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Pampa Energia Asset Map Argentina (© 2016 Pampa Energia)
Pampa Energia Asset Map Argentina (© 2016 Pampa Energia)

Argentina’s Pampa Sells its Indirect Pipeline Stake, Plans to Buy Petrobras Argentina

Argentina’s largest electric utility Pampa Energia revealed that they are selling their indirect stake in the pipeline operator Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TGS) for $241 million. This deal will allow Pampa to work on with the procedures to buy Petrobas Argentina.

Location of Hubei Province in China (By TUBS [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Location of Hubei Province in China (By TUBS [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Landslide Caused Pipeline Fire in Central China, Kills Two

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has shut down a pipeline section in the central region of the country after the area was hit by landslide and fire.

European Union Confirms Supporting the Balticonnector Gas Pipeline Project between Finland and Estonia (© 2016 Baltic Connector Oy)
European Union Confirms Supporting the Balticonnector Gas Pipeline Project between Finland and Estonia (© 2016 Baltic Connector Oy)

European Union Confirms Supporting the Balticconnector Gas Pipeline Project between Finland and Estonia

On Friday, July 15, the European Union Member States confirm their support for the proposal of important European energy infrastructure projects worth €263 million by the European Commission. In the gas sector, the European grants will cover the construction of the Balticconnector pipeline (EU support €187.5 million). It is the first gas pipeline linking Estonia to Finland.

Pipelines in Eastern Europe (red: gas / green: oil)
Pipelines in Eastern Europe (red: gas / green: oil)

Odessa-Brody Pipeline Project to be Revived

On July 14, the Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan Pyotr Poroshenko and Ilkham Aliyev revealed in a joint press conference that they are interested in implementing the Odessa-Brody pipeline project. In 2001, this pipeline was constructed for connecting Brody in the Lvov Region and Odessa on the Black Sea. However, the pipeline project has not been used often, since its construction.

Sur de Texas Tuxpan Pipeline (© 2016 Shawcor)
Sur de Texas Tuxpan Pipeline (© 2016 Shawcor)

Shawcor Grabs Conditional Contract for the Tuxpan Gas Pipeline Project’s Pipe Coating Services

The Mexican company Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG) has offered a conditional contract to the pipe coating group of Shawcor Ltd. for providing pipeline coating solutions to the Tuxpan gas pipeline project. The conditional contract is worth approximately C$ 300 million.

Corinth Pipeworks Line Pipes (© 2015 Corinth Pipeworks)
Corinth Pipeworks Line Pipes (© 2015 Corinth Pipeworks)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Project to get 78,000 Metric Tons Steel Product Supply by JFE

JFE Steel Corporation made an announcement on July 08 that it will supply major steel materials for the completion of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project. The unincorporated consortium of Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc. (MISI) and Corinth Pipeworks Pipe Industry S.A. (CPW) won the contract for this project.

The geography of Southern Natural Gas aligns with the Southeast region served by Southern Company’s electric and natural gas operating companies (© 2016 Southern Company)
The geography of Southern Natural Gas aligns with the Southeast region served by Southern Company’s electric and natural gas operating companies (© 2016 Southern Company)

Kinder Morgan to sell its Southeastern Pipeline System’s 50% Stake

One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators in USA, Kinder Morgan, has made an official announcement on July 10 that they are selling 50% of its stake in the southeastern pipeline system. Southern Company is buying half of the equity interest in the Southern Natural Gas pipeline system, which will be continued to be operated by Kinder Morgan.

PHMSA Announced $49+ Million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants
PHMSA Announced $49+ Million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants

PHMSA Announced $49+ Million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants

On July 01, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation have announced more than $49 million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants. This reimbursement will be used as a portion of the operating costs for the state pipeline safety programs.

Utopia Pipeline Project Route (© Kinder Morgan
Utopia Pipeline Project Route (© Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan gets Partner in the Utopia Pipeline Project, Sells 50% Equity to Riverstone

On June 28, Kinder Morgan, Inc. made a formal announcement that they are selling 50% equity interest of the Utopia pipeline project to the Riverstone Investment Group (LLC). To acquire the rights to become a partner of the project, Riverstone has to make an upfront cash payment to Kinder Morgan.

Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline (© 2016 Northern Gateway)
Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline (© 2016 Northern Gateway)

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Overturned by the Canadian Court

It seems that the woes of Enbridge’s Northern gateway oil pipeline project are far from over. On Thursday, June 30, the approval of the project has been overturned by a Canadian court. The Federal Court cited the reason that the government has not succeeded to properly consult the First Nations affected by the project.

OptaSense fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system (© 2015 OptaSense)
OptaSense fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system (© 2015 OptaSense)

Two UK firms have been awarded the world’s biggest fiber distributed sensing project to protect and monitor the 1,850km TANAP pipeline project

OptaSense, a UK based worldwide leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) and its partner Optilan, a giant company in the world of communications and security systems provision, were awarded the contract running into $30 million early this year. As of now, the project is now entering the phase of equipment delivery.

Energy Transfer Equity Terminates Merger Agreement with the Rival Pipeline Giant Williams Cos.
Energy Transfer Equity Terminates Merger Agreement with the Rival Pipeline Giant Williams Cos.

Energy Transfer Equity Terminates Merger Agreement with the Rival Pipeline Giant Williams Cos.

Back in 2015, Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE) took a major step consolidating a $33 billion takeover of Williams Cos. (Williams). It was being considered as a major deal, which could create one of North America’s largest energy franchises.

TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline (© 2013 shannonpatrick17, https://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/8480337530/in/photostream)
TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline (© 2013 shannonpatrick17, https://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/8480337530/in/photostream)

TransCanada Takes Court Action To Recover $15 billion in Keystone XL Pipeline Case

Believing that it has been unjustly deprived of the value of its multi-billion dollar investment in the U.S. energy infrastructure, TransCanada is seeking legal redress for $15 billion in damages from the federal government in Washington, D.C. after the Obama administration rejected the company's Keystone XL Oil Pipeline project last November.

Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopian Transport (Lappset) corridor (© By Nairobi123 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopian Transport (Lappset) corridor (© By Nairobi123 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Kenya, Ethiopia Agree to Construct Crude Oil Pipeline From Addis to Lamu

After being upstaged by the recent Uganda - Tanzania crude oil pipeline deal, Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed to construct a crude oil pipeline from the coastal town of Lamu to Addis Ababa.

CRIMSON PIPELINE Southern California Pipeline System (©  2006-2016 Crimson Pipeline, LLC, Screenshot)
CRIMSON PIPELINE Southern California Pipeline System (© 2006-2016 Crimson Pipeline, LLC, Screenshot)

Southern California Coping With Another Oil Pipeline Leak

An oil pipeline operated by Crimson Pipeline LLC in Ventura County, southern California has leaked an estimated 29, 400 gallons of crude oil in the surrounding hills. None of the oil has reached the Pacific Ocean, as an early warning from a local Ventura Country resident allowed officials to intercept the oil in a drainage basin a few miles inland.

Qatar Petroleum Sells Its 50 Percent Stake in PII Group to Milaha Capital (©2016 PII)
Qatar Petroleum Sells Its 50 Percent Stake in PII Group to Milaha Capital (©2016 PII)

Qatar Petroleum Sells Its 50 Percent Stake in PII Group to Milaha Capital

Interested in divesting what are seen as non-core assets in a period of sustained low oil and gas prices, Qatar Petroleum has sold its stake in oilfield services firm Al Shaheen Holding to Milaha Capital, the wholly-owned investments subsidiary of Qatar Navigation QSA.

Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (© 2016 Trans Mountain)
Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (© 2016 Trans Mountain)

City of Vancouver Says Halt to Kinder Morgen's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

City of Vancouver Says Halt to Kinder Morgen's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Joining the Squamish Nation, the Living Oceans Society, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, among others, the City of Vancouver has asked the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal to stop Kinder Morgan's $6.8 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

Opening Panel Discussion „Pipeline Supply Options for Europe“ (Bettonville, Watzka, Linke, Majedi, Venas)
Opening Panel Discussion „Pipeline Supply Options for Europe“ (Bettonville, Watzka, Linke, Majedi, Venas)

Berlin was the international hub for the pipeline and pipe network industry

A total of 540 participants from 52 different countries convened in Berlin to share expert knowledge within the framework of the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc). The event took place from 23 to 25 May 2016 and was held this year, for the first time, together with the inaugural Pipe and Sewer Conference (PASC).

ROSEN holistic approach to integrity management (© 2016 ROSEN Group)
ROSEN holistic approach to integrity management (© 2016 ROSEN Group)

ROSEN Group Awarded Big-Ticket Contract For Pipeline Assessment by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd

ROSEN Group, a global supplier of leading technology in all areas of the pipeline integrity process chain, has secured a major three year contract with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd (PCSB) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Sarawak and Sabeh operations.

Yokogawa SCADA System Layout (© 2016 Yokogawa)
Yokogawa SCADA System Layout (© 2016 Yokogawa)

Yokogawa Looks To Grow Its SCADA Business After Winning Big Order For Gas Pipeline in Bangladesh

Yokogawa, an innovative US$3.7 billion company engaged in industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments worldwide, has announced that it has received a large order from the Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) in Bangladesh for a gas distribution pipeline project in the country.

Spectra Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Construction, Lower-In (© 2016 Spectra Energy)
Spectra Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Construction, Lower-In (© 2016 Spectra Energy)

Spectra Energy and TransCanada Team Up to Build a 1070-km Gas Pipeline From Texas to Mexico

Spectra Energy and TransCanada have been awarded a $3.6 billion contract from the Mexican government to build a 1070-km natural gas pipeline from Corpus Christi to the port city of Tuxpan on the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline, carrying shale gas from the Eagle Ford rock formation, will ultimately connect with Mexican power plants to help meet the country's growing demand for energy.

Atmos International Stymies Pipeline Theft With Its Theft Net Technology
Atmos International Stymies Pipeline Theft With Its Theft Net Technology

Atmos International Stymies Pipeline Theft With Its Theft Net Technology

Atmos International, a Manchester, UK based company providing pipeline leak and theft detection and simulation technology to the oil, gas, water, and associated industries, has announced that it is successfully applying its innovative Theft Net data analysis service to accurately pin-point illegal tapping points.

Muscat Sohar Pipeline Project (© 2016 Orpic)
Muscat Sohar Pipeline Project (© 2016 Orpic)

Oman To Build Major Petroleum Products Pipeline From Muscat to Sohar

With the goal of optimising the overall cost of transport and distribution of oil products in Oman, the state-owned Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) is investing $320 million for building a 290 km-long pipeline between Muscat and Sohar.

Pipes Act of 2016 Clears House and Moves On To the Senate (© 2016 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
Pipes Act of 2016 Clears House and Moves On To the Senate (© 2016 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

Pipes Act of 2016 Clears House and Moves On To the Senate

As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to enhance pipeline safety, clarify safety oversight efforts, and provide greater regulatory certainty in oil and gas transportation.