Politics & Regulation

Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 Ministry of Energy Russia)
Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 Ministry of Energy Russia)

Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline

After a decade of protracted negotiations, Russia and Pakistan signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement yesterday on building a 1100-km natural gas pipeline from LNG terminals in southern Pakistan to growing domestic markets in the north. The construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan 2009 (© 2009 European Commission)
Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan 2009 (© 2009 European Commission)

Baltic States and Poland Reach Consensus on New Transnational Gas Pipeline

Leaders of Poland and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met today to sign an agreement on a 562 km, 28 inch gas pipeline connecting Poland to Lithuania. The Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring energy needed for a new economic development.

Crewmembers clean the California coastline to remove oil near Rufugio State Beach, California, Monday, June 1, 2015. © 2015 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson
Crewmembers clean the California coastline to remove oil near Rufugio State Beach, California, Monday, June 1, 2015. © 2015 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson

New California State Requirements Regarding Leak Detection Systems for Intrastate Pipelines

Adding teeth to a number of proposals to better protect California's inland and coastal environment from potential oil and gas pipeline ruptures, Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of bills requiring stricter state inspection of all intrastate pipelines on an annual basis, mandatory leak detection systems for pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas, and the enlistment of fisherman to hel

Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia (© 2015 Balticconnector EIA Report, Gasum)
Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia (© 2015 Balticconnector EIA Report, Gasum)

Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia

Finland and Estonia announced their intention to work together to build a natural gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia, which would connect Estonian and Finnish gas grids. Dubbed the Balticconnector, the pipeline would increase Finnish import capacities by providing access to the Latvia's natural gas storage in Inčukalns.

Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)
Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) Calls for Mandatory Leak Detection Systems in Pipeline Carrying Hazardous Liquids

 Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.
Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.

Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.

Energy Transfer Equity LP took a major step in consolidating its partnership assets with a $38 billion acquisition of Williams Cos., fitting CEO Kelcy Warren’s long-standing formula for building an energy empire: Buy companies that connect the dots in the industry to leapfrog competitors.

Hillary Clinton (© 2009 U.S. Department of State)
Hillary Clinton (© 2009 U.S. Department of State)

Leading Democratic Candidate for US Presidency, Hillary Clinton, Announces her Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Long a bone of contention between political parties in the United States, the $7 billion, 1,179-mile Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Project has now taken center stage in the presidential debates. Predictably the Democratic candidates have come about strongly against its construction; the Republican strongly in favor.

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Map Project Configuration Map (© 2013 National Energy Board)
Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Map Project Configuration Map (© 2013 National Energy Board)

Kinder Morgan's Proposed 980 km Twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline To Undergo Further Review by the National Energy Board

The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it has delayed the release of its recommendation report on Kinder Morgan Inc.’s proposed $5.4 billion, 980 km, 12 pump stations Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by five months to acquire additional information on the project.

New 115 km Oil Pipeline Link Between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (© 2015 National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC))
New 115 km Oil Pipeline Link Between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (© 2015 National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC))

New 115 km Oil Pipeline Link Between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Coinciding with the upgrade of the Bapco refinery in Bahrain, an agreement totaling $300 million on the combined onshore / offshore 115-kilometre oil pipeline, 73 kms of which will run overland and the rest under the Gulf, has been made between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Ontario portion of the Energy East pipeline (© 2015 Ontario Energy Board)
Ontario portion of the Energy East pipeline (© 2015 Ontario Energy Board)

Ontario Energy Board Critical of Proposed $12 billion, 4600 km Energy East Oil Pipeline

The Ontario Energy Board has voiced its opinion on the $12 billion Energy East oil pipeline project, reflecting the concerns of the communities along the route that the environmental risks are greater than the potential benefits.

Location of Lake Albert Basin / Total E&P Activities in Uganda (© 2015 Total)
Location of Lake Albert Basin / Total E&P Activities in Uganda (© 2015 Total)

Uganda and Kenya Agree on Route for Proposed 1500 km Oil Pipeline

After months of deliberation government officials in Uganda and Kenya have agreed on a route for a 1500 km pipeline to transport oil from Uganda's Lake Albert basin to Lamu, Kenya on the Indian Ocean.

API's New Standard on Pipeline Safety Management (© 2015 API)
API's New Standard on Pipeline Safety Management (© 2015 API)

API's New Standard on Pipeline Safety Management

Responding to recent spate of pipeline ruptures and explosions over the past year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) together with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced a new pipeline safety management standard titled Recommended Practice (RP) 1173.

Turkey issues permit on surveys for Turkish Stream (© 2015 Gazprom)
Turkey issues permit on surveys for Turkish Stream (© 2015 Gazprom)

Permits for Preliminary Surveys on Turkish Stream Issued

Turkey announced this week that permits have been issued to Gazprom for the offshore section of Turkish Stream. According to the document surveys will be carried out within the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of Turkey in order to place the first offshore string of the gas pipeline.

Palmetto Project Map(© 2015, Kinder Morgan)
Palmetto Project Map(© 2015, Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan Receives FERC Approval on Commercial Aspects of Palmetto Pipeline

Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, announced last week that it had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the rates, terms and conditions of service for the proposed Palmetto Pipeline on May 1, 2015.