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Ontario portion of the Energy East pipeline (© 2015 Ontario Energy Board)
Ontario portion of the Energy East pipeline (© 2015 Ontario Energy Board)

Ontario Energy Board Critical of Proposed $12 billion, 4600 km Energy East Oil Pipeline

The Ontario Energy Board has voiced its opinion on the $12 billion Energy East oil pipeline project, reflecting the concerns of the communities along the route that the environmental risks are greater than the potential benefits.

Study finds that pipelines are a safer means of transporting oil and gas than rail (© Dr. Hans-Joachim Bayer)
Study finds that pipelines are a safer means of transporting oil and gas than rail (© Dr. Hans-Joachim Bayer)

Study finds that pipelines are a safer means of transporting oil and gas than rail

A new study conducted by the Fraser Institute, a non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank, has concluded that transporting oil and gas by rail is much riskier than moving it by pipeline.

Landfall of Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany (© 2015 Nord Stream)
Landfall of Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany (© 2015 Nord Stream)

Gazprom and BASF agree to cooperate on Nord Stream II pipeline project

Nordstream II, a proposed gas pipeline project connecting Russian and German coasts from the floor of the Baltic Sea, has taken another step forward with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Intent between Gazprom and BASF in Berlin.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

IEnova´s Assets(© 2015 IEnova)
IEnova´s Assets(© 2015 IEnova)

Sempra Energy Secures Gas Pipeline Transportation Contract in Chihuahua, Mexico

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.

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

Alberta Pipeline Mishap Spills Over 5 Million Liters of Emulsion

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.

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

First ever drone based gas pipeline surveillance program in France

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.

Turkish Stream gas pipeline route(© 2015 Gazprom)
Turkish Stream gas pipeline route(© 2015 Gazprom)

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

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.

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)

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

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

API's New Standard on Pipeline Safety Management

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.

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

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

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.

Bob MacDonald (© 2015, Wood Group)
Bob MacDonald (© 2015, Wood Group)

Wood Group Wins Detailed Engineering Project for Onshore Pipelines in Australia

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).

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

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

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

External Inspection of Nord Stream Gas Export Pipelines Completed

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.

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

Permits for Preliminary Surveys on Turkish Stream Issued

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

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

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

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

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

Gazprom Establishes an Alliance to Build Two New Nord Stream Pipelines

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.

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

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

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).

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

Queensland LNG Pipeline Sold by the 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.