Projects

Merkel and Putin meet to talk about Baltic Sea Gas Pipeilne (photocosmos1 / Shutterstock).
Merkel and Putin meet to talk about Baltic Sea Gas Pipeilne (photocosmos1 / Shutterstock).

Merkel and Putin to meet for talks about Nord Stream 2

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin are set to meet each other in Berlin this Saturday for talks about the controversial Baltic Sea Gas Pipeline, Nord Stream 2, which has been the target of raging criticism by US president Donald Trump and his administration.

NGPL Right-of-Way in Illinois (Copyright: Kinder Morgan)
NGPL Right-of-Way in Illinois (Copyright: Kinder Morgan)

US tariffs hike expected to hit Kinder Morgan gas pipeline project

US-President Donald Trump announced Friday to double tariffs on steel imported from Turkey to 50%. This could put additional pressure on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Gulf Coast Express Pipeline and dampen prospects for future US natural gas projects.

Currently, 700 Trucks Like This One Are On The Roads Between Nairobi And Mombasa. The New Pipeline Makes Them Obsolete ( Philou1000 / Shutterstock)
Currently, 700 Trucks Like This One Are On The Roads Between Nairobi And Mombasa. The New Pipeline Makes Them Obsolete ( Philou1000 / Shutterstock)

Nairobi-Mombasa refined products pipeline completed

State-run Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) announced the finalization of a refined products pipeline linking Kenya’s capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa. The 450 km pipeline projects reduces the local traffic, commuting daily between these two cities, by almost 700 oil tanker trucks per day.

A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)
A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)

TransCanada has awarded Spiecapag and Macro Pipelines to build two sections for the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline project in Canada

Canadian energy infrastructure operator TransCanada Corporation has awarded a contract to a joint venture made up of Spiecapag Canada Corp, a VINCI subsidiary and operational leader, and Macro Pipelines Inc. to build two sections of gas pipeline in the province of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2 (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)
Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2 (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 took another step towards development when Sweden gave its permission to build a gas pipeline in the economic zone of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Actual preparatory work is expected to begin in the coming months, including pre-lay rock berms and concrete mattresses for cable crossings.

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia (Nils Versemann / Shutterstock)
New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia (Nils Versemann / Shutterstock)

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia

Australia is embarking on a major $140 million infrastructure project, building a gas processing facility and a 60-km pipeline for the growing domestic market. It will connect Senex’s Atlas gas field in the Surat Basin in south-east Queensland to Jemena’s existing Darling Downs pipeline and Australia’s largest single gas hub – the Wallumbilla gas hub.

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)
Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal

Constructing a transboundary pipeline was never an easy proposition. Nord Stream 1 met serious objections from the Baltic States and Sweden before finally reaching a consensus and eventual construction. Nord Stream 2 will have an even greater challenge in getting all parties to agree before the first pipes are actually laid.

Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project (BILD LLC / Shutterstock)
Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project (BILD LLC / Shutterstock)

Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Canada's government is intervening in the conflict over the construction of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project with an unusual decision. To ensure the construction of the controversial pipeline, it is purchasing the whole project and the infrastructure needed to expand the pipeline from Kinder Morgan for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars (about 3 billion euros).

The diving robot is operated by the ship "Trio" while examining the seabed near Lubmin in Germany (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)
The diving robot is operated by the ship "Trio" while examining the seabed near Lubmin in Germany (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Start of construction on German landing point for Nord Stream 2

Construction work has begun on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline at Lubmin, Germany's landing point. According to a spokesman for the Gazprom subsidiary, civil engineering and foundation work for the gas receiving station and the plant building started on an area of six hectares.

A Mediterranean Gas Pipeline to Europe? (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)
A Mediterranean Gas Pipeline to Europe? (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

A Mediterranean Gas Pipeline to Europe?

In what a student of military history might see as a smaller version of The Great Game, the discovery of various prodigious gas fields in the Mediterranean has spawned at atmosphere of distrust and outright hostility between the regional powers vying for influence and economic benefit.

The town of Lamu with its expanding port will be the final destination of the new pipeline (Authentic travel / Shutterstock)
The town of Lamu with its expanding port will be the final destination of the new pipeline (Authentic travel / Shutterstock)

Construction on the 865-km Kenyan Oil Export Pipeline Imminent

Companies that are partnering to build Kenya's first oil export pipeline from the Amosing and Ngamia fields to the port of Lamu on the Indian Ocean expect to reach agreement by mid - 2018. The new pipeline will be approximately 865 km long.

Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Max Sky)
Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Max Sky)

Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline

The 340,000 bpd Sharara, Libya's largest oil field, was recently forced to stop production after the Sharara - Zawiya export pipeline was sabotaged.

Quick work by the National Oil Company (NOC) was able to repair a valve in little more than 24 hours that a local landowner had tampered with, resulting in the loss of nearly 340,000 barrels of oil.