Read the latest news and updates related to asset integrity in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical, and Process Industries.
Reuters, March 7, 2014
Royal Dutch Shell on Friday said construction crew members punctured its Houston-to-Houma (Ho-Ho) pipeline near Port Neches, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, releasing 364 barrels of crude oil.
Houston Business Journal, March 5, 2014
According to Sam Paul, partner and managing director of Accenture's energy industry group in North America, the need to quickly develop a safer and "smarter" pipeline infrastructure is more critical than ever.
SPIE, March 4, 2014
Sequential full-field optical measurements of acoustic amplitude and phase of ultrasonic fields can be used to investigate scattering phenomena.
Bloomberg, February 27, 2014
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has accused Tesoro Corporation of preventing the federal agency from investigating the Feb. 12 chemical spill at their Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, California. The board claims Tesoro not only refused to allow agency investigators to return to the site, but they neglected to preserve the accident site, prohibited certain interviews and indicated they wouldn’t comply with document requests.
Reuters, February 26, 2014
U.S. Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, recently stated that the federal government is looking for ways to spark investment to improve our national infrastructure for transporting oil and natural gas supplies. Booming shale production has led to record high oil and gas output, but Moniz has acknowledged recently that the nation's infrastructure, especially pipelines, has not kept pace.
Pipeline & Gas Journal, February 24, 2014
In the past, it was thought that lightning strikes were random or due to an object being tall or located at a higher elevations. New discoveries are showing these are seldom the controlling factors and that geology plays a greater role.
Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on California Refinery Safety Interagency Working Group Final Report
US Chemical Safety Board, February 24, 2014
This report is an important milestone for improving refinery safety across the State of California and effectively addressing many of the CSB’s safety recommendations contained in our Chevron refinery accident report released in April 2013.
Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2014
A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said.
Reuters, February 21, 2014
Top global oil trader Vitol SA is buying Royal Dutch Shell's Australian refinery and petrol stations for about $2.6 billion in its biggest acquisition, looking to grab a share of a growing oil product market.
Pittsburgh Business Times, February 17, 2014
PPG Industries Inc. said Monday it would acquire Hi-Temp Coatings Technology Co. Inc. of Boxborough, Mass., for an undisclosed sum.
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The Jamestown Sun, February 15, 2014
Recently, a meeting was held between PHMSA and the PSC. One of the items discussed was the possibility that the PSC would institute, with the approval of PHMSA, a state-controlled safety program for oil and hazardous liquids pipelines within North Dakota.
CNBC, February 12, 2014
State officials and a company spokesman say a small amount of oil has spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River from the Exxon Mobil refinery in Billings.
NACE, February 10, 2014
Ohio University and Petrobras researchers have evaluated the corrosion behavior of carbon steel encountered within a variety of deepwater oil production environments and created a database to help predict risks and determine appropriate prevention strategies.
Sys-con Media, February 10, 2014
The global ultrasonic non-destructive test (NDT) equipment market was impacted severely by the economic recession of 2009 to 2010. Since then, the market has done well to maintain a stable growth rate.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press, February 7, 2014
Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk says it is "very likely" the regulatory agency will ask state lawmakers to create an inspection program for oil pipelines in North Dakota, an idea propelled by a massive oil spill last fall near Tioga.
Plant integrity, safety, and reliability are major concerns to all plant operators and managers. The primary objective of Asset Integrity Management (AIM) is to maintain the asset in a fit-for-service condition while extending its remaining life in the most reliable, safe, and cost-effective manner.
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