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The pipeline sector is facing a major boom (dreamerb / Shutterstock)
The pipeline sector is facing a major boom (dreamerb / Shutterstock)

The pipeline sector is facing a major boom

Globalization means that many countries and regions, which quasi have hitherto been pre-industrialized, are striving to strengthen their economic base by bringing them closer to the international level of industry. Thereby the coverage of energy and water requirements via pipelines always plays a decisive role.

European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (Peter Fuchs / Shutterstock)
European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (Peter Fuchs / Shutterstock)

Poland to Contest European Commission's OPAL Decision

The European Commission's recent decision to grant Gazprom more capacity in the OPAL pipeline serving markets in central Europe has been roundly denounced in Poland, with key government officials labeling the decision destabilizing and a threat to Poland's energy security.

Arrival of the Inline Inspection Tool in Lubmin (Nord Stream AG)
Arrival of the Inline Inspection Tool in Lubmin (Nord Stream AG)

Nordstream II Overshadowed by Security Concerns in Sweden

The construction of Nordstream II on the floor of the Baltic Sea is fast becoming a contentious issue in Sweden, with the central government seeing the pipeline as a threat to Sweden's security and the local government focusing on the economic benefits that would accrue the Municipality of Gotland.

Dakota Access Pipeline Project Iowa Map (© 2015 Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.)
Dakota Access Pipeline Project Iowa Map (© 2015 Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.)

Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is not built further

Surprising decision: After months of protests against the construction of the oil pipeline in North Dakota, the project was stopped now. In the past few weeks, there have been brutal battles between national guerrillas and the police.

Algeria and Italy sign a 10 billion per annum natural gas deal (Shutterstock)
Algeria and Italy sign a 10 billion per annum natural gas deal (Shutterstock)

Algeria and Italy sign a 10 billion per annum natural gas deal

Algeria has concluded a major gas deal with Italy, supplying 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually and thereby strengthening Italy's (as well as the rest of the EU's) security of supply.

The gas will be shipped through the Transmed pipeline and will meet 16 percent of Italy's natural gas requirements.

Trans Africa Gas Pipeline to Bolster Growth in the Continent and link Africa closer to Europe (Shutterstock / bht2000)
Trans Africa Gas Pipeline to Bolster Growth in the Continent and link Africa closer to Europe (Shutterstock / bht2000)

Trans Africa Gas Pipeline to Bolster Growth in the Continent and link Africa closer to Europe

Morocco and Nigeria have signalled their readiness to collaborate on the construction of a giant natural gas pipeline which would serve as the engine for widespread economic development throughout west Africa and connect the region to Europe.

Cusco City in the region Cusco, southern Peru
Cusco City in the region Cusco, southern Peru

Southern Gas Pipeline Suffers Another Setback

US energy giant Sempra informed its partners in the Southern Gas Pipeline Project that it will not proceed with the purchase of shares of the Peruvian Odebrecht Group. Junior partners Grana y Montero of Peru and Spanish energy company Enagas SA are now left looking for alternatives.

India Will Breathe Easier Under GAIL's New Natural Gas Pipeline Scheme
India Will Breathe Easier Under GAIL's New Natural Gas Pipeline Scheme

India Will Breathe Easier Under GAIL's New Natural Gas Pipeline Scheme

GAIL India, the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India, will seek to increase its national pipeline network from 4000 to 16,000 km by 2020. In so doing it will continue its expansionist course and connect more Indian cities with cleaner fuel.

Multi-billion Alaska LNG Project, Including 1287-km Gas Pipeline, Sidelined
Multi-billion Alaska LNG Project, Including 1287-km Gas Pipeline, Sidelined

Multi-billion Alaska LNG Project, Including 1287-km Gas Pipeline, Sidelined

The vaunted $45-$65 billion Alaska LNG Project, intending to pipe nearly a trillion cubic feet of gas from the North Slope of Alaska each year for liquefaction at Nikiski before further shipment to customers in the Asia Pacific, was dealt a serious setback when Conoco Phillips, BP and ExxonMobil, all up to now partners in the undertaking, left the project.

Trudeau and Obama during a meeting in Washington in March 2016
Trudeau and Obama during a meeting in Washington in March 2016

Trudeau Supports Pipeliners

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given the green light to two highly controversial oil pipelines as being in "the best interest of Canada." Native Indians as well as environmental groups were particularly critical of the proposed expansion and said they would do all they could to stop it.

New 25 kilometer Gas Pipeline Now Operating Between Bulgaria and Romania
New 25 kilometer Gas Pipeline Now Operating Between Bulgaria and Romania

New 25 kilometer Gas Pipeline Now Operating Between Bulgaria and Romania

Bulgaria and Romania have opened a new, 25-km bi-directional natural gas pipeline running under the Danube River. This will allow Bulgaria to import gas from Europe and accordingly reduce its dependency on Russia for its energy supplies, as ptj reported earlier.

Energy Giants Total and Shell Present in Talks to Advance Iran-Oman Gas Pipeline Project (Shutterstock/ruskpp)
Energy Giants Total and Shell Present in Talks to Advance Iran-Oman Gas Pipeline Project (Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Energy Giants Total and Shell Present in Talks to Advance Iran-Oman Gas Pipeline Project

Senior officials from Oman and Iran met in Teheran to discuss the export of Iranian gas to Oman by the end of 2017.

According to Platts, a spokesman for Shell said Monday, “We can confirm that Shell is a member in the Advisory Task Force of the Iran,Oman gas pipeline Project. The scope of the work of the project is subject to confidentiality.”

llustration of a compressor train with an STC-SV turbo compressor and an SGT-400 gas turbine (copyright Siemens)
llustration of a compressor train with an STC-SV turbo compressor and an SGT-400 gas turbine (copyright Siemens)

Dresser-Rand To Provide Equipment for a 1500 km Gas Pipeline Running North to South in Mexico

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, has received orders to supply five gas turbine-driven compressor trains for two pipelines in Mexico.

The customer is the Mexican project developer Fermaca Enterprises (Fermaca)

ExxonMobil and Sunoco engage in New Midstream Joint Venture
ExxonMobil and Sunoco engage in New Midstream Joint Venture

ExxonMobil and Sunoco in New Midstream Joint Venture

ExxonMobil Corporation XOM and Sunoco Logistics SXL recently announced their decision to form a strategic joint venture (“JV”) by combining their key crude oil midstream assets, mainly in the Permian basin of West Texas. Alongside the transaction, ExxonMobil and its associates will enter into a preferred provider agreement with the JV.

The protests against Dacota Access Pipeline take place in the area around the Cannonball river (Bryan Boyce / Wikipedia)
The protests against Dacota Access Pipeline take place in the area around the Cannonball river (Bryan Boyce / Wikipedia)

Energy Transfer Sees Dakota Access Pipeline Going Forward Soon

Despite growing nationwide protests, rising costs and an Obama administration decision to block continued construction until additional environmental studies have been completed, Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren is "100 percent" confident that the Dakota Access pipeline will be built during Donald Trump's presidency.

TransCanada has hope for Keystone XL Pipeline (Marc Nozell / Wikipedia)
TransCanada has hope for Keystone XL Pipeline (Marc Nozell / Wikipedia)

TransCanada has hope for Keystone XL Pipeline

Calgary-based TransCanada is hopeful that the Trump win in last week's election will resuscitate the oft maligned Keystone XL pipeline rejected on 6 November 2015 by outgoing President Obama and given up for dead.

TransCanada said it was "“evaluating ways to convince the new administration on the benefits, the jobs and the tax revenues this project brings to the table.”

Nigerian militants shut down Chevron Export Pipeline in Nigeria
Nigerian militants shut down Chevron Export Pipeline in Nigeria

Nigerian militants shut down Chevron Export Pipeline in Nigeria

Nigerian militants critical of the role multinational energy companies are playing in the oil rich Nigerian delta have bombed a Chevron-operated export pipeline at Escravos in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey (ruskpp / Shutterstock)
Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey

In what Turkish officials presume to be sabotage, an Iranian-Turkey gas pipeline exploded last Thursday in eastern Turkey near Dogubayazit in Agrı Province.

“Iran’s gas flow to Turkey has temporarily stopped because of a blast by some opposition groups inside Turkey around 1830 GMT on Thursday night,” Majid Aghai, an official from the Iranian Interior Ministry, said.

Explosion Shuts Down Colonial Refined Products Pipeline in the southern United States
Explosion Shuts Down Colonial Refined Products Pipeline in the southern United States

Explosion Shuts Down Colonial Refined Products Pipeline in the southern United States

In the second major disruption of the Colonial Pipeline in two months, Colonial Pipeline Company was forced to shut down its two main pipelines supplying the East Coast with gasoline and other refined products from Houston to Linden, New Jersey as maintenance crews hit the line with construction equipment causing a fire and explosion and killing one person and putting five others in the hospita