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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.

Khurais oil plant (copyright by Saudi Aramco)
Khurais oil plant (copyright by Saudi Aramco)

Suspected drone attacks knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production

The recent drone attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais have caused the loss of 5.7 million barrel oil per day. Houthi rebels claimed responsability while Saudi Arabia and the US are investigating who caused the damage.

ricochet64 / Shutterstock
ricochet64 / Shutterstock

Can Europe’s gas industry overcome methane emissions challenge and remain relevant in the low-carbon EU economy?

European leaders this month once again clashed over future polices concerning the role natural gas should play in the European Union’s energy landscape.