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STATS Group signing MoU (copyright by STATS Group)
STATS Group signing MoU (copyright by STATS Group)

STATS Group Signs MoU To Provide Technology On Russia’s Sakhalin-2 Project

Pipeline technology specialist, STATS Group, (STATS) has signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will significantly increase their presence on Sakhalin-2, Russia’s first offshore gas project.

Trans Mountain pipeline project: Protest (copyright by Shutterstock/Yeexin Richelle)
Trans Mountain pipeline project: Protest (copyright by Shutterstock/Yeexin Richelle)

50,000 + Canadians Attempting to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline Before Operation

In an effort to induce the Zurich Insurance Group, Trans Mountain Pipeline's insurer, to accelerate its decision to pull out of projects in Canada's oil sands sector, more than 50,000 people have signed a petition asking the company to drop its coverage of the pipeline.

Midia Gas Development (copyright by Black Sea Oil & Gas)
Midia Gas Development (copyright by Black Sea Oil & Gas)

Transgaz to Begin First Offshore Gas Development Project in the Romanian Black Sea Since the Fall of Communism in 1989

Transgaz, the Romanian gas transmission company and Black Sea Oil & Gas, together with its co-venture partners Petro Ventures Resources and Gas Plus International, have signed an agreement to build a 24.37 km pipeline that will feed gas from Black Sea wells into the national gas infrastructure system, the economy ministry said on Friday.  

Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)
Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)

Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline recieves another penalty

Sunoco Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has been fined $319,000 for violating environmental regulations pertaining to its Mariner East pipeline system, which is the latest among $13.5 million in penalties assessed on the controversial project in numerous counties of Pennsylvania since 2017.

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

As TAPI Reaches Its End Problems Mount

The protracted, 1,814-km transboundary Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, with construction actually starting in Turkmenistan in December of 2015, has witnessed reported  large -scale violations on a 200-km section from Multan (where Alexander the Great was said to have been killed by a poisoned arrow) to the Indian border.

Cylindrical steel pipes (copyright by Shutterstock/khan3145)
Cylindrical steel pipes (copyright by Shutterstock/khan3145)

Corinth Pipeworks wins Baltic Pipe offshore contract

Energinet has awarded a contract to Corinth Pipeworks S.A..  As part of the Danish offshore part (Energinet LOT1) of the Baltic Pipe pipeline the contract comprises 114km of steel pipes with three-layer polyethylene anti-corrosion coating weighing about 43.000 tonnes, epoxy lining and concrete weight coating.

Akselos CEO Thomas Leurent (left) and Bilfinger CEO Tom Blades (right) at Offshore Europe 2019. (copyright Bilfinger)
Akselos CEO Thomas Leurent (left) and Bilfinger CEO Tom Blades (right) at Offshore Europe 2019. (copyright Bilfinger)

Bilfinger and Akselos Form Partnership: Digital Twin of Complex Structural Assets for Near Real-Time Integrity Assessment

Industrial services provider Bilfinger and deep tech start-up Akselos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Akselos’ breakthrough Digital Twin technology for complex assets in the offshore and process industries. A digital replica of a large and complex asset’s civil structure ensures a near real-time assessment, based on its current integrity status.

Turkey and Bulgaria (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)
Turkey and Bulgaria (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)

Eastern European Transboundary Gas Pipeline Project To Be Signed This Week

Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, announced at the 12th Annual Summer University of GERB Youth Organization that a gas pipeline contract from Turkey through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria is expected to be signed on 5 September 2019.   He added that the energy project will help to ensure diversification of supplies and that together with the gas interconnector, Greece will achi

P2X Kopernikus project test facility (copyright by Patrick Langer/KIT)
P2X Kopernikus project test facility (copyright by Patrick Langer/KIT)

The world’s first integrated Power-to-Liquid test facility to synthesize fuels from the air-captured carbon dioxide

Sector coupling of electric power and mobility has now been demonstrated by the partners of the P2X Kopernikus project on the premises of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The first liters of fuel were produced from air-captured carbon dioxide and green power.

The Pioneering Spirit installing the pipeline in swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)
The Pioneering Spirit installing the pipeline in swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

Over 60% of Nord Stream 2 are finished

According to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lawrow over 60% of the disputed pipeline project Nord Stream 2 is finished. Two ships are currently laying 8 kilometers of pipeline per day and Nord Stream 2 officials anticipate the project being finished at the end of this year.

A PetroChina oil well in the Gobi Desert (copyright by PetroChina)
A PetroChina oil well in the Gobi Desert (copyright by PetroChina)

New onshore drilling record set by PetroChina

According to PetroChina their Well No 1 in the Tarim Basin of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reached a depth of 8,882 meters. This sets a new record for onshore drilling in Asia and confirms that China is operating on a high level of ultradeep drilling.
Drilling started in June 2018 and the objective was to find oil and gas formations in deeper areas.

T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)
T.D. Williamson HQ (copyright by T.D. Williamson)

T.D. Williamson and TRC Partner to Provide improved Services to Pipeline Operators

TRC has joined with T.D. Williamson (TDW) to support pipeline operators with safe, reliable and efficient services to get them in compliance with the new federal “Gas Mega Rule.” The Gas Mega Rule – the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s revisions to 49 CFR Parts 191 and 192 – are expected to go into effect in August.

Pipe coating facility, Calgary Alberta - Rosen Group
Pipe coating facility, Calgary Alberta - Rosen Group

ROSEN Delivers Polyurethane Lined Pipe

The ROSEN Group has delivered Polyurethane Lined Pipe to an Oil Sands Mine in Fort McMurray. The pipe is internally coated with a wear resistant RoCoat™ liner. ROSEN also equipped the new pipe with a wear monitoring system allowing acquisition of coating condition online. The lined pipe and wear monitoring devices were designed, manufactured and installed in Calgary, Alberta.

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ricochet64 / Shutterstock

Can Europe’s gas industry overcome methane emissions challenge and remain relevant in the low-carbon EU economy?

European leaders this month once again clashed over future polices concerning the role natural gas should play in the European Union’s energy landscape.

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Another Snag (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)
Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Another Snag (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Another Snag

Whatever the merits of the case against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, its advocates are not just fading away into the sunset.  In the latest contentious round, US Army Corps of Engineers issued approvals for the crossing of hundreds of waterways along the 1184 mile path from Canada to Nebraska.

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MZinchenko / Shutterstock

Iran - Pakistan Gas Pipeline Victim of U.S. - Iran Confrontation

For years Pakistan has been negotiating with its regional neighbor Iran about importing Iranian natural gas.  Seeking to bolster its energy security by cutting a deal with its energy - rich next door neighbor, planning in Islamabad was in full swing.  But the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, in 2015, and the subsequent rise in

Saudi Aramco - Abha bulk plant
Saudi Aramco - Abha bulk plant

US State Department Now Says Drone Attack on Saudi East - West Pipeline Originated in Southern Iraq

In a change of the official U.S. assessment of the drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure, the American government now says the drone attacks originated in southern Iraq and not Yemen, as previously reported.  US officials added that the drones involved in this attack were more "sophisticated' that those used by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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Shutterstock

Dominion Energy Pulls the Plug on Gas Pipeline Project in Ohio

Dominion Energy has decided not to push forward with its $48 million pipeline project bringing Marcellus Shale natural gas from Pennsylvania to market in Eastern Ohio.  Dubbed "The Sweden Valley Project," the company cited a protracted approval process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as its reason for pulling the plug.

TANAP
TANAP

Trans Anatolian Pipeline Ready for Prime Time

The 1850 km Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), the main segment of the EU's long-sought Southern Gas Corridor, has been completed and ready to export Azeri gas to Europe, TANAP said this past Monday.

Due to efficient management TANAP said that the development, originally estimated to cost nearly $12 billion, was around $7 billion in the end.