Piping

Vopak, Reatile announce terminal expansion in South Africa

Royal Vopak and its partner Reatile announce that the investment decision has been taken to further expand their activities in South Africa. In line with previous expansions this investment aims to enhance Vopak's infrastructure to help meet South Africa's increasing demand for petroleum products.

Judge denies tribes' request to block final link in Dakota pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A US federal judge on Monday denied a request by Native American tribes seeking to halt construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline, the controversial project that has sparked months of protests by activists aimed at stopping the 1,170-mile line.

Tribe files new legal challenge against North Dakota pipeline

(Reuters) -- A Native American tribe filed a last-ditch legal challenge on Thursday to block the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project after the company constructing it won federal permission to tunnel under the Missouri River.

Company says Dakota Access Pipeline to start in Q2

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The chief executive of Phillips 66 said on Friday he expects the Dakota Access Pipeline to start operations in the second quarter, even though the project - which has sparked protests by Native Americans and environmentalists -- is still in the midst of legal battles and a US regulatory review.

Design operations-and-maintenance-friendly skid-mounted units

Murti, D. G., The Augustus Group

Skid-mounted units are omnipresent in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), as facilities are scattered in remote locations, and site construction is time-consuming and expensive. Skid units are equally popular in downstream refineries and the chemical processing industry (CPI).

Performance testing: The key to successful revamps

Lieberman, N., Process Improvement Engineering

Process unit revamps often do not result in a refiner achieving its desired objectives. This is typically not the result of mechanical defects with process equipment.

Nigeria's Trans Forcados pipeline to reopen near end Q2

FLORENCE/LONDON (Reuters) -- Nigeria's Trans Forcados Pipeline which has been shut for most of the last year could reopen "towards the end of the second quarter," Seplat Chief Executive Austin Avuru said.

Magellan pipeline settles alleged Clean Water Act violations

WASHINGTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P., for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel spills in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Neb. and El Dorado, Kan. Magellan has agreed to complete approximately $16 million of injunctive relief across its 11,000-mile pipeline system and pay a $2 million civil penalty.

US Army denies DAPL easement, AFPM responds to decision

HOUSTON (Reuters) -- The US Army's denial of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, after permitting and legal obligations were followed, sets an uncertain precedent for new projects despite President-elect Donald Trump's promise to support energy infrastructure.

Causes and mitigation of thermal bowing in process piping design

Darji, P., Dholakia, M., Chaube, N., L&T-Chiyoda Ltd.

The authors encountered pipe thermal bowing problems in recently executed projects. These practical problems are discussed in three case studies, after a brief description of the thermal bowing concept and common reasons for the occurrence of this phenomenon.