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

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

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.

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

Stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline Seeks Redress at the US Supreme Court

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.

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

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.

(Shutter Stock / Mirko Kuzmanovic)
(Shutter Stock / Mirko Kuzmanovic)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Evo Eclipse – Next Generation Cracking Technology
Evo Eclipse – Next Generation Cracking Technology

NDT Global Announces Two Major Advances In Pipeline Inspection 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.

Ugandan-Tanzanian Framework Agreement Signed for 1,445 km Pipeline Construction (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)
Ugandan-Tanzanian Framework Agreement Signed for 1,445 km Pipeline Construction (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline Set To Boost Regional Economic Growth

Uganda and Tanzania are making great headway in the development of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (also known by its acronym EACOP), a 1,445-km long underground crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania costing approximately $3.5 billion.

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)
Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Set Back Indefinitely

Legal environmental challenges have delayed the construction of Dominion Energy's $7.5 billion, 1000-km natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would run from West Virginia into southern Virginia, moving 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. And there are new plans -- assuming the court rules to proceed -- to expand it south into North Carolina.

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law
SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas, a utility providing natural gas for home heating and other uses to nearly 22 million people across Southern and Central California with a checkered safety history in the state, is under scrutiny for a 2017 explosion caused by a gas leak, which affected a residential neighborhood in Ontario and caused “severe damages to nearby garages and injury to one person.”

Wind Point Partners Acquires and Combines Clock Spring and Neptune Research

Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, announced today it has entered into definitive agreements to simultaneously acquire and merge Clock Spring and Neptune Research, two providers of high-performance repair and rehabilitation products for global critical infrastructure. The combined business will be named ClockSpring|NRI.

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge
COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

The tragic incident in Mexico makes it clear that pipeline tapping is becoming an increasing problem. A problem that not only costs human lives and causes enormous material damage, but also a problem that undermines public confidence in the pipeline transport systems and their operators.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.
COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fix it

The recent accident in Mexico is a source of great disappointment and sadness among all of us in the international pipeline community. The illegal tapping problem has been growing uncontrollably for the last 15 years throughout the world. Some countries recognize this, whereas others do not.

Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division
Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division

Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division

Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialists, has announced changes to its board to enable it to capitalise on the increasing level of opportunities within the sector.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.
The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan have signed contracts for diagnostics (inspection) with Sonatrach, an Algerian state oil and gas company. In December, the documents were signed in the city of Algiers within the framework of the development of the provisions of the memorandum of Cooperation signed between Transneft and Sonatrach.

Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)
Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)

Asian and Eastern European Pipeline Operators are pushing their way into North America and Western Europe

Large Transport System Operator with their technology subsidiaries from Asia and Eastern Europe (e.g. Transneft, Sinopec and others) are pushing their way into the markets in North America and Western Europe, says Dr. Klaus Ritter in his Editorial for Pipeline Technology Journal.

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties (Copyright: PTI)
Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties (Copyright: PTI)

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties

The Science and Technical Centre of the Pipeline Transport Institute in Ufa has commissioned a thermohydraulic test bench for studying heavy and bituminous oils.

Many gas stations in Mexico are currently closed due to fuel shortage (photopixel / Shutterstock)
Many gas stations in Mexico are currently closed due to fuel shortage (photopixel / Shutterstock)

Fuel Crisis Hits Mexico After Key Fuel Pipelines Are Closed By The Government

Mexico is currently facing a mounting crisis due to gasoline shortage. The shortage is a direct result of the government shutting down several key fuel pipelines. The shutdown was decided by the Mexican president Andres Manuel López Obrador to prevent further fuel theft by organized crime groups.

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)
Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, could introduce a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction this past July stalled the sale.

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)
Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline

Shell has made its Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the construction of a 37-km underwater gas pipeline from the Fulmar Gas Line to Shearwater which will be jointly constructed with Exxon Mobil and BP. The construction will include a modification of the Shearwater platform to allow production and processing of wet gas. The hub is expected to produce as much as 400 million cu ft.