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Pipeline near Pump Station 3 (Copyright by Alyeska Pipeline)
Pipeline near Pump Station 3 (Copyright by Alyeska Pipeline)

Brigham McCown Named New President Of Alyeska Pipeline

Brigham A. McCown has become the next president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company this month. The selection was announced by the TAPS Owners Committee.

McCown is the second company president hired as an Alyeska employee following Vice Admiral Thomas Barrett, USCG (Ret.), who was brought on in January 2011 and is retiring.

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

Comment: Nord Stream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald

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.

IDA Call for Papers
IDA Call for Papers

European/African International Transfer Centre for Infrastructure Development in Africa (ITIDA) founded

The center aims to transfer technology and know-how from European institutions to Africa.

The European governments are currently pushing its companies and institutions to increase their involvement in Africa. From the Governments point of view, Africa offers many business opportunities.

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

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

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.  

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

Nordstream 2 Nearing Completion

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.

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

Last Keystone XL Oil Spill The Last Straw?

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.

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

Denmark Under Pressure to Acquiesce to Nordstream 2

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.

Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)
Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

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

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.

STATS Group signing MoU (copyright by STATS Group)
STATS Group signing MoU (copyright by STATS Group)

STATS Group Signs MoU To Provide Technology On Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project

Pipeline technology specialist, STATS Group, (STATS) has signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will significantly increase their presence on Sakhalin-2, Russia’s first offshore gas project.

Trans Mountain pipeline project: Protest (copyright by Shutterstock/Yeexin Richelle)
Trans Mountain pipeline project: Protest (copyright by Shutterstock/Yeexin Richelle)

50,000 + Canadians Attempting to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline Before Operation

In an effort to induce the Zurich Insurance Group, Trans Mountain Pipeline's insurer, to accelerate its decision to pull out of projects in Canada's oil sands sector, more than 50,000 people have signed a petition asking the company to drop its coverage of the pipeline.

Midia Gas Development (copyright by Black Sea Oil & Gas)
Midia Gas Development (copyright by Black Sea Oil & Gas)

Transgaz to Begin First Offshore Gas Development Project in the Romanian Black Sea Since the Fall of Communism in 1989

Transgaz, the Romanian gas transmission company and Black Sea Oil & Gas, together with its co-venture partners Petro Ventures Resources and Gas Plus International, have signed an agreement to build a 24.37 km pipeline that will feed gas from Black Sea wells into the national gas infrastructure system, the economy ministry said on Friday.  

Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)
Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)

Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline recieves another penalty

Sunoco Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has been fined $319,000 for violating environmental regulations pertaining to its Mariner East pipeline system, which is the latest among $13.5 million in penalties assessed on the controversial project in numerous counties of Pennsylvania since 2017.