New ptj Issue 3-2019
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

Petrobras to sell pipeline unit to Engie for $8.6 billion

Petrobras to sell pipeline unit to Engie for $8.6 billion (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)

ENGIE announces that the consortium in which it holds a majority stake has won the competitive bidding process conducted by Petrobras for the sale of a 90% shareholding in Transportadora Associada de Gás S.A. (TAG) with a final and binding offer amounting to USD 8.6bn.

LIN SCAN successfully inspects unpiggable loading line in UAE using state of the art technology

LIN SCAN successfully cleans unpiggable UAE loading lines

LIN SCAN successfully completed the cleaning and inspection of three strategic crude oil loading lines in the UAE that had been deemed unpiggable.

Within 120 days, thanks to excellent planning and innovation, LIN SCAN carried out the geometric and metal loss inspection survey using its high-resolution Magnetic Flux Leakage tool and submitted digital intelligent inspection reports for the integrity assessment of these lines.

President Trump's Plans for More Pipelines Stalls Amid Regulatory Challenges

Trump signing the Presidential memoranda to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. January 24, 201

U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders last week to speed up the construction of transnational and national pipeline projects.

This comes after making promises on the campaign trail for the presidency to remove regulatory barriers to energy projects.

Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline

Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline (copyright by Gazprom)

Saudi-led Arkad-ABB as well as an international consortium comprising Bonatti, Max Streicher and TNK are vying for final selection in Bulgartransgaz's 474-km natural gas pipeline project which would link Bulgaria to Turkey on its southern border and with Serbia on its western border. A third group led by MOL in Hungary did not meet the project requirements and will no longer be considered.

Texas Oil Production Plummeted in January

Texas oil production dropped in January by 90,000 barrels of oil per day. The decline has been attributed to explorers drilling significantly less after crude oil prices collapsed at the beginning of the year as well as a dearth of pipeline capacity from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

 The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a plenary session (Photo by Diliff, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law. MEPs adopted an overhaul of EU gas market rules on Thursday with 465 votes to 95, and 68 abstentions to extend EU rules (including EU competition rules) to all pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries.

Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC

Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC (Copyright Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire a 70% majority stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, in a private transaction for SAR 259.125 billion (or SAR 123.39 per share), which is equivalent to USD $69.1 billion. The remaining 30% publicly traded shares in SABIC are not part of the transaction, and Saudi Aramco has no plans to acquire these remaining shares. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Trump Overrides Environmental Concerns and Gives Keystone XL a Green Light

Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

President Trump has issued a presidential edict to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border” at Phillips County, Montana, “for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.” The edict thus provides TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company, a significant boost as it considers its final investment decision on the $8 billion project.

ROSEN Group Recognized by Ocensa With a Transformation and Innovation Prize

Members of ROSEN South America (northern region) project team: Jonnathan Perez (Sales Manager), Kathy Diaz (HSE Coordinator), Leonardo Mendoza (Director of Business Execution) and Carlos Cruz (Project Manager).

OCENSA, a large oil transportation company in Colombia, awarded the ROSEN Group with a prize in the category Transformation and Innovation. Every year, the Colombian corporation organizes the event to highlight and recognize the valuable contributions of its contractors and contract managers who distinguish themselves by their achievements, developments and improvements in their contractual relationship with the company. This year, the other award categories were Connected to the Environment, Efficiency, Responsible Management and the Regional Category.

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved (Copyright: Philip Wilson)

Europe's leading pipeline event, the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), has been held successfully from 18 to 21 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The organizer announced that 750 participants from 54 different nations, delegations from almost 80 different pipeline operators as well as 78 exhibitors have joined and contributed to the event. This makes the ptc 2019 the biggest and most successful event so far.

Turkey expects more EU actors in energy exchange market

Construction works in Berat, Albania, December 2016 (Copyright: Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Efforts are being made to expand Turkey's energy exchange market and attract more actors from European countries, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced a few days ago.

The Minister said that gas pipeline projects such as the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) and TurkStream would not only ensure Turkey's security and diversity of supply, but would also play a major role in covering Europe.

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe (Copyright: Mission of Isreal to the EU and NATO)

Israel wants to strengthen its alliance with Cyprus and Greece with a natural gas project in the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

The countries plan to supply gas to Europe from 2025 via a 2,100-kilometer pipeline. The project is expected to cost six billion euros. Israel's axis with Cyprus and Greece had developed in recent years after Israel's relations with Turkey had deteriorated.

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

The Pipeline Transport Institute has completed field activities for inspection of the lightning protection and earthing system at the Béjaïa (Béjaïa, Algeria) regional logistic centre’s loading terminal’s hydrocarbon storage farm of Sonatrach.

On the Bratsva Pipeline through the Ukraine: Russia Says What Europe Wants To Hear

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)

In what could be seen as a sop to placate nervous European and American powers over the future shipment of Russian gas through Nord Stream 2 to Germany, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow is amenable to further shipments of gas via the existing Bratsva and Soyuz pipeline systems, providing certain conditions are met.

"I underline this particularly," Medvedev said, "we don't reject transit through existing pipelines ... we are ready to maintain gas transit through Ukrainian pipelines after 2019."

Stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline Seeks Redress at the US Supreme Court

The interior of the United States Supreme Court (Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0)

Dominion Energy will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a lower court ruling maintaining that U.S. Forest Service did not have the authority to authorize the 974-km Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from crossing a portion of the Appalachian Trail. The three-member Appeals Court also ruled that the Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” by giving the pipeline project the “green light” to cross the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests.

The ACP would originate in West Virginia and run through North Carolina and Virginia.

ILF Consulting Engineers ranked #6 as Top International Design Firm for Pipelines

In 2018 the ENR global sourcebook published its 77th ranking for top international design firms. Once more, ILF Consulting Engineers was able to secure its position as a Top International Design Firm for Pipelines. By being ranked #6 in 2018, ILF was furthermore able to improve its position, compared to rank #10 in 2016.

Enbridge Puts Off The Construction of Line 3 in Minnesota

In what has become a common refrain in the Canadian Oil Industry, Enbridge Energy is delaying the startup of its long planned Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The delay means that the pipeline, which was expected to be operational this year in November, 2019, will have to wait until the second half of 2020, assuming all permits have been obtained and regulatory hurdles overcome.

China announces plan to form national oil & gas pipeline company.

(Shutter Stock / Mirko Kuzmanovic)

The highly anticipated reform of the chinese oil and gas industry is now official according to the country's state planner. The creation of the new company was released as part of the National Development & Reform Commission's report during the last National People's Congress meeting.

Creating a central oil and gas operator will support China’s energy companies split the cost of pipeline transportation from the sale of oil and gas. No more information has been published regarding the details of the company or when it will be created.

Gazprom announces the near completion of “Power of Siberia”-gas pipeline

Copyright by Gazprom

The russian company Gazprom has announced that the construction of its gas pipeline to China has been completed by 99 %.

In May 2014, Gazprom and the Chinese national oil and gas company (CNPC) signed a contract for the sale of Russian gas via the eastern route. The duration of the contract is 30 years and covers the supply of 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year to the People's Republic of China.

Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin

Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin (Copyright: TANAP)

There is a long tradition of energy cooperation between Europe and Asia. For decades, Russia for example has been a reliable partner for the supply of crude oil and natural gas. A number of other initiatives are currently being developed, involving Russia, Central Asia and Turkey. Europe's continuous need for energy makes the western part of the continent to an attractive market for neighboring countries and companies that offer large quantities of fossil fuels. Key projects such as Nord Stream 2, TurkStream and TANAP are technically challenging and of great geopolitical impact.

ADNOC, KKR and BlackRocK sign US$4 billion pipeline infrastructure deal

https://www.hydrocarbons-technology.com/news/adnoc-signs-4bn-pipeline-infrastructure-deal-with-kkr-and-blackrock (Copyright: ADNOC)

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a US$4 bn midstream pipeline infrastructure partnership agreement with US-based institutional investors KKR and BlackRock. ADNOC is expanding through strategic partnerships since 2017. With the contract a newly formed entity known as Adnoc Oil Pipelines will lease ADNOC’s interest in 18 pipelines for a 23-year period.

Metegrity’s Pipeline Enterprise Software Captures Digital Data, Accelerates Production on North America’s Largest Pipeline Project

Metegrity’s Pipeline Enterprise Software Captures Digital Data, Accelerates Production on North America’s Largest Pipeline Project

Project: Enbridge Line 3 Replacement 36-inch 1,000km Pipeline

Enbridge, a multinational energy transportation company, has selected Metegrity’s Pipeline Enterprise software as its construction quality management system (CQMS) for the largest pipeline project in North America: the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Pipeline. The 36-inch, 1,000 km pipeline project is approaching final stages, and it has already benefitted from significant improvements to production, safety, and quality.

Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia

Croatian Gas Center Ltd. and Croatian Gas Association, member of the International Gas Union (IGU) are announcing the 34th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals, which will be held from 8th to 10th of May, 2019 in the Congress Centre of the Grand Hotel Adriatic, in Opatija, Croatia.

NDT Global Announces Two Major Advances In Pipeline Inspection Technology

Evo Eclipse – Next Generation Cracking Technology

NDT Global, a supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and integrity services, announced two major advances in pipeline crack inspection technology.

Enhanced Sizing methodology can size cracks to 100% wall thickness.

NDT Global UCx Enhanced Sizing methodology is capable of sizing the full range of crack depths up to 100% wall thickness. The removal of depth sizing limitations provides operators with more accurate data for better informed decisions regarding pipeline operations.

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