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More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)
More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

East Med Pipeline To Boost Europe's Energy Security

In yet another effort to enhance European energy security by diversifying sources away from Russia, a consortium of countries including Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Israel will build an 1900 km gas pipeline from the Levantine Basin in the eastern Mediterranean to Greece and Italy in 2025.

Delegates at Pipeline Technology Conference 2017, Berlin
Delegates at Pipeline Technology Conference 2017, Berlin

Pipeline safety focus at Europe’s leading pipeline show ptc 2018 in Berlin

From 12-14 March 2018 Berlin will again host Europe’s leading pipeline conference and exhibition. The 13th edition of the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) provides a comprehensive overview of all developments in the onshore and offshore pipeline industry – covering planning & design, construction, operation and maintenance.

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)
Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana

Last week between 9,350 and 9,750 barrels of crude oil shot out of a fractured underwater pipe in the Gulf of Mexico some 64 km from Venice, Louisiana.

LLOG Exploration Offshore, the offshore oil and gas operator, says the pipe is connected to a subsea well and that the leak has ceased.

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)
Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds

After losing Kirkuk's prodigious oil fields to ISIS during the terrorists' Blitzkrieg three years ago and ultimately to rebellious Kurds after ISIS was evicted, the federal government in Baghdad has reasserted its sovereignty over the area and is now planning a "comprehensive and accelerated" rehabilitation plan for Kirkuk's crude oil pipeline network.

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey (michelmond / Shutterstock)
Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey (michelmond / Shutterstock)

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey

The U.S. Gulf Coast is recovering slowly from the damage done by Hurricane Harvey. On Monday, a key segment of the American fuel system will restart operations after devastating rains caused heavy damage to infrastructures in all of Texas.

Kuwait battles oil spill in the Persian Gulf (Phonix_a Pk.sarote / Shutterstock)
Kuwait battles oil spill in the Persian Gulf (Phonix_a Pk.sarote / Shutterstock)

Kuwait battles oil spill in the Persian Gulf

The northern Persian Gulf has been hit with a series of major oil spills, affecting Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with an estimated 35,000 barrels of crude in the first incident and an undetermined amount in the second, which followed two days later..

A simple outdoor chapel like this one in California can cause problems for pipeline operators (LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock)
A simple outdoor chapel like this one in California can cause problems for pipeline operators (LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock)

Nuns build open-air chapel to protest natural gas pipeline

There is more than just one way to protest and delay a pipeline. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a group of Catholic nuns is fighting against a natural gas pipeline that would run beneath land they own in a unique way by setting up an open-air chapel for people to visit.

Father and Son Accused in Theft of over $1 Million Worth of Fuel from Pipelines in UK
Father and Son Accused in Theft of over $1 Million Worth of Fuel from Pipelines in UK

Father and Son Accused in Theft of over $1 Million Worth of Fuel from Pipelines in UK

A bold gang set up a makeshift refinery in the grounds of Boris Johnson’s ministerial Chevening estate in order to steal hydrocarbon fuel from a network of underground pipes. Petrol, diesel and aviation fuel was also stolen from pipelines across Essex, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, and Cheshire over a 17-month period.

Transport and Distribution of Gas, Oil and Water as Preconditions for Successful Industrial Development in Africa & the MENA Region
Transport and Distribution of Gas, Oil and Water as Preconditions for Successful Industrial Development in Africa & the MENA Region

Transport and Distribution of Gas, Oil and Water as Preconditions for Successful Industrial Development in Africa & the MENA Region

Forced industrialization in the whole region has led to high demand for investment, in particular in the energy and water supply sectors. Realization of the projects require a lot of know-how and appropriate technologies. This presents a wealth of opportunities for European and international businesses to engage with the region and to create long-term partnerships.

Oil and Gas Prices Remain Stable as Diplomatic Relations Fray between Iran and Saudi Arabia (Wikipedia / TUBS)
Oil and Gas Prices Remain Stable as Diplomatic Relations Fray between Iran and Saudi Arabia (Wikipedia / TUBS)

Oil and Gas Prices Remain Stable as Diplomatic Relations Fray between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

The Saudi - led group of countries severing diplomatic relations with Qatar today will have no significant impact on the price of oil, according to Alastair Newton, of Alavan Business Advisory in Livingstone, Zambia.

Newton said there is a large surplus on the supply side relative to the demand side and that this will continue to exert downward pressure on the price.

Toxic Waste Water Pipeline Bursts in Palatka, Florida (Arkyan / Wikipedia)
Toxic Waste Water Pipeline Bursts in Palatka, Florida (Arkyan / Wikipedia)

Toxic Waste Water Pipeline Bursts in Palatka, Florida

Some 3000 gallons of toxic waste water was released in Palatka, Florida after a power plant's above-ground dwaste water pipeline burst.

Environmental officials were able to contain the spill near the Seminole Electric Cooperative Plant and no damage was registered in the area.

Ensuring Nord Stream 2 is Free of Remaining World War II Explosives (santoelia / shutterstock)
Ensuring Nord Stream 2 is Free of Remaining World War II Explosives (santoelia / shutterstock)

Ensuring Nord Stream 2 is Free of Remaining World War II Explosives

M² Subsea, an Aberdeenshire, Scotland subsea business has won a contract worth more than £1m to remove explosives from around the extension, Nord Stream 2, of world's longest offshore pipeline.

City of Jawahar Nagar, where a contaminated water pipeline is causing problems (Alexander Mazurkevich / Shutterstock)
City of Jawahar Nagar, where a contaminated water pipeline is causing problems (Alexander Mazurkevich / Shutterstock)

Contaminated water pipeline scare in Tamil Nadu, India

Jawahar Nagar, a metropolitan city in Tamil Nadu in southern India, averted a significant health crisis this past week when residents were notified that water from compacted sewer lines had entered a drinking water pipeline. The timely response remedied the situation.

Pipeline Technology Conference 2017 Exhibition (© 2017 Frank Nürnberger)
Pipeline Technology Conference 2017 Exhibition (© 2017 Frank Nürnberger)

Pipeline operators from all over the world learned about the newest developments in the field at the 12th Pipeline Technology Conference

From the 2nd to the 4th of May, representatives of the international gas, oil, water, and product pipeline sectors met in Berlin at the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), the largest event for the industry in Europe.