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September 30, 2014

Coming Soon to Hawaii: Natural Gas

Hawaii could soon be abandoning petroleum and switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG). Hawaii officials have been searching for a way to reduce electricity costs, improve grid resiliency, and provide a low-cost alternative fuel for ground fleet and marine transportation. Imported petroleum currently supplies 90% of HawaiiΓÇÖs energy, but high oil prices are causing large electricity costs. A Hawaii residentΓÇÖs electric bills cost anywhere from 3 to 5 times higher (more than 30 cents per kilowatt-hour) than the average of mainland residents. The recent advances in LNG transportation could help provide quick relief for residents. Now that natural gas is being liquefied for transportation (LNG carrier), it can be transported great distances with reduced risk, which will allow non-gas producing areas such as Hawaii to take advantage of the benefits associated with natural gas such as reduced costs for home heating, cooling, or cooking, reduced fuel costs for transportation, steam heat production, electrical generation and manufacturing and industrial uses. This spring, Hawaii began importing limited quantities of LNG to be used as a backup fuel for its synthetic natural gas operations to increase the reliability of the gas supply to current utility customers. The goals for natural gas use in […]
September 30, 2014

EWN Celebrates 20 Years!

It is with great pleasure that we at ENERGY worldnet, Inc. announce our 20th anniversary! In 1994, we were a Southern Union Gas entity known as ENERGY WorX providing operational and safety training to Southern Union employees and the industry. In 1999, we became an independent company known as ENERGY worldnet, Inc. with a core focus on Operator Qualifications as required under the OQ Rule, Drug and Alcohol supervisor training and OSHA safety awareness requirements was born. In 2014, EWN continues to partner with our clients; sharing knowledge and experience to prepare efficient and cost effective training, testing and record keeping solutions along with new features designed to make things more streamlined, efficient and manageable. Two decades of established partnerships, strong client relationships, and dedicated employees have enabled EWN to attain not only steady growth but also solid recognition in the energy industry. EWN celebrates its powerful two-decade legacy while looking forward with a strategic vision and enduring commitment to client success.
September 30, 2014

What is PHMSA Form 14?

PHMSA’s 9 OQ Inspection Protocols As we mentioned in our last article, PHMSA’s 9 Inspection Protocols historically were listed 1-9 with each having several sub-parts. In August of 2013, PHMSA split the nine protocols into individual sub-elements. These are now listed numerically on PHMSA’s Form 14. The purpose of Form 14 is to ensure that operators can demonstrate that their OQ programs address each protocol and describe how their program would be effective in their absence. In addition, all workers’ training and requalification progress and documentation will need to be maintained via a secure records management system. This week we will be discussing two of the elements that focus on how to handle contractor, sub-contractor and even mutual aid qualifications PHMSA Form 14 #’s 3 and 4. PHMSA defines a covered task as an activity, identified by the operator, that: (1) is performed on a pipeline facility; (2) is an operations or maintenance task; (3) is performed as a requirement of this part, and (4) affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline. #3. Contractors Adhering to OQ Plan Does the process require the OQ plan to be communicated to contractors and ensure that contractors are following the plan? 192.805(b); […]
September 30, 2014

PHMSA OQ Inspection Protocols: Element 1

How Familiar Are You with PHMSAΓÇÖs OQ Inspection Protocols?: Element #1 In the last edition of The Report, we started our series on the PHMSAΓÇÖs 9 OQ Inspection Protocols. If you missed it, you can catch up here.┬á As we mentioned, PHMSAΓÇÖs 9 Inspection Protocols historically were listed 1-9 with each having several sub-parts. In August of 2013, PHMSA split the nine protocols into individual sub-elements. These are now listed numerically on PHMSAΓÇÖs Form 14. The purpose of Form 14 is to ensure that operators can demonstrate that their OQ programs address each protocol and describe how their program would be effective in their absence. In addition, all workersΓÇÖ training and requalification progress and documentation will need to be maintained via a secure records management system. This week we will be discussing two of the elements that focus on covered tasks. PHMSA defines a covered task as an activity, identified by the operator, that: (1) is performed on a pipeline facility; (2) is an operations or maintenance task; (3) is performed as a requirement of this part, and (4) affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline. 1. Operator Qualification Plan and Covered Tasks Is there an OQ plan that […]
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