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Salzgitter Group Wins Record-Breaking Line Pipe Order From Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© 2013 Salzgitter AG)
Salzgitter Group Wins Record-Breaking Line Pipe Order From Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© 2013 Salzgitter AG)

Salzgitter Group Wins Record-Breaking Line Pipe Order From Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG, which is overseeing the development of a transnational natural gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Europe, has selected Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH to supply roughly 270 km of the onshore 48" line pipe as well as 1,559 pipe bends needed for both onshore (48") and offshore (36") use.

 Citing Lack of Pipeline Infrastructure, Shell Pulling Out of Northern Alberta Oil Sands Project (© 2013 Royal Dutch Shell plc)
Citing Lack of Pipeline Infrastructure, Shell Pulling Out of Northern Alberta Oil Sands Project (© 2013 Royal Dutch Shell plc)

Citing Lack of Pipeline Infrastructure, Shell Pulling Out of Northern Alberta Oil Sands Project

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said this week that it is retreating from its development of the Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in northern Alberta and will take an expected $2 billion restructuring charge as a result.

The company cited falling oil prices and a lack of pipeline capacity in Canada as the reason for its decision.

Welding first joint of Ukhta – Torzhok-2 gas main (© 2015 Gazprom)
Welding first joint of Ukhta – Torzhok-2 gas main (© 2015 Gazprom)

Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

The first joint of 970 km Ukhta-Torzhok-2 natural gas pipeline with a design capacity 45 billion cubic meters of gas per year was welded this week, a small yet critical event in the construction of the larger Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline System, of which it is part. Nord Stream 2 is currently one of Europe's largest infrastructure projects.

ILF Assists in Bringing Over 1200 km of Natural Gas Pipelines in Poland On Stream (© 2013 ILF Consulting Engineers)
ILF Assists in Bringing Over 1200 km of Natural Gas Pipelines in Poland On Stream (© 2013 ILF Consulting Engineers)

ILF Assists in Bringing Over 1200 km of Natural Gas Pipelines in Poland On Stream

ILF, one of the world's leading engineering companies offering design and consulting services for the development of critical and complex infrastructure projects, has provided the design and supervision services for 1,200 km of four key high pressure natural gas pipelines operated by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

 New Interactive Digital Map Provides Current Information on Canada's Vast Oil and Gas Pipeline Network (© 2015 CEPA, Screenshot)
New Interactive Digital Map Provides Current Information on Canada's Vast Oil and Gas Pipeline Network (© 2015 CEPA, Screenshot)

New Interactive Digital Map Provides Current Information on Canada's Vast Oil and Gas Pipeline Network

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is raising the transparency bar by launching a new interactive digital map, giving Canadians easy access to detailed information on over 100,000 km of member transmission pipelines crisscrossing the country.

National Gas Grid (© 2015 Gas Transmission Company Limited GTCL)
National Gas Grid (© 2015 Gas Transmission Company Limited GTCL)

Penspen Wins $4.3 million engineering and project management contract for 67 km High-Pressure Gas Pipeline in Bangladesh

Penspen, a leading engineering and management services company based in London, has been awarded a contract worth $4.3 million from Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL), (A Company of Petrobangla) under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh.

 India's Largest Gas Pipeline Operator to Deploy Drones to Monitor Its 11 000 km Network, Calling For A New Culture of Safety (© 2015 GAIL (India) Limited )
India's Largest Gas Pipeline Operator to Deploy Drones to Monitor Its 11 000 km Network, Calling For A New Culture of Safety (© 2015 GAIL (India) Limited )

India's Largest Gas Pipeline Operator to Deploy Drones to Monitor Its 11 000 km Network, Calling For A New Culture of Safety

On the heels of last year's devastating natural gas pipeline explosion in the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, killing ultimately 24 people and injuring many more, GAIL, India's largest natural gas pipeline operator, will begin deploying drones in a bid to raise safety standards and to create a new culture of safety throughout its operations.

Gas Connect pipeline system (© 2015 Gas Connect Austria)
Gas Connect pipeline system (© 2015 Gas Connect Austria)

OMV Looks to Sell a 49 Percent Share of Pipeline Operator/Constructor Gas Connect Austria

With oil prices hovering below $50 per barrel and expectations that they could go even lower, OMV has announced its intention to sell 49 percent of its wholly-owned subsidiary Gas Connect Austria (GCA), which company officers say will strengthen OMV's cash flow and balance sheet.

oil and natural gas pipelines in China (© 2015 EIA / Petrochina)
oil and natural gas pipelines in China (© 2015 EIA / Petrochina)

Sinopec Sets Sights on 8400 km Country-Spanning Gas Pipeline

Sinopec, Asia's biggest downstream company, has received approval from China’s National Development and Reform Commission to build a 8,400-kilometer pipeline network carrying up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas per annum from the gas fields in northwest China to the southern and eastern provinces around Guandong.

Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 Ministry of Energy Russia)
Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline (© 2015 Ministry of Energy Russia)

Pakistan and Russia Agree To Build Long Distance Natural Gas Pipeline

After a decade of protracted negotiations, Russia and Pakistan signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement yesterday on building a 1100-km natural gas pipeline from LNG terminals in southern Pakistan to growing domestic markets in the north. The construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan 2009 (© 2009 European Commission)
Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan 2009 (© 2009 European Commission)

Baltic States and Poland Reach Consensus on New Transnational Gas Pipeline

Leaders of Poland and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met today to sign an agreement on a 562 km, 28 inch gas pipeline connecting Poland to Lithuania. The Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring energy needed for a new economic development.

Location of Hoima District in Uganda (© 2015 Slomox)
Location of Hoima District in Uganda (© 2015 Slomox)

Uganda, Tanzanzia Agree to Examine a New Pipeline Route for Uganda Crude Export

Complicating the proposed Uganda - Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline (UKCOP), the governments of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement to study building a pipeline from the oil fields near Hoima, Uganda to the Tanzanian port of Tanga.

Blue Stream gas pipeline and layout of South Stream gas pipeline (© 2015 Gazprom)
Blue Stream gas pipeline and layout of South Stream gas pipeline (© 2015 Gazprom)

Fugro Wins Blue Stream Pipeline Inspection Contract

Fugro, the world’s largest integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services, has been awarded a contract by Blue Stream Pipeline Company B.V. to provide survey support vessels and other services related to the external inspection of the Blue Stream Pipeline.

New 535 km, 24 - 36 Inch Gas Pipeline Commissioned in Tanzania (© 2013 U.S. EIA, IHS EDIN)
New 535 km, 24 - 36 Inch Gas Pipeline Commissioned in Tanzania (© 2013 U.S. EIA, IHS EDIN)

New 535 km, 24 - 36 Inch Gas Pipeline Commissioned in Tanzania

A 535-kilometer gas pipeline running from Mtwara, Tanzania to Dar es Salaam, the country's capital, and built with a 1.225-billion-U.S.-dollar concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank of China was inaugurated by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete this past weekend.

Crewmembers clean the California coastline to remove oil near Rufugio State Beach, California, Monday, June 1, 2015. © 2015 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson
Crewmembers clean the California coastline to remove oil near Rufugio State Beach, California, Monday, June 1, 2015. © 2015 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson

New California State Requirements Regarding Leak Detection Systems for Intrastate Pipelines

Adding teeth to a number of proposals to better protect California's inland and coastal environment from potential oil and gas pipeline ruptures, Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of bills requiring stricter state inspection of all intrastate pipelines on an annual basis, mandatory leak detection systems for pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas, and the enlistment of fisherman to hel

The terminating point of the Nord Stream Pipeline is located at the energy hub Lubminer Heide near Greifswald, which covers an area of about 12 hectares, including the receiving terminal of the connecting pipelines OPAL and NEL (© 2015 Nord Stream)
The terminating point of the Nord Stream Pipeline is located at the energy hub Lubminer Heide near Greifswald, which covers an area of about 12 hectares, including the receiving terminal of the connecting pipelines OPAL and NEL (© 2015 Nord Stream)

Nord Stream Pipeline Reaches Major Milestone of 100 Billion Cubic Metres of Shipped Gas

Nord Stream Pipeline celebrated a major milestone last week by noting 100 billion cubic metres of Russian natural gas shipped through the Baltic Sea to the European Union since the pipeline opened in November 2011.

Horn of Africa Map (© 2012 United Nations)
Horn of Africa Map (© 2012 United Nations)

550 km Horn of Africa Products Pipeline Expected to Break Ground This Year

After protracted negotiations Ethiopia and Djibouti, its neighbor bordering on the northeast, have signed an agreement for a 550 km products pipeline importing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from Djibouti's port. The venture is estimated at $1.55 billion and construction forecasted to end by 2018.

Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia (© 2015 Balticconnector EIA Report, Gasum)
Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia (© 2015 Balticconnector EIA Report, Gasum)

Finland Seeks EU Help in Financing the Balticconnector Pipeline Between Finland and Estonia

Finland and Estonia announced their intention to work together to build a natural gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia, which would connect Estonian and Finnish gas grids. Dubbed the Balticconnector, the pipeline would increase Finnish import capacities by providing access to the Latvia's natural gas storage in Inčukalns.

Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)
Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) Calls for Mandatory Leak Detection Systems in Pipeline Carrying Hazardous Liquids

 Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.
Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.

Significance of Pipelines Underscored in Energy Transfer's $38 Billion Takeover of Williams Cos.

Energy Transfer Equity LP took a major step in consolidating its partnership assets with a $38 billion acquisition of Williams Cos., fitting CEO Kelcy Warren’s long-standing formula for building an energy empire: Buy companies that connect the dots in the industry to leapfrog competitors.

The pipeline was laid by the world's largest pipelaying vessel: “Solitaire” from Allseas (© 2015 Statoil)
The pipeline was laid by the world's largest pipelaying vessel: “Solitaire” from Allseas (© 2015 Statoil)

Statoil Completes Construction of Arctic Circle Crossing Polarled Pipeline

Months of challenging pipeline construction have culminated this week in the laying of the final pipe in the 482.4 km long Polarled Pipeline project at a depth of 1,260 meters in the Norwegian Sea.

 ROSEN Group Wins ASME Global Pipeline Award 2015 (© 2015 Rosen)
ROSEN Group Wins ASME Global Pipeline Award 2015 (© 2015 Rosen)

ROSEN Wins Prestigious ASME Global Pipeline Award

The ROSEN Group stole the show at this month’s Rio Pipeline Conference by landing the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Global Pipeline Award. The Trophy was personally handed over to Hermann Rosen, CEO of the ROSEN Group.

Hillary Clinton (© 2009 U.S. Department of State)
Hillary Clinton (© 2009 U.S. Department of State)

Leading Democratic Candidate for US Presidency, Hillary Clinton, Announces her Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Long a bone of contention between political parties in the United States, the $7 billion, 1,179-mile Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Project has now taken center stage in the presidential debates. Predictably the Democratic candidates have come about strongly against its construction; the Republican strongly in favor.