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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

TransAlta Builds 270 km Gas Pipeline Down Under

Solomon 125MW Simple-Cycle Gas Power Station (© 2015, TransAlta)

Canadian energy company, TransAlta, has announced the completion of a 270 km, 16 - inch gas pipeline in Western Australia. The project, legally structured as a Build, Own, Operate (BOT) venture between TransAlta and the Australian DBP Development Group, will supply gas for the Solomon gas - fired plants over a 20 - year period. TransAlta holds a 43 percent interest in the undertaking.

Nord Stream Pipeline and the Environment

Nord Stream Pipeline and the Environment (© 2015, Nord Stream)

The Nord Stream AG can boast “only minor and short-term impacts to the environment” caused by the construction of two 1224 km gas pipelines and their current operation in the Baltic. These findings, presented at the Baltic Sea Days in St. Petersburg, suggest the considerable sums totaling over 100 million euros spent on environmental studies and route design have paid off.

DNV GL Announces New Recommended Practices To Maintain Global Pipeline Network

Felix Saint-Victor, Principal Engineer - Pipelines & Materials, DNV GL Oil & Gas (© 2015, DNV GL)

DNV GL, an international certification body with main locations in Germany and Norway, has collaborated with industry to update recommended practices (RPs) for pipeline maintenance. The first for the growing number of corroded pipelines worldwide, and the second for the integrity management of submarine pipelines systems.

As DNV GL has noted, the updates have been developed through the completion of joint industry projects (JIPs). The revisions aim to further support the decision-making processes related to maintaining the integrity of pipeline systems in the following areas:

TANAP Takes Another Important Step Before Groundbreaking

TANAP Takes Another Important Step Before Groundbreaking (© 2015, TANAP)

Principal shareholders, BP and BOTAS, in what has been billed as "the project of the century," got together this week in Ankara to sign the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) Shareholder Agreement.

TANAP, which is expected to be operational in 2018, will comprise an 1850 km pipeline aiming to bring gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea to Turkey and ultimately into Europe.

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline To Be Revived

Major Caspian oil and natural gas export routes (© 2013 EIA)

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has dusted off 20 year old plans to build a $10 billion, 1735 km transnational Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

Potential project stakeholders, chief among them the Asian Development Bank, have been invited to a May meeting to be held in Kabul where the initial first steps will be discussed.

OAO Stroytransgaz to Build 121 km Gas Pipeline in Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia (© 2015,the United States Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook)

OAO Stroytransgaz, a Russian engineering and construction company, has been commissioned to build a natural gas pipeline across Macedonia which could eventually be used as part of a route to supply Europe with Russian gas via Turkey.

Vandals Return to Raid Nigeria's Natural Gas Pipeline System

Nigeria  (© 2015, OCHA)

Mr. Dafe Sejebor, Managing Director of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), denounced the continued vandalism of the country's natural gas pipeline distribution network at a news conference in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. Three major attacks have occurred during the past several months alone, costing the NGC over 8 billion Nigerian Naira ($43 million): "whenever these pipelines are sabotaged, we are forced to shut down the pipeline, and we defer a minimum of 200 million Standard Cubic Feet, SCF, of gas per day,” said Sejebor through his spokesman, Joseph Olisa.

EQT to Build a 100 mile Natural Gas Pipeline in the Marcellus Shale Play

The Marcellus Shale EQT Acreage (© 2014, EQT)

EQT, an integrated energy company focussed on natural gas production and transportation in the Appalachian region of West Virginia, plans to sell its Marcellus Pipeline System to its own subsidiary, EQT Midstream, for $1 billion.
EQT Midstream says it will invest $370 million in the expansion of its pipeline network, including the installation of 100 miles of gathering pipeline and 5 compressor units. This will augment the EQT's current 70 miles of gathering pipeline and 9 compressor units in the Marcellus Shale development.

Feds Call for the Construction of New Gas Pipelines in the United States

Cheryl LaFleur FERC Chairwoman (© 2015, FERC )

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the independent agency responsible for regulating interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil, is calling for more natural gas consumption along with an improved natural gas pipeline network to help curb greenhouse gas emissions and meet global climate goals.

Canandian Tar-Sands Pipelines to be Expanded

Enbridge Athabasca Region (© 2014, Enbridge Inc.)

Enbridge Inc. has announced that its Regional Oil Sands Pipeline System in Alberta, Canada will be expanded in order to better connect oil sands projects with regional hubs in Edmonton and Hardisty.

The projects involve the Athabasca Twin Project and the Wood Buffalo Extension Project. The Athabasca Twin will be expanded from 450 000 bpd to 800 000 bpd through additional pumping stations; the Wood Buffalo Extension will entail the construction of a 100 km segment and expanding the diameter from 30 - inch to 36 - inch.

TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for 105 km Offshore Pipeline Section

TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for 105 km Offshore Pipeline Section (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP), a pipeline project aiming to transport natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Greece and further into western Europe, has announced two pre-qualification contracts for the construction of the 105 km offshore pipeline section 820 meters below the surface on the floor of the Adriatic Sea.

Cyprus and Egypt Considering Connecting Their Countries With an Offshore Gas Pipeline

Noble Energy Eastern Mediterranean Operations (© 2014 Noble Energy)

Cyprus and Egypt have agreed to look jointly at technical solutions for transporting natural gas through a direct marine pipeline from the large Aphrodite gas field in southeastern Cyprus to Egypt.

"This will optimize the use of the gas infrastructure and achieve an added value for both Cyprus and Egypt," a statement issued by both countries said.

The Aphrodite field (Block 12), which was found by US firm Noble Energy in 2011, is estimated to contain between 102 billion and 170 billion cubic metres (3.6 trillion and six trillion cubic feet) of gas.

Pemex's New Strategy to Deter Gangs from Tapping Into its Pipelines

Emilio-Lozoya-Austin, CEO of Pemex (© 2015 Pemex)

In an effort to stop wide scale theft of refined products such as petrol and diesel from its network of pipelines, Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex has announced that it will no longer transport ready-to-use products through its system.

Instead the last phase of the mixing process will take place when the petrol and diesel reach the company's storage facilities.

New DNV GL Study to Shed Light on Pipelines in Sour Environments

Dr Jens Petter Tronskar, DNV GL Vice President and CTO of the Deepwater Technology Centre in Singapore (© 2014 DNV GL)

DNV GL has announced that it is launching a joint industry project (JIP) to better understand how sour gas affects pipeline performance and reliability in deeper water.

The project is predicated on the notion that pipe material and welds are more vulnerable to fractures and cracks in a pressurized sour environment.

Phillips 66 Partners Conclude Major Pipeline Deal in the US

Phillips 66 Partners Conclude Major Pipeline Deal in the US

Phillips 66 Partners announced this week that it will acquire Phillip 66's equity interest in the Sand Hills and Southern Hills natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline systems as well as in the Explorer Pipeline Company refined products pipeline system. Phillips 66 will receive in return a total consideration of $1.01 billion consisting of $880 million in cash and 1,726,914 newly issued PSXP units.

Fluor to Build Major Natural Gas Pipeline Serving Growing Markets in Northern USA and Canada

NEXUS Gas Transmission (© 2015 Spectra Energy Corp)

Flour Corporation has been awarded a major Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by NEXUS Gas Transmission, LCC, for the ultimate development of a 250 mile main natural gas transmission pipeline. The 42 inch diameter pipeline will deliver 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale reservoirs to markets in the upper Midwest and Canada.

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation Announces Vantage Pipeline Addition

Pembina owns and operate a well-maintained and strategically located 8,200 km pipeline network that extends across much of Alberta and B.C. (© 2015 Pembina)

Vantage, the high vapor pressure pipeline system presently carrying ethane from Tioga, North Dakota, United States, to a end users near Empress, Alberta, Canada is about to be expanded with a new 80 km gathering lateral pipeline and main line pump stations, according to Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

The expansion will boost the system's mainline capacity from 40,000 bpd to 68, 000 bpd and cost an estimated $85 million. Providing all regulatory and environmental approvals are granted, the Vantage Expansion is expected to be in-service in early 2016.

Ground-breaking Delays Raise Cost of Transnational TAPI Gas Pipeline

IPI and TAPI Natural Gas Pipelines (© 2013 ADB)

The Asian Development Bank cautioned this week that the cost of the proposed 1680 km transnational natural gas pipeline bringing annually 3.2 billion cubic feet of gas from Yoloten and adjacent fields in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India (TAPI) will increase from $7.5 billion to $10 billion due to delays affecting project commencement.

Saipem Secures Pipeline Construction Contract in the Giant Kashagan Field of North Caspian valued at $1.8 billion

Kashagan Development - D Island (© 2015 North Caspian Operating Company)

The North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) has awarded Saipem a $1.8 billion Engineering and Construction contract in the petroleum rich waters of the North Caspian.

The scope of the work includes engineering,welding materials, conversion and preparation of vessels, dredging, installation and finally burial and pre-commissioning of two 95 km oil pipelines. Construction is expected to be completed at the end of 2016.

Williams and DCP Midstream Partners Commission Deep Water Gas Pipeline Gathering System

 Keathley Canyon Connector (© 2015 Business Wire / Williams)

In a remarkable technological achievement, Williams and DCP Midstream Partners announced this week that a 20 inch, 209 mile natural gas pipeline gathering system in ultra deep water of the Gulf of Mexico is now in operation. The pipeline was constructed in depths of up to 7200 feet of water, some 300 miles south-southwest of New Orleans and is capable of gathering more than 400 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Synodon Adds More Tools to Monitor the Pipeline Infrastructure in the United States

Synodon Adds More Tools to Monitor the Pipeline Infrastructure in the United States (© 2015 Synodon)

In a move bound to enhance Synodon's ability to detect changes in a pipeline's geo-spatial environment, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approving the installation of Synodon's realSens system on Bell 206B Jet Ranger type helicopters registered and operating in the United States. According to Adrian Banica, President and CEO of Synodon, "the receipt of this STC affords Synodon more operational flexibility.

Germany enhances energy security with 748 km of additional gas pipelines

Germany enhances energy security with 748 km of additional gas pipelines (© 2014 Open Grid Europe GmbH )

In a substantial boost to the national gas infrastructure, the German Gas Transmission System Operators (TSOs) issued the 2014 Network Development Plan highlighting 51 projects confirmed by the German national regulatory authority (BNetzA). 748 km of high pressure pipelines will be built. Compressor capacity will be increased by a total of 343 MW. Such upgrades will total some $2.8 billion by the year 2024.

Myanmar and China Announce the Opening of a 770 km Crude Oil Pipeline

Myanmar and China Announce the Opening of a 770 km Crude Oil Pipeline (© 2015 China National Petroleum Corporation)

Five years in the making, Myanmar on Wednesday officially opened a $2.45 billion 770 km oil pipeline and a deep sea port off of its western coast for a trial period, a significant pipeline project that will carry oil from the Middle East to China.

The Myanmar - China pipeline will help the Middle Kingdom to diversify its oil sources -- up to now China has has been essentially dependent oil transport through the Straits of Malacca.

Progress between Russia and Turkey on New Gas Pipeline

Signing of MOU between Gazprom and Botas in Dec. 2014 (© 2014 Gazprom)

Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz announced during a meeting in Ankara that they have agreed on the trajectory of the new natural gas pipeline to run from Russia to Turkey on the floor of the Black Sea.

The NTSB in Washington Recommends Pipeline Inspections in High Consequence Areas of the United States

NTSB staff meet to discuss with Board members the Safety Study on Integrity Management of Gas Transmission Pipelines in High Consequence Areas (© 2015 NTSB)

In a watershed study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), serious fault was found with the nationwide natural gas pipeline transmission and distribution network in the United States, leading to accidents causing destruction of property and loss of life. The study recommended enhanced safety efforts in way of pipeline integrity management systems for the nearly 50 year old system of 300,000 miles of gas transmission pipelines and approximately 2 million miles of gas distribution pipelines.

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