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Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Operations & Integrity Management and Compliance in an age of IIOT
Steve Hill >>> Honeywell Process Automation Solutions
New Technologies Drive Operational Performance by Connecting Smart Stations to Distribution Networks
Rossella Mimmi >>> Emerson Automation Solutions
Intelligent Predictive Maintenance in the context of Maintenance 4.0 for Oil & Gas Industry
Dr. Rama Srinivasan Velmurugan >>> GAIL (India)
Digital disruption will occur in Midstream as it is underway in other asset intensive industries
Sam Hemeda >>> Arundo Analytics
The Big Data Revolution: Detecting Pipeline Leaks, Encroachments and more Using Satellites
John Zhou & Caroline Beck >>> Satelytics
Best Practices for Cybersecurity Diagnosis in Industrial Environments
Ernesto Landa >>> Compania Operadora de Gas del Amazonas

Latest News

Shawcor Bolsters Pipeline Engineering, Integrity Management Capabilities

Shawcor Ltd headquarter (© 2015 Shawcor Ltd )

Shawcor, a leading global energy services company with a track record of executing some of the pipeline industry's most complex projects, has moved to enhance its pipeline engineering and integrity management services with the acquisition of Lake Superior Consulting, LLC for an undisclosed sum. The deal also includes a potential earn out payment to be made in 2016.

Tallgrass Energy Partners Acquires Big New Stake in the Pony Express Crude Oil Pipeline

Pony Express Pipeline (PXP) (© 2015 Tallgrass)

Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP) announced this week that it is acquiring an additional 31.3 percent interest in the 760 - mile Tallgrass Pony Express crude oil pipeline running from Guernsey, Wyoming to Cushing, Oklahoma.

The company will offer a cash consideration of $475 million and 6.518 million TEP common units issued to Tallgrass Development.

270 mile long Aegis Pipeline Begins Operation in Texas and Louisiana

Enterprise Operation Map (© 2013 Enterprise Products Partners)

On the last days of 2015 Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), a leading North American provider of energy services, began operating the 270 mile, 20 inch diameter Aegis pipeline connecting Beaumont, Texas to the Mississippi River.

The pipeline will transport ethane to more than 20 petrochemical facilities dotting the Texas and Louisiana Coasts.

thyssenkrupp to Supply Flat Steel for 440 km Liquid Gas Pipeline in Texas

Hot rolling mill at thyssenkrupp (© 2015 thyssenkrupp)

thyssenkrupp has announced that it will provide quality flat steel and logistics for a 440 km liquid gas pipeline running the length of Texas, the second biggest state in the USA, from Baden to Mont Belvieu. 44,000 tons of hot wide strip in grade X70 steel is required for the construction of the pipeline. The steel is a micro-alloyed fine-grain grade with a yield strength of 485 MPa.

Fluxys Expands Its Interest in Europe's Gas Infrastructure With UK Interconnector Deal

The Interconnector pipeline (© 2015 Interconnector)

Fluxys has tied up an agreement with Gazprom to acquire the Russian gas giant's 10 percent stake in the UK Interconnector, owner and operator of the offshore pipeline between the UK and Belgium.

The Interconnector is a vital bidirectional transmission link connecting the UK to Continental European markets. The pipeline offers the UK market both security of supply and a unique tool for physical export to mainland Europe, contributing to the diversification of sources for Continental Europe.

Landmark Pipeline Investment Agreement Sets the Stage for Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB)

IGB Pipeline (© 2015 ICGB AD)

In line with EU energy policy to diversify sources of energy and thereby enhance European energy security, Bulgaria and Greece have signed a landmark natural gas pipeline investment agreement dubbed the Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB) -- the last step in the development process before construction begins.

ABB Awarded Large Contract for the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)

ABB wins large order for Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 ABB)

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, has won a large contract for the 1850 km Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP).

Senate Passes New Legislation to Enhance the Safety of the 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the United States

Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)

Last week the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Safe Pipes Act, a preliminary step to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) before House and ultimately Executive Level approval.

The final passage of the bill will give PHMSA enhanced authority to regulate the 2.5 million miles of aging pipelines in the United States, including the appointment of more regulators to monitor pipelines as well as a special writ to prevent "inadvertent releases" otherwise known as leaks in industry parlance.

Key provisions of the bill include:

India Spearheads Yet Another Transnational Gas Pipeline Project To Help Feed the Energy-Hungry Nation

Major Caspian Oil and Gas export routes (© 2015 EIA)

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) have agreed to work together to develop an estimated $10 billion, 1800 km transnational gas pipeline that would distribute Turkmen gas throughout the "perpetually energy-short" region.

Johan Sverdrup Advances with the Award for Line Pipe, Coating and Pipe Installation

Johan Sverdrup pipeline contracts (© 2015  Statoil)

Statoil has awarded contracts with a value estimated at slightly less than 2.5 billion Norwegian Kroner for the line pipe, coating and pipe installation of the Johan Sverdrup export pipelines.

Johan Sverdrup, a huge oil field in the Norwegian Sea expected to hold 1.8–2.9 billion barrels (290–460 million cubic metres), is being develop by a Statoil - led consortium. Statoil says production will begin in 2019.

Iran and India in Serious Talks to Build 1400 km Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline

Iran and India in Serious Talks to Build 1400 km Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 SAGE)

In the wake of Iran's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia, plus Germany), opening the door for Iranian exports of its hydrocarbons, the moribund Iranian - Indian Gas Pipeline Project is being revived with great fanfare.

Talks on Developing TurkStream Pipeline Suspended By Russia

The TurkStream Pipeline (© 2015 TurkStream)

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced today that negotiations relating to the development of the Turkish Stream Pipeline Project have been suspended, particularly since "an intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation has stopped meeting."

The decision comes on the heels of Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane last week for reportedly breaching its border to Syria and the ensuing strain on the overall Turkish-Russian relationship.

Statoil Divests From Another Major Transnational Pipeline Project

Statoil's head office, Norway (© 2015 Øyvind Hagen - Statoil ASA)

Statoil has announced that it is selling its interest in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) to Snam SpA for €208 million.

Up to now, TAP’s shareholding has been comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%). Snam SpA will be assuming Statoil's 20 % share and previous role in the consortium.

The National Energy Board of Canada Raises the Pipeline Transparency Bar

Major Pipeline Systems and Frontier Activities Regulated by the National Energy Board (© 2013 National Energy Board)

The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it will post its inspection reports of the country's 73,000 km pipeline it oversees on the regulator's website.

The decision is meant to improve transparency in an industry that traditionally has been reluctant to disclose data relating to its operations. It is also one fully in line with the expectations of the Canadian public.

PetroChina To Pull Out of Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company

Domestic Natural Gas & Pipeline Business (© 2015 PetroChina)

PetroChina, China's biggest energy producer, will divest a 50 percent stake in Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Co. to a unit of China Reform Holdings Corp., another state-owned company that acts as an investment firm charged with revamping government-run entities.

Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline operates a 1,830 kilometer (1,140 mile) system that carries gas through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China’s far western province Xinjiang.

Kinder Morgan in Huge Court Win in Canada, Suggesting the 1000 km Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Will Proceed

Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project Configuration Map (© 2015 Trans Mountain)

In a controversial decision highlighting a major dispute between local and federal governments in Canada, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled that the National Energy Board's decision to allow the development of Kinder Morgan's 1000 km Trans Mountain Pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia takes precedence over the city of Burnaby’s enacted provisional law aimed at stopping the expansion of the pipeline.

Chris Bloomer To Assume New Duties as Head of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer (© 2013 CEPA)

After an 'intensive' national search the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) announced this week that Chris Bloomer has been appointed as the new President and CEO. He will begin his duties as soon as 1 December 2015.

In his new role, Mr. Bloomer will continue to execute on CEPA’s current mission to continually enhance the operating excellence, business environment and recognized responsibility of the Canadian energy transmission pipeline industry through leadership and credible engagement between member companies, governments, the public and stakeholders.

DNV GL Continues Its Research Into Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Underwater Pipelines

DNV GL conducts largest ever controlled release of CO2 from an underwater pipeline (© 2015 DNV GL)

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) which helps to drive the oil and gas sector forward by developing new technical solutions, standards and industry best practices, is conducting the sector's largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, located in Cumbria, United Kingdom.

The experiment is premised on the notion that carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is necessary to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future.

Trans - Europa Natural Gas Pipeline (TENP) Reverse Flow Gas Project To Go Ahead: Big Boost to European Energy Security

The TENP Pipeline  (© 2015 Fluxys)

Moving to strengthen energy security in Europe the Bundesnetzagentur (National Regulatory Authority) has approved the Trans - Europa Natural Gas Pipeline (TENP) reverse flow project enabling gas flows from Italy and France into Germany, significantly improving Germany's supply situation with an additional 8 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

STATS Business Booming In The Growing Malaysian Pipeline Sector

STATS Group Plug Gap in Malaysian Pipeline Isolation Market (© 2015 STATS Group)

The STATS Group, founded in Aberdeen in 1998 as Specialist Tools and Testing Services and operating predominately in the piping and pipeline integrity and maintenance field, has made significant inroads into the Malaysian oil field services market with its Remote Techno Plug isolation technology.

In the last nine months STATS has completed seven pressurised pipeline isolation projects on behalf of a major oil exploration company facilitating the safe and efficient replacement of 17 valves.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Rolls Along With Another Award for Line Pipes

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Rolls Along With Another Award for Line Pipes (© 2015 Corinth Pipeworks S.A)

Corinth Pipeworks S.A., a Greece-based global supplier of high quality steel pipes for the energy and construction markets, has been awarded a contract by Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to provide around 495 km of 48 " diameter line pipes for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline across Greece. This translates into some 270,000 tons of line pipe.

Iran Envisions Becoming Major Player in Global Gas Market - Rules Out Shipping Its Gas to Europe via Pipeline

Map of Iran's natural gas infrastructure (© 2015 EIA)

Anticipating the complete lifting of sanctions on Iran's oil and gas sector during the course of 2016, Iran's Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh says Iran will soon become a major player in the global gas market.

Jemena to Construct 622 km Shale Gas Pipeline Down Under

North East Gas Interconnector (© 2015 Jamena)

Asian conglomerate Jemena, jointly owned by State Grid Corporation of China and Singapore Power, has won a tender in Australia to build a 622 km pipeline to transport shale gas from the Northern Territories to Queensland.

The project is not without its governmental and business critics, who charge that the pipeline would benefit only those in Queensland and not those Australians who live further south in the country.

TransCanada Lands Another Big Gas Pipeline Public/Private Partnership Award in Mexico

Mexico Map (© 2010 Carport)

TransCanada has secured a major $500 million contract to build, own and operate (BOO) the Tuxpan-Tula Pipeline in Mexico. The award complements previous TransCanada agreements to build and operate gas pipelines in Mexico.

Construction of the pipeline is supported by a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract with the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico's state owned power company.

A Flurry of Gas Pipeline Construction Will Triple U.S. Gas Export to Mexico by 2020

U.S Natural Gas Pipeline Exports to Mexico (© 2015 U.S Energy Information Administration)

In the wake on new border-crossing gas pipelines from the United States to Mexico, cheap U.S. shale gas is flowing into Mexico at an average of 3.26 billion cubic feet per day.

According to Citigroup and Genscape, during the next five years these pipeline flows are expected to more than double. That will help support U.S. gas prices, which have slid to a three-year low because of a domestic glut and sluggish consumption.

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