Business News

November 2017

Gulf Publishing Company launches LNG intelligence service for energy industry

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading media company and provider of market data for the international energy industry, launches the Energy Web Atlas to provide the downstream energy sector with easy access to information about the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.

A real-time project information platform, the ESRI-based Energy Web Atlas (EWA) is a compilation of geospatial datasets covering the energy industry with maps and data dedicated to the LNG industry. It delivers actionable market intelligence within one easy-to-use, web-based resource.

“Data is always changing and searching for statistics and analysis related to LNG—such as project details and status, shipping routes and vessel data—can be time consuming and cumbersome,” said Scott Allgood, Director of Data for Gulf Publishing Company. “The Energy Web Atlas provides professionals in the industry with a much needed, quick and easy way to access real-time data that is required for daily decision-making.”

Allgood says EWA is a one-stop source for comprehensive industry intelligence. Tracking close to 500 LNG facilities and projects, EWA allows users to interrogate and export real-time project data, including details such as owner/operator, project status, storage and capacity.

The system, which can visualize the datasets against a variety of base maps including satellite imagery, allows users to search by company/project status, access up-to-date project contact details, search global pipeline data, view gas/gas-condensate fields, statistics, LNG shipping routes, and vessel data.

Another benefit to users is the ability to assess projects on a regional or national scale and to zoom in for a more detailed analysis of a particular area. The LNG datasets are updated in real time by a dedicated support team of researchers and cartographers, and subscribers can use the platform to create customized, export-ready production-quality charts, graphs and maps.

In addition, a geospatial map tracking U.S. gas processing plants is also available on the Energy Web Atlas. This platform gives users access to detailed data and direct contacts for more than 500 gas processing plants in the U.S. The dataset also includes information on more than 400 natural gas underground storage locations and 58 natural gas storage hubs.

In addition to the direct contact information, the gas processing geospatial dataset includes plant details (plant type/flow, BTU content, infrastructure), owner/operator information, plant status and more.

In 2018, additional geospatial maps and datasets covering diverse businesses such as renewable energy, downstream construction projects, petrochemicals, and oil and gas pipeline infrastructure will be added to the Energy Web Atlas.

Gulf Publishing Company, Quest Offshore Resources form Gulf Quest LLC

Gulf Publishing Company and Quest Offshore Resources have announced the formation of Gulf Quest LLC for the joint operation of offshore conferences, including the leading global deepwater technology event, Marine Construction Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD).

MCEDD, in its 15th year in 2018, will benefit from the combined resources of Quest Offshore Resources and Gulf Publishing Company’s World Oil, according to Quest’s CEO, John Chadderdon.  “With World Oil and the resources offered by Gulf, MCEDD will grow in the level of importance to the global deepwater industry,” said Chadderdon.  “The challenges facing operators and suppliers alike will be addressed in our 2018 event in Milan, and World Oil will be an excellent addition for developing content and marketing of the event.”

John Royall, President & CEO of Gulf stated, “The global industry needs one place to meet and discuss challenges and solutions for operators in deepwater, especially in the current industry climate.  With its superior technical content and history of support from the major operators, MCEDD offers that meeting place.”

MCEDD is recognized as the leading conference addressing technical issues related to engineering, development, and production of oil and gas in deep and ultra deepwater arenas around the world. The conference has been sponsored in recent years by Shell, Total, Repsol, BP, and other major operators.  Attendance is made up of deepwater operators and suppliers from all over the world.

The mission of MCEDD is to provide a focused event, based in Europe, and completely dedicated to the advancement of global exploration and production. The conference addresses technical issues and challenges confronting today’s industry, while offering networking opportunities unrivaled by any other industry event.

The 2018 event will take place April 9 – 11 in Milan, Italy.  Topics to be covered include Macro Industry Topics & Trends, Subsurface, Well & Drilling Technology and Assets, Subsea Technologies (production, processing, monitoring, umbilicals, power, IMR, etc.), Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers (steel, flexibles, leak detection and prevention, flow assurance, configuration, etc.), Floating Production Systems (novel technologies, case studies, FLNG, mooring solutions, turrets, etc.), and Marine Construction (installation, offshore construction, fleet opportunities/challenges, etc.)

Additional offshore events will be developed by Gulf Quest, according to Royall and Chadderdon, with an eye on deepwater markets that will benefit from information on new technologies and new ways of operating.

The Gulf Quest board includes Chadderdon and Royall, Andy McDowell, Vice President and Publisher of World Oil, Paul Hillegeist, President of Quest Offshore Resources, and Chris Barton,  Sr. Vice President  Offshore for Wood Group.

Trump names Elliot PHMSA administrator

President Donald J. Trump has announced his intent to nominate Howard R. “Skip” Elliott as administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Elliott, who currently serves as group vice president of Public Safety, Health, Environment and Security for CSX Transportation, has decades of expertise in hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, railroad policing, crisis management, environmental compliance and operations, occupational health management and continuity of business operations.

Elliott is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and Indiana University, where he earned with the school’s first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Criminal Justice. He also presently serves on the IU College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Team Rubicon, CASE begin heavy equipment operations for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon began the heavy equipment operations of “Operation Hard Hustle” with equipment and on-site support personnel provided by CASE Construction Equipment. Initial heavy equipment operations included debris removal and home demolition near Rockport and Aransas Pass, TX, where the eye of Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August. Sonsray Machinery Inc. of California also shipped compact track loaders in for the operation, and Michelin North America Inc. donated sets of its Tweel airless radial tires to outfit skid steers working in demolition applications. Nueces Power Equipment of Corpus Christi is providing on-ground equipment support to the operation in Rockport.

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Team Rubicon has deployed 768 volunteers to Texas in support of the ongoing relief efforts with debris removal, damage assessments, muck outs, expedient home repair and chainsaw operations. Strike teams on the ground have conducted over 5,000 damage assessments and serviced 135 homes to date.

The heavy equipment competency within Team Rubicon was created to train volunteers in the safe operation of equipment to support disaster response operations. CASE has provided ongoing equipment and training support since the beginning of the heavy equipment program in November 2015.