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

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.

Still not all parties to the multibillion dollar, 1200km subsea pipeline project are satisfied. Germany, for one, has made the operation of Nordstream 2 conditional on Russia's Gazprom agreeing to the continued transfer of Russian gas through the Ukraine. Given the strained relationship between Russia and the Ukraine one wonders how much more time will pass before this last potential glitch is ironed out.

And, of course, the Ukraine is using all of its limited diplomatic and political leverage to persuade its European allies to prevent Nordstream 2 from, well, coming on stream. The Ukrainians believe that once gas begins to flow on Nordstream Russia will no longer be interested in shipping its gas through the existing Bratsva transboundary pipeline, despite assurances from Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister: "I underline this particularly, we don't reject transit through existing pipelines ... we are ready to maintain gas transit through Ukrainian pipelines after 2019."

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