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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (© Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (© Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

FERC Approves Mountain Valley Pipeline Plan Amendment

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on Friday, April 8, 2022, issued an order amending the 2017 Mountain Valley pipeline certificate to allow the line developers to bore under water bodies instead of the earlier approved open-cut method.

Turkmenistan gas production (© Shutterstock/GrAl)
Turkmenistan gas production (© Shutterstock/GrAl)

Vision of Bringing Turkmenistan's Gas Reserves to Europe With the Caspian Connector

Trans Caspian Resources, an American company dedicated to delivering natural gas from Turkmenistan's prodigious offshore fields in the Caspian Sea to external markets, has proposed a novel idea to begin such deliveries:  the Caspian Connector.

Wilhelmshaven on the map (© Shutterstock/a40757)
Wilhelmshaven on the map (© Shutterstock/a40757)

OGE To Build A New Pipeline Link Between Wilhelmshaven And NETRA

Open Grid Europe (OGE), Germany's largest pipeline operator, is planning to build a 30-km liquified natural gas link from the prospective new LNG terminal in Germany's deepest port in Wilhelmshaven.  The link will run from Wilhelmshaven to NETRA ((Norddeutsche Erdgas Transversale), a long-distance pipeline taking gas further south and east, reaching NETRA at a point near the Etzel underground s

Rift between Germany and Russia (© Shutterstock/Ink Drop)
Rift between Germany and Russia (© Shutterstock/Ink Drop)

Germany Making Great Strides In Weaning Itself From Russian Energy

Germany is taking concrete steps to end its dependency on Russian energy:  Imports of oil and coal from Russia will come to an end during the course of 2022.  Stopping the flow of natural gas to Germany will not happen as quickly, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz assures us it will be "very soon."

Eastern Mediterranean satelite image (© Shutterstock/Capitano Footage)
Eastern Mediterranean satelite image (© Shutterstock/Capitano Footage)

EastMed Gas Pipeline of Common Interest in Europe amid Tensions With Russia, Talks Revived

The urge for Europe to diversify away from Russian energy supplies amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis has revived talks about the EastMed gas pipeline, which carries gas from Eastern Mediterranean to South-East Europe and Greece.

The European Commission, however, insists on the need for the project to prove its commercial viability before approving it.

Pipelines between Russia and Europe (© Shutterstock/vchal)
Pipelines between Russia and Europe (© Shutterstock/vchal)

[Opinion] The Seeds Of European Reliance On Russian Gas And Pipelines

More than four decades ago the CIA warned in a memorandum to then President Ronald Reagan that "the 5,633-km gas pipeline from Siberia to Germany is a direct threat to the future of Western Europe, it said, creating 'serious repercussions' from a dangerous reliance on Russian fuel."

Baker Hughes Building (© Shutterstock/nitpicker)
Baker Hughes Building (© Shutterstock/nitpicker)

Greece to Receive Hydrogen-Ready Turbo-Compression Technology for Pipeline

Leading energy technology firm Baker Hughes (NASDAQ: BKR), on March 31, 2022, announced that it had won a contract to supply gas turbines and compressors with the ability to operate on a blend of hydrogen and natural gas.

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Argentina on the map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)

Argentina Gets $2.3 Billion Bid for New Natural Gas Pipeline Project to Widen Gas Exports

Argentina has received a $2.3 billion bid for the supply of steel pipes for the construction of a new pipeline project. According to a webcast of the auction, the state-owned firm handling the nation's gas imports, IEASA, on March 31, 2022, received a bid to supply 656 kilometers worth of pipeline.

OGE headquarters in Essen, Germany (© Open Grid Europe)
OGE headquarters in Essen, Germany (© Open Grid Europe)

OGE To Build A Pipeline Transportation Network For CO2 In Germany

Germany's largest pipeline operator, Open Grid Europe (OGE), managing over 12 000-km of natural gas pipelines throughout Germany, is planning even more with the construction of a 1000-km pipeline network for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) for the eventual transport of up to 18 million tons per year of the greenhouse gas from German industrial centers to North Sea ports.

Flags of Spain & Italy (© Shutterstock/Aritra Deb)
Flags of Spain & Italy (© Shutterstock/Aritra Deb)

Italy's Draghi Discussed Italy-Spain Pipeline Idea with Sanchez

Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, announced on Thursday, March 31, 2022, that he had discussed plans to construct a gas pipeline from Italy to Spain with the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, in a bit to help Europe is shifting from Russian gas dependency.

Draghi said that they discussed the idea of the Italy-Spain pipeline both in Rome and at the European Council.

Office building of the ENN Group (© Shutterstock/junrong)
Office building of the ENN Group (© Shutterstock/junrong)

Energy Transfer Sign 20-Year LNG Sale and Purchase Deal with China’s ENN

Energy companies ENN Energy Holdings Limited, ENN Natural Gas, and Energy Transfer LP announced on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, that ENN Energy and ENN NG have signed an LNG sale and purchase agreements with Energy Transfer LNG.

Port Kembla, Australia (© Shutterstock/Harley Kingston)
Port Kembla, Australia (© Shutterstock/Harley Kingston)

Corinth Pipeworks Wins Contract for Hydrogen Pipeline Project in Australia

Corinth Pipeworks, a steel pipe segment of Cenergy Holdings, announced the award of contract for Port Kembla Lateral Pipeline project by Jemena Asset Management Pty Ltd to its wholly-owned subsidiary, CPW America Co.

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[Ask the Experts] Submit questions on “Hydrogen transport - conversion, replacement, etc"

Each month, the "Ask the Experts" section focuses on a new topic of particular relevance to the pipeline industry.

We would like to invite you to send in your questions which will afterwards be answered publicly by selected experts from the respective field.

Flags of the Republic of Turkey and the State of Israel (© Shutterstock/patera)
Flags of the Republic of Turkey and the State of Israel (© Shutterstock/patera)

Israel-Turkey Gas Pipeline Could Be Europe's Alternative to Russian Energy

Europe is engaging in a behind-the-scene discussion of the ambitious Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal to provide an alternative to the huge Russian energy supplies comprising more than 40% of gas used in Europe.

The flag of the USA (© Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)
The flag of the USA (© Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)

Washington Fed. Regulators Scale Back Gas Pipeline’s Environmental Impact Assessment Plan

Federal energy regulators on Thursday March 24, 2022 rolled back plans to consider conducting an assessment to determine how natural gas projects affect climate change, citing pushback from lawmakers and the industry leaders.

Robert Habeck - Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)
Robert Habeck - Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)

German government prepares for shortfall in gas supplies from Russia

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) today declared the early warning stage of the Gas Emergency Plan as a precautionary measure. A reliable supply continues to be guaranteed, Federal Minister for Economic Affiars and Climate Acrion Robert Habeck emphasized.

Sign on the office building of the NaftoGaz Group in Kyiv (© Shutterstock/Ksenia Lada)
Sign on the office building of the NaftoGaz Group in Kyiv (© Shutterstock/Ksenia Lada)

Russian Natural Gas Still Flowing Through The Ukraine to Europe

As war continues to rage in the Ukraine, Naftogaz, the state energy company responsible for operating the country's network of 38,550-km of gas pipelines, works around the clock to service 12 million households in the Ukraine as well as myriad customers in the European Union.

Total head office in Paris, France (© Shutterstock/HJBC)
Total head office in Paris, France (© Shutterstock/HJBC)

Total Seeking A Way Out From Taking Russian Oil Via The Druschba Pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin's War of Aggression in the Ukraine has driven the oil and gas industry to rethink its relationship with the hydrocarbon - rich Russian Federation. The Druschba Oil pipeline has been central to that relationship.

Reichstag building, seat of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), in Berlin (© Shutterstock/MDart10)
Reichstag building, seat of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), in Berlin (© Shutterstock/MDart10)

German Government Mandating Natural Gas Storage Fill Levels Be Sufficiently High

In the wake of the 2022 winter which saw the gas storage fill levels sink to historic lows, the German Bundestag met over the weekend to affirm that the gas storage operators are required to fill storage facilities up to 90 percent of capacity by 1 November of each year.  To this end the Bundestag passed a corresponding law.  

Flags of Germany and Norway (© Shutterstock/ruskpp)
Flags of Germany and Norway (© Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Germany and Norway Agree To A Feasibility Study On Building A Hydrogen Pipeline

Germany's Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck visited Norway earlier this month to discuss how Germany and Norway could work together to develop a hydrogen pipeline link between the two countries.  

H₂ercules Planning Map (© OGE/RWE)
H₂ercules Planning Map (© OGE/RWE)

OGE And RWE Building The Foundation For Germany's First Hydrogen Fast Track: H2ercules

Open Grid Europe (OGE) and Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk Aktiengesellschaft (RWE), German powerhouses in the transmission and production of energy respectively, are teaming up to lead Germany and the rest of Europe (if not the world) in the development of a new hydrogen industry and infrastructure dubbed H2ercules.

IGB Project (Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) Map (@ICGB AD)
IGB Project (Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) Map (@ICGB AD)

Long-delayed Greece-Bulgaria Gas Pipeline Will Be Ready by Late June, Says Bulgaria's PM

The long-awaited gas pipeline transporting natural gas from Greece to Bulgaria will be ready in late June and enter operations in September 2022, Bulgaria PM disclosed on Monday, 21 March 2022. The Greece-Bulgaria pipeline will help reduce Bulgaria's reliance on Russian gas, which constitutes a better proportion of Bulgaria's domestic gas consumption.

Red sand dunes and rock formations of Bajdah (@2021 NEOM)
Red sand dunes and rock formations of Bajdah (@2021 NEOM)

Saudi Arabia Announces construction of Neom’s $5 Billion Green Hydrogen Plant

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will start the construction of a $5 billion hydrogen plant in Neom this month to produce carbon-free hydrogen anticipated to be export-ready in the next four years to help transition to clean energy. The facility contracted by US-based firm Air Products and Chemicals Inc. will be located at Northwestern Saudi Arabia.