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Vandals Strike Oil Pipeline in Nigeria Causing Many Deaths and Further Harm To the Environment (aapsky / Shutterstock)
Vandals Strike Oil Pipeline in Nigeria Causing Many Deaths and Further Harm To the Environment (aapsky / Shutterstock)

Vandals Strike Oil Pipeline in Nigeria Causing Many Deaths and Further Harm To the Environment

As reported previously in the Pipeline Technology Journal, at least 150 people were killed and many more maimed in the wake of two pipeline explosions occurring in the Osisioma Local Government Area in Abia State in southeastern Nigeria.

 California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline (Tongra239 / Shutterstock)
California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline (Tongra239 / Shutterstock)

California Officials Preempt Grass Fire Burning Near Chevon Underground Gas Pipeline

Still haunted by a natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, south of San Francisco, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in 2010, California state officials and private individuals wasted no time in reacting to a grass fire burning close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline near the Contra Costa county city of Bay Point, ordering some 4000 residents to evacuate their ho

Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria (Shutterstock / aapsky)
Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria (Shutterstock / aapsky)

Death Toll Rises After Pipeline Explosion in Nigeria

An oil pipeline exploded in a residential area in Nigeria last Saturday. The operating company NNPC speaks of several deaths. The exact number of victims is still uncertain but local media reports indicate a much higher casualty rate than previously reported.

Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference
Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

Side Conferences „Public Perception“ and „Qualification and Recruitment” to the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

The EITEP Institute has been organizing the international Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) for 13 years. The ptc has become Europe's largest trade fair and conference on pipeline topics: More than 650 participants from 54 countries and 73 exhibitors came to Berlin for the ptc in March 2018 to inform themselves about current developments in the field over three days.

TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant (Copyright: TAL)
TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant (Copyright: TAL)

TAL - Transalpine pipeline commissions world's first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant

Crude oil flow becomes electricity - at least in the Austrian Alps. The TAL - Transalpine Oil Pipeline - which delivers crude oil from Trieste, Italy, via the Alps to Germany and Austria, put the first crude oil "run-of-pipeline" power plant worldwide in operation on the 21st of September 2018.

Massachusetts Pipeline Desaster: Gas Pipeline Pressure 12-times too high (Copyright: Metropolitan Engineering Consulting & Forensics Services)
Massachusetts Pipeline Desaster: Gas Pipeline Pressure 12-times too high (Copyright: Metropolitan Engineering Consulting & Forensics Services)

Massachusetts Pipeline Desaster: Gas Pipeline Pressure 12-times too high

The pressure in the natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week that killed one person and injured more than two dozen was 12 times higher than it should have been.

Europe's leading pipeline event with additional key topics
Europe's leading pipeline event with additional key topics

Europe's leading pipeline event with additional key topics

From 18-21 March 2019, the international pipeline community will meet for the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) in Berlin. More than 700 participants and over 80 exhibitors from 50 different nations are expected. Delegations from more than 70 different pipeline operators took part in the last ptc.

We can't get back to business as usual after the accident in Massachusetts. We have to adjust our behavior.
We can't get back to business as usual after the accident in Massachusetts. We have to adjust our behavior.

EDITORS COMMENT: We can't get back to business as usual after the accident in Massachusetts. We have to adjust our behavior

When we think of the reports about the pipeline accident in Massachusetts, we first think of those affected by the accident who suffered physical damage or even died.

Overpressured Gas Pipelines Caused a Series of Pipeline Explosions in Massachusetts, USA (iStockPhotos)
Overpressured Gas Pipelines Caused a Series of Pipeline Explosions in Massachusetts, USA (iStockPhotos)

Overpressured Gas Pipelines Caused a Series of Pipeline Explosions in Massachusetts, USA

The residents of a small part of eastern Massachusetts were shaken by an natural gas disaster. The people of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover just south of the New Hampshire border, witnessed dozens of homes explode last Thursday, while homeowners rushed to evacuate and turn off the gas.

A pipeline operated by Transneft (Copyright: Transneft)
A pipeline operated by Transneft (Copyright: Transneft)

Transneft is the Fastest-Growing Brand in the Russian Oil and Gas Sector

Transneft became the fastest-growing brand in the russian oil and gas sector (the value of the brand grew by 53% to reach 58.9 billion roubles), according to Brand Finance, a consulting company in the field of strategy and valuation of brands.

Qatar to support liquid gas terminal in Germany (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)
Qatar to support liquid gas terminal in Germany (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)

Qatar to support liquid gas terminal in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlighted the important role of Qatar in the global LNG industry. Germany is therefore looking to Qatar to develop its LNG industry. This was announced in a speech by the Chancellor at the opening of the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum held on Friday in Berlin.

Al Mahrah in Yemen (TUBS / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Al Mahrah in Yemen (TUBS / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Saudi Arabia Looks to War Torn Yemen as a Venue for Another Export Oil Pipeline

In a precautionary move designed to give Saudi Arabia more oil export options in the unlikely event that Iran closes down the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the government of Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia intends to build an alternative pipeline from its borders through the Yemeni district of Al Mahrah to the Arabian Sea.

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)
Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations

A bomb attack on the 780-km, 210,000 bpd Cano Limon Covenas oil pipeline in Columbia has forced Ecopetrol SA, the state - run oil company, to suspend operations.

The pipeline has been a target some 60 times this year by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s sole remaining active guerrilla group, and ELN is suspected of this most recent sabotage as well.

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021
TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

The joint, nationwide market area to be established in Germany will presumably start operations on 1 October 2021. This is the date the German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have agreed with the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the national regulatory authority.

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)
US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry

The Trump administration, seeking to justify its fascination with coal, a product that is increasingly out of favor with most other industrialized countries worldwide, is arguing that gas pipelines are too vulnerable to hacking, threatening American energy security. Therefore, the United States, it is argued, need more coal in the energy mix.