Pipeline Business

Fortuna in the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/ Karsten_1)
Fortuna in the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/ Karsten_1)

The Difficult Birth of Russia's Gas Link to Germany, Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2, with but 15-km of undersea pipe laying to go, is back in the news this week with additional U.S. sanctions being imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, ship owner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta, the State Department said in a report to congressional committees. A copy of the report was seen by Reuters.

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Flag of Ukraine (copyright by Shutterstock/E. S. Nugraha)

Ukraine Discussed Guarantees Over Nord Stream 2 with US and Germany

Following the completion of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the energy ministers of Ukraine, the United States, and Germany met on Monday to discuss guarantees for Ukraine's future as a transit country. Ukraine's energy minister said the discussions focused on Ukraine's future.

Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)
Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)

Iran Eyes The Prospect Of Supplying Europe With Gas

Iran has long sought to play a role in Europe's burgeoning natural gas market and various factors, especially geopolitics, have worked against it.  Now, in the wake of a new natural gas discovery in the Iranian section of the Caspian Sea, this could be changing.

ROSEN hydrogen testing facility (copyright by ROSEN Group)
ROSEN hydrogen testing facility (copyright by ROSEN Group)

ROSEN Establishes Its Own Hydrogen Testing Capabilities

The energy industry as a whole has come to realize the potential of hydrogen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. However, this hydrogen economy cannot function without a safe and efficient infrastructure. A large part of hydrogen transportation will take place via existing gas networks and/or newly constructed pipelines dedicated to hydrogen.

Pernis refinery near Rotterdam (copyright by Photogtaphic Services Shell International Limited)
Pernis refinery near Rotterdam (copyright by Photogtaphic Services Shell International Limited)

MSA Safety And Shell Continue Their 30-Year Partnership

MSA Safety announced it has been named a preferred supplier of portable gas detection equipment for Royal Dutch Shell.  This is part of a three-year agreement to supply portable gas detection equipment and other safety technology to Shell’s offshore and onshore facilities and installations worldwide. The agreement continues the 30 years of cooperation between Shell and MSA.

Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)
Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)

Turkey's Largest Gas Discovery To Be Connected Via Pipeline to Main Grid

Turkey has begun work on a 169-km underwater gas pipeline in the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea, which at 540 bcm is the country's biggest discovery to date. The pipeline is scheduled to be constructed in 2022 to connect the wells of Sakarya to Turkey's main grid.

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Flag of Scotland (copyright by Shutterstock/Dmytro Balkhovitin)

SSE Goes Green - SGN Experimenting With Hydrogen

In a complicated transaction with many elements, a vital part of Scotland's infrastructure -- its gas supply pipeline network -- has been wholly bought over by a Canadian consortium. SSE, the energy firm based in Perth, announced it has sold its one-third stake for £1225m, to focus on renewable electricity.

TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)
TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

TC Energy Deliberating Over The Greening Of Its Pipeline Operations

Calgary based TC Energy, one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America with operations in natural gas and oil pipelines as well as power industries, could spend billions of dollars in the near future as it moves away from fossil fuel to run its transboundary network of oil and gas pipelines to renewable green energy.

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Hacker trying to breach a security system (copyright by Shutterstock/Pira25)

The US Reveals Its Pipeline Operators Have Been The Target Of Chinese Cyber Attacks

A recent statement by the White House, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security has revealed that two dozen companies that own and operate oil and gas pipelines in North America have been subjected to cyber-attacks by various Chinese based organisations.

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Flags of Russia & Pakistan (copyright by Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES)

New Pakistan Gas Pipeline Proposed

As part of efforts to tackle Pakistan’s energy shortages. It has been agreed, by both the Pakistan and Russian governments to explore the viability of building a 1,100-km gas pipeline from Port Qasim in Karachi to Lahore at an estimated cost of USD 2.5-3 billion by the end of 2023. The project is called the Pakstream Gas Pipeline Project commonly known as North-South Gas project.

Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

The US To At Last Take A Stand On Cyber Security

It has been announced that the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas, will need to seriously upgrade their cyber security measures.

Bridge with pipelines (copyright by Shutterstock/tcly)
Bridge with pipelines (copyright by Shutterstock/tcly)

Pipelines are the Most Economic Option for Hydrogen Transportation

In Europe for distances of up to around 10,000 km, hydrogen transport in pipelines is the most economical option. The “European Hydrogen Backbone” (EHB) study states specific transportation prices of approx. 0.16 €/kg per 1,000 km, with pipelines almost fully utilised.

The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)
The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)

Environmental Groups in Israel Rise in Opposition to the Eilat - Ashkelon Oil Pipeline

Several 'green' groups in Israel have banded together to oppose further development of the Eilat - Ashkelon pipeline, transporting Gulf oil through Israel on its way to European markets.

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Ships passing through Panama canal (copyright by Shutterstock/Daniel Lange)

Trans-Panama Gateway Pipeline Project Proposed

A study has been announced by the Panamanian government and its partner Energy Transfer to study the prospects of building a liquid petroleum gas pipeline, running beside the existing Panama Canal that links the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.