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Syrian Underwater Oil Pipelines in the Mediterranean Attacked Again (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)
Syrian Underwater Oil Pipelines in the Mediterranean Attacked Again (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)

Syrian Underwater Oil Pipelines in the Mediterranean Attacked Again

In the third sophisticated attack on Syria's Banias Oil Refinery within the past seven months, persons the government labeled "terrorists" planted underwater explosives this past week damaging offshore oil facilities including pipelines used to transport oil into one of Syria's two main refineries. 

Officers talking to Mariner East 2 foreman during protests (copyright by Shutterstock/Rachael Warriner)
Officers talking to Mariner East 2 foreman during protests (copyright by Shutterstock/Rachael Warriner)

Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Pipeline Causes a Ruckus in Pennsylvania

Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based company behind several pipeline construction projects in Pennsylvania, has been the subject of multiple criminal and regulatory investigations for some time.  Earlier this month it was fined a record $30.6 million for the 2018 Revolution pipeline explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed a home but thankfully killed no one.

Pipeline near Pump Station 3 (Copyright by Alyeska Pipeline)
Pipeline near Pump Station 3 (Copyright by Alyeska Pipeline)

Brigham McCown Named New President Of Alyeska Pipeline

Brigham A. McCown has become the next president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company this month. The selection was announced by the TAPS Owners Committee.

McCown is the second company president hired as an Alyeska employee following Vice Admiral Thomas Barrett, USCG (Ret.), who was brought on in January 2011 and is retiring.

Oil pipeline loaded on railcars (copyright by Shutterstock/Stephen B. Thornton)
Oil pipeline loaded on railcars (copyright by Shutterstock/Stephen B. Thornton)

The Trump Administration Gives Keystone XL A Strategic Victory

Though courtroom challenges still hang like a dark cloud over the $8 billion, 1,930-km oil sands pipeline construction project, the Trump administration today approved a right-of-way allowing Keystone XL to be built.

Oil & Gas Pipeline Integrity & Data Utilization Solutions For Mega Rule Compliance 2020
Oil & Gas Pipeline Integrity & Data Utilization Solutions For Mega Rule Compliance 2020

PHMSA ‘Mega’ Rule Compliance Conference For Pipeline Operators Convened

A two-day event will explore the cutting-edge pipeline and data integrity solutions ahead of the introduction of the new PHMSA ‘Mega’ Rule later this year.

An Intertec GRP shelter being installed on the North Sea platform. (Copyright by INTERTEC)
An Intertec GRP shelter being installed on the North Sea platform. (Copyright by INTERTEC)

GRP Shelter Provide Advanced Protection for Offshore Process Analyzers

Two outdoor shelters made from glassfibre-reinforced polyester - supplied by Intertec - provide lightweight and corrosion-resistant protection for gas chromatograph analyzers and process transmitters mounted above new natural gas export pipelines connecting the platform to an onshore UK terminal.

Pump sockets for the Permian basin at sunset (Copyright by Shutterstock/Mikki Shortes)
Pump sockets for the Permian basin at sunset (Copyright by Shutterstock/Mikki Shortes)

Permian Basin Production Slowing Down, Affecting Pipeline Tariffs and Operation

“New pipe start ups like Cactus II starting up and Epic in the summer have put us over the top on capacity,” said John Auers, executive vice president at energy consultant Turner Mason & Co. “Now, there is surplus capacity out of the Permian.”

Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed (Copyright: Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e. V.)
Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed (Copyright: Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e. V.)

Pipeline Technology Conference 2020: Dinner Location Fixed

The organizers of the upcoming 15th Annual Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany have announced the location of the traditional conference dinner. This year conference participants are invited to visit the Trabrennbahn Mariendorf, one of the most successful harness racing tracks in Germany, hosting more than 650 races a year.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (copyright by Atlantic Coast Pipeline)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (copyright by Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Achieve Victory in Big Court Case

Against a backdrop of proposed changes to environmental rules to speed up pipeline projects, inter alia, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has rejected Dominion Energy's application for a permit to operate a natural gas compressor station integral to the development of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Natural Gas Industry Norway (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)
Natural Gas Industry Norway (copyright by Shutterstock/GrAl)

Norwegian Gas Supply To Europe Slumps

For over 20 years the Talking Heads in the European gas industry have predicted huge drops in the supply of Norwegian gas to the continent. The reason provided was that Norway's gas reservoirs were becoming depleted. This past year the prediction has come true, but not for the depletion of reservoirs.

The Plantweb™ Insight Inline Corrosion Application dashboard is equipped with alerts and an intuitive heatmap. (Copyright by Emerson)
The Plantweb™ Insight Inline Corrosion Application dashboard is equipped with alerts and an intuitive heatmap. (Copyright by Emerson)

New Application Simplifies Access to Continuous Corrosion Monitoring Data

Emerson has introduced The Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion application to provide the oil and gas industry real-time interpretation and analysis of critical data that helps prioritize maintenance and make informed integrity decisions.

Sign of Kinder Morgan at Company headquarters in Houston, US (copyright by Shutterstock/JHVEPhoto)
Sign of Kinder Morgan at Company headquarters in Houston, US (copyright by Shutterstock/JHVEPhoto)

Kinder Morgan Sells Interest in Pembina Pipeline

Houston-based Kinder Morgan has sold its Pembina Pipeline interest (25 million shares) for $764 million after taxes and the added cash will be used in its 2020 budget to reduce debt.  Kinder Morgan acquired the shares when Pembina bought Kinder Morgan Canada last August as part of a C$4.35 billion ($3.33 billion) deal.

Iran Expected to Lead the Middle East in Newly Built Pipeline Additions
Iran Expected to Lead the Middle East in Newly Built Pipeline Additions

Iran Expected to Lead the Middle East in Newly Built Pipeline Additions

For all of the vaunted efficiency of the US sanctions regime, intending to close off Iran from global pipeline developments, Iran is expected to lead the Middle East’s oil and gas new-build trunk/transmission pipeline length additions, contributing around 43% of the region’s planned and announced pipeline length additions between 2020 and 2023. 

T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)
T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)

Pipeline Service Provider T.D. Williamson Turns 100

T.D. Williamson (TDW), the global pipeline services provider, turned 100 on Jan. 2, 2020. The company will use the occasion to recognize how it has grown alongside the oil and gas industry, salute the people responsible for that growth and celebrate its partnerships with leading pipeline organizations.

ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish the System Development Map 20 (Copyright: ENTSOG)
ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish the System Development Map 20 (Copyright: ENTSOG)

ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish new System Development Map

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), in cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), have published the eight edition of the System Development map, which illustrates existing and planned gas infrastructure and gas capacities. 

Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU

Following the US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the halt of all remaining construction works, Russia now expects the European Union to find a way out of the situation. The EU has an interest in its own energy security at acceptable prices, said the Russian Vice-Chancellor Dmitry Kozak.

Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Comment: Nord Stream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald

The United States government has long maintained that the development of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline would render Europe too dependent on gas from Russia, making the continent vulnerable to political manipulation.