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Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed (Copyright: Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e. V.)
Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed (Copyright: Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e. V.)

Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed

The organizers of the upcoming 15th Annual Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany have announced the location of the traditional conference dinner. This year conference participants are invited to visit the Trabrennbahn Mariendorf, one of the most successful harness racing tracks in Germany, hosting more than 650 races a year.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (copyright by Atlantic Coast Pipeline)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (copyright by Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Achieve Victory in Big Court Case

Against a backdrop of proposed changes to environmental rules to speed up pipeline projects, inter alia, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has rejected Dominion Energy's application for a permit to operate a natural gas compressor station integral to the development of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Natural Gas Industry Norway (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)
Natural Gas Industry Norway (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)

Norwegian Gas Supply To Europe Slumps

For over 20 years the Talking Heads in the European gas industry have predicted huge drops in the supply of Norwegian gas to the continent. The reason provided was that Norway's gas reservoirs were becoming depleted. This past year the prediction has come true, but not for the depletion of reservoirs.

The Plantweb™ Insight Inline Corrosion Application dashboard is equipped with alerts and an intuitive heatmap. (Copyright by Emerson)
The Plantweb™ Insight Inline Corrosion Application dashboard is equipped with alerts and an intuitive heatmap. (Copyright by Emerson)

New Application Simplifies Access to Continuous Corrosion Monitoring Data

Emerson has introduced The Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion application to provide the oil and gas industry real-time interpretation and analysis of critical data that helps prioritize maintenance and make informed integrity decisions.

Sign of Kinder Morgan at Company headquarters in Houston, US (copyright by Shutterstock/JHVEPhoto)
Sign of Kinder Morgan at Company headquarters in Houston, US (copyright by Shutterstock/JHVEPhoto)

Kinder Morgan Sells Interest in Pembina Pipeline

Houston-based Kinder Morgan has sold its Pembina Pipeline interest (25 million shares) for $764 million after taxes and the added cash will be used in its 2020 budget to reduce debt.  Kinder Morgan acquired the shares when Pembina bought Kinder Morgan Canada last August as part of a C$4.35 billion ($3.33 billion) deal.

Iran Expected to Lead the Middle East in Newly Built Pipeline Additions
Iran Expected to Lead the Middle East in Newly Built Pipeline Additions

Iran Expected to Lead the Middle East in Newly Built Pipeline Additions

For all of the vaunted efficiency of the US sanctions regime, intending to close off Iran from global pipeline developments, Iran is expected to lead the Middle East’s oil and gas new-build trunk/transmission pipeline length additions, contributing around 43% of the region’s planned and announced pipeline length additions between 2020 and 2023. 

T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)
T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)

Pipeline Service Provider T.D. Williamson Turns 100

T.D. Williamson (TDW), the global pipeline services provider, turned 100 on Jan. 2, 2020. The company will use the occasion to recognize how it has grown alongside the oil and gas industry, salute the people responsible for that growth and celebrate its partnerships with leading pipeline organizations.

ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish the System Development Map 20 (Copyright: ENTSOG)
ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish the System Development Map 20 (Copyright: ENTSOG)

ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish new System Development Map

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), in cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), have published the eight edition of the System Development map, which illustrates existing and planned gas infrastructure and gas capacities. 

Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU

Following the US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the halt of all remaining construction works, Russia now expects the European Union to find a way out of the situation. The EU has an interest in its own energy security at acceptable prices, said the Russian Vice-Chancellor Dmitry Kozak.

Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Comment: Nord Stream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald

The United States government has long maintained that the development of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline would render Europe too dependent on gas from Russia, making the continent vulnerable to political manipulation.

TurkStream pipeline (copyright by TurkStream)
TurkStream pipeline (copyright by TurkStream)

TurkStream to provide Serbia with Russian gas

Work on expanding the Turkish Stream pipeline to Serbia should be completed in the coming weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin explained this at a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić.

Putin said: "Serbia has been connected to the gas pipeline network, which is an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline".

IDA Call for Papers
IDA Call for Papers

International Centre for Infrastructure Development in Africa (ITIDA) founded

The center aims to transfer technology and know-how from European institutions to Africa.

The European governments are currently pushing its companies and institutions to increase their involvement in Africa. From the Governments point of view, Africa offers many business opportunities.

Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)
Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)

Seven Leading Players in Belgium Sign Cooperation Agreement for the Transport of Hydrogen Using Pipelines

The climate target to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels is a major challenge. Hydrogen has an important role to play in the mix of solutions to achieve results. That is why Deme, Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet are joining forces.

Energy Transfer Seeks To Double $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline Capacity (NittyG / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Energy Transfer Seeks To Double $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline Capacity (NittyG / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Energy Transfer Seeks To Double $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline Capacity

Energy Transfer is ready to significantly increase the capacity of the Dakota Access oil pipeline by 500,000 barrels per day. And so on 13 November North Dakota's all republican regulatory body, otherwise known as the Public Service Commission (PSC), held a hearing before the pipeline's advocates and detractors and locals' opinions were split right down the middle.  

The Pioneering Spirit in swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2/Axel Schmidt)
The Pioneering Spirit in swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2/Axel Schmidt)

Nordstream 2 Nearing Completion

Nordstream 2 appears to have overcome all obstacles to completion now that Denmark, the last European holdout, has agreed to cooperate.  The Danish Energy Agency issued a permit for the construction of the portion of Nord Stream 2 that passes through the Danish exclusive economic zone and work is expected to be completed during 2020.

FBI agent wearing FBI uniform (copyright by Shutterstock / Dzelat)
FBI agent wearing FBI uniform (copyright by Shutterstock / Dzelat)

An FBI Corruption Investigation Ensnares Energy Transfer in Pennsylvania

Doubts surrounding the awarding of the multibillion dollar Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline system in Pennsylvania have given rise to an FBI corruption investigation into Dallas-based Energy Transfer.  The focus of the agents’ questions involves the permitting of the pipeline, whether Governor Thomas Wolf's administration forced the environmental protection staff to approve constructio

Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)
Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)

Last Keystone XL Oil Spill The Last Straw?

Despite spilling more than 383,000 gallons of tar sands oil last month in North Dakota, TC Energy, the pipeline contractor behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline, is determined to resume operations.  Its decision has alarmed local Indian residents, who say the spill affected a nearby wetland while possibly reaching any groundwater below.

Saipem Logo
Saipem Logo

Saipem Secures $100 million Contract To Build Subsea Pipeline in Equatorial Guinea

The small west African country of Equatorial Guinea, boasting the continent's best infrastructure (all attributable to its relatively vast hydrocarbon wealth -  proven natural gas reserves estimated of 4.5 trillion cubic feet), has awarded Italy's Saipem a contract worth $90 - $100 million to build a 70km subsea pipeline connecting the Alen Platform with the Punta Europa petrochemical hub.