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eBook Brushes Up on Corrosion Coatings

An in-depth look at the rapidly advancing technologies for corrosion-control coatings is the focus of a free new eBook from JPCL.


Road, Bridge Aid Tops DOT Budget Plan

Trying yet again to secure stable funding for the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure network, the Obama Administration has proposed a six-year, $478 billion surface transportation plan overwhel...


Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

A former Shell Pipeline Company employee responsible for corrosion monitoring will pay $19 million in restitution and face up to 15 years in prison for his role in a pipeline leak that relea...


3M Announces Pipe Locating System

A new pipe location system from 3M can identify underground plastic pipes without using tracer wire or installing access points.


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

Dow has unveiled two polyurethane products for protecting infrastructure in the harshest environments.


Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for contact surfaces.


Wall Thickness: How Low Can You Go?

Measuring wall thickness—a key element in assessing the structural integrity of steel tanks and piping—gets an expert assist in the latest PaintSquare Video Learning Center installment.


Veterans Get Corrosion Career Training

U.S. military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan.


Nu Flow Releases Pipe Tool Series

Pipe lining manufacturer Nu Flow Technologies Inc. is now distributing its proprietary line of cutting, cleaning and reinstating tools directly to the public.


Green Pouch Offers Corrosion Protection

A new Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) pouch from Cortec Corp. is designed to protect metal parts in non-ventilating spaces.


Avoiding Voids with a Holiday How-To

Unmasking the tiny defects that can jeopardize long-term coating performance is the focus of the latest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


U.S. Toughens Injury Reporting Regs

Sharpening its focus on severe injuries in the workplace, the U.S. will step up accident reporting requirements for employers as of Jan. 1.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Garland Adds Infrastructure Division

Citing "an increasing need" to address "numerous infrastructure problems" in the U.S. and worldwide, Garland Industries Inc. has launched a division aimed at structural strengthening and res...


Masking Tape Made for Pipe Coating

Industrial tape maker Shurtape has introduced what it calls the first high-performance masking tape designed for the oil and natural-gas pipe coating industry.


Smart Coating Could Clean Oil Spills

A new coating that instantly separates oil from water offers significant promise in cleaning up major oil spills and reducing the massive water demands of fracking, researchers say.


U.S. Auditors Fault Pipeline Oversight

The federal agency tasked with pipeline safety is doing an inadequate job and lacks effective management and oversight, concludes a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Offic...


Lessons from a Billion-Dollar Spill

Pipeline owners and operators had better learn from the many mistakes that led to a massive Midwestern spill in 2010 or face costly consequences, U.S. regulators are warning.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

A $274 million pipeline project in Michigan is facing a massive hurdle of tiny proportions—a two-inch mussel.


Pipe Corrosion Blamed in UT Blast

Pipeline walls thinned by corrosion and uninspected for over 20 years caused a major explosion at a Utah refinery—a scenario that has become “all too familiar,” federal officials announced.


NTSB Investigating NYC Building Blast

Reports of a natural-gas leak have drawn federal pipeline investigators to the scene of an explosion that flattened two buildings and killed at least seven people this week in Manhattan.


Stopaq Enters U.S. Market

Nearly two years after purchasing its pipeline corrosion technologies, Berry Plastics is ready to begin distributing Stopaq products in the United States.


JPCL Salutes Excellence in Papers

ORLANDO—Outstanding technical articles on coatings topics from A (application) to Z (zinc) were honored Monday (Feb. 10) with JPCL Editors' Awards as SSPC 2014 opened in Orlando, FL.


Keystone XL Clears State Dept. Report

The State Department has found no major environmental objections to TransCanada Corp.'s latest proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline, unplugging a major obstacle to the six-year-old plan.


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.


EPA Slams Chevron in Refinery Blast

Already shouldering $963,200 in state fines, oil giant Chevron is now facing $37,500 a day in federal penalties from a corrosion-related blast that endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 peop...


Injury at Pipe Firm Spurs 8th OSHA Case

Another accident at a Houston pipe manufacturer has followed two amputations, scores of citations, and well over $1 million in federal fines there.


Lining Maker Loses Bid to Block Inspector

A Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker is barking up the wrong legal tree in its effort to head off a federal health and safety inspection at its facility, a federal judge has found.


OSHA in Standoff with Pipe Lining Maker

Federal health and safety authorities have gone to court to obtain a warrant to carry out their inspection of a Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker that stores a highly flammable resin.


Pipe Maker Cited for Amputation Hazards

For the fifth time in five years, a pipe manufacturer in Arkansas has been cited for health and safety violations—this time alleging amputation hazards, federal officials announced.


Pipeline Pig Maker Gets 19 Citations

Methylene chloride exposures, impalement and amputation dangers, and other alleged hazards have racked up $58,100 in fines against a Texas-based maker of pipeline cleaning pigs.


Carboline Unveils 3 Pipe Linings

Improving natural-gas pipe flow efficiency is the promise of three new epoxy lining products from Carboline Co.


Rust-Oleum Launches Self-Fusing Tape

A new self-fusing silicone repair tape is designed to provide a watertight seal and conform to any surface, according to manufacturer Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands.


Urethane Fights Corrosion at High Temps

Corr-Paint CP2010, new from Aremco Products Inc., is formulated to provide high-temperature corrosion resistance on copper and steel components and structures exposed to oxidation and corros...


Flash Flood Claims Worker in Sewer

A worker who may have removed his harness to reach a tight space on a sewer relining project was then swept to his death by flash flood waters in Chicago.


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Amputations Bring 7th OSHA Case

Despite dozens of federal safety citations and more than a million dollars in fines to their employer, two Texas employees have suffered amputations at a Texas pipe fabricator and coating fa...


Second LA Plant Blast Claims One

Just miles apart, two chemical plant explosions within two days in Louisiana claimed the lives of three people and sent well over 70 others to the hospital.


Plant Explosion Kills 2, Cause Unknown

A chemical plant explosion killed two people and injured dozens more in Geismar, LA, on Thursday (June 13).


3M Unveils Abrasion-Resistant Epoxy

3M Scotchkote has introduced Abrasion Resistant Epoxy Coating (AREC) 328, a 100% solids, two-part epoxy system designed for directional drilling, rocky terrain, and other rugged applications...


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


New Coatings Protect Tanks and Piping

Induron Protective Coatings has released two new products for the sewage and water industries.


Study: Nuke Site Issues Pose Blast Risk

Leaking radioactive waste tanks, design flaws, and poor safety practices at a nuclear tank farm in Washington could lead to an explosion and other threats to public health and safety, a nucl...


Insurer: Ameron Knew of Sable Coating Woes

Ameron executives knew of coating failures and corrosion damage at the Sable Offshore Energy Project well before the company applied for insurance related to those problems, according to the...


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+

When the good news is that your grade has improved to a D+, there isn't much good news—but that is the current state of U.S. infrastructure, the nation's civil engineers say.


Barge Strikes Pipeline, Ignites Blaze

A fire so intense that the U.S. Coast Guard was waiting to extinguish it continued to blaze late Wednesday in a Louisiana bayou after a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a pipeline.


Corrosion, Low Inhibitors Ruptured Pipe

Insufficient corrosion inhibitors and severe corrosion caused a pipe rupture that triggered a massive explosion and blaze last year at Chevron's refinery last year in Richmond, CA, investiga...


Spencer Coatings Flexes New Dominance

Spencer Coatings Ltd. has become the largest independent and British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer in the UK with its recent acquisition of Stokes Paints, the company says.


Expert Rejected, Contractor Upheld

Unimpressed with the testimony of both an expert witness and a federal compliance officer, a federal commission has thrown out a safety case filed against a pipe contractor in a rupture that...


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


Feds Challenge Chevron on Pipe Material

Federal officials are pressing Chevron to justify its selection of an alloy pipe to replace the carbon-steel pipe destroyed in an August blaze at the company's refinery in Richmond, CA.


Pipeline Spill Penalties Total $312K

ConocoPhillips has agreed to pay state and federal environmental regulators more than $312,000 in penalties and other costs related to a pair of corrosion-induced oil spills at the Kuparuk R...


Pipeline Blast Engulfs WV Interstate

Crews were searching for victims late Tuesday after five homes were ablaze and part of Interstate 77 was engulfed in flames from a gas-pipeline explosion that ignited a massive fireball just...


New NACE Standard Targets Pipeline MIC

A new NACE standard tackles critical testing and diagnosis of a severe threat to pipeline interiors—microbiologically influenced corrosion.


'Cliff' Scenario Threatens Infrastructure

The looming U.S. "fiscal cliff" could have disastrous implications for debt-financed bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other infrastructure, a global rating agency warns.


IN Blast Kills 2, Guts Neighborhood

Federal and state authorities worked feverishly Monday (Nov. 12) to determine the cause of a massive explosion and blaze that killed two Indianapolis residents and devastated a neighborhood ...


Pipeline Damage Software Gets Upgrade

Creaform has released a new version of its Pipecheck software that features a new module for assessing mechanical damage to pipelines.


Feds Approve 2 Pipeline Expansions

Federal officials have green-lighted construction of two projects that will bring almost 100 miles of new natural-gas pipeline to the U.S.


Pirate Brand Launches New Pipe Blaster

Pirate Brand has rolled out the Typhoon Pipe Blasting System, which does not use leather seals or require constant adjustment.


JPCL Offers New, Free Pipeline eBook

Protecting and Maintaining Transmission Pipeline—an expert-written compilation of articles on this critical infrastructure type—is the focus of a new, free eBook published by JPCL:...


New NGL Pipeline Approved for CO, UT

Construction is expected to begin this year on a 95-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in western Colorado and eastern Utah newly approved by the federal Bureau of Land Management.


U.S. Criminal Probe Targets CA Refinery

Chevron Corp.’s troubled refinery in Richmond, CA, is the subject of a federal criminal investigation for allegedly bypassing pollution control equipment and burning off gas emissions, in po...


Pipe Epoxy Made for Longer Pot Life

Polyguard Products Inc. has introduced a two-part epoxy pipe coating designed to provide an extended pot life and high-temperature resistance.


Safer Pipeline Digging Gets $1.6M Boost

Federal pipeline regulators have awarded 22 states nearly $1.6 million to tackle the deadly problem of pipeline excavation damage.


Corroded Pipe Blamed in Refinery Blast

BP’s failure to inspect and test “deadleg” pipe at its Cherry Point petroleum refinery in Blaine, WA, led to an explosion and blaze at the facility in February—a “willful” management violati...


Secret Pipeline Settlement Slips Out

Secret documents inadvertently released by a California court detail a settlement of more than $2 million by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to a California teenager burned in the deadly pipeline...


LNG Blast, Fire Draw $111K Fine

A botched start-up process that lacked written procedures, skipped a pre-start safety review, and routed cryogenic liquids through unsuitable equipment touched off the explosion and fire tha...


U.S. Set to Step Up Pipeline Enforcement

Flexing its new statutory muscle, the U.S. government has taken the first step toward implementing a 2011 law that strengthens both pipeline safety regulations and regulators’ authority.


Nu Flow Launches Hi-Temp Epoxy Lining

Nu Flow, supplier of small-diameter pipe lining technology, has introduced a high-temperature, highly chemical-resistant epoxy for pipe lining.


Pipe Corrosion Eyed in Refinery Fire

Federal investigators are looking at corrosion of an old pipe as the possible cause of a near-catastrophic fire at the Chevron Refinery last week in California.


Shell Oil Assailed on Corrosion, Spills

Corroded, ill-maintained pipelines—not sabotage—are responsible for several major spills by Shell Oil Co. in Africa, two international groups charge in a new report.


OSHA Settles Case with TX Pipe Maker

Federal regulators have sharply reduced their health and safety case against a Texas oil tank and pipe manufacturer, dropping several citations and two-thirds of the fine it recently imposed...


Infrastructure Giant to Swallow Rival

Just how big will be the new energy infrastructure behemoth created by Chicago Bridge & Iron’s takeover of chief rival Shaw Group? This big: 50,000 employees. A backlog of more than $28 bill...


Feds Block Pipeline Restart after Spill

Enbridge Energy will not be allowed to reopen a Wisconsin pipeline that ruptured last week until the company completes an acceptable restart plan for the entire 467-mile segment, federal reg...


New ‘Bridge Health Index’ Hones Structural Safety Assessments

A new ratings system that improves damage detection and measurement could help prevent catastrophic failures of pipelines, bridges and other concrete structures, scientists say.


Pipeline Owners Hunt for Smarter PIGs

Under growing pressure by regulators and the public to step up safety, the pipeline industry has put in-line inspection technology (ILI) on the front burner.


ePipe Patents In-Place Repair Process

Pipe Restoration Technologies LLC, owner of ACE DuraFlo, has been awarded its fifth patent for methods designed to improve the in-place cleaning and coating of smaller-diameter pipes.


Bredero Shaw Wins $100M Coating Project

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has received a contract valued at more than $100 million from McDermott Australia Pty. Ltd. to provide pipeline coatings and related p...


Nu Flow Expands, Renames Product Lines

Nu Flow Technologies, a global provider of pipe lining technologies, has introduced two new products for inversion and main line pipe rehabilitation.


Steel Pipe Scam Ends Behind Bars

A Missouri man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison in a multistate scheme to defraud steel pipe manufacturers.


U.S. Auditors See Lax Pipeline Oversight

Inspection backlogs, a preference for paper over field visits, regulatory loopholes, data management problems and other “key deficiencies” are weakening federal oversight of pipeline safety,...


1 Killed, 1 Burned in CA Tank Blast

For the fourth time in a few weeks, a worker has died and another has been injured after accidentally igniting vapors while dismantling an oil tank that they thought were empty


US Pipeline Protection Firm Buys Stopaq

Fresh off its victories in a decade-old patent suit, The Netherlands’ Stopaq B.V. is taking its pipeline corrosion protection technologies to U.S.-based Berry Plastics.


Nuke Pipe Coatings to Get 1st Standard

An ASTM standard now in development aims to bridge the critical gap between today’s coating technology and yesterday’s aging nuclear power plant pipes.


Pipe Problems Keep Nuclear Plant Closed

Plagued by inexplicably rapid pipe wear, both nuclear-power units at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will remain closed indefinitely, Southern California Edison has announced.


‘Ample Warning’ of Deadly Blast Ignored

A gas company’s failure to heed “ample warning signs”—including several fatal explosions—about its century-old mains led to a catastrophic 2011 blast that killed two families in Allentown, P...


Creaform Updates Pipecheck NDT Software

Creaform, a global provider of portable 3D measurement technologies, has released the first major update to its Pipecheck software module for pipeline external corrosion analysis.


Carboline System Made for Dual Extremes

Carboline Co. has completed testing of a new dual cryogenic and fire-protection system that includes its new Carbotherm 730 coating.


Coatings Cited in 6-Pipeline Explosion

Overlooked coating failures and lax oversight of high-risk corrosion environments top the list of “foreseeable” causes of a massive 2008 gas pipeline explosion in Western Australia, governme...


3 New Cosasco Sensors Detect CUI

Corrosion technology supplier Rohrback Cosasco has introduced three new Cosasco CUI Corrosion Sensors for detecting corrosion under insulation.


Hot Dog! Coating Bests Ketchup Mess

Just in time for summer, protective-coating researchers at MIT have defeated a true global scourge: the sticky ketchup bottle.


Coatings Math: Online, On the Fly

How much will it cost to clean 1,000 square feet of lightly rusted surface per SSPC SP-2? Apply a 1 mil-thick layer of alkyd epoxy on 20,000 square feet? Airless-spray three coats on 100 met...


BASF Pipe Coating Taps Water Industry

BASF has introduced Elastocoat AC, a new protective pipe coating product line for the water transmission industry.


Older Pipelines May Face New Testing

New pipeline record-keeping requirements are coming and old testing loopholes long enjoyed by older systems may be going, federal regulators warned operators this week.


Keystone XL Applicants Try, Try Again

TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new application for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that will reroute the project’s environmentally sensitive Nebraska leg.


High-Temp Pipe Lining is Solvent Free

Hempel has introduced a solvent-free epoxy coating for storage tank and pipeline interiors that allows oil and gas companies to store and handle high-temperature crude oil and water without ...


DOT to Speed 6-State Pipeline Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will fast-track federal permitting for a six-state, 1,000-mile pipeline modernization project by NiSource Inc.


Cloud-Based System Monitors Pipelines

Willbros Group Inc. has teamed up with GeoEye Inc. to offer a cloud-based pipeline integrity management system that integrates real-time pipeline data with high-resolution commercial satelli...


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


Wax Tape Protects High-Temp Pipelines

Trenton Corp., manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems, has introduced a wax-tape coating designed to protect metal pipe and irregular-shaped fixtures from corrosion in higher-temperatu...


New Pipeline to Rival Keystone XL

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is getting competition in the race to bring Canadian oil to Gulf Coast refineries, as two North American companies have teamed up to build a rival system.


GAO Raps Oversight on Fracking Lines

Pipeline safety officials need to get a grip on the fast-spreading network of unregulated lines that is springing up around the nation’s oil shale boom, a new Government Accountability Offic...


Obama Endorses OK-TX Pipeline

On again, off again, shifted, stalled, accelerated and then cancelled, the Keystone XL pipeline project is on again. Sort of.


Protective Coating Marketer Sought

The Valspar Corp. is looking for a Protective Coating Market Manager to “assist in the strategy to educate global markets on the benefits of epoxy-coated rebar.”


Pipe Maker Faces 6th OSHA Case

Just two months after getting slapped with a $1+ million fine, a Houston-based pipe maker is again in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Utility to Pay $70M in Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric will pay more than $70 million to the City of San Bruno, CA, as restitution for one of the nation’s deadliest pipeline explosions, which leveled a neighborhood and kil...


Pipeline Construction Boom Forecast

Long cooled by the recession, U.S. oil and gas pipeline construction is heating up and poised for a major comeback, with sustained demand for repairs, replacement and new construction, accor...


Pipe Maker Fined $469K in Repeat Case

A Texas pipe manufacturer is facing 36 federal citations and nearly $470,000 in fines for a variety of serious and repeat health and safety violations at its facility in Baytown.


Copper Upgrades for Lead Pipes May Backfire, Study Shows

The dangers of lead pipes in drinking-water systems are well established, but could the cure be even worse? Quite possibly, say researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.


PHMSA Lapses Blamed in Pipeline Blasts

Federal pipeline regulators “abjectly failed” to enforce safety standards for more than a decade before a series of deadly pipeline explosions hit California, the City of San Francisco conte...


Gulf Pipeline Construction Set to Start

Dallas-based Crosstex says it now has enough long-term supply commitments to begin construction of a 130-mile extension to its Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline system.


Dow Coating Materials Unveils Protective Brand

Dow Coating Materials has launched a new brand to highlight its product line for external protective coatings designed to withstand the hot, corrosive Middle Eastern petrochem environment.


BP Founds Corrosion Lab at U. of Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will donate $1 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage to establish the BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion Lab, scheduled to open in fall 2012.


PG&E to Pay $3.6M in Chromium 6 Case

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $3.6 million fine for allowing a poisonous plume of Hexavalent Chromium-contaminated groundwater to continue its spread near Hinkley, CA.


Exxon to Pay $1.6M in Yellowstone Spill

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $1.6 million to the state of Montana for a pipeline break that fouled the Yellowstone River last summer—a spill that the oil company now admits was far larger th...


Obama Nixes XL Pipeline Project

Facing what he called a “rushed and arbitrary” deadline set by Republicans, President Obama has denied TransCanada Corp.’s permit for the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas...


Navy Fined for Pipe, Tank Inspections

The Navy will pay nearly $161,000 in fines to settle federal claims that it failed to properly monitor pipes and underground fuel storage tanks for leaks at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silv...


Report Spurs New Probe of CA Utility

California’s Public Utilities Commission is weighing major penalties against Pacific Gas & Electric after a staff investigation turned up numerous violations of laws, regulations and standar...


Heater Eyed in Blast at Pipe Coater

A kerosene space heater near a cloud of polymer dust is believed to be the cause of an explosion that injured four employees at an Oklahoma pipe coating plant, officials say.


Engineers: Water Neglect will Backfire

Skimping now on public investment in aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. homes and businesses $206 billion over the next decade, the nation’s civil engineers are warning.


Coatings, Corrosion Top Pipeline R&D

Pipeline corrosion and anti-corrosion coatings will top the pipeline industry’s $9 million research agenda in 2012.


Pipeline Operator Fined $38M in Blast

A natural-gas explosion attributed to thin pipeline walls, inappropriate pipe usage and other violations has prompted a $38 million state fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


Team Turns 4D MRI Imaging on Pipelines

Physicists and engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a new system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures using MRI medical technology.


Bredero Shaw Inks $45M Coating Deal

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has signed a $45+ million contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to provide corrosion protection and concrete weight coating for the B...


EPA Proposes Stronger Tank Containment

Facing thousands of petroleum and hazardous chemical leaks each year, the federal government has proposed stronger rules for underground storage tanks, with new requirements for containment,...


Keystone XL Pipeline Stalled, Rerouted

An environmentally sensitive segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be rerouted and a final decision on the controversial $7 billion project delayed until after the 2012 U.S. elec...


PG&E Repairs, Coats Burst Pipelines

Pacific Gas & Electric is blaming “isolated” corrosion for a new leak in one part of the infamous San Bruno, CA, transmission pipeline, while working to repair and recoat two other segments ...


Software Upgrades Pipeline Monitoring

American Innovations, a provider of cathodic protection, integrity management and remote monitoring, has released a software upgrade that adds more than 20 enhancements to its pipeline data ...


New Ruptures, Leak Plague CA Pipeline

Another segment of the California natural-gas pipeline that exploded in September 2010 has ruptured and unleashed a mudslide onto a highway—the third incident in less than two weeks involvin...


Bad Markings Blamed in PA Gas Blast

Inaccurate gas-line location markings are suspected in the explosion of a line that ruptured this week when struck by a construction crew in the center of a Pennsylvania college town, offici...


New Leader, ‘Defining Moment’ For Pipeline Owners

The Pipeline Research Council International, a global R&D organization for the energy pipeline industry, has announced the election of Eric J. Amundsen, of Panhandle Energy, as chairman thro...


JPCL Coatings eBook Series Coming Soon

Surface preparation, inspection, environmental controls and more will be among the topics of a new series of eBooks to be published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings planned ...


Paul’s About-Face Clears Pipeline Bill

A federal pipeline safety bill is back on track, after the Senate’s lone opponent not only dropped his objection, but closed a loophole in the measure.


2 Companies Land $100M In Pipe Coating, Liner Contracts

Global pipeline coating and lining activity is surging, pumping out more than $100 million in contracts in just the last few days.


BSR Unites Units to Become Axson

The BSR Group, a global provider of high-performance coating, sealing, damping and bonding products for industrial applications, has become Axson, uniting the company’s business units under ...


Report: Gas Line Leaked 26 Times before Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew of more than two dozen previous, unexplained leaks in one of its natural-gas pipelines when it certified that the pipe was free of seam-weld leaks months be...


3D Scanner, Software Aid Pipeline Inspection

Creaform, provider of portable 3D optical measurement technologies, has entered the pipeline market with a new 3D scanner and software module designed to assess and report on pipeline integr...


Aker Debuts Compact Corrosion Software

UK engineering service company Aker Solutions has launched a new “compact” version of its Coabis software tool for oil and gas integrity, inspection and corrosion management.


Pipe Maker Faces 27 OSHA Citations

One of the oldest names in American pipe manufacturing has been fined $85,000 and accused of 27 federal health and safety violations at its facility in Bessemer, AL.


Pipeline Projects Surge, Pumping Coatings Work

Pipeline projects are booming, with a new $220 million system planned for the Southeastern US and new coatings contracts announced for projects in Malaysia and Australia.


Alone, Paul Plugs Up Pipeline Bill

Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Party conservative, is single-handedly blocking progress of a federal pipeline safety bill that has strong support from both parties and the pipeline industry.


R&D Targets Oil & Gas Pipe Corrosion

Research underway at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen is poised to provide a new model for corrosion assessment to enhance oil and gas safety.


State Dept. Clears Way for XL Pipeline

Overriding concerns from Congress, other federal agencies and the public, the U.S. State Department has determined that the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would have “no significant” environm...


Protective Coatings are Metal Free

Delaware-based AnCatt Inc. has unveiled a heavy-duty, three-layer coating system that purportedly functions as a corrosion barrier for metal substrates without using chromate or other heavy-...


Pipeline Corrosion May Face New Rules

Stronger corrosion control measures are among the mandates under consideration as the federal government weighs new safety requirements for the nation’s gas transmission pipelines.


$5M Gulf Pipeline Coating Jobs Awarded

The Bayou Companies LLC has been awarded contracts totaling approximately $5 million to provide corrosion coating for two major pipeline projects in the Gulf of Mexico, parent company Insitu...


Pulsed Holiday Detector Aids Safety

Elcometer has introduced the 280 Pulsed DC Holiday Detector, designed for greater safety, ease of use and reliability.


Industrial Coatings Pump Up Valspar

Strong growth in new and industrial coatings helped propel the Valspar Corp. to a 22.5% overall sales increase in the third quarter, although net income dipped slightly from a year ago.


Ethanol Said to Worsen Pipeline Cracks

The boom in ethanol and other biofuels may be a serious bust for the nation’s existing pipeline network, a new government study shows.


MIC Corrosion Tek Bows ‘Lab in a Pig’

MIC Corrosion Tek LLC has introduced MIC-Pig, a pipeline pig that gathers information on internal corrosion and black powder as it travels down a pipeline.


Tiny Robots Tackle Nuclear Monitoring

A tiny robot may hold the solution to one of the nuclear industry’s biggest safety challenges: inspecting the interior of underground pipes for leaks.


Yellowstone Spill Spurs Pipeline Alert

While 900 people continue working to clean up the ExxonMobil crude oil spill on the Yellowstone River, the federal government has issued a warning to all owners and operators of pipelines in...


Yellowstone Spill Plan to Be Revised

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has more work to do on its cleanup plan for the oil-fouled Yellowstone River, but most of the spilled crude has washed away and cannot be recovered, federal officials...


Exxon Told to Re-bury Yellowstone Pipe

ExxonMobil must re-bury its Silvertip Pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River and take other measures before restarting the pipeline, after it leaked up to 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the...


3 Acquisitions Expand Insituform

Insituform Technologies Inc., global provider of pipeline protection services and materials, has announced acquisition deals totaling more than $28.6 million for complementary companies in t...


US Stiffens Oil & Gas Violation Fines

Federal fines for corroding pipelines, crumbling offshore structures, and other neglected facilities will soon increase, under new penalties announced this week.


New Pipe Coating Plant to Open in TX

A Houston-based steel pipe distributor will expand its operations this fall by adding a major pipe coating facility to serve South Texas’ fast-growing Eagle Ford Shale region.


ShawCor Lands $60M Contract, Launches Subsea Simulator

ShawCor Ltd.’s pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, has signed a $60 million contract with Welspun Corp. Limited to provide pipeline coatings and related products and services for a Burmese ...


Coatings Take on Metal Thieves

With metal thieves worldwide trashing everything from rail networks to communications lines to entire bridges for resale, coatings developers are fighting back with new products that help ut...


Pipeline Contractor Fined In 2 Cases, 1 Fatal

The main contractor on Nevada’s Ruby Pipeline project is facing $36,000 in federal fines and multiple safety violations in the death of one worker in December and the injury of seven others ...


Pipe Plant Cited in Worker’s Death

The fatal crushing of an employee has led to a second set of federal citations and fines in four months against Welspun Tubular LLC, involving violations at its pipe manufacturing and coatin...


Chevron Awards $52.8M Pipe Contract

Chevron Corp. has awarded a major pipe spool manufacturing and coating contract to AusGroup for the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia—Chevron’s biggest project ...


ShawCor Pipes in Double-Digit Gains

Global pipeline contractor ShawCor Ltd. rang up a banner first quarter for 2011, with double-digit increases in revenues, earnings and net income, compared to the year-ago period.


Pipeline Safety Rules to Be Expanded

Federal pipeline safety regulations will be extended to cover rural, low-stress, hazardous liquid pipelines as of Oct. 1, 2011, under a new rule issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material...


Pipeline, Chemical Roads Lead to TX

Long favored for its ports and its business-friendly ways, Texas is drawing a new flurry of investment and activity from the pipeline and chemicals industries.


Lasers May Slice Pipeline Rust, Cost

UK engineering experts are combining laser and powder metals technologies to develop a lower-cost method for producing a high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloy for pipeline flanges.


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


Pipeline NDT Tool Organizes Data

CorDEX Instruments’ new UT5000 Intrinsically Safe Ultrasonic Tester measures metal thickness for Non-Destructive Testing and Predictive Maintenance on pipelines and fixed equipment in hazard...


New Protective Line Avoids Isocyanates

Hybrid Coating Technologies has introduced a new line of Green Polyurethane industrial and specialty coatings made completely without hazardous isocyanates.


New Pipe Coating JVs Target Asia, US

Insituform Technologies Inc. and Malaysian coated-pipe giant Wasco Energy Ltd. are teaming up to provide offshore insulation services in North America and extend Insituform’s corrosion and p...


Grants, Site Support Pipeline Safety

The federal government is offering more than $3 million in grants and the technical support of a new website in its new push for pipeline safety.


Relining Begins on Tasmanian Pipeline

Hydro Tasmania has closed its Poatina Power Station to begin replacing the failing original anti-corrosion coating inside the 46-year-old penstock.


Bids Sought for $6M Aqueduct Painting

East Bay (CA) Municipal Utility District, will accept bids April 27 for painting, lead abatement and related work on the Mokelumne Aqueducts—a project estimated at $6 million to $8 million.


Denso Unveils Pipeline Coatings Line

Denso has just released Rock Shield, a diamond mesh wrap that protects pipeline coatings from damaging rock backfills or during pipeline construction through rocky terrains.


Report Sees Gold in Water Works Technology

Nothing against mousetraps, but it is new technologies for inspecting and repairing water infrastructure that will have the world beating a $20 billion path to your door in this century.


US DOT Orders Pipeline Review, Repairs

With deaths from exploding residential-area pipelines on the rise, the federal government has launched an initiative to repair and replace aging pipelines across the nation’s 2.5 million-mil...


OSHA Fines TX Steel Pipe Maker $124K

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tex-Tube Co. with 26 health and safety violations and proposed $124,740 in penalties following an investigation at the company’s f...


ShawCor to Buy Altus Coating Business

Shaw Pipe Protection Limited, a subsidiary of ShawCor. Ltd., has agreed to buy the coating assets and business of Altus Energy Services Partnership, Altus Energy Services Ltd. and Nusco Nort...


Mitsui Promotes Adhesive Resin for Pipe Coating

Mitsui Chemicals Europe is promoting its ADMER adhesive resin as a steel pipe coating solution.


Ex-DuPont Chemist Sued Over Trade Secrets

DuPont Powder Coatings has filed suit to stop a longtime senior research chemist from sharing pipe coating trade secrets with competitors—including a South Korean firm he joined after abrupt...


NDT Crack Detector Uses Eddy Current Array

Olympus has introduced the OmniScan MX, which uses eddy current array testing for detection of stress corrosion cracking in pipelines and other pressure containment equipment.


US Orders Repairs on AK Pipeline

Corrosion, inspection practices and other conditions on the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline are endangering the public and the environment, and pipeline owners must address them now, the U.S....


IL Contractor Cited 4th Time for Cave-In Hazards

For the fourth time in eight months, a Chicago-area pipeline and sewer contractor is facing federal citations and fines in connection with cave-in hazards during trenching operations.


Bayou Co. Gets Gulf Pipeline Contract

The Bayou Companies LLC has received a contract to provide coatings, welding and support for more than 180 miles of 18-inch steel pipe for use on new hydrogen pipeline in the Gulf Coast.


NTSB Reports Lack of Coatings, Bad Welds in CA Pipeline Blast

The National Transportation Safety Board has found faulty welds, sagging coatings, and large uncoated areas on Pacific Gas & Electric natural-gas pipelines that exploded in September.


Bad Coating Spec Costs District $4M

A non-standard coating specification decision will cost Canada’s Greater Vancouver Water District $4 million, after the coating failed along nearly two miles of new water pipe, a judge has r...


Nu Flow Gets Patent for CIPP Liner that Bends

Nu Flow has received a patent for its Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Flex Liner, designed to line around multiple 90-degree bends.


Leaking AK Pipeline Faces New Shutdown

The 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which continues to leak oil while running at reduced capacity, will be shut down again this weekend to install a bypass to a faulty pipe.


Tank Wraps Made for Winter Fluid Protection

Powerblanket’s new tank wraps are designed to heat and maintain temperature in large holding tanks and provide safe storage of temperature-sensitive materials.


New Pipe Coating Technology Gains Patent

A California pipe restoration company has gained a patent for a new technology that provides an internal barrier coating and seals leaks in water and gas pipes while the pipes remain in plac...


NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations In Probe of Deadly Pipeline Blast

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued seven recommendations—six of them urgent—in its investigation into the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes ...


ShawCor Wins $40M Subsea Coating Job

Bredero Shaw, the pipe coating division of ShawCor Ltd., has received a $40+ million contract to provide subsea insulation coatings for Chevron’s ultra-deepwater Jack/St. Malo oilfield proje...


RPM Performance Coatings Buys UK Drainage Maker

RPM Performance Coatings Group has acquired Pipeline & Drainage Systems Ltd. (PDS), a UK-based supplier of curb, bridge and channel drainage products for construction and infrastructure mark...


Green Fuels May Speed Tank, Pipeline Corrosion

Ethanol fuels may be good for the environment, but not for the pipelines that transport and store them, new research indicates.


Drilling Spurs Coating Growth in PA

Natural-gas drilling will bring new coatings jobs to Pennsylvania’s struggling Monongahela River Valley, with the construction of Dura-Bond Industries’ third new pipe coatings facility in th...


DuPont Opens $30M Coatings R&D Center

DuPont Performance Coatings has launched a new $30 million research and development facility dedicated to automotive, protective and marine coatings.


ShawCor Acquires Socotherm, Thermotite Brasil

Pipeline supplier ShawCor Ltd. is steadily expanding its coatings reach worldwide, staking a claim to Italian pipe-coating contractor Socotherm S.p.A. and swallowing up offshore protective c...


Pipeline Coating Called Self-Healing

Kleiss & Co., manufacturer and distributor of pipeline equipment, has introduced VISCOTAQ, billed as a “smart” coating for the protection of underground and aboveground substrates against co...


Chevron Faces $423K Fine for Pipeline Spill

The federal government has proposed a $423,600 fine against Chevron Pipe Line Co., citing inadequate corrosion control, pipeline protection and other failures for the release of 800 barrels ...


2-Part Pipe Repair Designed for Up to 1500 PSI

Stop It HP, new from InduMar Products Inc. of Houston, is a leak sealant product designed for applications with working pressures up to 1500 psi.


Report: Corrosion Endangers AK Pipelines

Several years after corrosion caused pipeline leaks and spills near Prudhoe Bay, corrosion remains the No. 1 threat to Alaska’s flow lines—“aging infrastructure” that “warrants heightened mo...


Tank Coating Touts Chemical, Acid Resistance

Developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, and processing equipment in the chemical industry, the Master Bond Polymer System EP21ARHT is designed to provide outstandi...


Report: Corroded Iraqi Pipelines Near Failure

Oil pipelines in Southern Iraq are severely corroded and at risk of failing any time, according to U.S. technical assessments reported by two news agencies that cover the global energy and o...


Pipeline Coatings Makers Face Historic Demands

Increasingly hostile new pipeline environments and decaying multinational systems will lead the critical challenges under discussion when coatings and linings manufacturers, researchers and ...


Project Goal: Image Pipelines through Coating

Research into high-resolution imaging that can detect pipeline corrosion through coatings is underway, thanks to $5.9 million in federal grants for new pipeline integrity management initiati...


Tnemec Launches Lining for Wastewater Pipes

Tnemec Company Inc. has introduced a specialized ceramic epoxy lining to protect carbon steel and ductile iron pipe used to transport domestic wastewater.


BIS Salamis Showcases ‘Innovations 2010’

Coatings technologies, pipeline solutions, spray systems, training and more will be on the agenda at BIS Salamis’ two-day Innovations Showcase 2010 event this week.


Densoclad Adds Application Aids, Product Info

Densoclad’s anti-corrosion tapes have added printed product details for more successful application and for future user reference.


Strong Growth Forecast for Steel Pipe Coatings

The slumping steel pipe coating market of recent years is making a strong global comeback, with a volume increase of nearly 30% expected by 2013, a new market report forecasts.


Saudi R&D Spotlights Coatings, Salt, Pipelines

Nano-structured coatings, salt-removal products, and pipeline sensors top the projects in active development by the new Advanced Materials Group at Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Ce...


Pipeline Company to Pay $44.25M for Oil Spills

Display Abstract: Plains All American Pipeline and several subsidiaries will spend about $41 million to upgrade 10,420 miles of crude-oil pipeline and pay a $3.25 million civil penalty for 1...


U.S. Tells Pipeline Owners to Rein in Cell Use

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is urging pipeline owners and operators to restrict employee use of cellular telephones, mobile computers or other personal electr...


Insituform’s United to Install Liner in Mine

Insituform Technologies, Inc. (Saint Louis, MO) has announced that United Pipeline Systems, a division of Insituform, has been awarded a $10.9 million contract for the supply and installatio...


Bredero Shaw Wins $40M Pipe Coating Job

ShawCor Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario) announced that the Australian branch of its pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, has been awarded a contract in excess of $40 million from Marubeni-Itochu to ...


Bayou Completes Acquisition of Garneau

The Bayou Companies, Inc., a subsidiary of Insituform Technologies, Inc., announced today the completion of its $12.25 million (CAN) acquisition of Garneau, Inc's pipe coating and insulation...


New Unit Inspects Sanitary, Storm Lines

From RS Technical Services in Petaluma, CA, comes the TranStar Steerable Tractor for video inspection of sanitary or storm lines.


 
 
   

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