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Fortuna in the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/ Karsten_1)
Fortuna in the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/ Karsten_1)

The Difficult Birth of Russia's Gas Link to Germany, Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2, with but 15-km of undersea pipe laying to go, is back in the news this week with additional U.S. sanctions being imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, ship owner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta, the State Department said in a report to congressional committees. A copy of the report was seen by Reuters.

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Libyan national flag (copyright by Shutterstock/Leo Altman)

[Opinion] Re-Integrating the Libyan Pipeline Networks

Libya is one of OPEC members and possesses 7 Oil Exporting Ports along the 2,000 km on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, giving it the advantage of being the most attractive customer to the European Refineries, besides its crude high API viscosity. In the last decade, Libya suffered from political conflict and security instability.

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Flag of Ukraine (copyright by Shutterstock/E. S. Nugraha)

Ukraine Discussed Guarantees Over Nord Stream 2 with US and Germany

Following the completion of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the energy ministers of Ukraine, the United States, and Germany met on Monday to discuss guarantees for Ukraine's future as a transit country. Ukraine's energy minister said the discussions focused on Ukraine's future.

Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)
Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)

Iran Eyes The Prospect Of Supplying Europe With Gas

Iran has long sought to play a role in Europe's burgeoning natural gas market and various factors, especially geopolitics, have worked against it.  Now, in the wake of a new natural gas discovery in the Iranian section of the Caspian Sea, this could be changing.

ROSEN hydrogen testing facility (copyright by ROSEN Group)
ROSEN hydrogen testing facility (copyright by ROSEN Group)

ROSEN Establishes Its Own Hydrogen Testing Capabilities

The energy industry as a whole has come to realize the potential of hydrogen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. However, this hydrogen economy cannot function without a safe and efficient infrastructure. A large part of hydrogen transportation will take place via existing gas networks and/or newly constructed pipelines dedicated to hydrogen.

MDS platform (copyright by T.D.Williamson)
MDS platform (copyright by T.D.Williamson)

T.D. Williamson Completes First MDS Pipeline Inspection in Kenya

TDW performed the inspection on a new, 20-inch diameter refined multi-product transmission pipeline that runs 450 km (279 mi) from Mombasa to Nairobi using TDW multiple dataset (MDS) technology. The pipeline is owned and operated by the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).

Pernis refinery near Rotterdam (copyright by Photogtaphic Services Shell International Limited)
Pernis refinery near Rotterdam (copyright by Photogtaphic Services Shell International Limited)

MSA Safety And Shell Continue Their 30-Year Partnership

MSA Safety announced it has been named a preferred supplier of portable gas detection equipment for Royal Dutch Shell.  This is part of a three-year agreement to supply portable gas detection equipment and other safety technology to Shell’s offshore and onshore facilities and installations worldwide. The agreement continues the 30 years of cooperation between Shell and MSA.

Offshore rig for oil and gas (copyright by Shutterstock/Mr.PK)
Offshore rig for oil and gas (copyright by Shutterstock/Mr.PK)

CNOOC Accepts Delivery Of Buzzard Phase II Module

In the Scottish part of the North Sea, Chinese state-owned energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp. International Ltd. (CNOOC), has accepted delivery of a new topsides module for its Buzzard Phase II project, some 96 km northeast of the port of Aberdeen, at a depth of about 96 m of water.

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US cyber security concept (copyright by Shutterstock/Pixels Hunter)

The United States Proposes Country Sanctions For Cyber Criminals Disrupting Pipelines

Countries that harbor cyber criminals directing ransomware attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure will be designated "state sponsor of ransomware" if new legislation planned in the Senate Intelligence Committee becomes law.

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Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)

Turkey's Largest Gas Discovery To Be Connected Via Pipeline to Main Grid

Turkey has begun work on a 169-km underwater gas pipeline in the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea, which at 540 bcm is the country's biggest discovery to date. The pipeline is scheduled to be constructed in 2022 to connect the wells of Sakarya to Turkey's main grid.

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Flag of Scotland (copyright by Shutterstock/Dmytro Balkhovitin)

SSE Goes Green - SGN Experimenting With Hydrogen

In a complicated transaction with many elements, a vital part of Scotland's infrastructure -- its gas supply pipeline network -- has been wholly bought over by a Canadian consortium. SSE, the energy firm based in Perth, announced it has sold its one-third stake for £1225m, to focus on renewable electricity.

TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)
TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

TC Energy Deliberating Over The Greening Of Its Pipeline Operations

Calgary based TC Energy, one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America with operations in natural gas and oil pipelines as well as power industries, could spend billions of dollars in the near future as it moves away from fossil fuel to run its transboundary network of oil and gas pipelines to renewable green energy.

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Hacker trying to breach a security system (copyright by Shutterstock/Pira25)

The US Reveals Its Pipeline Operators Have Been The Target Of Chinese Cyber Attacks

A recent statement by the White House, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security has revealed that two dozen companies that own and operate oil and gas pipelines in North America have been subjected to cyber-attacks by various Chinese based organisations.

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

Nord Stream 2 Still Mired In Controversy

After all was said and done, even after U.S. President Joe Biden lifted remaining sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and after the United States and Germany together attempted to mitigate perceived strategic dangers of the 1230-km gas pipeline, the controversy surrounding Nord Stream 2 has seemingly no end in sight.

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Flags of Russia & Pakistan (copyright by Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES)

New Pakistan Gas Pipeline Proposed

As part of efforts to tackle Pakistan’s energy shortages. It has been agreed, by both the Pakistan and Russian governments to explore the viability of building a 1,100-km gas pipeline from Port Qasim in Karachi to Lahore at an estimated cost of USD 2.5-3 billion by the end of 2023. The project is called the Pakstream Gas Pipeline Project commonly known as North-South Gas project.

Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

The US To At Last Take A Stand On Cyber Security

It has been announced that the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas, will need to seriously upgrade their cyber security measures.

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Bridge with pipelines (copyright by Shutterstock/tcly)

Pipelines are the Most Economic Option for Hydrogen Transportation

In Europe for distances of up to around 10,000 km, hydrogen transport in pipelines is the most economical option. The “European Hydrogen Backbone” (EHB) study states specific transportation prices of approx. 0.16 €/kg per 1,000 km, with pipelines almost fully utilised.

The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)
The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)

Environmental Groups in Israel Rise in Opposition to the Eilat - Ashkelon Oil Pipeline

Several 'green' groups in Israel have banded together to oppose further development of the Eilat - Ashkelon pipeline, transporting Gulf oil through Israel on its way to European markets.

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Ships passing through Panama canal (copyright by Shutterstock/Daniel Lange)

Trans-Panama Gateway Pipeline Project Proposed

A study has been announced by the Panamanian government and its partner Energy Transfer to study the prospects of building a liquid petroleum gas pipeline, running beside the existing Panama Canal that links the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.

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Dominion Energy HQ (copyright by Shutterstock/Daniel J. Macy)

Dominion Cancels $1.3 Billion Pipeline Deal With Berkshire

Richmond, Virginia based Dominion Energy has cancelled its proposed natural gas pipeline sale to Warren Buffett’s Omaha based investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. This decision was made, due to uncertainty that the regulators including FERC would approve such a deal.

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Yuan on the map of Africa (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleg Elkov)

Is China Sobering on Capital-Intensive African Pipeline Projects?

No surprise perhaps for those who have been reading the Chinese tea leaves of late, but Chinese investors are not disbursing funds for large scale African infrastructure projects, particularly capital- intensive natural gas and oil pipelines, as they had liberally been doing the previous ten years.

Cracks in permafrost ice (copyright by Shutterstock/Henrik A. Jonsson)
Cracks in permafrost ice (copyright by Shutterstock/Henrik A. Jonsson)

Climate Change and A Melting Permafrost in the High North Threaten Pipeline Integrity

Alaska's most important oil pipeline, and arguably the most important oil pipeline in the United States, is facing a formidable threat as the slope of the permafrost upon which the 1300-km carrier rests is shifting as it thaws in the wake of climate change.

Algeria national flag on gear behind a gas rig (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)
Algeria national flag on gear behind a gas rig (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)

Algeria Improves Pipeline Export Capacity To Spain

It has been agreed that the export pipeline capacity of the subsea Medgaz natural gas pipeline that links Algeria with Spain will be expanded. It will involve the installation of a fourth turbo compressor able to increase gas exports by capacity by two bcm/year, representing an increase of 25%, reaching ten bcm/year from the fourth quarter onwards.