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Siemens to provide service for compressor stations along gas pipeline system in Poland (© 2015 Siemens)
Siemens to provide service for compressor stations along gas pipeline system in Poland (© 2015 Siemens)

Siemens Awarded Four Year Service and Maintenance Contract for Yamal Pipeline Turbo-Compressor Trains

Polish PGNiG, Russian Gazprom and Polish Gas-Trading S.A., shareholders in EuRoPol GAZ s.a., which owns 684 km of the Polish section of the Yamal - Europe Transit Pipeline System, has awarded a major service and maintenance contract to Siemens Power Generation Services.

Alexey Miller and Taner Yildiz address Turkish Stream (© 2015 Gazprom)
Alexey Miller and Taner Yildiz address Turkish Stream (© 2015 Gazprom)

Russia and Turkey Agree on Construction Schedule for Turkish Stream - However Questions Still Linger

This past December 2014 Russia and Turkey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to transport 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year via a Black Sea pipeline from Russia into Turkey and ending at the Turkish-Greek border. Generally such MOUs are non-binding.

Enbridge, TransCanada, Kinder Morgan working together to evaluate aerial-based pipeline safety technologies (© 2015, Enbridge Inc.)
Enbridge, TransCanada, Kinder Morgan working together to evaluate aerial-based pipeline safety technologies (© 2015, Enbridge Inc.)

New Research into Aerial Vehicle Technologies to Enhance Pipeline Monitoring

The pipeline infrastructure in Canada and the United States is showing growing signs of wear and tear. In the past few months a series of leaks and explosions from Mississippi to Calgary have led to a number of deaths, damaged property and polluted the local environment.

 Statoil Isolates 150 km Huldra-Heimdal Gas Pipeline (© 2015 T.D. Williamson)
Statoil Isolates 150 km Huldra-Heimdal Gas Pipeline (© 2015 T.D. Williamson)

Statoil Isolates 150 km Huldra-Heimdal Gas Pipeline

As it continues to build up its natural gas infrastructure in the North Sea, Statoil has chosen SmartPlug® isolation technology, by T.D. Williamson (TDW), to safely isolate a 150 km wet gas pipeline from its Huldra platform to the Heimdal Gas Center.

To this end the company has elected to lay a 27 km pipeline from Valmont and tie into the existing Huldra-Heimdal pipeline.

Ever More Natural Gas From the Norwegian Sea Bound for Continental Europe (© 2015 shell)
Ever More Natural Gas From the Norwegian Sea Bound for Continental Europe (© 2015 shell)

Ever More Natural Gas From the Norwegian Sea Bound for Continental Europe

For many years the Cassandras have been crying that North Sea / Norwegian Sea natural gas reserves are running out. While this may be so in the North Sea, increasing volumes of gas are being produced northwards in the Norwegian Sea.

Canadian National Energy Board Launches Online Oil/Gas Pipeline Incident Map (© 2015 NEB)
Canadian National Energy Board Launches Online Oil/Gas Pipeline Incident Map (© 2015 NEB)

Canadian National Energy Board Launches Online Pipeline Incident Map

The National Energy Board (NEB), Canada's pipeline regulator, has announced the development of an online interactive Pipeline Incident Map providing Canadians with the opportunity to view all pipeline incidents occurring in the country since 2008.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Looking to Iran for Added Volumes of Gas (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)
Trans Adriatic Pipeline Looking to Iran for Added Volumes of Gas (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Looking to Iran for Added Volumes of Gas

Coming on the heels on the preliminary agreement between the P5+ 1 and Iran on its nuclear program, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) announced that it is ready to take in new consortium shareholders -- including Iran.

28-foot-long ruptured section of pipeline at laboratory facilities at the NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA (© 2010 NTSB)
28-foot-long ruptured section of pipeline at laboratory facilities at the NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA (© 2010 NTSB)

Record Ruling in 2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion in San Bruno, California

Nearly five years after the fatal explosion leveling neighborhoods in San Bruno, California caused by a natural gas pipeline rupture, Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation has been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to pay a record $1.6 billion in fines and other penalties.

Pemex signs deal with BlackRock and First Reserve (© 2015 Pemex)
Pemex signs deal with BlackRock and First Reserve (© 2015 Pemex)

Mexico Seals a Multibillion Dollar Gas Pipeline Deal

Mexico's state-run oil company, PEMEX, will begin the second phase of a 462 mile gas pipeline from Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon to the State of Guanajuato where a number of maquiladoras and automobile factories will use the natural gas as a clean source of power.

Proposed Atlantic Sunrise Project (© 2015 Williams)
Proposed Atlantic Sunrise Project (© 2015 Williams)

Transco Seeks Natural Gas Pipeline System Expansion

Williams, one of the premier natural gas companies in the United States, announced that it is seeking authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand the 60 percent Williams-owned Transco, the nation's largest volume and fastest growing interstate natural gas pipeline system running over 10,000 miles in length.

 EVRAZ and Enbridge Partnering for Huge Pipeline Surge in Canada(© 2015, Enbridge Inc.)
EVRAZ and Enbridge Partnering for Huge Pipeline Surge in Canada(© 2015, Enbridge Inc.)

EVRAZ and Enbridge Partnering for Huge Pipeline Surge in Canada

EVRAZ, a multinational, vertically - integrated steel making and mining company headquartered in London, has announced that it will invest $200 million in the construction of a large diameter pipe mill, enabling the production of thicker - walled pipe.

The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled  to be completed by the end of August. (© 2014 Lillian Aasheim/Shell)
The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. (© 2014 Lillian Aasheim/Shell)

Statoil Charters New Pipeline Waters in Arctic Project

Statoil has begun laying the first segments of the Polarled 482 km gas pipeline project, which will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna in western Norway.

STATS Group Adds New Products to its Range of Pipeline Isolation Tools (© 2015 STATS Group )
STATS Group Adds New Products to its Range of Pipeline Isolation Tools (© 2015 STATS Group )

STATS Group Adds New Products to its Range of Pipeline Isolation Tools

DNV GL, a leading provider of technical assurance and risk management services to the oil & gas industry, has approved the STATS Group's new Techno Plug and BISEP range of pipeline isolation tools.

Groundbreaking on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)(© 2015, TANAP)
Groundbreaking on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)(© 2015, TANAP)

Groundbreaking on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)

The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) has broken ground. The placement of the first segment of the 1850 km gas pipeline planned from Shah Deniz to Europe was celebrated by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the Selim district of Kars.

TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for Combined Pipeline Receiving Terminal and Onshore Pipeline Construction in Italy (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)
TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for Combined Pipeline Receiving Terminal and Onshore Pipeline Construction in Italy (© 2015 Trans Adriatic Pipeline)

TAP Invites Companies to Pre-Qualify for Combined Pipeline Receiving Terminal and Onshore Pipeline Construction in Italy

Continuing its push forward, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has issued contract notices for companies for pre-qualify for the construction of a Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT) and a the laying of the onshore pipeline in Italy.

Tamar gas field off the shore of Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea  (© 2014 EPA)
Tamar gas field off the shore of Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (© 2014 EPA)

Israel To Export Natural Gas to Egypt in Billion Dollar Deal

In what would have been considered unthinkable just a few years ago, Israel and Egypt have struck a deal whereby Israel will sell at least $1.2 billion of natural gas from Israel’s Mediterranean Tamar field to private industrial customers in Egypt.

Solomon 125MW Simple-Cycle Gas Power Station (© 2015, TransAlta)
Solomon 125MW Simple-Cycle Gas Power Station (© 2015, TransAlta)

TransAlta Builds 270 km Gas Pipeline Down Under

Canadian energy company, TransAlta, has announced the completion of a 270 km, 16 - inch gas pipeline in Western Australia. The project, legally structured as a Build, Own, Operate (BOT) venture between TransAlta and the Australian DBP Development Group, will supply gas for the Solomon gas - fired plants over a 20 - year period. TransAlta holds a 43 percent interest in the undertaking.

Nord Stream Pipeline and the Environment (© 2015, Nord Stream)
Nord Stream Pipeline and the Environment (© 2015, Nord Stream)

Nord Stream Pipeline and the Environment

The Nord Stream AG can boast “only minor and short-term impacts to the environment” caused by the construction of two 1224 km gas pipelines and their current operation in the Baltic. These findings, presented at the Baltic Sea Days in St. Petersburg, suggest the considerable sums totaling over 100 million euros spent on environmental studies and route design have paid off.

Felix Saint-Victor, Principal Engineer - Pipelines & Materials, DNV GL Oil & Gas (© 2015, DNV GL)
Felix Saint-Victor, Principal Engineer - Pipelines & Materials, DNV GL Oil & Gas (© 2015, DNV GL)

DNV GL Announces New Recommended Practices To Maintain Global Pipeline Network

DNV GL, an international certification body with main locations in Germany and Norway, has collaborated with industry to update recommended practices (RPs) for pipeline maintenance. The first for the growing number of corroded pipelines worldwide, and the second for the integrity management of submarine pipelines systems.

Major Caspian oil and natural gas export routes (© 2013 EIA)
Major Caspian oil and natural gas export routes (© 2013 EIA)

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline To Be Revived

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has dusted off 20 year old plans to build a $10 billion, 1735 km transnational Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

Potential project stakeholders, chief among them the Asian Development Bank, have been invited to a May meeting to be held in Kabul where the initial first steps will be discussed.