Natural Gas Transmission

2016 Operations Conference Track Agenda

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Wednesday, March 30th

10:00 AM
Inline Inspection Technologies for Unique Applications
Speakers: Jeff Janvier, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Greyson Brenk, Questar Gas
Tod Barker, T.D. Williamson, Inc.
Paul Laursen, Pipetel Technologies Inc.
Stefan Vages, ROSEN
How do you in-line inspect a difficult to pig pipeline? A panel of Operators and ILI vendors come together for a roundtable discussion of case studies and tool technology to address assessment of low-flow and low pressure lines, pipelines in casing, long seam defects and dual diameter pipelines. A joint session for the Natural Gas Transmission and the Pipeline Safety and Integrity Management tracks will encourage discussion of solutions to ILI assessment challenges.  

3:30 PM
Ultrasonic Metering Technologies
Speakers: John Lau, ENSTAR Natural Gas
Jim Micklos, Elster Instromet
Joel Clancy, CEESI
With expanding technology, ultrasonic metering technology advancements continue to lead to more applications and uses. A three speaker panel will lead an interactive session on the working technology behind large volume ultrasonic metering, strap-on portable metering field applications and calibration of mounted and portable metering devices.

Thursday, March 31st

10:00 AM
Mainline Valve Automation
Speakers: Mark Munt, Williams Companies
Mike Bermel, Southern California Gas Company
Mainline Valve Automation has been a hot industry topic as operators are assessing their system(s) to determine the appropriate implementation for lowering emergency response times. A speaker from Williams Northwest Pipeline will discuss this transmission pipeline company’s uses of RAV’s and RCV’s and explain what rules and regulations are driving their use. This session will also cover cost/ program timelines, design parameters and operations/ maintenance. A speaker from Southern California Gas will discuss their company’s use of RAV’s and RCV’s on Class B distribution and high pressure mains in the high population, urban areas of southern California. Discussion will include reasons for using RAV’s and RCV’s, challenges and maintenance.

1:00 PM
Plymouth LNG Incident Case Study
Speakers: Von Studer, Williams Companies
Eric Hixson, Williams Companies
Tom Clouse, Williams Companies
On March 31, 2014, an explosion at Plymouth Liquefied Natural Gas Plant (LNG) in Plymouth, WA injured five employees. The facility serves as a Peak Shaving facility on Williams Northwest Pipeline’s system serving the Pacific Northwest. This case study will discuss the incident, follow up/ ongoing investigation and lessons learned/ industry impact. Also, included will be the Emergency Response and Public Outreach Efforts that took place as a result of the incident.