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.
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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.
We’ve been doing business in the natural gas industry for more than 40 years, which means we’ve had a lot of time to figure out the inner workings of the often-elusive world of supply chain partnerships. Many of the companies we work with today—our contractors and those we supply—have been with us for the duration, so we like to think we have a thing or two to share with businesses out there who want to set themselves up in the kinds of partnerships that will go the distance. That’s why we put together this infographic, a simple 4-step research process to help you choose wisely before you sign on the dotted line.
Top energy publication, PennEnergy, lets us throw in our two cents on natural gas and our clean energy future
Late last month, PennEnergy published our thoughts on the Clean Power Plan and natural gas. In the article, titled “Clean Power Plan should give more than a nod to natural gas R&D,” our Marketing Manager Greg Hernandez presents a pretty convincing argument for renewing our focus on natural gas in the fight against climate change.
Back in 1973, the Oakland A’s won the World Series, the Dolphins won Super Bowl VII and Jim Croce’s song “Time In A Bottle” hit number one on the Billboard Charts. That same year, Don Hill kicked off the spirit of innovation that has characterized R.W. Lyall for the past 40 years with the invention of the pipe-cutting contraption that would mark the beginning of our long history of lean, mean custom machines. And when we say “lean,” we’re speaking literally. The lean principle of Right Sized Equipment is the inspiration behind our innovations, because right sized machines have smaller footprints, which allow them to better integrate into the production flow within a cell, and generally perform one task, eliminating wasted processes.