North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

OCT 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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10 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | OCTOBER 2 018 Be sure to stay on top of the latest news in the pipeline industry. The North American Oil & Gas Pipelines website is updated daily with news from around the industry. Some of those stories don't make it into the monthly print edition, so you might be missing out on some interesting stories online. Here are the top trending posts from from the last month. PG&E Announces Interim Organization Structure While Conducting COO Search Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. recently announced its interim organization structure as it conducts a national search and review of internal candidates to succeed the president and chief operating officer of its utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. structure-while-conducting-coo-search/ SoCalGas Begins $41 Million Natural Gas Pipeline Improvement Project SoCalGas began its $41.2 million modernization project to enhance the reliability of SoCalGas' natural gas pipeline system that serves 13,000 homes, 750 businesses and eight critical facilities in the City of Ventura. The project is expected to be completed in early 2019. project-ventura/ Amanda McMillian Named EVP, General Counsel at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The Anadarko Petroleum Corp. board of directors has named Amanda M. McMillian executive vice president and general counsel. Robert K. Reeves, the company's executive vice president, law and chief administrative officer, will remain executive vice president and chief administrative officer until his retirement at the end of 2018. anadarko-petroleum-corp/ NEB Publishes White Paper on Quality Assurance of Pipeline Fittings The NEB has published its Recommendations to Improve Quality Assurance of Quenched and Tempered Fittings white paper. The report provides recommendations for enhanced quality assurance of integral components of Canada's transmission pipeline systems – quenched and tempered fittings. pipeline-fittings/by-tornado/ Don't miss the latest news in the industry. Visit for more stories and while you're there, sign up for our free weekly e-mail newsletter. The investigation is ongoing and could take up to 24 months to determine why a section of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts' pipeline in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover exploded on Sept. 13. The explo- sion, and resulting fires, killed one man, in- jured dozens and displaced thousand of resi- dents in the Merrimack Valley communities in the Northeast section of the state. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is handling the federal investi- gation into the explosion. In a Sept. 15 press briefing, NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said that the investigation could take 12-24 months to complete. He also confirmed that the NTSB is investigating an over-pressuriza- tion of the line, which occurred at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 13. "We believe that the gas did indeed flow into homes at significantly greater flow rates and pressures," Sumwalt said. "The real question for this investigation is to answer why this occurred." On Sept. 16, Columbia Gas and its par- ent company NiSource Inc. announced that it was committed to completely replacing the entire 48-mile cast iron and bare steel pipeline system in the towns of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover with state-of- the-art plastic distribution mains and ser- vice lines, and modern safety features such as pressure regulation and excess flow valves at each premise. "This unprecedented event requires unprecedented action," said NiSource presi- dent and CEO Joe Hamrock. "With this inci- dent, a life was tragically lost and thousands of other lives were directly affected. We lost the trust of this community and are 100 percent committed to restoring safety, con- fidence and peace of mind for everyone in this community. Over time, we hope to earn back the trust we lost during this incident." Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is in the midst of a multiyear program to modernize its gas distribution system and replace cast iron and bare steel pipeline systems across the state. The company has since announced the next phase of recovery and replacement activities for the Greater Lawrence Area fol- lowing the Sept. 13 explosion. "Many people are still hurting in the wake of last week's disaster," Hamrock said. "We owe it to this community to fully ad- dress the community's needs and rebuild your trust in us." Hamrock said Columbia Gas' recovery and replacement plan will: • Aim to have service restored to all homes and workplaces by Nov. 19; • Bring immediate help to people who need it most; • Replace and upgrade appliances and other natural gas equipment damaged in cus- tomers' homes and businesses; and • Provide the assurance of a safe and modern energy system, installed with the highest levels of scrutiny and account- ability. To assist with the next steps in the recov- ery effort, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has activated the National Guard to support delivery of hot plates and provide resources for the assessment team. "We will return natural gas services as quickly as possible — but our core commit- ment to safety will underpin these efforts," Hamrock added. "Services will be restored only after new facilities have been fully in- spected, tested and proven safe." Investigation of Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Could Last 2 Years

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