Since the new year is unfolding this month, we thought it would be a perfect time to check out a few of the more interesting natural gas projections flying around the industry and to share a handful of our own thoughts as we head into 2017. So, here’s a quick rundown of the latest good news (in case you’re looking for a mood boost).
The Lyall Blog
Last month, we held a facility tour as a pre-summit session for the Midwest Energy Association (MEA) Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit. Our attendee evaluations just rolled in, so we thought we’d go through and tease out any info that might be helpful to those planning their own facility tour in the near future. So here’s are our top 5 takeaways:
The Surge let us speak up on the importance of embracing fossil fuels research to support the Clean Power Plan in a recent article
In the article, titled “5 Reasons wishful thinking is clean energy’s greatest enemy,” our very own Marketing Manager Greg Hernandez boldly drops five “realities” that we believe show that our clean-air future’s most formidable foe isn’t Big Oil, but bad thinking. And these realities are…
No aspect of natural gas distribution is more important than safety, and one major component of maintaining safety is knowing the type and location of underground gas piping systems. In late 2009, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) established rules for distribution pipeline systems, which require gas distribution companies to develop written plans that map the location of a company’s underground system as well as detail their risk identification and mitigation strategy.
For companies in the oil and gas industry, pig launchers and receivers have become a very important component to support compliance with the Gas Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) since it went into effect in 2010. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) mandates DIMP to educate buyers on the level of quality and the features they need to look for in pipeline components. Engineers use pipeline inspection gauges, or “pigs,” to perform functions like cleaning and inspecting pipelines and separating different types of fluid within them. As the entry and exit points of the pigs into and out of the pipeline during pigging operations, the launchers and receivers act as safety gates to prevent leaks and explosions.
Understanding the importance of these pipeline components, Lyall’s engineers and technicians fabricate the company’s pig launchers and receivers, which are used primarily for gas gathering, transmission pipelines, and distribution mains, based on extreme quality control guidelines.
Our New Berlin, Wisconsin, facility lucked out! This year’s Midwest Energy Association (MEA) Gas Operations & Technical Leadership Summit just happened to be held in downtown Milwaukee this year, so, earlier this month, our group—Hubbell Gas Connectors & Accessories (HGCA)—was able to hold a tour of the facility as a pre-summit session.