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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

STATS Group secures more funding for its growing pipeline engineering business

BGF's Simon Munro with STATS Group CEO Pete Duguid

STATS Group, the full service oil and gas pipeline engineering specialist based in Aberdeen, has received an additional £4.3 million capital infusion from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) to bolster its growth in foreign markets. This comes on the heels of a £7.8 million investment provided to STATS by BGF in 2012. Pete Duguid, chief executive officer of STATS Group, said "BGF have been very supportive since our first investment. They have not just injected cash into the business but have also offered advice and support during our global expansion.

Iraq Mulling New Major Pipeline Initiatives

Iraq Mulling New Major Pipeline Initiatives

Despite Islamic State lightning advances in northern Iraq, posing arguably the worst threat ever to Iraq's territorial integrity, Baghdad succeeded in exporting 2.94 million barrels of oil per day in December, the most since the 1980s. And more is to come: crude oil production in Kirkuk alone will double from 150,000 to 300,000 barrels per day during the next several weeks, according to Fouad Hussein, a member of Kirkuk provincial council's oil and gas committee.

Enbridge to Build Another Crude Oil Pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico platform (© 2014 Hess Corporation)

Enbridge Inc. announced last week that it will build, own and operate a crude oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico to connect the planned Stampede development, operated by Hess Corporation, to an existing third-party pipeline system.

Approximately 16 miles in length and 18 inches in diameter, the Stampede lateral will originate in Green Canyon Block 468, located approximately 220 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana. Water depth at the location of the planned pipeline is approximately 3,500 feet.

New Pipeline Integrity Management Services Contract for Synodon

New Pipeline Integrity Management Services Contract for Synodon

Synodon Inc., a remote sensing company focusing improving energy company operations by providing aerial imagery, thermal and terrain mapping, vegetation and ground types and other datasets, has announced that it has resigned a realSens pipeline integrity management services contract of approximately $1 million for a three - year term. The customer is based in the United States.

South Stream 2.0, TAP, TANAP, Southern Corridor, Nabucco: The Muddle of East-West Transnational Gas Pipelines

Southern Gas Corridor - TAP and TANAP (© 2014 TAP AG)

With South Stream called off by the Russians, will South Stream 2.0 fare better? Will either the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline or Trans-Anatolian Pipeline be viable if Turkmen gas is not added to the mix? Will Nabucco be resurrected amidst all the uncertainty?

US House of Representatives Backs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Keystone XL Pipeline - Overall route map (© 2014 TransCanada)

The divisive Keystone XL pipeline project got a big boost when the US House of Representatives passed a bill last week approving its construction. The Senate is expected to soon follow suit, putting renewed pressure on the White House to drop its opposition to the 1897 km transnational pipeline bringing 800 000 thousand barrels of Canadian tar sand oil per day to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.

Shawcor Acquires Pipe Logistics Expert Dhatec

Shawcor Acquires Pipe Logistics Expert Dhatec

Shawcor Ltd, a Canadian - based global energy services company, has begun the new year with the acquistion of Dhatec B.V., a leading pipe logistics enterprise located in the Netherlands. Dhatec devises solutions for the error-free handing and transport of pipes through the entire logistic supply chain. Mr.

Rosneft and Transneft Ink Tariff Agreement for East Siberian - Pacific Ocean Trunk Pipeline

Rosneft and Transneft Ink Tariff Agreement for East Siberian - Pacific Ocean Trunk Pipeline (© 2014 Transneft)

Russian oil giant Rosneft and the Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft have agreed on a long-term pipeline tariff to be paid by Rosneft to underwrite the design and construction of an offshoot to the East Siberian - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) trunk pipeline to the Komsomolsk refinery in the Russian Far East.

Both companies will contruct the offshoot as part of Transneft's long-term policy of systematically improving the basic oil pipeline infrastructure throughout the Russian Federation.

The Ukraine and Poland Agree to Integrate their Gas Pipeline Transmission Systems

The Ukraine and Poland Agree to Integrate their Gas Pipeline Transmission Systems (© 2012 Naftogaz)

Uktransgaz, the designated operator of gas pipelines in the Ukraine, and Gaz - System, its counterpart in Poland, have signed a cooperation agreement to consider the integration of their collective gas transmission systems.

The main purpose of the agreement is to see what investments are required to develop a cross-border transmission capacity. A feasibility study will be prepared as a part of the agreement, which will constitute the basis for making further decisions on the development of the transmission systems of both countries.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) Announces Pre-Qualification Process for Onshore Line Pipes and Bends

Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) Announces Pre-Qualification Process (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG, a joint venture company established with the purpose of planning, developing and building the TAP natural gas pipeline from the Shah Deniz II natural gas reservoirs in Azerbaijan to Europe, has launched its pre-qualification process for onshore line pipes and bends. The 870 km pipeline, of 48 inch and 36 inch diameters respectively, will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish - Greek border, ultimately crossing through Greece and Albania before reaching the shores of southern Italy.

German Steel Mill Receives Record-Breaking Order for Azerbaijan - Europe Gas Pipeline

Blast furnace No. 2, Bremen, Germany  (© 2012 ArcelorMittal)

The Arcelor Mittal steel plant in Bremen has secured a landmark $7 billion order for 310,000 tons of steel for the proposed 2000 km Azerbaijan - Turkey - Europe natural gas pipeline. The steel provided will constitute one-third of the overall amount necessary to complete the project. Deliveries will begin this year and continue until 2017. Company spokesperson Stephane Tondo declared that "this will be a challenging project for us."

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) issues Invitation to Tender for Large Diameter Ball Valves

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) issues Invitation to Tender for Large Diameter Ball Valves (© 2014 TAP AG)

Invitations to Tender (ITT) covers 55 valves at 48” and 36”, class 600 and 900. The requirements and quality of the large diameter ball valves and actuators include significant safety features of a high engineering standard in order to ensure the highest quality of the TAP pipeline in relation to technical quality and safety.

Synodon Signs Collaboration Agreement with Spanish Pipeline Service Company

Synodon Signs Collaboration Agreement with Spanish Pipeline Service Company

Synodon Inc. ("Synodon") announces that at an earlier ceremony organized by the Managing Director of the Agency for Local Development (“PROMALAGA”) for the City of Málaga, it has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Aganova Grupo (“Aganova”), a natural gas and water pipeline inspection service provider headquartered in Malaga, Andalucía, Spain.

Libya still struggling to free blocked oil pipeline

Southern Libya (© 2006 Roberdan)

One of the largest oil reservoirs in the world in Libya's El Sharara, once producing some 300 000 barrels per day, is ready to resume production if a blocked pipeline is eventually cleared.

The pipeline has fallen victim to Libya's long and protracted civil war, with rival groups contesting the pipeline's ownership, preventing the shipment of oil to commercial markets.

Libya's economy is virtually dependent on the sale of oil for its income. The lack of any cohesive leadership in Tripoli continues to undermine sustained re-development of the country's petroleum sector.

European Union wants South Stream to proceed

Boyko Borissov, on the left, and Jean-Claude Juncker (© 2014 European Union)

Countering Russian President Vlamimir Putin's assertion this week that the $40 billion South Stream natural gas pipeline project was dead in the water, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared the project was very much alive and can go ahead.

EU funds for Ukrainian pipeline

Mr Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (© 2014 EIB)

Ukrtransgaz, the Ukrainian pipeline operator, has secured a 150 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank to upgrade a 120 km section of its transnational gas pipeline including two compressor stations to Europe. Similarly the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is expected to lend the Ukraine 163 million euros for this purpose later this month.

The section, known as Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod, is defective, giving rise to increasing gas emissions and reducing the pipeline's efficiency.

Ever more Russian gas bound for Turkey: Fallout from South Stream

Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom and Mehmet Konuk, Chairman Botas sign MOU (© 2014 Gazprom)

Russia and Turkey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to construct a new offshore natural gas pipeline from the Russian Federation across the Black Sea to Turkey. The pipeline will have a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters per annum with 14 billion cubic meters envisioned for the Turkish market and some 50 billion cubic meters for Europe.

Israel seeks to enter the European gas fray

Silvan Schlomo, Israel's Energy Minister, visits a processing plant off the coast of Ashdod in March (© 2014 Moshe Binyamin/Energy and Water Ministry)

Looking to capitalize on a massive natural gas reservoir discovered in disputed territorial waters 90 km off the joint Israel - Lebanese border, Israel has proposed that the EU invest in a multi-billion euro 1530 km offshore pipeline to carry the product to Europe.

Israel began exploiting the estimated 8.5 trillion cu ft of natural gas in 2009 for its own domestic market. With the potential supply far exceeding the country's internal requirements, Israel will soon be in a position to begin supplying foreign markets.

Fathom Solutions joins ptc 2015 as Platinum Sponsor

Fathom Solutions joins ptc 2015 as Platinum Sponsor

In the past, data availability and reliability characterized the main challenges to understanding and improving operations in the oil & gas industry. Today, data flows in by the millisecond, however - most of the engineering practices remain the same. Are oil companies extracting the full potential of their investments in data infrastructure? Fathom Solutions offers a Deeper Understanding to the vast databases of information available in the Oilfield today.

Fathom Solutions from Saudi Arabia is a first time exhibitor at the Pipeline Technology Conference.

Latest interactive digital edition of Pipeline Technology Journal is online

Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj) - September 2014

Free access to the digital issue! You are welcome to visit the website to download and view the new edition.

NACE International joins ptc as supporter

NACE International joins ptc as supporter

NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 33,000+ members in 116 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more. NACE International is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in San Diego, California; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

ptc in Middle East and Africa

ptc Logo

Besides the main show in Berlin, additional ptc-related events will take place in other "regional hubs". Upcoming: Kuwait (gateway to the Middle East) and Tunisia (gateway to Africa).

Europe’s biggest pipeline conference took place in Berlin for the first time

Europe’s biggest pipeline conference took place in Berlin for the first time

Delegates from 42 different nations travelled to Berlin for the 9th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) from 12-14 May, in order to gather information from nearly 70 presentations on the latest trends in design, construction, operation and maintenance of onshore and offshore pipelines. A new attendance record was set with over 420 participants.

The Pipeline Technology Journal published its third special issue with integrated technical videos

Pipeline Technology Journal 1/2014

The May issue will again focus on pipeline safety and reliability aspects and it includes technical reports on Sustainable Rehabilitation, The Linear Risk Integral (LRI) approach in pipeline QRA, Turkmen Gas to Turkey & EU and Challenges for Biogas Feed-In Plants. For the first time the Pipeline Technology Journal also features technical videos with additional information in the e-journal.

The organizer of Pipeline Technology Conference ptc hosts the first Pipeline Technology Seminar Middle East in Dubai

Participants of the Pipeline Technology Seminar (Middle East), Dubai, February 2014

The annual Pipeline Technology Conference, ptc (www.pipeline-conference.com) is known for its enduring dealing with the latest technological developments in the pipeline industry. Besides the annual conference and exhibition in Berlin and the publication of the electronic Pipeline Technology Journal, ptj (www.pipeline-journal.com) the ptc organizer EITEP Institute offers a range of specialized seminars.

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