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Sabotage of Oil Pipelines in Canada Raises "Serious Concerns"
Sabotage of Oil Pipelines in Canada Raises "Serious Concerns"

Sabotage of Oil Pipelines in Canada Raises "Serious Concerns"

In the wake of several recent efforts by environmental activists to disrupt service on company high-pressure pipelines carrying tar-sands products, Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. is taking measures to strengthen the security of its pipelines.

The Landfall of the Nord Stream Pipeline in Germany(© 2015 Nord Stream AG)
The Landfall of the Nord Stream Pipeline in Germany(© 2015 Nord Stream AG)

Gazprom Cancels Nord Stream II Pipeline Tenders

In a sudden about-turn, Russian gas giant Gazprom has cancelled several tenders for construction of more than 400km of a gas trunk pipeline needed for the planned Nord Stream II project, according to documents posted on a government procurement website.

China Develops Own Magnetic Flux Leakage Detector For Burgeoning Offshore Pipeline Inspection (© 2013 CASIC)
China Develops Own Magnetic Flux Leakage Detector For Burgeoning Offshore Pipeline Inspection (© 2013 CASIC)

China Develops Own Magnetic Flux Leakage Detector For Burgeoning Offshore Pipeline Inspection

With great fanfare the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has launched the 'home-developed submarine pipeline Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) detector,' aiming to get a significant share of the lucrative pipeline inspection business in China and thus end foreign companies’ monopoly on the submarine pipeline inspection in China.

The US spearheads $18 billion Fundraising Effort for 500-mile Kenyan Oil Pipeline (© 2011 UN)
The US spearheads $18 billion Fundraising Effort for 500-mile Kenyan Oil Pipeline (© 2011 UN)

[Updated] The US spearheads $18 billion Fundraising Effort for 500-mile Kenyan Oil Pipeline

The U.S. government said this week that it would help Kenya find the estimated $18 billion needed to construct an oil pipeline from Lamu on the Kenyan coast to the oil fields located in an area called the "great rift" in the north of the country.

Aliso Canyon gas leak site (© 2015 Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America (1_D4C1832) [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Aliso Canyon gas leak site (© 2015 Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America (1_D4C1832) [CC BY-SA 2.0])

Devastating Gas Leakage in Californian Underground Storage Facility Spewing 1200 Tons of Methane Into the Troposphere Daily

After months of ongoing but unsuccessful efforts by Southern California Gas Company to stem a massive natural gas leak spewing methane and other gases from a suspected 7 inch diameter, 61 year old underground natural gas pipeline into a Los Angeles neighborhood, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency last week.

TransCanada Takes On The US Government Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection (© 2015 TransCanada)
TransCanada Takes On The US Government Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection (© 2015 TransCanada)

TransCanada Takes On The US Government Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant aspiring to be the leading energy infrastructure company in North American, has filed suit against the Obama administration for rejecting last November the proposed 2,639-mile cross-border oil pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast known as Keystone XL.

Shawcor Ltd headquarter (© 2015 Shawcor Ltd )
Shawcor Ltd headquarter (© 2015 Shawcor Ltd )

Shawcor Bolsters Pipeline Engineering, Integrity Management Capabilities

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.

Pony Express Pipeline (PXP) (© 2015 Tallgrass)
Pony Express Pipeline (PXP) (© 2015 Tallgrass)

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

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.

Enterprise Operation Map (© 2013 Enterprise Products Partners)
Enterprise Operation Map (© 2013 Enterprise Products Partners)

270 mile long Aegis Pipeline Begins Operation in Texas and Louisiana

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.

Hot rolling mill at thyssenkrupp (© 2015 thyssenkrupp)
Hot rolling mill at thyssenkrupp (© 2015 thyssenkrupp)

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

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.

The Interconnector pipeline (© 2015 Interconnector)
The Interconnector pipeline (© 2015 Interconnector)

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

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.

IGB Pipeline (© 2015 ICGB AD)
IGB Pipeline (© 2015 ICGB AD)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 pipeline contracts (© 2015  Statoil)
Johan Sverdrup pipeline contracts (© 2015 Statoil)

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

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.

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

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

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.

The TurkStream Pipeline (© 2015 TurkStream)
The TurkStream Pipeline (© 2015 TurkStream)

Talks on Developing TurkStream Pipeline Suspended By Russia

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."

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

Statoil Divests From Another Major Transnational Pipeline Project

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.

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

The National Energy Board of Canada Raises the Pipeline Transparency Bar

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.

Domestic Natural Gas & Pipeline Business (© 2015 PetroChina)
Domestic Natural Gas & Pipeline Business (© 2015 PetroChina)

PetroChina To Pull Out of Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company

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.

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

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

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 e

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

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

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.

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

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

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.