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Pipeline shortfalls costs Canada billions

Pipeline shortfalls cost Canada billions (Anton Watman / Shutterstock)

Due to a lack of capacity in the pipelines network, Canadian oil producers are forced to sell their products to the United States - with substantial price reductions. This is what the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, found out in a study. In the current year alone this will cost the country's oil producers more than fiftheen billion Canadian Dollar.

Oil boom in Texas causes price distortions

 Oil boom in Texas causes price distortions (Dabarti CGI / Shutterstock)

The Texas oil industry has recorded a massive production growth in 2017. 3.2 million barrels of oil were produced every day in the Lone Star State, an increase of almost 30 percent over the previous year. Compared to 2016, the increase sums up to even 60 percent.

Start of construction on German landing point for Nord Stream 2

The diving robot is operated by the ship "Trio" while examining the seabed near Lubmin in Germany (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Construction work has begun on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline at Lubmin, Germany's landing point. According to a spokesman for the Gazprom subsidiary, civil engineering and foundation work for the gas receiving station and the plant building started on an area of six hectares.

In addition to Germany, Finland has already approved the construction of the 1200-kilometer pipeline. From the end of 2019, it will transport around 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas annually from Russia to Germany.

Balticconnector Takes Big Step Forward

Balticonnector Project Scope (Copyright: Baltic Connector Oy)

The Balticconnector, a bi-directional natural gas pipeline intending to strengthen energy security in Finland and in the Baltics, has reached an agreement with Allseas for offshore pipeline installation.

The 150km pipeline is segmented into three divisions. These include a 22km Finnish onshore section, an 81km offshore section on the seabed of the Gulf of Finland, and a 47km Estonian onshore section.

A.Hak Industrial Services rebrands to Intero

A.Hak Industrial Services rebrands to Intero

Intero Integrity Services today announced the launch of its new brand as a service provider to the oil, gas refining and petrochemical industries around the world.

Formerly operating as A.Hak Industrial Services, the company’s rebranding recognizes its history and excellent track record in providing its customers with technology-driven inspection and industrial services to enhance the integrity and performance of their critical midstream and downstream assets from design to end-of-life.

A Mediterranean Gas Pipeline to Europe?

A Mediterranean Gas Pipeline to Europe? (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

In what a student of military history might see as a smaller version of The Great Game, the discovery of various prodigious gas fields in the Mediterranean has spawned at atmosphere of distrust and outright hostility between the regional powers vying for influence and economic benefit.

Anglo American suspends key iron ore operation for pipeline checks

Anglo American suspends key iron ore operation for pipeline checks

Anglo American plc announces the suspension of its Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Brazil in order to conduct a full inspection of the pipeline that carries iron ore, in slurry form, from the mine to the export terminal.

Minas-Rio took the decision to suspend the operation following a minor leak that was identified in the pipeline. This leak of non-hazardous iron ore slurry was stopped within eight minutes and caused no disruption to local water supply. It occurred in close proximity to a similar leak on 12 March, near a pumping station. There were no injuries.

Escalating Trade War Between China and the US Threatens Pipeline Industry

Escalating Trade War Between China and the US Threatens Pipeline Industry (Shutterstock / rawf8)

China has kept true to its promise of matching U.S. tariffs in scale and intensity by levying higher tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. goods, including a 15 percent tariff on the steel pipe that is used in oil and gas pipelines.

Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Violated by Cyber Criminals

Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Violated by Cyber Criminals (Shutterstock / Africa Studio)

Cyber criminals have breached Energy Transfer's Panhandle Eastern pipeline system in the United States, causing to shut down until further notice.

The Panhandle natural gas pipeline network, a comprehensive array of transportation and storage facilities, includes four large-diameter pipelines stretching from the Anadarko basin of Texas and Oklahoma into several other midwestern states. The Trunkline system, which extends from the Gulf Coast into the Southeast and Midwest, and the Sea Robin system in the Gulf of Mexico are also part of the Panhandle network.

German gas TSOs plan to invest €7 billion for natural gas pipelines until 2028

Map of the pipeline network in Germany (FNB Gas)

The German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have submitted their draft for a Gas Network Development Plan in Germany. The document sets out the TSOs’ detailed plans for the future development of the German network to ensure a secure supply of natural gas in the period to 2028.

Peru Takes On Pipeline Vandalism

Peru military getting ready to protect pipelines (Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock)

Peru has joined Mexico, Nigeria, the Ukraine and a host of other countries, including the United States, confronting vandals who tap into pipeline systems to steal the hydrocarbons inside.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski intends to declare the country's sole oil pipeline, 1,106 km long, a "strategic asset," providing the military, in addition to the police, with a mandate to protect the pipeline from a spate of recent vandal attacks.

The pipeline transports crude from jungle oil blocks to Petroperu's refinery on the Pacific coast.

New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry

New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)

President Trump's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum has had a poor reception in the United States among energy companies and pipeline manufacturers, who fear they will likely take a hit.

Construction on the 865-km Kenyan Oil Export Pipeline Imminent

The town of Lamu with its expanding port will be the final destination of the new pipeline (Authentic travel / Shutterstock)

Companies that are partnering to build Kenya's first oil export pipeline from the Amosing and Ngamia fields to the port of Lamu on the Indian Ocean expect to reach agreement by mid - 2018. The new pipeline will be approximately 865 km long.

“We’ve got two pipeline companies bidding ... Sometime before mid-year we expect to come to an agreement,” Africa Oil Chief Executive Keith Hill told an industry conference. “We are discussing with a couple pipeline companies about coming in as a strategic partner on the pipeline,” he later told Reuters without naming the companies.

Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline

Crude Oil Production Resumes Flow in the Libyan Sharara - Zawiya Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Max Sky)

The 340,000 bpd Sharara, Libya's largest oil field, was recently forced to stop production after the Sharara - Zawiya export pipeline was sabotaged.

Quick work by the National Oil Company (NOC) was able to repair a valve in little more than 24 hours that a local landowner had tampered with, resulting in the loss of nearly 340,000 barrels of oil.

Closure of Forties Pipeline System in the UK Leads to Biggest Industrial Decline Since 2012

The Grangemouth Oil Raffinery not far from the location of the incident (Copyright by Ineos)

For the second time in the past few months the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) in the UK has shut down due to the unexpected closure of the feed control valves on the pipeline supplying the Kinneil gas processing plant.

Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline

Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline (Enbridge)

As the name suggests, the multibillion dollar New Line 3 planned by Enbridge is to take the place of Line 3 (or "Old Line 3"). The original 1960 vintage 34-inch diameter pipeline runs 1765-km from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Apart from being old, corroded and prone to mishaps, it lacks the newest technologies that the New Line would have. New Line 3 will also be 36 inches in diameter, follow the existing Line 3 route from Joliette, North Dakota to Clearbrook, Minnesota, and then create a new path on existing transmission routes from Clearbrook to Superior, Wisconsin.

Pipeline Vandalism / Theft Plaguing Mexico

Pipeline Vandalism and Theft Plaguing Mexico (corlaffra / Shutterstock)

Mexico is experiencing an epidemic of pipeline thefts: This past year, fuel thieves drilled 10,363 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines, or an average of about 28 illegal taps every day. And as one observer noted, these are just the taps that have been found.

Pemex, the state-run oil company, has been monitoring the situation and have closed 70 service stations for selling fuel presumably stolen.

Such thievery cost Pemex over $1 billion in losses in 2016 and the estimated cost for 2017 is even higher.

Turkish pipeline construction companies likely to get the nod for building a new Kirkuk-Ceyhan connection

Turkish pipeline construction companies likely to get the nod for building a new Kirkuk-Ceyhan connection (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

Signaling its preference for Turkish pipeline construction companies to build the new 970-km Kirkuk - Ceyhan export oil pipeline, the Iraqi central government appealed last week for Turkish companies to participate in the pipeline project. Project finance will be along the lines of a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model, which will mitigate risk for the cash-strapped Iraqi government.

Realpolitik, Turkey and Cyprus's Gas Fields

Turkish warships on patrol (Thomas Koch / Shutterstock)

Recently, Cyprus said Eni had discovered a potentially sizeable gas deposit at another target southwest of the island, close to where Greek Cypriots reside on their southern half of the island. But no sooner was the announcement made that Turkey dispatched warships to keep ENI's drillship from reaching the drilling location: Block 3 of the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The standoff continues to this very day.

Whither the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction (Copyright by ACP)

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), forecasted to stretch some 966-km through West Virginia, Virginia and ultimately into North Carolina, hit more snags in North Carolina, slowing the approval process down and causing some to wonder if the estimated $5.5 billion, 42 inch gas pipeline will ever be built.

Despite obtaining approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in October 2017, environmental concerns are still the major stumbling block before the project can begin.

Constitution Pipeline Fails to Make Its Case For Construction

Headquarter of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany

Constitution pipeline, the $1billion gas pipeline project designed to run 200-km from the Marcellus Shale natural gas field in Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, has thus far failed to meet New York's water quality standards and will not be granted a permit to proceed with construction.

The pipeline's parent company, Constitution Pipeline Company, first filed for a water quality permit with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in August 2013, then withdrew and resubmitted its application in 2014 and again in 2015 at the DEC's request.

Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline

Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline (ShiningBlack / Shutterstock)

Jordan and Iraq have agreed to build a twin oil and gas pipeline from Basra to Aqaba. The new pipeline will help to meet Jordan’s energy needs.

The framework agreement is set to be signed between the Iraq Ministry of Oil and Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Iraq expects to pump 1 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in addition to 258 million cubic-feet of gas through the 1,680 kilometer long pipeline.

FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills

FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills by Energy Transfer in Ohio (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock)

Energy Transfer Partners troubled $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline, carrying fracked gas 1150 km across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Canada, has had another accident with a spill of fluids into wetlands near the Tuscarawas River in Ohio.

Gas Pipeline Bursting in Delta State of Nigeria Devastates Local Community

Gas Pipeline Bursting in Delta State of Nigeria Devastates Local Community (Peter Hermes Furian / Shutterstock)

A gas pipeline running through the Ugbokodo community in the Okpe Local Government Area and operated by the Nigerian Gas Company exploded several weeks ago, causing extensive material damage but sparing the loss of any human lives.

Management of the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC, has already begun the process of fixing the gas pipeline.

Ugbokodo-Okpe community Spokesman Mr. Tobore Adjisha, said that the gas pipeline explosion caused serious damage in the community, adding that residents they are still dazed and confused.

Roman Catholic Nuns Stand Against the Completion of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

A simple outdoor chapel like this one in California can cause problems for pipeline operators (LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock)

An order of Roman Catholic nuns near Columbia in Pennsylvania has vowed to continue its protest against the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, a $3 billion, 187-mile project to carry fracked natural gas from wells in the Marcellus Shale formation of Pennsylvania to markets along the East Coast. Pipeline Technology Journal reported earlier about the nuns here.

The Atlantic Sunrise is part of Williams" Transco transportation and distribution pipeline network

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