New ptj Issue 3-2019
Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Operations & Integrity Management and Compliance in an age of IIOT
Steve Hill >>> Honeywell Process Automation Solutions
New Technologies Drive Operational Performance by Connecting Smart Stations to Distribution Networks
Rossella Mimmi >>> Emerson Automation Solutions
Intelligent Predictive Maintenance in the context of Maintenance 4.0 for Oil & Gas Industry
Dr. Rama Srinivasan Velmurugan >>> GAIL (India)
Digital disruption will occur in Midstream as it is underway in other asset intensive industries
Sam Hemeda >>> Arundo Analytics
The Big Data Revolution: Detecting Pipeline Leaks, Encroachments and more Using Satellites
John Zhou & Caroline Beck >>> Satelytics
Best Practices for Cybersecurity Diagnosis in Industrial Environments
Ernesto Landa >>> Compania Operadora de Gas del Amazonas

Latest News

Comment: Nord Stream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald

Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

The United States government has long maintained that the development of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline would render Europe too dependent on gas from Russia, making the continent vulnerable to political manipulation. This past July the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill to slap sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building Nord Stream 2. This complements a companion bill passed a month earlier by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The rationale for the sanctions (beyond U.S. retribution for Russian meddling in the U.S.

Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives

Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

The USA has once again imposed sanctions in the dispute over the Nord Stream pipeline project. This time it hit the laying ships.

EU parliamentarians in dispute over Energy Commissioner's speech

Plenary hall of European parliament in Strasbourg (copyright by Shutterstock / Ikars)

A dispute has arisen between the EU Commission and Parliament over the promotion of energy infrastructure projects.

The new Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson called on MEPs to approve a list of projects. For Greens and Social Democrats, however, there are too many pipeline projects on the list. "If you don't adopt the list, the old one will remain in force," Simson threatened in the EU Parliament's Energy Committee. These are projects of special common interest (PCI). These include gas and electricity lines (energate reported).

TurkStream to provide Serbia with Russian gas

TurkStream pipeline (copyright by TurkStream)

Work on expanding the Turkish Stream pipeline to Serbia should be completed in the coming weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin explained this at a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić.

Putin said: "Serbia has been connected to the gas pipeline network, which is an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline".

Putin also recalled that an agreement had been reached between Moscow and Belgrade to increase Serbian gas storage capacity at Serbian facilities from 750 million cubic meters to two billion cubic meters.

Russia wants to stick to gas transit through Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine gas pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock/AlexLMX)

Even after the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea has gone into operation, Russia intends to continue transporting natural gas through Ukraine. The pipeline should be completed by the end of the year.

"This does not mean at all that Russia wants to stop the transit through Ukraine," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a conversation with German top managers on Friday in Sochi on the Black Sea. The German economy is also pressing for Kiev not to be cut off from Russian gas.

The Founding of the German / Tunisian International Transfer Centre for Infrastructure Development in Africa (ITIDA)

IDA Call for Papers

The center aims to transfer technology and know-how from German / European institutions to Africa. The German government is currently pushing its companies and institutions to increase their involvement in Africa. From the Federal Governments point of view, Africa offers a wide range of business opportunities.

Seven Leading Players in Belgium Sign Cooperation Agreement for the Transport of Hydrogen Using Pipelines

Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)

The climate target to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels is a major challenge. Hydrogen has an important role to play in the mix of solutions to achieve results. That is why Deme, Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet are joining forces. A joint study serves as a basis to coordinate delivery of concrete projects that shape the production, transport and storage of hydrogen.

Energy Transfer Seeks To Double $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline Capacity

Energy Transfer Seeks To Double $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline Capacity (NittyG / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Energy Transfer is ready to significantly increase the capacity of the Dakota Access oil pipeline by 500,000 barrels per day. And so on 13 November North Dakota's all republican regulatory body, otherwise known as the Public Service Commission (PSC), held a hearing before the pipeline's advocates and detractors and locals' opinions were split right down the middle.

Nordstream 2 Nearing Completion

The Pioneering Spirit in swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2/Axel Schmidt)

Nordstream 2 appears to have overcome all obstacles to completion now that Denmark, the last European holdout, has agreed to cooperate. The Danish Energy Agency issued a permit for the construction of the portion of Nord Stream 2 that passes through the Danish exclusive economic zone and work is expected to be completed during 2020.

NDT Global expands integrity services solutions creating new value for customers

NDT Global integrity brochure (copyright by NDT Global)

NDT Global, a supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and integrity services, announced the expansion of its integrity services offering.

As the inspection industry’s toolbox grows in capability, pipeline operators are embracing a proactive and comprehensive approach to pipeline integrity management.
To meet this demand, NDT Global is transforming from an inline inspection business to a holistic integrity management solution provider.

An FBI Corruption Investigation Ensnares Energy Transfer in Pennsylvania

FBI agent wearing FBI uniform (copyright by Shutterstock / Dzelat)

Doubts surrounding the awarding of the multibillion dollar Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline system in Pennsylvania have given rise to an FBI corruption investigation into Dallas-based Energy Transfer. The focus of the agents’ questions involves the permitting of the pipeline, whether Governor Thomas Wolf's administration forced the environmental protection staff to approve construction permits and whether Wolf or his administration received anything in return, according to the Associated Press.

Last Keystone XL Oil Spill The Last Straw?

Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)

Despite spilling more than 383,000 gallons of tar sands oil last month in North Dakota, TC Energy, the pipeline contractor behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline, is determined to resume operations. Its decision has alarmed local Indian residents, who say the spill affected a nearby wetland while possibly reaching any groundwater below.

Saipem Secures $100 million Contract To Build Subsea Pipeline in Equatorial Guinea

Saipem Logo

The small west African country of Equatorial Guinea, boasting the continent's best infrastructure (all attributable to its relatively vast hydrocarbon wealth - proven natural gas reserves estimated of 4.5 trillion cubic feet), has awarded Italy's Saipem a contract worth $90 - $100 million to build a 70km subsea pipeline connecting the Alen Platform with the Punta Europa petrochemical hub.

The Year Ends With a Flurry of Pipeline Construction in the US

The Year Ends With a Flurry of Pipeline Construction in the US (Copyright by Reinhard Tiburzy / Shutterstock)

Pipeline contractors can look back on year 2019 as a banner year. Of the 134 active gas pipeline construction projects 46 will be completed by year's end and natural gas pipeline capacity is expected to increase between 16 and 17 billion cubic feet per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA).

Illegal Pipeline Tapping: 6 killed, 16 injured in Northern Egypt

Illegal Pipeline Tapping: 6 killed, 16 injured in Northern Egypt (aapsky / Shutterstock)

An oil pipeline has exploded Wednesday in Egypt, killing and injuring multiple people. According to the authorities, at least six people were killed and 16 others injured. The victims are said to be oil thieves.

The accident occurred in the northern province of al-Buhaira, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Health. The cause was an attempted oil theft. A fire broke out, causing a detonation.

STATS Group Partner With Saudi Arabia’s Safari Oil & Gas

STATS Group Safari -1 left to right: Safari Oil and Gas CEO Mohammed Al-Ghosain , STATS Group CEO Leigh Howarth, Ali Al-Azman, Safari Oil and Gas Vice President - Operations and Business Development, and Mark Gault, STATS Group General Manager for Middle East.

STATS Group has signed an exclusive partnership with Safari Oil & Gas (SOG) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Safari Oil & Gas has strong links to the Kingdom’s main hydrocarbon producers and the partnership will promote STATS’ patented range of pipeline isolation and intervention technologies.

The agreement follows on from a successful isolation workscope conducted on behalf of Saudi Aramco and which utilised STATS’ hot tap installed double block and bleed BISEP tools.

Editors Note: John Tiratsoo, has passed away.

John Tiratsoo and Klaus Ritter during ptc 2013 in Berlin, Germany

The passing of John Tiratsoo fills me with sadness as I have come to know John as a visionary and motivated person in the international pipeline family who has pushed his work forward with dedication and endurance.

He sometimes made his way to Berlin and Hannover, where we had great times together in Germany’s finest beer gardens. I enjoyed his company as much as I admired his ideas in regards of the pipeline sector. Our industry has truly lost one of its best-known and much appreciated individuals.

Keystone XL Pipeline Spills Hundreds of Thousands of Gallons of Tar Sands Oil in North Dakota

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Another Snag (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

The subterranean Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline has burst again spilling more than 400 000 gallons of heavy crude oil near the tiny community of Edinburg northwest of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The spill has impacted a wetland area, according to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality.

State Environmental Quality Chief Dave Glatt told The Associated Press that regulators were notified late Tuesday night of the leak. Glatt said pipeline owner TC Energy shut down the pipeline after the leak was detected. The cause of the spill is under investigation.

First oil from Johan Sverdrup to Mongstad

First oil from Johan Sverdrup to Mongstad (Copyright: Jannike Steindal Nordanger)

Oil from the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea has arrived at the Mongstad plant north of Bergen.

“This is a great day for Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership, consisting of Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total. First oil to Mongstad only a few days after production start confirms that the field is producing well," says Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for Marketing, Midstream & Processing (MMP) in Equinor.

ptc Exhibition now recognized by AUMA

Thanks to its steady growth and ever-increasing reach, the ptc Exhibition is now listed in the catalogue of AUMA, the Association of the German Fair Trade Industry.

Denmark Under Pressure to Acquiesce to Nordstream 2

 Installation of Nordstream 2 gas pipes (Copyright by Shutterstock/Stefan Dinse)

With over 2000 km of subsea pipeline laid for Nordstream 2 Gazprom and its European partners are ratcheting up the pressure on Denmark to grant access for the pipeline through its exclusive economic zone. This route would save the project significant time and money. Still it is by no means certain the Danes will go along.

"If they don't approve it... we will go around Denmark's economic zone," Gazprom chairman Viktor Zubkov said at a Moscow energy forum, quoted by TASS news agency.

Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visits Herrenknecht in Schwanau

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a short chat with apprentices of Herrenknecht (Copyright by Herrenknecht)

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel reiterated this during her visit to Herrenknecht AG on October 7, 2019. On a tour of the plant premises, company founder and Chairman of the Board of Management Dr.- Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht showed the Chancellor the tunnelling technology developed and manufactured by Herrenknecht to enable challenging projects.

Enbridge Energy's Aging Line 3 To Be Examined by Minnesota Regulators

Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

Minnesota regulators at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will take up the approval process for Enbridge Energy's controversial plan to replace its decrepit Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

The process had been stalled until legal challenges by environmental and tribal groups could be heard. These groups contend that any upgrade to the pipeline would aggravate climate change and pose an unacceptable risk of spills into sensitive lakes, streams and wetlands.

Creaform Expands European Coverage of its CUBE-R, the new generation of 3D scanning CMM

Creaform Logo (Copyright by Creaform)

Creaform, a internationally known company in portable and automated 3D measurement solutions, today announced that two European distributors, EMS in Belgium, and Measurement Solutions LDT in the UK, will be demonstrating and selling CUBE-R™.

New PHMSA Rules to Enhance Pipeline Safety in the United States

PHMSA Logo (copyright by PHMSA)

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), otherwise known as America's pipeline regulator, has been deliberating for years on ways to strengthen its regulatory framework and at long last issued three new pipeline safety rules that will materially affect the way the over 804,672 km of pipelines are operated in the United States.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao personally weighed in saying, “These are significant revisions to federal pipeline safety laws and will improve the safety of our nation’s energy infrastructure.”

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