Special Reports

An Engineer Working on a Shell Oil-platform off the Coast of Nigeria (Copyright Shell)
An Engineer Working on a Shell Oil-platform off the Coast of Nigeria (Copyright Shell)

Nigeria: Third Party Intervention Alleged in Bonny Light Crude Pipeline Shut Down

A fire arose around one of the two pipelines transporting Bonny light crude to the Forcados terminal in the Niger Delta, effectively shutting the pipeline down and removing 180 000 bpd from Shell's Nigerian exports.

Bulgaria and Romania Take Another Step Toward Energy Independence
Bulgaria and Romania Take Another Step Toward Energy Independence

Bulgaria and Romania Take Another Step Toward Energy Independence

With an overarching goal of increased energy independence from Russia, southeastern European countries Romania and Bulgaria have contracted with Habua, an Austrian construction company, to complete the remaining 2.1 km section of the gas interconnector for a cost of 4.577 million euros.

Dr. Klaus Ritter - President of EITEP Institute
Dr. Klaus Ritter - President of EITEP Institute

Editorial: Services for the global pipeline industry's exchange of experiences

High pressure pipelines for oil, gas and water are often crossing several frontiers and geomorphological obstacles. Those pipelines have to be safe, reliable and durable to ensure a profitable and commonly accepted operation. Moreover, environmental sustainability becomes more important with each new pipeline project.

Bend In Missouri River in North Dakota ( iStock.com/sakakawea7 )
Bend In Missouri River in North Dakota ( iStock.com/sakakawea7 )

Comment: Dakota Access - The Politics of Interstate Pipeline Construction

As a general proposition, the longer the pipeline the more difficult it is to build it. This is related not just to technical issues surrounding construction. More than ever the success of a particular pipeline project depends on how well the pipeline operator can navigate the political thicket of interest groups along the proposed pipeline route.

Comment: US Pipeline Construction Likely to Jump Regardless Who Wins the Presidency
Comment: US Pipeline Construction Likely to Jump Regardless Who Wins the Presidency

Comment: US Pipeline Construction Likely to Jump Regardless Who Wins the Presidency

Perhaps no issue better highlights the differences between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump as candidates for the U.S. presidency than energy policy.

Defective Gas Pipeline in Central China Bursts
Defective Gas Pipeline in Central China Bursts

Defective Gas Pipeline in Central China Bursts

A gas pipeline operated by Sinopec subsidiary Sinopec Sichuan-East Natural Gas Pipeline Company exploded recently in China's central Hubei province causing multiple casualties and damaging homes of nearly a hundred villagers. Gas transmission to Hubei, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai was also interrupted.

2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion in San Bruno, California.
2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion in San Bruno, California.

Pacific Gas & Electric Evades Major Financial Penalty in Wake of 2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion

Federal prosecutors have dropped all but $6 million of a potential $562 million fine levied against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for safety violations related to the lethal explosion in San Bruno in 2010. The blast killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes, triggering a massive fire that swept through this southern San Franciscan neighborhood..

NDT Global Conducts detailed Baseline Survey of Statoil’s Polarled Gas Pipeline  (© 2016 NDT Global)
NDT Global Conducts detailed Baseline Survey of Statoil’s Polarled Gas Pipeline (© 2016 NDT Global)

NDT Global Conducts detailed Baseline Survey of Statoil’s Polarled Gas Pipeline

NDT Global, a leading service provider of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and data analysis, has conducted a detailed and accurate baseline survey of Statoil’s Polarled gas pipeline. NDT Global used its ultrasonic technology to get highly accurate results for Polarled pipeline, a pipeline with varied wall thickness.

A Sloth Joins a Peruvian Gas Pipeline Workforce (© Janossy Gergely/Shutterstock.com)
A Sloth Joins a Peruvian Gas Pipeline Workforce (© Janossy Gergely/Shutterstock.com)

A Sloth Joins a Peruvian Gas Pipeline Workforce

The workers at a Peruvian gas pipeline unit recently welcomed a new crewmember. Surprisingly, the new unofficial recruit to join the workforce is a sloth who was seen making an effort to turn a valve. The workers at the unit captured a video of the sloth in action during late June.

Location of Hubei Province in China (By TUBS [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Location of Hubei Province in China (By TUBS [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Landslide Caused Pipeline Fire in Central China, Kills Two

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has shut down a pipeline section in the central region of the country after the area was hit by landslide and fire.

CRIMSON PIPELINE Southern California Pipeline System (©  2006-2016 Crimson Pipeline, LLC, Screenshot)
CRIMSON PIPELINE Southern California Pipeline System (© 2006-2016 Crimson Pipeline, LLC, Screenshot)

Southern California Coping With Another Oil Pipeline Leak

An oil pipeline operated by Crimson Pipeline LLC in Ventura County, southern California has leaked an estimated 29, 400 gallons of crude oil in the surrounding hills. None of the oil has reached the Pacific Ocean, as an early warning from a local Ventura Country resident allowed officials to intercept the oil in a drainage basin a few miles inland.