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New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)
New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)

New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry

President Trump's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum has had a poor reception in the United States among energy companies and pipeline manufacturers, who fear they will likely take a hit.

The town of Lamu with its expanding port will be the final destination of the new pipeline (Authentic travel / Shutterstock)
The town of Lamu with its expanding port will be the final destination of the new pipeline (Authentic travel / Shutterstock)

Construction on the 865-km Kenyan Oil Export Pipeline Imminent

Companies that are partnering to build Kenya's first oil export pipeline from the Amosing and Ngamia fields to the port of Lamu on the Indian Ocean expect to reach agreement by mid - 2018. The new pipeline will be approximately 865 km long.

Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Max Sky)
Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Max Sky)

Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline

The 340,000 bpd Sharara, Libya's largest oil field, was recently forced to stop production after the Sharara - Zawiya export pipeline was sabotaged.

Quick work by the National Oil Company (NOC) was able to repair a valve in little more than 24 hours that a local landowner had tampered with, resulting in the loss of nearly 340,000 barrels of oil.

The Grangemouth Oil Raffinery not far from the location of the incident (Copyright by Ineos)
The Grangemouth Oil Raffinery not far from the location of the incident (Copyright by Ineos)

Closure of Forties Pipeline System in the UK Leads to Biggest Industrial Decline Since 2012

For the second time in the past few months the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) in the UK has shut down due to the unexpected closure of the feed control valves on the pipeline supplying the Kinneil gas processing plant.

Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline (Enbridge)
Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline (Enbridge)

Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline

As the name suggests, the multibillion dollar New Line 3 planned by Enbridge is to take the place of Line 3 (or "Old Line 3"). The original 1960 vintage 34-inch diameter pipeline runs 1765-km from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Apart from being old, corroded and prone to mishaps, it lacks the newest technologies that the New Line would have.

Pipeline Vandalism and Theft Plaguing Mexico (corlaffra / Shutterstock)
Pipeline Vandalism and Theft Plaguing Mexico (corlaffra / Shutterstock)

Pipeline Vandalism / Theft Plaguing Mexico

Mexico is experiencing an epidemic of pipeline thefts: This past year, fuel thieves drilled 10,363 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines, or an average of about 28 illegal taps every day. And as one observer noted, these are just the taps that have been found.

Turkish pipeline construction companies likely to get the nod for building a new Kirkuk-Ceyhan connection (ruskpp / Shutterstock)
Turkish pipeline construction companies likely to get the nod for building a new Kirkuk-Ceyhan connection (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

Turkish pipeline construction companies likely to get the nod for building a new Kirkuk-Ceyhan connection

Signaling its preference for Turkish pipeline construction companies to build the new 970-km Kirkuk - Ceyhan export oil pipeline, the Iraqi central government appealed last week for Turkish companies to participate in the pipeline project. Project finance will be along the lines of a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model, which will mitigate risk for the cash-strapped Iraqi government.

Turkish warships on patrol (Thomas Koch / Shutterstock)
Turkish warships on patrol (Thomas Koch / Shutterstock)

Realpolitik, Turkey and Cyprus's Gas Fields

Recently, Cyprus said Eni had discovered a potentially sizeable gas deposit at another target southwest of the island, close to where Greek Cypriots reside on their southern half of the island. But no sooner was the announcement made that Turkey dispatched warships to keep ENI's drillship from reaching the drilling location: Block 3 of the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction (Copyright by ACP)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction (Copyright by ACP)

Whither the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), forecasted to stretch some 966-km through West Virginia, Virginia and ultimately into North Carolina, hit more snags in North Carolina, slowing the approval process down and causing some to wonder if the estimated $5.5 billion, 42 inch gas pipeline will ever be built.

Headquarter of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany
Headquarter of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany

Constitution Pipeline Fails to Make Its Case For Construction

Constitution pipeline, the $1billion gas pipeline project designed to run 200-km from the Marcellus Shale natural gas field in Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, has thus far failed to meet New York's water quality standards and will not be granted a permit to proceed with construction.

Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline (ShiningBlack / Shutterstock)
Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline (ShiningBlack / Shutterstock)

Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline

Jordan and Iraq have agreed to build a twin oil and gas pipeline from Basra to Aqaba. The new pipeline will help to meet Jordan’s energy needs.

The framework agreement is set to be signed between the Iraq Ministry of Oil and Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills by Energy Transfer in Ohio (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock)
FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills by Energy Transfer in Ohio (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock)

FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills

Energy Transfer Partners troubled $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline, carrying fracked gas 1150 km across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Canada, has had another accident with a spill of fluids into wetlands near the Tuscarawas River in Ohio.

Gas Pipeline Bursting in Delta State of Nigeria Devastates Local Community (Peter Hermes Furian / Shutterstock)
Gas Pipeline Bursting in Delta State of Nigeria Devastates Local Community (Peter Hermes Furian / Shutterstock)

Gas Pipeline Bursting in Delta State of Nigeria Devastates Local Community

A gas pipeline running through the Ugbokodo community in the Okpe Local Government Area and operated by the Nigerian Gas Company exploded several weeks ago, causing extensive material damage but sparing the loss of any human lives.

Management of the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC, has already begun the process of fixing the gas pipeline.

A simple outdoor chapel like this one in California can cause problems for pipeline operators (LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock)
A simple outdoor chapel like this one in California can cause problems for pipeline operators (LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock)

Roman Catholic Nuns Stand Against the Completion of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

An order of Roman Catholic nuns near Columbia in Pennsylvania has vowed to continue its protest against the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, a $3 billion, 187-mile project to carry fracked natural gas from wells in the Marcellus Shale formation of Pennsylvania to markets along the East Coast.

Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast (jukurae / Shutterstock)
Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast (jukurae / Shutterstock)

Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast

Nearly three years have passed since Plains All American Pipeline 901, a 24-inch subterranean oil pipeline, burst near Refugio State Beach, sending an estimated 140,000 gallons of sticky crude oil down under the U.S. Hwy 101 and into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara.

TurkStream: Construction of receiving terminal begins (Copyright: TurkStream)
TurkStream: Construction of receiving terminal begins (Copyright: TurkStream)

TurkStream: Construction of receiving terminal begins

South Stream has announced the start of construction works on the receiving terminal of the TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline. The project is now being implemented in three construction areas: onshore Russia, onshore Turkey and offshore in the Black Sea.

30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea
30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea

30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea

The Yalu River running through Manchuria has long served as the well-known border between China and North Korea. What is less known, but equally significant, is the short, aging 30 km Friendship Pipeline constructed in part under the Yalu.

Russia to Finance a Feasibility Study on Building a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline from Iran to Pakistan (Sergey_R / Shutterstock)
Russia to Finance a Feasibility Study on Building a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline from Iran to Pakistan (Sergey_R / Shutterstock)

Russia to Finance a Feasibility Study on Building a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline from Iran to Pakistan

Making headway on an idea that has been discussed for at least a decade, Russia and Pakistan have reached a preliminary agreement to build a multibillion dollar offshore pipeline for the transport of Iranian gas to Pakistan and possibly to India.

While the agreement has yet to codified in an official written document, observers believe this will soon happen.

Iraq / Iran Sign Major Oil Swap Deal (Kent Weakley / Shutterstock)
Iraq / Iran Sign Major Oil Swap Deal (Kent Weakley / Shutterstock)

Iraq / Iran Sign Major Oil Swap Deal

In the first oil deal of its kind since Iraqi forces re-established control over Kirkuk in the northern part of the country earlier this year, Iraq has agreed to swap 60,000 barrels of oil per day for Iranian oil. The oil will be delivered by tanker truck to the border area of Kermanshah, where Iran has a refinery. Iran will deliver an equal amount of oil to Iraq's southern ports in Basra.

Gas Interconnection in the EU To Improve With 182 km pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria (argus / Shutterstock)
Gas Interconnection in the EU To Improve With 182 km pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria (argus / Shutterstock)

Gas Interconnection in the EU To Improve With 182 km pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria

After numerous delays extending literally for years, a 182 km new gas pipeline connection between Greece and Bulgaria appears to be moving forward.

More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)
More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

East Med Pipeline To Boost Europe's Energy Security

In yet another effort to enhance European energy security by diversifying sources away from Russia, a consortium of countries including Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Israel will build an 1900 km gas pipeline from the Levantine Basin in the eastern Mediterranean to Greece and Italy in 2025.

Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures (Sergey Tarasov / Shutterstock)
Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures (Sergey Tarasov / Shutterstock)

Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures

A new study appointed by Honeywell shows that most industrial companies are not adopting their cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, although cyber attacks have increased around the globe.