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

Alberta announces new diversified petrochemical pipeline strategy

Alberta’s October announcement of a new natural gas policy is focused on three initiatives: a plastics recycling program, the development of a hydrogen economy and exports of natural gas to Asia and Europe. The last would require new export pipelines and up to three Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export plants.

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The spanish flag (copyright by Shutterstock/gualtiero boffi)

Spain's Gas Storage and Pipeline Transportation Network To Play Key Roles

Following Germany's and France's lead toward a low-carbon economy, Spain approved this week a plan to boost clean hydrogen production, aiming to establish sufficient infrastructure to give it a major role in what is foreseen as the primary fuel in the European market.

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A man in a business suit offers money (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleksandrum)

Atlantic Sunrise Shale Gas Pipeline Gets Hit With Big Fines

Transco, the company behind the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise shale gas pipeline from Susquehanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania as far south as Alabama, is paying more than $700,000 in penalties for violations in nine counties. 

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Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)

ONGC Oil Pipeline Springs A Leak in Tamil Nadu in Southern India

The Indian state - run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) transporting crude oil in an underground oil pipeline running through Tiruvarur District of the Tamil Nadu state in southern India, has sprung a leak damaging a large area with samba rice variety preferred by local Tamils

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United States Army Corps of Engineers through a magnifying glass (copyright by Shutterstock/Gil C)

Not So Fast With The $5.7 Billion Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline

Just a day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers re-issued permits for the prospective Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline to begin construction, a petition filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the Sierra Club and seven other environmental groups challenged the decision.

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The logo of Jemena (copyright by Shutterstock/360b)

Big New Gas Pipeline Project Down Under

Leading Australian energy infrastructure company Jemena is proposing to extend its 797-km Eastern Gas Pipeline (EGP) by approximately 185-km from Horsley Park in Sydney to the Hunter Valley.  It is also planning to change the pipeline so the company can transport more gas to New South Wales and Victoria.

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

Yet Another Critical Move on the Nord Stream 2 Chessboard

The consortium of companies behind the beleaguered Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, ever so close to end point Lubmin near Greifswald on the Baltic Sea with 160-km of pipeline left to lay, has been informed that the world's top ship insurers would no longer provide cover "for any activity involving or related to the Nord Stream 2 or Turkstream construction projects."  A

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Permian Basin oil and gas pipeline construction (copyright by Shutterstock/G B Hart)

Too Many Pipelines, Too Little Demand

Just two years ago, in response to booming domestic demand and insufficient pipeline capacity to move the oil to market, pipeline operators began building more pipelines in the prolific Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, capable of transporting up to seven mbd of fracked shale oil.

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Guangdong province map (copyright by Shutterstock/mrwood)

PipeChina Seals New Pact with Southern Guangdong

PipeChina, China's newly formed oil and gas pipeline behemoth whose birth was reported in these pages on 24 July of this year, has taken a concrete step in implementing its strategic vision: Southern Guangdong became the first province to transfer its natural gas pipeline network to the company, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

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Turkmenistan map (copyright by Shutterstock/pavalena)

Rumblings that TAPI Will Commence in 2021

Turkmentistan announced over the weekend that it intends to begin construction on a gas pipeline from the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border to the Herat offtake point in Afghanistan, a fundamental part of the long-awaited Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) transboundary gas pipeline project.

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Brazilian and argentine flag plumes (copyright by Shutterstock/vladm)

A Complicated Major Gas Pipeline System on the Drawing Boards in South America

Argentina has initiated exploratory talks with Brazil concerning the construction of a billion-dollar gas pipeline from the gigantic Vaca Muerta shale gas reserves in southern Brazil  to Porto Alegre, the capital city of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sula. The project involves expanding the 1,430-km Argentine pipeline system as well as the construct

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Flag of Tanzania and the national flag of Uganda (copyright by Shutterstock/esfera)

Uganda and Tanzania Ink a $3.5 Billion Crude Oil Pipeline Deal

After long and protracted negotiations, the governments of Uganda and Tanzania have signed a $3.5 billion crude oil pipeline deal.  The agreement allows for the construction of a 1,445-km pipeline connecting Uganda's prodigious oil fields to Tanzania's export terminal in Tanga.

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Magellan Midstream Partners logo on the website homepage (copyright by Shutterstock/Casimiro PT)

Magellan Midstream Partners Sees Opportunity for Product Transport Amid Corona

The Corona virus pandemic has significantly reduced demand for refined petroleum products around the globe, causing in turn the closure of some U.S. oil refineries.

Marcelino Guedes Gomes together with his orchids
Marcelino Guedes Gomes together with his orchids

Pipeline People: Marcelino Guedes Gomes, Petrobras

Marcelino Guedes Gomez joined PETROBRAS in 1987 where he worked in several different positions before he became Executive Manager, responsible for developing and applying solutions for illegal tapping in pipelines at PETROBRAS from 2015 to 2020.

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

McDermott International Secures FEED Contract for Subsea Pipeline

Delta Offshore Energy, a Singaporean company, has awarded a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to McDermott International LTD for a subsea gas pipeline.  The pipeline will connect an offshore LNG regasification platform to onshore 3,200-megawatt (MW) powerplant in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam.

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USA from space with NDT logo (copyright by Shutterstock/NicoElNino & NDT Global)

Thomas Redlinger Takes On The Top Job for NDT Global in the United States

Thomas Redlinger, a professional engineer with substantial oil and gas experience in the testing, inspection and certification of pipelines, has been appointed to the role of Vice President for NDT Global in the United States.  In this capacity Redlinger will be responsible for driving the US business.

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Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Political Winds Roiling Nord Stream 2

By its very trajectory Nord Stream 2, as with its relative Nord Stream 1, was bound to be controversial.  Threaten U.S. sanctions on companies building the pipeline and you have enough to constitute a veritable crisis. And now, with the suspected poisoning of chief Kremlin nemesis Alexei Navalny, you have one.

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Hurricane Laura making Landfall in USA. Shot from Space (copyright by Adobe Stock/ Sasa Kadrijevic)

Hurricane Laura Wreaks Havoc on Gulf of Mexico Gas Pipelines

Last week Hurricane Laura, the most powerful and damaging Category 4 Atlantic hurricane since the 1856 Last Island hurricane, forced the Garden Banks and Nautilus natural gas pipelines, serving four major U.S. Gulf of Mexico production platforms, to shut down, pipeline operator Enbridge said.

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European Union flag with H2 hydrogen molecules (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexander Limbach)

Europe Must Dig Deep For Hydrogen Energy To Become Reality

The PTJ has noted during the last few months the excitement in industry circles concerning the transition from fossil fuel to hydrogen as Europe considers its next steps in meeting a net zero emissions goal by 2050.