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Libyan Gas Pipelines Shut Down Again

Libyan Gas Pipelines Shut Down Again

National Oil Company (NOC), the Libyan state oil company, said an unidentified armed group has blocked gas pipelines from the Wafa oil field in Libya to a local power plant and the Mellitah gas export terminal on the coast.

This comes on the heels of the lifting of a force majeure edict imposed by the NOC on Wafa and said that its pipelines were open for operations.

Enbridge Plans Huge Tar Sands Pipeline Project in the United States

Enbridge Plans Huge Tar Sands Pipeline Project in the United States

Enbridge has announced its intention to build a 1660 km, 36 -inch diameter oil pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to the company's terminal in Superior, Minnesota. This will be the largest project in the history of the company and cost an estimated $7.5 billion to complete.

771-km Myanmar-China Crude Oil Pipeline Begins Operations

771-km Myanmar-China Crude Oil Pipeline Begins Operations

Against a background of strained historical relations between China and Myanmar as well as strong environmental opposition, the Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline has finally begun operations.

The $1.5 billion oil pipeline has been sitting empty for two years, but the two sides finally agreed on transport tariffs, allowing the project to proceed, said Myanmar-based government and industry sources.

Inside Job Leads to Millions of Dollars Loss By Tapping Petrobra's Pipelines in Brazil

 Rival gangs earn millions of dollars a year from stealing crude oil, diesel and gasoline and selling it on a thriving black market (Shutterstock / Andrea Belbo)

Police investigating turf battles among Rio di Janiero's gangs uncoved a complex system of underground tubes siphoning off crude oil near the vast Duque de Caxias Petrobras refinery outside of Rio.

Rival gangs earn millions of dollars a year from stealing crude oil, diesel and gasoline and selling it on a thriving black market. With Brazil mired in one of its worst recessions, sourcing crude in this way has become desirable and lucrative.

Enbridge and NDT Global Forge Major Collaboration Initiative

Enbridge and NDT Global Forge Major Collaboration Initiative

Enbridge and NDT Global, two of the pipeline industry's major players, have announced a multi-year collaboration agreement aiming to set a new industry standard for pipeline integrity assessment.

The goal of the joint effort is to develop an inspection tool to better assess pipeline cracks with high resolution ultrasonic equipment. It will ultimately bring further innovation and a new technology capability to the existing integrity management programs.

India Plans Several Cross Border Pipelines as Part of its Hydrocarbon Vision for 2030

India Plans Several Cross Border Pipelines as Part of its Hydrocarbon Vision for 2030 (Rudra Narayan Mitra / Shutterstock)

India has announced that it will build a high speed cross border diesel pipeline from Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur in northern Bangladesh.

The pipeline will run approximately 516 km.

While construction of the pipeline takes place, high speed diesel will be transported from Assam’s Numaligarh Refinery to Bangladesh via rail and one such consignment will be flagged off by the two prime ministers when they meet on 8 April in Dehli.

4800 Gallons of Oil Flows Out of Chevron Pipeline In Northwestern Colorado

4800 Gallons of Oil Flows Out of Chevron Pipeline In Northwestern Colorado (jukurae / Shutterstock)

A six inch diameter oil gathering pipeline operated by Chevron in northwestern Colorado burst early march releasing some 4800 gallons of oil into the arid Colorado environment.

The breach happened on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and was first detected on March 5 by a Chevron consultant. The company shut down the line after discovery of the leak and the oil is now trapped in a berm and siphon dam in a dry ravine, according to the Associated Press.

Venezuela hopes 100 Million Investment Will Boost Sluggish Petroleum Sector

Venezuela hopes 100 Million Investment Will Boost Sluggish Petroleum Sector  (MZinchenko / Shutterstock)

With the Venezuelan oil sector in protracted decline Royal Dutch Shell, in cooperation with the Governments of Venezuela,Trinidad and Tobago, is considering building a 17 km pipeline from Venezuela's Dragon gas field to the Hibiscus platform off the north coast of Trinidad.

Venezuela's State-owned oil and gas company Petroleos de Venezuela (PdV) President Eulogio del Pino said at the press conference: "We've signed an agreement to supply gas to Trinidad through the National Gas Company of T&T (NGC) and Shell, and also to build a gas pipeline between Venezuela and Trinidad."

Kinder Morgan Pushes Forward With Gulf Coast Express Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Pushes Forward With Gulf Coast Express Pipeline

Kinder Morgan's proposed 692-km Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Project will exploit increased Permian gas production to service promising petrochemical markets along the Gulf Coast - and particularly in Mexico.

The pipeline will run from Waha, Texas to Agua Dulce, which is just west of Corpus Christi.

Although everyone in the Permian is drilling for oil, most of the wells drilled also produce associated natural gas liquids. That extra gas is why producers don’t need to drill specifically for gas in West Texas.

Will Oil Flow Through Dakota Access Soon?

Will Oil Flow Through Dakota Access Soon? (Yeexin Richelle / Shutterstock)

Oil is expected to flow through the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe this week and the parties to the conflict are now engaging in a post mortem discussion to improve the outcome of such projects in the future.

The protests focussed national attention to the flaws of the current consultation process — the federal government’s responsibilities to consult with tribes before approving major infrastructure projects that affect tribal lands — may still bear fruit on future disputes.

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Lease on Life

Donald Trump signing orders to green-light the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on 24 January 2017 (@ 2017 Office of the President of the United States)

President Trump announced this past Friday that a construction permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been granted by the State Department.

After 10 years of desultory stop and go, the $8 billion project has taken a big step forward. Keystone would span 1,200 miles, connecting Alberta’s massive tar sands crude with pipelines and refineries on the Texas gulf coast that are particularly well-suited to handling the thick oil.

Nord Stream 2 Takes Another Step Towards Operating Status

Concrete weight coating to add stability of the pipeline on the seabed  (© Nord Stream 2 / Wolfram Scheible)

With the concrete weight coating of pipes to be used in Nord Stream 2 another milestone in the project's development has been reached.

Wasco has been named contractor for the work, all taking place in Kotka, Finland, which is turning out to be a major port for the further development of the project. Almost half of the 200,000 pipes needed for the entire project will be concrete weight coated in Wasco’s plant located at HaminaKotka.

Kuwait and Pakistan strengthen energy cooperation with agreement to build oil pipeline and refinery in Balouchistan

The Balouch Region in Pakistan (Saknarong Tayaset / Shutterstock)

In wake of talks with the Pakistani government Kuwait has agreed to finance an oil refinery as well as a white oil pipeline in the country's Balouch region.

Kuwait has long been a supplier of oil products to Pakistan and presently the Pak-Arab Company Ltd (Papco) operates a while oil pipeline. The pipeline transports diesel to central regions of Pakistan, where over 60 percent of oil is consumed in the country.

TransCanada Seeks To Lower Transport Costs for Mainline Natural Gas Pipeline

TransCanada Seeks To Lower Transport Costs for Mainline Natural Gas Pipeline

TransCanada will seek regulatory approval from the National Energy Board (NEB) for a new tolling system for its under-used Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline with a start up date of 1 November 2017.

To this end TransCanada has been building shipper support at lower toll costs to help fill its mainline from Alberta to a hub in Ontario.

It says shippers have signed 10-year fixed-price agreements at 77 cents per gigajoule to move a total of 1.5 million gigajoules, enough to heat about 16,000 average Canadian households for a year.

Underwater Hilcorp Gas Pipeline in Cook Inlet, Alaska Presumably Leaking Since December, 2016.

Underwater Hilcorp Gas Pipeline in Cook Inlet, Alaska Presumably Leaking Since December, 2016. (Mikhail Melnikov / Shutterstock)

An underwater gas pipeline operated by Hilcorp Alaska LLC in Cook Inlet, Alaska is spewing as much as 310,000 cubic feet of methane into the marine habitat.

The leak is from Hilcorp's 8 inch offshore pipeline from Nikiski and located approximately 80 feet under the water. And it may have been leaking before discovery ever since December.

The pipeline supplies natural gas to four oil platforms in the inlet close to Anchorage.

Eni confident to find more gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean

Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Egypt, Alexandria (Certe / Shutterstock)

After the discovery of a huge natural gas deposit in Egyptian waters hopes were raised to find more such gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.They could help in satisfying Europe's growing hunger for energy, Eni's Chief Exploration Officer Luca Bertelli said. Because of the "milestone" discovery by Eni, other major oil and gas companies are showing renewed interest in the region.

Columbian Rebels Force the Suspension of Oil Deliveries Through the Cano Limon Pipeline

People in Columbia demonstrate against the violence  (Jess Kraft / Shutterstock)

In the wake of a series of attacks on the Cano Limon oil pipeline in Columbia, at 780 km in length the country's second largest, by a relatively small rebel group emulating the tactics of the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), operator Occidental Petroleum Corporation is gradually suspending oil production in the country,

Operators from EGAS, TAQA Arabia, GASCO, CCC etc. shared knowledge during the Seminar: “life-cycle extension of pipelines” in Cairo

Operators from EGAS, TAQA Arabia, GASCO, CCC etc. shared knowledge during the Seminar: “life-cycle extension of pipelines” in Cairo

The successfully held seminar on “Pipeline Life-Cycle Extension Strategies (from a German operator's point of view)” on the 14th of Feb 2017 had an ample amount of participating managers, technical experts and researchers from Germany, Qatar and Egypt. The seminar is a spin-off event of the international conference and exhibition under the title “Pipeline-Pipe-Sewer Technology conference and exhibition, PPST” (17-19 Sep 2017, Cairo). Under the patronage of the Minister of Petroleum and Metallurgy, H.E. Mr. Tarek El-Molla, and the Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Transport, H.E.

Interview: Close Cooperation Between ptc and Construction Companies

Paul Waanders, international sales manager from Maats

The 12th Pipeline Technology Conference (taking place 2-4 May 2017 in Berlin, Germany) will attach great importance to pipeline construction topics and companies. For this reason, the International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association, IPLOCA, will hold its regional meeting for central Europa in conjunction with the ptc. We have asked Paul Waanders, international sales manager Maats Pipeline Equipment about the motivation of being part of this year’s ptc and what pipeline construction companies expect.

Poland and the Ukraine move to block Gazprom's access to OPAL

European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (Peter Fuchs / Shutterstock)

In a bid to counter Gazprom''s access to Germany's Opal gas pipeline, Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz is attempting to join Polish gas supplier PGNiG in a court case challenging the EU decision granting Gazprom greater access to the pipeline,
as ptj reported previously.

Naftogaz said last week it had asked permission from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to intervene in the case initiated by state-controlled PGNiG at the end of last year.

European Union to stop cartel proceedings against Gazprom

European Union to stop cartel proceedings against Gazprom (cbies / Shutterstock)

After two years, a delicate conflict between Russia and the European Union could soon be over. The European Union Commission wants to stop the a antitrust-suit against Gazprom after the Russian state has made concessions. However, before the procedure is actually terminated, interested parties should have the opportunity to comment, said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Keystone Pipeline To Proceed Without American - Made Steel

Keystone Pipeline To Proceed Without American - Made Steel (OPhotographer / Shutterstock)

It appears as though the Keystone XL pipeline will be exempted from the presidential directive that all American pipeline systems be built with American steel.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week that it would be difficult to use only US products as the pipeline is already under construction. “The way that executive order is written, it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired."

Initial Steps Taken on TAPI Pipeline Project

Initial Steps Taken on TAPI Pipeline Project (Skyearth / Shutterstock)

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) have after some 22 years of deliberation begun the process of front-end engineering and design FEED route survey on the so-called peace pipeline that will provide gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. TAPI company Chairman and Economic Advisor to Afghanistan President and ISGA Managing Director Mobin Saulat said that the German consulting firm ILF would conduct the route survey.

Pipeline Technology Conference announces new chairman of the Advisory Committee

Heinz Watzka (© 2015 Frank Nürnberger)

The Pipeline Technology Conference, ptc, has developed into the largest pipeline conference in Europe in 11 years. In 2016, 540 delegates from 52 countries and 62 exhibitors have participated at the 11th ptc.

Oil Militants in the Niger Delta throttle Nigeria's Oil Production

The Niger Delta was heavily polluted due to the exploitation of Nigeria's natural resources (Watch_The_World / Shutterstock)

Nigeria continues to feel the pinch of its main export pipelines being shut down and Royal Dutch Shell apparently considers the risk from further militant attack too great to reopen.

The Trans Forcados Pipeline, the main feed to the 400,000-barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal, has been shut for all but three weeks of the past year, Lagos-based SBM Intelligence said in its weekly risk analysis published Friday.

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