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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.

Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia
Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia

Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia

Croatian Gas Center Ltd. and Croatian Gas Association, member of the International Gas Union (IGU) are announcing the 34th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals, which will be held from 8th to 10th of May, 2019 in the Congress Centre of the Grand Hotel Adriatic, in Opatija, Croatia.

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge
COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

The tragic incident in Mexico makes it clear that pipeline tapping is becoming an increasing problem. A problem that not only costs human lives and causes enormous material damage, but also a problem that undermines public confidence in the pipeline transport systems and their operators.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.
COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fix it

The recent accident in Mexico is a source of great disappointment and sadness among all of us in the international pipeline community. The illegal tapping problem has been growing uncontrollably for the last 15 years throughout the world. Some countries recognize this, whereas others do not.

Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)
Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)

Asian and Eastern European Pipeline Operators are pushing their way into North America and Western Europe

Large Transport System Operator with their technology subsidiaries from Asia and Eastern Europe (e.g. Transneft, Sinopec and others) are pushing their way into the markets in North America and Western Europe, says Dr. Klaus Ritter in his Editorial for Pipeline Technology Journal.