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Keystone XL in Limbo after Veto

TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is back on indefinite hold in the wake of a rare presidential veto on Tuesday (Feb. 24).


New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

A fresh round of coatings acquisitions is in the works, including Hempel's purchase of a North American supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Decrepit Pipe Repair 'Alarmingly' Slow

Nearly half of a Pennsylvania utility's pipelines are "at risk," and the 80-year time frame for replacement just isn't fast enough, state regulators are saying.


Tool Records Corrosion for Well Work

A newly redesigned tool provides recorded corrosion and temperature data for downhole operation in production wells.


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Nylon Pipe Rolls Out in the Oilfield

The world's largest nylon producer has introduced nylon transmission pipeline that can withstand temperatures up to 200°F and pressures up to 500 PSI.


$120k Fine Set in Cellphone Tank Blast

A Texas oil company has been fined $120,000 in a storage-tank explosion sparked by a worker's cellphone, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced.


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...


International Rolls Out 1-Coat Lining

AkzoNobel’s International brand has launched Enviroline 2405, an advanced hybrid epoxy lining system, in North America.


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.


Marine Coatings Set Sail for Growth

Propelled by the winds of oil and gas expansion and new products, the global marine coatings market will be worth a shipshape $10.4 billion by 2019, according to a new forecast.


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

U.S. oil and gas production is booming faster than regulators can manage, creating risks for the public, pipelines and other transportation networks, a new government audit warns.


Zinc Primers Tout Crack Self-Healing

Hempel has announced a portfolio of three new anti-corrosive zinc primers developed for a wide range of industries and applications, from offshore oil and gas to wind turbines.


Free Webinar Shores Up Offshore

The harsh environment of the offshore gas and oil industry has led to new technologies and methods to overcome maintenance challenges.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


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.


Investigation Nets $1.6M in Back Pay

A staffing agency for oil field and maritime facilities in the Gulf Coast will pay 1,543 current and former temporary employees more than $1.6 million to make good on back wages, the U.S. De...


Corrosion Threat Seen to 500K Tanks

A half-million storage tanks installed below 156,000 gas stations in the United States could be harboring a "hidden hazard" in need of a pricey fix, federal scientists are warning.


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

Riding a wave of "remarkable growth,” the global protective coatings market is in for some boom years, boosted by spiking end-user demand and a push for environmentally friendly products, a ...


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


Paint Protects Hot Substrates from CUI

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has launched a high-temperature coating to protect substrates from corrosion under insulation.


Funding Boosts Canada’s Corrosion R&D

A nearly $600,000 investment in corrosion research will benefit the oil, gas, marine and other industries subjected to Canada's harsh Arctic environment.


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


Creaform Upgrades 3D Pipeline Software

Creaform has announced both a new upgrade and new module for its pipeline integrity assessment software.


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.


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.


Battelle Beads Detect Early Corrosion

A new bead not only senses corrosion but also starts to heal the microscopic cracks it causes, according to Battelle Memorial Institute.


New Hempel Coating Tackles CUI

Versiline CUI 56990 is Hempel’s new coating designed to resist heat and protect carbon and stainless steel from corrosion under insulation.


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


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.


Study: Workers Ready to Leave Jobs

Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.


Coating Protects Immersion Equipment

A new epoxy coating offers high-temperature protection for oil and gas production equipment and other equipment operating under continuous immersion, Belzona announced.


Tnemec Expands Tank Armor Line

Tnemec Company has added a new chemical-resistant epoxy coating to its Tank Armor line.


3M Adds Rescue Kit to Fall Protection

A new controlled-descent device is designed to be an “all-purpose rescue solution” for workers exposed to heights, 3M announced.


EPA Lifts BP Contract Suspension

Nearly four years after 11 oil-rig workers perished in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is fully back in business with the U.S. government...


Pipeline Coating Bonds in a New Way

A new onshore pipeline coating eliminates the need for an adhesive layer by bonding directly with the anti-corrosion layer, according to producer Bredero Shaw.


Deep-Sea Pipes Get Medical Touch

An X-ray machine used to detect fractured bones is being souped up to give the same treatment to fractured pipelines in the crushing depths of the ocean.


Contractor Settles Painter Wage Case

A longtime Pittsburgh-based industrial painting company has agreed to pay more than $25,000 in back wages and damages to 26 painters who were defrauded of their rightful pay, the Department ...


$560,000 Fine Set for Crushed Arms

A Texas supplier of elastomers and other products for the oil and gas industry is facing major federal citations and $560,000 in fines after a worker's arms were crushed on the job—the compa...


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.


Water-Based Epoxy Shields Tanks

Industrial-grade thermal tank insulation from a water-based epoxy is the promise of Carboline Company's new Carbotherm 551.


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.


Manitoba Pipeline Blast Probed

Thousands of Manitobans were still awaiting the return of home heating Monday (Jan. 27), as authorities continued to investigate a pipeline explosion that rocked the southern part of the Can...


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...


Work Halted after Fatal Tank Collapse

With construction suspended, federal authorities are investigating the collapse of an industrial storage tank that sent two workers plummeting 60 feet to their deaths.


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.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


Tesla Announces $50M Investment

Protective coatings maker Tesla NanoCoatings says it is poised for significant growth with a new "strategic partnership" and major investment by a Korean chemical firm.


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.


New Teflon Coating is Water-Based

DuPont has introduced what it calls the first “truly water-based,” low-VOC protective coating with a corrosion resistance of up to 3,000 salt spray hours.


Lip-Syncing Oil Rig Crew Goes Viral

Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.


Corrosion Eyed in ND Pipeline Leak

A ruptured six-inch pipeline has spewed over 20,000 barrels of oil in North Dakota, and an initial investigation points to corrosion, state officials said.


At MIT, Metal Heals Itself Under Force

The researchers were so surprised that they “had to go back and check” the result: Exerting force on the cracked piece of metal was causing the crack to mend—not pull apart.


2 Burned in Tank Lining Blast

Two workers were seriously burned this week when an underground gasoline storage tank erupted in a flash fire as they were lining it, authorities say.


Offshore Workers Target Troubled Copter

Tens of thousands of offshore inspectors, technicians and other professionals are seeking to ground a transport helicopter that has been involved in five major incidents in four years, inclu...


Hempel’s Market Growth Draws Honor

Global coatings supplier Hempel has been recognized for overcoming a struggling economy and promoting market leadership in the protective and marine coatings market.


Exova Develops Custom Cracking Test

Independent testing company Exova Group Limited has announced a new, customizable oil and gas pipeline testing method for cracking.


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.


BP Sues U.S. to Drop Contract Ban

British oil giant BP has filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to lift a federal contract ban imposed after the company was charged with crimes, including mans...


EPA Adds Time to Comply with Tank Rule

Facilities that use oil and gas storage tanks are getting a reprieve on their October deadline to install emissions controls.


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,...


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will become the third corporation to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 offshore workers and un...


Report: Coatings Need Novel Solutions

Developing new technology for harsh environments will be key in the future of the protective and marine markets in North America and Europe, new research says.


Gas Leak Ignites, Collapses Rig

Natural gas from a drilling rig leaked for 14 hours before igniting and partially collapsing the structure off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday (July 23).


AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

With revenues and volumes decreasing across all segments, AkzoNobel’s second quarter report echoed trends from the coating manufacturer’s dim first quarter and renewed a call for restructuri...


Congress May Speed Pipeline Permits

Pipeline projects could see quicker permitting approval under a federal bill that has supporters demanding accountability and opponents wary of environmental harm.


Plant Settlement to Cost Shell $115M+

Shell Oil will spend nearly $120 million for facility upgrades and fines to settle federal litigation involving pollution at its Houston-area refinery and chemical plant.


Bredero Shaw Snags $30M Pipe Deal

ShawCor Ltd. has announced a $30 million contract between its pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, and Statoil Norway to provide coatings for the Edvard Grieg Oil and Utsira High Gas pipelin...


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...


Lining Touts Severe Chemical Resistance

Sherwin-Williams' Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced Magnalux 404 FF, billed as the first styrene-free vinyl ester for use with steel and concrete substrates in the oil and...


Rapid-Cure Epoxy Offers Quick Return

A new tank lining offers fast return to service in a single coat, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has announced.


OSHA Impostor Gets Prison Term

A Louisiana woman will serve nearly five years in prison for impersonating a federal safety trainer to profit off of displaced members of the Gulf of Mexico's fishing community, many of whom...


Hydrostatic Unit for Rugged Conditions

Jetstream of Houston LLP has launched a new hydrostatic test unit for pipeline and wellhead testing in the oil and gas market.


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

Two workers have been critically burned in explosions at an Oklahoma abrasive blasting and coating plant that may have been operating unlawfully, authorities say.


Painters, Others to Get $2M in OT Case

A major industrial services employment agency will pay nearly $2 million in back wages to painters, blasters and other workers after denying them proper overtime, federal officials announced...


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

For the second time in two years, regulators have ordered BP to address offshore maintenance lapses that have led to fires and risked catastrophes aboard oil and gas platforms.


7 Blasts on AL Barges Injure 3

A spark during cleaning operations apparently triggered seven explosions that blew up two fuel barges and sent three people to the hospital this week in Mobile, AL, the Coast Guard said Thur...


Tank Lining Boasts 1-Coat Extended Life

A new coating for high-temperature tank applications that is also high pressure-resistant is designed to meet the increasing needs of the oil and gas industry, The Sherwin-Williams Company s...


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...


AkzoNobel: Grim Q1 with No Quick Fix

AkzoNobel reported first-quarter declines across the board Thursday (April 18) and warned candidly that the troubled company’s fortunes were unlikely to turn around any time soon.


Rust Inhibitors Carry Golden Prospects

Busting rust is a booming enterprise, with the U.S. demand for all types of corrosion inhibitors set to grow by a steady 4.1 percent annually through 2017, a new market forecast projects.


Castolin Acquires Monitor Coatings

Veteran European protective coatings maker Castolin Eutectic has acquired the Monitor Coatings Group, a UK-based provider of coatings for surface engineering in harsh environments.


Webinar Targets Offshore Fireproofing

Understanding the critical requirements and certification needed to use passive fireproofing materials offshore will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Sauereisen Debuts SewerGard Industrial

Sauereisen has introduced a new line of coating products for the industrial wastewater market designed to protect concrete and steel from chemical attack.


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...


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.


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

ExxonMobil is operating the United States' second-largest refinery with hundreds of corroded pipes, a record of overdue inspections, noncompliance with its own procedures, and a series of in...


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

Fire investigators are searching for answers after a blaze destroyed a pipeline coating facility in Leduc, Alberta.


Fireproofing Epoxy for Offshore Market

A new offshore fireproofing coating from Carboline is designed to benefit owners, engineers and contractors in coastal and offshore environments.


Driller Pleads Guilty in Gulf Disaster

The world's largest offshore drilling company will pay $400 million in fines and penalties stemming from crimes in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers, under an agreem...


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.


Texas A&M Launches Corrosion Center

Today's professionals and tomorrow's recruits in the war on corrosion, especially in the oil and gas sector, will have the help of a new national corrosion center focusing on the field's sci...


Chevron Fined $1M in Refinery Fire

Chevron's apparent decision to ignore its own inspectors' decade-old recommendation to replace a corroded, leaking pipe has triggered a record fine against the oil company in the blast and b...


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana woman has admitted impersonating a federal health and safety trainer in order to fleece immigrants displaced from the Gulf Coast fishing industry by the Deepwater Horizon ...


New Lights for Hazardous Locations

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has announced the addition of several new products this year, including a hazardous location-approved LED light fixture and a fluorescent light fixture wit...


WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

Heavy corrosion caused a pipeline wall to thin to one-fourth of its original thickness, leading to its rupture in December, a new federal report has found.


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


EPA Rule Could Put Out 15 GA Plants

More than a dozen power plants in Georgia could be out of commission soon after the approval of a new federal rule regulating mercury and toxic air goes into effect.


Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

A section of pipeline in West Virginia has been determined “hazardous to life, property, and the environment,” federal investigators stated in a corrective order in response to a December 20...


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

The world's largest offshore drilling contractor will pay $1.4 billion in fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve federal civil and criminal cases stemming from the 2010 De...


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...


Corrosion Cited in WV Pipeline Blast

External corrosion could be the cause of a pipeline explosion that ignited a massive fireball, destroyed four homes, and closed part of an interstate in West Virginia last week, the National...


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...


Gulf Crimes to Cost BP New US Contracts

Citing a “lack of business integrity,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday (Nov. 28) that it was temporarily suspending BP Exploration and Production Inc. and affil...


Body Found, Subpoena Set in Rig Blast

One body was recovered from the sea floor and divers continued Monday to search for another in the Gulf of Mexico, in the wake of an explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform.


$246K Fine Set in Blast that Burned 2

A Texas oil and gas services company is facing nearly $250,000 in federal fines for an explosion that injured two tank cleaners shortly after the company was cited for similar hazards.


Feds Probe Pipeline Overcharging

Federal regulators are investigating rates charged by two interstate natural gas companies to determine if they are “over-recovering” their costs, resulting in “unjust and unreasonable” rate...


Hempel Patents 2-Coat Protection

Coating maker Hempel has gained a patent for its two-coat, low-solvent protective paint system for refineries, the chemical industry, power generation, infrastructure projects and wind turbi...


BP Hit with Indictments, $4.5B Fine

British oil giant BP will pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges, including manslaughter, in the April 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers...


Remote Offshore Inspections Take Honor

Developers of an award-winning offshore inspection technology that uses Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles say the system saved hundreds of man hours and millions of dollars in its recent tri...


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 ...


Infrastructure Battered by Sandy's Wrath

The plants, refineries, levees and other infrastructure of the U.S. East Coast took an unprecedented pounding from Hurricane Sandy, despite officials' best efforts to secure facilities befor...


NM Refinery to Pay $400K in Fatal Blast

A New Mexico oil refinery will pay a record $400,000 fine for a 2010 explosion and blaze that killed two employees and seriously injured two others who were working on a storage tank at the ...


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.


Corrosion Eyed in 2nd Refinery Fire

The neglected corrosion suspected in a recent explosion at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, CA, may also have caused a 2011 fire that prompted employee complaints about the problem, new...


Out of Kazakhstan: Wilson Comes Home

After four years in Kazakhstan on the world’s largest oil and gas project, JPCL Top Thinker Lee Wilson has returned home to the UK with a new position.


Blast May Have Caused Tank Death; 2nd Fatality Strikes Movie Set

Some sort of explosive pressure, rather than a floor collapse, may have caused the death of a tank cleaner last week in California, investigators now say.


BP to Sell Off Troubled Refinery

Dogged by multibillion-dollar bills from multiple disasters, British Petroleum has announced the sale of its notorious Texas City refinery to Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp.


U.S. Indicts Bogus OSHA Trainer

A Mississippi woman is facing years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after allegedly posing as a federally certified safety trainer in the wake of the 2010 BP Deepw...


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.


Marker Made for Extreme Temps, Surfaces

Rough, wet industrial surfaces in extreme temperatures can be clearly marked with Markal’s new Quik Stik Mini paint marker tool, according to manufacturer LA-CO Industries.


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...


Ameron Sues Insurer in Sable Project Coatings Case

Mired in years of litigation alleging widespread coating failure on Nova Scotia’s Sable Energy Project, Ameron International Corp. is now suing its own insurer for refusing to pay for Ameron...


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...


Lack of Maintenance Eyed in Venezuelan Refinery Disaster

As the death toll neared 50 in Venezuela’s horrific Amuay refinery explosion and four-day blaze, initial speculation on the cause focused quickly on maintenance and management neglect.


Trapped by Suit, Corroded Ship Sinks

Rotted with corrosion and immobilized at sea by a long-running legal dispute, a cargo vessel has sunk in the Indian Ocean, releasing an oil slick about six miles long.


Nuclear Plant Coating Takes the Plunge

Commercial nuclear divers and a protective coatings maker have teamed up to complete a dramatic underwater coatings project at a nuclear plant.


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.


BAE to Build 2 Platform Supply Vessels

Marine transportation provider GulfMark Americas Inc. has selected BAE Systems’ shipyard in Mobile, AL, to build two new platform supply vessels to serve offshore drilling operations.


BP Puts $100M into Coatings, Materials

Smart coatings, protective membranes, new alloys, and other innovative structural materials will be the focus of a new $100 million international R&D effort underwritten by oil giant BP.


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...


Monitoring Firm Admits to Bogus Reports

A global provider of specialty services for the oil and gas industry has pleaded guilty to falsifying a Texas refinery’s air emissions reports to regulators over a two-year period.


OSHA Cites TX Pipe, Tank Company

A Texas oil tank and pipe manufacturer is facing a dozen federal health and safety violations—half of them repeats from 2011—and $129,800 in fines for hazards at its plant in Abilene.


BP Adds $13M to Refinery Disaster Tab

BP’s costs for a 2005 series of deadly refinery explosions are inching steadily closer to $2 billion, with a new $13 million federal settlement announced Thursday (July 12).


NTSB: Pipe Rupture, Spill Avoidable

Enbridge Energy knew of—and ignored—multiple corrosion-fatigue cracks in a Michigan pipeline five years before the line ruptured, unleashing the costliest onshore oil spill in U.S. history, ...


Alarms Ignored; Spill Draws $3.7M Fine

Federal regulators have proposed a record $3.7 million fine and 24 actions against pipeline operator Enbridge Energy for a corrosion-related rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of ...


Nuclear Plant Inspection Firm Fined

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has fined a major plant inspection firm $49,000 for safety and security lapses and has banned one of its former employees from NRC projects for a year.


OSHA Issues Health Alert on Fracking

The recent surge in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities in shale and other natural-gas operations is exposing workers to dangerous levels of silica, federal officials are warning.


Corrosion Shuts Brand-New Refinery Unit

“Accelerated chemical corrosion” has reportedly unleashed devastating damage to a new $300 million unit at the U.S.’s largest refinery, shutting down the facility indefinitely.


‘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.


EPA Signals Truce in TX Clean Air War

The Environmental Protection Agency may be ready to say “uncle” in its long-running tussle with Texas over that state’s clean air plan.


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.


3 Workers Killed in AR Tank Blast

Three workers are dead following the explosion of an abandoned containment vessel they were dismantling at an Arkansas oil site.


OSHA Holds Firm on PPE Requirement

Federal safety officials have nixed a congressman’s request to ease up on requirements that oil and gas workers wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Hempel Launches Oil & Gas Center in TX

After nearly a century in the oil and gas coatings market, Hempel is centralizing that business in Houston, TX—the industry’s capital—in a new “Global Center of Excellence.”


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.


Jotun Unveils 2 Offshore Steel Coatings

High-performance coatings maker Jotun has introduced two new coatings specifically developed for the offshore industry.


Coated ‘Microsubs’ Hold Slick Potential

Tiny, specially coated machines may become the environmental tool of the future in cleaning up oil spills, University of California – San Diego researchers report.


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 ...


Navy Settles EPA Tank Violations

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $5,855 penalty to settle allegations of underground storage tank violations at its Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


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.


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.


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.


Aremco Colors High-Temp Protection

Aremco has introduced colorful options for anti-corrosion coatings, to identify and protect large aluminum and steel structures up to 1100°F.


$1M Fine Caps EPA’s 30th Refinery Suit

The federal government has inflicted yet another blow—its 30th, to be exact— in its ongoing effort to clamp down on U.S. refinery air emissions, fining a Kansas operation nearly $1 million a...


Coast Guard Nixes a Bridge Too Low

Longstanding plans for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River are suddenly on hold, as the Coast Guard has ruled that the structure planned is too low—a design issue that could ad...


Bredero Shaw Lands $400+M Coating Job

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating contractor, has signed a contract worth more than $400 million to provide coatings and related products and services for the gas export pipelin...


Protective Coating Advisor Needed

Protective coating specialists experienced in the wind, rail, oil and gas and marine markets are being sought for a position as a coating advisor.


New ISO Group Tackles Tank Coatings

A new international standard is likely for steel tank coatings used in the oil and gas industry, under a new working group at the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).


TX Pipe Maker Ends 2011 with $1M Fine

A Houston-based pipe manufacturer with a history of federal safety violations faces more than $1 million in federal fines in a new case alleging amputation risks and other dangers to employe...


3 Pipe Plant Accidents Spur $468K Fine

Three serious accidents in five months have led to the issuance of 16 federal citations and $468,000 in fines against a pipe manufacturing plant in Texas.


U of Akron Joins Mexico Pipeline Study

A researcher with the University of Akron’s pioneering corrosion engineering program has been awarded more than $1 million to help study and assess Mexico’s pipeline corrosion issues.


ERS Inks Distribution Deal, Expands Team

Engineered Resin Solutions has signed a deal with ErgonArmor to sell ERS NovoCoat throughout the Eastern U.S. and Caribbean, expanding the young company’s presence in refineries and plants t...


Top 100 Infrastructure Plans = $784B

Fueled by pent-up demand and an appetite for mega-projects, the world’s countries will spend nearly $800 billion on their top infrastructure projects in 2012, according to a new analysis.


‘Cold’ Grinder Tools Strip Paint in Explosive Areas

Safety Tools Allmet has rounded out its exclusive line of sparkless grinders and cutting tools with a custom anti-static suitcase—a system designed for “cold” coatings and corrosion removal ...


BP Tab in Refinery Disaster Tops $800M

BP has just added another $50 million to its cost for the 2005 Texas refinery catastrophe that killed 15 workers and injured 180 people.


CSB Assails Tank Safety, Site Security

Lax security and a mishmash of regulations and standards are endangering public safety at oil and gas production facilities nationwide, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board concludes in a new stud...


Hempel Taps Oil & Gas Marketing Chief

The Hempel Group, a global provider of protective coatings, has announced the addition of Kunal Nadkarni as Group Oil and Gas Segment Manager to the company’s marketing team.


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.


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.


ICL Acquires Halox Corrosion Inhibitors

ICL Performance Products, a global specialty phosphate producer, has acquired Halox, a division of Hammond Group Inc., which produces corrosion inhibitor products for the paint and coatings ...


Report Slams BP in 2010 Gulf Blast

Cement failure, insufficient training, plan changes, inappropriate responses, and multiple other problems killed BP’s Deepwater Horizon crew of 11 and caused the spill of 5 million barrels o...


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-...


JPCL to Launch Coating e-Book Series

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings will expand its veteran coatings buying guide this fall into a new series of 10 eBooks featuring selection and specifying advice for uni...


Tank Maintenance Worker Killed in Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract employee who fell 48 feet from the top of a refinery storage tank as he was performing routine maintenance work this week.


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...


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.


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 ...


Workers Missing After Offshore-Unit Explosion, Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard late Wednesday continued the search for 11 missing crew members from the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon off the coast of Louisiana, the site of an explo...


 
 
   

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