Conventional gas detection isn't enough when it comes to purge testing

Purge testing is crucial when installing or replacing a natural gas pipeline or exposing an area to a new test gas. This clears the affected area of other gases that may mix with the new gas, which can lead to combustion or make the gas mixture more hazardous to employees. Conventional gas detectors not properly fitted for purge testing may encounter shortened sensor life and damage due to excessive exposure. Conventional Gas Detectors utilize an LEL sensor that generally reads from 0-100% LEL (effectively 2.5% Vol). A high pressure gas line may contain up to 100% VOL, which would disable a typical catalytic bead sensor in seconds. If teams do not perform purge testing, their gas detection equipment may get damaged or produce inaccurate readings.

Look For the Solution Inside the Problem

Two prisoners dug a tunnel from their cell 80 feet to escape from prison. Where did they hide the dirt? I heard this story from Roni Horowitz of the consultancy group SIT who uses it to show the advantages of a method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). The answer is...

Syria's challenge to Tony Blinken's conscience

The Nazi massacre at Babyn Yar claimed the lives of 33,771 Ukrainian Jews in September 1941. To mark the 80th anniversary of the massacre, Secretary of State Antony Blinken meditated on the lessons of the past. We must, he said, "recommit ourselves to ensuring that their full history is told, and pledge to act, every day, so that history is not repeated." That notion is unobjectionable, even banal. Nonetheless, it is absent from the Biden administration's policy toward Syria. Unrepentant, Bashar al-Assad continues preside over prisons that churn out emaciated corpses in a manner reminiscent of the Third Reich. Yet according to Blinken, the United States will no longer stand in the way of those who seek Assad's diplomatic rehabilitation.

ROSEN Group Sets the Course for the Future and Opens its First own Hydrogen Test Laboratory

New Test Center Building in Lingen (Ems) The ROSEN Group sets the course for the future and opens its first own hydrogen test laboratory at the Lingen (Ems) site. It is part of the new, approximately 4,000 m² Test Center building on the company’s test site. Now that ROSEN has greatly expanded this area, the framework conditions for about 100 additional jobs have been created at the Lingen (Ems) site.

Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

According to Zacks, “Plains All American Pipelines strong presence in the Permian Basin, cost-saving initiatives and impressive credit profile of customers will support its operations over the long term. The firm’s systematic capital expenditures and focus on expanding existing pipelines in resource-rich regions and developing new pipeline projects is expected to boost operations. The firm continues to expand operation through JVs. Units of the firm have outperformed the industry in the past six months. However, the firm’s pipeline tariff volumes were adversely impacted by extreme weather in Texas during February. The firm's operating expenses can increase to meet stringent regulations and implement safety measures for protecting employees. Excess pipeline capacity in some major production regions might lower the demand for its midstream services.”

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22483.1011 to test the servicing pipeline; ISOs also available

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build 22483.1011 (KB5007484) to the Dev Channel. The new build does not bring anything new to the table as it is a cumulative update with which the company is testing its servicing pipelines as it is often known to do. These updates are necessary in order to make sure that the builds can be served to users without any noteworthy issues or hiccups.

Some Attractive Values to Be Had Among Pipeline Operators

Energy is the best-performing sector in the S&P 500 this year, and that’s a trend permeating an assortment of industries, including the midstream. Just look at the VanEck Vectors Energy Income ETF (EINC), which is higher by more than 43% year-to-date and residing near all-time highs. All that with a dividend yield of 4.41%, which is jaw-dropping in today’s low-yield environment.
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Entrepreneurs launching ‘Taste of Black Spirits’ event

A group of entrepreneurs is launching a Grand Rapids cultural tasting experience designed to raise awareness of African American-owned beer, wine and spirits companies. Jonathan Jelks and Willie “Willie The Kid” Jackson — who co-own the local merchandise and branding firm GR USA, along with Motu Viget Spirits — said Tuesday, Oct. 19, they will host a new event, Taste of Black Spirits: Grand Rapids, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at City Flats Hotel, 83 Monroe Center St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids.

FERC Predicts Boston NatGas Avg $18 This Winter, Foreign LNG Imports

This is an avoidable tragedy and very angering. Once again it looks as though Boston and the New England region will be hit with extremely high natural gas prices and will be forced to import LNG, most likely from Russia, to meet the region’s demand for natural gas. So says the Democrat-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Meanwhile, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania sits a couple of hundred miles away with more than enough gas to meet New England’s natgas demand, but we can’t get the gas there because pipelines have been blocked (by the Democrats who control New York and New England) and because rail shipments of LNG are blocked by executive orders from Joe Biden. We can’t even ship it there via LNG tankers because of the idiotic Jones Act.