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European Union flag infront of the European Commission (copyright by Shutterstock/symbiot)

The Evolving Definition of Green Energy in the EU

Natural gas has long been touted as one of the cleaner fuels used to power our economies.  More recently it has even acquired the coveted green label.  But the EU is ready to deny gas power plants and gas pipelines the green investment label as they will not be classed as a sustainable investment in Europe.

Construction of the Zeelink pipeline (copyright by Zeelink)
Construction of the Zeelink pipeline (copyright by Zeelink)

November sees the first testing of the new German Zeelink gas pipeline

Open Grid Europe has announced that its newly completed Zeelink gas pipeline will be tested in November and is expected to become operational, in spite of Covid restrictions as soon as March 2021. This 600-million-euro pipeline is the fruition of a joint venture between Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE, 75 percent) and Thyssengas GmbH (25 percent).

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Husky Energy logo (copyright by Husky Energy)

Husky Energy pipeline shut-in after 900,000 litres of produced water leaks

Calgary-based integrated energy company Husky Energy has been forced to temporarily shut one of its north-western Albertan pipelines in response to a pipeline incident in low-lying wetland some 15 km south-east of Rainbow Lake.

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Pipes for natural gas pipelines (copyright bv Shutterstock/Pictureguy)

Colombia updates gas pipeline tariff regime

The Colombian state regulator of electricity, oil and gas markets, known as the Comisión de Regulación de Energía y Gas (CREG), has just published a new set of guidelines as part of its tariff regime update, known as resolution 160 of 2020.

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The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)

Transitioning Away From Fossil Fuels And The Future Role of Pipelines In The US

As Americans wind down the long and oftentimes tortuous presidential campaign by casting their ballots before the 3 November election deadline, the role of energy and particularly hydrocarbons has taken the spotlight in key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Texas and Oklahoma.

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Refinery (copyright by TOTAL)

New Study Sheds Light on the Virtues of E-Cars

In a new seminal study by Frontier Economics on the efficiency of battery-electric driven vehicles vis-a-vis current-based fuels it was determined that there is hardly any difference between the two: vehicles with combustion engines powered by climate-neutral fuels based on green electricity (e-fuels) have a similarly good overall energy balance as battery-powered

Pipe-laying vessel “Academic Chersky” (copyright by Shutterstock/VladSV)
Pipe-laying vessel “Academic Chersky” (copyright by Shutterstock/VladSV)

The Akademik Cherskiy, A Russian Pipe Laying Vessel, to Complete Nord Stream 2

Over the past year, as pipeline company after pipeline company yielded to the threat of proposed U.S.sanctions on European companies participating in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russian President Vladimir Putin was calmly biding his time, saying that if the Europeans pull out his own pipe laying vessel, the Akademik Cherskiy, would enter the

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Transneft office in the Evolution skyscraper, Moscow (copyright by Shutterstock/Evgeniy Vasilev)

Transneft Resumes Oil Shipments in the Druzhba to Belarus

Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft is sending 133,000 tons of oil through the Druzhba Pipeline System to Belarus following an earlier decision last week to stop providing crude to its western neighbor.

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Grane Field Location (copyright by Equinor)

TechnipFMC awarded EPCI contract by Equinor

Norwegian-based oil and gas major Equinor, has awarded British- based engineering services provider TechnipFMC ,with an engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for the North Sea Breidablikk Pipelay project, located near the existing Grane platform off the coast from Stavanger, west Norway’s capital of oil.

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Vaca Muerta, Argentina (copyright by Shutterstock/Sobrevolando Patagonia)

Natural Gas Seen as Key Component of Post-Covid Energy Sector in Argentina

The international held virtual event, “Insights for defining Latin America’s regional energy agenda for a Post-Covid-19 era”, supported by the International Energy Agency and La Organización Latinoamericana de Energía highlighted the importance of Argentina’s shale gas reserves in Vaca Muerta.

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United Arab Emirates and Israel, two flags waving against blue sky (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)

Israel - UAE Deal to Transport Emirati Oil to Europe Takes Another Step Forward

As reported last month in the PTJ, the Israeli Europe Asia Pipeline Company (EAPC) has been active exploring the possibility of transporting oil from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Europe via a pipeline that connects the Red Sea city of Eilat and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon.

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Saudi Arabia on the map (copyright by Shutterstock/Marcio Jose Bastos Silva)

The Islamic State Calls on Its Followers to Target Oil Pipelines in Saudi Arabia

The Islamic State has long targeted leading officials in the Saudi monarchy for their perceived apostacy. The terrorist organization has placed the Kingdom in its sights once again by calling on its supporters to target oil pipelines and other economic infrastructure for attack.

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Steel pipes (copyright by Shutterstock/khan3145)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline fills with Azeri gas

This October sees the completion of the filling up of the entire length of the 878-kilometer-long (545.5-mile-long) Trans-Adriatic Pipeline between the Greek/Turkish border and the pipeline receiving terminal at the heel of Italy, reports the project promoter Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG. It has just taken four-and-a-half years since the start of construction to reach this stage.

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Venezuela Oil Industry (copyright by Shutterstock/Anton_Medvedev)

Venezuela's Petroleum Industry Looking Into the Abyss

Hit by increasingly onerous US sanctions, weak global demand, inept management and an environment devastated by oil spills from massive refineries along the once pristine Venezuelan coastline, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA) has been reduced to dismantling oil facilities, including pipelines, for scrap metal and selling their distinctive coveralls, emblazoned w

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nagorno-karabakh map (copyright by Shutterstock/Nemanja Cosovic)

TAP pipeline commissioning unlikely to be disrupted by Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The end-of-year commissioning of the 10 billion cubic metre (BCM) a year Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is unlikely to be disrupted by the ongoing clash between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Hydrogen molecules (copyright by Shutterstock/Anusorn Nakdee)

DNV GL begins study into converting Italy’s gas pipeline network to hydrogen

Italy’s second largest natural gas pipeline operator, Società Gasdotti Italia (SGI), has announced in October, an ambitious plan to fully decarbonise the energy it supplies to both its commercial and retail domestic customers.