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Nord Stream 2 And The Ukraine As A Transit Route For Russian Gas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold talks in the White House on Thursday on a number of bilateral bones of contention, first and foremost being the imminent completion of Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea and the continued use of the Ukraine as a transit route for Russian gas to Europe, which is the American preference.

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TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

Keystone Pipeline Promoter Seeks Compensation From American Government

In a surprise move, Keystone pipeline promoter TC Energy Corporation, seeks compensation, due to the decision by the Biden government to cancelling of its approvals for this long-delayed project. TC Energy is asking for some $15 billion in damages, for a project yet to obtain the final go-ahead by its backers.

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Flag of Ecuador (copyright by Shutterstock/patrice6000)

Raging Ecuadorian River Threatens The Future Of Pipelines And A Power Plant

In the foothills of Ecuador's 3562 m Reventador volcano, workers are hard at work developing a new oil export pipeline route. This is because the existing pipeline route is under threat from the ongoing constant threat from the violent erosion of the Coca River after the 130-meter (426-ft) San Rafael waterfall collapsed on Feb. 2, 2020.

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Switching to renewable energies (copyright by Shutterstock/Olivier Le Moal)

New Ambitious Plans By GAIL India To Meet Paris Accord Targets

As part of India’s efforts to meet its various Paris Accord targets, its state-owned energy company and gas pipeline operator has announced ambitious plans to develop at least 1 GW in renewable power. In addition, it will invest in developing new biogas and ethanol plants as part of its green investment plans.

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Fire in the Gulf of Mexico (copyright by Eoin Higgins/Twitter)

Massive gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico

A blaze on the sea surface of the Gulf of Mexico off Campeche was detected, early Friday morning. It looked like a large "eye of fire" according to Mexico's state oil company Pemex.

Television pictures showed orange flames resembling molten lava eye of fire not far from an offshore Pemex oil platform.

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Neptune Energy L10-A Complex in the North Sea (copyright by Neptune Energy)

DNV secures CCS pipeline materials study for Neptune Energy in the North Sea

DNV is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway, has been awarded the contract for the carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline materials study by Rotterdam based Neptune Energy Netherlands to evaluate the fracture and appropriateness of offshore pipelines for re-use in CO2 transport.

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Logos of Baker Hughes and Petrobras (copyright by Baker Hughes & Petrobras)

Baker Hughes Wins Contracts from Petrobras for 370-km of Pipes Across Five Offshore Fields

Petrobras, the state-owned Brazilian multinational energy company, has awarded Baker Hughes two flexible pipe contracts for subsea projects.  The amount is larger than the volume of flexible pipe awarded by Petrobras to Baker Hughes in 2019 and 2020 combined.

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Gas flaring (copyright by Shutterstock/Leonid Ikan)

Methane Gas Emissions To Be Rolled Back After Trump Administration Chicanery

With a modicum of bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted 229-191 to reverse the Trump administration's 2020 rollback of regulations to curb the emissions of greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas infrastructure, following a similar move by the Senate in April.

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Flag of the People's Republic of China (copyright by Shutterstock/Tatoh)

China Cutting Coal, Adding More Natural Gas To Its Energy Mix

China, the world's largest energy consumer and biggest emitter of climate warming greenhouse gases (and not coincidentally the world's biggest coal consumer), anticipates increasing the use of natural gas in its primary energy mix  to 12% in 2030 from 8.7% in 2020.

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Skyline of Rotterdam (copyright by Shutterstock/TTstudio)

RRP and the Port of Rotterdam Authority Embark On Delta Corridor Pipeline Study

Taking its cue from the German government which will be investing over 9 billion euros in green hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Rijn Pijpleiding Maatschappij (RRP) are launching a joint feasibility study into Delta Corridor Pipelines between the Netherlands and Germany.

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copyright by Prisma Photonics

Innovative System Developed By Prisma Photonics Will Identify Leaks And Other Threats

Prisma Photonics ltd and Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL) have signed an agreement to monitor the Israeli natural gas transmission pipelines. Each PrismaFlow module will monitor a 50-100km long pipeline segment.

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Logo of Saudi Aramco (copyright by Shutterstock/Hyserb)

Saudi Aramco's $12.4 billion Pipeline Deal

EIG Global Energy Partners LLC from the United States is leading an international consortium including China's Silk Road Fund, UAE'S Mubadala Investment Co, Samsung Asset Management and the the Hassana Investment Co to invest $12.4 billion in Saudi Aramco's oil pipelines in return for a 49% equity stake.  

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Flag of Saudi Arabia (copyright by Shutterstock/adidas4747)

New Plans For A Boost In The Oil Production Of Saudi Arabia

The middle eastern crude oil giant Saudi Arabia is inspected to increase its crude oil production over the coming months to ten million barrels per day, forecasts recently Goldman Sachs.

According to Farouk Soussa, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA) economist at Goldman Sachs,
“We see risks to the oil sector as being significantly skewed to the upside.”

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GAIL India website homepage (copyright by Shutterstock/Pavel Kapysh)

Why India cancels plans to privatise its pipeline network

India’s state-owned natural gas supplier and pipeline operator GAIL has decided to cancel plans to hive of its pipeline business. At present, GAIL owns and operates some 13,200 km of natural gas pipeline, which accounts for around 70% of the country’s natural gas pipeline network.

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Gazprom logo on sky background (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexey Novikov)

Gazprom Accepts Responsibility For Largest Known Methane Gas Leak Since 2019

Gazprom, the worlds's largest natural gas company focussing on geological exploration within Russia, as well as production, transmission, storage, processing, and marketing of natural gas and other hydrocarbons both in and outside of the country, is taking responsibility for one of the energy sector's most intense recent leaks of the super potent methane greenhouse gas.

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Abstract highway path through digital binary towers (copyright by Shutterstock/kkssr)

Open Grid Europe Introduces Microsoft Azure and AI to Better Monitor Its Pipeline Network

Open Grid Europe (OGE), one of Europe’s leading transmission system operators with approximately 12,000-km of pipelines, is using new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) based on Microsoft Azure to transition the company away from natural gas to hydrogen. Germany's goal is to be No.

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Future Fuels in the Pipeline: 4th Virtual Pipeline Summit to Focus on Decarbonization

2020 will be remembered as the year the Covid 19 pandemic changed the world. But there was also a conspicuous growing momentum behind the campaign to address the longer-term global challenge of climate change. More and more countries made pledges to achieve "net zero" emissions.

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T.D. Williamson SmartPlug® (copyright by T.D.Williamson)

The First SmartPlug® Isolation Was Performed By T.D. Williamson In Offshore Nigeria

T.D. Williamson (TDW), the global solutions provider, completed its first SmartPlug® isolation in offshore Nigeria, working for a major operator through its local partner, Strides Energy & Maritime Ltd. (Strides). Isolating the 267-km (165-mi) natural gas pipeline enabled the safe change-out and leak testing of platform valves without depressurizing the system.

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Flag of Israel (copyright by Shutterstock/Tatoh)

An Israeli Oil and Products Pipeline Seeks Exemption From Regulations

Israel's National Infrastructure Committee would like to exempt the Europe Asia Pipeline Company (EAPC), formerly the Eilat - Ashkelon Pipeline, from carrying out the customary environmental impact survey of its installation in Ashkelon.

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Oil production in Libya (copyright by Shutterstock/Max Sky)

Libya's Pipeline Infrastructure Showing Years of Neglect

Libya's long-standing neglected pipeline infrastructure sprang a leak this week when an aging 32-inch pipeline carrying crude from the Al-Samah oilfield to the Es Sider port burst, and some of the oilfield’s production may need to be shut in.

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Digital cyberspace and digital data network (copyright by Shutterstock/KanawatTH)

Yet Another Pipeline Company Targeted By Cyber Criminals

It seems the recent breach of Colonial Pipeline and the subsequent shutting down of gas distribution along much of the eastern seaboard of the United States was not an isolated event in the pipeline industry.  70 Gigabytes of LineStar Integrity Services' internal files were compromised by ransomware by the so-called Xing Team and posted onto the Dark Web.  LineStar is a Houston-based company th

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TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

Long Delayed $9 bln Keystone XL Pipeline Project Has Been Cancelled By TC Energy Corp

On Wednesday, it was officially announced by its promoters TC Energy Corp behind the long delayed $9 billion Keystone XL Pipeline Project that it had been cancelled. This pipeline project, if completed, would have enabled the transportation of Albertan  tar sands to a Nebraskan pipeline hub, before onward transport by existing pipelines to Gulf coast refineries in Texas.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

Approval of the Gulf Run Pipeline Granted By FERC

Oklahoma-based, pipeline operator and developer Enable Midstream Partners, announced on June 2, that it had gained FERC ( Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) approval to construct and operate a new pipeline, named the Gulf Run Pipeline. Approval was granted under section 7C of the National Gas Act.