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Al Mahrah in Yemen (TUBS / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Al Mahrah in Yemen (TUBS / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Saudi Arabia Looks to War Torn Yemen as a Venue for Another Export Oil Pipeline

In a precautionary move designed to give Saudi Arabia more oil export options in the unlikely event that Iran closes down the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the government of Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia intends to build an alternative pipeline from its borders through the Yemeni district of Al Mahrah to the Arabian Sea.

GASCADE-Employees are checking the construction (Copyright: Gascade)
GASCADE-Employees are checking the construction (Copyright: Gascade)

EUGAL: Approval for Northern Section Obtained

Construction of the section of the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) in Saxony, Germany, can begin in September. The planning approval decision was handed over to the company in charge of the project, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, by the Dresden office of the state authorities in Saxony today, Thursday, 6 September 2018.

Permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline granted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (NittyG  / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline granted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (NittyG / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline granted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Over a year ago a judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would again need to review the environmental impact of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. The Army Corps has now completed that second review and renewed the permit for the pipeline.

The train brings EUGAL pipes to selected train stations (Copyright: EUGAL)
The train brings EUGAL pipes to selected train stations (Copyright: EUGAL)

EUGAL Pipeline: 292 km of the project awarded to Bonatti and Max Streicher

Gascade, a subsidiary of BASF and Gazprom, has awarded the construction of 6 lots of the EUGAL Gas Pipeline to the Joint Venture between Bonatti and Max Streicher. The Pipeline will be powered by the Nord Stream 2, the gas transport network that connects Siberia to the heart of Europe via the Baltic Sea. The overall route of EUGAL is around 480 km long (Line 1 / 480 km; Line 2 / 329 km)

Horizon of Persian Gulf in South Pars area (Alireza824 / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Horizon of Persian Gulf in South Pars area (Alireza824 / CC BY-SA 3.0)

China's CNPC to Acquire Majority Stake in Promising South Pars Iranian Gas Project

Seeing no viable way to continue its operations in Iran without being severely penalized by US President Donald Trump's renewed sanctions, French oil giant Total has opted to sell its stake in Iran's South Pars Gas Development to China's state-owned energy company CNPC and head home.

Outlook: Global Energy Transition to Push Investments in Natural Gas and LNG (Leonardo da / Shutterstock)
Outlook: Global Energy Transition to Push Investments in Natural Gas and LNG (Leonardo da / Shutterstock)

Outlook: Global Energy Transition to Push Investments in Natural Gas and LNG

Confidence in the case for gas is growing, according to a survey by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the industry. The vast majority (86%) of the 813 senior industry professionals surveyed agree that gas - the least carbon-intensive fossil fuel - will play an increasingly important role in the global energy mix over the next decade, up from 77% last year.

US grants Liderroll another definitive patent for In-Tunnel Pipeline Construction
US grants Liderroll another definitive patent for In-Tunnel Pipeline Construction

US grants Liderroll another definitive patent for In-Tunnel Pipeline Construction

Liderroll has achieved a major victory in the United States: US authorities have granted the definitive patent in the country for a special invention that will change the parameters of tunnel construction. This patent will give exclusivity to Liderroll to manufacture and install concave supports in tunnels made by tunnel boring machines (TBM).

Caspian Sea Agreement Injects New Hope in Long Dormant Pipeline Plans for the Region
Caspian Sea Agreement Injects New Hope in Long Dormant Pipeline Plans for the Region

Caspian Sea Agreement Injects New Hope in Long Dormant Pipeline Plans for the Region

After decades of political and legal wrangling the five littoral states to the Caspian Sea have agreed to the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, clarifying maritime borders and granting each state sovereign rights to the sea.

Example for illegal pipeline tapping (copyright: ptc-paper-database)
Example for illegal pipeline tapping (copyright: ptc-paper-database)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law of criminal liability for tappings into pipelines

The respective document is placed on the official legal information resource. The new law augments the article 215.3 (Disabling Oil, Gas and Petroleum Products Pipelines) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with a new clause.

BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies Business (BHGE)
BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies Business (BHGE)

BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies Business

Baker Hughes, a GE company, has broken ground on a new European Customer Solutions Center (CSC) for its Inspection Technologies (IT) business, one of the world's leading providers of non-destructive testing (NDT). The CSC will be housed on IT’s existing Wunstorf, Germany site and will be the flagship CSC for European customers and partners.

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (DDCoral / Shutterstock)
Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (DDCoral / Shutterstock)

Transboundary Pipeline Construction Booming Between the United States and Mexico

A record number of gas pipelines are being built for the surging Mexican power market, the recipient of abundant gas supplies from the Permian Basin across the border in the United States. Indeed the volume of gas exports has tripled in the past ten years. Presently 4.9 billion cu ft per day are exported to Mexico.

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)
Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations

A bomb attack on the 780-km, 210,000 bpd Cano Limon Covenas oil pipeline in Columbia has forced Ecopetrol SA, the state - run oil company, to suspend operations.

The pipeline has been a target some 60 times this year by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s sole remaining active guerrilla group, and ELN is suspected of this most recent sabotage as well.

Merkel and Putin meet to talk about Baltic Sea Gas Pipeilne (photocosmos1 / Shutterstock).
Merkel and Putin meet to talk about Baltic Sea Gas Pipeilne (photocosmos1 / Shutterstock).

Merkel and Putin to meet for talks about Nord Stream 2

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin are set to meet each other in Berlin this Saturday for talks about the controversial Baltic Sea Gas Pipeline, Nord Stream 2, which has been the target of raging criticism by US president Donald Trump and his administration.

NGPL Right-of-Way in Illinois (Copyright: Kinder Morgan)
NGPL Right-of-Way in Illinois (Copyright: Kinder Morgan)

US tariffs hike expected to hit Kinder Morgan gas pipeline project

US-President Donald Trump announced Friday to double tariffs on steel imported from Turkey to 50%. This could put additional pressure on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Gulf Coast Express Pipeline and dampen prospects for future US natural gas projects.

Currently, 700 Trucks Like This One Are On The Roads Between Nairobi And Mombasa. The New Pipeline Makes Them Obsolete ( Philou1000 / Shutterstock)
Currently, 700 Trucks Like This One Are On The Roads Between Nairobi And Mombasa. The New Pipeline Makes Them Obsolete ( Philou1000 / Shutterstock)

Nairobi-Mombasa refined products pipeline completed

State-run Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) announced the finalization of a refined products pipeline linking Kenya’s capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa. The 450 km pipeline projects reduces the local traffic, commuting daily between these two cities, by almost 700 oil tanker trucks per day.

A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)
A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)

TransCanada has awarded Spiecapag and Macro Pipelines to build two sections for the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline project in Canada

Canadian energy infrastructure operator TransCanada Corporation has awarded a contract to a joint venture made up of Spiecapag Canada Corp, a VINCI subsidiary and operational leader, and Macro Pipelines Inc. to build two sections of gas pipeline in the province of Vancouver, British Columbia.

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021
TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

The joint, nationwide market area to be established in Germany will presumably start operations on 1 October 2021. This is the date the German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have agreed with the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the national regulatory authority.

President Trump's Tariffs on Imported Steel Complicating U.S. Pipeline Construction (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)
President Trump's Tariffs on Imported Steel Complicating U.S. Pipeline Construction (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)

President Trump's Tariffs on Imported Steel Complicating U.S. Pipeline Construction

The Trump administration's decision to unilaterally impose import tariffs on steel has not been well received by American pipeline companies. Across the board there have been nearly 21,000 requests for exclusions submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce. 500 such petitions involve steel or steel-related products.

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)
US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry

The Trump administration, seeking to justify its fascination with coal, a product that is increasingly out of favor with most other industrialized countries worldwide, is arguing that gas pipelines are too vulnerable to hacking, threatening American energy security. Therefore, the United States, it is argued, need more coal in the energy mix.

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation (Egorov Artem / Shutterstock)
OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation (Egorov Artem / Shutterstock)

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation

The Organization of Oil-producing Countries (OPEC) tries to convince Russia to a closer cooperation. For this reason, Saudi Arabia proposed granting Russia observer status. A Russian representative confirmed the offer to the press: "This option exists and is under consideration. We are currently studying this question carefully," said the confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin.