement priorities under different choices of generalized moment-constrained classes of priors. We focus on the set of non-dominated actions, and among them, we propose the least sensitive action as the optimal choice to rank different classes of pipelines, providing a sound approach to the sensitivity problem. Moreover, we are also interested in determining which classes have a failure rate exceeding a given acceptable value, considered as the threshold determining no need for replacement. Graphical tools are introduced to help decisionmakers to determine if pipelines are to be replaced and the corresponding priorities.

  11. Rock removal under gas pipeline with expanded cement technique and repair with composite sleeve

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    Souza Filho, Byron Goncalves de; Frota, Cristiane Souto [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Matsuo, Fabio Massatoshi Ferreira [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil (TBG), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    Amid the great challenges of transporting natural gas to the major cities in Brazil, TBG (Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil), which owns and operates the largest pipeline in Latin America, with a length of approximately 2,600 km of pipelines (from 32 inches o 16 inches), built between 1998 and 2000 and started commercial operation in July 1999. During its maintenance inspection, using geometric pigs and pigs MFL / Inertial, located a dent in the pipe with approximately 4.7% of deformation with dimensions of 670 mm x 600 mm, caused by accommodation of the pipeline on a rock about 5 m of width. With the pipeline in operation and and 10% lowering the historic pressure, as the internal procedure of the TBG, the rock was removed using the technique of expansive cement, which is to perforate several roles on the rock and then apply the expansive cement which after 24 hours cause cracks, splitting the rock into slabs. The visual, ultrasonic and liquid penetrant inspections were made and repair with sleeve of composite material was achieved. This paper describes the whole methodology and experience of execution, including the results of inspection with pig, removal of the rock with the expansive cement, execution of repair and report photography. (author)

  12. Automation and high-efficiency of welding in pipeline; Gas pipeline ni okeru yosetsu no jidoka to konoritsuka

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    Kawanishi, N.; Masuda, H.; Hara, Y.; Kimura, M. [Osaka Gas Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan); Iimura, M. [Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Hayashi, K. [Toho Gas Co. Ltd., Nagoya (Japan); Mori, K.; Suesawa, S. [Japan Gas Association, Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-11-01

    With objectives to develop technologies which can perform a welding work automatically at ultra-high speed, improve efficiency in construction works of building town gas transporting pipelines, and make the welding quality uniform, a program that will last for six years has been established to make necessary discussions. Using a horizontally fixed pipe, AP15L-X65, with a diameter of 750 mm and a plate thickness of 19 mm as the object of the discussions, the following four welding processes were selected to implement the development on each process in parallel: high-speed TIG welding, high-speed oscillating MAG welding, plasma welding, and electron beam welding. In March 1997 by which the former half of the project has been completed, an arc time of less than 30 minutes has been achieved as one of the development targets. Using sizes of problems in innovativeness in technologies, welding quality, and practical application as criteria for an interim evaluation, focuses were directed on four technologies. As a result, the electron beam welding was selected, which has achieved an epoch-making result in arc time while maintaining good quality. In the latter half of the project which will end in March 2000, promotion efforts will be continued for discussing how to solve problems in electron beam welding machines, and making developments and field tests thereon. 7 refs., 20 figs., 5 tabs.

  13. North-European gas pipeline: revealing sign of a new Russia-EU geopolitics

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    The North-European gas pipeline (NEGP), between Germany and Russia, shades light on the Russia-European Union energy partnership, mainly based on a bilateral agreement. Moreover, this agreement is at the evidence in contradiction with the interests of some member states who were not explicitly invited at the table of negotiations. Russia has now in her hands a lever arm strong enough to oblige any European gas-dependent country to bow in front of any of Russia's future requirements. The NEGP, which practically passed unnoticed in Western Europe, appears as a powerful revealer of the new Russian relations with Europe. (J.S.)

  14. Geological, geotechnical and hydrogeological setting of a gas pipeline failure near Brandon, Manitoba

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    Penner, L.; Mollard, G. [J.D. Mollard and Associates Ltd., Regina, SK (Canada); Holm, M. [AMEC, Regina, SK (Canada); Sutherby, R. [TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2003-07-01

    An in-service pipeline failure occurred on the TransCanada main line gas pipeline approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Brandon, Manitoba, on April 14, 2002. After a metallurgical analysis was performed, it was determined that the likely cause of the failure was stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of the near-neutral pH form, with the failure occurring on a 36-inch diameter high pressure natural gas pipeline. In addition, failures on the pipe and a failure location near the boundary between a till plain and a glaciodeltaic sand plain, seemed to indicate that the local environment influenced the failure mechanism. A study was initiated in June 2002 to help define the geoenvironmental conditions associated with the failure site and to investigate possible links between the failure mechanism and the site conditions. The study involved an airphoto and map study, a field study, and an assessment of geological and hydrogeological factors. The results of the study were presented and discussed. 7 refs., 1 tab., 10 figs.

  15. Principles of and tips for nitrogen displacement in gas pipeline commissioning

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    Maolin Cui

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Since the West-to-East Pipeline I was put into production, operators have made many attempts and accumulated valuable experiences in gas pipeline commissioning. However, there are still some problems. For example, the injected nitrogen quantity was determined only by experience rather than by quantitative calculation formula; there are some unnecessary steps in the nitrogen displacement process. Therefore, the authors summarized experiences from various scenarios at home and abroad over the past decade, and introduced some innovative practices in the preparation of pipeline commissioning schemes. Particularly, the calculation formula was first developed for the required nitrogen quantity in the commissioning process; the in-turn nitrogen displacement was replaced by the simultaneous way in the paralleling pipes at the stations; nitrogen displacement was abolished in vent and drainage lines; and several other tips were concluded for the nitrogen displacement process. Supported by scientific evidences, previous commissioning experiences and data, the above innovative practices help not only simplify the on-site operation on the premise of safe production but also shorten the nitrogen displacement time greatly, and save a large quantity of nitrogen gas, as a result, the economic benefit is significantly enhanced.

  16. Tunnel construction used as solution for the Cabiunas-REDUC-3 gas pipeline

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    D' Oliveira, Celso A.; Teixeira, Andre N. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-12-19

    The construction of tunnels for pipeline routes has started being adopted as a solution for technical, environmental and safety issues in the oil and gas industry. Although it is not yet a common practice, PETROBRAS decided to use this type of construction on part of 178 extension kilometers of the main line for the Cabiunas-REDUC-3 Gas Pipeline located in the Gavioes mountains in the district of Cachoeiras de Macacu (RJ). The project implementation follows a growing trend of combining efficiency and environmental protection during its execution. Because the region is full of steep grades and is located in an environmentally sensitive area, the use of a tunnel connection removes some of the risks associated with that type of terrain. Among the many technical challenges involved in the project, one must include: access through dense forest, moving personnel, building material and equipment over step terrain and providing protection from corrosion. And as far as protecting the environment is concerned, the use of a pipeline results in a significant reduction in the loss of native vegetation and damage to the ecosystem. To increase these advantages, PETROBRAS seeks to adopt the kinds of construction methods that are most adequate for the challenge at hand, while producing the best results for the project. Whether using new or tried-and-true methods, the focus is always on perfecting the quality of service provided. (author)

  17. Gas Pipeline Transportation: Competing within Ex-Ante Increasing Returns to Scale and Sunk Costs Gas Pipeline Transportation: Competing within Ex-Ante Increasing Returns to Scale and Sunk Costs

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    Ricardo Raineri

    1997-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present decade the Chilean economy has witnessed a vigorous development in the natural gas industry, with cruel battles among competing corporations that look for the success of their gas pipeline projects. This paper analyzes industrial organization implications of gas pipeline transportation technology providing a theoretical foundation for what current believes on natural monopoly's saw as impossible: three gas wars and one gas-electric war. There are two key components that determine the capacity of a gas pipeline: ex-ante increasing returns to scale, and the commitment value of sunk costs, Contrarily to the standard paradigm on natural monopolies, it is shown that ex-ante increasing returns to scale with sunk costs are not sufficient to preclude entry by competing firms, implying that the scale economy in the natural gas pipeline industry does not make it a natural monopoly. Welfare analysis show that strategic entry deterrence has a positive effect on welfare, effect that results from the threat that the potential intruders impose on the incumbent firm. In the present decade the Chilean economy has witnessed a vigorous development in the natural gas industry, with cruel battles among competing corporations that look for the success of their gas pipeline projects. This paper analyzes industrial organization implications of gas pipeline transportation technology providing a theoretical foundation for what current believes on natural monopoly's saw as impossible: three gas wars and one gas-electric war. There are two key components that determine the capacity of a gas pipeline: ex-ante increasing returns to scale, and the commitment value of sunk costs, Contrarily to the standard paradigm on natural monopolies, it is shown that ex-ante increasing returns to scale with sunk costs are not sufficient to preclude entry by competing firms, implying that the scale economy in the natural gas pipeline industry does not make it a natural

  18. Cost Minimization Model of Gas Transmission Line for Indonesian SIJ Pipeline Network

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    Septoratno Siregar

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available Optimization of Indonesian SIJ gas pipeline network is being discussed here. Optimum pipe diameters together with the corresponding pressure distribution are obtained from minimization of total cost function consisting of investment and operating costs and subjects to some physical (Panhandle A and Panhandle B equations constraints. Iteration technique based on Generalized Steepest-Descent and fourth order Runge-Kutta method are used here. The resulting diameters from this continuous optimization are then rounded to the closest available discrete sizes. We have also calculated toll fee along each segment and safety factor of the network by determining the pipe wall thickness, using ANSI B31.8 standard. Sensitivity analysis of toll fee for variation of flow rates is shown here. The result will gives the diameter and compressor size and compressor location that feasible to use for the SIJ pipeline project. The Result also indicates that the east route cost relatively less expensive than the west cost.

  19. Polar gamma ray mode for testing weld quality natural gas pipeline

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    The polar gamma-ray radiography method was studied extensively, gamma ray from Ir 192 source was used to detect weld defects in the main gas pipeline extending from Kh oms to Tripoli, gamma ray radiographic inspections were carried out according to the Astm(1) standards, and the radiographs were analyzed according to quality specifications API(2) standard-1104. The polar gamma ray mode has been applied to specimens of weld joints of pipes used in this pipeline in the reg [the kilometer 118(3)] and [the kilometer 123], and weld joints in the SLR 7 stz in the region [the kilometer 125]. The results obtained from gamma-rays have discussed and analyzed

  20. Regulations associated with the hydrostatic testing of natural gas pipelines. Volume 2. Topical report, May 1992

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    The report examines environmental regulatory issues related to the discharge of hydrostatic test waters generated from the integrity testing of natural gas pipelines. Hydrostatic testing, and proper environmental management of discharged waters is required by DOT regulations. However, disposal of water used to conduct a hydrostatic pipeline test is regulated on a state-by-state basis. State-specific requirements vary widely, ranging from an authorization letter to a complete NPDES permit. In some cases, both federal and state permits must be obtained. Monitoring may be required before and during discharge. While some states have established state-wide discharge limits, the majority of the monitoring requirements are determined on a site-specific basis and can include a variety of parameters. The report is Volume 2 of a 5-volume report series

  1. Web-based continuous internal corrosion monitoring of a sweet natural gas pipeline

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    Cauchi, Sam; Vorozcovs, Andrew [Fiber Optic Systems Technology Inc. (FOX-TEK), Bedford, Nova Scotia (Canada)

    2009-07-01

    Inspection of pipelines susceptible to internal corrosion is a key ingredient in maintaining their reliable throughput. While conventional inspection consisting of in line inspection, radiography and ultrasound remain the mainstay of most integrity programs, challenging circumstances in some cases make the availability of such data inadequate, cost prohibitive, and at times entirely unavailable. These scenarios include aggressive internal corrosion, expensive excavation conditions, low or stagnant flow, and non-piggable pipeline segments. While some gas pipelines in these circumstances are considered relatively low risk and low consequence, due to the significant reclamation costs and cleanup time associated with liquid pipelines, those areas identified as being high-risk are often high-consequence and thus require a specialized inspection solution. For areas deemed to be at high-risk, or areas of low-risk with high consequence, Electrical Field Mapping (EFM) has provided a practical solution to safe operation without introducing expensive and potentially dangerous dig programs. Historically, however, this inspection approach has required manual data acquisition as part of a scheduled EFM site visit schedule. Due to the tedious nature of this data acquisition approach, the remoteness of some pipeline inspection sites and the complexity of data analysis, it has been difficult to closely monitor the most critical assets on a continuous basis. The manual component of this approach also often eliminates EFM as a practical solution due to lack of properly trained personnel. In this paper, we will discuss a new approach to data acquisition where data is acquired, transmitted, analyzed, and displayed completely automatically and remotely with virtually no human overhead or recurring operating costs. An overview of the PinPoint monitoring setup covering 180 degrees of pipe circumference is described. This advanced EFM system allows operators to observe, essentially in real

  2. Large diameter urban gas pipeline in Vancouver, Canada traversing environmentally sensitive areas and very weak marine clays

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    The paper presents the unique geotechnical design and construction aspects of a 24.1 kilometer NPS 42 gas pipeline constructed through a developed urban area. The project involved a total of seven directionally drilled road and stream crossings, 41 horizontally bored road crossings and traversed 3.4 kilometers of very weak sensitive marine clays. The design anticipated that future road and canal expansion in the low lying areas underlain by weak compressible marine clays will result in settlements of the operating pipeline. Measures to ensure long term pipeline integrity under these difficult loading conditions are presented. The environmental considerations associated with the design and construction of this project were of paramount importance. The pipeline crossed several major salmon spawning and rearing areas with one stream crossing located immediately downstream from a major fish hatchery. Measures taken to minimize the environmental impact during construction and operation of this pipeline will also be presented in the paper

  3. 75 FR 38093 - ConocoPhillips Alaska Natural Gas Corporation and Marathon Oil Company; Application for Blanket...

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    2010-07-01

    ... will not jeopardize service to the local markets into which this natural gas might otherwise be sold... critical back-up natural gas supply service for the local market in times of peak needs on the coldest days...Phillips Alaska Natural Gas Corporation and Marathon Oil Company; Application for Blanket Authorization...

  4. 76 FR 53481 - Outer Continental Shelf, Alaska OCS Region, Chukchi Sea Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193

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    ..., Chukchi Sea Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management... Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193, Chukchi Sea, Alaska (OCS EIS/EA BOEMRE 2011-041). BOEMRE... Final EIS, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193, Chukchi Sea Planning Area (OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007-026). BOEMRE...

  5. Worldwide gas marketing

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    Natural gas is an important source of energy throughout the world due to its availability and clean burning characteristics. From liquefied natural gas being shipped via tanker from Alaska to Japan, to natural gas via pipeline from Canada to the US, to inter-country natural gas shipment within the European continent, natural gas continues to expand and justify its place of honor in the world energy picture

  6. Burst strength behaviour of an aging subsea gas pipeline elbow in different external and internal corrosion-damaged positions

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    Lee, Geon Ho; Pouraria, Hassan; Seo, Jung Kwan; Paik, Jeom Kee

    2015-09-01

    Evaluation of the performance of aging structures is essential in the oil and gas industry, where the inaccurate prediction of structural performance can have significantly hazardous consequences. The effects of structure failure due to the significant reduction in wall thickness, which determines the burst strength, make it very complicated for pipeline operators to maintain pipeline serviceability. In other words, the serviceability of gas pipelines and elbows needs to be predicted and assessed to ensure that the burst or collapse strength capacities of the structures remain less than the maximum allowable operation pressure. In this study, several positions of the corrosion in a subsea elbow made of API X42 steel were evaluated using both design formulas and numerical analysis. The most hazardous corrosion position of the aging elbow was then determined to assess its serviceability. The results of this study are applicable to the operational and elbow serviceability needs of subsea pipelines and can help predict more accurate replacement or repair times.

  7. Electricity Transmission, Pipelines, and National Trails. An Analysis of Current and Potential Intersections on Federal Lands in the Eastern United States, Alaska, and Hawaii

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    Kuiper, James A; Krummel, John R; Hlava, Kevin J; Moore, H Robert; Orr, Andrew B; Schlueter, Scott O; Sullivan, Robert G; Zvolanek, Emily A

    2014-03-25

    As has been noted in many reports and publications, acquiring new or expanded rights-of-way for transmission is a challenging process, because numerous land use and land ownership constraints must be overcome to develop pathways suitable for energy transmission infrastructure. In the eastern U.S., more than twenty federally protected national trails (some of which are thousands of miles long, and cross many states) pose a potential obstacle to the development of new or expanded electricity transmission capacity. However, the scope of this potential problem is not well-documented, and there is no baseline information available that could allow all stakeholders to study routing scenarios that could mitigate impacts on national trails. This report, Electricity Transmission, Pipelines, and National Trails: An Analysis of Current and Potential Intersections on Federal Lands in the Eastern United States, was prepared by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne). Argonne was tasked by DOE to analyze the “footprint” of the current network of National Historic and Scenic Trails and the electricity transmission system in the 37 eastern contiguous states, Alaska, and Hawaii; assess the extent to which national trails are affected by electrical transmission; and investigate the extent to which national trails and other sensitive land use types may be affected in the near future by planned transmission lines. Pipelines are secondary to transmission lines for analysis, but are also within the analysis scope in connection with the overall directives of Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and because of the potential for electrical transmission lines being collocated with pipelines. Based on Platts electrical transmission line data, a total of 101 existing intersections with national trails on federal land were found, and 20 proposed intersections. Transmission lines and pipelines are proposed in Alaska; however there are no

  8. Underground pipeline corrosion

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    Orazem, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Underground pipelines transporting liquid petroleum products and natural gas are critical components of civil infrastructure, making corrosion prevention an essential part of asset-protection strategy. Underground Pipeline Corrosion provides a basic understanding of the problems associated with corrosion detection and mitigation, and of the state of the art in corrosion prevention. The topics covered in part one include: basic principles for corrosion in underground pipelines, AC-induced corrosion of underground pipelines, significance of corrosion in onshore oil and gas pipelines, n

  9. Evaluation of Gas Production Potential of Hydrate Deposits in Alaska North Slope using Reservoir Simulations

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    Nandanwar, M.; Anderson, B. J.

    2015-12-01

    Over the past few decades, the recognition of the importance of gas hydrates as a potential energy resource has led to more and more exploration of gas hydrate as unconventional source of energy. In 2002, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) started an assessment to conduct a geology-based analysis of the occurrences of gas hydrates within northern Alaska. As a result of this assessment, many potential gas hydrate prospects were identified in the eastern National Petroleum Reserve Alaska (NPRA) region of Alaska North Slope (ANS) with total gas in-place of about 2 trillion cubic feet. In absence of any field test, reservoir simulation is a powerful tool to predict the behavior of the hydrate reservoir and the amount of gas that can be technically recovered using best suitable gas recovery technique. This work focuses on the advanced evaluation of the gas production potential of hydrate accumulation in Sunlight Peak - one of the promising hydrate fields in eastern NPRA region using reservoir simulations approach, as a part of the USGS gas hydrate development Life Cycle Assessment program. The main objective of this work is to develop a field scale reservoir model that fully describes the production design and the response of hydrate field. Due to the insufficient data available for this field, the distribution of the reservoir properties (such as porosity, permeability and hydrate saturation) are approximated by correlating the data from Mount Elbert hydrate field to obtain a fully heterogeneous 3D reservoir model. CMG STARS is used as a simulation tool to model multiphase, multicomponent fluid flow and heat transfer in which an equilibrium model of hydrate dissociation was used. Production of the gas from the reservoir is carried out for a period of 30 years using depressurization gas recovery technique. The results in terms of gas and water rate profiles are obtained and the response of the reservoir to pressure and temperature changes due to depressurization and hydrate

  10. Vehicle for the detection of stress corrosion cracking in buried gas pipelines

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    Stress corrosion cracking poses a serious threat to aging underground cathodically protected gas pipelines. As coatings deteriorate, local conditions conducive to corrosion and stress corrosion cracking become more common. During the last decade, there have been several ruptures in various places throughout the worked attributed to SCC. One of the most important steps in combating failure by stress corrosion cracking is to perform regular, reliable and cost effective monitoring of the pipelines. Current methods available including hydrotesting and MPI are expensive, time consuming, not conductive to regular testing and are not entirely reliable. Regular testing of pipes will improve understanding of stress corrosion of cracking, initiation, propagation and tolerance. This report describes the present state of development of the ultrasonic pipe inspection vehicle being jointly developed by C.W. Pope and Associates and the Centre for Industrial Control Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australis. The present aim is the evaluation of unpressurized pipelines to record areas of stress corrosion cracking (SSC) at relatively low cost and with minimum sophistication. The several independent areas of the project are rapidly converging together in preparation for the field trials in November. These areas include wheel probe development, signal processing development, hardware development, radio modem communication and software development. Each of these areas are individually addressed in this report

  11. Impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on global oil markets and greenhouse gas emissions

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    Erickson, Peter; Lazarus, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Climate policy and analysis often focus on energy production and consumption, but seldom consider how energy transportation infrastructure shapes energy systems. US President Obama has recently brought these issues to the fore, stating that he would only approve the Keystone XL pipeline, connecting Canadian oil sands with US refineries and ports, if it `does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution'. Here, we apply a simple model to understand the implications of the pipeline for greenhouse gas emissions as a function of any resulting increase in oil sands production. We find that for every barrel of increased production, global oil consumption would increase 0.6 barrels owing to the incremental decrease in global oil prices. As a result, and depending on the extent to which the pipeline leads to greater oil sands production, the net annual impact of Keystone XL could range from virtually none to 110 million tons CO2 equivalent annually. This spread is four times wider than found by the US State Department (1-27 million tons CO2e), who did not account for global oil market effects. The approach used here, common in lifecycle analysis, could also be applied to other pending fossil fuel extraction and supply infrastructure.

  12. Pigging analysis for gas-liquid two phase flow in pipelines

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    A new method to analyze transient phenomena caused by pigging in gas-liquid two-phase flow is developed. During pigging, a pipeline is divided into three sections by two moving boundaries, namely the pig and the leading edge of the liquid slug in front of the pig. The basic equations are mass, momentum and energy conservation equations. The boundary conditions at the moving boundaries are determined from the mass conservation across the boundaries, etc. A finite difference method is used to solve the equations numerically. The method described above is also capable of analyzing transient two-phase flow caused by pressure and flow rate changes. Thus the over-all analysis of transient two-phase flow in pipelines becomes possible. A series of air-water two-phase flow pigging experiments was conducted using 105.3 mm diameter and 1436.5 m long test pipeline. The agreement between the measured and the calculated results is very good

  13. Hierarchical Leak Detection and Localization Method in Natural Gas Pipeline Monitoring Sensor Networks

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    Ning Yu

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In light of the problems of low recognition efficiency, high false rates and poor localization accuracy in traditional pipeline security detection technology, this paper proposes a type of hierarchical leak detection and localization method for use in natural gas pipeline monitoring sensor networks. In the signal preprocessing phase, original monitoring signals are dealt with by wavelet transform technology to extract the single mode signals as well as characteristic parameters. In the initial recognition phase, a multi-classifier model based on SVM is constructed and characteristic parameters are sent as input vectors to the multi-classifier for initial recognition. In the final decision phase, an improved evidence combination rule is designed to integrate initial recognition results for final decisions. Furthermore, a weighted average localization algorithm based on time difference of arrival is introduced for determining the leak point’s position. Experimental results illustrate that this hierarchical pipeline leak detection and localization method could effectively improve the accuracy of the leak point localization and reduce the undetected rate as well as false alarm rate.

  14. Hierarchical leak detection and localization method in natural gas pipeline monitoring sensor networks.

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    Wan, Jiangwen; Yu, Yang; Wu, Yinfeng; Feng, Renjian; Yu, Ning

    2012-01-01

    In light of the problems of low recognition efficiency, high false rates and poor localization accuracy in traditional pipeline security detection technology, this paper proposes a type of hierarchical leak detection and localization method for use in natural gas pipeline monitoring sensor networks. In the signal preprocessing phase, original monitoring signals are dealt with by wavelet transform technology to extract the single mode signals as well as characteristic parameters. In the initial recognition phase, a multi-classifier model based on SVM is constructed and characteristic parameters are sent as input vectors to the multi-classifier for initial recognition. In the final decision phase, an improved evidence combination rule is designed to integrate initial recognition results for final decisions. Furthermore, a weighted average localization algorithm based on time difference of arrival is introduced for determining the leak point's position. Experimental results illustrate that this hierarchical pipeline leak detection and localization method could effectively improve the accuracy of the leak point localization and reduce the undetected rate as well as false alarm rate. PMID:22368464

  15. Use of Polyurethane Coating to Prevent Corrosion in Oil and Gas Pipelines Transfer

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Corrosion is one of the major problems in the oil and gas industry is one that automatically allocates huge sums annually. Polyurethane is a thermoses polymer with various applications. Using form this polymer has spread for military applications by Otto Bayer in 1930. In one general look polyurethane is product of Iso Syanate and ploy with each other, So that: Iso + ploy = polyurethane. Spend large cost for application and launching oil and gas transitions, has cleared the necessity protection from them agonist corrosion. In this direction protection coating with specific properties such as high electricity resistance presented to market by various companies that each of them has special advantage and disadvantages. In this research has tried while analysis coatings specifications of gas and oil transitional pipelines, has compared properties and common qualities of them with each other.

  16. Internal lining of the Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline: a PETROBRAS experience

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    Taves, J.M.D.V.; Sanandres, S.R.; Quintela, J.P. [PETROBRAS (Brazil); Ferreira, S.R.; Fazanaro, A.G. [CONBAF (Brazil)

    1999-07-01

    For the first time in Brazil a large gas pipeline, compared to the largest ones existing in other continents, was designed and built. Reaching for gas transportation high efficiency, an internal coating was applied to obtain a smooth and uniform surface and to reduce the flow friction. The pipe roughness values, with and without coating, considered on technical and economical studies, which determined the application of 5,400,000 m{sup 2} of a 60 {mu}m thick epoxy film inside the pipes must be confirmed. By the time that the original specification had to be modified during application, special care needed to be taken during the gas line construction in order to preserve coating quality until operation starts. (author)

  17. Economics of Undiscovered Oil and Gas in the North Slope of Alaska: Economic Update and Synthesis

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    Attanasi, E.D.; Freeman, P.A.

    2009-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has published assessments by geologists of undiscovered conventional oil and gas accumulations in the North Slope of Alaska; these assessments contain a set of scientifically based estimates of undiscovered, technically recoverable quantities of oil and gas in discrete oil and gas accumulations that can be produced with conventional recovery technology. The assessments do not incorporate economic factors such as recovery costs and product prices. The assessors considered undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources in four areas of the North Slope: (1) the central North Slope, (2) the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA), (3) the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and (4) the area west of the NPRA, called in this report the 'western North Slope'. These analyses were prepared at different times with various minimum assessed oil and gas accumulation sizes and with slightly different assumptions. Results of these past studies were recently supplemented with information by the assessment geologists that allowed adjustments for uniform minimum assessed accumulation sizes and a consistent set of assumptions. The effort permitted the statistical aggregation of the assessments of the four areas composing the study area. This economic analysis is based on undiscovered assessed accumulation distributions represented by the four-area aggregation and incorporates updates of costs and technological and fiscal assumptions used in the initial economic analysis that accompanied the geologic assessment of each study area.

  18. Determination of flow rates of oil, water and gas in pipelines

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    This paper describes a multiphase flow meter developed by CSIRO for determining of the flow rates of oil, water and gas in high pressure pipelines, and the results of a trial of this flow meter on an offshore oil platform. Two gamma-ray transmission gauges are mounted about a pipeline carrying the full flow of oil, water and gas. The flow rates are determined by combining single energy gamma-ray transmission measurements which determine the mass per unit area of fluids in the gamma-ray beam as a function of time, dual energy gamma-ray transmission (DUET) which determine the approximate mass fraction of oil in the liquids, cross-correlation of gamma-ray transmission measurements, with one gauge upstream of the other, which determines flow velocity, pressure and temperature measurements, and knowledge of the specific gravities of oil and (salt) water, and solubility of the gas in the liquids, all as a function of pressure and temperature. 3 figs

  19. Determination of flow rates of oil, water and gas in pipelines

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    Roach, G.J.; Watt, J.S.; Zastawny, H.W. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia). Div. of Mineral Physics

    1993-12-31

    This paper describes a multiphase flow meter developed by CSIRO for determining of the flow rates of oil, water and gas in high pressure pipelines, and the results of a trial of this flow meter on an offshore oil platform. Two gamma-ray transmission gauges are mounted about a pipeline carrying the full flow of oil, water and gas. The flow rates are determined by combining single energy gamma-ray transmission measurements which determine the mass per unit area of fluids in the gamma-ray beam as a function of time, dual energy gamma-ray transmission (DUET) which determine the approximate mass fraction of oil in the liquids, cross-correlation of gamma-ray transmission measurements, with one gauge upstream of the other, which determines flow velocity, pressure and temperature measurements, and knowledge of the specific gravities of oil and (salt) water, and solubility of the gas in the liquids, all as a function of pressure and temperature. 3 figs.

  20. A novel process for small-scale pipeline natural gas liquefaction

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    Highlights: • A novel process was proposed to liquefy natural gas by utilizing the pressure exergy. • The process is zero energy consumption. • The maximum liquefaction rate of the process is 12.61%. • The maximum exergy utilization rate is 0.1961. • The economic analysis showed that the payback period of the process is quit short. - Abstract: A novel process for small-scale pipeline natural gas liquefaction is designed and presented. The novel process can utilize the pressure exergy of the pipeline to liquefy a part of natural gas without any energy consumption. The thermodynamic analysis including mass, energy balance and exergy analysis are adopted in this paper. The liquefaction rate and exergy utilization rate are chosen as the objective functions. Several key parameters are optimized to approach the maximum liquefaction rate and exergy utilization rate. The optimization results showed that the maximum liquefaction rate is 12.61% and the maximum exergy utilization rate is 0.1961. What is more, the economic performances of the process are also discussed and compared by using the maximum liquefaction rate and exergy utilization rate as indexes. In conclusion, the novel process is suitable for pressure exergy utilization due to its simplicity, zero energy consumption and short payback period

  1. Performance of expellers in evacuating gas pipelines-Part I: Measurements, models and field verification

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    This is a two-part paper. Part (I) presents results of measurements conducted on two different types of expellers of various sizes mounted on matching or mismatching size stacks, with equivalent flow resistance imposed by the gas pipeline section. Expeller performance in terms of its induction ratio has been found to be correlated to the system equivalent flow resistance coefficient in the form of a power-law. It was also found that the induction ratio deteriorates significantly as flow resistance is increased, and that manufacturer's specifications are typically given for full-size free-access inlet (i.e. with no flow resistance). In the field this is never the case, and hence the methodology adopted here in quantifying the performance characteristics is useful in practical applications. A model based on these characteristics has been developed for any asymmetric expelling system. Model results indicate that there is a stonewall limiting characteristic of the system beyond which, a larger size expeller does not induce higher suction flows. Two practical aspects are highlighted: (1) requirements for equal suction flows on both sides of the work-site and (2) time to complete one full sweep of pipeline gas with ambient fresh air. Effects of plug valves installed on blowdown stacks and effects of driving the expellers with natural gas are discussed in a companion paper (Part II)

  2. Quantitative Assessment of Vegetation Renaturation and Soil Degradation and their Control by Climate and Ground Factors along Rights-of-Way of Petroleum/Gas Pipelines, Azerbaijan

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    Bayramov, Emil

    2013-01-01

    The construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Oil and South Caucasus Gas (SCP) pipelines was completed in 2005. The Azerbaijan section of BTC Oil and SCP Gas pipelines is 442 km long and 44 m wide corridor named as the Right-of-Way. BTC and SCP pipelines are aligned parallel to each other within the same 44m corridor. The construction process of the pipelines significantly disturbed vegetation and soil cover along Right-of-Way of pipelines. The revegetation and erosion control measures were c...

  3. THE VARIATION OF THE STRESSES IN THE AREA OF DIAMETER CHANGE IN GAS PIPELINES

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    MARCU FRATILA

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an analysis of the variation of stresses at a gas pipeline in a geometric discontinuity zone of the diameter. The analysis was performed by assimilating the pipe area with variable diameter with an axially symmetric structure loaded with internal pressure. Stresses were determined using the method of moments, theory for axially symmetrical structures. The analysis was performed according to a set of parameters that define the geometry of a joining between a conical frustum and a cylinder and the loading mode with internal pressure. Efforts and stresses were determined in the meridian direction and in the circumferential direction adjacent coatings combining the two axially symmetries.

  4. FEATURES OF CORROSION ACTIVITY OF MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES OF GAS-PIPELINE FERROSPHERE LAID IN SANDY SOIL

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    Демченко, Н. Р.; Курмакова, I. М.; Третяк, О. П.

    2015-01-01

    Aim. To study the sulfidogenic microbial communities road gas-pipeline ferrospheres laid in the sandy soil and the determination of its composition was the aim of this research work. Methods. The method of limiting dilution (plating cell suspension to appropriate liquid selection medium) was used for detection and isolation of the components of communities of bacteria and microscopic fungi complex. Due to quantitative and qualitative composition, sulfidogenic community of ferrospheres in corr...

  5. Nord stream: not just a pipeline. An analysis of the political debates in the Baltic Sea region regarding the planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany

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    Whist, Bendik Solum

    2008-11-15

    This report is an analysis of the planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea known as Nord Stream. Although not yet realised, the project has, since its birth, been the subject of harsh criticism and opposition by a significant number of states that consider themselves affected by the pipeline. Whereas the Baltic States and Poland have interpreted the pipeline as a politically motivated strategy that will increase Russia's leverage on them and threaten their energy security, the debate in Sweden was at first mostly concerned with the prospect of increased Russian military presence in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone. The potential environmental impact of the pipeline has been, and continues to be, an overarching concern shared by all the littoral states of the Baltic Sea. Proponents of Nord Stream, most notably Germany, Russia and the Nord Stream consortium, have largely dismissed the concerns as unwarranted and argue that the pipeline is a common European project that all EU-members should embrace, as it will provide much-needed gas to an increasingly energy-thirsty union. This report is an extensive study of the divergent attitudes and debates that have surged in the region regarding Nord Stream, and the aim is to provide plausible explanations as to why the interpretations of the project have been so different in the various states. The report is based on a variety of sources, including several first-hand interviews with researchers and government officials in the Baltic Sea region. (author). refs.,fig.,tabs

  6. Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of Alaska

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    This assessment was conducted to fulfill the requirements of section 712 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and to contribute to knowledge of the storage, fluxes, and balance of carbon and methane gas in ecosystems of Alaska. The carbon and methane variables were examined for major terrestrial ecosystems (uplands and wetlands) and inland aquatic ecosystems in Alaska in two time periods: baseline (from 1950 through 2009) and future (projections from 2010 through 2099). The assessment used measured and observed data and remote sensing, statistical methods, and simulation models. The national assessment, conducted using the methodology described in SIR 2010-5233, has been completed for the conterminous United States, with results provided in three separate regional reports (PP 1804, PP 1797, and PP 1897).

  7. National Assessment of Oil and Gas Project - Northern Alaska Gas Hydrate Total Petroleum System, Northern Alaska Province (001) Assessment Units

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — The Assessment Unit is the fundamental unit used in the National Assessment Project for the assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources. The Assessment Unit is...

  8. Analysis of the changes in the consumption profile of the system use gas in Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline after integration with the Campinas-Rio Gas Pipeline; Analise das alteracoes do perfil de consumo de gas de sistema no Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil apos a interligacao deste gasoduto com o Campinas-Rio

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    Santos, Almir Beserra dos; Bisaggio, Helio da Cunha; Veloso, Luciano de Gusmao [Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Gas Natural e Biocombustiveis (ANP), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The natural gas pipeline transport is carried out by one or more compression stations. Each station possesses one or more compressors. The compressor's fuel is usually natural gas itself. The amount of natural gas consumed by the compressors fluctuates daily according to the demand at the city-gates. The daily operational result of a pipeline is known as imbalance. The imbalance is the difference between the natural gas entering into a in a pipeline and the volume delivered in the city-gates added to system use gas. The imbalance analyses in a pipeline that uses natural gas powered compressors requires the analyses of the system use gas. The aim of this work is to study the system use gas in the Bolivia-Brazil pipeline using the available data from the Superintendencia de Comercializacao e Movimentacao de Petroleo, seus Derivados e Gas Natural - ANP and compare the change of the volume consumed before and after the entry into operation of the Campinas-Rio gas pipeline. (author)

  9. Logistic management system for natural gas transportation by pipelines; Sistema de gestao de logistica de transporte de gas por gasodutos

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    Santos, Sidney Pereira dos; Castro, Antonio Orestes de Salvo [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Leal, Jose Eugenio [Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    An efficient management of the natural gas business chain, based on pipeline transmission network and taking into consideration the interaction between the main players such as shippers, suppliers, transmission companies and local distribution companies, requires the use of decision-making support systems to maximize resources and mitigate contingencies due to gas supply shortfalls, operational contingencies from scheduled and non-scheduled equipment outages as well as market demand shortfalls. This work presents a practical utilization of technologies such as thermohydraulic simulation of gas flow through pipelines, Monte Carlo simulation for compressor station availability studies and economic risk evaluation related to potential revenue losses and contractual penalties and linear programming for maximization and minimization objective function. The proposed system allows the definition of the optimum availability level to be maintained by the Transporter, by means of installing redundancy, to mitigate losses related to revenue and contractual penalties. Identifies, quantifies and justifies economically the installation of stand-by compressor units, mitigating Transporter exposure to losses due to capacity shortfalls as consequence of scheduled and non-scheduled outages. (author)

  10. Vale do Aco pipeline: pipeline natural gas implementation in ArcelorMittal Monlevade steel work; Gasoduto Vale do Aco: implantacao do gas natural via gasoduto na ArcelorMittal Monlevade

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    Goncalves, Eduardo Sergio da Silva; Arantes, Luiz Flavio Mourao; Ribeiro, Vicente Aleixo Pinheiro [ArcelorMittal Monlevade, Joao Monlevade, MG (Brazil)

    2011-12-21

    Since September 2010, ArcelorMittal Monlevade has gained flexibility and an important opportunity to reduce the cost of its energy mix due to the arrival of the Natural Gas (NG) via Steel Valley Pipeline. The proposal of the project included the substitution of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Fuel Oil and Compressed Natural Gas for natural gas via pipeline. To support the investment decision, in addition to domestic economic and technical aspects, the macro economic environment concerning the NG was also taken into account. This paper shows the analysis for adjustment of internal equipment, the structure of the contract, the conceptual project of the gas distribution built inside the main events, the gains achieved, the alternatives for the acquisition of NG and operational flexibility of ArcelorMittal Monlevade in case of interruption of supply of natural gas. (author)

  11. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA of Gas Pipeline Transmission (Case Study: Duzduzan – Ahar

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    Saeed Karimi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The national gas transmission Ahar – Duzduzan, transmit fresh gas in the West north of Iran. According to Iran’s environmental regulation, construction and operation of pipelines is required EIA studies. Due to this linear project it is required to develop a particular EIA methodology on this kind of projects. Therefore at first we attempted to get a real knowledge about environmental endnotes of project with library and field studies. Along with reviewing the technical resources of the project, attempted to identify all of the construction and operation activities. Finally two methods of explanatory checklist and simplified matrix selected for EIA. In The construction phase 19 micro activities have evaluated in front of about 12 environmental factors (in the various environments. In the construction phase, activities such as; excavation, embankment and excavation show the greatest negative impact on the whole environment of area. And the most important activity with positive effects on the aforementioned factors is manpower recruitment. Also In the operation phase 15 micro activities have evaluated in front of about 15 environmental factors (in the various environments. In the Operation phase activities such as; grazing, vehicle traffic and wastewater production can have negative effects. Most positive impacts on environmental factors are revenue and welfare, employment levels, commerce and manning activities, immigration control and air quality. Most of the Operation phase effects are positive which involve; exploitation of gas or natural gas transportation and gas pipeline monitoring. According to the developed methodology it is necessary to use RS and GIS tools in the study current environment situation, routing environmental alternatives and make land use maps of transmission path. With regard to all issues presented in explanatory checklist of this project and also previous clauses from the standpoint of environmental compliance

  12. Gas hydrate accumulations at the Alaska North Sloge: total assessment based on 3D petroleum system modeling

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    Pinero, Elena; Hensen, Christian; Haeckel, Matthias; Wallmann, Klaus; Rottke, Wolf; Fuchs, Thomas; Schenk, Oliver

    2014-01-01

    The Alaska North Slope comprises an area of about 400,000 km2 including prominent gas and oil fields. Gas hydrates occur widely at the Alaska North Slope. A recent assessment by the USGS estimates 0.7-4.47 x 1012 m3 of technically recoverable gas hydrates based on well data and drilled hydrate accumulations. In spring 2012 a production field trial, testing CO2/N2 injection and depressurization, was conducted by USDOE/JOGMEC/ConocoPhillips at the Ignik Sikumi site. The 3D geolog...

  13. Influence of the key parameters of suspended structures on the inherent frequency of oil and gas pipelines

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    Tao, S. Y.; Liu, Q. Y.; Wang, G. R.; Jiang, J. C.

    2015-10-01

    Inherent frequency is an important parameter that reflects the dynamic stability of fluid-conveying pipelines. In engineering applications, the inherent frequency of pipelines is usually increased to improve their dynamic stability. The flow velocity and pressure of oil and gas pipelines cannot be altered freely. Among all of the parameters that affect the inherent frequency of suspended pipelines, the flexural stiffness of the stiffening girder, the tensile force of the cable system, and the pipe-axial precompression force are the most important. Revealing the influence laws of these three parameters could provide theoretical support for engineering designs. In this paper, a suspended crossing pipeline project was simplified as a Hetenyi's elastic foundation model. The flexural stiffness of the stiffening girder and the tensile force of the cable system were simplified as the foundation parameters G and K, respectively. The influence regularities of G, K, and the pipe-axial precompression force T on the pipeline inherent frequency were analyzed. According to the numerical simulation results, the ranks of these three parameters in descending order of importance were G, T, and K. During construction, G should be increased as much as possible. If the inherent frequency needs to be improved while pipelines have already been built up, it should be firstly considered to increase T, to values higher than zero if possible. On this basis, the further improvement of K could achieve a better result.

  14. Loading and stress analysis of gas pipeline structures; Analise de esforcos e tensoes em estruturas de gasodutos durante despressurizacoes

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    Frisoli, Caetano [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Frota, Cristiane Souto [TBG - Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia Brasil S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Silva, Luis Fernando Figueira da; Carvalho, Marcio da Silveira [Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica; Savi, Marcelo Amorim [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia. Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica; Pacheco, Pedro Manuel Calas Lopes [Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica do Rio de Janeiro (CEFET-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    Repairing and maintenance activities on Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline often need blow down lines. During the blow down process, the high speed of discharging gases imposes great efforts to the structures. A detailed analysis of this situation is essential for a safe operation. This paper describes two phases of a project, developed under TBG coordination. It consists in analyzing the stress and forces involved in this operation, in order to design facilities to blow down pipes and develop a safe blow down procedure for the gas pipeline. The first phase consists of a supersonic flowing simulation in the blow down gas pipeline device. The pressure behavior, mass flow and the speed at the device's ending point are calculated for different operational conditions. In the second phase, the equivalent loading caused by blow down operations is used as input in a stress analysis program to determine stress, critical sessions evaluation and material recommendations for blow down devices. (author)

  15. An Improved Negative Pressure Wave Method for Natural Gas Pipeline Leak Location Using FBG Based Strain Sensor and Wavelet Transform

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    Qingmin Hou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Methods that more quickly locate leakages in natural gas pipelines are urgently required. In this paper, an improved negative pressure wave method based on FBG based strain sensors and wavelet analysis is proposed. This method takes into account the variation in the negative pressure wave propagation velocity and the gas velocity variation, uses the traditional leak location formula, and employs Compound Simpson and Dichotomy Searching for solving this formula. In addition, a FBG based strain sensor instead of a traditional pressure sensor was developed for detecting the negative pressure wave signal produced by leakage. Unlike traditional sensors, FBG sensors can be installed anywhere along the pipeline, thus leading to high positioning accuracy through more frequent installment of the sensors. Finally, a wavelet transform method was employed to locate the pressure drop points within the FBG signals. Experiment results show good positioning accuracy for natural gas pipeline leakage, using this new method.

  16. Examination Of Defect In Gas Pipeline By Gamma Transmission Scanning And Computed Tomography Techniques

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    The transmission gamma scanning and computed tomography (CT) are advanced non-destructive testing techniques which can provide visual information to end-user. In recent years, industrial gamma scanning and CT equipment have been continuously improved in physical configuration and image reconstruction software have been supplemented with advanced algorithms, that can satisfy end-users with high quality computed tomography images. The first generation CT system with configuration of one source - one detector which is designed and fabricated by the Centre for Applications of Nuclear Technique in Industry (CANTI) is a dedicated equipment for examination of corrosion, erosion or blockage in petroleum pipeline. The equipment have two options of measurement: gamma transmission scanning and computed tomography scanning. The associated image reconstruction software have three image reconstruction algorithms: analytical (FBP), algebraic (ART) and statistical (EM) along with some advanced image processing techniques. CANTI had utilized the equipment to examine some fraction of gas transportation pipeline of PetroVietnam Gas Company, detected and evaluated the extent of defects, quickly providing useful information for the inspection and maintenance tasks of the client. (author)

  17. Capital structure in LNG infrastructures and gas pipelines projects: Empirical evidences and methodological issues

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    This paper provides new empirical insights on the capital structure of project-financed LNG infrastructures and gas pipeline projects, by using data relating to projects whose financial close occurred between June 2004 and March 2011. Most results are consistent with the basic view of risk-averse funds suppliers. Especially, the projects located in risky countries and larger projects tend to exhibit lower debt ratios and less-concentrated equity ownerships. In addition, regasification projects appear to have a more diluted equity ownership. Methodological issues raised by the financing of these projects are also examined from a capital-budgeting perspective. In particular, the equity residual method, usually used by industrial practitioners to value these projects, should be adjusted. - Highlights: • This paper provides new empirical insights on the capital structure of project-financed LNG and gas pipeline infrastructures. • Most of our results are consistent with the basic view of risk-averse funds suppliers. • Projects located in risky countries exhibit lower debt ratios and less-concentrated equity ownerships. • Larger projects and regasification projects also have less concentrated equity ownerships. • From a capital-budgeting viewpoint, we examine methodological issues raised by the financing of these projects

  18. Monitoring internal corrosion in natural gas pipelines; Monitoracao da corrosao interna em gasodutos

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    Nobrega, Ana C.V.; Silva, Djalma R.; Pimenta, Gutemberg S. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN (Brazil); Barbosa, Andrea F.F. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas

    2003-07-01

    For susceptibilities to the corrosion of the pipelines and equipment made in carbon steel and used by the natural gas, it makes be necessary to identify the acting corrosive agents and monitoring them along time, controlling failures for internal corrosion. Also, of that process it origins the black powder (solid particles) that can not commit the structural integrity of the equipment, but it can also bring the company other implications very serious, like quality of the sold product, as well as stops due to blockages and wastes for erosion of the equipment. The monitoring methodology and control of the corrosion in field consisted of the use of corrosion test equipment, chemical characterization of samples of black powder and liquids and analysis of the operational data of processes and plants. Like this, it was identified for the gas pipeline in analysis the most responsible parameters for the corrosive action of the fluid, establishing a controlling methodology and operational actions to maintain the corrosion rates at safe levels and structural warranty of the same. (author)

  19. Incorporating vapor corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) in oil and gas pipeline additive formulations

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    Kharshan, M.; Furman, A. [Cortec Corp., St. Paul, MN (United States)

    1998-12-31

    Two new oil and gas pipeline additives were formulated utilizing volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIS). These products provide a very high level of protection for steel subjected to different types of corrosive petrochemicals due to surface adsorption and vapor phase action environments. The formulation work was based on fatty acid imidazoline chemistry combined with different organic acids. Different surfactants were used to provide maximum wetting properties to the inhibitor and faster transport of inhibitor from the oil or gas phase to the water. Vapor corrosion inhibitors were introduced in the formulation. A Windows-compatible software was used to identify the vital factors that affect the quality of the product. The protective properties of newly developed inhibitors were evaluated in various types of corrosive mediums.

  20. The monitoring system of the pipeline safety of the coal mine gas drainage based on the optic fiber sensing technology

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    Li, Yan-fang; Wei, Yubin; Zhang, Tingting; Zhao, Yanjie; Lv, Lei; Liu, Tong-yu

    2013-09-01

    Based on the technology of the spectrum absorption and the FBG, the monitoring system realize on line detection of the concentration of methane and oxygen, the temperature and the pressure of the gas in pipeline, and in order to improve the accuracy of the gas detection, we induce the compensation to the gas concentration using the data of the temperature and the pressure. In order to have a effective utilization of the methane in the coal mine gas drainage system, we have to have a accurate measurements of the concentration, the temperature and the pressure of the gas in pipeline. At the same time the dynamic monitoring of the concentration of Oxygen is a sign of the leakage of the pump. This paper gave some data detected in the field of the coal mine gas drainage system.

  1. Permafrost-associated gas hydrates of Northern Alaska: A possible source of atmospheric methane

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    Numerous researchers have suggested that destabilized gas hydrates may be contributing to this buildup in atmospheric methane. Little is known about the geologic or geochemical nature of gas hydrates, even though they are known to occur in numerous arctic sedimentary basins. Because of the abundance of available geologic data, the author's research has focused on assessing the distribution of gas hydrates within the onshore regions of northern Alaska; currently, onshore permafrost-associated gas hydrates are believed to be insulated from most atmospheric temperature changes and are not at this time an important source of atmospheric methane. Their onshore gas hydrate studies, however, can be used to develop geologic analogs for potential gas hydrate occurrences within unexplored areas, such as the thermally unstable nearshore continental shelf. On the North Slope, gas hydrates have been identified in 36 industry wells by using well-log responses calibrated to the response of an interval in one well where gas hydrates were recovered in a core by an oil company. Most gas hydrates they identified occur in six laterally continuous Upper Cretaceous and lower Tertiary sandstone and conglomerate units; all these hydrates are geographically restricted to the area overlying the eastern part of the Kuparuk River Oil Field and the western part of the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. Stable carbon isotope geochemical analysis of well cuttings suggests that the identified hydrates originated from a mixture of deep-source thermogenic gas and shallow microbial gas that was either directly converted to gas hydrate or first concentrated in existing traps and later converted to gas hydrate. They postulate that the thermogenic gas migrated from deeper reservoirs along the faults thought to be migration pathways for the large volumes of shallow, heavy oil found in the same area

  2. Integration of Wind Energy, Hydrogen and Natural Gas Pipeline Systems to Meet Community and Transportation Energy Needs: A Parametric Study

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    Shahryar Garmsiri; Marc A. Rosen; Gordon Rymal Smith

    2014-01-01

    The potential benefits are examined of the “Power-to-Gas†(P2G) scheme to utilize excess wind power capacity by generating hydrogen (or potentially methane) for use in the natural gas distribution grid. A parametric analysis is used to determine the feasibility and size of systems producing hydrogen that would be injected into the natural gas grid. Specifically, wind farms located in southwestern Ontario, Canada are considered. Infrastructure requirements, wind farm size, pipeline capacity...

  3. 天然气长输管道运行优化%Operations of long-distance natural gas pipeline

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    吴东

    2015-01-01

    天然气管道运输由于较长的运输距离,面临着复杂的环境因素,要想确保燃气安全运输,必须加强管道的运行管理。如果天然气长输管道运行管理不当,不仅可能导致管道失效、介质泄漏,造成环境污染和经济损失,影响用气单位和天然气用户的正常生产生活;其潜在可能发生的燃烧爆炸事故具有更大的危险性。因此,必须采取相应措施减小安全隐患发生的可能性,加强天然气长输管道运行优化,保证管道的安全平稳运行。本文分析了天然气管道运输运行中的隐患问题,提出了天然气长输管道运行优化措施,以供参考。%Due to the long transport distances,natural gas pipeline faces complex environmental factors. In order to ensure the safe transport,it needs to strengthen the management of pipeline operation. If the long-distance gas pipeline is not properly managed,it may cause pipeline failure,and media leaks. And it will also cause environmental pollution and economic losses,which affects the normal production of gas units and gas users. Therefore,it must take appropriate measures to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of a security risk,to optimize long-distance gas pipeline management,and to ensure pipeline running smoothly and safely. This paper will analyze the natural gas pipeline running problems,and come up with measures oflong-distance gas pipeline operation optimization.

  4. [Research on lateral shearing interferometer for field monitoring of natural gas pipeline leak].

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    Zhang, Xue-Feng; Gao, Yu-Bin

    2012-09-01

    Aimed at the mechanical scanning spectroscopy equipment with poor anti-interference and anti-jamming ability, which affects the accuracy of its natural gas pipeline leak detection in the wild, a new type of lateral shearing interferometer system was designed. The system uses a beam splitter to get optical path difference by a mechanical scanning part, and it cancel the introduction of external vibration interference through the linkage between the two beam splitterw. The interference intensity of interference fringes produced was calculated, and analysis of a rotating beam splitter corresponds to the angle of the optical path difference function, solving for the maximum angle of the forward rotation and reverse rotation, which is the maximum optical path range. Experiments using the gas tank deflated simulated natural gas pipeline leak process, in the interference conditions, and the test data of the type WQF530 spectrometer and the new type of lateral shearing interferometer system were comparedt. The experimental results show that the relative error of both systems is about 1% in indoor conditions without interference. However, in interference environment, the error of WQF530 type spectrometer becomes larger, more than 10%, but the error of the new type of lateral shearing interferometer system is still below 5%. The detection accuracy of the type WQF530 spectrometer decreased significantly due to the environment. Therefore, the seismic design of the system can effectively offset power deviation and half-width increases of center wavelength caused by external interference, and compared to conventional mechanical scanning interferometer devices the new system is more suitable for field detection. PMID:23240445

  5. AIRBORNE, OPTICAL REMOTE SENSING OF METHANE AND ETHANE FOR NATURAL GAS PIPELINE LEAK DETECTION

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    Jerry Myers

    2003-05-13

    Ophir Corporation was awarded a contract by the U. S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory under the Project Title ''Airborne, Optical Remote Sensing of Methane and Ethane for Natural Gas Pipeline Leak Detection'' on October 14, 2002. This six-month technical report summarizes the progress for each of the proposed tasks, discusses project concerns, and outlines near-term goals. Ophir has completed a data survey of two major natural gas pipeline companies on the design requirements for an airborne, optical remote sensor. The results of this survey are disclosed in this report. A substantial amount of time was spent on modeling the expected optical signal at the receiver at different absorption wavelengths, and determining the impact of noise sources such as solar background, signal shot noise, and electronic noise on methane and ethane gas detection. Based upon the signal to noise modeling and industry input, Ophir finalized the design requirements for the airborne sensor, and released the critical sensor light source design requirements to qualified vendors. Responses from the vendors indicated that the light source was not commercially available, and will require a research and development effort to produce. Three vendors have responded positively with proposed design solutions. Ophir has decided to conduct short path optical laboratory experiments to verify the existence of methane and absorption at the specified wavelength, prior to proceeding with the light source selection. Techniques to eliminate common mode noise were also evaluated during the laboratory tests. Finally, Ophir has included a summary of the potential concerns for project success and has established future goals.

  6. Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Level of A Natural Gas Pipeline – Case Study from A to B Point in West Java-Indonesia

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    Dianita Cindy

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Indonesia is one of the highest greenhouse emitters in the world. As a response of this problem, Indonesia declared the national action plan to focus on national greenhouse gas (GHG reduction by 26 % by 2020. To achieve this target, Government puts energy sector as one of the top priorities since it is the second strongest contributor to national GHG emissions. The main purpose of this paper is to apply the method of fugitive emissions calculation to the existing natural gas pipeline in Indonesia. Fugitive emissions are the major component of GHG emissions from natural gas systems and methane (CH4, the primary component of natural gas pipeline, is a potent GHG. Tiered approaches from Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA are implemented in this paper as the estimation guidelines. A case study of a natural gas pipeline system in Indonesia is analyzed to compare the GHG emissions level resulted from Tier 1 and Tier 2 methods. In these methods, the input data are pipeline length, the number of compressor stations, and the number of meter and pressure regulation stations. In this case, the GHG emissions level of Tier 2 is significantly different from Tier 1. The variation of pipeline length shows that for the length under 479.2 miles, Tier 1 gives lower amount of CO2 equivalent than Tier 2. The differences of these estimation methods and results can be furtherly developed to provide relevant information and recommendation for the Companies and Government to record the emissions level from natural gas transmission pipeline according to their needs and purposes.

  7. Real Time Implementation of Incremental Fuzzy Logic Controller for Gas Pipeline Corrosion Control

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    Gopalakrishnan Jayapalan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A robust virtual instrumentation based fuzzy incremental corrosion controller is presented to protect metallic gas pipelines. Controller output depends on error and change in error of the controlled variable. For corrosion control purpose pipe to soil potential is considered as process variable. The proposed fuzzy incremental controller is designed using a very simple control rule base and the most natural and unbiased membership functions. The proposed scheme is tested for a wide range of pipe to soil potential control. Performance comparison between the conventional proportional integral type and proposed fuzzy incremental controller is made in terms of several performance criteria such as peak overshoot, settling time, and rise time. Result shows that the proposed controller outperforms its conventional counterpart in each case. Designed controller can be taken in automode without waiting for initial polarization to stabilize. Initial startup curve of proportional integral controller and fuzzy incremental controller is reported. This controller can be used to protect any metallic structures such as pipelines, tanks, concrete structures, ship, and offshore structures.

  8. A Study on Inhibitors for the Prevention of Hydrate Formation in Gas Transmission Pipeline

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    2007-01-01

    Gas Hydrate is usually formed during the transportation and treatment of oil and gas,resulting in the plugging of gas pipeline and equipment. Three thermodynanic calculation formulas are analyzed to deal with this problem. The lowering of the freezing point of the inhibitors △T is used to calculate the formation temperature of natural gas hydrates. This is. considered to be a good approach because it is not limited by what kind and what concentration of inhibitors one uses. Besides, the rate of lowering of the freezing point could be easily measured. The result of testing methanol and mono-ethylene glycol in a reactor shows that adding 10% inhibitors to the reactor can prevent the hydrates formation.Kinetic inhibitors are favored in the present research. They are divided into two types, polymer and surface-active agents. Their characteristics, mechanisms, and application prospect are separately discussed.Polymer inhibitors exhibit better efficiency. The result of field application of VC-713 inhibiter is also given in this article. In practice, the combination of thermodynamic inhibitors and kinetic inhibitors gives better result.

  9. Energy Equation Derivation of the Oil-Gas Flow in Pipelines Dérivation de l’équation d’énergie de l’écoulement huile-gaz dans des pipelines

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    Duan J.M; Wang W; Zhang Y; Zheng L.J.; Liu H.S.; Gong J

    2012-01-01

    In the simulation of oil-gas pipeline multiphase flow, thermodynamic computation is an important process interacting with the hydraulic calculation and it influences the convergence of the program and the accuracy of the results. The form of the energy equation is the key to the thermodynamic computation. Based on the energy equation of oil-gas flow in pipeline, the Explicit Temperature Drop Formula (ETDF) is derived for oilgas steady state temperature calculation. This new energy equation ha...

  10. Offer a New Model to Prevent Formation of Hydrate in Gas Pipeline in Gas Refinery

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    Amir Samimi

    2012-01-01

    Water molecules by making hydrogen joint with its molecules creates holes in which quest molecules will be trapped and by creating van deer Waals joint with water molecules, hydrates crystals will be produced. Natural gas and crude oil in natural exist in underground reservoirs are in contact with water. Hydration needs condition which consists of having water in pipe line, high pressure (pressure always is high because of reinforcing gas pressure in gas transportation pipe lines), low temper...

  11. Papers of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association's 7. annual climate change workshop : energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction opportunities

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    This conference focused on the role that Canadian pipeline companies will play in addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Ninety-five per cent of Canada's oil and gas is transported by pipeline. The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is a national association representing all the major crude oil and natural gas transportation companies in Canada which operate 100,000 kilometres of pipeline in the country. CEPA's ongoing commitment to climate change includes a commitment to participate in the climate change process, share best management practices, develop energy efficient technology, and position Canadian companies so that they can be part of the solution. It was emphasized that a strong commitment to an effective innovation strategy will be crucial to a successful long term energy policy that meets both economic and environmental objectives. One of the key messages at the conference was that Canada's climate change policies should be consistent with those of the United States, its major trading partner, to ensure that Canada is not placed at a competitive disadvantage within North American and world energy markets. It was also noted that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced in all consuming and producing sectors of the economy through energy efficiency practices and not through reductions in Canadian industry output for domestic or export markets. Five presentations were indexed separately for inclusion in the database. tabs., figs

  12. The Corrosion control in the Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline; O controle da corrosao no Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil

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    Coelho, Jorge Fernando Pereira [TBG - Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia Brasil S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    This paper presents the techniques and procedures adopted for the corrosion control of the Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline. In buried pipes, the corrosion process may occur on the external surface in contact with the surrounding soil as well on the internal surface in contact with the conveyed fluid, being necessary the simultaneous mitigation of the both processes. (author)

  13. Application of pre-stressed technology in the crossing construction of the China–Myanmar Gas Pipeline

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Concrete structure is commonly used in the anchorages of a large cable-suspended pipeline crossing construction. With the increase of span and load, the stress on the concrete anchorages may rise rapidly. In case of traditional anchoring structure fixed by anchor rods, concrete cracking will occur, thereby reducing the anchorage life. To solve this problem, the pre-stressed structure was designed to effectively improve the efficiency of anchoring and reduce engineering cost. In the crossing construction of China–Myanmar Gas Pipeline, the pre-stressed technology was used to establish an effective pre-stressed anchoring system, which integrates the pre-stressed structures (e.g. tunnel anchorages in the anchors and the optimization measures (e.g. positioning mode, anchorage structure, concrete placement, pre-stressed, and medium injection, in line with the crossing structure and load features of this project. The system can delay the occurrence of concrete cracking and enhance the stress durability of the structure and anchoring efficiency. This technology has been successfully applied in the crossing construction of China–Myanmar Gas Pipeline, with good economic and social benefits, indicating that this technology is a new effective solution to the optimization of suspended pipeline anchorage structures, providing technical support for the development of pipeline crossing structure.

  14. Factors influencing stress corrosion cracking of gas transmission pipelines: Detailed studies following a pipeline failure. Part 2: Pipe metallurgy and mechanical testing

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    Wilmott, M.J.; Diakow, D.A.

    1996-12-31

    Following a failure caused by stress corrosion cracking (SCC) on an NPS 8 pipeline in the Nova Gas Transmission (NGTL) system, a detailed investigation was undertaken to understand the contributing factors resulting in the failure. Studies included site characterization using the NOVAProbe, followed by a detailed excavation, sampling, pipe replacement and subsequent metallurgical analysis. In total, 1.1 km of pipe was inspected and replaced. This paper will detail the results of pipe inspection, mechanical testing and metallurgical results of pipe inspection, mechanical testing and metallurgical analysis following excavation. Possible correlation of the results with potential SCC severity is discussed.

  15. Simplification of executive procedures for construction and assembly of terrestrial gas pipelines through illustrations

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    Filho, Mario D.C.; Bresci, Claudio T.; Dantas, Augusto Cesar de C.; Machado, Clara C. Torres S. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Sobreiro, Flavia L. [Telsan Engenharia, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    This study aims to show a simple, efficient and fun method that seeks to minimize the weaknesses and help to increase the perception of risk analysis and systematization the operation discipline. This project uses the methodology of images illustrated in the executive procedures, and is based on the activities of construction and assembly, HSE and social communication in gas pipeline ventures, setting and maintaining access to practical information, yet are prepared a work instructions that summarize each process, as a form of material support in training. Among several objectives that have shaped the strategies for this project, the main is to provide the workforce engaged in the activities of field, greater facility in implementing the technical information contained in the procedures, from a wider and better understanding of the guidelines described in the documentation. (author)

  16. Real-time electronic monitoring of a pitted and leaking gas gathering pipeline

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    Asperger, R.G.; Hewitt, P.G.

    1986-08-01

    Hydrogen patch, flush electrical resistance, and flush linear polarization proves wre used with flush coupons to monitor corrosion rates in a pitted and leaking sour gas gathering line. Four inhibitors were evaluated in stopping the leaks. Inhibitor residuals and the amount and ratio of water and condensate in the lines were measured at five locations along the line. The best inhibitor reduced reduced the pit-leak frequency by over a factor of 10. Inhibitor usage rate was optimized using the hydrogen patch current as a measure of the instantaneous corrosion rate. Improper pigging was identified as a cause of corrosion transients. This problem is discussed in relation to the pigging of pipelines in stratified flow where moving fluids are the carriers for continuously injected corrosion inhibitors.

  17. New test for oil soluble/water dispersible gas pipeline inhibitors

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    Stegmann, D.W.; Asperger, R.G.

    1987-01-01

    The wheel test provides good mixing of the condensate and water phases, the coupons are exposed to both phases. Therefore, the wheel test cannot distinguish between inhibitors that need continuous mixing of the these phases to maintain a water dispersion of the inhibitor and inhibitors that will self disperse into the water. This concept becomes important for pipelines in stratified flow where the water can settle out. In these cases with low turbulence, the inhibitor must self disperse into the water to be effective. The paper describes a test method to measure the effectiveness of an inhibitor and its ability to self disperse. The effectiveness of several inhibitors as predicted by the new test method is discussed relative to data from the wheel test and breaker tests. Field performance of these inhibitors in a gas gathering line, with liquids in stratified flow, are cities and compared with the results of the various laboratory tests.

  18. Natural gas pipeline leak detector based on NIR diode laser absorption spectroscopy

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    Gao, Xiaoming; Fan, Hong; Huang, Teng; Wang, Xia; Bao, Jian; Li, Xiaoyun; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Weijun

    2006-09-01

    The paper reports on the development of an integrated natural gas pipeline leak detector based on diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The detector transmits a 1.653 μm DFB diode laser with 10 mW and detects a fraction of the backscatter reflected from the topographic targets. To eliminate the effect of topographic scatter targets, a ratio detection technique was used. Wavelength modulation and harmonic detection were used to improve the detection sensitivity. The experimental detection limit is 50 ppm m, remote detection for a distance up to 20 m away topographic scatter target is demonstrated. Using a known simulative leak pipe, minimum detectable pipe leak flux is less than 10 ml/min.

  19. Pipelines from the north : a U.S. perspective

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    The United States will continue to look to Canada and Alaska for a significant part of its natural gas supply in an effort to meet its growing demand for energy. The United States depends on Canadian gas as a reliable and secure supply of energy, and is therefore examining natural gas markets and the wide range of supply opportunities. This presentation highlighted changes in cross border natural gas trade in North America and noted that 94 per cent of natural gas going to the United States from Canada is shipped via pipeline. On the liquefied natural gas (LNG) front, U.S. exports to Mexico now exceed imports, but import volumes from Trinidad and Nigeria are increasing as expected. Total import volumes in 2001 surpassed the previous year. A look at the infrastructure of LNG in the United States was also presented along with the advantages and limitations of each option. Cost comparisons were also presented. It was noted that any import or LNG project would result in unique economics. LNG projects are now cheaper because of better engineering, economies of scale and better pipeline economics. The U.S. National Energy Policy recommends that the pipeline to bring Alaskan gas to U.S. markets should be constructed as soon as possible. It was emphasized that any project to ship natural gas from Alaska to the lower 48 will need to work closely with Canada in order to be successful. 15 figs

  20. Assessing Gas-Hydrate Prospects on the North Slope of Alaska - Theoretical Considerations

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    Lee, Myung W.; Collett, Timothy S.; Agena, Warren F.

    2008-01-01

    Gas-hydrate resource assessment on the Alaska North Slope using 3-D and 2-D seismic data involved six important steps: (1) determining the top and base of the gas-hydrate stability zone, (2) 'tying' well log information to seismic data through synthetic seismograms, (3) differentiating ice from gas hydrate in the permafrost interval, (4) developing an acoustic model for the reservoir and seal, (5) developing a method to estimate gas-hydrate saturation and thickness from seismic attributes, and (6) assessing the potential gas-hydrate prospects from seismic data based on potential migration pathways, source, reservoir quality, and other relevant geological information. This report describes the first five steps in detail using well logs and provides theoretical backgrounds for resource assessments carried out by the U.S. Geological Survey. Measured and predicted P-wave velocities enabled us to tie synthetic seismograms to the seismic data. The calculated gas-hydrate stability zone from subsurface wellbore temperature data enabled us to focus our effort on the most promising depth intervals in the seismic data. A typical reservoir in this area is characterized by the P-wave velocity of 1.88 km/s, porosity of 42 percent, and clay volume content of 5 percent, whereas seal sediments encasing the reservoir are characterized by the P-wave velocity of 2.2 km/s, porosity of 32 percent, and clay volume content of 20 percent. Because the impedance of a reservoir without gas hydrate is less than that of the seal, a complex amplitude variation with respect to gas-hydrate saturation is predicted, namely polarity change, amplitude blanking, and high seismic amplitude (a bright spot). This amplitude variation with gas-hydrate saturation is the physical basis for the method used to quantify the resource potential of gas hydrates in this assessment.

  1. A flameless catalytic combustion-based thermoelectric generator for powering electronic instruments on gas pipelines

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    Highlights: ► MPPT is used to improve the feature that TEG output is sensitive to load variation. ► The improved feature makes TEG suitable to power electronic device on gas pipeline. ► Test shows heat transfer uniformity plays an important role in improving TEG output. ► It can get an optimized TEG by uniformly filling a thermal insulation material. - Abstract: This paper presents a flameless catalytic combustion-based thermoelectric power generator that uses commercial thermoelectric modules. The structure of the thermoelectric generator (TEG) is introduced and the power performance is measured based on a designed circuit system. The open circuit voltage of the TEG is about 7.3 V. The maximum power output can reach up to 6.5 W when the load resistance matches the TEG internal resistance. However, the system output is sensitive to load variation. To improve this characteristic, maximum power point tracking technique is used and results in an open circuit voltage of 13.8 V. The improved characteristic makes the TEG system a good charger to keep the lead acid battery fully charged so as to meet the needs of electronic instruments on gas pipelines. In addition, the combustion features have been investigated based on the temperature measurement. Test results show that the uniformity of combustion heat transfer process and the combustion chamber structure play important roles in improving system power output. It can get an optimized TEG system (maximum power output: 8.3 W) by uniformly filling a thermal insulation material (asbestos) to avoid a non-uniform combustion heat transfer process

  2. Transportation of natural gas : The impact of price variation on the choice between LNG and pipeline infrastructure

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    2011-01-01

    The long-distance transportation of natural gas, either in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG) or by pipeline, is of great importance for both exporting and importing countries. Exporting countries depend on the revenue from exports. Energy security is a major concern for importing countries, especially for the European Union, which is dependent on imports. Long-distance transportation also requires large-scale capital investment in infrastructure involving both states, state-controlled c...

  3. An Improved Negative Pressure Wave Method for Natural Gas Pipeline Leak Location Using FBG Based Strain Sensor and Wavelet Transform

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    Qingmin Hou; Liang Ren; Wenling Jiao; Pinghua Zou; Gangbing Song

    2013-01-01

    Methods that more quickly locate leakages in natural gas pipelines are urgently required. In this paper, an improved negative pressure wave method based on FBG based strain sensors and wavelet analysis is proposed. This method takes into account the variation in the negative pressure wave propagation velocity and the gas velocity variation, uses the traditional leak location formula, and employs Compound Simpson and Dichotomy Searching for solving this formula. In addition, a FBG based strain...

  4. Pipelines integrity management in Transportadora de Gas del Sur; Gerenciamento de la integridad de gasoductos en Transportadora de Gas del Sur

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    Espineira, Eduardo [Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TGS) (Argentina). Gerencia de Integridad de Gasoductos

    2003-07-01

    To control the integrity of a buried gas pipeline system is not an easy task for a gas pipeline operator. As the threats that affect pipeline integrity are many, it is critical to obtain, visualize, and analyze a great quantity of data in order to ensure a safe and continuous gas supply. This task becomes even more complex in the case of pipelines installed long time ago, where time pays an important role in the formation and development of defects. It is essential to maintain a policy of permanent evaluation, monitoring and repair that allows to evaluate the integrity plan developed and to make the changes that might be necessary. The TGS pipeline system consists of 7400 Km of pipe with an average age of 30 years, going across a great variety of soils and zones with distinctive geographical features that demand the continuous investment of money. This study describes the integrity plan set up by TGS and its evolution in time, including the main tasks related to information gathering and analysis, as well as all rehabilitation tasks. The evaluation of the integrity plan implementation, and the evolution of failure rates in time with respect to the related investments are also described. Finally, the analysis includes the information management systems applied by TGS such as the Geographic Information System . (author)

  5. Comparative QRA (Quantitative Risk Analysis) of natural gas distribution pipelines in urban areas; Analise comparativa dos riscos da operacao de linhas de gas natural em areas urbanas

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    Oliveira, Luiz Fernando S. de [Energy Solutions South America (Brazil); Cardoso, Cassia de O.; Storch, Rafael [Det Norske Veritas (DNV) (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The natural gas pipeline network grows around the world, but its operation inherently imposes a risk to the people living next to pipelines. Due to this, it is necessary to conduct a risk analysis during the environmental licensing in Brazil. Despite the risk analysis methodology is well established, some points of its application for the distribution pipelines are still under discussion. This paper presents a methodology that examines the influences of major projects and operating parameters on the risk calculation of a distribution pipeline accident in urban areas as well as the possible accident scenarios assessment complexity. The impact of some scenarios has been evaluated using a Computational Fluid Dynamics tool. The results indicate that, under certain conditions, the risks from the pipeline operation under operating pressures of 20 bar may be acceptable in location class 3 or even in class 4. These results play a very important role if management decisions on the growth of the distribution of natural gas network in densely populated areas as well as in the improvement of laws to control the activity of distribution of natural gas. (author)

  6. A new gas release model for a homogeneous liquid-gas mixture flow in pipelines

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    The gas release phenomenon, resulting from a rapid decompression in a homogeneous gas-liquid flow is expressed by multiplying the mixture density by a degassing coefficient G r. The effect of this coefficient is calculated by using the classical conservation equations of fluid mechanics and diffusion laws. These equations are solved by an improved new two time step finite difference scheme. The method of characteristics is used at the boundaries. The theoretical results obtained are in good agreement with experimental data and confirm the gas release effect on the flow parameters

  7. Power line-induced ac potential on natural gas pipelines for complex rights-of-way configurations. Volume 4. Field verification of horizontal wire mitigation method. Final report

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    Frazier, M.

    1984-04-01

    The joint use of common corridors for overhead electric power transmission lines and buried natural gas transmission pipelines is increasing. While many benefits accrue from the sharing of corridors, the coupling of electromagnetic energy onto the natural gas transmission pipelines is an undesired consequence of this joint usage. The steady-state pipeline voltage that can result may require mitigation as a safety measure. Many common corridors include multiple power lines and pipelines with complexities such as bonds or crossovers between the pipelines and terminating pipelines or insulators. This project has resulted in the development of the methodology and techniques for analyzing such complex common corridor coupling problems. Field tests were conducted to verify key aspects of the analysis.

  8. Diffuse gas emissions at the Ukinrek Maars, Alaska: Implications for magmatic degassing and volcanic monitoring

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    Evans, William C.; Bergfeld, D.; McGimsey, R.G.; Hunt, A.G.

    2009-01-01

    Diffuse CO2 efflux near the Ukinrek Maars, two small volcanic craters that formed in 1977 in a remote part of the Alaska Peninsula, was investigated using accumulation chamber measurements. High CO2 efflux, in many places exceeding 1000 g m-2 d-1, was found in conspicuous zones of plant damage or kill that cover 30,000-50,000 m2 in area. Total diffuse CO2 emission was estimated at 21-44 t d-1. Gas vents 3-km away at The Gas Rocks produce 0.5 t d-1 of CO2 that probably derives from the Ukinrek Maars basalt based on similar ??13C values (???-6???), 3He/4He ratios (5.9-7.2 RA), and CO2/3He ratios (1-2 ?? 109) in the two areas. A lower 3He/4He ratio (2.7 RA) and much higher CO2/3He ratio (9 ?? 1010) in gas from the nearest arc-front volcanic center (Mount Peulik/Ugashik) provide a useful comparison. The large diffuse CO2 emission at Ukinrek has important implications for magmatic degassing, subsurface gas transport, and local toxicity hazards. Gas-water-rock interactions play a major role in the location, magnitude and chemistry of the emissions.

  9. Physical properties of sediment from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Winters, William J.; Walker, Michael; Hunter, Robert; Collett, Timothy S.; Boswell, Ray M.; Rose, Kelly K.; Waite, William F.; Torres, Marta; Patil, Shirish; Dandekar, Abhijit

    2011-01-01

    This study characterizes cored and logged sedimentary strata from the February 2007 BP Exploration Alaska, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey (BPXA-DOE-USGS) Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well on the Alaska North Slope (ANS). The physical-properties program analyzed core samples recovered from the well, and in conjunction with downhole geophysical logs, produced an extensive dataset including grain size, water content, porosity, grain density, bulk density, permeability, X-ray diffraction (XRD) mineralogy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and petrography. This study documents the physical property interrelationships in the well and demonstrates their correlation with the occurrence of gas hydrate. Gas hydrate (GH) occurs in three unconsolidated, coarse silt to fine sand intervals within the Paleocene and Eocene beds of the Sagavanirktok Formation: Unit D-GH (614.4 m-627.9 m); unit C-GH1 (649.8 m-660.8 m); and unit C-GH2 (663.2 m-666.3 m). These intervals are overlain by fine to coarse silt intervals with greater clay content. A deeper interval (unit B) is similar lithologically to the gas-hydrate-bearing strata; however, it is water-saturated and contains no hydrate. In this system it appears that high sediment permeability (k) is critical to the formation of concentrated hydrate deposits. Intervals D-GH and C-GH1 have average "plug" intrinsic permeability to nitrogen values of 1700 mD and 675 mD, respectively. These values are in strong contrast with those of the overlying, gas-hydrate-free sediments, which have k values of 5.7 mD and 49 mD, respectively, and thus would have provided effective seals to trap free gas. The relation between permeability and porosity critically influences the occurrence of GH. For example, an average increase of 4% in porosity increases permeability by an order of magnitude, but the presence of a second fluid (e.g., methane from dissociating gas hydrate) in the reservoir reduces permeability by more than an

  10. Criterions and Measures of Route Selection of Shallowly Embedded Long-Distance Oil and Gas Pipeline in Mountain Areas

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    WANG Chenghua; MA Qingwen; KONG Jiming; CHEN Zefu; LI Xiuzhen

    2006-01-01

    According to the engineering investigation of long-distance oil and gas pipelines, the criterions and measures of route selection are drawn as follows: the flat landform is the first choice in route alignment. The foot of mountain is the first choice when the route passes by the valley. The route should pass by but the shady and deposited slope and not in sunny and erosive slope as possible as it can. The pipeline should be vertical to contour climbing and descending the mountain except steep slope. Tunnel can be used in crossing foothill. Perpendicularly traversing the river is better than beveling; the worst choice is to put the pipeline along the river. Bypass is the best choice in karsts area. The order of route selection should be pre-choosing, investigation, optimization and adjustment.

  11. In-service life estimation of damaged gas pipelines: Full-scale experiments and finite element analyses

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Statistical analysis reveals that mechanical damage is the first cause of incidents on gas transmission pipelines. They can be created by third party activities such as excavator tooth impact or by interaction between the pipe and rocks. To manage the damaged pipeline safely without useless cost, there is a need to investigate the mechanical behaviour of dented pipelines under a varying internal pressure. The purpose of this study is to characterize the stress and strain field around defects in pipes submitted to cyclic pressure loadings in order to estimate their residual lifetime. Full 3D finite element analyses of the denting process followed by cyclic loading are performed. Full-scale experiments on dented sections are planned.

  12. Decision 99-13: Crestar Energy Inc. applications to construct and operate sour gas batteries and pipelines, Vulcan Field

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    On 1 December 1998, the applicant applied pursuant to Part 4 of the Pipeline Act and Section 7.001 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulations for approval to construct and operate a sour gas pipeline and various surface facilities to tie in three wells. These are located at Legal Subdivision 12 of Section 36, Township 16, Range 24, West of the fourth Meridian (12-36 facility), Lsd 10-35-16-24 WM4 (10-35 facility), and Lsd 7-26-16-24 WM4 (7-26 facility), to an existing pipeline and proposed surface facility at Lsd 16-16-16-24 WM4. The 10-35, 7-26 and 16-16 facilities would each have a separator, a flare knockout drum, and a flare stack. The 12-36 facility would have two separators, one for each of the two producing zones at the 12-36 facility, a flare knockout drum, and flare stack. A compressor would be installed at the 16-16 facility. All fluids would be measured and re-injected into the pipeline for removal at the 16-16 facility. All proposed flare stacks would consists of a continuously burning sweet gas pilot and would be used for emergencies, routine well servicing, and pigging operations only. The pipeline would be designated as a Level 1 facility, and would transport up to 18 moles of hydrogen sulfide per kilomole of natural gas. Although the Board approved Application No. 1037084 after carefully considering the evidence, subject to meeting all the regulatory requirements and conditions set out in Attachment 1, it rejected Application No. 1033453

  13. [Northern Pipeline Agency] annual report, 1991-1992. [Administration du pipe-line du Nord] rapport annuel, 1991-1992

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    1992-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interest of Canada. This report reviews the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included. During 1991-92, plans for substantially expanding the capacity of the western and eastern legs of the pipeline to transport increased exports of Canadian natural gas to western and mid-western US markets continued to move forward. Plans for providing market access to US reserves at Prudhoe bay in Alaska, Canadian reserves in the Mackenzie Delta, and the reserves of both countries offshore in the Beaufort Sea remained in abeyance pending a strengthening in total US demand and a significant increase in prices. Final approval was given to a proposed expansion of the western leg to accomodate an increase in design capacity to more than 25.9 million cubic meters per day by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The issue of procurement for the pipeline remained a matter of controversy between Canadian and US authorities. 1 fig.

  14. Offer a New Model to Prevent Formation of Hydrate in Gas Pipeline in Gas Refinery

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    Amir Samimi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Water molecules by making hydrogen joint with its molecules creates holes in which quest molecules will be trapped and by creating van deer Waals joint with water molecules, hydrates crystals will be produced. Natural gas and crude oil in natural exist in underground reservoirs are in contact with water. Hydration needs condition which consists of having water in pipe line, high pressure (pressure always is high because of reinforcing gas pressure in gas transportation pipe lines, low temperature (temperature is always low in cold seasons of year, and presence of hydrate-making substances like methane, carbon dioxide, and... There are four methods to prevent hydration. This article will focus on analyzing synthetic inhibitors, and their function the task orders are as followed: 1. Synthetic investigation of hydrate formation with and without presence of inhibitor. 2. Using Kashchiev- Firozabad model and experimental data of gas transporting pipe lines for drawing synthetic graphs of gas hydrates formation with presence of synthetic inhibitors.

  15. AN ALTERNATE METHOD TO PREVENT SAND ABRASIVE EROSION IN PIPELINES FOR TRANSPORTING HIGH-SPEED NATURAL GAS

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    2002-01-01

    This paper presents an alternate method to re-move the sand carried by natural gas in the upstream pipelinestherefore preventing sand abrasive erosion in pipelines used intransporting high-speed natural gas. Conventionally, most ex-perts pay much attention to improving the anti-erosion charac-teristics of the pipeline materials to solve the problem of seri-ous abrasive erosion, but without significant success. Basedon the theory of multiphase flow and analysis of the character-istics of sandy jets, a new equipment named "Sand Catcher" isintroduced in this article. Experimental results show that theSand Catcher effectively removes most of the sand in the natu-ral gas and significantly reduces the abrasive erosion of thepipelines. The Sand Catcher can be widely applied in practicein the near future.

  16. GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) process development for girth welding of high strength pipelines

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    Rajan, Vaidyanath; Daniel, Joe; Quintana, Marie [The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, OH (United States); Chen, Yaoshan [Center for Reliable Energy Systems (CRES), Dublin, OH (United States); Souza, Antonio [Lincoln Electric do Brasil, Guarulhos, SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    This paper highlights some of the results and findings from the first phase of a consolidated program co-funded by US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Pipeline Research Council Inc (PRCI) to develop pipe weld assessment and qualification methods and optimize X 100 pipe welding technologies. One objective of the program is to establish the range of viable welding options for X 100 line pipe, and define the essential variables to provide welding process control for reliable and consistent mechanical performance of the weldments. In this first phase, a series of narrow gap girth welds were made with pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW), instrumented with thermocouples in the heat affected zone (HAZ) and weld metal to obtain the associated thermal profiles, and instrumented to measure true energy input as opposed to conventional heat input. Results reveal that true heat input is 16%-22% higher than conventional heat input. The thermal profile measurements correlate very well with thermal model predictions using true energy input data, which indicates the viability of treating the latter as an essential variable. Ongoing microstructural and mechanical testing work will enable validation of an integrated thermal-microstructural model being developed for these applications. Outputs from this model will be used to correlate essential welding process variables with weld microstructure and hardness. This will ultimately enable development of a list of essential variables and the ranges needed to ensure mechanical properties are achieved in practice, recommendations for controlling and monitoring these essential variables and test methods suitable for classification of welding consumables. (author)

  17. The use of the natural-gas pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen transport in a changing market structure

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    In this paper, the transport and distribution aspects of hydrogen during the transition period towards a possible full-blown hydrogen economy are carefully looked at. Firstly, the energetic and material aspects of hydrogen transport through the existing natural-gas (NG) pipeline infrastructure is discussed. Hereby, only the use of centrifugal compressors and the short-term security of supply seem to constitute a problem for the NG to hydrogen transition. Subsequently, the possibility of percentwise mixing of hydrogen into the NG bulk is dealt with. Mixtures containing up to 17 vol% of hydrogen should not cause difficulties. As soon as more hydrogen is injected, replacement of end-use applications and some pipelines will be necessary. Finally, the transition towards full-blown hydrogen transport in (previously carrying) NG pipelines is treated. Some policy guidelines are offered, both in a regulated and a liberalised energy (gas) market. As a conclusion, it can be stated that the use of hydrogen-natural gas mixtures seems well suited for the transition from natural gas to hydrogen on a distribution (low pressure) level. However, getting the hydrogen gas to the distribution grid, by means of the transport grid, remains a major issue. In the end, the structure of the market, regulated or liberalised, turns out not to be important. (author)

  18. A Case Study in Forensic Seismology: The 1998 Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Near Carlsbad, New Mexico

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    Koper, K. D.; Wallace, T. C.; Aster, R. C.

    2002-12-01

    On August 19, 2000 two seismometer networks in southeastern New Mexico recorded signals from a natural gas pipeline explosion. The explosion killed 12 members of an extended family that had been camping on the banks of a nearby river. Analysis of the particle motion, arrival times, and durations of the seismic signals indicate that three impulsive events occurred with origin times of 11:26:18.8 +/- 1.9, 11:26:43.6 +/- 2.1, and 11:27:01.7 +/- 2.0 (GMT). Each event generated an Rg wave with group velocity of 1.7-2.0 km/s and an air-coupled Rayleigh wave with a group velocity of about 345 m/s. The air-coupled Rayleigh waves had especially large amplitudes because of a geometric waveguide created by an atmospheric temperature inversion at the time of the accident. The first event was due to the explosive blowout of the buried, high-pressure pipeline while the second event was due to the ignition of the vented natural gas. The nature of the third event is unclear, however it was likely created by a secondary ignition. There were also two extended seismic events that were coeval with the first two impulsive events. The first resulted from the pre-ignition venting of the gas and lasted for about 24~s, while the second resulted from the post-ignition roaring of the flames and lasted for about one hour. Many of the source constraints provided by the seismic data were not available from any other investigative technique and so were valuable to a diverse range of parties including the New Mexico State Police, law firms involved in litigation related to the accident, the National Transportation and Safety Board, and the general public. Especially important was the seismically derived time between the blowout and ignition. The 24.0~s lag indicates that the initial rending of the pipe did not cause the ignition and that a more likely source was the nearby campsite, and it also significantly affected the amount of punitive damages the families of the victims were due since the

  19. Pipelines to Brussels: Natural gas exporters' strategies in a changing European gas market

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    On the political level several different processes will influence the future of the European gas market. The possibilities of large increases in demand due to environmental concerns, and economic development, particularly in Eastern Europe, are beginning to change the buyer's market of the 1980's into a seller's market in the 1990's. Turning to the individual producers, one should not rule out a possible extension of the Dutch export contracts beyond 2010, but the main actors are likely to be the Russian Federation and Norway, as the Algerians are unlikely to stabilize their economy and the political uncertainties. The Russian Federation and Norway seem to be in the best position to capture the demand increase assumed in the next ten to twenty years. However, if the demand forecasts of today turn out to be accurate, there is no reason to worry about future competition between the Russian Federation and Norway. The demand increase would give room for both producers to export large volumes to the European market. Even a conservative estimate of gas demand at about 300 billion m3 in the year 2010, does give 90 billion m3 to be filled in by additional deliveries. The ''environmental-scenario'', where a substantial number of coal and oil fired power stations are replaced with gas stations, could easily push demand up to 450 billion m3. In this scenario gas would take a larger share of the total energy consumption in Europe. This could make importers more concerned with diversification of their gas imports. On the other hand, the pressure for cleaner fuels could obtain a higher priority than diversification, especially if the political situation stabilizes in the exporting countries: the Russian Federation and Algeria. It could come to a choice between a concentration of gas imports from the Russian Federation and Norway, and the more polluting use of coal and oil. The solution to this choice is not obvious. 26 refs., 11 figs

  20. Pipeline investigation report : natural gas compressor station occurrence : Gazoduc TQM Inc., December 2000

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    2004-02-01

    On December 28, 2000, a release of natural gas resulted in an explosion that destroyed the electrical and services building at the Gazoduc TQM East Hereford compressor station, damaging the compressor building. Before the occurrence, the station had been shut down due to a manual initiation of the station's emergency shutdown system. A maintenance person was sent to the station to reinitiate the electric motor-driven compressor unit. The on-site maintenance person was seriously injured. This report presents factual information about the accident, the injuries and the damage to equipment. It also reviews particulars of the pipeline system, the compressor station design, construction and operations. An analysis of the natural gas stream found an unknown product in the compressor station. A history of previous explosions, ruptures, leaks and fires was presented along with quality control programs. Findings as to the causes and contributing factors of the accident were revealed along with findings as to risk and safety actions. tabs., figs.

  1. AIRBORNE, OPTICAL REMOTE SENSING OF METHANE AND ETHANE FOR NATURAL GAS PIPELINE LEAK DETECTION

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    Jerry Myers

    2003-11-12

    Ophir Corporation was awarded a contract by the U. S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory under the Project Title ''Airborne, Optical Remote Sensing of Methane and Ethane for Natural Gas Pipeline Leak Detection'' on October 14, 2002. This second six-month technical report summarizes the progress made towards defining, designing, and developing the hardware and software segments of the airborne, optical remote methane and ethane sensor. The most challenging task to date has been to identify a vendor capable of designing and developing a light source with the appropriate output wavelength and power. This report will document the work that has been done to identify design requirements, and potential vendors for the light source. Significant progress has also been made in characterizing the amount of light return available from a remote target at various distances from the light source. A great deal of time has been spent conducting laboratory and long-optical path target reflectance measurements. This is important since it helps to establish the overall optical output requirements for the sensor. It also reduces the relative uncertainty and risk associated with developing a custom light source. The data gathered from the optical path testing has been translated to the airborne transceiver design in such areas as: fiber coupling, optical detector selection, gas filters, and software analysis. Ophir will next, summarize the design progress of the transceiver hardware and software development. Finally, Ophir will discuss remaining project issues that may impact the success of the project.

  2. Landscape susceptibility, hazard and risk assessments along pipeline corridors in Canada

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    Blais-Stevens, A.; Couture, R.; Page, A. [Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada). Geological Survey of Canada; Koch, J.; Clague, J.J. [Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, BC (Canada); Lipovsky, P.S. [Yukon Geological Survey, Whitehorse, YT (Canada)

    2010-07-01

    This article discussed work that was carried out to inventory landslides and assess hazards along two proposed gas-pipeline routes in the North. Landslide inventories and hazard assessments are necessary to quantify and qualify the risk of environmental impacts from landslides on linear infrastructure. The Yukon Alaska Highway Pipeline and the Mackenzie Gas Project Pipeline, which will both be over 800 kilometres in length, will cross harsh landscapes characterized by permafrost terrain and will be at risk from geological hazards, including landslides with debris flows, earthquakes, subsidence, and permafrost degradation. The work involved inventorying and mapping landslides via aerial photography and field visits to identify the frequency-magnitude relationships for debris flow fans along the route and the creation of qualitative parametric landslide maps for both proposed pipeline corridors. A good correlation was found between actual landslide distribution and the landslide susceptibility maps. For the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Corridor, most landslides have occurred in fine unconsolidated sediments and shallow slopes. Landslides in the Yukon Alaska Highway Corridor mostly happened in unconsolidated sediments, but a few took place in bedrock with high relief. The preliminary investigation revealed that a slope hazard exists in both corridors and must be taken into account during pipeline development. The results are intended to facilitate better decision-making for planning, constructing, and maintaining safe and economically viable pipeline routes in Northern Canada. The mapping methodology was outlined. 13 refs., 1 tab., 6 figs.

  3. Burst strength behaviour of an aging subsea gas pipeline elbow in different external and internal corrosion-damaged positions

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    Lee Geon Ho

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Evaluation of the performance of aging structures is essential in the oil and gas industry, where the inaccurate prediction of structural performance can have significantly hazardous consequences. The effects of structure failure due to the significant reduction in wall thickness, which determines the burst strength, make it very complicated for pipeline operators to maintain pipeline serviceability. In other words, the serviceability of gas pipelines and elbows needs to be predicted and assessed to ensure that the burst or collapse strength capacities of the structures remain less than the maximum allowable operation pressure. In this study, several positions of the corrosion in a subsea elbow made of API X42 steel were evaluated using both design formulas and numerical analysis. The most hazardous corrosion position of the aging elbow was then determined to assess its serviceability. The results of this study are applicable to the operational and elbow serviceability needs of subsea pipelines and can help predict more accurate replacement or repair times.

  4. Carbon dioxide corrosion: Modelling and experimental work applied to natural gas pipelines

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    Loldrup Fosboel. P.

    2007-10-15

    CO{sub 2} corrosion is a general problem in the industry and it is expensive. The focus of this study is an oil gas production related problem. CO{sub 2} corrosion is observed in offshore natural gas transportation pipelines. A general overview of the problem is presented in chapter 1. The chemical system consists mainly of CO{sub 2}-Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-NaHCO{sub 3}-MEG-H{sub 2}O. Sodium is injected in the pipelines as NaOH in order to pH-stabilize the pipeline to avoid corrosion and MEG is injected in order to prevent gas hydrates. There are a great number of models available in the literature which may predict CO{sub 2} corrosion. These models are not very accurate and assume ideality in the main part of the equation. This thesis deals with aspect of improving the models to account for the non-ideality. A general overview and extension of the theory behind electrochemical corrosion is presented in chapter 2 to 4. The theory deals with the basic thermodynamics of electrolytes in chapter 2, the extension and general description of electrolyte mass transport in chapter 3, and the electrochemical kinetics of corrosion in chapter 4. A literature overview of CO{sub 2} corrosion is shown in chapter 5 and possible extensions of the models are discussed. A list of literature cites is given in chapter 6. The literature review in chapter 5 shows how FeCO{sub 3} plays a main part in the protection of steel. Especially the solubility of FeCO{sub 3} is an important factor. Chapter 7 discusses and validates the thermodynamic properties of FeCO{sub 3}. The study shows that there is a discrepancy in the properties of FeCO{sub 3}. Sets of consistent thermodynamic properties of FeCO{sub 3} are given. A mixed solvent electrolyte model is regressed in chapter 8 for the CO{sub 2}-Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-NaHCO{sub 3}-MEG-H{sub 2}O system. Parameters of the extended UNIQUAC model is fitted to literature data of VLE, SLE, heat excess and validated against heat capacity data. The model is also

  5. Detection of Oil and Gas Pipeline Leak%油气管道泄漏检测技术

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    许旺松

    2011-01-01

    Pipeline transport was a rapidly developing field in oil and natural gas transmission because of its economical and convenient,but the leakage problem became a hazard to safe operation of pipelines,and was the main factor causing a variety of accidents.The pipeline leak detection technology was an important pipeline management techniques to prevent the leakage occurred(or after the timely detection of the leak).Therefore,the research pipeline leak detection technology for the safe operation of the pipeline was important.A systematic description of this technology,classification and comparison,and its development prospects were predicted.%管道输送因其经济方便,正在石油天然气等输送领域迅速发展,但泄漏问题已经成为危害管道安全运行、造成各种事故的主要因素。借助管道泄漏检测技术防止泄漏发生(或在泄漏发生后及时发现)是管道管理采取的重要技术手段。因此,研究管道泄漏检测技术对管道安全运行具有重要意义,本文对油气管道泄露技术进行了系统性介绍、分类和比较,并对其发展前景进行了预测。

  6. Environmental management programs of the Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline; Programa de gestao ambiental do gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil

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    Santos, Helio Joaquim dos [TBG - Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia Brasil S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    One of the largest South America's enterprises of energy integration of the Bolivia/Brazil gas pipeline in Brazilian side own and operated by TBG has interacted with 05 states, 137 districts and 06 environment governmental entities (IBAMA and States' department) of environment multilateral financial institutions and group of ten of other governmental and not governmental organizations. The level of approved investment was of the order of 1,5 billion dollars, of which about 29 million had been destined the ambient activities. Thus, without precedents in Brazil this work presents the plan of ambient management of the enterprise, created to develop and implement the ambient programs during the construction and operation of the gas pipeline stage. The work here presented will give prominence to the programs of ambient compensation and social communication inside Brazil. (author)

  7. Patterns identification in supervisory systems of nuclear reactors installations and gas pipelines systems using self-organizing maps

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    Self-Organizing Maps, SOM, of Kohonen were studied, implemented and tested with the aim of developing, for the energy branch, an effective tool especially for transient identification in nuclear reactors and for gas pipelines networks logistic supervision, by classifying operations and identifying transients or abnormalities. The digital system for the test was developed in Java platform, for the portability and scalability, and for belonging to free development platforms. The system, executed in personal computers, showed satisfactory results to aid in decision taking, by classifying IRIS (International Reactor Innovative and Secure) reactor operation conditions (data from simulator) and by classifying Southeast (owner: TRANSPETRO - Brazil) gas pipeline network. Various adaptations were needed for such business, as new topologies for the output layer of artificial neural network and particular preparation for the input data. (author)

  8. Pressure loss in natural gas pipelines: Experimental studies of gas-particle flow, wall roughness and drag reduction

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    Strupstad, Andre

    2009-05-15

    Laboratory experiments on air-particle flow were performed in a horizontal once-through flow rig, with internal pipe diameters of 24 mm. Reynolds number was 40000 - 180000, temperatures 20 deg. Celsius and pressure below 2 bara. Spherical polystyrene and magnetite particles with mean diameters from 64 mum to 175 mum were used. The pressure loss in the experiments was best expressed in terms of friction factor. Differential pressure drop gave limited information because reduction in this value was due to change in the gas properties during particle injection. The reduction in the differential pressure was due to the increase in the absolute pressure, which resulted in an increased gas density. This increased density, which with an approximately constant gas mass flow, resulted in a lower volume flow, and thereby a lower gas velocity. A lower gas velocity results in a lower differential pressure. A calculation of the friction factors, which increased, showed that these reductions in the differential pressures were not drag reductions. Roughness measurements were made on three types of surfaces with a stylus instrument: 47 epoxy coated steel surfaces as used in natural gas pipelines, 5 plexiglass surfaces used in our flow experiments, and 9 steel surfaces. The roughness profiles obtained were used to calculate amplitude roughness parameters and texture roughness parameters. Theory of gas-particle drag reduction in pipes was reviewed. Turbulence attenuation was a necessary but not a sufficient condition for drag reduction to occur. Small particle diameter was identified as an important condition for achieving drag reduction. Also, relevant parameters for achieving turbulence attenuation were identified, including the Stokes number, ratio between particle diameter and pipe diameter and the particle Reynolds number. In the flow experiments the gas friction factor increased by up to 16 % with injection of particles as compared to particle free flow. The increase depended

  9. Energy intensity, life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, and economic assessment of liquid biofuel pipelines.

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    Strogen, Bret; Horvath, Arpad; Zilberman, David

    2013-12-01

    Petroleum fuels are predominantly transported domestically by pipelines, whereas biofuels are almost exclusively transported by rail, barge, and truck. As biofuel production increases, new pipelines may become economically attractive. Location-specific variables impacting pipeline viability include construction costs, availability and costs of alternative transportation modes, electricity prices and emissions (if priced), throughput, and subsurface temperature. When transporting alcohol or diesel-like fuels, pipelines have a lower direct energy intensity than rail, barge, and trucks if fluid velocity is under 1 m/s for 4-inch diameter pipelines and 2 m/s for 8-inch or larger pipelines. Across multiple hypothetical state-specific scenarios, profit-maximizing design velocities range from 1.2 to 1.9 m/s. In costs and GHG emissions, optimized pipelines outperform trucks in each state and rail and barge in most states, if projected throughput exceeds four billion liters/year. If emissions are priced, optimum design diameters typically increase to reduce pumping energy demands, increasing the cost-effectiveness of pipeline projects. PMID:24119498

  10. Power-line-induced ac potential on natural-gas pipelines for complex rights-of-way configurations. Volume 1. Engineering analysis. Final report

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    Frazier, M.

    1983-05-01

    While many benefits accrue from the sharing of corridors for overhead electric-power-transmission lines and buried natural-gas-transmission pipelines, the coupling of electromagnetic energy onto the natural gas transmission pipelines is an undesired consequence of this joint usage. Many common corridors include multiple power lines and pipelines with complexities such as bonds or crossovers between the pipelines and terminating pipelines or insulators. This project has resulted in the development of the methodology and techniques for analyzing such complex common-corridor coupling problems. Field tests were conducted to verify key aspects of the analysis. Two complementary methods have been developed for solving coupling problems on common corridors: a handbook that provides simplified procedures and graphical aids that can be used to analyze many less-complex common-corridor concerns, and a computer program that provides the means for analyzing a wide range of more complex configurations.

  11. Penilaian Risiko Terhadap Pipa Bawah Laut East Java Gas Pipeline (EJGP) Pertagas Akibat Soil Liquefaction Karena Gempa Bumi

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    Astri M. Firucha; Wahyudi Wahyudi; Kriyo Sambodho

    2012-01-01

    Kegagalan sistem perpipaan bawah laut sering terjadi karena adanya fenomena alam pengaruh lingkungan dari gelombang, arus dan gempa bumi. Fenomena alam yang terjadi pada pipa bawah laut meliputi, scouring, soil liquefaction, dan landslide yang kemudian berakibat pada settlement. Pada penelitian ini dilakukan analisis mengenai penilaian risiko terhadap pipa bawah laut East Java Gas Pipeline (EJGP) milik PT. Pertagas yang kemungkinan terjadi soil liquefaction karena gempa bumi. Sistem perpipaan...

  12. Legal and regulatory possibility of connection between interstate natural gas distribution networks instead of constructing transport pipelines; Possibilidade juridoco-regulatoria da conexao interestadual entre redes de distribuicao de gas natural como alternativa a construcao de gasodutos de transporte

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    Goncalves, Gustavo Mano [Andrade, Mano - Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    According to Revista Brasil Energia (2011a), the local natural gas distribution concessionaire in the State of Sao Paulo Gas Brasiliano Distribuidora - GBD, plans to expand its distribution pipeline network in western Sao Paulo up to the border of the State of Minas Gerais, near the region known as Minas Triangle where a connection with the pipeline network of the State of Minas Gerais' natural gas distribution company, Companhia de Gas de Minas Gerais - GASMIG shall be built in order to supply natural gas to an ammonia plant to be built by PETROBRAS in the City of Uberaba. Still according to the publication, the project described above would be an alternative to the construction of a transportation pipeline that, since the enforcement of the Gas Law - Law No. 11.909/09 (Brasil, 2009), should be subject to concession contracts preceded by a complex, and probably delayed, planning and procurement. However, there is a transportation pipeline project, deriving from the Bolivia-Brazil transportation pipeline near the city of Sao Carlos, in Sao Paulo, crossing the Minas Triangle and finishing in the State of Goias. This project is owned by TGBC Company. The existence of two gas pipeline projects with very similar paths to supply virtually the same regions and based on different regulatory frameworks, one consisting of a connection between the distribution networks of different States and another based on the concept of pipeline transportation of gas under the legal and regulatory federal jurisdiction raises the discussion about the possibility of legal and regulatory interstate connections of distribution pipeline networks as an alternative to planning, allocation and construction of a transportation pipelines. This article aims to examine the legal and regulatory foundations of both alternatives and delineate the limits of performance of States and Federal Government on legislation and regulation concerning the movement of natural gas pipeline through the Country

  13. Detecting Methane From Leaking Pipelines and as Greenhouse Gas in the Atmosphere

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    Riris, Haris; Numata, Kenji; Li, Steven; Wu, Stewart; Ramanathan, Anand; Dawsey, Martha

    2012-01-01

    Laser remote sensing measurements of trace gases from orbit can provide unprecedented information about important planetary science and answer critical questions about planetary atmospheres. Methane (CH4) is the second most important anthropogenically produced greenhouse gas. Though its atmospheric abundance is much less than that of CO2 (1.78 ppm vs. 380 ppm), it has much larger greenhouse heating potential. CH4 also contributes to pollution in the lower atmosphere through chemical reactions, leading to ozone production. Atmospheric CH4 concentrations have been increasing as a result of increased fossil fuel production, rice farming, livestock, and landfills. Natural sources of CH4 include wetlands, wild fires, and termites, and perhaps other unknown sources. Important sinks for CH4 include non-saturated soils and oxidation by hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere. Remotely measuring CH4 and other biogenic molecules (such as ethane and formaldehyde) on Mars also has important implications on the existence of life on Mars. Measuring CH4 at very low (ppb) concentrations from orbit will dramatically improve the sensitivity and spatial resolution in the search for CH4 vents and sub-surface life on other planets. A capability has been developed using lasers and spectroscopic detection techniques for the remote measurements of trace gases in open paths. Detection of CH4, CO2, H2O, and CO in absorption cells and in open paths, both in the mid- IR and near-IR region, has been demonstrated using an Optical Parametric Amplifier laser transmitter developed at GSFC. With this transmitter, it would be possible to develop a remote sensing methane instrument. CH4 detection also has very important commercial applications. Pipeline leak detection from an aircraft or a helicopter can significantly reduce cost, response time, and pinpoint the location. The main advantage is the ability to rapidly detect CH4 leaks remotely. This is extremely important for the petrochemical industry

  14. Blue Mountain and The Gas Rocks: Rear-Arc Dome Clusters on the Alaska Peninsula

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    Hildreth, Wes; Fierstein, Judy; Calvert, Andrew T.

    2007-01-01

    Behind the single-file chain of stratovolcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula, independent rear-arc vents for mafic magmas are uncommon, and for silicic magmas rarer still. We report here the characteristics, compositions, and ages of two andesite-dacite dome clusters and of several nearby basaltic units, all near Becharof Lake and 15 to 20 km behind the volcanic front. Blue Mountain consists of 13 domes (58-68 weight percent SiO2) and The Gas Rocks of three domes (62-64.5 weight percent SiO2) and a mafic cone (52 weight percent SiO2). All 16 domes are amphibole-biotite-plagioclase felsite, and nearly all are phenocryst rich and quartz bearing. Although the two dome clusters are lithologically and chemically similar and only 25 km apart, they differ strikingly in age. The main central dome of Blue Mountain yields an 40Ar/39Ar age of 632?7 ka, and two of the Gas Rocks domes ages of 25.7?1.4 and 23.3?1.2 ka. Both clusters were severely eroded by glaciation; surviving volumes of Blue Mountain domes total ~1 km3, and of the Gas Rocks domes 0.035 km3. Three basaltic vents lie close to The Gas Rocks, another lies just south of Blue Mountain, and a fifth is near the north shore of Becharof Lake. A basaltic andesite vent 6 km southeast of The Gas Rocks appears to be a flank vent of the arc-front center Mount Peulik. The basalt of Ukinrek Maars has been called transitionally alkalic, but all the other basaltic rocks are subalkaline. CO2-rich gas emissions near the eponymous Gas Rocks domes are not related to the 25-ka dacite dome cluster but, rather, to intracrustal degassing of intrusive basalt, one batch of which erupted 3 km away in 1977. The felsic and mafic vents all lie along or near the Bruin Bay Fault where it intersects a broad transverse structural zone marked by topographic, volcanologic, and geophysical discontinuities.

  15. Gas pipeline from North Europe through Alps tunnels; Gazoduc provenant du Nord de l'Europe et passant par des tunnels sous les Alpes

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    Ruffa, D.; Pesaresi, G.; Raffaeli, E. [Snamprogetti, ENI Group (Italy)

    2000-07-01

    This paper summarises the peculiarities and problems faced during the design and construction phases for the implementation of some sections of the NPS 48 gas pipeline, inside several tunnels located in Swiss territory; in addition, the main aspects relevant to welding technologies and NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) are also outlined. The above mentioned pipeline sections were an integral part of the expansion plan for gas importation from the North Sea to Italy. The tunnels through which the pipeline was laid were already existing and the scope of the work was to replace the already existing NPS 34 gas pipeline and to install NPS 48 according to DIN 17172 (grade 445.7 TM or API grade 5L-X65, wall thicknesses 18.0, 21.2, 26.1 mm), subsequent to removal of the existing pipes. (authors)

  16. Downhole well log and core montages from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Collett, T.S.; Lewis, R.E.; Winters, W.J.; Lee, M.W.; Rose, K.K.; Boswell, R.M.

    2011-01-01

    The BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well was an integral part of an ongoing project to determine the future energy resource potential of gas hydrates on the Alaska North Slope. As part of this effort, the Mount Elbert well included an advanced downhole geophysical logging program. Because gas hydrate is unstable at ground surface pressure and temperature conditions, a major emphasis was placed on the downhole-logging program to determine the occurrence of gas hydrates and the in-situ physical properties of the sediments. In support of this effort, well-log and core data montages have been compiled which include downhole log and core-data obtained from the gas-hydrate-bearing sedimentary section in the Mount Elbert well. Also shown are numerous reservoir parameters, including gas-hydrate saturation and sediment porosity log traces calculated from available downhole well log and core data. ?? 2010.

  17. Sweden and the NEGP: A Pilot Study of the North European Gas Pipeline and Sweden's Dependence on Russian Energy

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    Developments between 2004 and 2006 indicate that a North European Gas Pipeline (NEGP) through the Baltic Sea, from Russia to Germany, may be realised in the coming decade. This would provide Europe with yet another opportunity to diversify its import channels of gas. It is however reasonable to assume that the NEGP also could change the strategic pattern and be a source of friction. The NEGP may rock the regional stability and reduce the potential of the new EU members to become security providers in Europe's northern dimension. It also gives increased leverage and influence to Russia, a state that has moved in an authoritarian direction under President Putin. The aim of this pilot study is to elucidate on the NEGP pipeline and Sweden's increasing dependence on Russian energy. A subsidiary aim is to outline a set of concerns that have bearing on the situation for the EU and Baltic Sea Region and that need to be further addressed. In conclusion, the NEGP will enhance Russia's direct leverage on Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus, as it will allow Russia to turn off gas supplies without affecting exports to other parts of Europe. Russia will also increase its leverage over the states that will or may be connected to the NEGP (Germany, and possibly Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK). Even if Sweden is not embracing the NEGP, it is today highly sensitive as it imports most of its energy. It is increasingly dependent on Russian oil and is partly dependent on imports of electricity from Russia. Should the NEGP materialise and Sweden becomes connected in the future, it would likely be dependent also on natural gas. It is of paramount importance for the energy security of the connected states how the pipeline is constructed and operated. If there will be technical possibilities for Russia to tamper with the flow of gas to individual states without affecting supply to others, there are tangible threats to the importing states

  18. Construction and assembly of the Urucu-Coari-Manaus gas pipeline; Construcao e montagem do gasoduto Urucu-Coari-Manaus

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    Gomes, Antonio E.; Sarno, Ruy [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    This paper aims to present the strategies adopted for the development of the construction and assembly of the Urucu-Coari-Manaus Gas Pipeline and its branches, emphasizing the logistics. With 662 km of extension and crossing 7 Amazonian counties, the construction of this pipeline will take in consideration particular aspects of the region (wavy relief, local population, Amazonian forest and diverse water bodies) and its interference in the works, mainly transport of workers and equipment, distribution of supplying points of fuels and foods, and localization of support work sites. Considering the importance of the region watercourses, techniques for its passages were studied, on a case by case basis and the conventional process, directional drilling and special launching for the passage of the Black river have been adopted. Moreover, this paper presents the activities summary of both environmental licensing process and pre communication related to the communities directly affected by the works, aiming at the beginning of the services of construction and assembly, as well as a story brief of the experiences gathered during the construction of the Poliduto and the Urucu-Coari Gas Pipeline, both constructed between the years of 1997 and 1999. (author)

  19. Development of reliability-based design and assessment standards for onshore gas transmission pipelines

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    Zhou, Joe; Rothwell, Brian [TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada); Nessim, Maher; Zhou, Wenxing [C-FER Technologies, Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2005-07-01

    Onshore pipelines have traditionally been designed with a deterministic stress based methodology. The changing operating environment has however imposed many challenges to the pipeline industry, including heightened public awareness of risk, more challenging natural hazards and increased economic competitiveness. To meet the societal expectation of pipeline safety and enhance the competitiveness of the pipeline industry, significant efforts have been spent for the development of reliability-based design and assessment (RBDA) methodology. This paper will briefly review the technology development in the RBDA area and the focus will be on the progresses in the past years in standard development within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) organizations. (author)

  20. Fitness for service assessment of defects in oil and gas pipelines

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    Teutonico, Jose Mauricio; Souza, Gerardo; Manfredi, Carlos [GIE A.S. (Argentina)

    2005-07-01

    During normal operation a pipeline generates a series of defects that can affect its integrity. At some stage during the pipeline life will require an assessment of these defects in order to determine their ability to maintain safe operation. Defects can be classified as geometric defects (gouges, plain dents, dents containing other defects), volumetric defects (external or internal corrosion) or planar defects (cracks, SCC). In this work a methodology to the characterization and determination of the severity of defects detected by an ILI inspection in pipelines is presented. A series of practical procedures and instructive has been developed based on international codes, national regulations and industry best practices. The repair approaches were defined from the risk level that the company it is disposed to assume. The contributed examples were collected in high pressure pipelines of different ages, located on diverse geographical locations and over different operation conditions. (author)

  1. Regeneration of vegetation on wetland crossings for gas pipeline rights-of-way one year after construction

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    Four wetland crossings of gas pipeline rights-of-way (ROWs), located in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York, were surveyed for generation of vegetation roughly one year after pipeline construction was completed. Conventional trench-and-fill construction techniques were employed for all four sites. Estimated areal coverage of each species by vegetative strata within transect plots was recorded for plots on the ROW and in immediately adjacent wetlands undisturbed by construction activities. Relative success of regeneration was measured by percent exposed soil, species diversity, presence of native and introduced species, and hydric characteristics of the vegetation. Variable site factors included separation and replacement of topsoil, final grading of the soil, application of seed and fertilizer, and human disturbance unrelated to construction. Successful regeneration exhibited greater dependency on the first three factors listed

  2. Pipeline coatings keep getting more sophisticated

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    Mowers, J.

    2004-08-01

    Bredero Shaw is the world's largest pipeline company. It's Canadian division, Shaw Pipe Protection Limited (SPPL), has a technology development laboratory in Calgary where a pipe coating line is being developed along with a deepwater program which tests the performance of sub-sea insulation coatings. Tests are performed at simulated service conditions of temperature, pressure and sea water environment. Research efforts have also focused on oilsands development and the challenge of keeping bitumen hot inside pipes while reducing wear caused by entrained sand. Shaw's high performance composite coating (HPCC) is a high-tech multiple component coating that is applied as a powder spray. It can withstand temperatures of -40 to -50 degrees C and is therefore particularly suited for providing mechanical, corrosion protection in large diameter transmission pipelines such as the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline and the Alaska Pipeline. It is also compatible with cathodic protection. The coating consists of fusion bonded epoxy, polyolefin adhesive and a polyethylene. It has already been used for the Athabasca Pipeline which transports crude oil from Fort McMurray through Cold Lake to Hardisty, Alberta. Other developments include the Dual Powder Abrasion Coating system which consists of two fusion layers that provide damage resistance to pipelines in rocky mountainous terrain. The Yellow Jacket is a two layer coating used for oil and gas gathering systems to resist corrosion, moisture and soil stress. This paper also described other popular coatings such as the polyurethane foam coating called Insul-8 Systems; a sprayed epoxy polymer coating called Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coating; the Cement Mortar Lining; the Flow Efficiency Coating; the Concrete Weight Coating; and, the Rock Jacket corrosion coating. 1 fig.

  3. Volcanic gas emissions during active dome growth at Mount Cleveland, Alaska, August 2015

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    Werner, Cynthia; Kern, Christoph; Lyons, John; Kelly, Peter; Schneider, David; Wallace, Kristi; Wessels, Rick

    2016-04-01

    Volcanic gas emissions and chemistry data were measured for the first time at Mount Cleveland (1730 m) in the Central Aleutian arc, Alaska, on August 14-15, 2015 as part of the NSF-GeoPRISMS initiative, and co-funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) and the USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory. The measurements were made in the month following two explosive events (July 21 and August 7, 2015) that destroyed a small dome (˜50x85 m), which had experienced episodic growth in the crater since November, 2014. These explosions resulted in the elevation of the aviation color code and alert level from Yellow/Advisory to Orange/Watch on July 21, 2015. Between the November, 2014 and July, 2015 dome-destroying explosions, the volcano experienced: (1) frequent periods of elevated surface temperatures in the summit region (based on Mid-IR satellite observations), (2) limited volcano-seismic tremor, (3) visible degassing as recorded in webcam images with occasionally robust plumes, and (4) at least one aseismic volcanic event that deposited small amounts of ash on the upper flanks of the volcano (detected by infrasound, observed visually and in Landsat 8 images). Intermittent plumes were also sometimes detectable up to 60 km downwind in Mid-IR satellite images, but this was not typical. Lava extrusion resumed following the explosion as indicated in satellite data by highly elevated Mid-IR surface temperatures, but was not identifiable in seismic data. By early-mid August, 2015, a new dome growing in the summit crater had reached 80 m across with temperatures of 550-600 C as measured on August 4 with a helicopter-borne thermal IR camera. A semitransparent plume extended several kilometers downwind of the volcano during the field campaign. A helicopter instrumented with an upward-looking UV spectrometer (mini DOAS) and a Multi-GAS was used to measure SO2 emission rates and in situ mixing ratios of H2O, CO2, SO2, and H2S in the plume. On August 14 and 15, 2015, a total of 14

  4. Avian mortality associated with a volcanic gas seep at Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

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    Bond, Alexander L.; Evans, William C.; Jones, Ian L.

    2012-01-01

    We identified natural pits associated with avian mortality at the base of Kiska Volcano in the western Aleutian Islands, Alaska in 2007. Living, moribund, and dead birds were regularly found at low spots in a canyon between two lava flows during 2001–2006, but the phenomenon was attributed to natural trapping and starvation of fledgling seabirds (mostly Least Auklets, Aethia pusilla) at a colony site with >1 million birds present. However, 302 birds of eight species, including passerines, were found dead at the site during 2007–2010, suggesting additional factors were involved. Most carcasses showed no signs of injury and concentrations of dead birds had accumulated in a few distinctive low pits in the canyon. Gas samples from these locations showed elevated CO2 concentrations in late 2010. Analysis of carcasses indicated no evidence of blunt trauma or internal bleeding. Volcanic gases accumulating at these poorly ventilated sites may have caused the observed mortality, but are temporally variable. Most auklets breeding in the Aleutian Islands do so in recent lava flows that provide breeding habitat; our study documents a cost of this unusual habitat selection.

  5. A progress report on fishery surveys along the route of the proposed Trans-Alaska Pipeline between the Yukon River and Atigun Pass during 1971

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This progress report represents a summary of findings of the field work conducted by USFWS during the summer of 1971 along the route of the proposed Trans-Alaska...

  6. Gas geochemistry of the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope: implications for gas hydrate exploration in the Arctic

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    Lorenson, T.D.; Collett, T.S.; Hunter, R.B.

    2011-01-01

    Gases were analyzed from well cuttings, core, gas hydrate, and formation tests at the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, drilled within the Milne Point Unit, Alaska North Slope. The well penetrated a portion of the Eileen gas hydrate deposit, which overlies the more deeply buried Prudhoe Bay, Milne Point, West Sak, and Kuparuk River oil fields. Gas sources in the upper 200 m are predominantly from microbial sources (C1 isotopic compositions ranging from −86.4 to −80.6‰). The C1 isotopic composition becomes progressively enriched from 200 m to the top of the gas hydrate-bearing sands at 600 m. The tested gas hydrates occur in two primary intervals, units D and C, between 614.0 m and 664.7 m, containing a total of 29.3 m of gas hydrate-bearing sands. The hydrocarbon gases in cuttings and core samples from 604 to 914 m are composed of methane with very little ethane. The isotopic composition of the methane carbon ranges from −50.1 to −43.9‰ with several outliers, generally decreasing with depth. Gas samples collected by the Modular Formation Dynamics Testing (MDT) tool in the hydrate-bearing units were similarly composed mainly of methane, with up to 284 ppm ethane. The methane isotopic composition ranged from −48.2 to −48.0‰ in the C sand and from −48.4 to −46.6‰ in the D sand. Methane hydrogen isotopic composition ranged from −238 to −230‰, with slightly more depleted values in the deeper C sand. These results are consistent with the concept that the Eileen gas hydrates contain a mixture of deep-sourced, microbially biodegraded thermogenic gas, with lesser amounts of thermogenic oil-associated gas, and coal gas. Thermal gases are likely sourced from existing oil and gas accumulations that have migrated up-dip and/or up-fault and formed gas hydrate in response to climate cooling with permafrost formation.

  7. The impact of market changes on long-term take-or-pay export contracts for LNG and pipeline gas from Mena regions: lessons from Europe

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    This paper examines the contracting structures and prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas pipeline projects, pricing arrangements in Great Britain, the continental West European gas price adjustment formula, and pricing of LNG transport by ship. The price review introduced in Continental North West European contracts, gas liberalisation and price shocks in Great Britain, the demise of British Gas, and gas liberalisation in continental Europe are discussed. Gas suppliers and European market liberalisation are considered, and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) gas supply arrangements, European buyers, and future price adjustment methods are addressed. (uk)

  8. Surface electromagnetic technology for the external inspection of oil and gas pipelines

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    Mousatov, A.; Nakamura, E.; Delgado, O.; Flores, A. [Mexican Petroleum Institute, Mexico City (Mexico); Nakamura, E. [Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation); Shevnin, V. [Moscow State University (Russian Federation)

    2009-07-01

    In this paper we present a surface electromagnetic technology for the non-destructive pipeline coating inspection (SEMPI). This technology allows: determination of the depth and plane position of pipelines, quantitative evaluation of the insulation resistance and delimitation of zones with coating damages, estimation of the performance of the cathodic protection system (CPS) and detection of its connections to out-of-service pipes and other grounded constructions, and assessment of the soil aggressively. The SEMPI technology is based on the approximation of pipelines by heterogeneous transmission lines with variable leakage conductance and pipe impedance to represent insulation coating and wall thickness damages. Based on the result of simulations, we have optimized the field measurements and developed the interpretation procedure of experimental data. The field operations include surface measurements of magnetic field, voltage on the control posts of the CPS and soil resistivity. In zones with coating damages the detailed measurements can be performed using magnetic or electric field to increase the resolution in localizing and evaluating the insulation damages. The SEMPI technology has been applied for inspections of pipelines with different technical characteristics in complicated environmental conditions. The examples presented in this work confirm the high efficiency of the developed technology for external integrity evaluation of pipelines. (author)

  9. Thermo-hydraulic modelling of the South East Gas Pipeline System - an integrated model; Modelagem termo-hidraulica do Sistema de Gasodutos do Sudeste : um modelo integrado

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    Vianna Neto, Armando M.; Santos, Arnaldo M.; Mercon, Eduardo G. [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transportes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    This paper presents the development of an integrated simulation model, for the numerical calculation of thermal-hydraulic behaviors in the Brazilian southeast onshore gas pipeline flow system, remotely operated by TRANSPETRO's Gas Pipeline Control Centre (CCG). In its final application, this model is supposed to provide simulated results at the closer range to reality, in order to improve gas pipeline simulation studies and evaluations for the system in question. Considering the fact that numerical thermo-hydraulic simulation becomes the CCG's most important tool to analyze the boundary conditions to adjust the mentioned gas flow system, this paper seeks and takes aim to the optimization of the following prime attributions of a gas pipeline control centre: verification of system behaviors, face to some unit maintenance stop or procedure, programmed or not, or to some new gas outlet or inlet connection to the system; daily operational compatibility analysis between programmed and realized gas volumes; gas technical expedition and delivery analysis. Finally, all this work was idealized and carried out within the one-phase flow domain (dry gas) (author)

  10. Multi-criteria aid for group decision making on gas pipeline risk analysis; Apoio multicriterio a decisao em grupo na analise de risco em gasodutos

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    Lopes, Yuri G.; Cavalcante, Cristiano A.V.; Brito, Anderson J. de M.; Almeida, Adiel T. de [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    Risks are, by nature, subjective, and therefore, complex. They present multidimensional aspects and involve various stakeholders. The pipelines transmission and distribution of natural gas (NG) involve various scenarios of risks, resulting from the distinct environments where the supply chain of NG is inserted. This paper proposes a multi criteria model for group decision support, based on the GDSS PROMETHEE approach, for risk assessment in pipelines sections. The proposed model aims to establish a ranking between the sections of a pipeline network, in order to provide insights to the definition of risk mitigation actions. (author)

  11. GENDER AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: A STUDY OF THE SWEDISH PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE NORD STREAM GAS PIPELINE FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE

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    MISSE WESTER; CAMILLA MÖRN

    2013-01-01

    This article focuses on public participation in Sweden during the planning of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. The pipeline runs from Russia to Germany, and passes close to the Swedish island of Gotland. Results from a survey study conducted among 990 Swedish citizens, where 200 respondents are residents on the island of Gotland, reveal that there are differences between men and women in how risks with this project were perceived. More women than men expressed a desire for more participatory pro...

  12. Pitting growth modelling in buried oil and gas pipelines using statistical techniques

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    New deterministic and stochastic predictive models are proposed for external pitting corrosion in underground pipelines. The deterministic model takes into consideration the local chemical and physical properties of the soil as well as the pipeline coating to predict the time dependence of pitting depth and rate in a range of soils. This model, based on results from a field study, was used to conduct Monte Carlo simulations that established the probability distribution of pitting depth and growth rate in the studied soils and their evolution over the life of the pipeline. In the last stage of the study, an empirical Markov chain-based stochastic model was developed for predicting the evolution of pitting corrosion depth and rate distributions from the observed properties of the soil. (Author) 18 refs.

  13. Open access to natural gas pipeline transportation in North America: Lessons for the European internal energy market

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    The North American natural gas industry's experience with deregulation is described, with emphasis on the transition to competition and the conditions for viability under open access. Lessons learned from the North American experience are then examined for relevance to the European situation, which is emphasizing greater access to transmission systems. It is found likely that the European proposal will frequently operate only to facilitate negotiations among players already active in the gas market, and is less likely to introduce a large number of independent transactions or new merchants. Challenges for the system will include: government assurance of reliability to domestic gas users who have made arrangements with foreign suppliers; administration of pipeline grids; resolution of competing claims on available transmission services; planning for future suppliers; and impact on investment. 8 refs., 1 fig

  14. Integration of Wind Energy, Hydrogen and Natural Gas Pipeline Systems to Meet Community and Transportation Energy Needs: A Parametric Study

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    Full Text Available The potential benefits are examined of the “Power-to-Gas” (P2G scheme to utilize excess wind power capacity by generating hydrogen (or potentially methane for use in the natural gas distribution grid. A parametric analysis is used to determine the feasibility and size of systems producing hydrogen that would be injected into the natural gas grid. Specifically, wind farms located in southwestern Ontario, Canada are considered. Infrastructure requirements, wind farm size, pipeline capacity, geographical dispersion, hydrogen production rate, capital and operating costs are used as performance measures. The model takes into account the potential production rate of hydrogen and the rate that it can be injected into the local gas grid. “Straw man” systems are examined, centered on a wind farm size of 100 MW integrating a 16-MW capacity electrolysis system typically producing 4700 kg of hydrogen per day.

  15. Reestablishment of wetland vegetation on gas pipeline rights-of-way in six different wetland ecosystems

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    Zimmerman, R.E. Shem, L.; Wilkey, P.L. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)); Van Dyke, G.D. (Trinity Christian Coll. Palos Heights, IL (United States)); Hackney, C. (North Carolina Univ., Wilmington, NC (United States)); Gowdy, M. (Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States))

    1992-05-01

    Vegetational surveys were carried out to compare reestablished vegetation on pipeline rights-of-way (ROWS) with that in adjacent natural ecosystems undisturbed by pipeline installation. Six sites of various ages were surveyed in ecosystems ranging from coastal marsh to forested wetland. At all sites except one, both the number and the percentage of wetland species on the ROW approximated or exceeded those in the adjacent natural area. In four ecosystems, the vegetation on the ROW was limited to a herbaceous layer by ROW maintenance; thus, the ROWs often involved a complex of species quite different from that found in the adjacent ecosystems.

  16. Final environmental impact statement, Beaufort Sea oil and gas development/Northstar Project. Appendix A: BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. Final project description - Revision 1, March 27, 1997

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    BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BPXA) submitted a permit application to the US Army Engineer District, Alaska to initiate the review process for BPXA's plans to develop and produce oil and gas from the Northstar Unit. This report contains Appendix A of an Environmental Impact Statement which was undertaken to identify and evaluate the potential effects the proposed project may have on the environment. This document is the Northstar Development Project, Final Project Description, Revision 1 for BPXA Northstar Project

  17. Code of practice for the release of hydrostatic test water from hydrostatic testing of petroleum liquid and gas pipelines

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    This booklet describes a series of administrative procedures regarding the code of practice in Alberta for the release of hydrostatic test water from hydrostatic testing of petroleum liquid and gas pipelines. The topics covered include the registration process, the type and quality of water to use during the test, and the analytical methods to be used. Reporting schedule and record keeping information are also covered. Schedule 1 discusses the requirements for the release of hydrostatic test water to land, while Schedule 2 describes the requirements for the release of hydrostatic test water to receiving water. 3 tabs

  18. Methanol incorporation in clathrate hydrates and the implications for oil and gas pipeline flow assurance and icy planetary bodies

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    Shin, Kyuchul; Udachin, Konstantin A.; Moudrakovski, Igor L.; Leek, Donald M.; Alavi, Saman; Ratcliffe, Christopher I.; Ripmeester, John A.

    2013-01-01

    One of the best-known uses of methanol is as antifreeze. Methanol is used in large quantities in industrial applications to prevent methane clathrate hydrate blockages from forming in oil and gas pipelines. Methanol is also assigned a major role as antifreeze in giving icy planetary bodies (e.g., Titan) a liquid subsurface ocean and/or an atmosphere containing significant quantities of methane. In this work, we reveal a previously unverified role for methanol as a guest in clathrate hydrate c...

  19. 78 FR 69121 - Information Collection Activities: Open and Nondiscriminatory Access to Oil and Gas Pipelines...

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    2013-11-18

    ...; 134E1700D2 EEEE500000 ET1SF0000.DAQ000] Information Collection Activities: Open and Nondiscriminatory Access.... These regulations concern open and nondiscriminatory access to pipelines, and are the subject of this...) concerns a renewal to the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 Part 291, Open...

  20. Stress test performed on gas transport pipelines as a method for quality assurance

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    Modern pipeline construction increasingly uses the stress test as an integral component test while aiming at enhanced safety and availability. The application described by the article highlights the particular fact that expanded and non-expanded pipes of identical material quality will reveal a different behaviour in the stress test. (orig.)

  1. Calculating the Optimum Angle of Filament-Wound Pipes in Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines Using Approximation Methods.

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    Reza Khoshravan Azar, Mohammad; Emami Satellou, Ali Akbar; Shishesaz, Mohammad; Salavati, Bahram

    2013-04-01

    Given the increasing use of composite materials in various industries, oil and gas industry also requires that more attention should be paid to these materials. Furthermore, due to variation in choice of materials, the materials needed for the mechanical strength, resistance in critical situations such as fire, costs and other priorities of the analysis carried out on them and the most optimal for achieving certain goals, are introduced. In this study, we will try to introduce appropriate choice for use in the natural gas transmission composite pipelines. Following a 4-layered filament-wound (FW) composite pipe will consider an offer our analyses under internal pressure. The analyses' results will be calculated for different combinations of angles 15 deg, 30 deg, 45 deg, 55 deg, 60 deg, 75 deg, and 80 deg. Finally, we will compare the calculated values and the optimal angle will be gained by using the Approximation methods. It is explained that this layering is as the symmetrical. PMID:24891748

  2. 75 FR 16337 - Standards for Business Practices for Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

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    ... characteristics of natural gas used in the natural gas industry to ensure that natural gas from different sources... efficiency and reliability of the natural gas industry's operations. In addition, the Commission's Office of... for efficient information collection, communication, and management within the natural gas...

  3. Dry hyperbaric gas metal arc welding of subsea pipelines: experiments and modeling

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    Azar, Amin S.

    2012-07-01

    Ambitions in exploration of oil and gas fields at deeper water depth require continuous investigation and maintenance. The transportation pipelines laid in deep waters are both subjected to corrosion and buckling due to environmental phenomena. They may also often undergo branching (namely hot tapping) to redirect (or add to) the transportation paths. Mechanical joints and welding are both considered as available alternatives when sectioning and replacement of the pipes at shallow waters is necessary, yet, welding is more promising for deep waters where remote operation is central. Fusion welding on the other hand comprises several technological detractions for sound operations under high ambient pressures disregarding its low cost and flexibility. The foremost detracting phenomenon in the arc welding is called 'arc root constriction', which is defined as arc geometry shrinkage under the increased pressure. Consequently, the power delivery to the weld pool at different pressure levels is a major worry. Effects of ionization and dissociation energies of different gases and mixtures, partial pressure of environmental gases including hydrogen and oxygen, gasification and degasification of the weld metal, inclusions that affect the phase transformation, absorption and desorption kinetics, oxidation and deoxidation reactions and many more are the phenomena that can possibly be altered by the gas type and ambient pressure level. Spattering and fume generation is a problematic issue since the arc is rather unstable under high pressure. Thus, seeking the effect of different chamber gas mixtures on welding parameters, final microstructure and mechanical properties is the main objective of this work.Statistical analysis of the collected voltage and current waveforms is carried out to identify the source of arc misbehavior and instability (discussed in Paper I). The stochastic parameters is related to the electrical stability and resolved into a number of varying

  4. Replacement of 13 valves by using an isolation plug in the 20 inches diameter main offshore gas pipeline at Cantarell oil field, Campeche Bay, Mexico

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    Carvahal Reyes, Jorge Omar; Ulloa Ochoa, Carlos Manuel [PEMEX, Exploracion y Produccion, MX (Mexico)

    2009-12-19

    In 2002 we changed 13 valves on deck of one gas production platform called Nohoch-A-Enlace at Cantarell Offshore Oil Field. The 20'' diameter gas pipeline and 200 km of length, transport and deliver gas for others production platforms in the Gas Lift System, So 2 millions of oil barrels per day depends of the operation of this gas pipeline but there was 13 valves on pig traps to be changed after 20 years of service to high pressure (64 to 63 kg/cm{sup 2}). We could not stop the operation of this pipeline and some little gas leaks were eliminated in some parts of the valves. This pipeline has two risers so the gas can be injected by two sides of the ring of 20 Km. So we found the proper technology in order to isolate one riser nad change 8 valves and the isolate the other and change the 5, and the gas lift system never stop during the plug and maintenance operations on platform. In the first isolation plug operation this tool run 20 mts inside the riser and was actionated and resists 65 Kg/cm{sup 2} of gas pressure during 44 hours so we changed 8 valves: 2 of 20'', 2 of 10'', 3 of 4'' and 1 of 8'' diameter. In the second isolation the plug run 30 mts inside the second risers and resist 64 Kg/cm{sup 2} of gas during 46 hours and we changed 5 valves of 20'' diameter. In the paper I will describe all the details of this successful operations and procedures. Also the aspects of Health, Security and Environment that we prepared one year before this operations at platform. Pemex save almost 2.5 millions of dollars because the gas lift system never stop and all valves were changed and now we can run cleaning and inspection tools inside the full ring. We used the first isolation plug in Latin America and we want to share this experience to all the pipeline operators in the world as a good practice in pipeline maintenance using plugging technology in the main and large pipelines of high pressure. (author)

  5. Advanced cost-effective surface geochemical techniques for oil/gas/uranium exploration, environmental assessments and pipeline monitoring - a template for India

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    Advanced geochemical soil gas methods have been successfully developed for the exploration of oil/gas/uranium and for environmental assessments. Application of these cost-effective technologies in India can substantially reduce exploration risk while accelerating the development of oil/gas/uranium onshore resources. A reliable and effective monitoring system using geochemical soil gas surveys ensures that CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery operations as well as CO2 sequestration projects are safe and acceptable for the disposal of CO2, Soil gas surveys along with other technologies can also be applied for monitoring of oil/gas pipelines for leakage, especially those that are old or pass through populated regions

  6. The new gas law and the concession of use of pipeline; A nova lei do gas e a concessao para uso de gasoduto

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    Fiad, Patricia S. [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Direito; Lima, Juliana Cardoso de [Escritorio Doria, Jacobina, Rosado e Gondinho Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The development of the gas industry and the recent energy crises in Latin America demand an adequate answer from the legal framework. There are three main projects in course in Legislative which aim at regulating the gas industry specifically: Law Project n. 226 of 2005, of ex-senator Tourinho; Law Project n. 6.673 of 2006, of Executive; and Law Project n. 6.666 of 2006, of Deputy Luciano Zica. The pipeline is the materialization of the integration among the countries of the continent. The adoption of mechanisms to make feasible the regional integration and to stimulate the private sector, in order to react against the progressive deficit between consumption and exploration of energy, becomes fundamental to the industry. In compliance with the current legislation, the transportation of gas is made through authorization. The discussion focus on the possibility of public tender for concession of the service and how it would stimulate the market. (author)

  7. Gas hydrate characterization and grain-scale imaging of recovered cores from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope

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    Stern, L.A.; Lorenson, T.D.; Pinkston, J.C.

    2011-01-01

    Using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (CSEM), powder X-ray diffraction, and gas chromatography methods, we investigated the physical states, grain characteristics, gas composition, and methane isotopic composition of two gas-hydrate-bearing sections of core recovered from the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well situated on the Alaska North Slope. The well was continuously cored from 606.5. m to 760.1. m depth, and sections investigated here were retrieved from 619.9. m and 661.0. m depth. X-ray analysis and imaging of the sediment phase in both sections shows it consists of a predominantly fine-grained and well-sorted quartz sand with lesser amounts of feldspar, muscovite, and minor clays. Cryogenic SEM shows the gas-hydrate phase forming primarily as a pore-filling material between the sediment grains at approximately 70-75% saturation, and more sporadically as thin veins typically several tens of microns in diameter. Pore throat diameters vary, but commonly range 20-120 microns. Gas chromatography analyses of the hydrate-forming gas show that it is comprised of mainly methane (>99.9%), indicating that the gas hydrate is structure I. Here we report on the distribution and articulation of the gas-hydrate phase within the cores, the grain morphology of the hydrate, the composition of the sediment host, and the composition of the hydrate-forming gas. ?? 2009.

  8. China Construct Third West-East Pipeline to Boost Gas Supply

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    Liu Yan

    2012-01-01

    The third pipeline is a key project approved in 2012 by the State Council. The new project is expected to cost 125 billion yuan (US$19.7 billion) to build. The CNPC, Baosteel and China"s Social Security Fund agreed in May 2012 to jointly invest in the scheme through a joint venture company. The project is also open to private investment. As the top shareholder of the joint venture company, CNPC holds a 52-percent stake.

  9. Measurements of flow parameters and decompression wave speed following rupture of rich gas pipelines, and comparison with GASDECOM

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    Measurements of flow parameters and decompression wave speeds in a conventional gas mixture and two other rich gas mixtures following rupture of a high-pressure pipe have been conducted. A test rig, consisting of a stainless steel expansion tube (internal diameter ∼50 mm), has been used to give a length to diameter ratio of 3440 representing a long section of a pipeline. Pressure- and temperature-time traces obtained with high-frequency response transducers have been collected at various locations close to rupture and along the length of the tube. Tests were conducted at three pressure levels: 10, 14 and 20 MPa and at temperatures as low as -25 deg. C. Results indicate good agreement between measured and predicted decompression wave speed by GASDECOM. Additionally, gas temperature-time traces were also measured at different locations along the expansion tube. Since the temperature probes are not as fast in their response, a technique has been developed to reconcile the actual gas temperature from the measured data. The paper presents example results for lean, medium and rich gas mixtures at different initial conditions

  10. Gulf of Alaska/Yakutat Planning Area oil and gas lease sale 158: Draft environmental impact statement

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    This environmental impact statement (EIS) addresses a proposed Federal action that will offer for lease areas in the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These areas may contain economically recoverable oil and gas resources. At this time, gas is not considered economically recoverable. Lease Sale 158, proposed for 1997, is comprised of lease blocks in the Gulf of Alaska Planning Area. Up to 977 blocks will be available for lease under the proposed action; only a small percentage is expected to be actually leased. Of the blocks that will be leased, only a portion will be drilled and could possibly result in production. The analytical methods used in this EIS have been formulated over a period of years. The first step of the analysis is the identification of significant environmental and socioeconomic resources through the scoping process outlined in Section I.D. The MMS then derives a range of energy-resource estimates from geologic and economic assumptions and establishes alternatives to the proposed action. The MMS assumes estimated levels of exploration and development activity for analyzing the proposed action. The MMS then analyzes the potential effects expected from the interaction between significant environmental and socioeconomic resources and OCS-related activities

  11. (Northern Pipeline Agency) annual report, 1989-1990. (Administration du pipe-line du Nord) rapport annuel, 1989-1990

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    1990-01-01

    The Northern Pipeline Agency was established to facilitate the efficient and expeditious planning and construction of the Alaska Highway Gas pipeline in a manner consistent with the best interest of Canada. This report reviews the project and outlines developments that will affect operations of the pre-build and planning for second-stage construction of the pipeline. Financial statements for the Agency are also included. During 1989-90, plans for more than doubling the capacity of the prebuilt eastern and western legs to export additional supplies of Canadian gas to markets in the USA gained momentum. Although plans for the second stage are still on hold, the National Energy Board approved the export of 260 billion cubic meters of gas from the Mackenzie Delta region over a 20-year period beginning as early as 1996. Foothills Pipelines was authorized to begin site preparation and construction of a new compressor station in Saskatchewan to increase operational security and throughput capacity on the eastern leg of the prebuild section. 1 fig.

  12. A hybrid Delphi-SWOT paradigm for oil and gas pipeline strategic planning in Caspian Sea basin

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    The Caspian Sea basin holds large quantities of both oil and natural gas that could help meet the increasing global demand for energy resources. Consequently, the oil and gas potential of the region has attracted the attention of the international oil and gas industry. The key to realizing the energy producing potential of the region is the development of transnational export routes to take oil and gas from the landlocked Caspian Sea basin to world markets. The evaluation and selection of alternative transnational export routes is a complex multi-criteria problem with conflicting objectives. The decision makers (DMs) are required to consider a vast amount of information concerning internal strengths and weaknesses of the alternative routes as well as external opportunities and threats to them. This paper presents a hybrid model that combines strength, weakness, opportunity and threat (SWOT) analysis with the Delphi method. - Highlights: ► The evaluation and selection of the pipeline routes is a multi-criteria problem. ► A hybrid SWOT-Delphi method is proposed to evaluate five potential routes. ► The Southern and Northern routes are chosen as the best and second-best options. ► The second best option is identified to provide some degree of diversification.

  13. Pipeline engineering

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    Liu, Henry

    2003-01-01

    PART I: PIPE FLOWSINTRODUCTIONDefinition and Scope Brief History of PipelinesExisting Major PipelinesImportance of PipelinesFreight (Solids) Transport by PipelinesTypes of PipelinesComponents of PipelinesAdvantages of PipelinesReferencesSINGLE-PHASE INCOMPRESSIBLE NEWTONIAN FLUIDIntroductionFlow RegimesLocal Mean Velocity and Its Distribution (Velocity Profile)Flow Equations for One-Dimensional AnalysisHydraulic and Energy Grade LinesCavitation in Pipeline SystemsPipe in Series and ParallelInterconnected ReservoirsPipe NetworkUnsteady Flow in PipeSINGLE-PHASE COMPRESSIBLE FLOW IN PIPEFlow Ana

  14. Push Force Analysis of Anchor Block of the Oil and Gas Pipeline in a Single-Slope Tunnel Based on the Energy Balance Method.

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    Yan, Yifei; Zhang, Lisong; Yan, Xiangzhen

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a single-slope tunnel pipeline was analysed considering the effects of vertical earth pressure, horizontal soil pressure, inner pressure, thermal expansion force and pipeline-soil friction. The concept of stagnation point for the pipeline was proposed. Considering the deformation compatibility condition of the pipeline elbow, the push force of anchor blocks of a single-slope tunnel pipeline was derived based on an energy method. Then, the theoretical formula for this force is thus generated. Using the analytical equation, the push force of the anchor block of an X80 large-diameter pipeline from the West-East Gas Transmission Project was determined. Meanwhile, to verify the results of the analytical method, and the finite element method, four categories of finite element codes were introduced to calculate the push force, including CAESARII, ANSYS, AutoPIPE and ALGOR. The results show that the analytical results agree well with the numerical results, and the maximum relative error is only 4.1%. Therefore, the results obtained with the analytical method can satisfy engineering requirements. PMID:26963097

  15. FRACTAL RESEARCH ON CRACKS PROPAGATION OF GAS PIPELINE X52 STEEL WELDING LINE UNDER HYDROGEN ENVIRONMENT

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    S.H. Dong; Y.M. Lu; Y. Zhang; Q. Wu

    2001-01-01

    Based on the theory of hydrogen enhanced localized plasticity of the hydrogen induced cracking and considered the effect of residual stress produced by eliminated stress heattreatment, a fractal model of hydrogen induced cracking was presented, and a relationship among the effective surface energy T( H), fractal dimension D and stress intensity factor of hydrogen induced cracking, KIH, for welding pipeline under hydrogen environment was set up, from which the relationship of D and KIsCC is obtained. The model was verified experimentally to be correct.

  16. Gas Production From a Cold, Stratigraphically Bounded Hydrate Deposit at the Mount Elbert Site, North Slope, Alaska

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    Moridis, G.J.; Silpngarmlert, S.; Reagan, M. T.; Collett, T.S.; Zhang, K.

    2009-09-01

    As part of an effort to identify suitable targets for a planned long-term field test, we investigate by means of numerical simulation the gas production potential from unit D, a stratigraphically bounded (Class 3) permafrost-associated hydrate occurrence penetrated in the ount Elbert well on North Slope, Alaska. This shallow, low-pressure deposit has high porosities, high intrinsic permeabilities and high hydrate saturations. It has a low temperature because of its proximity to the overlying permafrost. The simulation results indicate that vertical ells operating at a constant bottomhole pressure would produce at very low rates for a very long period. Horizontal wells increase gas production by almost two orders of magnitude, but production remains low. Sensitivity analysis indicates that the initial deposit temperature is y the far the most important factor determining production performance (and the most effective criterion for target selection) because it controls the sensible heat available to fuel dissociation.

  17. Quasi-distributed region selectable gas sensing for long distance pipeline maintenance

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    In this work, a novel optical gas tele-monitoring concept is proposed. By following this concept, we construct a long distance region selectable gas sensing system, which can address gases of single and/or different types at multi-locations. This approach is based on optical spectroscopy of selected absorption lines of gas leakage. A gas line spectrum can be addressed from a long distance monitoring center using optical fiber, gas sensing region and region selector. The region selecting technique monitors the selected gas absorption and identifies the location of it simultaneously. The technique has potential to be applied to long distance lightweight fiber optic wide-region gas sensing. A multi-region tele-monitoring experiment using FBG monitor as spectroscopy unit, long propagation fibers, gas cells as leakage sensing regions and FBGs as region selectors is demonstrated. Available numbers and coverage of multi-sensing regions are estimated using loss of sensing unit and propagation. (paper)

  18. Technological Change and Its Labor Impact in Five Energy Industries. Coal Mining/Oil and Gas Extraction/Petroleum Refining/Petroleum Pipeline Transportation/Electric and Gas Utilities.

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    This bulletin appraises major technological changes emerging in five American industries (coal mining, oil and gas extraction, petroleum refining, petroleum pipeline transportation, and electric and gas utilities) and discusses the impact of these changes on productivity and occupations over the next five to ten years. Its separate reports on each…

  19. 天然气管道泄漏扩散规律的数值模拟%Simulation study of natural gas pipeline leakage accident

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    刘寰宇; 林杭; 李晋; 卢江涛; 程猛猛

    2014-01-01

    近年来,由于天然气管道泄漏而导致火灾、爆炸的风险,对群众的安全、企业财产和环境等造成极大的威胁,因此,通过分析管道的泄漏模型,制定相应的对策保障天然气管道系统的安全、可靠的运行是非常有意义的。本文利用FLUENT对天然气管道泄漏扩散规律迚行了数值模拟,得到了甲烷的扩散规律及浓度分布规律,为有效预测天然气泄漏扩散的影响范围提供了依据。%Inrecent years, due to the natural gas pipeline leak and cause a risk of fire, explosion, the safety of people, property and the environment, such as enterprise caused great threat, therefore, through the analysis of pipeline leakage model to develop appropriate measures to protect the security of natural gas pipeline system and reliable operation is very meaningful. In this paper, FLUENT for natural gas pipeline leak was simulated diffusion law, has been the proliferation of rules and distribution of methaneconcentration, provide a basis for predicting the scope of effective diffusion of gas leaks.

  20. A historical case in the Bolivia-Brazil natural gas pipeline: slope on the Curriola River; Caso historico no Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil: encosta no Rio Curriola

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    Oliveira, Hudson Regis; Vasconcellos, Carlos Renato Aragonez de [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil, S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    The Bolivia-Brazil Natural Gas Pipeline has 2.593 kilometers since Rio Grande City in Bolivia until Canoas City, in south Brazil. The pipeline crosses a lot of types of geological fields and difficult topography. The south spread of the gas pipeline is the most interesting because of its hard topography combined with the variety of geological materials, such as, colluvium deposits and debris flow areas. Curriola River is located at the kilometer 408, north part of Parana State. In this area, the pipeline crosses slopes of 45 degrees of inclination. The down part of Curriola's slope is composed by a non-resistance material (clay and little rock blocks) with a high porosity. Every year, during the rainy seasons, tension cracks are observed evidencing the earth movement. The slope stability is above the minimum expected for pipeline operation. The aim of this paper is to present the site characterization of the Curriola River Slope, together with all the investigation made in order to supply the studies with condensed information for the slope stabilization. (author)

  1. Structural assessment procedure of corroding submarine gas pipelines using on-line inspection data

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    This paper presents 'the alternative approach of overall procedure in the assessment of corroded pipelines using data gathered by the on-line inspection device. The methodology adopts a generalised approach of analysing pipeline inspection data and a prediction of the structural reliability due to the deteriorating corrosion environment. The whole assessment methodology is divided into four separate stages; 1 to IV. Stages 1 and 11 are the initial procedure prior to the actual analysis of the inspection data. The scope of this paper is concerted into the procedure to be taken in Stage 111 where the stage is sub-divided into 3 major steps; Part A, B and C. These procedures are Part A (statistical and probabilistic analysis of the inspection data) and Part B (the application of extreme value statistics) and C (reliability assessment). Stage IV (risk assessment) is the final step in the procedure where the consequences of failure are evaluated. The proposed risk-based assessment procedure is more systematic and reliable to account for a huge amount of collected data usually obtained in an on-line inspection using the intelligent devices. The outcomes of this risk-based methodology can be very useful in the decision-making process by the operation management. This in turn will produce an efficient inspection, repair and maintenance program and enhanced the optimised return in investment. (author)

  2. Treatment of discharge water from hydrostatic testing of natural gas pipelines. Volume 4. Topical report, January 1989-June 1992

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    The report presents results developed from bench- and full-scale treatment testing conducted on discharge water from hydrostatic testing of natural gas pipelines. Bench-scale testing examined sedimentation with and without chemical coagulants for reducing iron and total suspended solids, aeration for removal of volatile organics, and activated carbon adsorption for removal of organic constituents. Treatment results are provided for a full-scale treatment process, which utilized a hay bale structure and adsorbent booms for removing suspended solids and oil from the discharge water. Detailed characterization results are presented for test water collected before and after treatment. Results developed from an economic analysis of other potential treatment/disposal alternatives are also presented. A total of eight approaches that may be applied for managing constituents present in hydrostatic test waters are examined. The report is Volume 4 of a five-volume report series

  3. Finite Element Modeling of Perturbation Fields due to Colonies of Stress Corrosion Cracks(SCCs) in a Gas Transmission Pipeline

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    The detection of axial cracks using conventional MFL pig is a significant challenge in the gas pipeline inspection. In this study, a technique using interaction of circumferentially induced torrents with axial stress corrosion crack is presented. The feasibility of this technique is investigated using finite element modeling. Finite element analysis of such interaction is a difficult problem in terms of both computation time and memory requirements. The challenges arise due to the nonlinearity of material properties, the small sire of tight cracks relative to that of the magnetizer, and also time stepping involved in modeling velocity effects. This paper presents an approach based on perturbation methods. The overall analysis procedure is divided into 4 simple steps that can be performed sequentially. Modeling results show that this technique can effectively detect colonies of SCC as well as single SCC

  4. Competition in the Natural Gas Industry : The Emergence of Spot, Financial, and Pipeline Capacity Markets

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    1998-01-01

    Countries in Asia, Europe, and North and South America are introducing reforms to boost efficiency and attract new private investment in their natural gas industries. The trend has been to unbundle along vertical and horizontal lines and to open wholesale gas markets to new entrants. These new entrants stimulate competition and the development of new markets--in gas supply, in financial ga...

  5. Efficiency analysis on the use of internal lining in the Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline; Analise da eficiencia do uso de revestimento interno na tubulacao do gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil

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    Frisoli, Caetano [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Silva, Marcos Jose Moraes da [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Bittencourt, Maria Angelica Santos; Coelho Junior, Robson Teixeira [TBG - Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia Brasil S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    The internal lining in gas pipelines aims the reduction of roughness and, consequently, the friction factor, therefore resulting in a reduction of pressure drop in natural gas flowing. During Bolivia-Brazil gas pipeline basic design, the cost benefit of internal coating was analyzed, in terms of friction factor reduction and distances between Compressor Stations. It was observed an increase of transport capacity and reduction of compressors' power, thus leading to its utilization. Since the pipeline is already in operation, using a SCADA system with Advanced Functions, a comparison between the current real friction factor in the pipeline with that theoretical values used during the design phase becomes possible. Through this comparison, it is possible to evaluate internal coating's efficiency, quantifying its real benefit for gas pipelines. (author)

  6. Airborne detection of natural gas leaks from transmission pipelines by using a laser system operating in visual, near-IR, and mid-IR wavelength bands

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    Ershov, Oleg V.; Klimov, Alexey G.; Vavilov, Vladimir P.

    2006-04-01

    An airborne gas detection IR system which includes a laser, infrared imager and video-recorder is described. The sensitivity of the system to leaks from ground pipelines by the laser channel is about 100 ppm*m at 100 m (by methane). The IR thermographic channel plays an auxiliary role and the video channel allows better coordinate positioning of detected gas leaks in conjunction with a built-in GPS device.

  7. 天然气管网动态过程优化模型研究%Dynamic process optimization model for gas pipeline

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    庞喆; 韩涛

    2015-01-01

    通过研究寻求高效可行的解模算法,利用PNS模拟现场的各种工况建立天然气动态模型,用模型进行求解分析,验证并优化模型,设计出实用的程序软件进行管网优化.%The dynamic models for gas pipeline are built up by seeking effective and feasible solution modulus algorithm and simulating a variety of field conditions with PNS. The models are verified and optimized to design practical software for pipeline optimization.

  8. 天然气管道泄漏监控软件的设计%Design of Leakage Supervising Software for Natural Gas Pipeline

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    刘四运; 刘薇

    2015-01-01

    快速准确的检测出天然气输气管道的泄漏在保障天然气运输过程中起着非常重要的作用,该文通过对天然气管道泄漏监控软件的设计和讨论,针对监控软件的主要部分-泄漏预警进行了重点介绍,利用Visual C++技术,设计了一个实时监控天然气输气管道泄漏的软件,为保障天然气安全稳定的运输奠定了基础.%Fast and accurate detection of natural gas transmission pipeline gas leakage of gas transportation plays a very important role in the security, the paper discussed and designed the software of natural gas pipeline leakage monitoring, for the main part of the monitoring software-leakage warning are emphatically introduced, using the technology of Visual C++design a real-time monitoring of gas pipeline leak software, to safeguard the security and stability of the natural gas transportation.

  9. Energy Equation Derivation of the Oil-Gas Flow in Pipelines Dérivation de l’équation d’énergie de l’écoulement huile-gaz dans des pipelines

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In the simulation of oil-gas pipeline multiphase flow, thermodynamic computation is an important process interacting with the hydraulic calculation and it influences the convergence of the program and the accuracy of the results. The form of the energy equation is the key to the thermodynamic computation. Based on the energy equation of oil-gas flow in pipeline, the Explicit Temperature Drop Formula (ETDF is derived for oilgas steady state temperature calculation. This new energy equation has considered many factors, such as Joule-Thomson effect, pressure work, friction work and impact of terrain undulation and heat transfer Oil & Gas Science and Technology – Rev. IFP Energies nouvelles with the surroundings along the line. So it is an overall form of energy equation, which could describe the actual fact of multiphase pipeline accurately. Therefore, some standpoints in literatures on the temperature calculation of oil-gas two-phase flow in pipelines are reviewed. Elimination of temperature iteration loop and integration of the explicit temperature equation, instead of enthalpy energy equation, into the conjugated hydraulic and thermal computation have been found to improve the efficiency of algorithm. The calculation applied to both the component model, also applied to the black-oil model. This model is incorporated into the component model and black-oil model, respectively, and two simulations are carried out with two practical pipeline Yingmai-Yaha and Lufeng multiphase pipeline and the temperature results are compared with the simulation calculated by the OLGA and the measured. It is shown that this model has simulated the temperature distribution very well. Finally, we analyzed the influence of the specific heat capacity of oil and gas on the temperature of the mixture of fluids and the influence of the Joule-Thomson effect on the temperature distribution on the pipeline. It is shown that the Joule-Thomson coefficient is a key factor to

  10. Infrared thermographic pipeline leak detection systems for pipeline rehabilitation programs

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    Weil, Gary J.

    1998-03-01

    Computerized infrared thermographic pipeline inspection is now a refined and accurate process having been thoroughly proven to be an accurate, cost effective, and efficient technology for pipeline rehabilitation programs, during a 10 year development and testing process. The process has been used to test pipelines in chemical plants, water supply systems, steam lines, natural gas pipelines and sewer systems. Its non- contact, non-destructive ability to inspect large areas, from above ground, with 100% coverage and to locate subsurface leaks as well as the additional capability to locate voids and erosion areas surrounding pipelines, make its testing capabilities unique and highly desirable. This paper details the development of computerized infrared thermographic pipeline testing along with case histories illustrating its implementation problems and successes during various rehabilitation programs involving pipelines carrying water, gas, petroleum, and sewage.

  11. GIS在油气长输管道完整性管理中的应用%Application of GIS in the Oil and Gas Pipeline Integrity Management

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    耿作孝; 林渊; 李晓宁

    2011-01-01

    传统油气长输管道完整性管理模式和手段在管道突发事故的应变能力、分析处理效率等方面已难以适应当今管道安全管理与监督的需要.为提高管道完整性管理业务综合分析与信息深层次集成的能力,结合油气长输管道距离长、空间跨度大、途径地理情况复杂、运行中发生的事件带有显著空间特征等特点,开发基于GIS的完整性管理系统,旨在以空间特征作为整合管道各种信息的纽带,充分发挥地理信息系统强大的空间数据处理和分析能力,提高长输管道风险识别、高后果区分析、完整性评价和决策支持的水平,以达到管道始终处于受控状态,持续改善管道安全性、可靠性和公众置信度的目的.%Nowadays, safety and environmental concerns from the public have emphasized the requirement for pipeline owners to demonstrate the safe operation of their facilities. Traditional oil & gas transmission Pipeline Integrity Management mode cannot meet the requirements of pipeline safety supervising in terms of dealing with an emergency, analysis and disposal efficiency. To improve the Pipeline Integrity Management business comprehensive analysis ability and information deep - level integration ability, combine with the characteristics that oil & gas transmission pipeline has a long distance and a big spatial span, by way of complex geographical situation, events happening in running have remarkable spatial feature, develop Pipeline Integrity Management System bases onGIS, aimed at using spatial feature as a link to integrate all pipeline information, make GIS spatial data treatment & analysis ability into full play, raise the level of oil & gas transmission Pipeline ability in risk identify, high consequence area analysis, integrity evaluation and decision supporting,to achieve the goal that pipeline always in controlled state, continuously improve pipeline security, reliability and public confidence

  12. 油气管道机器人技术研发进展%Research and development progress in oil and gas pipeline robotics

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    曹建树; 林立; 李杨; 李魁龙

    2013-01-01

    Pipeline robots integrated with smart mobile carrier and pipeline defect nondestructive testing technology are mainly used for detection, coating spraying, joint welding, foreign material removal and other maintenances of industrial pipelines such as oil and gas pipelines. Mode of motion is core technology of the pipeline robots, including active and passive modes. This paper elaborates technical features and difficulties of the pipeline robots using active motion modes such as bionic type, crawler type, screw driven type, vehicle type and supporting wheel type and those using passive motion mode are elaborated and enumerates products and technologies at home and overseas. Based on the above technology, a comparative analysis is carried out for overall performance of various technologies and key technical problems required to resolve for R&D of pipeline robots are proposed.%管道机器人综合了智能移动载体技术和管道缺陷无损检测技术,主要用于输油气管道的检测、喷涂、接口焊接、异物清理等检修维护作业.运动方式是管道机器人的技术核心,包括主动运动方式和被动运动方式两大类.系统阐述了仿生式、履带式、螺旋驱动式、车型式和支撑轮式等5种主动运动方式管道机器人及被动运动方式管道机器人PIG的技术特点和难点,例举了国内外现有产品和技术.对比分析了各种技术的综合性能,提出了管道机器人研发需要重点解决的技术问题.

  13. Knowledge Discovery of Gas Pipeline Leak Detection%天然气管道泄漏检测中的知识发现

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    王秀芳; 王岩; 岳茂兴

    2012-01-01

    As rapid development of foreign and domestic natural gas pipeline construction, the safe operation of pipeline is particularly important in the current. Based on analyzing the cause of gas pipeline leak and using modal acoustic emission method and negative pressure wave method to detect the pipeline,to get pipeline detection information, through the pretreatment leak signal data, according to data mining algorithm realize natural gas potential information mining. Based on that use decision tree classification, DBSCN cluster analysis, K-nearest neighbor algorithm to realize the knowledge discovery process, looking for internal relations, development trend and potential rules, controlling the natural gas transmission beforehand and intelligent monitoring.%随着国内外天然气管道建设的迅速发展,管道的安全运行在当前尤为重要.通过对天然气管线泄漏原因的分析,采用模态声发射法和负压波法对管线进行检测,目的是获取管道检测信息,通过预处理泄露信号数据,针对数据通过预处理以取消数据差异和冗余,采取挖掘算法实现天然气潜信息挖掘,在此采用了决策树分类、DBSCN聚类分析、K近邻算法完成知识发现,寻找管道传输的内在联系、发展趋势及潜在规则,实现天然气传输的事前控制和智能监测.

  14. Calculation for influenced area of consequences of natural gas pipeline leaks%天然气管道泄漏后果影响区域的计算

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    谷志宇; 董绍华; 牛景弘; 史纪

    2013-01-01

    Hazards and potential influence areas of high-pressure natural gas pipeline leaks depend on the mode of leak, gas release, diffusion conditions and ignition methods. Taking the urban gas pipeline in service as an example, impacts of natural gas pipeline leaks are analyzed based on two cases of combustion and diffusion, potential influence areas and those for jet fire and vapor cloud diffusion under the condition of 15 cm-hole leak and pipeline pressures of 3.5 MPa and 4.0 MPa are calculated and represented graphically. The results show that in the case of a 15 cm-hole leak, it is safe more than 200 m from the pipeline at all events. Warning regions could be defined and emergency plans formulated based on this.%高压天然气管道泄漏危害和潜在影响区域取决于泄漏模式、气体释放、扩散条件和点燃方式等.以某城市在役燃气管道为例,针对燃烧和扩散两种情况对天然气管道泄漏的后果影响进行分析,计算15 cm孔洞泄漏、管道压力分别为3.5 MPa和4.0 MPa工况下的潜在影响区域、喷射火影响区域及蒸气云扩散影响区域.结果表明:对于15 cm孔洞泄漏,无论发生何种情况,距离管道200 m以外均安全,可以以此划定警戒区域,制定应急预案.

  15. An analysis of the economic impact of non-pipeline options for developing Newfoundland's offshore natural gas resources

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    The technical and economic feasibility of four non-pipeline development options for Newfoundland's offshore natural gas resources are examined. The options are: compressed natural gas (CNG) that is incremental to FPSO oil development (CNG FPSO Incremental); CNG as part of a Grand Bank System Gas Hub( CNG GBS Gas Hub); liquefied natural gas (LNG) that is incremental to FPSO oil development (LNG FPSO Incremental) and combined Fischer-Tropsch (gas-to-liquid technology) that is incremental to FPSO oil development (combined methanol/F-T). The economic impacts of each development option were considered in terms of project viability, employment and income impacts created through the supply of goods and services, employment effects resulting from project expenditures, incomes generated to Newfoundland factors of production, GDP impacts, and provincial treasury impacts, net of equalization losses. Results indicate that the largest employment and income impacts on the Newfoundland economy would be generated by the CNG GBS Gas Hub option (2,000 person-years of employment per year and $110 million income annually). The other three cases provide an equivalent level of benefits with an annual average of 1,650 person-years of employment and $90 million in incomes to business and labour. Each option is expected to generate between $16 and $21 million per annum to the Newfoundland treasury, net of equalization losses. GDP impacts are also close for all all four options, and provide no basis for preference of any option. In terms of project viability, the CNG FPSO Incremental option is considered by far the most attractive with a 33.7 per cent rate of return and a net present value of $1 billion, followed by the CNG GBS Gas Hub option at 18.3 per cent rate of return and a net present value of $317 million. The LNG FPSO incremental option has an internal rate of return of 17.8 per cent and a net present value of $263 million. The combined methanol/F-T option is not considered

  16. A new integrated planning model for gas compression and transmission through a complex pipeline network; Um novo modelo de planejamento integrado de compressao e escoamento de gas para uma rede complexa

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    Iamashita, Edson K. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Galaxe, Frederico; Arica, Jose [Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (UENF), Campos dos Goytacases, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    The aim of this paper is to show a new approach to solve integrated gas balance planning problems that defines the best compression and transmission strategy for a system with a large number of platforms or compression units that are interlinked with the delivery points through a complex gas pipeline network. For solving the proposed optimization problem is used a genetic meta-heuristic technique, where the fitness function of the algorithm is the Profit function of the gas balance, being considered the incomes and costs besides the pipeline network constraints, representing the compression system and transmission network near to the real operational condition. Newton Raphson's method is used to solve the nonlinear system that represents the calculation of the pressure drop in the gas pipeline network that can contain various cycles. This model could be used for design and optimization of gas pipeline networks, as well as for the gas balance planning of an existent network looking for the profit maximization. (author)

  17. Women and Rapid Economic Change: The Alaska Case.

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    Thomas, Monica E.

    The Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline project and accompanying increases in economic wealth have had an enormous impact, particularly on Alaskan women. Prior to pipeline construction, the civilian labor force participation by Alaskan women was close to the national average. During and since pipeline construction, this participation rate has soared.…

  18. Advisory Review on the Compliance of Project Implementation with the Environmental Permit for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline and the South Caucasus Gas Pipeline in Georgia

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    In the Borjomi area at the Kodiana pass and in the Sakire area the risks of geohazards (especially risks of landslides) can be further reduced by improving drainage and re-evaluation of the slope stability. In case of capacity extension a new environmental report has to be made in which re-routing of the pipeline becomes a serious option. These are the main findings of the Dutch Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment asked by the Georgian Government (NCEIA) to assess the compliance of the project with the conditions for the environmental license. Currently the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline through Georgia is under construction by a consortium led by British petroleum (BP). It is intended to transport 1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Azerbijan to the Mediterranean coast. It runs through the sensitive Borjomi area, an area with high natural and recreational values, and known for the origin of the Borjomi mineral water. In 2002 the Government of Georgia conditionally issued the environmental license for this project. The NCEIA was asked to review the current compliance with the environmental license including the risks of geohazards (landslides and earthquakes) on specific spots along the pipeline, the oil spill response plan and the government capacity for reviewing the monitoring program. The Government of Georgia and BP have agreed that the risk of oil spills in the Borjomi area should have a risk as close to zero as possible. A zero risk on oil spills is impossible. In the Borjomi area additional measures already have been applied to reduce the risk of oil spills. However at the Kodiana pass and in the Sakire area there is still a significant risk of geohazards that could have a significant impact on the integrity of the oil pipeline. The risks of oil spills should be further reduced by implementation of additional mitigating measures, such as constant monitoring of hazardous circumstances for landslides and drainage of the soil above spots

  19. Application of gamma densitometry and statistical signal analysis to gas phase velocity measurements in pipeline hydrotransport

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The work presents selected methods of signal analysis used in the processing of data obtained from radiometric probes. The used data came from an exemplary study of a two-phase liquid-gas flow at the laboratory installation. In such rigs many possible transport types may be observed, i.e. slug, plug and bubble flow, and each of them gives different signal-to-noise ratio of recorded data. Therefore, available radiometric methods of gas phase velocity measurements give diverse accuracies. Authors consider several improvements of data acquisition and processing which increase possibility of the flow type recognition and higher accuracy of the gas phase velocity estimation.

  20. 76 FR 67160 - Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.; Notice of Application

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    2011-10-31

    ... vertically at Southern Star's existing Alden Gas Storage Field located in Rice County, Kansas. Subsequent to... electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ``eFiling'' link at...

  1. Air-drying Models for New-built Offshore Gas Pipelines%新建海底天然气管道干空气干燥模型研究

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    曹学文; 王立洋; 林宗虎

    2005-01-01

    Drying (conditioning) is an important procedure to prevent hydrate formation during gas pipeline gas-up and to protect pipelines against corrosion. The air-drying method is preferred in offshore gas pipelines pre-commissioning. The air-drying process of gas pipelines commonly includes two steps, air purging and soak test. The mass conservation and the phase equilibrium theory are applied to setting up the mathematical models of air purging, which can be used to simulate dry airflow rate and drying time. Fick diffusion law is applied to setting up the mathematical model of soak test, which can predict the water vapor concentration distribution. The results calculated from the purging model and the soak test model are in good agreement with the experimental data in the DF1-1 offshore production pipeline conditioning. The models are verified to be available for the air-drying project design of offshore gas pipelines. Some proposals for air-drying engineering and operational procedures are put forward by analyzing the air-drying process of DF1-1 gas-exporting pipelines.

  2. 77 FR 19414 - Pipeline Safety: Public Comment on Leak and Valve Studies Mandated by the Pipeline Safety...

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    2012-03-30

    ... Natural Gas Pipelines The contractor will conduct a study on the ability of transmission pipeline facility... study will evaluate Class 3 and Class 4 areas of natural gas transmission pipelines. The contractor must... valves. This review will be for hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines and determine how...

  3. Pipeline system operability review

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    Eriksson, Kjell [Det Norske Veritas (Norway); Davies, Ray [CC Technologies, Dublin, OH (United States)

    2005-07-01

    Pipeline operators are continuously working to improve the safety of their systems and operations. In the US both liquid and gas pipeline operators have worked with the regulators over many years to develop more systematic approaches to pipeline integrity management. To successfully manage pipeline integrity, vast amounts of data from different sources needs to be collected, overlaid and analyzed in order to assess the current condition and predict future degradation. The efforts undertaken by the operators has had a significant impact on pipeline safety, nevertheless, during recent years we have seen a number of major high profile accidents. One can therefore ask how effective the pipeline integrity management systems and processes are. This paper will present one methodology 'The Pipeline System Operability Review' that can evaluate and rate the effectiveness of both the management systems and procedures, as well as the technical condition of the hardware. The result from the review can be used to compare the performance of different pipelines within one operating company, as well as benchmark with international best practices. (author)

  4. Gulf of Alaska, Alaska

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    2002-01-01

    This MODIS true-color image shows the Gulf of Alaska and Kodiak Island, the partially snow-covered island in roughly the center of the image. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

  5. Role of reservoir engineering in the assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska

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    Verma, M.K.; Bird, K.J.

    2005-01-01

    The geology and reservoir-engineering data were integrated in the 2002 U.S. Geological Survey assessment of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA). VVhereas geology defined the analog pools and fields and provided the basic information on sizes and numbers of hypothesized petroleum accumulations, reservoir engineering helped develop necessary equations and correlations, which allowed the determination of reservoir parameters for better quantification of in-place petroleum volumes and recoverable reserves. Seismic- and sequence-stratigraphic study of the NPRA resulted in identification of 24 plays. Depth ranges in these 24 plays, however, were typically greater than depth ranges of analog plays for which there were available data, necessitating the need for establishing correlations. The basic parameters required were pressure, temperature, oil and gas formation volume factors, liquid/gas ratios for the associated and nonassociated gas, and recovery factors. Finally, the re sults of U.S. Geological Survey deposit simulation were used in carrying out an economic evaluation, which has been separately published. Copyright ?? 2005. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.

  6. Environmental assessment on PETROBRAS pipeline projects: case study of Cacimbas-Catu gas pipeline; Engenharia de avaliacao ambiental no processo de concepcao de projetos de dutos da PETROBRAS - estudo de caso do Gasoduto Cacimbas (ES) - Catu (BA)

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    Oliveira, Wilson Jose de; Pereira Junior, Edson R.; Fonseca, Renata A. Almeida; Rocha, Marcelo de Andrade; Soares, Luis Felipe [PETROBRAS Engenharia, RJ (Brazil). Engenharia de Avaliacao Ambiental

    2005-07-01

    The environmental assessment process is one of the most important phases in the implementation of pipeline projects. For that reason, new technologies and work procedures are used to perform the environmental assessment of areas where pipeways will be implemented. Since the quality of environmental assessment studies influences the social acceptance of projects and, consequently, the time required to obtain the environmental permits, PETROBRAS (Engenharia/IETEG/ETEG/EAMB) applies advanced technological tools to acquire remote sensing data (conventional / digital aero-surveys and satellite images), as well as software for digital image processing and integration and spatial analysis of information. Information about the physical, biological and socioeconomic environments are further verified and complemented through field trips using helicopters. This process makes it possible to identify environmentally favorable corridors to develop guidelines for the implementation of the pipeline, assuring its environmental feasibility, and produces relevant data to support the Environmental Impact Assessment Study, the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and the Risk Analysis Study. As an example of the application of this methodology, this paper presents results of the assessment of the Cacimbas / Catu gas pipeline, which is currently being permitted and is planned to be implemented in areas of high environmental complexity. (author)

  7. Cost analysis of teg-powered and solar-powered cathodic protection system for a-50 km long buried natural gas pipeline located in Sindh, Pakistan

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    Corrosion leaks are of significant concern to oil and gas industry and is considered to be the largest controllable factor in pipeline safety. Cathodic Protection (CP) is a well-established method for preventing corrosion of metallic materials. Electrical power is required and it is usually difficult and expensive to install conventional power lines in remote areas for readily available power supply. Oil/gas organizations make use of thermo-electric generators (TEG), which is relatively expensive in terms of running expenditures. Utilization of renewable energies is now being widely explored due to potential danger of running out of natural resources and dates back mid of 20th century [I]. However, use of solar powered CP system for oil/gas pipelines hasn't been encouraged much in Pakistan, probably due to lack of understanding. A project was undertaken for designing a solar powered CP system for a 52.4 km buried gas pipeline located at Sui/Sara gas fields (Latitude 27.5) of Tullow Pakistan (Dev.) Ltd. in Dharki, Sindh, Pakistan. After detailed analysis of soil condition, electrochemical testing, local climatic variation and cost analysis, it has been revealed that use of solar power is quite feasible for the above-mentioned pipeline section. Cost analysis and comparison have also favored this system since the maintenance cost of the solar-powered system is much less compared to TEG system. Installation cost of the solar system is about 1.57 times the cost of TEG; however, the maintenance cost is only -20% of that for TEG system. The higher installation cost has been estimated to be recoverable in less than one year of service. (author)

  8. Conference Proceedings: On the edge of change : opportunities in the gas business. Volume 1 - Get insights into gas supply, markets and storage, and pricing trends from major players; Volume 2 - Hear the insider's point of view on all new pipelines east of Chicago

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    The 26 papers presented at this conference dealt with issues related to new opportunities for the natural gas industry. Principal topics addressed were: (1) the challenge of Canada/U.S. natural gas supply, (2) new competition issues, (3) Ontario's role in North American natural gas markets, (4) futures versus fundamentals and gas market price dynamics, (5) gas transportation in western Canada, (6) the future for offshore pipelines, and (7) pipeline projects from Chicago to markets in eastern Canada. tabs., figs

  9. A Compilation of Gas Emission-Rate Data from Volcanoes of Cook Inlet (Spurr, Crater Peak, Redoubt, Iliamna, and Augustine) and Alaska Peninsula (Douglas, Fourpeaked, Griggs, Mageik, Martin, Peulik, Ukinrek Maars, and Veniaminof), Alaska, from 1995-2006

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    Doukas, Michael P.; McGee, Kenneth A.

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION This report presents gas emission rates from data collected during numerous airborne plume-measurement flights at Alaskan volcanoes since 1995. These flights began in about 1990 as means to establish baseline values of volcanic gas emissions during periods of quiescence and to identify anomalous levels of degassing that might signal the beginning of unrest. The primary goal was to make systematic measurements at the major volcanic centers around the Cook Inlet on at least an annual basis, and more frequently during periods of unrest and eruption. A secondary goal was to measure emissions at selected volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula. While the goals were not necessarily met in all cases due to weather, funding, or the availability of suitable aircraft, a rich dataset of quality measurements is the legacy of this continuing effort. An earlier report (Doukas, 1995) presented data for the period from 1990 through 1994 and the current report provides data through 2006. This report contains all of the available measurements for SO2, CO2, and H2S emission rates in Alaska determined by the U. S. Geological Survey from 1995 through 2006; airborne measurements for H2S began in Alaska in 2001. The results presented here are from Cook Inlet volcanoes at Spurr, Crater Peak, Redoubt, Iliamna, and Augustine and cover periods of unrest at Iliamna (1996) and Spurr (2004-2006) as well as the 2006 eruption of Augustine. Additional sporadic measurements at volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula (Douglas, Martin, Mageik, Griggs, Veniaminof, Ukinrek Maars, Peulik, and Fourpeaked during its 2006 unrest) are also reported here.

  10. 76 FR 62395 - Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Application

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    2011-10-07

    ... ``greenfield'' compressor station (CS 206A) consisting of a 22,000 hp electric motor driven centrifugal... Optimization Project includes the following: (1) In Washington County, Iowa, at its Compressor Station No. 205 (CS 205), Natural proposes to construct a new 3,550 horsepower (hp) gas fired compressor unit,...

  11. Correlation between designed wall thickness of gas pipelines and external and internal corrosion processes; Adequacao de espessura de parede projetada em funcao de processos de corrosao externa e interna em gasodutos

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    Gomes, Jose Antonio da Cunha Ponciano [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Programa de Engenharia Metalurgica

    2004-07-01

    Corrosion control on gas pipelines plays an important role on the assessment of pipeline integrity and reliability. In many countries a great extension of buried pipelines is used on transport and distribution systems. This extension will be certainly increased in a near future due to the increasing consumption of natural gas. Inadequate corrosion control can drive to pipeline failures, bringing up the possibility of accidents in populated or environmental protected areas, bringing together severe economical, legal and environmental consequences. Corrosion is frequently considered as a natural and inevitable phenomenon. Based upon this assumption, some recommendations are included on design standards of gas pipelines in order to compensate its detrimental effect. The aim of this work is to present a review of the correlation between external corrosion process and the guidelines established during the project phase of gas pipelines. It is intended to contribute for a better understanding of the impacts of corrosion on integrity, reliability and readiness of gas transport and distribution systems. Some aspects regarding external corrosion of pipelines extracted from technical papers will be summarised. Information provided will be compared to design criterion prescribed by the NBR 12712 Standard. (author)

  12. Finite element analysis of settlement of buried natural gas pipelines%天然气埋地管道沉降的有限元分析

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    李新慧

    2013-01-01

    埋地管道由于铺设在土体中,受力状态较地上管道复杂,尤其是敷设在软土地基上的管道,地基对管道承载能力差,管道将随着时间发生沉降现象.对某铺设在软土地基上的管道沉降进行现场测试及理论研究,运用ANSYS有限元分析软件进行模型建立,分析了不同的土质和内压等条件下管道的初始应力,得到了各影响因素对管道应力和位移的影响规律,可作为防治管线沉降参考.%The settlement of the buried natural gas pipelines is investigated.The load on the pipelines buried in ground,especially in soft and plastic soil ground,is much more complicated than that on the ground.Because of the pool load bearing capacity of the ground,the pipeline will settle with time.The settlement and stress of the buried pipelines are investigated based on the theories and experiments,and the FEM is used to analyze the stress distribution and displacement of the settled pipelines under different conditions such as soil properties and operation pressure.The results may be used as reference to protect the settlement of pipelines.

  13. Power-line-induced ac potential on natural-gas pipelines for complex rights-of-way configurations. Volume 2. Graphical analysis handbook. Final report

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    Frazier, M.

    1983-05-01

    Joint use of common corridors for overhead electric-power-transmission lines and buried natural-gas-transmission pipelines results in undesired coupling of electromagnetic energy onto the natural-gas-transmission pipelines. The project has resulted in the development of the methodology and techniques for analyzing such complex common corridor coupling problems. Field tests were conducted to verify key aspects of the analysis. Two complementary methods have been developed for solving coupling problems on common corridors: a handbook that provides simplified procedures and graphical aids that can be used to analyze many less complex common corridor concerns, and a computer program that provides the means for analyzing a wide range of more complex configurations. This volume presents the simplified graphical analysis.

  14. Importance of timely construction of new pipeline infrastructure to Canada and Canadians

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    The results of 2 studies commissioned to quantify the economic benefits resulting from pipeline investment were presented, as well as details of the costs to Canadian residential, commercial and industrial consumers that will result from delays in the construction of new pipeline infrastructure in North America. A hypothetical $1.52 billion, 1000 km natural gas pipeline located in Alberta and British Columbia (BC) would increase Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the order of $1.2 billion. Of the total, $202 million in GDP impacts would fall outside of the 2 provinces. In addition, a total of $856 million in labour income would be generated, including $130 million outside of Alberta and BC. The costs to Canadians from delays in the construction of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, Alaska Gas Pipeline and new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals could be as much as $57.7 billion over the 2006-2025 period, with the impacts being felt mainly in Alberta and Ontario. Subsequent increases in the cost of gas to consumers will rise by $20.2 billion and $19.1 billion respectively, with a significant portion of the impact falling on Alberta's industrial sector. In Ontario, it was anticipated that 40 per cent of the impact will fall on residential gas consumers. The results of the studies highlighted the importance of timely regulatory reviews and approval of new pipeline infrastructure projects to ensure a competitive investment climate. It was concluded that when the impacts of reduced spending on other products because of higher gas bills are evaluated and combined with the first round results, the broad economic impact is expected to be profound. 6 tabs., 10 figs

  15. Ability for construction of administrative serve from gas pipelines; Competencia para constituicao de servidao administrativa dos dutos de gas

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    Souza Neto, Gaudencio Jeronimo de; Araujo, Izabella Maria Medeiros e; Mendonca, Fabiano Andre de Souza [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Faculdade de Direito

    2004-07-01

    The work in focus longs for to elucidate the relative question to the institution of administrative servitude for the passage of the natural gas ducts. Preliminarily, we will deal with the question of the the citizen's access of fuels, dedicating to the social function of the national system of supplying. We objectify to demonstrate the importance of the industry of the natural gas for the economic development of the country because it's an energy alternative to oil, more vulnerable to the oscillations of the international market. In this context, we stand out the relevance of the activities of transport and distribution as way of access to the natural gas and the necessary legal instrument to the viability of these activities, that it is the administrative servitude, through which the passage of the gas-lines in particular properties is possible. We will define who in the State is competent to declare the public utility of areas to institute the servitude and to forward the resultant of the authorization of the administrative proceeding. The used criterion is the principle of the predominance of the interest, that it is the general principle of the distribution of the abilities in the Federal Constitution. (author)

  16. Critical analyses of public participation as part of the environmental impact assessment process for the installation of gas pipeline / by Werner Petrick

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    Petrick, Werner Arthur

    2004-01-01

    The protection of the environment is becoming one of the most pressing concerns of mankind in the 21St century. South African Legislation requires an environmental impact assessment (EM) to obtain authorisation for executing certain activities. Constructing and operating a gas pipeline requires an authorisation from the relevant authorities under the EIA legislation. One of the objectives of an EIA is to ensure public involvement. South African legislation stipulates guid...

  17. Causes of Increased Corrosion in Oil and Gas Pipelines in the Middle East

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    Amir Samimi

    2013-01-01

    Transfer tubes of petroleum are extensive network that responsible forpetroleum and gas transference from petroleum field under the sea to platform and to stores in coast related centers. Occasionally, some part of this network damages, because of corrosion and result in stop production and also disorder in transfer and distribution. This matter, in addition to direct cost for corrosion and its resulting events, that is financial damage, lead to irreparable damages toenvironment too. So, it i...

  18. 76 FR 4516 - Revisions to Forms, Statements, and Reporting Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines

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    2011-01-26

    ...In this Final Rule, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is revising its financial forms, statements, and reports for natural gas companies, contained in FERC Form Nos. 2, 2-A, and 3-Q, to include functionalized fuel data on pages 521a through 521c of those forms, and to include on those forms the amount of fuel waived, discounted or reduced as part of a negotiated rate......

  19. Refurbishing of domestic natural gas service pipelines with Live Service Insertion; Sanierung von Erdgas-Hausanschluessen mit Live Service Insertion

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    Kittl, M.

    1996-03-01

    When using the `live service injection` refurbishing process, the old steel domestic connection is reproduced without any underground work. The refurbishing is done exclusively from the building cellar. A considerable reduction in costs from conventional methods of construction is therefore possible. The main application for `live service injection` is for supply undertakings with extensive refurbishment potential. Main pipelines and domestic connection pipes can be renewed at different times and independently of one another. This makes flexible and quick completion at site possible; the gas customer is only cut off from the supply for about four hours. (orig.) [Deutsch] Bei Einsatz des Sanierungsverfahrens Live Service Insertion wird der alte Stahl-Hausanschluss komplett ohne Tiefbau wiederhergestellt. Die Sanierung wird dabei ausschliesslich vom Gebaeudekeller aus vorgenommen. Eine erhebliche Kostenreduzierung zur konventionellen Bauweise ist damit moeeglich. Der Haupteinsatz fuer Live Service Insertion ergibt sich fuer Versorgungsunternehmen mit umfangreichem Sanierungspotential. Hauptleitungen und Hausanschlussleitungen koennen zeitlich getrennt und unabhaengig voneinander erneuert werden. Dadurch ist eine flexible und zuegige Baustellenabwicklung moeglich; der Gaskunde ist nur fuer etwa vier Stunden von der Versorgung getrennt. (orig.)

  20. Cost-cutting alternatives for the surface restoration when laying natural gas pipelines; Kostensenkende Alternativen der Oberflaechenwiederherstellung im Rohrleitungsbau

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    Strietzel, W.; Kittl, M.

    1995-05-01

    Increasing cost problems force gas utilities to look for alternative techniques in pipeline laying. Mobile bitumen recyclers and large-surface milling cutters may reduce dumping cost, driving cost and the cost for acquisition of new materials. The cost savings differ regionally, but they will get larger as dumping costs increase. the alternative techniques have additional advantages on the construction site. For example, waiting times are shorter, and cold asphalt need not applied in the winter season. The quality of reconstruction is the same for both techniques. Noise and pollutant emissions of the bitumen recycler and milling cutter are within the normal level of a construction site. In addition, recycling will help save raw materials. (orig.) [Deutsch] Durch zunehmenden Kostendruck auf die Erdgasversorgungsunternehmen werden Alternativen zu konventionellen Techniken in der Rohrleitungsverlegung notwendig. Der Einsatz von mobilen Bitumenrecyclern und Flaechenkaltfraesen kann Deponie-, Fahrt- und Anschaffungskosten fuer Neumaterial reduzieren. Je nach oertlicher Gegebenheit ist das Einsparpotential unterschiedlich gross, wird aber in Zukunft durch steigende Deponiegebuehren zunehmen. Der Einsatz der Alternativverfahren bringt zusaetzliche Vorteile bei der Baustellenabwicklung. So lassen sich z.B. Wartezeiten auf der Baustelle reduzieren, und das Aufbringen von Kaltasphalt waehrend der Winterzeit laesst sich vermeiden. Die Qualitaet der Wiederherstellung ist durch beide Alternativverfahren gegeben. Die Laerm- und Schadstoffemissionen des Bitumenrecyclers und der Fraese bleiben im vertretbaren Rahmen der normalen Baustellenabwicklung. Zudem werden durch Materialrecycling Rohstoffe gespart. (orig.)

  1. Analysis of CO2 Separation from Flue Gas, Pipeline Transportation, and Sequestration in Coal

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    Eric P. Robertson

    2007-09-01

    This report was written to satisfy a milestone of the Enhanced Coal Bed Methane Recovery and CO2 Sequestration task of the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration project. The report begins to assess the costs associated with separating the CO2 from flue gas and then injecting it into an unminable coal seam. The technical challenges and costs associated with CO2 separation from flue gas and transportation of the separated CO2 from the point source to an appropriate sequestration target was analyzed. The report includes the selection of a specific coal-fired power plant for the application of CO2 separation technology. An appropriate CO2 separation technology was identified from existing commercial technologies. The report also includes a process design for the chosen technology tailored to the selected power plant that used to obtain accurate costs of separating the CO2 from the flue gas. In addition, an analysis of the costs for compression and transportation of the CO2 from the point-source to an appropriate coal bed sequestration site was included in the report.

  2. Numerical Simulation of Flow in Flowrate Measurement Section of Natural Gas Pipelines

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    Li Zhenlin; Zhang Yongxue

    2006-01-01

    The orifice-plate flowmeter and ultrasonic flowmeter are used widely for natural gas flowrate measurement, and the measurement accuracy is affected greatly by flow state. Numerical simulation was used to study the flow of natural gas in the diffusion pipe, and the length of the irregular flow induced by the diffuser or rectifier was computed. Simulation results indicated that the flow in the diffusion pipe was three-dimensional turbulent flow and the steady state flow was restored at 17 pipe-diameters downstream of the diffuser. The rectifiers equipped in the diffusion pipe showed good rectification effect, notwithstanding the induced irregular flow. Downstream the rectifier, the flow became symmetrical and uniform in a shorter length than the case without a rectifier. For the diffusion pipe equipped with plate rectifier, tube rectifier and tube-plate rectifier, the lengths at which uniformly distributed flow was restored were 12, 6 and 5 pipe-diameters downstream the rectifier respectively. On the basis of simulation results, the minimum installation length for flowmeters equipped in the diffusion pipe was determined. This provides a new method for improving natural gas measurement accuracy.

  3. 美国与加拿大油气管道的安全保护%Safety protection of oil and gas pipelines in US and Canada

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    卢海军; 赵勇昌; 冯治中; 戴联双; 高丽

    2013-01-01

    基于我国油气管道安全保护的多维防护体系存在的诸多不足和薄弱环节,分析了美国和加拿大在油气管道安全保护方面的法规制度、标准规范及两国石油企业在管道安全保护的相关规定.指出我国标准在规范人防、物防、技防等方面存在较大差距,介绍了美国和加拿大管道安全保护的实例和先进理念,结合国内当前在油气管道安全保卫的通常做法,对改进和加强我国油气管道安全保护工作提出了建议,即从建立监管机构、明确分工职责、建设安全防护技术体系等方面进行完善.%Since the multidimensional protection system of oil and gas pipelines in China has many shortages and weak links,this paper analyzes American and Canadian laws and standards on safety protection of oil and gas pipelines and relevant regulations on safety protections of pipelines in the petroleum enterprises in both countries.The paper points out that China's standards lag way behind in normal manual protection,physical protection,technical protection,etc,introduces examples and advanced ideas of safety protection of pipelines in US and Canada,in view of common practices in safety protection of oil and gas pipelines in China,puts forward suggestions on improving and strengthening safety protection of oil and gas pipelines,which include establishing supervision institution,making responsibility clear-cut and constructing safety protection technical system.

  4. Fundamental study on leak detection of underground gas pipeline using passive acoustic method; Judogata onkyo keisoku ni yoru maisetsu gas dokan hason kasho no kenshutsu ni kansuru kenkyu

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    Jinguji, M.; Imaizumi, H.; Kunimatsu, S.; Isei, T. [National Institute for Resources and Environment, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1997-05-27

    With an objective to detect gas leaking from an underground gas pipeline, discussions have been given on a method which utilizes acoustic characteristics of leakage. On leaking sound generated from damaged portions, the form of damaging was hypothesized as pinholes, and spectra of leaking sounds from holes with different diameters were measured. The dominant frequency decreases as the hole diameter increases, while it is in a region of relatively high frequency of 1 kHz or higher. However, detection from the ground surface was impossible when cover soil has thickness from 0.5 to 1.5 m. In an experiment to measure leaking sound inside the pipe, pressure in the pipe was adjusted to 0.02 atm which is a standard pressure for a low-pressure pipe, and the sound was measured when the hole diameters were varied. In any of the results obtained by varying the hole diameter, spectra having the dominant frequency in the region of 1 kHz or higher were measured. In addition, it was found that sound pressure difference of as much as 50 dB at maximum is generated as compared with a case of no sound leakage. The above results verified that monitoring the high frequency of 1 kHz or higher is effective in detecting leakage from small damages. 2 refs., 4 figs.

  5. Integrated natural gas pipeline control and customer service system of Gasum; Le systeme integre de controle des canalisations de gaz et de service au consommateur chez Gasum

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    Aho, J.; Manty, O.; Ahlnas, B. [Gasul Oy (Finland)

    2000-07-01

    Due to the rapid development of the information technology, ageing is not the only driving force for replacing old computer systems with more sophisticated ones. The Finnish natural Gas company, Gasum Oy, has recently taken into use a new control and monitoring system for natural gas pipeline. A special customer service system, developed by Gasum Oy, is closely connected to monitoring system. It provides up-to-date information to all customers of Gasum Oy. The information is layered in three confidential levels: general information, operational data and invoicing information. The system is operating interactively in confidential Extranet. Inside Gasum Oy to meet the needs of departments outside the control room, a new GID system is developed. GID is a way to present pipeline process data and its further modifications with a very user-friendly interface based on geographical map. The system is based on data warehouse architecture and it is working on company's Intranet. This makes it possible to present various secrecy level information based on user ID. Gasum's new SCADA is not only the base for operating the pipeline, but it also provides lot of vital information to other systems serving different user groups within natural gas business in Finland. (authors)

  6. Last 20 years of gas hydrates in the oil industry : challenges and achievements in predicting pipeline blockage

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    Estanga, D.A.; Creek, J.; Subramanian, S.; Kini, R.A. [Chevron Energy Technology Co., Houston, TX (United States)

    2008-07-01

    This paper reviewed how the successes of the past 20 years have shaped the new hydrate focus. It also outlined innovative tools for hydrate plugging prediction. Tools such as CSMHyK-OLGA were developed to address the design and operational challenges associated with offshore production regarding flow assurance in the area of gas hydrates. The effort to understand the complex behavior of gas hydrates in multiphase flow has resulted in new hydrate blockage models. Although the hydrate community continues to debate the impact of kinetics, agglomeration, and oil chemistry effects on hydrate blockage formation in pipelines and wellbores, the petroleum industry still relies on thermodynamic strategies that completely prevent hydrates in production systems. However, these complex strategies such as thermal insulation, electric heating, dead oil displacement, and methanol injection are costly, particularly for marginal fields. As such, research continues in developing a comprehensive multiphase flow simulator capable of handling the transient aspects of production operations, notably shut-in, restart, blowdown and blockage prediction. Model predictions are leading to new operating strategies based on risk management approach. This paper discussed the challenges and opportunities that have shifted the focus from prevention of hydrates to prevention of blockage. Some initial successes in the development of a first generation empirical tool for the prediction of hydrate blockages in flow lines were also presented along with new experimental data that explained how hydrate blockages can manifest in the field. It was concluded that additional research is needed to solve the problem of hydrate plugging mechanism. 12 refs., 6 figs.

  7. Co-Production of Olefins, Fuels, and Electricity from Conventional Pipeline Gas and Shale Gas with Near-Zero CO 2 Emissions. Part I: Process Development and Technical Performance

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    Yaser Khojasteh Salkuyeh; Thomas A. Adams II

    2015-01-01

    A novel polygeneration process is presented in this paper that co-produces olefins, methanol, dimethyl ether, and electricity from conventional pipeline natural gas and different kinds of shale gases. Technical analyses of many variants of the process are performed, considering differences in power generation strategy and gas type. The technical analysis results show that the efficiency of the plant varies between 22%–57% (HHV) depending on the product portfolio. The efficiency is higher th...

  8. Co-Production of Olefins, Fuels, and Electricity from Conventional Pipeline Gas and Shale Gas with Near-Zero CO2 Emissions. Part I: Process Development and Technical Performance

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    Yaser Khojasteh Salkuyeh; Thomas A. Adams II

    2015-01-01

    A novel polygeneration process is presented in this paper that co-produces olefins, methanol, dimethyl ether, and electricity from conventional pipeline natural gas and different kinds of shale gases. Technical analyses of many variants of the process are performed, considering differences in power generation strategy and gas type. The technical analysis results show that the efficiency of the plant varies between 22%–57% (HHV) depending on the product portfolio. The efficiency is higher than...

  9. Long-term contracts for European gas supply - an empirical analysis of the changing nature of pipeline and LNG-contracts

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    As the structure of the European natural gas market is evolving towards more competition and more diverse market structures than before, the nature of the long-term contracts for European natural gas supply is also undergoing change. Experience from other liberalization processes, such as in the U.S. or the UK, suggests that the importance of long-term contracts diminishes over time, but that they remain an important element of supply. In Europe long-term contracts are still considered as a firm basis for investment and financing of capital-intensive infrastructure with a high degree of asset and relationship-specificity. Literature on institutional economics also suggests that long-term contracts act as a device to overcome the ''hold-up'' problem of relationship-specific investments in infrastructure (Klein, Crawford, and Alchian, 1987; Williamson, 1975, 1985). On the other hand, Hartley and Brito (2002) show that more flexible markets also imply a lower degree of asset specificity, thus requiring less fixed contracts. This paper explores the changing nature of long-term contracts for European natural gas supply, with a particular focus on differences between contracts for pipeline gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Traditionally, Europe relied on very long-term contracts for pipeline gas (Russia, Norway, Algeria). More recently, increasing LNG supplies are contemplated as a more flexible source of natural gas: The international LNG market is becoming more flexible, LNG can be sourced from a variety of sellers, and the cost of LNG supplies and infrastructure is coming down rapidly (Jensen, 2004). Thus, the evaluation of investing in LNG infrastructure (and the so bought flexibility and possibility of arbitraging profits) may be higher than committing to fixed/predetermined flows of pipeline gas. We ask whether this is reflected in the observed contracts. The paper is based on standard contract theory (Bolton and Dewatripont, 2005). We apply a microeconomic

  10. Gas pipeline internal painting: an economical advantage; Uso da pintura interna em gasodutos: uma vantagem economica

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    Silva, Christian E.; Santos, Paulo T. [Soco-Ril do Brasil S.A., Pindamonhangaba, SP (Brazil)]|[Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica de Lorena (FAENQUIL), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica; Oliveira, Luiz C. [Confab Industrial S.A., Pindamonhangaba, SP (Brazil)]|[Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica de Lorena (FAENQUIL), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica; Campos, Paulo H. [Confab Industrial S.A., Pindamonhangaba, SP (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    Focusing the fabulous financial losses due to the corrosion problems, it had been necessary increase the range of new technologies and developments regarding material protection. The application of internal painting systems have become the most employed protection technical, showing a lot of benefits: improved flow characteristics of gas, reduced energy consumption of pumping, reduced pressure drops, easily application, inspection and maintenance, faster commissioning, reduced deposition of condensate and microorganism, excellent preventing corrosion during storage and operation, and others. The present paper describe the advantages and the technical and financial benefits of liquid epoxy internal coating. (author)

  11. Carbon Dioxide Corrosion::Modelling and Experimental Work Applied to Natural Gas Pipelines

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    Fosbøl, Philip Loldrup; Stenby, Erling Halfdan; Thomsen, Kaj

    2008-01-01

    Karbondioxid (CO2) korrosion er et udbredt og dyrt problem for industrien. I dette arbejde sættes fokus på et olie og gas relateret produktionsproblem, som findes i offshore naturgasrør. I fremtiden vil dette arbejde have stor betydning for CO2 transport i relation til CO2 capture i den danske energisektor. Problemet med CO2 korrosion i naturgasrør præsenteres. Det vises hvordan vand kondenserer fra den fugtige naturgas og danner en væske i rørene. Fra industriens side pH-stabiliserer man ved...

  12. A historical case in the Bolivia-Brazil Natural Gas Pipeline: five years of stress monitoring at the Curriola river slope

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    Freitas, Joao Carlos de [Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia-Brasil S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Goncalves Junior, Armando Albertazzi; Viotti, Matias Roberto [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    The Bolivia-Brazil Natural Gas Pipeline is approximately 3,500 kilometers long since the city of Rio Grande, in Bolivia, until the city of Canoas, in the South of Brazil. The south spread of the pipeline - approximately 850 kilometers long - is characterized by a steep topography combined with a variety of geological sites, such as colluviums deposits and debris flow areas. Within such a scenario, a spot nearby Curriola River, as can be seen in Figure 1.a, it shows hillsides with slopes of almost 40 degrees of inclination. Every year, mainly along the rainy season, mass movements tend to overburden the pipeline, jeopardizing its integrity. Because of this, geotechnical works have been done and, since 2004 up to 2008, mechanical stress surveys were applied. This paper aims to summarize all mechanical investigations made, including residual stresses assessment, the variation of the state of mechanical stresses along those years, methodology and full interpretation of the data acquired. From this gross data, internal pressure loading and residual stresses have been discounted from the combined stresses assessed, so as to indicate only the ground interaction and main direction of the corresponding loading. All this together with geotechnical models is intended to support mitigation measures for global stress relieving and preserving the pipeline's integrity. (author)

  13. Microbial corrosion and cracking in steel. A concept for evaluation of hydrogen-assisted stress corrosion cracking in cathodically protected high-pressure gas transmission pipelines

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    Vendelbo Nielsen, L.

    1998-08-01

    An effort has been undertaken in order to develop a concept for evaluation of the risk of hydrogen-assisted cracking in cathodically protected gas transmission pipelines. The effort was divided into the following subtasks: A. Establish a correlation between the fracture mechanical properties of high-strength pipeline steel and the concentration of hydrogen present in the steel. B. Determine the degree hydrogen absorption by cathodically protected steel exposed in natural soil sediment, which include activity of sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB). C. Compare the above points with fracture mechanical considerations on the level of stress intensity actually present in pipelines during normal operational conditions. The results were used for a discussion - based on well established fracture mechanical relations - on which set of conditions (CP-level and operating pipeline pressure) could give crack propagation. This resulted in threshold curves that can be used for assessment of the risk of hydrogen-assisted cracking as a function of operating pressure and hydrogen content - having the flaw size as discrete parameter. The results are to be used mainly on a conceptual basis, but it was indicated that the requirements for crack propagation include an overprotective CP-condition, a severe sulphate-reducing environment, as well as a large flaw (8 mm or a leak in the present case). A 1 mm flaw (which may be the maximum realistic flaw size) is believed to be unable to provoke crack propagation in this steel. (EG) EFP-95. 16 refs.

  14. Numerical Simulation of Oil-Gas Separation in Tee Pipeline%异径T型管道内油气分离过程数值模拟

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    姜凤利; 范开峰; 王卫强; 赵鹏; 张源李

    2011-01-01

    When the gas-liquid two-phase flows through tee pipeline, the distribution of two phase in two branch pipes is always uneven. There may be only gas branch in pipelines when it is serious, while the other export tube may be full of liquid. The numerical simulation on oil - gas two phase fluxion in different time by CFD was made and the oil and gas separation characteristics in branch pipes were get. The results show that there will be gas- liquid separation phenomenon in branch pipe when the oil and gas flow through branch pipe of tee pipeline, and close to the mouth branch the separation phenomenon is obvious. There is almost no separation phenomenon in certain distance of the branch mouth.%气液两相流经T型管后,两相介质在各自分支管内相态分布不均,严重时支管内可能只有气体,而主管内为气液混合物.借助CFD软件数值模拟了不同时刻分支处的流动情况,得到了分支管内油气分离特性.结果表明:油气流经T型分支管时,会在支管处出现气液分离现象,离分支口越近,分离现象越明显;当距分支口一定距离时,几乎没有分离现象.

  15. Pipeline dreams face up to reality

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    This article gives details of two gas pipelines which are expected to be built in Turkey to meet the estimated demand for gas. The Bluestream joint ENI/Gasprom project pipeline will convey Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey, and the PSG joint Bechtel/General Electric venture will bring gas from Turkmenistan to Turkey across the Caspian Sea. Construction of the pipelines and financing aspects are discussed. (uk)

  16. 天然气管道完整性检测数据收集与整合%Collection and Integration of Natural Gas Pipeline Integrity Testing Data

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    吕高峰; 王晓霖

    2013-01-01

    Testing data accuracy and completeness in the natural gas pipeline integrity management are very important. Aiming at the problems of big data volume, frequent update, data loss during collection and integration of data, combined with the actual operating conditions, a closed loop mode method was used to establish a detailed data structure plan for detecting data update to achieve collection and integration management of the pipeline integrity data. The integrated approach has been applied into a natural gas pipeline integrity management system, and can meet the requirements of natural gas pipeline inspection data management.%  检测数据的准确性、完整性在天然气管道完整性管理中十分重要。针对收集、整合检测数据的环节中数据量大、更新频繁、数据丢失等问题,结合实际运行状况,提出运用循环闭合模式方法对检测数据更新建立详细的数据结构表方案,实现了管道完整性数据收集整合管理。该数据循环整合方式已经应用于某天然气管道完整性管理系统检测数据管理,而且能够满足天然气管道检测数据管理要求。

  17. Transport diphasique de gaz et de condensat. Aspects techniques et économiques Technical and Economic Aspects of Two-Phase Pipelining of Gas and Condensate

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    Bourgeois T.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available L'évacuation diphasique de la production d'un gisement de gaz à condensat présente des avantages importants, en particulier sur le plan économique. Les caractéristiques des écoulements diphasiques sont exposées, avec les conséquences principales sur la définition d'un schéma d'exploitation. Une comparaison économique est ensuite présentée, pour illustrer la réduction des investissements qui peut être apportée par l'évacuation diphasique de la production. Enfin, les recherches françaises sur les écoulements diphasiques dans les conduites pétrolières sont brièvement décrites, ainsi qu'un exemple de calcul sur une conduite de gaz à condensat en exploitation diphasique. The two-phase pipelining of a wet gas field production presents many advantages, especially from an economic point of view. The characteristics of two-phase flow are described, together with their main consequences on the operational scheme. Then an economic comparison is made to illustrate the reduction in investment costs that can by achieved with two-phase pipelining. Research in France on two-phase flow in gas and condensate pipelines is briefly described, and an example is given of the designing of a wet-gas pipeline currently being operated in the two-phase mode.

  18. Source strength and dispersion of CO2 releases from high-pressure pipelines: CFD model using real gas equation of state

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    Highlights: • Validated CFD models for decompression and dispersion of CO2 releases from pipelines. • Incorporation of real gas EOS into CFD code for source strength estimation. • Demonstration of better performance of SST k–ω turbulence model for jet flow. • Demonstration of better performance of real gas EOS compared to ideal gas EOS. • Demonstration of superiority of CFD models over a commercial risk assessment package. - Abstract: Transportation of CO2 in high-pressure pipelines forms a crucial link in the ever-increasing application of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies. An unplanned release of CO2 from a pipeline presents a risk to human and animal populations and the environment. Therefore it is very important to develop a deeper understanding of the atmospheric dispersion of CO2 before the deployment of CO2 pipelines, to allow the appropriate safety precautions to be taken. This paper presents a two-stage Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study developed (1) to estimate the source strength, and (2) to simulate the subsequent dispersion of CO2 in the atmosphere, using the source strength estimated in stage (1). The Peng–Robinson (PR) EOS was incorporated into the CFD code. This enabled accurate modelling of the CO2 jet to achieve more precise source strength estimates. The two-stage simulation approach also resulted in a reduction in the overall computing time. The CFD models were validated against experimental results from the British Petroleum (BP) CO2 dispersion trials, and also against results produced by the risk management package Phast. Compared with the measurements, the CFD simulation results showed good agreement in both source strength and dispersion profile predictions. Furthermore, the effect of release direction on the dispersion was studied. The presented research provides a viable method for the assessment of risks associated with CCS

  19. 49 CFR 192.629 - Purging of pipelines.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Purging of pipelines. 192.629 Section 192.629... BY PIPELINE: MINIMUM FEDERAL SAFETY STANDARDS Operations § 192.629 Purging of pipelines. (a) When a pipeline is being purged of air by use of gas, the gas must be released into one end of the line in...

  20. Causes of Increased Corrosion in Oil and Gas Pipelines in the Middle East

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    Amir Samimi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Transfer tubes of petroleum are extensive network that responsible forpetroleum and gas transference from petroleum field under the sea to platform and to stores in coast related centers. Occasionally, some part of this network damages, because of corrosion and result in stop production and also disorder in transfer and distribution. This matter, in addition to direct cost for corrosion and its resulting events, that is financial damage, lead to irreparable damages toenvironment too. So, it is important to know the factors of making corrosion and leakage in tubes. In this article, we analyzed the reason of corrosion and leakage of tube that use for transfer petroleum fro, a field to platform in bed in the Persian Gulf area. Then we offer some recommendations and solutions for decrease andprevent from further events in this connection.