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  1. Pipeline News: The future of intelligent pigging services to expand

    The global intelligent pipeline pigging services market is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.3% during the period 2015-2025, reaching $826.5 million by 2025, according to a research report by Future Market Insights (FMI). The report titled, "Intelligent Pigging Services Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2025,"* offers market forecast and key trends in the intelligent pigging services market. The key factors fuelling the intelligent pigging services market include growth of the global oil and gas industry, stringent government regulations, and advancement in pipeline inspection technology.   Did You Know? Q: What is a Pig and Pipeline Pigging? A:  A pig is a device inserted into a pipeline which travels freely through it, driven by the product flow to do a specific task within the pipeline. These tasks fall into a number of different areas: (a) Utility pigs which perform a function such as cleaning, separating products in-line or dewatering the line; (b) Inline inspection pigs which are used to provide information on the condition of the pipeline and the extent and location of any problem (such as corrosion for example) and (c) special duty pigs such as plugs for isolating pipelines.** Q: What is the purpose of pigging? A: Pipelines represent a considerable investment on behalf of the operators and can often prove strategic to countries and governments. They are generally accepted as being the most efficient method of transporting fluids across distances. In order to protect these valuable investments, maintenance must be done and pigging is one such maintenance tool. During the construction of the line, pigs can be used to remove debris that accumulates. Testing the pipeline involves hydro-testing and pigs are used to fill the line with water and subsequently to dewater the line after the successful test. During operation, pigs can be used to remove liquid hold-up in the line, clean wax off the pipe wall or apply corrosion inhibitors for example. They can work in conjunction with chemicals to clean pipeline from various build-ups. Inspection pigs are used to assess the remaining wall thickness and extent of corrosion in the line, thus providing timely information for the operator regarding the safety and operability of the line. Pigs (or more specifically) plugs can be used to isolate the pipeline during a repair.** Q: What if a pig gets lost in the pipeline? A: It's very important to track the pig during the pigging process. Pig tracking allows the pipeline operator to know exactly where the pig is during a pipeline inspection or cleaning. Pig tracking and detection ensures that time is saved in locating lost or stuck pigs, and located the pig helps to prevent financial loss for the pipeline operators.***   The key factors that can restrain the growth of the intelligent pigging services market during the forecast period include shrinking profit margins owing to fierce competition and high cost of intelligent pigging. FMI has also analysed the key trends in the intelligent pigging services market in its research report. Two key trends in the market include growing demand for small pigs and long-term contracts with OEMs/vendors. On the basis of technology, FMI has segmented the intelligent pigging services market into MFL and UT. MFL is widely used in intelligent pigging, accounting for a share of over 60% in 2015. FMI forecasts MFL to remain the dominant technology during the forecast period. UT cannot be used for inspecting natural gas pipelines, and owing to this limitation, this technology segment is expected to witness moderate growth during the forecast period. FMI has segmented the intelligent pigging services market on the basis of end-use industry into oil and gas. Demand for intelligent pigging is robust in the gas sector; FMI projects this segment to hold a share of 79.5% in 2025. The oil end-user segment is anticipated to expand at 6.2% CAGR during the forecast period. On the basis of key regions, FMI has segmented the intelligent pigging services market into North America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Western Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Latin America, and Japan. * Source: Future Market Insights **Source: Pigging Products & Services Association *** Source: CDI - Pipeline Pig Tracking, Signaling and Communications Equipment - Onshore, Offshore, Subsea  

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    Thu, 13 Aug 2015

  2. Barakah Offshore to supply pipeline pigging services in Malaysia

    The work scope covers the procurement and supply of pipeline inspection gauges, procurement of refurbishment kits, refurbishment of pigs, training and ad hoc services related to pipeline pigging operations.

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    Thu, 13 Aug 2015

  3. Marsol and Aubin partner to offer pigging solution for oil and gas operations

    Marsol International, a global marine solutions provider, and Aubin Group, a chemical engineering specialist, have a partnership agreement to provide what they say is an “industry first” total pigging solution for non-piggable pipelines.

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    Thu, 24 Apr 2014

  4. Persian Gulf gas pipeline undergoes pigging

    Pigging has started on a gas pipeline in the Persian Gulf connecting Siri Island to Assaluyeh on the Iranian mainland.

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    Mon, 2 Jun 2014

  1. Serica scales back development scope for North Sea Columbus

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  2. IOG in talks to re-use North Sea pipeline for gas export

    Independent Oil and Gas is negotiating to acquire a currently disused gas pipeline in the UK southern North Sea.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  3. North Caspian Operating Co. awaits results from Kashagan oil and gas pipeline pigging program offshore Kazakhstan

    North Caspian Operating Co. (NCOC) has issued an update on its program for the shallow-water Kashagan field offshore Kazakhstan.

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    Mon, 14 Apr 2014

  4. Jee secures subsea contract with BP

    The subsea contract involves project coordination, risk and corrosion management, span assessment, intelligent and operational pigging support and ad hoc engineering studies.

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    Tue, 13 Oct 2015

  5. Shell contracts subsea pipeline services off Sarawak and Sabah

    Sarawak Shell Berhad/Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd. has awarded PBJV Group Sdn Bhd a contract to supply pigs, pigging accessories, and related equipment and services.

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    Tue, 26 May 2015

  6. STATS provides pipe isolation measures at Aasta Hansteen

    STATS Group has completed a program commissioned by Subsea 7 for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen development in the Norwegian Sea.

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    Fri, 4 Nov 2016

  7. Liquid, gas downstream slab gate valves

    Valbart TCSGV through conduit slab gate valves are newly announced to prevent leakage and minimize losses from process contamination for liquid and gas applications.

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  8. STATS secures CNOOC offshore gas pipeline for swift repair

    STATS Group has completed its first subsea isolation project in China on a 780-km (484-mi) pipeline that supplies gas to Hong Kong.

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

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