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Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division

Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialists, has announced changes to its board to enable it to capitalise on the increasing level of opportunities within the sector.
The move follows the creation last year of two distinct service offerings: consulting, provided by Crondall Energy Consultants and its affiliate Crondall Energy Subsea, and its technology arm Buoyant Production Technologies Ltd. which is focused on projects including work on unmanned production facilities and new FPSO designs. The two offerings are part of the Crondall Energy Group.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan have signed contracts for diagnostics (inspection) with Sonatrach, an Algerian state oil and gas company. In December, the documents were signed in the city of Algiers within the framework of the development of the provisions of the memorandum of Cooperation signed between Transneft and Sonatrach. The Memorandum was signed in October 2017 during the meeting of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Algeria Ahmed Ouyahia.

Asian and Eastern European Pipeline Operators are pushing their way into North America and Western Europe

Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)

Large Transport System Operator with their technology subsidiaries from Asia and Eastern Europe (e.g. Transneft, Sinopec and others) are pushing their way into the markets in North America and Western Europe, says Dr. Klaus Ritter in his Editorial for Pipeline Technology Journal.

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties (Copyright: PTI)

The Science and Technical Centre of the Pipeline Transport Institute in Ufa has commissioned a thermohydraulic test bench for studying heavy and bituminous oils.

The test bench’s principle of operation is based on recording oil parameters (pressure, flow and temperature) and their changes in the measuring line. The measured data is used to assess changes in rheological parameters of oil at different temperatures.

Fuel Crisis Hits Mexico After Key Fuel Pipelines Are Closed By The Government

Many gas stations in Mexico are currently closed due to fuel shortage (photopixel / Shutterstock)

Mexico is currently facing a mounting crisis due to gasoline shortage. The shortage is a direct result of the government shutting down several key fuel pipelines. The shutdown was decided by the Mexican president Andres Manuel López Obrador to prevent further fuel theft by organized crime groups.

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, could introduce a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction this past July stalled the sale.

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)

Shell has made its Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the construction of a 37-km underwater gas pipeline from the Fulmar Gas Line to Shearwater which will be jointly constructed with Exxon Mobil and BP. The construction will include a modification of the Shearwater platform to allow production and processing of wet gas. The hub is expected to produce as much as 400 million cu ft. per day.

A Potential $14 billion Investment in Canadian Gas Infrastructure

A Potential $14 billion Investment in Canadian Gas Infrastructure (Mickpl12 / Shutterstock)

Énergie Saguenay, a Quebec-based company, has announced plans to construct an underground natural gas pipeline that will run 750-km from northeastern Ontario to Saguenay.

Though the pipeline, coupled with a liquidification gas plant, would carry an impressive $14 billion price tag and provide the region with a needed economic boost, it has been derided by local newspapers and environmental groups who say "they have seen this movie before."

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline (Sergey_R)

The consortium of companies seeking to build a 120-mile-long natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has won a federal court case over its right to eminent domain.

The ruling allowing the company to build is welcome news for the pipeline industry, which has been dealt a series of setbacks pertaining to other pipelines in the country.

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Dominion Energy has put a halt to construction of the 965-km multibillion dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline, after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that more study is needed to properly evaluate the environmental impact of pipeline construction on four endangered species across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Environmental groups claim the rusty patch bumble bee, the Indiana bat, the Madison cave isopod (a type of crustacean) and the clubshell mussel would all be adversely affected by the Atlantic pipeline, even threatening their very existence.

Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series

Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series

Exact Tools based in Finland has launched their latest portable Pipe Cutting innovations with their Pro Series 360 model. The 280 and 450 models will follow shortly.

Standard features include a powerful 2500w 230v motor being able to cut pipe wall thicknesses of 20mm in steel and up to 50mm in plastic. 110-120v versions are also available with a 2200w motor fitted as standard.

A laser indicator light for precision cutting, new improved adjustment mechanism for straight cutting and an overload protection ‘traffic light’ system are all part of these unique new products.

ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed

ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed

ILF Consulting Engineering GmbH Germany has a new Management: With immediate effect, Tobias Walk (47) and Fred Wendt (48) have taken over as the global engineering firm’s Managing Directors from Dr.-Ing. Stefan Bürkle and Stefan Beck. Their appointment is ILF’s commitment to continuity, as both new Managing Directors have been serving ILF in various positions for many years – Walk for 21 years and Wendt for 16 years.

Gas grid conversion to hydrogen to decarbonise homes in northern England by 2034?

Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)

A recently published report indicates that approx. 3.7 million homes and 40,000 business in the north of England could be converted to hydrogen and made emission-free by 2034. Currently, these homes and businesses are heated by natural gas.

Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure

Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

Columbia's 780 - km Cano Limon – Covenas has been attacked yet again for the 78th time this year. And while it had been out of service to better repair the pipeline after a similar attack just a few months ago, there was still considerable damage to the environment.

Columbia has struggled for years to combat perceived National Liberation Army (ELN) attacks on its hydrocarbon infrastructure. The rebel group contends that the country is selling out its national resources to multinational companies and demands a re-think.

Israel plans gas pipeline to Europe - UAE to invest

Israel plans gas pipeline to Europe - UAE to invest (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

Israel intends to supply natural gas to Europe through a pipeline by 2025. It is planned to sign a corresponding agreement with Greece, Cyprus and Italy by the beginning of February, said the country's energy minister Steinitz.

New Studies on Proposed Malta-Sicily Gas Pipeline Will Lead To Eventual Construction

The new gas pipeline shall replace tankers like this one, currently is use between Malta and Italy (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)

Three new gas pipeline studies which the EU hopes will be a prelude to eventual construction are expected to start soon. The 160-km gas pipeline would be built between Malta and Gela in Sicily, cost around €350 million with a projected completion by 2024. The studies being undertaken are looking into the route, the seabed, the effects on the environment as well as the design of the infrastructure needed for the project. The studies are expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 summer.

TAPI Pipeline Sees Light At The End of the Tunnel

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

After decades of delays the projected $7 billion Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline will likely make its final investment decision (FID) in the first half of 2019.

The TAPI pipeline will help energy-rich Turkmenistan diversity its gas exports and supply the booming energy markets of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Keystone in No Man's Land

Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

In what has been described as "the worst time" for Canada's oil industry, a United States District Judge, Brian Morris, ruled last week that more time was needed to study the potential environmental impact of the 1905-km, $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.

In his decision, Morris said the analysis didn’t fully cover the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline’s viability or include updated modelling of potential oil spills.

ILF works on one of the world’s largest water transmission system

 ILF works on one of the world’s largest water transmission system (Copyright: ILF)

ILF Consulting Engineers was awarded the contract for the detailed design services for the Jubail-Riyadh Water Transmission System.

The 412 km long twin pipeline, with two 88” pipes, will be one of the largest water transmission systems worldwide, and will transport 1.2 million m³ of potable water per day. The project includes one pumping station in Jubail, two intermediate pumping stations along the route, and two tank farms each with a storage capacity of 1.2 million m³.

Nimble US Pipeline Giant Kinder Morgan To Focus on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Nimble US Pipeline Giant Kinder Morgan To Focus on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline

For the second time this year Kinder Morgen has decided to abandon a major pipeline project.

The first, the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Expansion project, that would have brought tar sands heavy crude from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, was sold to the Canadian federal government when environmental opposition was deemed too strong to overcome. Kinder Morgan said it expected cash proceeds from the Trans Mountain sale would total US$900 million.

Pipeline meets Python Rosen Group Links Up With The Software Community

Pipeline meets Python Rosen Group Links Up With The Software Community

Experts from the national and international programming scene took it in turns to take to the mic over five days at the PyCon.DE conference in Karlsruhe. In attendance were the data scientists from the ROSEN Group. As an information service provider with a branch in Stutensee, the company is constantly seeking additional forms of analysis which can be applied in new industries.

Russian Version of ptj Presented in Berlin

Russian Version of ptj Presented in Berlin

Recently, the Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj) launched a Russian version of the international ptj e-journal. The new version is created together with the Moscow-based RADIOFRONT publishing house. The Russian version of ptj deals with Russian and European cutting-edge technologies of pipeline monitoring and maintenance and is distributed to leading pipeline operators in Eurasia.

ptc Advisory Committee meets in Munich

ptc Advisory Committee meets in Munich

Dennis Fandrich, Director Conferences, EITEP Institute, presented the extended concept of the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) at the meeting. The non-technical topics "Public Perception" and "Qualification & Recruitment", which have been built up over the past years, will for the first time be the subject of separate side conferences at ptc 2019 with the aim of an international exchange of experience.

Saudi Aramco, BAPCO meet Bahrain’s growing energy demand

Saudi Aramco, BAPCO meet Bahrain’s growing energy demand (Copyright: Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) today announced the successful commissioning of AB-4 pipeline, a new phase of the strategic Saudi Aramco-Bahrain crude oil pipeline to meet the Kingdom of Bahrain’s growing energy demand.

Vandals Strike Oil Pipeline in Nigeria Causing Many Deaths and Further Harm To the Environment

Vandals Strike Oil Pipeline in Nigeria Causing Many Deaths and Further Harm To the Environment (aapsky / Shutterstock)

As reported previously in the Pipeline Technology Journal, at least 150 people were killed and many more maimed in the wake of two pipeline explosions occurring in the Osisioma Local Government Area in Abia State in southeastern Nigeria. The ruptures have been attributed to vandals who have repeatedly attempted to breach the oil pipelines and scoop up the product.

This particular pipeline in the Osisioma area was violated 684 times in the last six months alone.

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