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Tackling Specialty, Pipeline Coatings

Fire protection, pipeline integrity and other critical structural issues depend on choosing the right protective coating system—decisions informed by new, free technical resources from JP...


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).


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.


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


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.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


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.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


Flexible Topcoat Enhances Resistance

A new abrasion-resistant overcoating from 3M boasts improved flexibility and is designed to protect the primary corrosion coating on pipelines.


Industrial Cleaner Boasts Bio-Safety

Cortec Corp. has introduced a heavy-duty, bio-based cleaner and degreaser for a variety of industrial and commercial jobs.


New Web Tool Manages Pipeline Data

GE and Accenture have teamed up on a new "Industrial Internet solution for pipeline management" to give pipeline customers faster access to data.


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...


Sherwin-Williams Launches Pipe Line

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings has announced a new series of fast-drying, high-build, solvent-free polyurethanes for the water pipe market.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


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.


Creaform Upgrades 3D Pipeline Software

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


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


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.


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.


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Corrosion, Alarm Issues Cited in Blast

Deteriorated coatings, ineffective cathodic protection, and a 24-year gap in inspections led to the rupture of a severely corroded pipeline and subsequent massive fire in West Virginia, fede...


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.


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...


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

A Louisiana chemical plant is challenging fines issued in an explosion that killed two workers and injured 80 last summer, authorities said.


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

Work at an Indiana pipeline construction site has been halted over the discovery of a human skull this week.


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


Pipeline Crew Unearths Dinosaur Fossil

A construction worker clearing the way for a Canadian pipeline made a rare discovery—a massive dinosaur fossil—when he accidentally cut into it with a backhoe.


Lightning Eyed in Pipeline Failure

Lightning may be to blame for a pipeline hole that leaked 20,000 barrels of crude oil in North Dakota, new reports say.


Canusa Slapped in Coating Patent Case

Stopaq's Wrappingband has bested Canusa's Wrapid Bond in the German Court of Appeals, which has deemed the latter a copycat product that violates Stopaq's patent.


Pipeline Errors Could Cost PG&E $6.75M

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing a proposed $6.75 million fine after a California judge ruled that the embattled utility delayed and attempted to mislead regulators when it revealed reco...


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.


$800K Awarded for Pipeline Research

New materials and technologies for reducing corrosion and improving monitoring of pipelines will get a boost from $800,000 in grants just announced by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materia...


Creaform Upgrades Pipeline Software

Creaform has released an updated version of its software platform for pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage assessment, developed for pipeline operators and NDT service companies.


Technology Detects Gas Leaks on a Roll

New car-mounted technology is offering one of the nation's largest utilities a fast, ultra-sensitive method of detecting gas leaks.


Exova Develops Custom Cracking Test

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


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


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.


At 102, Pipe Awarded for Longevity

Not many underground water pipes get a birthday present, but not many turn 100 years old unscathed.


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...


EPA: Water Infrastructure Needs $384B

Drinking water infrastructure across the country is rapidly approaching the end of its lifespan and will need over $384 billion in improvements over the next two decades, a newly released su...


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

The California utility responsible for a fatal pipeline explosion is likely in for an "astronomical" fine after investigators turned up dozens of preventable problems dating back decades.


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


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...


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

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


Pipeline Agenda Includes Coating Plans

New pipeline coatings for integrity and corrosion prevention are a key part of the industry's $10.3 million research focus for 2013.


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

A contractor's drilling error is suspected in a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire that demolished a popular Kansas City, MO, restaurant this week, killing one person and injuring at le...


BP Confirms 4 Deaths in Terror Attack

BP has confirmed the deaths of four employees in the recent terrorist attack on one of its desert gas facilities in Algeria.


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...


Record Year for Pipeline Fines

Rounding out a year of record enforcement actions against the pipeline industry for coatings, corrosion and other violations, U.S. regulators have levied nearly $200,000 in fines against Col...


$500K Fine Set in Deadly PA Blast

Pennsylvania state regulators have hiked their fine to the maximum of $500,000 against a utility company whose aging pipeline caused a fatal explosion in Allentown, PA.


PG&E Trying 3D Laser for Pipe Safety

A high-tech laser scanner was recently implemented to enhance gas pipeline safety and detect corrosion at Pacific Gas & Electric.


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.


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...


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...


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...


'Human Error' Blamed in Club Explosion

A natural-gas explosion that leveled a Massachusetts strip club, damaged 42 buildings, and injured 21 people has been blamed on the apparent mismarking of a gas line.


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...


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 ...


Water Utility Cited in Worker’s Death

Missouri’s largest water utility is facing two severe federal safety violations and a $140,000 fine in the death of a pipe cutter who was killed while working to rebuild tornado-ravaged Jopl...


Robots Take on GRP Pipe Inspection

New robotic imaging is tackling inspection of underground pipes in the European Union, with the launch of a system six years in development.


CA Tightens Pipeline Safety Laws

One year plus two pipeline explosions equals three new California laws aimed at ramping up natural-gas pipeline safety.


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:...


Obama, Romney Map Infrastructure Views

With early voting set to start Tuesday (Oct. 2) to choose the next U.S. Infrastructure Steward-in-Chief, both President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have taken their creds and their plans to t...


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...


NRC Bans Testing Officer for Misconduct

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has suspended a veteran radiographer for a Texas testing company from work on any NRC facilities in the wake of misconduct on a job at a facility in Wyoming...


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...


Navy Takes 3rd Strike on Storage Tanks

For the third time this year, the U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a fine to settle federal allegations of management lapses regarding underground storage tanks at one of its facilities.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


Helping Surfaces Repel ‘the Drop on Top’

Imagine a bridge or pipeline where every drop of water simply fell off—never puddling, even in the smallest nooks and crannies.


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.


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.


New Midway Mission: Get the Lead Out

Completing a historic transition “from bullets to birds,” the U.S. has agreed to clean up lead-based paint, asbestos and other waste that is killing thousands of endangered seafowl each year...


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,...


‘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.


PG&E Reveals More Pipeline Corrosion

Embattled Pacific Gas & Electric has notified California state regulators of 180 corrosion areas along its pipeline network that violate the utility’s own standards.


DOT Releases Pipeline Emergency Guide

Federal pipeline and hazmat regulators have released the 2012 version of their Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), providing first responders with a newly revised go-to manual to help addres...


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.


BASF Pipe Coating Taps Water Industry

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


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.”


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.


Insulating Coatings Feature Aerogel

Tnemec Co. has introduced the first thermal insulating coatings featuring Enova aerogel by Cabot Corp.


Steel Water Pipes on Borrowed Time?

Corrosion is eating into the underground piping of three in four North American water utilities, and thousands of miles of aging steel and iron pipes are exacerbating the problem, according ...


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...


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...


Stopaq Wins Pipe Coating Patent Suit

A Dutch innovator has won a major patent victory against pipeline coating multinational Canusa-CPS in what the winner is calling a “real David and Goliath story.”


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.


New 100% Solids Epoxy Protects Pipeline

Carboline Co. has introduced Polyclad 975, an advanced, 100% solids epoxy coating designed for corrosion protection of buried steel and ductile iron pipeline exteriors, girth welds or tie-in...


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.


Dismissal, Plea in DuPont Secrets Cases

DuPont Chemical Co. has dropped a civil lawsuit against one former employee accused of sharing trade secrets, while another ex-employee has pleaded guilty in a similar criminal case.


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.


Pipeline Blast Tied to Coating Failure

Coating failure is being blamed in part for pipeline corrosion that led to a massive natural-gas explosion in Alabama in December.


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...


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.


Consultant Seeks Coatings Inspectors

T.C. Inspection Inc. has several openings for NACE Level I and II coating inspectors for refinery, water and pipeline projects in Northern California.


CA Issues Confined Space Alert

Reeling from seven confined-space deaths in one year, California has issued an alert and launched a special employer initiative to stem that toll.


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.


Free JPCL eBooks Focus On Protective Coatings

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has launched a new series of free eBooks with eight titles on bridge coating systems, coatings for petrochem plants, and other industry-specifi...


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.


Pipe System Made for Subsea Insulation

Global pipe coating supplier Bredero Shaw has introduced a subsea insulation system designed for unlimited water depth capability.


Pipeline Bill Flowing through Congress

After several idle months, stronger federal pipeline safety rules are zipping through Congress, with the House passing a measure on Monday and Senate acceptance expected soon.


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...


AK Pipeline Operator to Pay $600K+ in Corrosion Case

Alyeska Pipeline Service Inc. will pay a $600,000 federal fine—far less than originally proposed—to settle several regulatory enforcement cases relating to failures, corrosion inspection iss...


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...


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 ...


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.


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...


JPCL Issues 2011 Coatings Buying Guide

JPCL has just published its 24th annual Coatings Systems Buying Guide, featuring more than 5,200 recommendations for protective and marine coating and lining systems provided by more ...


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.


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.


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...


Firms Admit Corrosion Monitoring Scam

Two UK companies have reached an out-of-court settlement with California’s Rohrback Cosasco Systems, admitting that they misrepresented equipment supplied to oil and gas customers as having ...


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.


Pipe Joint Coating Speeds Application

3M’s newest protective coatings technology is Scotchkote PNC 1011, a one-part, heat-curable, thermosetting hybrid coating designed to protect pipeline field joints from corrosion.


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 ...


Legislators, EPA Slam XL Pipeline Plan

TransCanada Corp. has taken another one-two punch from Uncle Sam on its controversial plan to extend the Keystone pipeline system from Canada to Texas.


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 ...


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 ...


MesoCoat Building Nanotech Pipe Plant

Coating and cladding technology developer MesoCoat Inc. is taking a major production leap forward with a new facility for corrosion and wear-resistant clad tubes, pipes and plates.


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.


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...


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.


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...


Stopaq Wins Round 1 of Coating Suit

Is Wrapid Bond a rip-off of Wrappingband? Dutch protective coatings maker Stopaq BV says yes, and it has won the first round of its court battle to prove so.


Mitsui Promotes Adhesive Resin for Pipe Coating

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


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....


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.


Pipe Company Faces 25 OSHA Citations, $88K Fine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 25 citations and proposed $88,000 in fines against Welspun Tubular LLC for alleged violations at its pipe manufacturing and coati...


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.


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...


Worker Killed, 2 Injured in Manhole Accident

Authorities are investigating the death of one worker and injury of two others who were apparently overcome by fumes while repairing a pipeline to a water treatment plant in Winston-Salem, N...


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.


Tank, Pipe Coating Made for High Temperature

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has introduced Cor-Cote HT FF for high-temperature immersion and atmospheric applications.


Boom Seen for Pipeline Coatings, Technologies

Demand for protective pipeline coatings, anti-corrosion composites and technologies, and other specialty components will ignite annual increases of 30% or more in the global specialty pipeli...


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 ...


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...


Pipeline Coating Withstands 1000°F, Company Says

Industrial Nanotech Inc. says it has developed a nanotechnology-based thermal insulation coating capable of being applied to surfaces of at least 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.


Denso Introduces New Pipeline Coating

Denso North America (Houston, TX) has introduced its newest pipeline coating product, Protal ARO (Abrasion Resistant Outercoating).


 
 
   

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