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 Oil pipe line valve in front of the Iranian flag on the oil barrels (copyright by Adobe Stock/Maksym Yemelyanov)
Oil pipe line valve in front of the Iranian flag on the oil barrels (copyright by Adobe Stock/Maksym Yemelyanov)

Iran building pipeline to avoid disputed oil waterway

The Goureh-Jask route will bring 1 million b/d of oil from the southern Bushehr province to the Iranian coast on the Sea of Oman for exports. The project, which would cost over $1.1 billion, envisages storage capacity of 10 million barrels of crude.

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court ruling (copyright by Adobe Stock/BillionPhotos.com)

Circuit Court Orders Enbridge to Stop Operations of Line 5 Pipeline Segments

A portion of Enbridge's Line 5 oil and gas liquids pipeline, a 6.4-km segment dividing into two pipes lying on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas, has been temporarily shut down pending a hearing on its safety scheduled for next Tuesday.

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pipeline bridge (copyright by Adobe Stock/Cardaf)

Harvest Midstream Company Announces the Completion of the New Ingleside Pipeline

Harvest Midstream Company, a privately held midstream services provider based in Houston and operating crude oil and natural gas gathering, storage, transportation, treatment, and terminalling assets across the Lower 48 and Alaska, has announced the completion of the Ingleside Pipeline.

 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (copyright by Adobe Stock/Sergii Figurnyi)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (copyright by Adobe Stock/Sergii Figurnyi)

A Record $20.7 Billion Offered for Adnoc's Midstream Pipeline Assets

"You can't have your cake and eat it too," goes the old English adage.  Yet with a record consortium offer of $20.7 billion for the lucrative midstream pipeline assets of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), the Emiratis can be pardoned for believing you can.

A Red Pin on Guyana of the World Map (copyright by Shutterstock/hyotographics)
A Red Pin on Guyana of the World Map (copyright by Shutterstock/hyotographics)

Despite Minor Setback Exxon Mobil Still Intends to Build Subsea Pipeline

Exxon Mobil has succeeded in restoring crude oil production in its upstream project off of Guyana's coast after problems with its gas reinjection equipment, according to Vincent Adams, Head of Guyana's Environmental Protection Agency.

City Business District, Johannesburg (copyright by Shutterstock/Nataly Reinch)
City Business District, Johannesburg (copyright by Shutterstock/Nataly Reinch)

Transnet is Growing Tired of all of the Product Thievery at Its Pipelines

Transnet, a South African diversified rail, port and pipeline company known as the guardian of the country's pipeline assets, said today that since April of this year 26 fuel theft incidents removing over two million liters of petroleum products had been stolen from Transnet's 3000-km pipelines.

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Gazprom logo on sky background (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexey Novikov)

Gazprom Wants More Money For Its Gas Shipped to Poland

From repeated setbacks affecting the further development of Nordstream 2 to slackened Chinese demand affecting the completion of the Power of Siberia, to the $1.5 billion arbitration loss against the Polish PGNiG, Gazprom can be excused for possibly thinking the world has turned against it.

View of pipeline in northern Alaska (copyright by Adobe Stock/reisegraf)
View of pipeline in northern Alaska (copyright by Adobe Stock/reisegraf)

Low Pipeline Utilization in Midstream USA

The advent of Covid19, lockdown in lower 48, slack demand, oil price crash and a corresponding slash in capital expenditure have all taken a huge toll on the upstream sector of the US petroleum industry.  Many of the companies specializing in shale oil production will not survive in this low price environment.   

Laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/fotograupner)
Laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/fotograupner)

Is Nord Stream 2 A Pipeline to Nowhere?

The recent bill put forward in the US Senate by Senators Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen may have been the proverbial straw that has broken the camel's back.  For in its wake Germany has stiffened its spine and publicly voicing its displeasure with the current US-German relationship under President Donald Trump.

The Trans-Andean oil pipeline passing through montane rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon (copyright by Adobe Stock/Atelopus)
The Trans-Andean oil pipeline passing through montane rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon (copyright by Adobe Stock/Atelopus)

Another Bad Day For Ecuador's Accident-prone Crude Oil Pipeline System

Ecuador’s northern Amazon rainforest has seen heavy oil contamination since rich oil fields were discovered there in the 1960s. Billions of gallons of oil waste was dumped by then American oil giant Texaco into unlined, open-air pits in the ground.

American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)
American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)

New Proposed Senate Sanctions Could be the Death Knell for Nordstream 2

As if there were not enough existing obstacles thrown in Nordstream 2's way (see Pipeline Technology Journal, 27 May 2020), Senators Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen announced a bill today on Capitol Hill to expand sanctions on the troubled gas pipeline to prevent its completion and thus end what they see as Moscow's plan to raise its economic and political influence in

Developing gas resources and shaping gas transmission system in eastern Russia (copyright by Gazprom)
Developing gas resources and shaping gas transmission system in eastern Russia (copyright by Gazprom)

Troubled Waters Roil Russia's Energy Relationship with China

The over 2000-km gas pipeline Power of Siberia, linking Russia's prodigious gas reserves to gigantic energy markets of China, is supposed to be in full swing right now, underscoring the new energy alliance between the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon. At best the flowing gas is so reduced it's barely making a whisper as it moves through the pipeline.

Sonatrach AVAL head office building in Oran Algeria (copyright by Shutterstock/Oguz Dikbakan)
Sonatrach AVAL head office building in Oran Algeria (copyright by Shutterstock/Oguz Dikbakan)

Sonatrach Becomes a Bigger Player in the Lucrative European Gas Market

SONATRACH, Algeria's national hydrocarbon company, has become the majority shareholder of the offshore Medgaz pipeline connecting Algeria from the compressor station located at Beni-Saf to the incoming terminal located in Almeria, Spain.

 Ambas Bay with oil platform, Limbe, Cameroon  (copyright by Adobe Stock/Reinhard Marscha)
Ambas Bay with oil platform, Limbe, Cameroon (copyright by Adobe Stock/Reinhard Marscha)

Cameroon Oil Pipeline - A Big Jump in Transit Revenues on the Chad

Transit revenues on the Chad - Cameroon pipeline totaled approximately 55 million euros in 2019, according to recently published figures published by the National Hydrocarbon Company (SNH).  This represents a nearly 25 percent increase over the previous year.

Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition ptc for the First Time Virtual (copyright by EITEP Institute)
Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition ptc for the First Time Virtual (copyright by EITEP Institute)

First Time Virtual - Europe’s Leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition ptc

The first ever online ptc 2020 was successfully held from 30 March to 2 April 2020. The digital version of the renowned Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) was put in place on short notice by the organizer EITEP Institute, after the Corona-Pandemic led to a global shutdown.

The Northern Lights Value Chain (copyright by Northern Lights)
The Northern Lights Value Chain (copyright by Northern Lights)

Filling an Urgent Environmental Need for Mother Earth

Northern Lights, a key cross border infrastructure project that links the energy systems of EU countries with Norway and the UK to help the European continent meet its climate-neutrality ambition by 2050, has gotten a huge boost with Equinor's, Shell's and Total's decision to invest in the project --  Norway's first exploitation license for CO2

African pipelines in the sunrise (copyright by Shutterstock/Kodda)
African pipelines in the sunrise (copyright by Shutterstock/Kodda)

Renewed Interest in Transporting African Natural Gas with Pipelines

Several sub-Saharan countries in Africa -- the planet's second largest continent, home to over 600 million people and proven gas reserves of nearly 500 trillion cubic feet -- are considering a number of big ticket pipeline construction projects.

Israel and Egypt flag (copyright by Shutterstock/ruskpp)
Israel and Egypt flag (copyright by Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Israel Begins Shipping Gas to Egypt via a Subsea Pipeline

Against the backdrop of the Corona pandemic what has been touted as " the most significant deal to emerge since the countries signed a historic peace treaty in 1979," Israel and Egypt began implementing an estimated $19.5 billion natural gas deal.