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Johan Sverdrup pipeline contracts (© 2015  Statoil)
Johan Sverdrup pipeline contracts (© 2015 Statoil)

Johan Sverdrup Advances with the Award for Line Pipe, Coating and Pipe Installation

Statoil has awarded contracts with a value estimated at slightly less than 2.5 billion Norwegian Kroner for the line pipe, coating and pipe installation of the Johan Sverdrup export pipelines.

Iran and India in Serious Talks to Build 1400 km Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 SAGE)
Iran and India in Serious Talks to Build 1400 km Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 SAGE)

Iran and India in Serious Talks to Build 1400 km Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline

In the wake of Iran's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia, plus Germany), opening the door for Iranian exports of its hydrocarbons, the moribund Iranian - Indian Gas Pipeline Project is being revived with great fanfare.

The TurkStream Pipeline (© 2015 TurkStream)
The TurkStream Pipeline (© 2015 TurkStream)

Talks on Developing TurkStream Pipeline Suspended By Russia

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced today that negotiations relating to the development of the Turkish Stream Pipeline Project have been suspended, particularly since "an intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation has stopped meeting."

Statoil's head office, Norway (© 2015 Øyvind Hagen - Statoil ASA)
Statoil's head office, Norway (© 2015 Øyvind Hagen - Statoil ASA)

Statoil Divests From Another Major Transnational Pipeline Project

Statoil has announced that it is selling its interest in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) to Snam SpA for €208 million.

Up to now, TAP’s shareholding has been comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%). Snam SpA will be assuming Statoil's 20 % share and previous role in the consortium.

Major Pipeline Systems and Frontier Activities Regulated by the National Energy Board (© 2013 National Energy Board)
Major Pipeline Systems and Frontier Activities Regulated by the National Energy Board (© 2013 National Energy Board)

The National Energy Board of Canada Raises the Pipeline Transparency Bar

The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it will post its inspection reports of the country's 73,000 km pipeline it oversees on the regulator's website.

Domestic Natural Gas & Pipeline Business (© 2015 PetroChina)
Domestic Natural Gas & Pipeline Business (© 2015 PetroChina)

PetroChina To Pull Out of Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company

PetroChina, China's biggest energy producer, will divest a 50 percent stake in Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Co. to a unit of China Reform Holdings Corp., another state-owned company that acts as an investment firm charged with revamping government-run entities.

Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project Configuration Map (© 2015 Trans Mountain)
Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project Configuration Map (© 2015 Trans Mountain)

Kinder Morgan in Huge Court Win in Canada, Suggesting the 1000 km Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Will Proceed

In a controversial decision highlighting a major dispute between local and federal governments in Canada, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled that the National Energy Board's decision to allow the development of Kinder Morgan's 1000 km Trans Mountain Pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia takes precedence over the city of Burnaby’s enacted provisional law aimed at stopping the e

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer (© 2013 CEPA)
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer (© 2013 CEPA)

Chris Bloomer To Assume New Duties as Head of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

After an 'intensive' national search the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) announced this week that Chris Bloomer has been appointed as the new President and CEO. He will begin his duties as soon as 1 December 2015.

DNV GL conducts largest ever controlled release of CO2 from an underwater pipeline (© 2015 DNV GL)
DNV GL conducts largest ever controlled release of CO2 from an underwater pipeline (© 2015 DNV GL)

DNV GL Continues Its Research Into Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Underwater Pipelines

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) which helps to drive the oil and gas sector forward by developing new technical solutions, standards and industry best practices, is conducting the sector's largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, located in Cumbria, United Kingdom.

The TENP Pipeline  (© 2015 Fluxys)
The TENP Pipeline (© 2015 Fluxys)

Trans - Europa Natural Gas Pipeline (TENP) Reverse Flow Gas Project To Go Ahead: Big Boost to European Energy Security

Moving to strengthen energy security in Europe the Bundesnetzagentur (National Regulatory Authority) has approved the Trans - Europa Natural Gas Pipeline (TENP) reverse flow project enabling gas flows from Italy and France into Germany, significantly improving Germany's supply situation with an additional 8 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

STATS Group Plug Gap in Malaysian Pipeline Isolation Market (© 2015 STATS Group)
STATS Group Plug Gap in Malaysian Pipeline Isolation Market (© 2015 STATS Group)

STATS Business Booming In The Growing Malaysian Pipeline Sector

The STATS Group, founded in Aberdeen in 1998 as Specialist Tools and Testing Services and operating predominately in the piping and pipeline integrity and maintenance field, has made significant inroads into the Malaysian oil field services market with its Remote Techno Plug isolation technology.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Rolls Along With Another Award for Line Pipes (© 2015 Corinth Pipeworks S.A)
Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Rolls Along With Another Award for Line Pipes (© 2015 Corinth Pipeworks S.A)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG Rolls Along With Another Award for Line Pipes

Corinth Pipeworks S.A., a Greece-based global supplier of high quality steel pipes for the energy and construction markets, has been awarded a contract by Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to provide around 495 km of 48 " diameter line pipes for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline across Greece. This translates into some 270,000 tons of line pipe.

Map of Iran's natural gas infrastructure (© 2015 EIA)
Map of Iran's natural gas infrastructure (© 2015 EIA)

Iran Envisions Becoming Major Player in Global Gas Market - Rules Out Shipping Its Gas to Europe via Pipeline

Anticipating the complete lifting of sanctions on Iran's oil and gas sector during the course of 2016, Iran's Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh says Iran will soon become a major player in the global gas market.

Mexico Map (© 2010 Carport)
Mexico Map (© 2010 Carport)

TransCanada Lands Another Big Gas Pipeline Public/Private Partnership Award in Mexico

TransCanada has secured a major $500 million contract to build, own and operate (BOO) the Tuxpan-Tula Pipeline in Mexico. The award complements previous TransCanada agreements to build and operate gas pipelines in Mexico.

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

A Flurry of Gas Pipeline Construction Will Triple U.S. Gas Export to Mexico by 2020

In the wake on new border-crossing gas pipelines from the United States to Mexico, cheap U.S. shale gas is flowing into Mexico at an average of 3.26 billion cubic feet per day.

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

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

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.

 Barack Obama (© 2015 The White House)
Barack Obama (© 2015 The White House)

President Obama Sounds the Death Knell for Keystone XL Pipeline

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.

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

CEPA Sets New Industry Standard With Its Pipeline Industry Performance Report

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.<

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

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.

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

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

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.