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Hacker trying to breach a security system (copyright by Shutterstock/Pira25)

The US Reveals Its Pipeline Operators Have Been The Target Of Chinese Cyber Attacks

A recent statement by the White House, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security has revealed that two dozen companies that own and operate oil and gas pipelines in North America have been subjected to cyber-attacks by various Chinese based organisations.

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Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Nord Stream 2 Still Mired In Controversy

After all was said and done, even after U.S. President Joe Biden lifted remaining sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and after the United States and Germany together attempted to mitigate perceived strategic dangers of the 1230-km gas pipeline, the controversy surrounding Nord Stream 2 has seemingly no end in sight.

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Flags of Russia & Pakistan (copyright by Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES)

New Pakistan Gas Pipeline Proposed

As part of efforts to tackle Pakistan’s energy shortages. It has been agreed, by both the Pakistan and Russian governments to explore the viability of building a 1,100-km gas pipeline from Port Qasim in Karachi to Lahore at an estimated cost of USD 2.5-3 billion by the end of 2023. The project is called the Pakstream Gas Pipeline Project commonly known as North-South Gas project.

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Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

The US To At Last Take A Stand On Cyber Security

It has been announced that the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas, will need to seriously upgrade their cyber security measures.

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Bridge with pipelines (copyright by Shutterstock/tcly)

Pipelines are the Most Economic Option for Hydrogen Transportation

In Europe for distances of up to around 10,000 km, hydrogen transport in pipelines is the most economical option. The “European Hydrogen Backbone” (EHB) study states specific transportation prices of approx. 0.16 €/kg per 1,000 km, with pipelines almost fully utilised.

The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)
The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)

Environmental Groups in Israel Rise in Opposition to the Eilat - Ashkelon Oil Pipeline

Several 'green' groups in Israel have banded together to oppose further development of the Eilat - Ashkelon pipeline, transporting Gulf oil through Israel on its way to European markets.

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Ships passing through Panama canal (copyright by Shutterstock/Daniel Lange)

Trans-Panama Gateway Pipeline Project Proposed

A study has been announced by the Panamanian government and its partner Energy Transfer to study the prospects of building a liquid petroleum gas pipeline, running beside the existing Panama Canal that links the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.

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Dominion Energy HQ (copyright by Shutterstock/Daniel J. Macy)

Dominion Cancels $1.3 Billion Pipeline Deal With Berkshire

Richmond, Virginia based Dominion Energy has cancelled its proposed natural gas pipeline sale to Warren Buffett’s Omaha based investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. This decision was made, due to uncertainty that the regulators including FERC would approve such a deal.

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Yuan on the map of Africa (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleg Elkov)

Is China Sobering on Capital-Intensive African Pipeline Projects?

No surprise perhaps for those who have been reading the Chinese tea leaves of late, but Chinese investors are not disbursing funds for large scale African infrastructure projects, particularly capital- intensive natural gas and oil pipelines, as they had liberally been doing the previous ten years.

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Cracks in permafrost ice (copyright by Shutterstock/Henrik A. Jonsson)

Climate Change and A Melting Permafrost in the High North Threaten Pipeline Integrity

Alaska's most important oil pipeline, and arguably the most important oil pipeline in the United States, is facing a formidable threat as the slope of the permafrost upon which the 1300-km carrier rests is shifting as it thaws in the wake of climate change.

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Algeria national flag on gear behind a gas rig (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)

Algeria Improves Pipeline Export Capacity To Spain

It has been agreed that the export pipeline capacity of the subsea Medgaz natural gas pipeline that links Algeria with Spain will be expanded. It will involve the installation of a fourth turbo compressor able to increase gas exports by capacity by two bcm/year, representing an increase of 25%, reaching ten bcm/year from the fourth quarter onwards.

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The US and German flags (copyright by Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Nord Stream 2 And The Ukraine As A Transit Route For Russian Gas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold talks in the White House on Thursday on a number of bilateral bones of contention, first and foremost being the imminent completion of Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea and the continued use of the Ukraine as a transit route for Russian gas to Europe, which is the American preference.

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TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

Keystone Pipeline Promoter Seeks Compensation From American Government

In a surprise move, Keystone pipeline promoter TC Energy Corporation, seeks compensation, due to the decision by the Biden government to cancelling of its approvals for this long-delayed project. TC Energy is asking for some $15 billion in damages, for a project yet to obtain the final go-ahead by its backers.

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Flag of Ecuador (copyright by Shutterstock/patrice6000)

Raging Ecuadorian River Threatens The Future Of Pipelines And A Power Plant

In the foothills of Ecuador's 3562 m Reventador volcano, workers are hard at work developing a new oil export pipeline route. This is because the existing pipeline route is under threat from the ongoing constant threat from the violent erosion of the Coca River after the 130-meter (426-ft) San Rafael waterfall collapsed on Feb. 2, 2020.

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Switching to renewable energies (copyright by Shutterstock/Olivier Le Moal)

New Ambitious Plans By GAIL India To Meet Paris Accord Targets

As part of India’s efforts to meet its various Paris Accord targets, its state-owned energy company and gas pipeline operator has announced ambitious plans to develop at least 1 GW in renewable power. In addition, it will invest in developing new biogas and ethanol plants as part of its green investment plans.

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Fire in the Gulf of Mexico (copyright by Eoin Higgins/Twitter)

Massive gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico

A blaze on the sea surface of the Gulf of Mexico off Campeche was detected, early Friday morning. It looked like a large "eye of fire" according to Mexico's state oil company Pemex.

Television pictures showed orange flames resembling molten lava eye of fire not far from an offshore Pemex oil platform.

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Neptune Energy L10-A Complex in the North Sea (copyright by Neptune Energy)

DNV secures CCS pipeline materials study for Neptune Energy in the North Sea

DNV is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway, has been awarded the contract for the carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline materials study by Rotterdam based Neptune Energy Netherlands to evaluate the fracture and appropriateness of offshore pipelines for re-use in CO2 transport.

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Logos of Baker Hughes and Petrobras (copyright by Baker Hughes & Petrobras)

Baker Hughes Wins Contracts from Petrobras for 370-km of Pipes Across Five Offshore Fields

Petrobras, the state-owned Brazilian multinational energy company, has awarded Baker Hughes two flexible pipe contracts for subsea projects.  The amount is larger than the volume of flexible pipe awarded by Petrobras to Baker Hughes in 2019 and 2020 combined.

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Gas flaring (copyright by Shutterstock/Leonid Ikan)

Methane Gas Emissions To Be Rolled Back After Trump Administration Chicanery

With a modicum of bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted 229-191 to reverse the Trump administration's 2020 rollback of regulations to curb the emissions of greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas infrastructure, following a similar move by the Senate in April.

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Flag of the People's Republic of China (copyright by Shutterstock/Tatoh)

China Cutting Coal, Adding More Natural Gas To Its Energy Mix

China, the world's largest energy consumer and biggest emitter of climate warming greenhouse gases (and not coincidentally the world's biggest coal consumer), anticipates increasing the use of natural gas in its primary energy mix  to 12% in 2030 from 8.7% in 2020.

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Skyline of Rotterdam (copyright by Shutterstock/TTstudio)

RRP and the Port of Rotterdam Authority Embark On Delta Corridor Pipeline Study

Taking its cue from the German government which will be investing over 9 billion euros in green hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Rijn Pijpleiding Maatschappij (RRP) are launching a joint feasibility study into Delta Corridor Pipelines between the Netherlands and Germany.