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Quest Integrated and Qanta Inline Devices merger (coypright by QI2 Elements)
Quest Integrated and Qanta Inline Devices merger (coypright by QI2 Elements)

Qi2 Elements Enters the Market with Aplomb

Quest Integrated, LLC and Qanta Inline Devices, LLC, two highly respected technology leaders in the far-reaching pipeline industry, have decided to merge their respective capabilities to form Qi2 Elements, thereby forming the foundation for developing a new technology driven industry leader in providing "superior storage tank and pipeline inspection and integrity m

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The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)

State Department Readying to Levy Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Companies

Up to now, the Trump administration has merely threatened to impose sanctions on any company assisting with the construction of Nord Stream 2 on the floor of the Baltic.  During the past several weeks, as construction on the last few kilometers has begun despite the threats, the U.S.

Schwerin castle, seat of federal state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (copyright by Shutterstock/Simon Maas)
Schwerin castle, seat of federal state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (copyright by Shutterstock/Simon Maas)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Establishes A Foundation for Nord Stream 2

The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Parliament voted last week to create its own foundation for the further construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, with the coalition caucuses of the SPD, CDU and even the Linke all voting for this option. The AfD party withheld its vote.

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Pakistan flag with drilling platforms and oil wells (copyright by Shutterstock/Comdas)

Pakistan To Build Short Distance Gas Pipeline For Power Generation

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) of Pakistan, has charged KE, the only vertically-integrated power utility in Pakistan, with the construction and operation of a 2.4-km short distance gas pipeline.

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Waving flags of Denmark and Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/esfera)

Germany and Denmark Sign Groundbreaking Gas Supply Agreement

For the first time in their bilateral relationship Germany and Denmark have signed late last month an agreement on gas solidarity to ensure that in times of supply crises they will come to each other's aid and help their neighbor out. Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Denmark’s Minister

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Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Special Pipe-Laying Vessel Fortuna Leaves the Nord Stream 2 Construction Site

Fortuna, the Russian pipe-laying vessel, has successfully completed the 2,6-km section of the Nord Stream 2 subsea gas pipeline in German territorial waters and is traveling to the Hanseatic German port of Wismar. The parent Nord Stream AG in Zug, Switzerland, said the ship will resume construction of the pipeline in Danish territorial waters by mid January.

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Marker for natural gas pipeline partly buried in snow after winter storm (copyright by Shutterstock/Imageforge)

'Northeaster' Underscores Need For Additional Gas Pipelines in New England

Storm Gail, the northeast United States' biggest winter storm in a decade has focussed minds on the insufficient energy infrastructure in the country, particularly limited gas pipeline capacity to supply all the fuel needed for both heat and power generation during the coldest of days.

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A tanker ship photographed from the air being unloaded in port (copyright by Shutterstock/Avigator Fortuner)

Cost Considerations Roil The Druzhba Transboundary Oil Pipeline

Over one year ago Russian oil contaminated with organic chlorides was shipped in the Druzhba transboundary pipeline to Belarus, Poland, Hungary, the Ukraine and Germany, et al.  In the interim no satisfactory answer to what actually happened has been provided.

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European Union flag infront of the European Commission (copyright by Shutterstock/symbiot)

EU Funds For Cross-Border Gas Pipeline Projects Dry Up

The construction of gas pipelines within the EU has been facilitated in the recent past by the institution's support for cross-border energy projects, meaning they can receive EU funding and fast-tracked permits, according to the TEN-E (Trans European Network) rules.

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Connecting Pipe Sections Above Water (copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Pipe Laying Work On Nord Stream 2 Commences Again In The Baltic

Undeterred by the threat of punitive sanctions if work on Nord Stream 2 resumes, the construction of the last hundred plus meters of the gas pipeline on the seabed of the Baltic picked up again after a one year hiatus.

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Hydrogen molecules (copyright by Shutterstock/Anusorn Nakdee)

Commercial Use of Hydrogen Looms Large With the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

The Pipeline Technology Journal (PTJ) has made several references the past weeks to European pipeliners looking into the possibility of transporting hydrogen through the existing network of gas pipelines crisscrossing Europe.

View of the sea and the end of a pipeline from inside of a pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/Luka)
View of the sea and the end of a pipeline from inside of a pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/Luka)

The Canadian Keystone XL Siren Song

Keystone XL, first proposed over 12 years ago and given little chance for completion with the incoming and generally anti - fossil fuel Joe Biden administration, is pulling out all the stops in one last ditch effort to make its ultimate demise politically impossible. 

Snam Headquarters - San Donato Milanese (copyright by Snam)
Snam Headquarters - San Donato Milanese (copyright by Snam)

Italian Gas Pipeline Operator Sets Ambitious Goal

Italy’s Snam SpA, one of Europe’s largest gas pipeline operators, has set a net zero emissions target for 2040 to be achieved with an increased investment in green energy and hydrogen projects. In its 2020 to 2024 strategic plan, this Italian operator will invest €7.4 billion which is €1 billion more, for its energy transition.

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Company nameplate at the Hamburg office of DNV GL (copyright by Shutterstock/Hieronymus Ukkel)

Den Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd Opts Out of Nord Stream 2

Den Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL), the acclaimed international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Norway and frequent and valuable participant in the annual Berlin Pipeline Technology Conference, has announced that it has had to stop working on Nord Stream 2 under the threat of US sanctions.

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Russia-China pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/alexmlx)

The China-Russia East Natural Gas Pipeline Brings Environmental Dividends

One of the worst polluted places in China (and hence the world) will likely become much less so when the middle portion of the 1,100-km China-Russia East natural gas pipeline is put into operation as it reaches its end point in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region of northern China.

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Pipeline in the mountains (copyright by Shutterstock/BILD LLC)

Growing concern by Canada’s Energy regulator

There is growing concern by Canada’s Energy regulator for the financial viability of two major pipeline projects. The first is the Trans Mountain expansion project and the second concerns construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Data analysis chart (copyright by Shutterstock/Vintage Tone)

Australia raises from 4th to third place in Ernst & Young’s (EY) index

Ernst & Young’s (EY) latest bi-annual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index measuring investment in renewable energy by 40 countries has raised Australia from 4th to third place, behind China and the United States. The improvement in Australia’s ranking owes much to its planned investment in green hydrogen and solar energy export projects.