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USA: TDW Plans to Open Global Pipeline Integrity Center

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T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW), a leading provider of pipeline equipment and services, has announced plans for the creation of a Global Pipeline Integrity Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Once complete, this world-class showcase facility will combine the TDW inline inspection engineering, manufacturing, operations, service center, and data analysis functions in one location. Situated close to the airport in the Salt Lake International Center, this new site will double the current TDW footprint in Salt Lake City and is indicative of the ongoing TDW investment in inline inspection.

Our goal is to create a Global Pipeline Integrity Center that not only houses our inline inspection capabilities but that also leverages the total breadth of TDW technologies,” says Eric Rogers, Director of Pipeline Integrity Solutions for TDW.

In addition to serving as a global hub for inline inspection, the center will showcase TDW pigging products, including launchers and receivers, and pipeline services, such as cleaning and non-destructive testing.

“This new facility will also enable future growth, including the addition of a data center, customer and employee training facility, and pipeline test equipment for inline inspection tools,” Rogers adds.

TDW offers a wide range of inline inspection technologies. Advanced KALIPER® 360 technology is specifically engineered for use in newly constructed pipelines to provide geometry baseline information. TDW also offers high resolution deformation (DEF) tools for locating, sizing and determining orientation of diameter reductions or expansions. Magnetic flux leakage (MFL) tools provide detection and sizing of internal and external metal loss in liquid lines, and GMFL tools do the same for gas pipeline environments. SpirALL™ MFL (SMFL) technology is designed to detect longitudinal defects in a pipe body or longitudinal weld seam in conjunction with additional technologies available on TDW multiple dataset platforms. XYZ Mapping service provides the precise centerline profile of a pipeline in latitude, longitude and elevation. TDW is also conducting extensive research into Residual Field and Low Field Magnetism technologies for mechanical pipeline damage prioritization.

“Our technologies are constantly evolving and expanding,” says Rogers. “Our ability to combine technologies and generate multiple data sets in a single inspection makes defect discrimination more accurate and efficient than ever before. Our new facility will enable us to continue the proud tradition of TDW innovation.”

Plans call for the new TDW Global Pipeline Integrity Center to open its doors during the first half of 2012.

About T.D. Williamson, Inc.

A world leader in pipeline equipment and services, TDW delivers a comprehensive portfolio of safe integrity pipeline system solutions for onshore and offshore applications, including hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, integrity inspection, pigging and non-tethered plugging pig technology for any pressurized piping system, anywhere in the world.

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Vitter questions Ex-Im Bank loans to Petrobras, Ecopetrol

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OGJ Washington Pulse Blog 
by Nick Snow

NICK SNOW has covered oil and gas in Washington for more than 30 years. He worked in several capacities for The Oil Daily and was founding editor of Petroleum Finance Week before joining OGJ as its Washington correspondent in September 2005 and becoming its full-time Washington editor in October 2007. He began writing about energy in 1975 at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, where he worked for seven years. He was a Professional Journalism Fellow specializing in energy at Stanford University in 1977, and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah in 1971.

Posted on 4/29/2011

US Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has raised questions about the Export-Import Bank of the United States making loans totaling billions of dollars to Brazil and Colombia’s national oil companies while the Obama administration seemingly discourages access to and development of domestic resources.

Domestic energy policy cannot be based on crippling access, stifling permitting, and increasing taxes on production – as [US President Barack] Obama has recently proposed – while at the same time loaning billions to foreign government-owned entities to produce abroad,” Vitter said on Apr. 30. “These loans may well create numerous jobs domestically for US businesses to sell product overseas. However, there is no doubt that domestic production creates domestic jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.”

Vitter first mentioned this to Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg in a Mar. 17 letter when he referred to an August 2009 letter he wrote Obama about a $2 billion loan to Petrobras which produced a response from the Ex-Im Bank suggesting there would be a significant return on the investment from interest on the loan as well as an increase in the growth of US manufactured products used by Brazil’s offshore industry.

Noting in his Apr. 29 letter to Hochberg that the bank subsequently approved a $1 billion loan to Ecopetrol, Colombia’s national oil company, Vitter said: “I was very specific about the information I requested from Ex-Im more than a month ago. I requested the particulars of the return on investment the American taxpayer can expect from these loans as well as the US businesses intended to benefit from the financing arrangements. Is it safe to assume that Ex-Im does preliminary analysis before issuing loans that evaluates the return on these loans to the US government and US businesses? Is it also safe to assume that Ex-Im should readily be able to provide that information to Congress upon request?”

The senator noted that while the Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency, it also is congressionally authorized and responsible to the US taxpayer. “I would appreciate a full accounting of the return on these ‘investments’ Ex-Im has been making as we develop domestic energy policy in a period when [gasoline] prices are above $4/gal and American families and businesses suffer,” he said. “These loans may well create numerous jobs domestically for US businesses to sell product overseas. However, there is no doubt that domestic production creates domestic jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.”

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