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Last Nord Stream 2 Pipe on Board of Fortuna with Crew (copyright by Nord Stream 2)
Last Nord Stream 2 Pipe on Board of Fortuna with Crew (copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 Finished: Last Pipe Has Been Welded in the Baltic Sea

Today, specialists on the laybarge Fortuna welded the last pipe of the two strings of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.The pipeline will be lowered to the seabed and finally connected to the other end, Nord Stream 2 AG announced on Monday.

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Flags of Japan and Venezuela (copyright by Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES)

Japan's Inpex Corp sells Venezuela gas and oil assets to Caracas-based Sucre Energy Group

A Japanese-owned Inpex Corp. sold its Venezuelan assets to Sucre Energy Group, based in Caracas. The new developments came as a string of multinational companies back from the crisis-hit OPEC nation.

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Flag of the People's Republic of China (copyright by Shutterstock/Tatoh)

China approves a multimillion pipeline system in the northern region of the county

According to China's National Development and Reform Commission statement dated Friday, September 3, 2021, the $143 million (960 million yuan) methane pipeline will link China's northern provinces, specifically Shaanxi and Shanxi.

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Carbon capture and underground storage (copyright by Shutterstock/Dmitry Kovalchuk)

Experts See Pipeline Growth Potential With Carbon Capture and Storage Systems

The U.S. oil and gas pipeline industry is looking for new opportunities to lay steel in the ground with pipes that carry the carbon dioxide produced when fossil fuels are combusted.

Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Gazprom Signals Nord Stream Start-up in October, 2021

Gazprom, the largest natural gas company in the world, announced today that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is presently under construction and nearing completion, is expected to deliver 5.6 bcm of Russian natural gas to Europe this year.

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Flag of Nigeria (copyright by Shutterstock/adaptice photography)

Pipeline vandalism causes a massive fuel flood in Lagos, Nigeria

Hundreds of residents of Igando-Ikotun Road, Omoboriowo Street, around Pipeline bus stop, Lagos, and its surroundings escaped death on Friday, August 27, 2021, as an unprecedented fuel flood temporarily displaced the residents in the middle of the night.

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[Ask the Experts] Submit your questions on “Asset Management”

Each month, the "Ask the Experts" section focuses on a new topic of particular relevance to the pipeline industry.

We would like to invite you to send in your questions which will afterwards be answered publicly by selected experts from the respective field.

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Gazprom logo on sky background (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexey Novikov)

Hungary Concludes New Long Term Natural Gas Contract with Gazprom

Hungary, which has long relied upon the Ukraine and its Bratsvo pipeline for natural gas supplies, has recently begun to diversify its sources of gas.  To this end it has entered into negotiations with Russia, and according to Reuters, a new 15 year supply contract will be signed by the end of September, stipulating that Gazprom shall ship 4.5 bcm of natural gas to Hungary:  3.5 billion cubic m

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Pipeline valve with manometer (copyright by Shutterstock/Krasowit)

Colonial Pipeline shut down some fuel networks As Hurricane Ida made a historic landfall

On Sunday, August 29, 2021, Colonial Pipeline announced a shutdown of some of its fuel pipeline networks following an “extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane” that blasted the U.S Gulf Coast.

Ida Hurricane blasted ashore close to Port Fourchon, Louisiana, at around noon, bringing pipeline transport using part of the company’s networks to a temporary halt.

Fortuna in the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/ Karsten_1)
Fortuna in the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/ Karsten_1)

The Difficult Birth of Russia's Gas Link to Germany, Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2, with but 15-km of undersea pipe laying to go, is back in the news this week with additional U.S. sanctions being imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, ship owner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta, the State Department said in a report to congressional committees. A copy of the report was seen by Reuters.

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Libyan national flag (copyright by Shutterstock/Leo Altman)

[Opinion] Re-Integrating the Libyan Pipeline Networks

Libya is one of OPEC members and possesses 7 Oil Exporting Ports along the 2,000 km on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, giving it the advantage of being the most attractive customer to the European Refineries, besides its crude high API viscosity. In the last decade, Libya suffered from political conflict and security instability.

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Flag of Ukraine (copyright by Shutterstock/E. S. Nugraha)

Ukraine Discussed Guarantees Over Nord Stream 2 with US and Germany

Following the completion of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the energy ministers of Ukraine, the United States, and Germany met on Monday to discuss guarantees for Ukraine's future as a transit country. Ukraine's energy minister said the discussions focused on Ukraine's future.

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Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)

Iran Eyes The Prospect Of Supplying Europe With Gas

Iran has long sought to play a role in Europe's burgeoning natural gas market and various factors, especially geopolitics, have worked against it.  Now, in the wake of a new natural gas discovery in the Iranian section of the Caspian Sea, this could be changing.

ROSEN hydrogen testing facility (copyright by ROSEN Group)
ROSEN hydrogen testing facility (copyright by ROSEN Group)

ROSEN Establishes Its Own Hydrogen Testing Capabilities

The energy industry as a whole has come to realize the potential of hydrogen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. However, this hydrogen economy cannot function without a safe and efficient infrastructure. A large part of hydrogen transportation will take place via existing gas networks and/or newly constructed pipelines dedicated to hydrogen.

MDS platform (copyright by T.D.Williamson)
MDS platform (copyright by T.D.Williamson)

T.D. Williamson Completes First MDS Pipeline Inspection in Kenya

TDW performed the inspection on a new, 20-inch diameter refined multi-product transmission pipeline that runs 450 km (279 mi) from Mombasa to Nairobi using TDW multiple dataset (MDS) technology. The pipeline is owned and operated by the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).

Pernis refinery near Rotterdam (copyright by Photogtaphic Services Shell International Limited)
Pernis refinery near Rotterdam (copyright by Photogtaphic Services Shell International Limited)

MSA Safety And Shell Continue Their 30-Year Partnership

MSA Safety announced it has been named a preferred supplier of portable gas detection equipment for Royal Dutch Shell.  This is part of a three-year agreement to supply portable gas detection equipment and other safety technology to Shell’s offshore and onshore facilities and installations worldwide. The agreement continues the 30 years of cooperation between Shell and MSA.

Offshore rig for oil and gas (copyright by Shutterstock/Mr.PK)
Offshore rig for oil and gas (copyright by Shutterstock/Mr.PK)

CNOOC Accepts Delivery Of Buzzard Phase II Module

In the Scottish part of the North Sea, Chinese state-owned energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp. International Ltd. (CNOOC), has accepted delivery of a new topsides module for its Buzzard Phase II project, some 96 km northeast of the port of Aberdeen, at a depth of about 96 m of water.

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US cyber security concept (copyright by Shutterstock/Pixels Hunter)

The United States Proposes Country Sanctions For Cyber Criminals Disrupting Pipelines

Countries that harbor cyber criminals directing ransomware attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure will be designated "state sponsor of ransomware" if new legislation planned in the Senate Intelligence Committee becomes law.

Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)
Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)

Turkey's Largest Gas Discovery To Be Connected Via Pipeline to Main Grid

Turkey has begun work on a 169-km underwater gas pipeline in the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea, which at 540 bcm is the country's biggest discovery to date. The pipeline is scheduled to be constructed in 2022 to connect the wells of Sakarya to Turkey's main grid.

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Flag of Scotland (copyright by Shutterstock/Dmytro Balkhovitin)

SSE Goes Green - SGN Experimenting With Hydrogen

In a complicated transaction with many elements, a vital part of Scotland's infrastructure -- its gas supply pipeline network -- has been wholly bought over by a Canadian consortium. SSE, the energy firm based in Perth, announced it has sold its one-third stake for £1225m, to focus on renewable electricity.

TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)
TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

TC Energy Deliberating Over The Greening Of Its Pipeline Operations

Calgary based TC Energy, one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America with operations in natural gas and oil pipelines as well as power industries, could spend billions of dollars in the near future as it moves away from fossil fuel to run its transboundary network of oil and gas pipelines to renewable green energy.

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Hacker trying to breach a security system (copyright by Shutterstock/Pira25)

The US Reveals Its Pipeline Operators Have Been The Target Of Chinese Cyber Attacks

A recent statement by the White House, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security has revealed that two dozen companies that own and operate oil and gas pipelines in North America have been subjected to cyber-attacks by various Chinese based organisations.

Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Nord Stream 2 Still Mired In Controversy

After all was said and done, even after U.S. President Joe Biden lifted remaining sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and after the United States and Germany together attempted to mitigate perceived strategic dangers of the 1230-km gas pipeline, the controversy surrounding Nord Stream 2 has seemingly no end in sight.