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Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
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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

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.

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.


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