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Learning from Failures: Moving from ‘Failure’ Cause to ‘Root’ Cause
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Nonintrusive Pipeline Internal Deposition Mapping Provides Insight to Operators
Keith Drummond / Thomas Redares >>> Halliburton
Pipeline vibrations – Measurements under difficult conditions
Dr. Patrick Tetenborg / Dr. Christian Jansen >>> KÖTTER Consulting Engineers
The challenge of descaling and extending pipelines lifetime
Luca Reinhart >>> Reinhart Hydrocleaning
Where Technology meets Nature: a unique approach to ban illegal tapping
Kristof Verwaest >>> The Sniffers
Revolutionising Pipeline Safety: Intelligent Weldment Inspection Decision System
Mohd Nazmi bin Mohd Ali Napiah / Hambali bin Chik >>> PETRONAS

Latest News

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation (Egorov Artem / Shutterstock)

The Organization of Oil-producing Countries (OPEC) tries to convince Russia to a closer cooperation. For this reason, Saudi Arabia proposed granting Russia observer status. A Russian representative confirmed the offer to the press: "This option exists and is under consideration. We are currently studying this question carefully," said the confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

NDT Global Appoints President

Richard Matthews - NDT Global President

NDT Global, supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection robotics and integrity services solutions, today announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Matthews as the President of NDT Global.

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and most recently held the position of Operations Director for PIMS of London, Mr. Matthews' appointment supports NDT Global's product strategy and continued growth in developing service solutions to meet the future needs of the industry.

Russian issue of Pipeline Technology Journal presented at MIOGE 2018

The Russian issue of Pipeline Technology Journal was presented to numerous pipeline companies like ROSEN at MIOGE 2018

The project of the Russian edition of the Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj) published by EITEP (Hanover) was presented in Moscow during the MOIGE International Oil and Gas Exhibition.

Does North Korea Now Come Out of the Cold?

Does North Korea Now Come Out of the Cold? (Zbitnev / Shutterstock)

One of the more conspicuous developments since American President Donald Trump met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un earlier this month in Singapore has nothing to do with denuclearization but with the potential construction of a gas pipeline through North Korea and into the South. Discussions have begun to this end with Gazprom, which would deliver the gas and help in constructing the pipeline.

$800 billion energy infrastructure investment over the next 18 years in the US and Canada

$800 billion energy infrastructure investment over the next 18 years in the US and Canada (tcly / Shutterstock)

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has issued an updated 2016 infrastructure report which depicts the massive changes in store for energy infrastructure in the United States and Canada. INGAA Foundation President Don Santa says "while we are now in the midst of a remarkable expansion of the pipeline network ... there will remain a need for new pipeline infrastructure.

Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2

Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2 (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 took another step towards development when Sweden gave its permission to build a gas pipeline in the economic zone of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Actual preparatory work is expected to begin in the coming months, including pre-lay rock berms and concrete mattresses for cable crossings. “Our judgement was that we were not able to say no,” Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, told reporters.

Russian Edition of Pipeline Technology Journal agreed

Russian Edition of Pipeline Technology Journal agreed

The international publishers EITEP (based in Germany) and Radiofront (based in Russia) have agreed to implement a Russian-speaking edition of the globally recognized Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj). Both companies are committed to meet the high demand for top-class pipeline technology case-studies, technical articles and current international industry news in Russia. The new Russian edition (“ptj-Вестник трубопроводных технологий”) will be available in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia (Nils Versemann / Shutterstock)

Australia is embarking on a major $140 million infrastructure project, building a gas processing facility and a 60-km pipeline for the growing domestic market. It will connect Senex’s Atlas gas field in the Surat Basin in south-east Queensland to Jemena’s existing Darling Downs pipeline and Australia’s largest single gas hub – the Wallumbilla gas hub. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Mega investment: China plans a $78 billion state owned natural gas company

Mega-investment: China plans a $78 billion state owned natural gas company (chuyuss / Shutterstock)

China is seeking to revise ownership of its huge gas pipeline network due to the fact that more and more private and industrial customers convert from coal to gas.

For several years China has been investigating the merger of the oil and gas pipeline assets of three of its state energy giants: China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal

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

Constructing a transboundary pipeline was never an easy proposition. Nord Stream 1 met serious objections from the Baltic States and Sweden before finally reaching a consensus and eventual construction. Nord Stream 2 will have an even greater challenge in getting all parties to agree before the first pipes are actually laid.

U.S. Industry Associations Strongly Oppose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on America’s Trade Partners

U.S. Close to Imposing Sanctions on EU Firms Involved in Russian Nord Stream 2 Project

U.S. Close to Imposing Sanctions on EU Firms Involved in Russian Nord Stream 2 Project (Tomas Stehlik / Shutterstock)

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which shall deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to the EU every year, has already been approved by Germany, Finland and also by Sweden. However, the United States assumes that the Project will increase Europe's dependence on Russian oil & gas, leading to an increased energy dependency and thus to a severe political disadvantage for the EU and its allies.

Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests

Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests (Tim Reckmann / pixelio.de)

Gerhard Schroeder, the former Chancellor of Germany and current Chairman of the Board of Nord Stream 1 and 2, assailed the United States for seeking to stymie the development of Nord Stream 2.

Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project (BILD LLC / Shutterstock)

Canada's government is intervening in the conflict over the construction of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project with an unusual decision. To ensure the construction of the controversial pipeline, it is purchasing the whole project and the infrastructure needed to expand the pipeline from Kinder Morgan for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars (about 3 billion euros).

Non-intrusive pressure sensor selected as one of the top innovations of 2018

Non-intrusive pressure sensor selected as one of the top innovations of 2018

Atmos International’s non-intrusive pressure sensor has been included in selected tp tje Top 5 Innovations of 2018 during this year’s ISA Automation Expo & Conference (AEC).

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.

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