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Equipment of an old gas station in Ukraine (© Shutterstock/A08)
Equipment of an old gas station in Ukraine (© Shutterstock/A08)

Gas Pipelines Target of Russia's War In Ukraine

The increasingly long and protracted Russian war of aggression in Ukraine entered a new phase this past week when Russian shelling in the Zaporizhzhia region of eastern Ukraine damaged a gas pipeline that fed 17 Gas Distribution Stations (GDS) and 100 thousand consumers in Melitopol, Energodard, Dniprorudne, and other towns.

Pipeline in the with refinery in the background (© Shutterstock/Kodda)
Pipeline in the with refinery in the background (© Shutterstock/Kodda)

"The Problem Is Not Gas. The Problem is Not Enough Pipelines."

"There is actually a surplus of natural gas" distributed around the world, says Tagesschau, a German national and international television news service produced by the editorial staff of ARD-aktuell on behalf of the German public-service television network ARD.  The problem is a simple one ~ we can't get to the gas, as gas, in contrast to oil, is difficult to transport.

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

Nord Stream 1 Shuts Down ~ Canada to Send Repaired Turbine

Today, 11 July, Gazprom will turn the spigot stopping all gas flows through Nord Stream 1 to Germany.  The reason, as explained last week in the PTJ, is Nord Stream 1's annual maintenance work that will last until 21 July.

Logo of ILF Consulting Engineers (© ILF Consulting Engineers)
Logo of ILF Consulting Engineers (© ILF Consulting Engineers)

ILF To Carry Out Project Management Consulting For Nigeria-Morocco Transboundary Pipeline

Ingenieurgemeinschaft Lässer-Feizlmayr, better known by its acronym ILF, an international engineering and consulting firm with 45 offices located across five continents, has been commissioned with its Munich office and joint venture partner DORIS Group to carry out the project management consulting (PMC) for the FEED phase II of the more than 6000-km Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP), the sec

Court gavel on the Russian flag (© Shutterstock/Serhii Yevdokymov)
Court gavel on the Russian flag (© Shutterstock/Serhii Yevdokymov)

Russian Court Orders Halt to Caspian Oil Pipeline, but Exports Still Flow

A Russian court has ordered the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), one of the world’s largest pipelines that take oil from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea, to suspend its activities for 30 days, adding to global concern over oil supplies.

Pipeline valve with the flags of Germany and Russia (© Shutterstock/DesignRage)
Pipeline valve with the flags of Germany and Russia (© Shutterstock/DesignRage)

Whither Nord Stream 1? Russian Gas Deliveries In The Fog Of War

From 11 - 21 July this year the Nord Stream 1 will undergo its annual inspection.  For this work, Gazprom, Nord Stream's operator, will stop transmitting gas through the line.  In past years these inspections went off without a hitch.  Not so in 2022.

H2 hydrogen molecule (© Shutterstock/Alexander Limbach)
H2 hydrogen molecule (© Shutterstock/Alexander Limbach)

Norway's Equinor and Germany's VNG Join Forces To Develop The German Hydrogen Market

Equinor, the diversified Norwegian concern that until several years ago was better known by its previous name, Statoil, and the German energy company Verbundnetzgas AG (VNG), have agreed to expand their cooperation in the gas sector to include new areas such as Low-CO2 Hydrogen, Low-CO2 Ammonia as well as the extraction, use and offshore storage of CO2 (CCU and CCS).

MAN transport truck provided by OGE for Ukraine (© GTSOU)
MAN transport truck provided by OGE for Ukraine (© GTSOU)

"A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed!" OGE Raises The Bar To Help Ukraine

German Transmission System Operator Open Grid Europe (OGE) is lending a very big hand to the beleaguered people of Ukraine by providing three vehicles to help meet the needs of the regional military administration in its ongoing defensive war with Putin's Russia.

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

Kinder Morgan To Expand Permian Basin Highway Pipeline

Against a backdrop of rising demand for natural gas across Europe (as well as a not irrational fear that all gas flows from Russia may be stop in the near future), Kinder Morgan, the American pipeline operator, has indicated that it intends to underwrite the expansion of the 689-km natural gas pipeline that brings natural gas from the Permian Basin in West Texas to export hubs around Houston.

Flags of the G7 states in 2022 (© Shutterstock/Maxx-Studio)
Flags of the G7 states in 2022 (© Shutterstock/Maxx-Studio)

G7 Leaders Closer to Propose Price Cap on Oil and Gas from Russian Pipelines

The Group of Seven leaders, which met in Schloss Elmaus, Germany, agreed to explore a price cap on the Russian oil and pipeline gas to increase pressure on the Russian regime by slashing its revenues while reducing inflationary pressure in the west.

Dutch flag in the sky (© Shutterstock/Tatohra)
Dutch flag in the sky (© Shutterstock/Tatohra)

Hydrogen Pipelines: the Netherlands "Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is."

With an ample investment of 750 million euros from the Dutch government, Gasunie, the Netherland's gas network operator, has been tasked with managing and operating a national hydrogen transportation network.

Parts of the network are due to be completed by 2026.

Finland on the map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)
Finland on the map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)

Finland Determined To Build New National Network of Hydrogen Pipelines

Finland intends to construct and operate a national hydrogen transmission network and link this infrastructure to other countries in the Baltic Sea region.

This advanced energy network will help reduce carbon emissions and bolster the long-term security of Finland's energy supplies following its decision to stop using Russian gas.

The Netherlands and North Sea (© Shutterstock/Captian.N)
The Netherlands and North Sea (© Shutterstock/Captian.N)

ExxonMobil, Neptune, Rosewood, and EBN Collaborate on L10 Carbon Capture and Storage

Neptune Energy, Rosewood Exploration Ltd, EBN Capital BV, and ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Netherlands Ltd last week, announced signing a cooperation agreement to progress L10 large-scale offshore carbon capture and storage project in the Dutch North Sea.

Philippe Guldemont & logo of The Sniffers (© The Sniffers)
Philippe Guldemont & logo of The Sniffers (© The Sniffers)

Philippe Guldemont appointed as Managing Director of The Sniffers, an Intero-owned company

The Sniffers, the global service provider in emission management and pipeline integrity programs, announces the appointment of Mr. Philippe Guldemont as Managing Director effective as of June 7th 2022.

Europe Russia pipeline with a knot (© Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK V)
Europe Russia pipeline with a knot (© Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK V)

Rumblings About Putin Cutting Europe Completely Off From Its Natural Gas

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has warned Europe to prepare immediately for Russia to turn off all gas exports to the region this coming winter. He called on the Europeans to reduce demand and keep nuclear power plants open.

Flag of Turkey (© Shutterstock/Pavlo Lys)
Flag of Turkey (© Shutterstock/Pavlo Lys)

Turkey Lays the first Pipes to Begin Pumping Black Sea Gas in Q1 of 2023

Turkey has laid the first pipes for the undersea pipeline network to transport onshore natural gas from the Black Sea to help slash the country’s dependence on energy imports. The pipelaying exercise which took place, which took place on Monday, June 13, via a video link, was witnessed by The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Flags of Egypt and Lebanon (© Shutterstock/Maksym Kapliuk)
Flags of Egypt and Lebanon (© Shutterstock/Maksym Kapliuk)

Egypt to Supply Natural Gas to Lebanon With 20 Year Old Arab Pipeline

After months of deliberation and delays Lebanon will sign a final agreement to import yearly 650 million cubic meters of natural gas from Egypt to its energy poor country on 21 June 2022.  

Mention of the project was first made in these pages on 9 October 2021.

Close-up on Euro notes (© Shutterstock/Valentin Si)
Close-up on Euro notes (© Shutterstock/Valentin Si)

Russian Windfall As Oil and Gas Exports Top 93 Billion Euros During Ukraine War

The Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air has compiled a detailed dataset of pipeline and seaborne trade in Russian fossil fuels during the first 100 days of Putin's War of Aggression in Ukraine. It has found that exports of fossil based fuels soared to 93 billion euros in toto.  

Entrance to the University of Stavanger
Entrance to the University of Stavanger

Researchers Run the First Gas Turbine Propelled by Pure Hydrogen

Researchers from the University of Stavanger operate heat and electricity-producing micro gas plant in South-West Norway using the first-ever gas turbines. The gas turbine also supplies hot water for heating the laboratory buildings in the surrounding area.

Court gavel infront of the Australian flag (© Shutterstock/Zerbor)
Court gavel infront of the Australian flag (© Shutterstock/Zerbor)

Aboriginal People Sue To Stop Undersea Pipeline Project in Australia

Indigenous Australians are filing a lawsuit to stop Santos, Ltd., an Australian oil and gas exploration and production company, from developing the $3.6 billion Barossa gas project off the coast of northern Australia.  The traditional landowners said they were not consulted about the drilling activities.