EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook
Saipem Aims For ‘Safe Life’ Pipelines
The challenges for subsea pipelines are becoming more complex as they operate in remote and harsh environments, and transport increasingly aggressive products across longer and/or deeper sealines.
The pipeline industry in China is growing in order to support the vast quantities of hydrocarbons being brought in to support the nation’s energy demands.
Sector Growth Predicted
Developments between China and other countries as well as the plans unveiled by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and National Energy Administration (NEA) have led to believe that the Chinese pipeline sector is set to grow.
Pipelines in the Pipeline
Identification of Corrosion Monitoring Points and Mitigation in Oil and Gas Systems
To minimize the risk of corrosion in offshore oil and gas systems correct location of monitoring points is essential as well as the application of mitigation methods when excessive corrosion is found to take place. Therefore, an effectively methodology needs to be developed through which corrosion monitoring is applied at places in the process system subjected to the highest risk of failure, and where the consequence of failure is significant. In conjunction engineers should have a set of mitigation procedures that can be applied to react close to high levels of corrosion so that the rates can be reduced to those specified in key performance indicators (KPI) to achieve the lifetime of the asset. Although corrosion probes and coupons, fluid sampling points and bio-probes may be recommended at specified locations during the FEED stage of a project, this is usually done without any information related to the consequence of failure from a RBI study; as a consequence, there could be a series of gaps in the monitoring program.
Seam Assessment and Regulatory Compliance: Multiple Datasets + EMAT
As technology advances and regulations expand, pipeline operators change the way they manage line integrity, which necessarily includes updating their integrity management programs (IMP). When a pipeline operator creates, or updates, an IMP, it provides detailed procedures for monitoring, maintaining, and repairing pipelines to help avoid failure and mitigate future repairs. These safety precautions not only serve to protect the environment and personnel, but prove to regulatory bodies, such as the United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), that the pipeline can operate safely and under compliance.
Simplification, Digitalization and Automation to Drive Oil and Gas Technology Development
The future of oil and gas technology looks increasingly automated, digital and smarter according to a Technology Outlook report published by DNV GL, a leading technical advisor to the oil and gas industry. The report peers into the systems and processes that oil and gas and other sectors will deploy by 2025, as business operates in an increasingly interconnected world. According to the report, industry players should expect particular evolutions in subsea production system technology and more efficient drilling and well operations, while autonomous pipeline inspection is expected to increase onshore and offshore.