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Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
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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

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Applauds the Extension of the Nord Stream Pipeline at Vienna Event

Possible routes for Nord Stream 2 (© 2015 Nord Stream 2 )

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and OMV's CEO Rainer Seele came together last week in Vienna's Hofburg Palace to champion the virtues of strengthening energy relations with Russia and Norway in general and extending the Nord Stream Gas Pipeline System in particular.

Explosive-Laden Drone Found Near Nord Stream Pipeline

Photo from external Nord Stream pipeline survey by ROV in 2014 (© 2014 Nord Stream)

Ruling out sabotage, the Swedish military has successfully cleared a remote operated vehicle (drone) rigged with explosives found near Line 2 of the Nord Stream Natural Gas offshore pipeline system.

The vehicle was discovered during a routine survey operation as part of the annual integrity assessment of the Nord Stream pipeline. Since it was within the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) approximately 120 km away from the island of Gotland, the Swedes called on their armed forces to remove and ultimately disarm the object.

President Obama Sounds the Death Knell for Keystone XL Pipeline

 Barack Obama (© 2015 The White House)

President Obama announced over the weekend that the construction of the Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline was not in the national interests of the United States.

The decision culminates a seven year review process undertaken by the Department of State and throws into general doubt the export of tar sands oil to foreign markets.

Obama cited the following reasons for rejecting Keystone:

CEPA Sets New Industry Standard With Its Pipeline Industry Performance Report

2015 Pipeline Industry Performance Report (© 2015 Canadian Energy Pipeline Association)

Sending a powerful signal that Canada is putting pipeline safety at the top of its energy priorities, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) has released for the first time a pipeline industry performance report detailing what Canadian pipeliners have been doing to improve safety, minimise environmental impacts and maximize operational reliability of their collective pipeline systems.

TransCanada Makes 11th Hour Plea to Suspend the Review of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Process

Keystone Pipeline System map, including the Keystone XL route  (© 2015 TransCanada)

Calgary-based TransCanada, in a formal letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, has requested that the Department put off its review of the Presidential Permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Salzgitter Group Wins Record-Breaking Line Pipe Order From Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Salzgitter Group Wins Record-Breaking Line Pipe Order From Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© 2013 Salzgitter AG)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG, which is overseeing the development of a transnational natural gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Europe, has selected Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH to supply roughly 270 km of the onshore 48" line pipe as well as 1,559 pipe bends needed for both onshore (48") and offshore (36") use. The onshore sections will be constructed in Albania, Greece and Italy; the offshore will span the Adriatic. The contract award is for 170,000 tonnes of line pipe altogether.

Citing Lack of Pipeline Infrastructure, Shell Pulling Out of Northern Alberta Oil Sands Project

 Citing Lack of Pipeline Infrastructure, Shell Pulling Out of Northern Alberta Oil Sands Project (© 2013 Royal Dutch Shell plc)

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said this week that it is retreating from its development of the Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in northern Alberta and will take an expected $2 billion restructuring charge as a result.

The company cited falling oil prices and a lack of pipeline capacity in Canada as the reason for its decision.

Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

Welding first joint of Ukhta – Torzhok-2 gas main (© 2015 Gazprom)

The first joint of 970 km Ukhta-Torzhok-2 natural gas pipeline with a design capacity 45 billion cubic meters of gas per year was welded this week, a small yet critical event in the construction of the larger Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline System, of which it is part. Nord Stream 2 is currently one of Europe's largest infrastructure projects.

Underscoring its significance Russian President Vladimir Putin himself gave the order to commence with the weld during a video call with pipeline engineers in Ukhta.

ILF Assists in Bringing Over 1200 km of Natural Gas Pipelines in Poland On Stream

ILF Assists in Bringing Over 1200 km of Natural Gas Pipelines in Poland On Stream (© 2013 ILF Consulting Engineers)

ILF, one of the world's leading engineering companies offering design and consulting services for the development of critical and complex infrastructure projects, has provided the design and supervision services for 1,200 km of four key high pressure natural gas pipelines operated by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in Poland: Szczecin – Gdańsk (201 km, 28’’), Szczecin – Lwówek (189 km, 28’’), Rembelszczyzna – Gustorzyn (176 km, 28’’) and Lasów – Jeleniów (18 km, 28’’).

New Interactive Digital Map Provides Current Information on Canada's Vast Oil and Gas Pipeline Network

 New Interactive Digital Map Provides Current Information on Canada's Vast Oil and Gas Pipeline Network (© 2015 CEPA, Screenshot)

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is raising the transparency bar by launching a new interactive digital map, giving Canadians easy access to detailed information on over 100,000 km of member transmission pipelines crisscrossing the country.

Penspen Wins $4.3 million engineering and project management contract for 67 km High-Pressure Gas Pipeline in Bangladesh

National Gas Grid (© 2015 Gas Transmission Company Limited GTCL)

Penspen, a leading engineering and management services company based in London, has been awarded a contract worth $4.3 million from Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL), (A Company of Petrobangla) under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh.

The contract is for the Dhanua-Elenga and West Bank of Bangabandhu Bridge – Nalka gas transmission pipeline located in Bangladesh. Work on the 67km 30” high-pressure gas pipeline will commence in 2016-17 and is estimated to take approximately two years to complete.

India's Largest Gas Pipeline Operator to Deploy Drones to Monitor Its 11 000 km Network, Calling For A New Culture of Safety

 India's Largest Gas Pipeline Operator to Deploy Drones to Monitor Its 11 000 km Network, Calling For A New Culture of Safety (© 2015 GAIL (India) Limited )

On the heels of last year's devastating natural gas pipeline explosion in the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, killing ultimately 24 people and injuring many more, GAIL, India's largest natural gas pipeline operator, will begin deploying drones in a bid to raise safety standards and to create a new culture of safety throughout its operations.

OMV Looks to Sell a 49 Percent Share of Pipeline Operator/Constructor Gas Connect Austria

Gas Connect pipeline system (© 2015 Gas Connect Austria)

With oil prices hovering below $50 per barrel and expectations that they could go even lower, OMV has announced its intention to sell 49 percent of its wholly-owned subsidiary Gas Connect Austria (GCA), which company officers say will strengthen OMV's cash flow and balance sheet.

GCA operates an approximately 900-km-long natural gas high-pressure pipeline grid in Austria. As a central hub in the European natural gas network, GCA makes a substantial contribution to the natural gas supply in Austria and other countries including Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia, and Hungary.

Sinopec Sets Sights on 8400 km Country-Spanning Gas Pipeline

oil and natural gas pipelines in China (© 2015 EIA / Petrochina)

Sinopec, Asia's biggest downstream company, has received approval from China’s National Development and Reform Commission to build a 8,400-kilometer pipeline network carrying up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas per annum from the gas fields in northwest China to the southern and eastern provinces around Guandong.

The network is designed to send gas produced from Sinopec Group’s Zhundong coal-to-gas project in Xinjiang to end users in populous areas of southeast China. It will also carry unconventional gas from coal-bed methane and shale gas projects in northwest China.

Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline

Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 Ministry of Energy Russia)

After a decade of protracted negotiations, Russia and Pakistan signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement yesterday on building a 1100-km natural gas pipeline from LNG terminals in southern Pakistan to growing domestic markets in the north. The construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

In what seems to have all the hallmarks of a Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) project, an enterprise, set up by potential investors, will own and run the pipeline over 25 years, shipping 12.4 billion cubic meters of gas per annum, according to the statement.

Baltic States and Poland Reach Consensus on New Transnational Gas Pipeline

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan 2009 (© 2009 European Commission)

Leaders of Poland and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met today to sign an agreement on a 562 km, 28 inch gas pipeline connecting Poland to Lithuania. The Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring energy needed for a new economic development. Groundbreaking is to begin in December, 2019, at an estimated cost of €558 million.

Caterpillar Lands Single Largest Ever Order in Company History

CAT G3616 Gas Petroleum Engine (© 2015 Caterpillar)

With a total of 39 Cat gas compression engines heading to the new 830 mile interstate Rover gas pipeline in Ohio, Caterpillar has announced its largest single-project order since the company's founding in 1925.

Uganda, Tanzanzia Agree to Examine a New Pipeline Route for Uganda Crude Export

Location of Hoima District in Uganda (© 2015 Slomox)

Complicating the proposed Uganda - Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline (UKCOP), the governments of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement to study building a pipeline from the oil fields near Hoima, Uganda to the Tanzanian port of Tanga.

Dr Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary of Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, said the deal will help the parties to appraise the merits of a crude export pipeline option through Tanzania with a view to achieving the lowest unit transportation cost for crude oil from Uganda.

Siemens Reels In Major Service Contract in the UAE

Siemens Industrial Trent 60 gas turbine (© 2015 Siemens)

Siemens AG has signed an unprecedented long-term service contract running 18 years with Dolphin Energy, a UAE-based company responsible for operations, maintenance and managing the UAE gas network, headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The network comprises the Taweelah Receiving Facility (TRF), the Eastern Gas Distribution System (EGDS), the Al Ain-Fujairah Pipeline and the Taweelah-Fujairah Pipeline, transporting gas subsea from Qatar's North Field to customers in the UAE and Oman.

Fugro Wins Blue Stream Pipeline Inspection Contract

Blue Stream gas pipeline and layout of South Stream gas pipeline (© 2015 Gazprom)

Fugro, the world’s largest integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services, has been awarded a contract by Blue Stream Pipeline Company B.V. to provide survey support vessels and other services related to the external inspection of the Blue Stream Pipeline.

Blue Stream comprises tow 24 inch gas export pipelines running on the floor of the Black Sea from Beregovaya gas compression station in Russia to the Durusu inlet terminal near Samsun, Turkey. Gas has been flowing through Blue Stream since 2003.

New 535 km, 24 - 36 Inch Gas Pipeline Commissioned in Tanzania

New 535 km, 24 - 36 Inch Gas Pipeline Commissioned in Tanzania (© 2013 U.S. EIA, IHS EDIN)

A 535-kilometer gas pipeline running from Mtwara, Tanzania to Dar es Salaam, the country's capital, and built with a 1.225-billion-U.S.-dollar concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank of China was inaugurated by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete this past weekend.

The project started in June 2013 and was undertaken by China Petroleum Technology and Development Corporation (CPTDC), a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Company (CNPC).

New California State Requirements Regarding Leak Detection Systems for Intrastate Pipelines

Crewmembers clean the California coastline to remove oil near Rufugio State Beach, California, Monday, June 1, 2015. © 2015 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson

Adding teeth to a number of proposals to better protect California's inland and coastal environment from potential oil and gas pipeline ruptures, Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of bills requiring stricter state inspection of all intrastate pipelines on an annual basis, mandatory leak detection systems for pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas, and the enlistment of fisherman to help contain oil spills when the occur. The fisherman would be equipped with containment gear in the event of a rupture.

Nord Stream Pipeline Reaches Major Milestone of 100 Billion Cubic Metres of Shipped Gas

The terminating point of the Nord Stream Pipeline is located at the energy hub Lubminer Heide near Greifswald, which covers an area of about 12 hectares, including the receiving terminal of the connecting pipelines OPAL and NEL (© 2015 Nord Stream)

Nord Stream Pipeline celebrated a major milestone last week by noting 100 billion cubic metres of Russian natural gas shipped through the Baltic Sea to the European Union since the pipeline opened in November 2011.

The pipeline’s transport capacity of 55 bcm per year can provide more than 10 percent of the current gas demand in the EU, making Nord Stream a key part of the European supply infrastructure.

550 km Horn of Africa Products Pipeline Expected to Break Ground This Year

Horn of Africa Map (© 2012 United Nations)

After protracted negotiations Ethiopia and Djibouti, its neighbor bordering on the northeast, have signed an agreement for a 550 km products pipeline importing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from Djibouti's port. The venture is estimated at $1.55 billion and construction forecasted to end by 2018.

Growth in landlocked Ethiopia has surpassed every other sub-Saharan country over the past decade, and the government has boosted spending to expand infrastructure. Fuel is typically delivered over 500 km from Djibouti to Ethiopia by tanker truck.

Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia

Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia (© 2015 Balticconnector EIA Report, Gasum)

Finland and Estonia announced their intention to work together to build a natural gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia, which would connect Estonian and Finnish gas grids. Dubbed the Balticconnector, the pipeline would increase Finnish import capacities by providing access to the Latvia's natural gas storage in Inčukalns.

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