Pipes & Pipelines

Energy Pipelines CRC wins national innovation award

RESEARCH conducted into fracture control of gas pipelines by Australia’s Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre has achieved national recognition. The Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRCA) presented an Excellence in Innovation award to the Energy Pipelines CRC at the CRCA National Conference, held in late May. The award recognised covered research that has been done on pipeline decompression, fracture modelling, determination of the effect of diameter and roughness on fracture, the

APA signs $80 million transport deal

APA GROUP will make additional use of the Moomba-Sydney pipeline after signing a deal with an existing customer for additional gas transportation and storage services. The deal will see the company provide flexible gas transportation services from multiple receipt and delivery points on the east coast grid. APA said the deal, scheduled to commence in September 2015, would not require further significant capital investment on its part. The total minimum

Main APLNG pipeline completed

THE FINAL weld on the main gas transmission pipeline of the Australia Pacific LNG project has been completed, one of three key milestones to be wrapped up in recent weeks. APLNG chief executive Page Maxson said the high pressure pipeline was not being progressively placed into service. “The pipeline is a critical piece of infrastructure linking the gas fields with the LNG facility,” he said. “That we have now completed

Gorgon reaches another milestone

CHEVRON reached a key milestone in the development of its $US54 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Barrow Island, announcing the arrival of the final train 1 module. The module is Gorgon’s heaviest, weighing some 6,300 tonnes – equal to the weight of more than 2,500 average sized cars. It measures 55 metres long by 46 metres wide and is 45 metres high. The arrival on Barrow Island completes

FLNG abandoned for Bonaparte

GDF SUEZ will consider building a pipeline to Darwin from its Bonaparte LNG project, located 250 kilometres offshore, after stepping back from an exclusive earlier focus on floating LNG (FLNG). The company had planned to develop the prospect with a new FLNG Facility which GDF Suez said would be able to produce between two and three million tonnes of LNG per year, plus condensate, over a lifespan of between 25

DNV GL merges pipeline arms

THE PIPELINE integrity arms of the recently-merged Det Norske Veritas and GL Noble Denton will be merged under the Synergi Pipeline name, DNV GL has announced. The software package will now incorporate GL Noble Denton’s Uptime pipeline information management information suite as one software solution, with the Uptime brand to be phased out this year. Synergi Pipeline will be available in ESRI ArcGIS and non-ESRI environments and will include a

WorleyParsons wins TANAP contract

WORLEYPARSONS has been awarded a five-year engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract for work on the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP). The 1,841 kilometre pipeline, which is anticipated to cost US$11.7 billion in total, is designed to transport Caspian natural gas from the Georgian-Turkish border to Turkey’s western border with Greece. Initially it will carry production from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz Stage 2 project across Europe. The

Combining teamwork for success

By Nick Katiforis, Oceaneering AN UNNAMED operator approached Oceaneering with an interesting challenge in the fourth quarter of 2013. Not only did the operator require the repair of a shut-down pipeline, it needed Oceaneering to carry out the in-service inspection of another unpiggable pipeline that also contained some rather unique alignment joints. On top of this was a tight deadline, driven by the availability window of a suitable vessel. To

Calls continue to solve NSW gas crisis

NEW SOUTH Wales Energy Minister Anthony Roberts has urged for more development of its domestic gas resources in preparation for a looming price hike, a call supported by the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA). Minister Roberts made the remark in response to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) draft report for NSW regulated gas prices for 2014-2016. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal is responsible for regulating retail gas