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Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast

Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast (jukurae / Shutterstock)

Nearly three years have passed since Plains All American Pipeline 901, a 24-inch subterranean oil pipeline, burst near Refugio State Beach, sending an estimated 140,000 gallons of sticky crude oil down under the U.S. Hwy 101 and into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara. It was only some 18 hours later that clean - up crews responded -- an interminably long period of time carrying grave consequences for the environment and marine life.

TurkStream: Construction of receiving terminal begins

TurkStream: Construction of receiving terminal begins (Copyright: TurkStream)

South Stream has announced the start of construction works on the receiving terminal of the TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline. The project is now being implemented in three construction areas: onshore Russia, onshore Turkey and offshore in the Black Sea.

Since 2015, surveys have been conducted to identify the best location for the facility. The results have been incorporated in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which was approved by Turkish authorities in September 2017. All necessary permits to prepare the area for construction are in place.

30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea

30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea

The Yalu River running through Manchuria has long served as the well-known border between China and North Korea. What is less known, but equally significant, is the short, aging 30 km Friendship Pipeline constructed in part under the Yalu. The pipeline, vital to North Korea's economy, transports over 500,000 tons of oil annually to the Ponghwa refinery near Sinuiju, where diesel and gasoline are manufactured.

Russia to Finance a Feasibility Study on Building a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline from Iran to Pakistan

Russia to Finance a Feasibility Study on Building a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline from Iran to Pakistan (Sergey_R / Shutterstock)

Making headway on an idea that has been discussed for at least a decade, Russia and Pakistan have reached a preliminary agreement to build a multibillion dollar offshore pipeline for the transport of Iranian gas to Pakistan and possibly to India.

While the agreement has yet to codified in an official written document, observers believe this will soon happen.

Iraq / Iran Sign Major Oil Swap Deal

Iraq / Iran Sign Major Oil Swap Deal (Kent Weakley / Shutterstock)

In the first oil deal of its kind since Iraqi forces re-established control over Kirkuk in the northern part of the country earlier this year, Iraq has agreed to swap 60,000 barrels of oil per day for Iranian oil. The oil will be delivered by tanker truck to the border area of Kermanshah, where Iran has a refinery. Iran will deliver an equal amount of oil to Iraq's southern ports in Basra.

Gas Interconnection in the EU To Improve With 182 km pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria

Gas Interconnection in the EU To Improve With 182 km pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria (argus / Shutterstock)

After numerous delays extending literally for years, a 182 km new gas pipeline connection between Greece and Bulgaria appears to be moving forward.

With an estimated value of €60 million, ICGB, the project company for the interconnection, has published a public procurement contract for the project's pipelines.
The aim of ICGB is to connect the gas networks of both countries at the points of Komotini and Stara Zagora. The choice of builder will be a separate procedure that will be launched in early 2018.

East Med Pipeline To Boost Europe's Energy Security

More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

In yet another effort to enhance European energy security by diversifying sources away from Russia, a consortium of countries including Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Israel will build an 1900 km gas pipeline from the Levantine Basin in the eastern Mediterranean to Greece and Italy in 2025.

The East Med Pipeline, as it is being called, would ship up to 16 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year, roughly 5 percent of the EU annual consumption.

Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures

Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption of Industrial Cyber Security Measures (Sergey Tarasov / Shutterstock)

A new study appointed by Honeywell shows that most industrial companies are not adopting their cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, although cyber attacks have increased around the globe.

The survey – Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda – was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell. It polled 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies about their approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and their use of industrial cyber security technologies and practices. The core results are:

APGA releases new Code of Environmental Practice

Australian Pipeline and Gas Association

The Australian Pipelines & Gas Association has published an updated version of its Code of Environmental Practice for Onshore Pipelines.

Since the first release back in 1998 three revisions of the Code were published by APGA.

Deliberations on Trans Mountain Pipeline Enter Next Round

Deliberations on Trans Mountain Pipeline Enter Next Round

The Canadian Federal Conservative Party is venting its frustration with what it perceives as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pro environment, anti - pipeline stance on the further development of Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Andrew Scheer, leader of the party, said he doubts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to the $6.8 billion project, adding that he has "zero confidence" that Trudeau will back the pipeline to the finish line.

Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light

Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light (shannonpatrick / wikipedia)

TransCanada has obtained final approval from state officials in Nebraska to build the controversial Keystone pipeline across Nebraska, even though these same officials vetoed what TransCanada has viewed as the preferred route.

And while the final approval should mean that construction can begin, the realities are more complex, and even TransCanada itself says it will now have to review a number of factors relating to the pipeline's economic and political feasibility.

Pipeline safety focus at Europe’s leading pipeline show ptc 2018 in Berlin

Delegates at Pipeline Technology Conference 2017, Berlin

From 12-14 March 2018 Berlin will again host Europe’s leading pipeline conference and exhibition. The 13th edition of the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) provides a comprehensive overview of all developments in the onshore and offshore pipeline industry – covering planning & design, construction, operation and maintenance. “The ptc conference has become the biggest and most important pipeline conference in Europe.

NEXUS Gas Pipeline Traversing Northern Ohio To Be Built

NEXUS Gas Pipeline Traversing Northern Ohio To Be Built

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final authorization Wednesday to begin construction of the 36 inch, 255-mile underground NEXUS gas pipeline through northern Ohio. Communities along the way have tried to stop or re-route the pipeline, as they are concerned that it poses a threat to the safety and well-being of the area's inhabitants. Lawsuits are still pending.

The city of Green has gone to the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the pipeline. And thus far the city of Oberlin has not given NEXUS permission to build.

Worldwide Survey Reveals NDT Global as Leader for Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection

Worldwide Survey Reveals NDT Global as Leader for Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection

NDT Global are proud to share the results of the Kimberlite International Oilfield Research* 2017 Pipeline report, which highlights operators internationally ranking NDT Global as the industry leader in ultrasonic tool technology. The report also shows the improvement NDT Global has experienced in its competitive performance over the past two years, resulting in a market share gain and a clear positioning as a premium supplier that delivers superior value.

Germany's largest TSO appoints Dr. Frank Reiners to the Board of Management

Germany's largest TSO appoints Dr. Frank Reiners to the Board of Management

At its last meeting in September 2017, the Supervisory Board of Open Grid Europe decided to appoint Dr Frank Reiners as CFO of Open Grid Europe GmbH. He will assume his position on 1st February 2018.

Hilko Schomerus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Open Grid Europe, said: “With Frank Reiners we have gained an experienced manager with an excellent track record in regulation and commercial controlling.”

Canada's Multibillion Dollar Pipeline Industry Begins Soul-Searching Conversations On the Future

Canada's Multibillion Dollar Pipeline Industry Begins Soul-Searching Conversations On the Future (Sergey_R / Shutterstock)

Canada's mega $15 billion Energy East pipeline project, which would have carried 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta to Canada's east coast for export, is being scrapped by TransCanada due to more stringent environmental regulations imposed by the Trudeau government.

The Way is Clear for Opal Gastransport to Offer Full Gas Capacity

Higher Court in Duesseldorf rules against PGniG (Charlie1965nrw / Wikipedia)

A Duesseldorf Higher Regional Court said last week that it will not honour a request by Polish energy company PGniG and its German subsidiary to block Gazprom from increasing its use of the Opal pipeline in eastern Germany.

PGniG requested to stop or limit full capacity auctions on Opal to no avail. An Opal Gastransport spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that these appeals were completely rejected and that Opal Gastransport can offer its capacity fully to the market."

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana

Sizeable Oil Spill Just Off the Coast of Louisiana (Alexey_Ulyanov / Shutterstock)

Last week between 9,350 and 9,750 barrels of crude oil shot out of a fractured underwater pipe in the Gulf of Mexico some 64 km from Venice, Louisiana.

LLOG Exploration Offshore, the offshore oil and gas operator, says the pipe is connected to a subsea well and that the leak has ceased.

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds

Baghdad Regains Control of the Kirkuk Oil Patch In a Significant Victory Over the Kurds (serkan senturk / Shutterstock)

After losing Kirkuk's prodigious oil fields to ISIS during the terrorists' Blitzkrieg three years ago and ultimately to rebellious Kurds after ISIS was evicted, the federal government in Baghdad has reasserted its sovereignty over the area and is now planning a "comprehensive and accelerated" rehabilitation plan for Kirkuk's crude oil pipeline network.

The pipelines run from Kirkuk 970 km to the Turkish export port of Ceyhan in the Mediterranean. During the ISIS occupation the pipelines were often sabotaged and now in urgent need of repair and rehabilitation.

Iran Planning New Major Oil Export Terminal at the Port of Jask

Iran Planning New Major Oil Export Terminal at the Port of Jask (T.W. van Urk / Shutterstock)

The port of Jask on the southern tip of Iran has long been seen as a potential new export terminal for Iranian petroleum and petroleum products. Now, nearly three years after the Iran Nuclear Accord and the resumption of trade and investment with the country, a tender for the construction of part of the pipeline to transfer crude oil to Jask is due to be held in the days ahead, according to Ali Kardor, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks (Kara Grubis / Shutterstock)

Leakey oil and gas pipelines are commanding the attention of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as 430 pipelines near occupied buildings recently failed leak-detection tests. While this is only 0.35 percent of the lines tested, state politicians are calling the tests significant and dangerous.

Construction on 1046-km Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Begins in Texas

The Gulf Coast of Texas where the EPIC pipeline leads to (Sherry Yates Young / Shutterstock).

EPIC Y Grade Pipeline, a 1046 km natural gas liquids (NGL) carrier, linking NGL reserves in the Permian and Eagle Ford Basins in New Mexico and West Texas to Gulf Coast refiners, has commenced construction running alongside the EPIC crude oil pipeline.

Driving the project is an agreement between EPIC Midstream Holdings and BP Energy to transport at least 220,000 barrels per day with multiple origin points in the Delaware and Midland Basins.

Green Light for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Green Light for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline (Copyright by Williams)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given final approval to the multibillion dollar Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, which will connect Marcelllus Shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The project has been met with considerable public push-back, especially in Lancaster County. Hundreds of people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience in an effort to block the project. In this regard, a group of nuns allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the proposed pipeline route. ptj reported earlier on that issue.

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute (Dmitrijs Kaminskis / Shutterstock)

North Dakota regulators and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) have reached an agreement concerning allegations that the Dallas - based company violated state rules during construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Rather than being charged with a hefty fine, the regulators stipulated that ETP will develop a "how-to" manual for managing unanticipated discoveries in sensitive tribal areas. In addition the company will plant over 100,000 trees to replace those that ETP allegedly destroyed excavating earth while laying the pipe.

Pipeline Projects in Eastern Europe Beset With New Concerns

A natural gas station in Bucharest, Romania (Gabriel Petrescu / Shutterstock)

Amid heightened concern about the financial viability of natural gas pipeline projects in Romania, it appears likely now that the country will scale back ambitions to export gas to western Europe and thus compete with Russia.

Romania has been developing reserves in the Neptun bloc of the Black Sea, estimated at 80 - 100 billion cubic meters, or up to nine times Romania's annual consumption. And for the past couple of years the Black Sea reserves spawned the hope that Romania could become a source of gas to other European countries.

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