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Saudi Aramco is headquartered in Dhahran (© 2016 Saudi Aramco)
Saudi Aramco is headquartered in Dhahran (© 2016 Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco Plans Big Boost in Capacity of 1200-km East/West Pipeline

Saudi Aramco, the world's largest exporter of crude oil, said this week that it planned to increase the capacity of the 1200 km oil pipeline from Dharan to Yanbu from 5 to 7 million barrels per day by the end of 2018. This would represent a 40 percent increase in production.

Herman Rosen speaking at the REIF 2016 in Lingen (© 2016 ROSEN Group)
Herman Rosen speaking at the REIF 2016 in Lingen (© 2016 ROSEN Group)

ROSEN Opens a Window to the Future of the Pipeline Industry at the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference

During the concluding session of the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference entitled "What’s next? Current Challenges and Future Fields for the Global Pipeline Industry" held in Berlin from 23-25 May, the ROSEN Group presented the results of the its 3rd ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum (REIF).

Donald Trump (© 2015 By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Donald Trump (© 2015 By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Trump Will Resuscitate the Keystone XL Pipeline if Elected President

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said over the weekend that he would “100 per cent” approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline previously rejected by President Barack Obama, but he wants “a better deal” for the U.S.

California Public Utilities Commission (©By The original uploader was Coolcaesar at English Wikipedia [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)
California Public Utilities Commission (©By The original uploader was Coolcaesar at English Wikipedia [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)

California State Regulators Fine SoCal Gas for Pipeline Safety Violations

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has fined SoCal Gas $2.25 million for 45 safety violations found during inspections in the Mid-City and Harbor area in April and May of 2015. The violations stemmed from the delayed maintenance of corrosion prevention systems, and not from actual corrosion of pipes or casings.

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum Resources (© 2016 Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources)
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum Resources (© 2016 Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources)

New Pipeline Infrastructure Sought as Vandals Rob Nigeria's Oil Pipelines of 800,000 Barrels of Oil Daily

Last week Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, bemoaned growing pipeline vandalism in the country resuling in losses of some 800,000 barrels of oil per day. Nigeria’s crude oil production had declined from 2.2 million barrels per day to 1.4 million barrels per day due to pipeline vandalism.

Construction Commences on Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© 2016 TAP )
Construction Commences on Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© 2016 TAP )

Construction Commences on Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Construction has begun on the 48 inch diameter Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which will deliver 10 bcm/annum of new Caspian gas supplies to Europe from 2020.

The TAP, which constitutes the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor, will ensure Europe’s energy supply as well as diversifying its energy sources.

Control Room (© 2016 Schneider Electric)
Control Room (© 2016 Schneider Electric)

Schneider Electric Sets New Industry Standard With Pipeline Trainer 1.0

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation serving customers in over 100 countries, has announced a new Pipeline Trainer 1.0 built on SimSuite 7 framework. The re-engineered tool will challenge pipeline controllers with real-life scenarios, strengthening their preparedness for such events when actually on the job.

Uganda–Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline (© 2016 By Sputink (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Uganda–Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline (© 2016 By Sputink (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

1400 km Oil Export Pipeline To Be Built from Uganda to Tanzania

After initially considering Kenya as the most suitable transit country for exporting crude oil, Uganda has elected to build a 1400 km oil pipeline through Tanzania, citing cost and security advantages. The pipeline is expected to begin operations in 2020.

3rd ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum focussed on "Pipeline Integrity 2030"
3rd ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum focussed on "Pipeline Integrity 2030"

3rd ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum focussed on "Pipeline Integrity 2030"

The 3rd ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum took place at ROSEN Technology & Research Center in Lingen from 10-12 May 2016. This year's topic was "Pipeline Integrity 2030 - Ensuring Future Performance". The results of the event will be presented by Hermann Rosen at ptc 2016 in Berlin on 25 May.

the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (© 2016 Coastal GasLink)
the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (© 2016 Coastal GasLink)

TransCanada Clears Last Regulatory Hurdle Before Investment Decision on British Columbia Gas Pipeline

TransCanada has received the final permits from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission for the $4.8 billion, 650 km Coastal GasLink pipeline from northeast B.C. to the west coast B.C. to serve export markets.

the TATA Steel tubes 84 inch mill in Hartlepool (© 2015 Tata Steel company)
the TATA Steel tubes 84 inch mill in Hartlepool (© 2015 Tata Steel company)

Tata Steel With Industry First in 140-km Deep Sea Pipeline Project in Gulf of Mexico

Indian-based Tata Steel company has manufactured a large diameter 42" pipe which will set an industry standard by becoming the deepest to be laid for 140 kilometers in the Mexican section of the Gulf of Mexico.

DENSO Group Announces Relaunch of Corporate Website
DENSO Group Announces Relaunch of Corporate Website

DENSO Group Announces Relaunch of Corporate Website

DENSO Group Germany, leading supplier of corrosion prevention and sealing technology, launches its new corporate website. The website offers new content, optimised technology and a modern design. Oriented on the demands of the customers, the product display has undergone a restructuring and an innovative product finder helps to easily select the right product.

PHMSA Awarded Broad Authority To Shut Down Pipelines and Mandate Leak Detection Technologies (© 2016 PHMSA)
PHMSA Awarded Broad Authority To Shut Down Pipelines and Mandate Leak Detection Technologies (© 2016 PHMSA)

PHMSA Awarded Broad Authority To Shut Down Pipelines and Mandate Leak Detection Technologies

In yet another legislative step to strengthen regulatory oversight of the national pipeline network at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a series of measures known as H.R.

ptc 2016 Panel Discussion Members (© 2016 EITEP)
ptc 2016 Panel Discussion Members (© 2016 EITEP)

ptc 2016 discussions expand beyond technical aspects

With delegates from 50 different nations, with over 600 participants including staff and management of 53 international pipeline operators, 85 speakers and 12 poster sessions the 11th Pipeline Technology Conference (23-25 May, Berlin) is shaping up to be a pivotal event for the global pipeline community with the following 3 Panel Discussions:

Line 3 oil pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin (© 2014 Government of Canada)
Line 3 oil pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin (© 2014 Government of Canada)

The National Energy Board of Canada Gives a Conditional Nod to Enbridge's North American Pipeline Scenario

In a decision which could have far-reaching consequences for the North American pipeline landscape, the independent National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada has given conditional approval Enbridge's application to replace its 1,660 km Line 3 oil pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin.

PHMSA's Mandate Extended With New Powers for Pipeline Oversight and Regulation (© 2016 The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee )
PHMSA's Mandate Extended With New Powers for Pipeline Oversight and Regulation (© 2016 The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee )

PHMSA's Mandate Extended With New Powers for Pipeline Oversight and Regulation

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives last week unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) for four years and maintain the safety of the United States' pipeline network.

Kinder morgan building Houston (© 2014 By WhisperToMe (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Kinder morgan building Houston (© 2014 By WhisperToMe (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Kinder Morgan Pulls Back From Gas Pipeline Project in New England

In face of sustained political protest coupled with an indifferent future customer base, Kinder Morgan has decided to cancel the construction of a $3.3 billion, 188 - mile gas pipeline system from a point west of Albany, New York to Dracut, Massachusetts.

Innovative 3 Inch Ultrasound Piglet (© 2016 AHak)
Innovative 3 Inch Ultrasound Piglet (© 2016 AHak)

A.Hak To Showcase Innovative 3 Inch Ultrasound Piglet at 11th Annual Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin

A.Hak Industrial Services has announced that its new 3 inch pipeline and furnace inspection systems are available for projects worldwide after the first pilot projects were successfully executed. This most recent development is part of a new range of faster tools with XYZ mapping possibilities.

ptc 2016 Opening panel discussion on "Pipeline Supply Options for the European Market", 23 May 2016, Berlin
ptc 2016 Opening panel discussion on "Pipeline Supply Options for the European Market", 23 May 2016, Berlin

Iranian Ambassador to Germany Dr. Majedi confirmed as ptc 2016 speaker

H.E. Dr. Ali Majedi was Deputy Oil Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iran from 2013-2014. He is Iranian Ambassador to Germany in Berlin since October 2014.

NDT Global raises the bar for pipeline corrosion inspection (© NDT Global 2016)
NDT Global raises the bar for pipeline corrosion inspection (© NDT Global 2016)

NDT Global With New High Resolution Pinhole and Pitting Inspection Service

Pipeline op­er­a­tors have long iden­ti­fied pin­hole and es­pe­cially em­bed­ded pin­hole de­fects as a sig­nif­i­cant risk fac­tor in their in­tegrity man­age­ment pro­grams.

 Iran's major natural gas fields (© 2013 EIA)
Iran's major natural gas fields (© 2013 EIA)

Iran To Soon Inaugurate Trans-Boundary Gas Pipeline To Iraq

While international sanctions against Iran were being enforced, the National Iranian Gas Transmission Company (NIGTC) was quietly building a gas pipeline to neighboring Iraq. And now with most restrictions on Iran lifted the country is ready to begin sending its gas to an energy-starved Basra as well as to other Iraqi cities.

Castoro 6 (© 2016 Saipem)
Castoro 6 (© 2016 Saipem)

Saipem Edges Rivals in Securing TAP's 105 km Offshore Pipeline Project in the Adriatic Sea

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has awarded a significant contract to Saipem SpA for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of the 36-inch offshore pipeline to be built across the Adriatic Sea.