From the deserts of West Texas to the frigid deep sea, pipelines are the oil and gas industry's circulatory system, moving production from wellhead to market. Keeping the world's pipelines up and running safely involves expert engineering and a host of technologies, old and new. In this month's Spotlight on Pipelines, Upstream Technology examines how the oil business keeps things flowing smoothly.

Laying down a track record

Saipem’s flagship pipelay vessel sailed out of the shipyard five years ago with a docket of high-profile jobs in its sights. Upstream Technology takes stock of the Castorone’s work to date, the lessons learned, and the mighty vessel’s next challenges.

Out of the loop

The race is on for technologies that help operators cut development spending or operating expenses. Engineers working on an automated subsea pig launching system say the equipment can do both.

Increased capacity in the Permian pipeline

Using drilling and completion techniques honed over the past decade, operators are significantly increasing oil and gas production in the Permian basin. The increased volumes are challenging the area’s carrying capacity and spurring a minor infrastructure building boom.


A fitting debut

The first contract to call for Allseas’ mighty new vessel to work in pipelaying mode is now into its fourth month. Upstream Technology checks out how the ship has been shaping up in the ultra-deep waters of the Black Sea.

Picking up after the storm path

Hurricane Harvey caused tremendous damage to the energy capital of Houston in late August and swept through a zone in the Gulf of Mexico that is home to several active offshore pipelines. The BSEE’s deputy regional director talks about ensuring pipeline safety before, during and after a major storm.