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Saudi Arabia grapples with geopolitical change

The Crown Prince will continue to consolidate his control. But he must contend with unpredictable US foreign policy and shifting political alliances

A Decade into DIMP, Pipe Replacement Still Keeps Workforce Busy

Ten years after it went into effect, the U.S. Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) continued to drive much of the nation's pipeline replacement activity. An estimated 30,000 miles of cast-iron pipe still carries gas in the United States,

Stormwater Drainage for One of the World’s Best Playgrounds

The Gathering Place is a $400 million project that transformed Tulsa’s Arkansas River waterfront into a dynamic, interactive environment. Key to its development was the construction of an underground stormwater system with more than four miles of pipe and 750 domed chambers to manage stormwater flow into the river.

New Diagnostics Technology Assesses Pipeline Pig Runs

By using newer, non-intrusive technology, pipeline operators can survey their assets to gain a clear understanding of the pipeline’s deposit profile in a safe and cost-effective manner without having to stop production or risk inserting tools into the pipeline.

Canopy Pilot-Tubes Provides Unique Project Solution

Installing pipelines or utilities beneath active roadways is always a challenge. Highway departments are concerned that excavations could settle or create sinkholes, and facility owners worry about damage from overhead traffic. LRL found an innovative solution with this Oregon project.

Hydraulic Pigs Clear Quagga Mussels from Lake Ontario Intake Pipelines

Hydraulic pipe pigging was utilized during a recent project in Canada to clean invasive quagga mussels from three large-diameter freshwater intake pipelines. The deep-water intakes, each more than 3 miles long, bring water from Lake Ontario into the Island Water Treatment Plant owned by the city of Toronto.

Northeast Energy Outlook, 2020: It Takes More than Good Vision

Abundant natural gas supplies that have defined the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are the reason some long-time industrial giants such as U.S. Steel are ready to re-invest billions of dollars in the Northeast.

Asian megacities face renewables reality

Population density and grid constraints could limit renewables’ capacity to power Asia-Pacific's rapidly expanding urban metropolises

New Diagnostics Technology Assesses Pipeline Pig Runs

By using newer, non-intrusive technology, pipeline operators can survey their assets to gain a clear understanding of the pipeline’s deposit profile in a safe and cost-effective manner without having to stop production or risk inserting tools into the pipeline.

Utility & Communications Construction Update

The summer construction season of 2019 saw further decline for the Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCCI) companies relative to the S&P 500. From June through September, the S&P 500 is up over 3 percent, while the UCCI had declines of approximately 1.4 percent.

Driving the viability of micro-LNG projects

In recent years, as the world has increasingly shifted away from heavier distillates in favor of cleaner-burning fuel sources, the role of natural gas in the global energy landscape has expanded dramatically

Advanced modeling for monitoring centrifugal compressor operation

Ensuring safe and optimal operative conditions for compressors is a primary goal for process plants.

Business Trends: One downstream—Strategic imperatives for the evolving refining and chemical sectors

Downstream executives will remember the present decade as a golden age for the industry, driven by low feedstock prices and healthy end-use demand.

Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later

October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.

Are there ghosts in your maintenance backlog?

The heart and soul of a maintenance organization is often found in the backlog of identified work. However, this work is not only the ready work.

Asia: China eyes significant growth in petrochemicals

China aims to grow its domestic petrochemical production during the next 5 yr–7 yr, driven by the ongoing modernization of major production facilities and an increase in foreign investments.