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Diamondoid coatings derived from petroleum

Anti-corrosion coatings from Sub-One Technology are made from nanometer-sized carbon-based materials found in petroleum and developed by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV).

Sub-One’s InnerArmor product line is available with molecular diamondoid coatings. When used to coat internal metal surfaces of pipes and other equipment, In-nerArmor coatings with diamondoids can extend part life by delivering very high hardness, low coefficient of friction and strong protection against corrosion and wear. “Increased equipment durability is important to many industries where parts are continuously exposed to harsh environments,” explained Andrew Tudhope, CEO of Sub-One Technology. “Combining the diamondoids developed by CTV with the durability, rigidity and heat resistance made possible by the InnerArmor deposition process creates protective coatings that can extend part life, improve flow performance and significantly reduce operating costs.”

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New SH-2000 Job-Shop Honing Machine Introduced With PLC/HMI, And Digital Honing Indicator

Sunnen has introduced digital control of spindle speed, power-stroke speed and extra strokes on its new SH-2000 job-shop honing machine, designed as an affordable and flexible tool for bore sizing/finishing on a wide variety of parts. The new Siemens PLC/HMI brings efficiency advantages to a machine platform proven to have wide appeal in operations where parts, material types, and setups must change frequently and efficiently.

The SH-2000 is ideal for medium to high production of parts with bore diameters from 1.5 to 102 mm (0.060" - 4") in power-stroke mode. It is capable of processing an exceptional variety of part sizes, configurations and weights with its standard universal honing fixture or optional application-specific fixtures. The 2.25-kW (3 hp) spindle drive delivers 200 to 3,000 rpm, adjustable in fine increments. The 0.75-kW (1 hp) stroker drive produces stroke rates of 60 to 350 SPM, with stroke lengths of 6.8 to 170 mm (0.236" to 6.7"). Power stroking ensures constant stroke length and stroke rate, and the machine's standard zero-shutoff and optional automatic size control (ASC) allow high production rates with precise control of bore size, finish and geometry.

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Minister Rickford: New Oil Pipeline Projects Mark Significant Milestone in Canada's Contribution to Energy Security

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has delivered remarks during a ceremony in Freeport, Texas, marking the completion of the Seaway and Flanagan South Pipelines. Minister Rickford attended the ceremony with Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta.

Minister Rickford highlighted the importance of working together to enhance North American energy security and its benefits for our respective economies and global competitiveness. These pipelines will have the ability to move approximately 600,000 barrels per day into the Gulf coast, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota and Montana.

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Upgraded High Speed Pipe Purging System

An upgraded Pipe Purging System has been introduced for High Speed Pipe Joint welding, by Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, HFT. Stocks of QuickPurgeIII are available for delivery world wide.

Using Intacal II combined with the integrated PurgeGate device,makes it possible to safely inflate the dams with argon gas, prior to releasing it for purging the space between the dams where the weld joint is located.

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Mcelroy Announces New Hydraulically Adjustable Pipe Stand

McElroy has brought hydraulic capability to its Pipe Stand line for 4” to 20” (200mm-500mm) pipe to help align thermoplastic pipe more efficiently on butt fusion jobsites.

The Hydraulically Adjustable Pipe Stand features hand-pumped hydraulic lifting which gives the operator the ability to adjust the height of the stand while the pipe is still supported on the stand. The hydraulic adjusting feature eliminates the need to remove the pipe from the stand so that the chain and height can be adjusted by hand.

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Pipeline Industry Supports Federal Government Changes to Pipeline Safety Act

CEPA acknowledges the proposed changes to the Pipeline Safety Act has announced  by the Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, the Honourable Greg Rickford. Amendments to the Act to enhance pipeline safety and performance align well with the transmission pipeline industry’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.

“The proposed amendments demonstrate common ground between the federal government and the pipeline industry to our commitment to world class pipeline safety through comprehensive prevention, preparedness and response, and liability measures," says Brenda Kenny, president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

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Video Probe Offers Inspection Benefits

The GE Mentor Visual iQ VideoProbe features 3D Phase Measurement and analysis as well as wi-fi connectivity. The borescope’s superior image quality and faster, more precise detection abilities streamline the inspection process and help to ensure the safety and integrity of assets while reducing downtime.

Inspection technicians in the aerospace, power generation and oil and gas industries depend on precise inspections to keep equipment and facilities functioning under optimal conditions.

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Proper Purge Processes Ensure High Quality Pipeline Joints

Joints of high quality between cylindrical sections such as tubes and pipes can only be made by ensuring that atmospheric gases are eliminated, and positive, smooth weld reinforcement is provided.

The presence of oxygen, and to a lesser extent nitrogen, around the molten weld can lead to wide-ranging defects. Discoloration is unsightly and in some instances might reflect metallurgical imbalance, especially with some stainless steels. Gross oxidation inevitably results in reduction in mechanical properties and can cause catastrophic loss of corrosion resistance. Nitrogen contamination can result in brittleness. Gases in the weld may give rise to cracking during or after cooling.

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Automated Removal of Black Powder Extends Pipeline Life

An example of black powder removed during one week of operation.
An example of black powder removed during one week of operation.

Black Powder (BP) is an abrasive contaminant (iron oxides and sulphides) present in all gas and hydrocarbon fluid transmission lines. BP is primarily the result of moisture which causes bacterial and chemical corrosion of the carbon steel walls within pipelines and containment tanks.

BP acts like sandpaper, wearing the pipe wall. This results in more black powder particles ranging from 100+ microns to sub-micron in size. The majority of BP is under a micron.

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PLM Introduces New Solution to Manage Equipment Assets

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) introduces Cat Equipment Management Solutions (EMSolutions) for the pipeline construction industry. With EMSolutions equipment managers can better monitor, control and manage your equipment while increasing jobsite efficiency.

EMSolutions was developed to give remote access to  equipment data and provide the support to analyze and act on information received. EMSolutions is enabled by Product Link technology that collects data directly from equipment and provides access to valuable information via the VisionLink Web application. This helps equipment managers  make better decisions faster based on equipment location, fuel burn, alerts and more

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Akzonobel’s International Brand Launches Enviroline 2405 Hybrid Epoxy Technology into North America

AkzoNobel’s International protective coatings brand has launched Enviroline 2405, an advanced hybrid epoxy lining system into North America. The high temperature, abrasion resistant coating was specially designed to offer exceptional flexibility, durability and protection in a single coat.

Enviroline 2405 is formulated as an ultra-high solids, low volatile organic compound (VOC) 0.37 lbs/gal (45g/Lt), two component polycyclamine-cured epoxy for a faster and easier installation in a variety of oil and gas, chemical, mining, and water and wastewater environments. Applied at ambient temperature, with either standard airless or plural component spray equipment, Enviroline 2405 provides a rapid hard cure in six hours, with a return to service in about 48 hours. The heavy duty lining system is ideal for use in process vessels and tanks operating at temperatures up to 302°F (150°C), and can resist continuous immersion in a range of chemicals including crude oil up to 176°F (80°C).

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