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Valve misalignments are a real issue in the petrochemical industry where misalignments in tank fields and blending areas can result in financial losses from product quality and environmental safety issues. This article describes an electronic pin board software solution developed by Matrix Technologies, Inc., a certified member of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), to mitigate valve misalignments and improve efficiency in the alignment process. It also details some of the underlying technologies used in the software and the gains that have resulted from its use.

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The EnLink Midstream companies, EnLink Midstream Partners LP and EnLink Midstream LLC, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Coronado Midstream Holdings LLC, which owns natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Permian Basin.

Recently EnLink Midstream invited me out to West Texas to see my first pipeline spread – the Martin County Extension Pipeline. On the way to the line we stopped by the Deadwood gas plant where I met Chris Coleman, EnLink Midstream’s senior landman. He was amiable, genuine and welcoming, even letting me ride shotgun in his work truck, which I had to jump to get into. As we drove across the flat Texas land, kicking up a flurry of red dirt, he began telling me about his job.

People who work in the oil and gas pipeline industry have a convenient new way to locate experts, equipment and software they need for integrating control systems at their facilities. The Industrial Automation Exchange is an online community introduced last year by the only nonprofit, trade association for system integrators, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). The community features profiles of system integrators and industry suppliers as well as a clearinghouse for information about industrial automation.

Perhaps one of the most important safe guards put in place to maintain the long-term integrity of buried pipelines is a cathodic protection system. Cathodic protection (CP) is an anti- corrosion technique used to prevent the corrosion of metals such as steel and iron in electrolytically conducting environments such as seawater and soils containing water.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices have further to drop with few signs of slowing production in the United States, according to a global energy agency.

The International Energy Agency, a watchdog group based in Paris that represents the world's main oil-importing nations, said in its monthly report Friday that the recent stabilization in oil prices is "precarious."

"Behind the facade of stability, the re-balancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course," it said.

That may be playing out right now. Oil prices tumbled 10% this week, including a 5 percent drop Friday.

Global consulting company Wood Mackenzie has drawn on the knowledge and expertise of senior analysts in compiling a new report, Horizons: What To Look For In 2015.

In discussing the report, Paul McConnell, principal analyst for Global Trends at Wood Mackenzie, pointed out that oil market concerns will be inescapable in 2015. “With no sign that OPEC is reconsidering its decision to leave production targets unchanged, the impetus falls on non-OPEC producers to limit supply growth and bring the market back into balance,” he said.

The need for reliable, rapid pipeline inspection systems and services is growing as the pipeline network, both domestic and international, ages and expands. Inspection and defect reporting have become time-sensitive as incident prevention becomes a top priority.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island business group is backing the expansion of a key gas pipeline in New England.

The Rhode Island Business Coalition praised the preliminary approval by federal regulators of the expansion of Spectra Energy's Algonquin pipeline. It said the region needs a plentiful supply of gas to ensure competitiveness.

The pipeline passes through northwest Rhode Island and brings natural gas to New England from shale fields in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

With rising use of natural gas, gas pipelines have become constrained, leading to higher prices.