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Posco to produce & supply high manganese steel to ExxonMobil for slurry pipes

South Korea’s largest steel maker Posco announced on Wednesday it has agreed to supply commercially developed high manganese steel to U.S. oil company ExxonMobil for slurry pipelines. The piping technology has been co-developed by the two companies over the past five years. Posco’s proprietary high manganese steel contains 3 to 27 percent of manganese (Mn), featuring various properties of wear resistance, non-magnetic, high strength/high formability, and excellent cryogenic temperature toughness depending on Mn concentration. Slurry pipes require high-level abrasion-resistant properties as they are used to transport coarse oil sand slurries. The high manganese steel boasts five times more excellent anti-wear property compared with existing steel materials, and the product becomes sturdier ...

McDermott International to operate pipe-spool facility at Port of Hartlepool

A subsidiary of McDermott International has taken an option to operate as a pipe spool base at the Port of Hartlepool, owned and operated by PD Ports A subsidiary of McDermott International has taken an option on a site to operate as a pipe-spool base at the Port of Hartlepool, which is owned and operated by PD Ports. The 30-acre site at Hartlepool will allow McDermott to assemble long pipe stalks that will be spooled to its pipe-laying vessel for offshore oil and gas work. The facility, which is expected to be fully operational in 2015, will form an important part of McDermott’s portfolio enabling them to expand into new markets. The Port of Hartlepool provides an ideal location for McDemott’s facility as it offers open access to the North Sea and is in an optimum location to serve the No...

Port Jefferson Power Station installs compositePort Jefferson Power Station installs composite pipe spool pipe spool

The National Grid installed fish-friendly intake screens at its Port Jefferson Power Station and it needed a new discharge piping assembly with a small footprint that could capture water from a fish and debris trough, and funnel it to a harbor return pipe. FiberSystems (Dayton, OH, US) FRP one-piece, contoured composite solution won the competitive bid over conventional materials. Specifications for the discharge pipe spool called for close dimensions, corrosion resistance, a smooth interior and water-tight connections. “We looked at several designs including flanged or mitered sections that could be fastened into the approximate shape we needed,” said Matthew Gaskin, lead engineer for National Grid. “But the FiberSystems FRP product offered a lightweight alternative that precisely conform...

Is Welding the Right Career Path for You?

Looking for a high-demand career that enables you to start earning $25 an hour or more after less than six months of training? Interested in a profession that allows you to apply robotics, lasers, computer programming and even some artistic flair? If this sounds appealing, and if you don’t mind working conditions that are often physically demanding, welding might be for you. Moreover, it’s a career field where one still stands a good chance of finding work in the oil and gas industry. “In oil and gas, we are seeing the greatest demand for welders in new construction or upgrades in the refineries and also new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities along the Gulf Coast,” Dan Jones, chief operating officer and welding applications engineer with Houston-based Industrial...

Project management, technology enable timely deepwater pipeline repair

Subsea repair of pipelines in deepwater is a complex and challenging operation that involves the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to deploy specialized tooling, clamps, and connectors. Pipeline repair also requires the engineering, logistics, and deployment of a range of other equipment, including pipe lift frames, a vessel to support lifting, diving, and ROV operations, along with the ROVs themselves and the associated tooling. Specialized equipment may need to be modified or built from scratch and deployed on short notice to meet requirements. A recent project in West Africa demonstrates the range of capabilities required for a successful deepwater pipeline repair operation. Pipeline leak detected Offshore West Africa, during a routine pressure test of a 20 year-old, 10-in. oil p...

McDermott International to operate pipe-spool facility at Port of Hartlepool

A subsidiary of McDermott International has taken an option to operate as a pipe spool base at the Port of Hartlepool, owned and operated by PD Ports A subsidiary of McDermott International has taken an option on a site to operate as a pipe-spool base at the Port of Hartlepool, which is owned and operated by PD Ports. The 30-acre site at Hartlepool will allow McDermott to assemble long pipe stalks that will be spooled to its pipe-laying vessel for offshore oil and gas work. The facility, which is expected to be fully operational in 2015, will form an important part of McDermott’s portfolio enabling them to expand into new markets. The Port of Hartlepool provides an ideal location for McDemott’s facility as it offers open access to the North Sea and is in an optimum location to serve the No...

Port Jefferson Power Station installs composite pipe spool

The National Grid installed fish-friendly intake screens at its Port Jefferson Power Station and it needed a new discharge piping assembly with a small footprint that could capture water from a fish and debris trough, and funnel it to a harbor return pipe. FiberSystems (Dayton, OH, US) FRP one-piece, contoured composite solution won the competitive bid over conventional materials. Specifications for the discharge pipe spool called for close dimensions, corrosion resistance, a smooth interior and water-tight connections. “We looked at several designs including flanged or mitered sections that could be fastened into the approximate shape we needed,” said Matthew Gaskin, lead engineer for National Grid. “But the FiberSystems FRP product offered a lightweight alternative that precisely conform...

Saudi Aramco Plans to Boost Capacity on Oil Pipeline to Red Sea

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s largest crude producer, plans to increase the capacity of its main cross-country pipeline by 40 percent as the company expands oil fields in the eastern part of the nation and builds refineries on the western coast. Capacity of the 1,200-kilometer (746-mile) East-West pipeline will increase to 7 million barrels a day by late 2018, from 5 million barrels a day now, the company said on its Twitter account on Tuesday. The pipeline starts near Saudi Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran to Yanbu on the west coast near the Red Sea where it’s expanding refining and petrochemical plants. “There’s no let up in Aramco’s plans for downstream expansion, so this would help in making sure they eliminate any bottlenecks in shipping crude,” Edward Bell, a commodities analyst...

KOGAS to Raise Funds by Selling Gas Pipe Shares in Myanmar

Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) is selling its share in South East Asia Gas Pipeline (SEAGP) in Myanmar in order to reduce its debts and expand its overseas business. As KOGAS made such a decision, all eyes are on the next movement of Daewoo International which secures a 25 stake in SEAGP. According to KOGAS on May 18, the state-owned company recently decided to sell its share in SEAGP and loans to local financial investors. KOGAS currently holds a 4.17 percent stake in SEAGP and its book value reaches 38.3 billion won (US$32.33 million). It is a lucrative business that makes 3 billion won (US$2.53 million) of the equity method income in KOGAS’ land gas pipes in Myanmar and 500 million won (US$422,119) of related businesses’ profit and loss. The latest movement has something to do with KOGAS...

KOGAS Signs MOU for Indonesia’s Gas Pipeline Construction Project

Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesia’s PDPDE South Sumatra (President Yaniarsa Hasan) for the construction of 363 km-long gas pipelines worth US$600 million (706.5 billion won) at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on May 16, while Indonesian President Joko Widodo is visiting Korea. Under the agreement, KOGAS will build a 245 km-long gas pipeline in South Sumatra and a 118 km-long gas pipeline in Bali, and operate and provide maintenance services for 30 years.  The company plans to conduct a feasibility study first and decide whether to carry forward the project or not depending on results. By successfully completing the gas pipeline construction project in Indonesia, KOGAS will establish friendly cooperative relationships with the Indonesian government...

Cryotherm supplies transfer pipes for rocket testing

Cryogenics specialist Cryotherm GmbH & Co. KG has been commissioned to equip a new rocket test rig in Germany with supply lines of both liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LOX). Powerful, modern rocket engines require liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as cryogenic fuels Cryotherm’s customer is operating test facilities for rocket engines on its proving ground. Within this project, a new cryogenic upper stage for different launchers is under development. Test and qualification of the stage requires a new test facility, which will be situated on the test site in Germany. Requirements for the testing phases of the new cryogenic upper stage at this test facility call for a guaranteed supply of LH2 and LOX for filling purposes. The LH2 supply is to be provided from an existing LH2 run ...

FERC Denies Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline

On Friday, the Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected the proposal for the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline because its public interest value did not outweigh the project’s adverse effects. “We find the generalized allegations of need proffered by Pacific Connector do not outweigh the potential for adverse impact on landowners and communities,” FERC said, adding that “the record does not support a finding that the public benefits of the Pacific Connector Pipeline outweigh the adverse effects on landowners.” This is a huge victory for groups that have been fighting this project, including the Sierra Club, which intervened by filing a formal request calling for the Jordan Cove terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline to be reje...

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