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Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
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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

Uganda and Kenya Agree on Route for Proposed 1500 km Oil Pipeline

Location of Lake Albert Basin / Total E&P Activities in Uganda (© 2015 Total)

After months of deliberation government officials in Uganda and Kenya have agreed on a route for a 1500 km pipeline to transport oil from Uganda's Lake Albert basin to Lamu, Kenya on the Indian Ocean.

PRCI Opens New Technology Development Center in Houston for the Advancement of Pipeline Research

Grand Opening Ceremony. TDC Steering Committee Member & Past Board Chair, E. Amundsen PRCI President, C. Johnson (© 2015 PRCI)

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) has opened its new, innovative Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston, Texas within a year of groundbreaking. Construction of the TDC has been completed over a span of eight acres, including a state-of-the-art pull test facility, a 20,000 sq. ft. plus workshop and test facility with an additional 9,000 sq. ft. of office and meeting space.

STATS Group Wins Another Contract for its Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS)

  	STATS Group Consolidates Position as Leader in Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (© 2015 STATS Group)

STATS Group, a Scottish company providing full service capability for the maintenance, repair and modification of oil and gas installations and pipelines, onshore and offshore, has been awarded a contract for its Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) over $10 million stretching 10 years for the design, manufacture and test pipeline isolation and intervention equipment for a range of pipeline sizes from 16” to 38”.

The contract has been issued by a major LNG operator in the Middle East.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Selects Technip for Project Management on 870 km Long Gas Pipeline

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Selects Technip for Project Management on 870 km Long Gas Pipeline(© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG has awarded Technip with a contract for Project Management Services, covering the onshore portion of the pipeline from Greece to Albania and ultimately into Italy.

TAP project scope includes an approximately 870 kilometer long pipeline, which will start from the tie-in with the TANAP portion of the Southern Gas Corridor project, at the Greece/Turkey border. The pipeline will then go through Greece and Albania, to eventually cross subsea the Adriatic Sea to end in Puglia, Italy, where it will connect to the Italian natural gas network.

Sempra Energy Secures Gas Pipeline Transportation Contract in Chihuahua, Mexico

IEnova´s Assets(© 2015 IEnova)

Sempra Energy, an American natural gas utilities company based in San Diego, announced that it has been awarded a natural gas transportation contract worth an estimated $108 million in Chihuahua, Mexico by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The award will be executed through Sempra's majority-owned IEnova and its subsidiary, Gasoducto de Aguaprieta.

Alberta Pipeline Mishap Spills Over 5 Million Liters of Emulsion

Nexen Long Lake integrated oil sands facility (© 2014 Nexen)

Nexen Energy, a large producer of tar sands oil in Canada, announced that a pipeline carrying emulsion -- a mixture of bitumen, water and sand -- had ruptured and spilled over 5 million liters into the company's Long Lake oil sands facility south of Fort McMurray in Alberta. This comes on the heels of the Santa Barbara spill two months ago, where 378 000 liters of oil was released into the Pacific. The Alberta spill is more than ten times this amount.

First ever drone based gas pipeline surveillance program in France

GRTgaz and AIR MARINE (AMAE Group subs) initiate France’s first ever drone based gas pipeline surveillance program (©2015 AIR MARINE)

GRTgaz, one of Europe’s leading natural gas transmission companies and a world expert in gas grids and transmission systems, has selected AIR MARINE, a subsidiary of the AMAE Group, to lead a monthly drone surveillance of 80 km of natural gas pipelines.

Gazprom Cancels Saipem's Pipe-Laying Contract for Turkish Stream

Turkish Stream gas pipeline route(© 2015 Gazprom)

In a major development throwing into question the viability of the proposed Turkish Stream Gas Pipeline Project, Saipem announced that Gazprom had cancelled its $2.6 billion contract to build the pipeline on the floor of the Black Sea.

Saipem had already dispatched several of its pipe-laying ships to the Black Sea and one, the Castoro 6, was preparing to lay the first pipe segments for the project, when it received notice from Gazprom.

New Gas Pipeline Construction is Booming on the US - Mexican Border

U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Exports to Mexico (@ 2015 U.S. Energy Information Administration)

The growing production of abundant and cheap shale gas in Texas has spawned the construction of hundreds of miles of new transnational pipelines delivering gas to power plants and industrial centers in Mexico.

API's New Standard on Pipeline Safety Management

API's New Standard on Pipeline Safety Management (© 2015 API)

Responding to recent spate of pipeline ruptures and explosions over the past year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) together with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced a new pipeline safety management standard titled Recommended Practice (RP) 1173.

Subsea 7 Secures Four EPC Contracts to Support Offshore Pipelines in Australia

The Browse Basin, south-west of Darwin, Western Australia(© 2015 Subsea 7)

Subsea 7, a global contractor specializing in seabed to surface engineering and construction and headquartered in the UK, has been awarded four contracts by Chevron Australia and INPEX Operations Australia for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) for offshore use in Australia.

Gas Pipeline Between Slovakia and Hungary Starting Up

Eustream Map of Transmission Network (© 2010 YMS Group)

Eustream, Slovakia's national gas transmission company, has begun the commercial operation of the Slovakia-Hungary Bi-Directional Gas Pipeline, noting that all outstanding issues on the Hungarian side which had prevented the launch had been resolved.

The 113 km long pipeline offers a transmission capacity of 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas from Slovakia to Hungary. In the reverse mode, continuous capacity on the level of 1.8 billion cubic meters is available. 94 km of the pipeline are in Hungary; 19 in Slovakia.

Wood Group Wins Detailed Engineering Project for Onshore Pipelines in Australia

Bob MacDonald (© 2015, Wood Group)

Origin Energy, an Australian energy company located in Sydney, has selected the Wood Group to provide detailed engineering for the onshore pipelines of the Halladale, Black Watch & Speculant (HBWS) Natural Gas Project in South West Victoria (Australia).

Construction of the Chinese Leg of the Transnational Russia - China Gas Pipeline Begins

Russian Prime Minister  Dmitry Medvedev (© 2015, Russia Government)

In a video - transmitted ceremony marking the commencement of the Chinese part of the 3170 km - long Russia - China Gas Pipeline, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hailed the progress of the monumental project.

External Inspection of Nord Stream Gas Export Pipelines Completed

External Pipeline Survey by ROV (© 2015, Nord Stream)

Nord Stream AG has announced that a full external inspection of the Nord Stream gas export pipelines has been carried out and notes that the pipelines are in a period of settlement and that all changes are consonant with the design parameters.

The work was executed using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), equipped with digital cameras, specific sensors and operated from a dedicated support vessel. The visual and instrumental (geophysical) inspection was performed on the whole length of the dual 1,222 km pipeline through the Baltic Sea.

Permits for Preliminary Surveys on Turkish Stream Issued

Turkey issues permit on surveys for Turkish Stream (© 2015 Gazprom)

Turkey announced this week that permits have been issued to Gazprom for the offshore section of Turkish Stream. According to the document surveys will be carried out within the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of Turkey in order to place the first offshore string of the gas pipeline.

TransCanada Gets Green Light for Pipeline Facility Expansion in the Eastern Triangle

TransCanada Gets Green Light for Pipeline Facility Expansion in the Eastern Triangle(© 2015 TransCanada)

TransCanada Corporation, operating one of the largest natural gas pipeline systems in North America, announced that the National Energy Board has authorized the company to go ahead with the King's North Connection project, part of a $500 million pipeline and facility expansion within the Eastern Triangle of the Canadian system.

Energy Transfer Partners to Construct Crude Oil Terminal Connecting interstate Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners to Construct Crude Oil Terminal Connecting interstate Dakota Access Oil Pipeline(© 2015 Energy Transfer Partners)

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), a Dallas based natural gas and propane company, has received permission from state officials in North Dakota to construct a large crude terminal near Watford City, North Dakota, one of six planned in the state for the proposed 1134 mile Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

Gazprom Establishes an Alliance to Build Two New Nord Stream Pipelines

Gazprom, E.ON, Shell and OMV agree upon developing gas transmission capacities to deliver Russian gas to Europe(© 2015 Gazprom)

Gazprom has announced that it will cooperate with Shell, E.ON and OMV in the construction of two new strings parallel to the exisiting Nord Stream Pipeline. The new 56 inch pipelines, to run along the floor of the Baltic between Russia and Germany, will total 1224 km with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per annum.

The deal with Shell is a coup for Gazprom at a time when many Western companies are reducing their exposure to Russia because of Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

Trans - Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) Issuing Tenders for Offshore Pipeline Construction

TAP Issues Invitations to Tender for Offshore Section (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Following a self - described 'rigorous' pre-qualification process, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) is issuing invitations to tender for the offshore section of the project, including engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI). This particular 36 inch diameter section, running across the Adriatic Sea between the coastlines of Albania and southern Italy, will be approximately 105 km in length.

Russia and Greece Agree to Extend Turkish Stream Pipeline Across Greece

Turkish Stream gas pipeline route(© 2015 Gazprom)

In a major new development concerning the Turkish Stream gas pipeline to Europe, Russia and Greece have signed a memorandum on joint construction of the pipeline across Greece.

The extension, called South European Pipeline, will begin in 2016 and is forecasted to be completed by 2019. Construction costs, estimated to be around $2 billion, will be covered initially by Russia, with Greece to repay its benefactor at a later date.

Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said the Friday meeting was "historical".

Queensland LNG Pipeline Sold by the BG Group

BG Group completes sale of QCLNG pipeline (© 2015 BG Group))

British gas giant BG Group Plc (BG.L), a global leader in natural gas, said on Tuesday it agreed to sell its wholly owned QCLNG Pipeline Pty Ltd subsidiary in Australia to APA Group (APA.AX) for $5 billion (3.19 billion pounds).

The pipeline network, running 543 km long, links natural gas fields to the Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas (QCLNG) export facility.

The company said the deal is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015 and is conditional on the start of commercial LNG deliveries from the QCLNG export facility at Gladstone and on partner consent.

American Midstream Partners Proposes 50-Mile Crude Oil Pipeline in North Dakota

American Midstream Launches Open Season for Bakken Crude Oil Gathering System in McKenzie County, North Dakota (© 2015 American Midstream))

American Midstream Partners wholly - owned subsidiary, American Midstream Bakken, LLC, is conducting a binding 'open season' for a proposed 50-mile Bakken crude oil gathering and transportation system in the center of McKenzie County, North Dakota (the “Bakken System”) to transport initially 15,000 bpd and eventually up to 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil for delivery to major intrastate and interstate pipeline systems beginning in June 2015.

'Open Season' is an American idiom signifying a period of unrestrained activity.

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Latest innovative technology at 10th Pipeline Technology Conference – DTI Trekscan (© 2015 Applus RTD)

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