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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.

Saudi Aramco - Abha bulk plant
Saudi Aramco - Abha bulk plant

US State Department Now Says Drone Attack on Saudi East - West Pipeline Originated in Southern Iraq

In a change of the official U.S. assessment of the drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure, the American government now says the drone attacks originated in southern Iraq and not Yemen, as previously reported.  US officials added that the drones involved in this attack were more "sophisticated' that those used by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Russian Crude Oil Transfers Through the Druzhba Pipeline Expected to Resume Shortly
Russian Crude Oil Transfers Through the Druzhba Pipeline Expected to Resume Shortly

Russian Crude Oil Transfers Through the Druzhba Pipeline Expected to Resume Shortly

As reported in these pages last month, a contaminant in Russian crude supplies to Europe brought crude deliveries on 22 April via the Russian Druzhba pipeline to a screeching halt.

Two German refineries -- PCK's Schwedt and Total's Leuna plants -- lie toward the end of the northern branch of the 1 million barrels / day Druzhba crude pipeline from Russia.

Pipelines in the Spotlight As Middle East Political Tensions Rise (Copyright: Philip Lange / Shutterstock)
Pipelines in the Spotlight As Middle East Political Tensions Rise (Copyright: Philip Lange / Shutterstock)

Pipelines in the Spotlight As Middle East Political Tensions Rise

Oil pipelines in the Gulf region have become a conspicuous strategic target in the growing confrontation between Iran on the one side and the United States, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and even Israel on the other.

Saudi Aramco attacked by drones - Symbolic Picture (Copyright: Saudi Aramco)
Saudi Aramco attacked by drones - Symbolic Picture (Copyright: Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco Pipeline Attacked by Drones

A Saudi oil pipeline was attacked by drones, causing “limited damage,” the Saudi energy minister said on Tuesday, only one day after Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers had been sabotaged. This latest development is ratcheting up tensions in the already troubled region.

Two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones.

TANAP and TurkStream win the ptc Photo Contest 2019
TANAP and TurkStream win the ptc Photo Contest 2019

TANAP and TurkStream win the ptc Photo Contest 2019

The winner photo of the ptc-photo contest under the motto “What is it like to work in the pipeline industry?” has been awarded during the Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany. Winners of the competition were the pipeline system operators TANAP and TurkStream. The ptc Photo Contest has been sponsored my Maats.

Pipeline History: the first modern pipeline was commissioned 400 years ago (Copyright: Museum Salz & Moor / Adrian von Riedl)
Pipeline History: the first modern pipeline was commissioned 400 years ago (Copyright: Museum Salz & Moor / Adrian von Riedl)

Pipeline History: first modern pipeline commissioned 400 years ago

400 years ago, the first modern pipeline was put into operation in Bavaria, Germany. It transported salt from Reichenhall to Traunstein. The last parts remained in operation until 1958.

To build a pipeline from Reichenhall to Traunstein, 31 kilometres long, with a height difference of 250 metres was a great venture in 1617.

Chemical Contamination of Russian Crude Forces the Closure of the Druzhba Oil Pipeline For Two Weeks ((William Potter / Shutterstock))
Chemical Contamination of Russian Crude Forces the Closure of the Druzhba Oil Pipeline For Two Weeks ((William Potter / Shutterstock))

Chemical Contamination of Russian Crude Forces the Closure of the Druzhba Oil Pipeline For Two Weeks

Organic chlorides from a private storage terminal in the middle of the vast Russian Federation have contaminated crude oil deliveries to key European refiners of Russian feedstock, choking off one of Europe's main sources of crude and leading to a jump in crude oil prices before slumping by the end of last week.

Saboteurs Set Fire to Nigerian Oil Pipeline Causing it to Shut Down and Triggering Force Majeure (Roel Slootweg / Shutterstock)
Saboteurs Set Fire to Nigerian Oil Pipeline Causing it to Shut Down and Triggering Force Majeure (Roel Slootweg / Shutterstock)

Saboteurs Set Fire to Nigerian Oil Pipeline Causing it to Shut Down and Triggering Force Majeure

Suspected militants have forced a second shutdown in as many months of the Nembe Creek Trunkline carrying oil from the eastern Niger Delta to the Bonny Export Terminal, located at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

80 Pipeline System Operators from Europe, Asia, MENA and South America Ensure Success for Exhibitors during 14th ptc in Berlin (Photo by Philip Wilson)
80 Pipeline System Operators from Europe, Asia, MENA and South America Ensure Success for Exhibitors during 14th ptc in Berlin (Photo by Philip Wilson)

80 Pipeline System Operators from Europe, Asia, MENA and South America Ensure Success for Exhibitors during 14th ptc in Berlin

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved (Copyright: Philip Wilson)
ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved (Copyright: Philip Wilson)

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved

Europe's leading pipeline event, the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), has been held successfully from 18 to 21 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The organizer announced that 750 participants from 54 different nations, delegations from almost 80 different pipeline operators as well as 78 exhibitors have joined and contributed to the event.

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria
Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

The Pipeline Transport Institute has completed field activities for inspection of the lightning protection and earthing system at the Béjaïa (Béjaïa, Algeria) regional logistic centre’s loading terminal’s hydrocarbon storage farm of Sonatrach.

Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin (Copyright: TANAP)
Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin (Copyright: TANAP)

Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin

There is a long tradition of energy cooperation between Europe and Asia. For decades, Russia for example has been a reliable partner for the supply of crude oil and natural gas. A number of other initiatives are currently being developed, involving Russia, Central Asia and Turkey.