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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.

Opening Panel Discussion „Pipeline Supply Options for Europe“ (Bettonville, Watzka, Linke, Majedi, Venas)
Opening Panel Discussion „Pipeline Supply Options for Europe“ (Bettonville, Watzka, Linke, Majedi, Venas)

Berlin was the international hub for the pipeline and pipe network industry

A total of 540 participants from 52 different countries convened in Berlin to share expert knowledge within the framework of the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc). The event took place from 23 to 25 May 2016 and was held this year, for the first time, together with the inaugural Pipe and Sewer Conference (PASC).

Central Area Transmission System Pipeline (© 2016 CATS)
Central Area Transmission System Pipeline (© 2016 CATS)

Deloitte Survey Highlights Well-Performing Pipeline Infrastructure Market in the North Sea

The protracted low oil price environment is forcing changes in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) infrastructure, as more oil and gas companies divest pipeline assets to rationalize their portfolios.

Herman Rosen speaking at the REIF 2016 in Lingen (© 2016 ROSEN Group)
Herman Rosen speaking at the REIF 2016 in Lingen (© 2016 ROSEN Group)

ROSEN Opens a Window to the Future of the Pipeline Industry at the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference

During the concluding session of the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference entitled "What’s next? Current Challenges and Future Fields for the Global Pipeline Industry" held in Berlin from 23-25 May, the ROSEN Group presented the results of the its 3rd ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum (REIF).

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum Resources (© 2016 Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources)
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum Resources (© 2016 Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources)

New Pipeline Infrastructure Sought as Vandals Rob Nigeria's Oil Pipelines of 800,000 Barrels of Oil Daily

Last week Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, bemoaned growing pipeline vandalism in the country resuling in losses of some 800,000 barrels of oil per day. Nigeria’s crude oil production had declined from 2.2 million barrels per day to 1.4 million barrels per day due to pipeline vandalism.