You may have noticed a slight change to the title of this magazine. As of this issue, we are now North American Energy Pipelines. As the energy industry is evolving to meet demand, while also striving to lower greenhouse gas emissions, so too are we evolving to broaden our coverage of the market.
As the Energy Transition has led to innovations in low-carbon fuel sources, such as hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG), North American Energy Pipelines will continue to be your source for in-depth news and insightful feature stories on the people and companies that are shaping the pipeline industry of the future.
While the name has changed to encompass all forms of energy, our mission remains on “The Business of Energy Transportation.” We are here to tell the pipeline industry’s stories and highlight innovations and best practices in building and maintaining the most robust energy infrastructure system in the world.
Pipelines are the safest method of transporting liquids and gas. However, as NDT Global product manager Ryan Sikes told me for this issue’s cover story, the introduction of new energy sources will require the pipeline industry to develop new technology to ensure integrity management systems remain viable.
“Hydrogen is probably one of the hottest topics in the pipeline industry,” Sikes said. “Our existing technology is not designed for hydrogen, so we have to develop new technology for assessing hydrogen pipelines. We also have to understand the impacts of hydrogen on existing infrastructure. One thing we do understand is that introducing high levels of hydrogen can cause a number of issues, such as embrittlement and cracking. We have a lot of work to do in understanding those challenges.”
As the pipeline industry navigates the changing landscape, North American Energy Pipelines continues our mission to serve readers through our print and digital publications, our robust website and weekly e-newsletter, as well as our broad social media channels. We also continue to host the annual Pipeline Leadership Conference.
While the last two years have been a challenging time in the pipeline industry, I look forward to 2022 with optimism and excitement for the innovations to come.
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