Special Reports

Marcelino Guedes Gomes together with his orchids
Marcelino Guedes Gomes together with his orchids

Pipeline People: Marcelino Guedes Gomes, Petrobras

Marcelino Guedes Gomez joined PETROBRAS in 1987 where he worked in several different positions before he became Executive Manager, responsible for developing and applying solutions for illegal tapping in pipelines at PETROBRAS from 2015 to 2020.

Concawe Logo (copyright by Concawe)
Concawe Logo (copyright by Concawe)

European oil pipeline spillage report by Concawe now available online

The latest Concawe report on ‘’Performance of European cross-country oil pipelines - statistical summary of reported spillages in 2018 and since 1971” is now available online.

The key message of the report is that there is no ageing in the pipeline systems due to high-quality supervision and maintenance programs.

Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition ptc for the First Time Virtual (copyright by EITEP Institute)
Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition ptc for the First Time Virtual (copyright by EITEP Institute)

First Time Virtual - Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition ptc

The first ever online ptc 2020 was successfully held from 30 March to 2 April 2020. The digital version of the renowned Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) was put in place on short notice by the organizer EITEP Institute, after the Corona-Pandemic led to a global shutdown.

Europe's leading pipeline conference goes online because of COVID-19
Europe's leading pipeline conference goes online because of COVID-19

Europe's leading pipeline conference goes online because of COVID-19

Hanover/Berlin, 9 March 2020: The annual Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) will be held online this year. This was announced by the organizer EITEP, immediately after the cancellation of the annual event. The rampant corona virus has made it impossible to hold the event safely and has led to the cancellation of numerous well-known events worldwide.

The Department of Homeland Security page on a monitor screen (copyright by Shutterstock/Gil C)
The Department of Homeland Security page on a monitor screen (copyright by Shutterstock/Gil C)

Gas Pipeline Shuts Down After Cyber Attack

In the US, cybercriminals have succeeded in shutting down an industrial plant. All it took was a wrong click from an employee.

The attack was launched by what is known as spearphishing. It appears that a company employee clicked on a link in an e-mail that looked deceptively real, but was malicious. The Departement of Homeland Security will not reveal which company it is.

ptc from 2020 onwards with additional program and larger exhibition
ptc from 2020 onwards with additional program and larger exhibition

ptc From 2020 Onwards With Additional Program and Larger Exhibition

The Pipeline Technology Conference, Europe's most important pipeline event, will enter its 15th round at the end of March. ptc is essential for the global pipeline industry in order to find out about the latest technological developments and solutions.

Although weakend, ISIS / ISIL continues to be a major threat in the middle east (Orlok / Shutterstock)
Although weakend, ISIS / ISIL continues to be a major threat in the middle east (Orlok / Shutterstock)

Islamic Terrorists Attack Gas Pipeline in the Sinai

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) has claimed responsibility for attacking a gas pipeline in the Sinai this past Sunday.  The insurgents were attempting (unsuccessfully) to disrupt the transmission of gas between Egypt and Israel.

Syrian Underwater Oil Pipelines in the Mediterranean Attacked Again (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)
Syrian Underwater Oil Pipelines in the Mediterranean Attacked Again (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)

Syrian Underwater Oil Pipelines in the Mediterranean Attacked Again

In the third sophisticated attack on Syria's Banias Oil Refinery within the past seven months, persons the government labeled "terrorists" planted underwater explosives this past week damaging offshore oil facilities including pipelines used to transport oil into one of Syria's two main refineries. 

Oil & Gas Pipeline Integrity & Data Utilization Solutions For Mega Rule Compliance 2020
Oil & Gas Pipeline Integrity & Data Utilization Solutions For Mega Rule Compliance 2020

PHMSA ‘Mega’ Rule Compliance Conference For Pipeline Operators Convened

A two-day event will explore the cutting-edge pipeline and data integrity solutions ahead of the introduction of the new PHMSA ‘Mega’ Rule later this year.

Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed (Copyright: Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e. V.)
Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed (Copyright: Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e. V.)

Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed

The organizers of the upcoming 15th Annual Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany have announced the location of the traditional conference dinner. This year conference participants are invited to visit the Trabrennbahn Mariendorf, one of the most successful harness racing tracks in Germany, hosting more than 650 races a year.