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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.

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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.

 Installation of Nordstream 2 gas pipes (Copyright by Shutterstock/Stefan Dinse)
Installation of Nordstream 2 gas pipes (Copyright by Shutterstock/Stefan Dinse)

Denmark Under Pressure to Acquiesce to Nordstream 2

With over 2000 km of subsea pipeline laid for Nordstream 2 Gazprom and its European partners are ratcheting up the pressure on Denmark to grant access for the pipeline through its exclusive economic zone.  This route would save the project significant time and money.  Still it is by no means certain the Danes will go along.

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a short chat with apprentices of Herrenknecht (Copyright by Herrenknecht)
German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a short chat with apprentices of Herrenknecht (Copyright by Herrenknecht)

Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visits Herrenknecht in Schwanau

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel reiterated this during her visit to Herrenknecht AG on October 7, 2019. On a tour of the plant premises, company founder and Chairman of the Board of Management Dr.- Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht showed the Chancellor the tunnelling technology developed and manufactured by Herrenknecht to enable challenging projects.

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Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

Enbridge Energy's Aging Line 3 To Be Examined by Minnesota Regulators

Minnesota regulators at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will take up the approval process for Enbridge Energy's controversial plan to replace its decrepit Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

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Creaform Logo (Copyright by Creaform)

Creaform Expands European Coverage of its CUBE-R, the new generation of 3D scanning CMM

Creaform, a internationally known company in portable and automated 3D measurement solutions, today announced that two European distributors, EMS in Belgium, and Measurement Solutions LDT in the UK, will be demonstrating and selling CUBE-R™.

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PHMSA Logo (copyright by PHMSA)

New PHMSA Rules to Enhance Pipeline Safety in the United States

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), otherwise known as America's pipeline regulator, has been deliberating for years on ways to strengthen its regulatory framework and at long last issued three new pipeline safety rules that will materially affect the way the over 804,672 km of pipelines are operated in the United States.

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Raajev Sharma & Luc Perrad (copyright by DENSO Group Germany)

DENSO Group Germany strengthens its international focus

DENSO Group Germany expands its international presence with two new sales positions. Rajeev Sharma, a proven industry expert, located in Dubai, is responsible for the regions Middle East & Asia Pacific. Luc Perrad, looking back at over 20 years of worldwide experience, represents excellent technical sales.

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STOPPLE fittings (copyright by TDW)

T.D. Williamson Hot Tapping and Plugging Fittings Fully Comply with New European Code

T.D. Williamson (TDW) is releasing a standard offering for isolation fittings that fully complies with the new EN-13480 code, the European standard that replaces national codes in many countries.
 
With their all-new engineered design—which the company calls the ProSeries™ Advantage—the TDW STOPPLE® and STOPPLE Plus fittings meet EN-13480’s high standard for safety.
 

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minteg southern north sea success (copyright by EnerMech)

MInteg Secures Largest Asset Inspection Contract

MInteg has been awarded its largest contract to date and will supply inspection services to a major oil and gas operator in the Southern North Sea. The EnerMech subsidiary specialises in inspection and integrity and expects to create up to 15 new posts in Great Yarmouth to service the five-year contract.
 

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Khurais oil plant (copyright by Saudi Aramco)

Suspected drone attacks knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production

The recent drone attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais have caused the loss of 5.7 million barrel oil per day. Houthi rebels claimed responsability while Saudi Arabia and the US are investigating who caused the damage.

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STATS Group signing MoU (copyright by STATS Group)

STATS Group Signs MoU To Provide Technology On Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project

Pipeline technology specialist, STATS Group, (STATS) has signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will significantly increase their presence on Sakhalin-2, Russia’s first offshore gas project.

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Trans Mountain pipeline project: Protest (copyright by Shutterstock/Yeexin Richelle)

50,000 + Canadians Attempting to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline Before Operation

In an effort to induce the Zurich Insurance Group, Trans Mountain Pipeline's insurer, to accelerate its decision to pull out of projects in Canada's oil sands sector, more than 50,000 people have signed a petition asking the company to drop its coverage of the pipeline.

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Midia Gas Development (copyright by Black Sea Oil & Gas)

Transgaz to Begin First Offshore Gas Development Project in the Romanian Black Sea Since the Fall of Communism in 1989

Transgaz, the Romanian gas transmission company and Black Sea Oil & Gas, together with its co-venture partners Petro Ventures Resources and Gas Plus International, have signed an agreement to build a 24.37 km pipeline that will feed gas from Black Sea wells into the national gas infrastructure system, the economy ministry said on Friday.  

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Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)

Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline recieves another penalty

Sunoco Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has been fined $319,000 for violating environmental regulations pertaining to its Mariner East pipeline system, which is the latest among $13.5 million in penalties assessed on the controversial project in numerous counties of Pennsylvania since 2017.

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Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

As TAPI Reaches Its End Problems Mount

The protracted, 1,814-km transboundary Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, with construction actually starting in Turkmenistan in December of 2015, has witnessed reported  large -scale violations on a 200-km section from Multan (where Alexander the Great was said to have been killed by a poisoned arrow) to the Indian border.

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Cylindrical steel pipes (copyright by Shutterstock/khan3145)

Corinth Pipeworks wins Baltic Pipe offshore contract

Energinet has awarded a contract to Corinth Pipeworks S.A..  As part of the Danish offshore part (Energinet LOT1) of the Baltic Pipe pipeline the contract comprises 114km of steel pipes with three-layer polyethylene anti-corrosion coating weighing about 43.000 tonnes, epoxy lining and concrete weight coating.

Akselos CEO Thomas Leurent (left) and Bilfinger CEO Tom Blades (right) at Offshore Europe 2019. (copyright Bilfinger)
Akselos CEO Thomas Leurent (left) and Bilfinger CEO Tom Blades (right) at Offshore Europe 2019. (copyright Bilfinger)

Bilfinger and Akselos Form Partnership: Digital Twin of Complex Structural Assets for Near Real-Time Integrity Assessment

Industrial services provider Bilfinger and deep tech start-up Akselos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Akselos’ breakthrough Digital Twin technology for complex assets in the offshore and process industries. A digital replica of a large and complex asset’s civil structure ensures a near real-time assessment, based on its current integrity status.

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Turkey and Bulgaria (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)

Eastern European Transboundary Gas Pipeline Project To Be Signed This Week

Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, announced at the 12th Annual Summer University of GERB Youth Organization that a gas pipeline contract from Turkey through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria is expected to be signed on 5 September 2019.   He added that the energy project will help to ensure diversification of supplies and that together with the gas interconnector, Greece will achi