New ptj Issue 3-2019
Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Operations & Integrity Management and Compliance in an age of IIOT
Steve Hill >>> Honeywell Process Automation Solutions
New Technologies Drive Operational Performance by Connecting Smart Stations to Distribution Networks
Rossella Mimmi >>> Emerson Automation Solutions
Intelligent Predictive Maintenance in the context of Maintenance 4.0 for Oil & Gas Industry
Dr. Rama Srinivasan Velmurugan >>> GAIL (India)
Digital disruption will occur in Midstream as it is underway in other asset intensive industries
Sam Hemeda >>> Arundo Analytics
The Big Data Revolution: Detecting Pipeline Leaks, Encroachments and more Using Satellites
John Zhou & Caroline Beck >>> Satelytics
Best Practices for Cybersecurity Diagnosis in Industrial Environments
Ernesto Landa >>> Compania Operadora de Gas del Amazonas

Latest News

Saudi Aramco Pipeline Attacked by Drones

Saudi Aramco attacked by drones - Symbolic Picture (Copyright: Saudi Aramco)

A Saudi oil pipeline was attacked by drones, causing “limited damage,” the Saudi energy minister said on Tuesday, only one day after Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers had been sabotaged. This latest development is ratcheting up tensions in the already troubled region.

Two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones.

TANAP and TurkStream win the ptc Photo Contest 2019

TANAP and TurkStream win the ptc Photo Contest 2019

The winner photo of the ptc-photo contest under the motto “What is it like to work in the pipeline industry?” has been awarded during the Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany. Winners of the competition were the pipeline system operators TANAP and TurkStream. The ptc Photo Contest has been sponsored my Maats.

BP Awards Contracts to BHGE & McDermott for Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Natural Gas Project

BP Awards Contracts to BHGE & McDermott for Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Natural Gas Project (Copyright by bp)

McDermott International and Baker Hughes, a GE company have announced today that they have been awarded subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and subsea production system (SPS) equipment contracts by BP for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project, located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. BP, BHGE and McDermott are working together to realize efficiencies, synergies and enhanced delivery times.

Pipeline History: first modern pipeline commissioned 400 years ago

Pipeline History: the first modern pipeline was commissioned 400 years ago (Copyright: Museum Salz & Moor / Adrian von Riedl)

400 years ago, the first modern pipeline was put into operation in Bavaria, Germany. It transported salt from Reichenhall to Traunstein. The last parts remained in operation until 1958.

To build a pipeline from Reichenhall to Traunstein, 31 kilometres long, with a height difference of 250 metres was a great venture in 1617.

Noble To Sell its Noble Midstream Partners

Noble Energy is looking to unload pipeline operator Noble Midstream Partners to focus on core operations and maximize profits, according to people familiar with the issue.

Both Noble Energy and Noble Midstream Partners did not respond to request for comment.

Noble Midstream Partners has a market value of $1.6 billion.

Noble Midstream provides crude oil, natural gas, and water-related midstream services in the DJ Basin in Colorado and the Delaware Basin in Texas.

Chemical Contamination of Russian Crude Forces the Closure of the Druzhba Oil Pipeline For Two Weeks

Chemical Contamination of Russian Crude Forces the Closure of the Druzhba Oil Pipeline For Two Weeks ((William Potter / Shutterstock))

Organic chlorides from a private storage terminal in the middle of the vast Russian Federation have contaminated crude oil deliveries to key European refiners of Russian feedstock, choking off one of Europe's main sources of crude and leading to a jump in crude oil prices before slumping by the end of last week.

Contamination could hit about 1.5m barrels of crude delivered per day through the Druzhba pipeline and Ust Luga port.

Saboteurs Set Fire to Nigerian Oil Pipeline Causing it to Shut Down and Triggering Force Majeure

Saboteurs Set Fire to Nigerian Oil Pipeline Causing it to Shut Down and Triggering Force Majeure (Roel Slootweg / Shutterstock)

Suspected militants have forced a second shutdown in as many months of the Nembe Creek Trunkline carrying oil from the eastern Niger Delta to the Bonny Export Terminal, located at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The shutdown has led to a force majeure, exempting the Nigerian Pipeline operator, Aiteo Oil Exploration and Production Company, from fulfilling its obligations under its contract until the pipeline is repaired.

All six of the saboteurs were killed. The fire also caused Nigeria's oil production to fall 8 percent per day.

DENSO uses new laying method in water for pipeline protection

Reliable pipeline protection with DENSO: New laying method in water

For the rehabilitation of a drinking water pipeline in a district 200 km north-east of Munich, Germany, DENSO managed to protect weld seams from corrosion quickly and efficiently using a new laying method that floats in water.

Petrobras to sell pipeline unit to Engie for $8.6 billion

Petrobras to sell pipeline unit to Engie for $8.6 billion (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)

ENGIE announces that the consortium in which it holds a majority stake has won the competitive bidding process conducted by Petrobras for the sale of a 90% shareholding in Transportadora Associada de Gás S.A. (TAG) with a final and binding offer amounting to USD 8.6bn.

LIN SCAN successfully inspects unpiggable loading line in UAE using state of the art technology

LIN SCAN successfully cleans unpiggable UAE loading lines

LIN SCAN successfully completed the cleaning and inspection of three strategic crude oil loading lines in the UAE that had been deemed unpiggable.

Within 120 days, thanks to excellent planning and innovation, LIN SCAN carried out the geometric and metal loss inspection survey using its high-resolution Magnetic Flux Leakage tool and submitted digital intelligent inspection reports for the integrity assessment of these lines.

President Trump's Plans for More Pipelines Stalls Amid Regulatory Challenges

Trump signing the Presidential memoranda to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. January 24, 201

U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders last week to speed up the construction of transnational and national pipeline projects.

This comes after making promises on the campaign trail for the presidency to remove regulatory barriers to energy projects.

Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline

Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline (copyright by Gazprom)

Saudi-led Arkad-ABB as well as an international consortium comprising Bonatti, Max Streicher and TNK are vying for final selection in Bulgartransgaz's 474-km natural gas pipeline project which would link Bulgaria to Turkey on its southern border and with Serbia on its western border. A third group led by MOL in Hungary did not meet the project requirements and will no longer be considered.

Texas Oil Production Plummeted in January

Texas oil production dropped in January by 90,000 barrels of oil per day. The decline has been attributed to explorers drilling significantly less after crude oil prices collapsed at the beginning of the year as well as a dearth of pipeline capacity from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

 The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a plenary session (Photo by Diliff, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law. MEPs adopted an overhaul of EU gas market rules on Thursday with 465 votes to 95, and 68 abstentions to extend EU rules (including EU competition rules) to all pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries.

Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC

Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC (Copyright Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire a 70% majority stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, in a private transaction for SAR 259.125 billion (or SAR 123.39 per share), which is equivalent to USD $69.1 billion. The remaining 30% publicly traded shares in SABIC are not part of the transaction, and Saudi Aramco has no plans to acquire these remaining shares. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Trump Overrides Environmental Concerns and Gives Keystone XL a Green Light

Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

President Trump has issued a presidential edict to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border” at Phillips County, Montana, “for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.” The edict thus provides TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company, a significant boost as it considers its final investment decision on the $8 billion project.

ROSEN Group Recognized by Ocensa With a Transformation and Innovation Prize

Members of ROSEN South America (northern region) project team: Jonnathan Perez (Sales Manager), Kathy Diaz (HSE Coordinator), Leonardo Mendoza (Director of Business Execution) and Carlos Cruz (Project Manager).

OCENSA, a large oil transportation company in Colombia, awarded the ROSEN Group with a prize in the category Transformation and Innovation. Every year, the Colombian corporation organizes the event to highlight and recognize the valuable contributions of its contractors and contract managers who distinguish themselves by their achievements, developments and improvements in their contractual relationship with the company. This year, the other award categories were Connected to the Environment, Efficiency, Responsible Management and the Regional Category.

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved (Copyright: Philip Wilson)

Europe's leading pipeline event, the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), has been held successfully from 18 to 21 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The organizer announced that 750 participants from 54 different nations, delegations from almost 80 different pipeline operators as well as 78 exhibitors have joined and contributed to the event. This makes the ptc 2019 the biggest and most successful event so far.

Turkey expects more EU actors in energy exchange market

Construction works in Berat, Albania, December 2016 (Copyright: Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Efforts are being made to expand Turkey's energy exchange market and attract more actors from European countries, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced a few days ago.

The Minister said that gas pipeline projects such as the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) and TurkStream would not only ensure Turkey's security and diversity of supply, but would also play a major role in covering Europe.

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe (Copyright: Mission of Isreal to the EU and NATO)

Israel wants to strengthen its alliance with Cyprus and Greece with a natural gas project in the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

The countries plan to supply gas to Europe from 2025 via a 2,100-kilometer pipeline. The project is expected to cost six billion euros. Israel's axis with Cyprus and Greece had developed in recent years after Israel's relations with Turkey had deteriorated.

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

The Pipeline Transport Institute has completed field activities for inspection of the lightning protection and earthing system at the Béjaïa (Béjaïa, Algeria) regional logistic centre’s loading terminal’s hydrocarbon storage farm of Sonatrach.

On the Bratsva Pipeline through the Ukraine: Russia Says What Europe Wants To Hear

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)

In what could be seen as a sop to placate nervous European and American powers over the future shipment of Russian gas through Nord Stream 2 to Germany, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow is amenable to further shipments of gas via the existing Bratsva and Soyuz pipeline systems, providing certain conditions are met.

"I underline this particularly," Medvedev said, "we don't reject transit through existing pipelines ... we are ready to maintain gas transit through Ukrainian pipelines after 2019."

Stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline Seeks Redress at the US Supreme Court

The interior of the United States Supreme Court (Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0)

Dominion Energy will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a lower court ruling maintaining that U.S. Forest Service did not have the authority to authorize the 974-km Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from crossing a portion of the Appalachian Trail. The three-member Appeals Court also ruled that the Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” by giving the pipeline project the “green light” to cross the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests.

The ACP would originate in West Virginia and run through North Carolina and Virginia.

ILF Consulting Engineers ranked #6 as Top International Design Firm for Pipelines

In 2018 the ENR global sourcebook published its 77th ranking for top international design firms. Once more, ILF Consulting Engineers was able to secure its position as a Top International Design Firm for Pipelines. By being ranked #6 in 2018, ILF was furthermore able to improve its position, compared to rank #10 in 2016.

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