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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

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) Calls for Mandatory Leak Detection Systems in Pipeline Carrying Hazardous Liquids

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

Responding to a growing number of serious pipeline ruptures with devastating environmental effects on land and water, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced proposed regulations to require that all hazardous liquid pipelines have a system for detecting leaks and establish a timeline for inspections of affected pipelines following an extreme weather event, natural disaster or operator negligence.

Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.

Energy Transfer Equity LP took a major step in consolidating its partnership assets with a $38 billion acquisition of Williams Cos., fitting CEO Kelcy Warren’s long-standing formula for building an energy empire: Buy companies that connect the dots in the industry to leapfrog competitors.

Statoil Completes Construction of Arctic Circle Crossing Polarled Pipeline

The pipeline was laid by the world's largest pipelaying vessel: “Solitaire” from Allseas (© 2015 Statoil)

Months of challenging pipeline construction have culminated this week in the laying of the final pipe in the 482.4 km long Polarled Pipeline project at a depth of 1,260 meters in the Norwegian Sea.

Polarled is the first pipeline on the Norwegian continental shelf that crosses the Arctic Circle and opens up a brand new highway for gas from the Norwegian Sea to Europe, transporting up to 70 million standard cubic meters of gas per day.

ROSEN Wins Prestigious ASME Global Pipeline Award

 ROSEN Group Wins ASME Global Pipeline Award 2015 (© 2015 Rosen)

The ROSEN Group stole the show at this month’s Rio Pipeline Conference by landing the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Global Pipeline Award. The Trophy was personally handed over to Hermann Rosen, CEO of the ROSEN Group.

Leading Democratic Candidate for US Presidency, Hillary Clinton, Announces her Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Hillary Clinton (© 2009 U.S. Department of State)

Long a bone of contention between political parties in the United States, the $7 billion, 1,179-mile Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Project has now taken center stage in the presidential debates. Predictably the Democratic candidates have come about strongly against its construction; the Republican strongly in favor.

Kinder Morgan's Proposed 980 km Twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline To Undergo Further Review by the National Energy Board

Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Map Project Configuration Map (© 2013 National Energy Board)

The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it has delayed the release of its recommendation report on Kinder Morgan Inc.’s proposed $5.4 billion, 980 km, 12 pump stations Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by five months to acquire additional information on the project.

Trans Mountain, currently running 1150 km from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia, and transporting 300,000 barrel of oil per day, would be able to nearly triple its output to 890,000 barrels per day with the projected expansion.

New 115 km Oil Pipeline Link Between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

New 115 km Oil Pipeline Link Between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (© 2015 National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC))

Coinciding with the upgrade of the Bapco refinery in Bahrain, an agreement totaling $300 million on the combined onshore / offshore 115-kilometre oil pipeline, 73 kms of which will run overland and the rest under the Gulf, has been made between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The pipeline is expected to be operational in 2018 and will transport 350,000 barrels per day from the Saudi Abu Safa oil field.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Issues Invites for SCADA and Fibre Optic Cable Pre-Qualification

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Issues Invites for SCADA and Fibre Optic Cable Pre-Qualification (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP), which is organizing the transport of natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe via an 878-km gas pipeline system, is inviting companies to pre-qualify for the supply and delivery of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquistion (SCADA) system and fibre optic cable. According to the company these are the final large package contracts to be awarded for project construction as company provided items.

The scope of work is intended to cover:

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Seeks to Build a $5 billion, 564 mile Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline(© 2015 Dominion Energy)

With the submission of a 30,000-page application, environmental resource reports and exhibits – a stack of paper more than 10 feet tall – Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, today formally applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to build a $5 billion, 564-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.

The project is designed to meet the need for cleaner electricity generation, satisfy the growing demand for natural gas to heat homes and businesses, and promote consumer savings and economic growth.

Finger-Pointing Over Delay of Turkish Stream

The TurkStream Offshore Pipeline (© 2015 South Stream Transport B.V)

Lack of progress in the Turkish Stream project has prompted the Russians as well as the Turks to explain the hold-up. Not surprisingly the respective explanations vary considerably.

For Russian Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev the delay is due to the "political crisis" in Turkey -- in June President Erdogan dissolved his government after the loss of parliamentary majority and there was no acting Cabinet until an interim government was created at the end of August.

DNV GL Attains Broad Industry Support for Project on Line Pipe Production Processes

DNV GL launches two new JIPs with potential to save the industry millions in costs (© 2015 DNV GL)

Aiming to bring down costs and reduce complexity in a continued low oil price environment, DNV GL, a world leading consulting, testing and certification company, is launching two joint industry projects to investigate composite components for the subsea sector and qualify technology for a more efficient line pipe production processes.

It is estimated that the JIPs could deliver a combined saving of £6.75 million.

Kinder Morgan Extends Open Season on the $4 billion Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project

UMTP Project Overview (© 2015 Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in the United States, will extend the current binding open season to review interest in the estimated $4 billion Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP).

Voestalpine Wins Major Supply Contract for 114 km Natural Gas Pipeline Project in UAE

voestalpine awarded major contract for pipeline project in the United Arab Emirates(© 2015 voestalpine)

In difficult marketing conditions the Voestalpine Group has been awarded a contract by the National Gas and Industrialization Company (GASCO) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to supply 95,000 tons of premium line pipe plates for the 114 km high - pressure Integrated Gas Development Pipeline (IGD-E) project in Abu Dhabi.

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project Takes Another Step Forward

A total of about 76,000 pipes (approximately 930 kilometres) will be concrete coated at the EUPEC plant in Kotka, which represents nearly 40 percent of the 2 pipelines (© 2015 Nord Stream)

Following an expert study showing the feasibility of constructing an additional two pipelines to supply Russian natural gas to the EU market via Germany, a consortium of companies comprising PJSC Gazprom, E.ON SE, BASF SE Wintershall Holding Gmbh, the Royal Dutch Shell plc, OMV AG and Engie S.A. signed a shareholder agreement last week to implement such a project on the floor of the Baltic Sea.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) Awards Gas Turbine Compressor Units to Siemens

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) Awards Gas Turbine Compressor Units to Siemens (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe through an 870 km long pipeline, has awarded the contract for the supply of six gas turbine turbo compressor units to Siemens AG.

Half of these items will be installed in TAP’s compressor station near Kipoi, in Greece, and the remaining half at TAP’s compressor station near Fier, in Albania.

Steelhead LNG, Williams, Sign Pre-Construction Agreement for 128 km Natural Gas Pipeline

Non-Finalized Rout of the Island Gas Connector Project Vicinity Map(© 2015 Williams)

Steelhead LNG, a Vancouver - based gas company, has signed a preliminary agreement with Williams for the construction of a 128 km natural gas pipeline from Sumas, Washington to the proposed Malahat LNG Project in the Saanich Inlet, British Columbia (B.C.).

Transnational Oil Pipeline Linking Nepal to India To Be Constructed

The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and the Commerce and Civil Supplies Minister of Nepal, Shri Sunil Thapa signing an MoU for the construction of Raxaul-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline, in Khatmandu on August 24, 2015 (© 2015 Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas)

Nepal and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a 41 km transnational oil pipeline, culminating two decades of intermittent negotiation.

Minister for Commerce and Supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa and India's Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan signed the MoU on behalf of their respective governments.

The MoU will promote bilateral cooperation in the oil and gas sector and secure long term supply of petroleum products to landlocked Nepal in the aftermath of the country's devastating earthquake.

Eni Discovers Largest Gas Field Ever in the Mediterranean

Eni discovers a supergiant gas field in the Egyptian offshore (© 2015 Eni)

Eni, the Italian oil and gas giant, has startled the petroleum industry with the announcement of a supergiant gas discovery at its Zohr prospect in Egypt's offshore economic waters. The field could potentially hold 30 trillion cubic feet of lean natural gas in place, the largest ever made in the Mediterranean Sea.

After full development, the discovery will be able to satisfy Egypt's gas demand for decades to come.

[Updated] Polarled Reports First European Pipeline Ever To Cross The Arctic Circle

Map - Polarled Pipeline Project (© 2015 Statoil)

In an unprecedented feat of engineering for the Polarled project the first pipeline crossing the Arctic Circle was laid this past week by a consortium of Statoil - led companies.

The 482 km long 36 inch wide pipeline will run from Nyhamna in western Norway to the Aasta Hansteen field, creating a new "gas highway" from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.

The world’s largest pipelaying vessel, Solitaire from Allseas, is carrying out the job and is advancing slowly, exactly 24.4 metres at a time, every sixth minute or so, working around the clock.

New Large Shale Gas Pipeline Gathering System To Be Constructed in Ohio

MarkWest's Seneca processing facility in eastern Ohio. (© 2015 MARKWEST)

The development of a new, large $1 billion dry gas pipeline gathering system designed to process more than 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas has been announced by MarkWest Energy Partners and The Energy & Minerals Group.

The plant will be supported by a long-term, fee - based contract with Ascent Resources, an E&P company with approximately 280 000 net acres of the prolific Utica and Marcellus shale fields.

Submission Bid Deadline for the Gas Interconnection Poland - Lithuania Pipeline Project Extended

The Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL) (© 2015 AB Amber Grid)

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and AB Amber Grid, the Polish and Lithuanian gas transmission operators and principals behind the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) project, have jointly agreed to extend the submission date of the Capacity Requests Forms for the Non-Binding phase of the Open Procedure, which began 31 July 2015, to 31 August 2015.

General Electric Reels In Big Contract with Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) Project

General Electric Reels In Big Contract with Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) Project (© 2015 GE)

General Electric (GE) has secured a multi-million dollar contract to provide advanced turbo machinery for the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), facilitating the transport of natural gas from Azerbaijan via Turkey to European energy markets.

The gas turbines bring high levels of operational efficiency and low emission levels. These critical systems are seen to be the "heart of the pipeline." GE reports that gas turbines will be manufactured and tested at the GE Oil and Gas for shipment to Turkey in 2017.

Ontario Energy Board Critical of Proposed $12 billion, 4600 km Energy East Oil Pipeline

Ontario portion of the Energy East pipeline (© 2015 Ontario Energy Board)

The Ontario Energy Board has voiced its opinion on the $12 billion Energy East oil pipeline project, reflecting the concerns of the communities along the route that the environmental risks are greater than the potential benefits.

The Board expressed an added concern that the project would drive up natural gas prices, as the project entails the conversion of a natural gas pipeline into an oil pipeline and there would be less supply of this resource.

Study finds that pipelines are a safer means of transporting oil and gas than rail

Study finds that pipelines are a safer means of transporting oil and gas than rail (© Dr. Hans-Joachim Bayer)

A new study conducted by the Fraser Institute, a non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank, has concluded that transporting oil and gas by rail is much riskier than moving it by pipeline.

Utilizing newly compiled data from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and Transport Canada, the study, Safety in the Transportation of Oil and Gas: Pipelines or Rail?, finds that the rate of occurrences (incidents or accidents) per million barrels of oil transported is more than 4.5 times higher for rail than it is for pipelines for the period 2003-2013.

Gazprom and BASF agree to cooperate on Nord Stream II pipeline project

Landfall of Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany (© 2015 Nord Stream)

Nordstream II, a proposed gas pipeline project connecting Russian and German coasts from the floor of the Baltic Sea, has taken another step forward with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Intent between Gazprom and BASF in Berlin. Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Hans-Ulrich Engel, Member of the BASF Board of Directors, signed the agreement respectively on behalf of their companies.

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