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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 Simon oil pipeline 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.

North-South Gas Pipeline in Pakistan Advances

North-South Gas Pipeline in Pakistan Advances (Homo Cosmicos / Shutterstock)

The North-South gas pipeline, 1122-km in length with a 42-inch diameter, and which would annually transport around 12.4 billion cubic meters (bcm) of LNG from Karachi to Punjab in Pakistan, is expected to break ground in 2019 and be completed in 2020.

All of the technical aspects of the BOOT project have been finalized and now the matter will be vetted by the respective legal teams in the two principal countries, Russia and Pakistan.

California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline

 California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline (Tongra239 / Shutterstock)

Still haunted by a natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, south of San Francisco, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in 2010, California state officials and private individuals wasted no time in reacting to a grass fire burning close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline near the Contra Costa county city of Bay Point, ordering some 4000 residents to evacuate their homes.

Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria

Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria (Shutterstock / aapsky)

An oil pipeline exploded in a residential area in Nigeria last Saturday. The operating company NNPC speaks of several deaths. The exact number of victims is still uncertain but local media reports indicate a much higher casualty rate than previously reported.

TransCanada to Construct Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)

TransCanada has announced that it will proceed with construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project after a decision to sanction the LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction facility in Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.) was announced earlier by the joint venture participants of LNG Canada, a consortium comprised of Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS (the LNG Canada Participants).

“Audacia” Begins Pipelay Works for Nord Stream 2

“Audacia” Begins Pipelay Works for Nord Stream 2 (Copyright by Allseas)

The offshore pipelay vessel "Audacia" has begun its work on the Nord Stream 2 project. "Audacia", operated by Allseas, is the second vessel together with the "Castoro Dieci" (C10) to lay the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the German route section.

Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

The EITEP Institute has been organizing the international Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) for 13 years. The ptc has become Europe's largest trade fair and conference on pipeline topics: More than 650 participants from 54 countries and 73 exhibitors came to Berlin for the ptc in March 2018 to inform themselves about current developments in the field over three days. More than 70 operating companies from all over the world sent delegations to the event.

India and Nepal Begin Building A Series Of Pipelines Between The Two Countries

India and Nepal Begin Building A Series Of Pipelines Between The Two Countries (Greg Willis, Wikipedia Creative Common)

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) have held a comprehensive review of their bilateral relations and have agreed to develop a number of pipelines between the two countries to supply landlocked Nepal with oil, natural gas and LPG.

The oil pipeline, a 69-km connection between Motihari, India and Amlekhgunj, Nepal, will provide an alternative to trucks for the supply of petroleum products. Construction has already begun on the Nepal side and the pipeline will be completed in its entirety by 2019.

DENSO awarded largest field-joint coating contract for EUGAL pipeline

DENSO awarded largest field-joint coating contract for EUGAL pipeline (Copyright: DENSO)

DENSO Group Germany, manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems for field-joint coatings, pipe rehabilitation and coatings, has been awarded the largest field-joint protection contract for the EUGAL pipeline in Germany. Three quarters of the 48,000 joints along the EUGAL natural gas pipeline – the most important ongoing new construction project in Central Europe – will be protected by the DENSOLEN®-N60/-S20 tape system, which will be applied using DENSOMAT® wrapping machines.

ExxonMobil and Plains All American Envision Major New Multibillion Dollar Pipeline System in the Permian Basin

ExxonMobil and Plains All American Envision Major New Multibillion Dollar Pipeline System in the Permian Basin (G B Hart / Shutterstock)

It appears ExxonMobil will lead the development of yet another pipeline system coming from the prolific Permian Basin, where the company expects a fivefold increase in output to as much as 800,000 BOE/D.

New Emerson Corrosion Monitoring Solution Enhances Integrity Management For Remote Pipelines

New Emerson Corrosion Monitoring Solution Enhances Integrity Management For Remote Pipelines (Copyright: Emerson)

Emerson is introducing the Roxar FSM Log 48 Area Corrosion Monitor, a new pipeline integrity management system that provides remote, continuous online corrosion and erosion monitoring, enabling operators to track localized corrosion and ensure pipeline health even in challenging environments.

Longest Gas Pipeline in Nigeria Gets the Green Light for Construction

Longest Gas Pipeline in Nigeria Gets the Green Light for Construction (Michael Wick / Shutterstock)

The 614-km, 40 inch Ajaokuta - Kano Gas Pipeline (AKK), the single biggest gas pipeline in the history of oil and gas operations in Nigeria, will now go forward with $ 2.38 bn financing secured by the China National Petroleum Corporation.

Groundbreaking is supposed to occur in October: “We want to maximize the construction work before the end of the year. We are hoping for the quick resolution of the financing agreements so that we will kick-start the project in October when the dry season begins.”

TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant

TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant (Copyright: TAL)

Crude oil flow becomes electricity - at least in the Austrian Alps. The TAL - Transalpine Oil Pipeline - which delivers crude oil from Trieste, Italy, via the Alps to Germany and Austria, put the first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant worldwide in operation on the 21st of September 2018.

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