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  1. SoCalGas to use fiber optic technology to monitor gas pipelines in real time

    Southern California Gas Company  (SoCalGas) will be one of the first natural gas utilities in the United States to incorporate innovative fiber optic cable technology to detect impacts and leaks along its transmission and high-pressure gas pipeline system.  The technology uses fiber optic strands to transmit data across long distances, and can send early warning of pressure changes or vibrations that could indicate a leak or an impact to the gas line. The technology quickly detects when abnormal stress, movement or temperature conditions are present. Continuous monitoring and measurement will help the company quickly identify threats to a pipeline from heavy equipment operation, unexpected earth movement, or physical impact. When a threat is identified, information will be sent within seconds along the fiber cable to a remote monitoring station. The system can pinpoint where a potential problem may be developing within 20 feet. The system can prevent pipeline damage from unauthorized construction work, geologic conditions or other physical changes like structural stress from broken water mains. It can also detect pipeline leaks through both sound and temperature signal analysis. Access to immediate and area-specific data will give SoCalGas crews and first responders more time to plan, allocate resources, and take effective actions to mitigate leaks or potential leaks.   The system works on the principle that light signals vary when a fiber optic cable is exposed to vibration, stress or an abnormal change in temperature. The advanced technology helps operators interpret these signal changes and determine the type of threat posed and the precise location along the continuous length of cable. In some cases, operators will be able to distinguish hand digging and routine traffic from heavy equipment use near the pipeline. "This is game-changing technology," said Jimmie Cho, senior vice president of gas operations & system integrity, SoCalGas. "It will help keep our communities safe and allow us to more quickly address accidental dig-ins by third-party contractors and service outages that happen every year."  To test and gain a better understanding of how the new system performs, engineers at the company's Pico Rivera test facility created a working scaled-down pipeline section and installed fiber optic cabling in a pipeline trench.   Personnel pounded and dug into soil, pavement and other surfaces, drove heavy equipment over and around the test area, and simulated gas leaks of various magnitudes.  From a remote location, special monitoring equipment successfully identified each of those activities by its unique data signature. SoCalGas plans to install fiber optic cable along all new and replacement pipeline segments 12 inches and greater in diameter and one-mile long. The fiber optic cables will be installed approximately 36 inches below the ground surface and 12 inches above the pipelines.  SoCalGas plans to install its first fiber optic cables on a 7-mile stretch of pipeline in Bakersfield this year. Incorporating fiber optics into its operations is part of SoCalGas' long-standing commitment to enhancing the safety and reliability of its more than 101,000 miles of natural gas pipelines. 

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  2. Pembina Pipeline receives approvals for NEBC Expansion

    Pembina Pipeline Corp., Calgary, has received regulatory approval for and has initiated construction on its previously announced $235-million expansion of its pipeline system in northeast British Columbia.

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  3. Medallion Midstream to build Delaware basin crude pipeline

    Medallion Midstream LLC and its affiliate Medallion Midstream Services LLC have signed a letter of intent to construct a Delaware basin crude oil pipeline system to provide gathering and transportation services for Parsley Energy Inc.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  4. Medallion Midstream to construct Southern Delaware Basin crude oil pipeline

    Medallion Midstream LLC and its affiliate, Medallion Midstream Services LLC, have entered into a letter of intent to construct a new Delaware Basin crude oil pipeline system to provide crude oil gathering and transportation services for Parsley Energy.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  1. Baltic Sea gas pipeline system to close next week for maintenance

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    Tue, 2 Aug 2016

  2. Inter Pipeline to buy Cold Lake pipeline interest from CNRL

    Inter Pipeline Ltd., Calgary, plans to buy the 15% interest in Cold Lake Pipeline Ltd. held by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL). The transaction also includes purchase of CNRL’s 14.7% interest in Cold Lake LP.

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  3. SoCalGas, UC Irvine test hydrogen energy technology to store renewable energy

    The features of hydrogen can especially enable long-term storage of large amounts of carbon-free power, which is an advantage over lithium ion batteries

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016

  4. Oil States delivers giant Nord Stream pipeline repair clamp

    Nord Stream AG has reportedly awarded Allseas a letter of intent to lay the first Nord Stream 2 pipeline across the Baltic Sea, with an option for the second line up to the end of 1Q 2017.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  5. Oil Pipeline: Oil company withdraws application for New Mexico pipeline

    The Bureau of Land Management says an oil company with plans to build a pipeline in New Mexico capable of moving 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day has withdrawn its application for the project.

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

  6. Pioneering Spirit to lay first-phase TurkStream pipes

    South Stream Transport has contracted Allseas Group to lay the first line of the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline system in the Black Sea, with an option for laying the second line.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  7. BP assigns Forties cost review to Turner & Townsend

    BP has contracted Turner & Townsend to provide quantity surveying and cost management services across its facilities in Scotland.

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    Fri, 2 Dec 2016

  8. Stakeholder Midstream begins binding open season for San Andres Crude Oil Gathering System

    Stakeholder Midstream Crude Oil Pipeline LLC has commenced a binding open season with respect to a planned greenfield crude oil gathering and trunkline pipeline system referred to as the San Andres Crude Gathering System.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

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