New ptj Issue 1-2019
Inline Inspection / Integrity Management
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Quality control in the passive corrosion protection – the coating inspector
Thomas Löffler >>> DENSO Andre Graßmann, Hilmar Jansen >>> Open Grid Europe
The key of safety and reliable operation is the pipeline integrity. Main elements and importance of pipeline integrity
Ferenc Peterfalvi >>> MOL
Predicting the future - applying corrosion growth rates from in-line inspections
Jane Dawson >>> Baker Hughes, a GE company
Improving Pipeline Scraping Operation – A systematic Approach and Case Study
Husain Al-Muslim, Mousa Al-Harbi >>> Saudi Aramco

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Latest News

Iran on the Verge on Building Transboundary Gas Pipeline to Oman / India

Iran on the Verge on Building Transboundary Gas Pipeline to Oman / India (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

Off and on over the past ten years Iran has discussed building a transboundary pipeline via Pakistan to supply India with natural gas. Since then a subsea line has gained favor with the project's principal stakeholders.

Building the pipeline underwater would allow India to go around Pakistan, India's arch enemy. Similarly Iran's perceived Emirati enemies can also be avoided by constructing the pipeline beyond their territorial waters. Geopolitics at its best.

New Environmental Ruling With Broad Implications for the US Pipeline Industry

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (CC BY-SA 3.0 / AgnosticPreachersKid)

This week the United States witnessed a sea change in the policy of the US government toward pipeline construction.

Indeed, President Trump's program to rebuild America's infrastructure suffered a big blow when a federal court ruled that regulators must examine the pipeline's impact on global climate change before granting approval.

Sniffing out success: Leak Detection with The Sniffers’ dogs at Raffinerie Heide

The Sniffers is an independent service provider which identifies current and expectable leaks in pipelines and installations in the oil and gas industry. They provide advice on how to reduce emissions, energy losses and maintain pipeline network integrity in the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Sound Energy receives Morocco gas-line funding proposal

Sound Energy receives Morocco gas-line funding proposal (Copyright by Sound Energy)

Sound Energy, a European and African focused upstream gas company, obtained a non-bonding funding proposal of up to US$100 million for its eastern Morocco gas project. The proposal has been made by the Advisory & Finance Group Investment Bank (AFG) on behalf of a range of institutions, including shareholders of OGIF (Oil & Gas Investment Fund).

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations in Texas after Hurrican Harvey (michelmond / Shutterstock)

The U.S. Gulf Coast is recovering slowly from the damage done by Hurricane Harvey. On Monday, a key segment of the American fuel system will restart operations after devastating rains caused heavy damage to infrastructures in all of Texas.

Due to the storm, almost a quarter of U.S. refining capacity had to be shut down according to officials, which led to a rise in fuel prices in the country.

New European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) to receive it's first pipes

New European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) to receive it's first pipes ( © 2017 GASCADE Gastransport GmbH)

The preparations for the construction of the European gas pipeline link EUGAL are making progress. From Friday, 1 September 2017, the first pipes will be delivered to several pipe storage points until construction of EUGAL starts in mid-2018. The storage points are located along the planned route, which will require a total of 47,000 pipes to be completed. The pipes will be transported by train to eastern Germany and then distributed by truck from railway stations in Lubmin, Drögeheide and Prenzlau to nearby storage points.

Uganda Marks the Development of Feeder Pipelines to the Refinery in Hoima

Foundation Stone Laid for Ugandan - Tanzanian Crude Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)

The Ugandan government has set up a resettlement planning committee for persons affected by the country's burgeoning oil patch in Buliisa. The work, which will include a Central Processing Facility (CPF), construction camps, accommodation facilities, a workshop and feeder pipelines. is a prelude to full - scale oil production in 2020. Thus far Uganda has discovered 6.5 billion barrels of oil in 40 % of the explored area in the Albertine graben.

Saipem Secures Substantial Contract Constructing Feed Pipelines in Kuwait

The Al-Zour Oil Refinery will be Kuwaits fourth Refinery (Orapin Joyphuem / Shutterstock)

Saipem, one of the leading companies in the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of pipelines worldwide, has won a $850 million contract to complete the feed pipelines of the New Refinery Project in Al-Zour south of Kuwait.

The contract has been awarded by the Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC), a subsidiary of the Gulf country’s national oil company, the Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC).

ROSEN Group's EMAT Inspection Tools Certified for Europe by TÜV Systems Nord

ROSEN Group's EMAT Inspection Tools Certified For Europe By TÜV Systems Nord

TÜV Systems Nord has certified ROSEN Groups EMAT Inspection tools, which are used for crack detection in gas lines. Early detection of potential cracks in gas pipelines is an important factor in ensuring their safe operation. Already in 2010, ROSEN had developed the EMAT technology to an operational stage.

Kuwait battles oil spill in the Persian Gulf

Kuwait battles oil spill in the Persian Gulf (Phonix_a Pk.sarote / Shutterstock)

The northern Persian Gulf has been hit with a series of major oil spills, affecting Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with an estimated 35,000 barrels of crude in the first incident and an undetermined amount in the second, which followed two days later.. Already the beaches of Ras Al Zour, where Kuwait is building a massive US$30 billion (Dh110.2bn) oil complex that includes a 615,000-barrel-per-day refinery, are being tarred, and residents are being asked to stay away for the contaminated shoreline and waters.

To Build or Not To Build? Keystone XL Struggling With Its Future

To Build or Not To Build?  Keystone XL Struggling With Its Future (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

It does not appear that the pro and anti Keystone XL pipeline forces will bridge their differences anytime in the near future.

Trans Canada, the corporation seeking to develop the 1897-km, 36 inch, $8 billion pipeline is confident that it is in the best interests of the United States, as the pipeline will create thousands of construction jobs and lead to America's energy independence.

$700 million Gas Pipeline Project Set Back in Nigeria

$700 million Gas Pipeline Project Set Back in Nigeria (Peter Hermes Furian / Shutterstock)

Seasonal rains, security threats and overall contractor incompetence has delayed the completion of the 123-km, 48 inch East-West Gas Pipeline in Nigeria. 31 July 2017 had been the start-up goal of the project.

The pipeline will bring natural gas from the resource - rich eastern Niger Delta to the western Niger Delta, where energy demand is high due to a plethora of new industrial customers and power plants.

Environmental Concerns Stymie Further Development of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline in British Columbia

Environmental Concerns Stymie Further Development of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline in British Columbia (Stasivanovv / Shutterstock)

The extension of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline to Vancouver's harbor has been indefinitely suspended pending a review of other transportation options.

This pits the local provincial government in Vancouver against the federal government in Ottawa, which has up to now championed the approximately 890-km pipeline from a small community near Edmonton to Vancouver. Kinder Morgan hopes to triple its bitumen-carrying capacity to 890,000 barrels a day

Uncertainty about additional gas transportation capacities in Mexico

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the latest auction for natural gas transportation capacity by system operator CENAGAS (Diego Grandi / Shutterstock)

In light of a deficient pipeline transportation infrastructure and of power plants that struggle to come online, not a single bid to participate in the current round has been received by CENAGAS in Mexico. The state has thus called the auction null and void.

The round offered 2.1 billion cubic feet (bcf), or 60 million cubic metres/day, of pipeline capacity belonging to CFE International - the US-based fuels trading arm of Mexico’s state power utility CFE - in five different pipelines linking gas hubs in the southern US to the border.

$2 billion Gas Pipeline Coming to Texas

$2 billion Gas Pipeline Coming to Texas (Sega_K / Shutterstock)

Permico Energia said this week in Houston that it will build a 820 km natural gas pipeline beginning next year that would connect with the Permian Basin in western Texas.

Part of the project will include a fractionator plant to separate the natural gas into ethane, propane and butane. Once complete the plant is expected to employ up to 100 people including field workers, project managers,executives. The plant will also include a 563 km pipeline system that will transport product to other Texas Gulf Coast industrial markets, including the Mont Belvieu area near Houston.

Shell To Replace Faulty Oil Pipeline in California

Shell To Replace Faulty Oil Pipeline in California (Radoslaw Lecyk / Shutterstock)

Shell Oil company is complying with California State Regulator's recommendation to replace 19 km of the 285 km long San Pablo Bay pipeline after two spills contaminated grasslands close to San Francisco with 60,000 gallons of heavy crude oil.

Investigators found both were caused by “fatigue cracks” that grew as pressure on the underground line fluctuated to deal with different grades of oil, according to documents obtained by KQED, a local television news network.

Foundation Stone Laid for Ugandan - Tanzanian Crude Export Pipeline

Foundation Stone Laid for Ugandan - Tanzanian Crude Export Pipeline (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)

At 1445 km the "longest electrically heated crude oil pipeline in the world," the principal stakeholders in the $3.5 billion Ugandan - Tanzanian crude export pipeline are anxious to begin the project.

Set for completion in 2020, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said "we don't need to delay the project for almost three years. They can do it even day and night to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible".

LNG from the US reached Great Britain for the first time

The LNG Carrier GALEA (Wmeinhart/CC-BY-SA-3.0)

US produced shale gas reached British homes and power plants for the first time ever. Last week, the UK took a delivery from America with liquefied natural gas as the LNG Carrier GALEA arrived at the Isle of Grain port in Kent, 60 kilometer east of London. The Isle of Grain-Terminal has got a capacity of one million cubic meters of LNG, making it Europe's largest installation of that kind.

Nigeria Looking for Britain to Invest in its Energy Sector

Nigeria Looking for Britain to Invest in its Energy Sector (Peter Hermes Furian / Shutterstock)

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has told the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that his government would invest substantial sums to upgrade Nigeria's pipeline network, renewable energy facilities and gas and power infrastructure.

He added that there are many interested parties in the UK but the administrative process of obtaining a visa to travel to Nigeria was putting a lot of potential investors off.

The NNPC noted that there was a $10 billion investment deficit in the Nigerian energy sector.

Another Pipeline Project in North Dakota Seeks to Avoid the Mistakes of Dakota Access

Another Pipeline Project in North Dakota Seeks to Avoid the Mistakes of Dakota Access (Dmitrijs Kaminskis / Shutterstock)

Cenex Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of the global agribusiness CHS company, has submitted a proposal to the state Public Service Commission in North Dakota to build a major pipeline across the state and into Montana. The 290 km, 10 inch pipeline would transport refined petroleum products - gasoline and diesel - across three rivers in North Dakota and one major one, the Missouri, in Montana.

Proposed Rover Pipeline Miscues Delay Operating Launch

Proposed Rover Pipeline Miscues Delay Operating Launch (boroda / Shutterstock)

The 42 inch, 1147-km, $4.2 billion Rover Interstate Gas Pipeline Project, the biggest natural gas pipeline under construction in the United States, has been set back indefinitely by environmental mishaps.

The release of 2 million gallons of drilling slurry near the Tuscarawas River in Ohio — as well as what Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials term “several misstatements” about the developer’s work, has cast doubt on whether or not the pipeline will be completed according to schedule.

US Sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Now Is the Time for Europe to Act

US Capitol east front, by Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

This week the House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting overwhelmingly to impose broad sanctions on Russia for behavior deemed unacceptable to the United States, particularly the alleged cyber hacking of the US election. The bill targets, among other things, any company that contributes to the renovation or construction of Russia's export pipelines, and Nord Stream 2 is specifically judged to have detrimental impacts on the European Union's energy security and energy reforms in the Ukraine.

Contested Sabal Trail Pipeline now operational

Contested Sabal Trail Pipeline now operational (copyright: Spectra Energy)

After four years of pitched battle with homeowners and environmental groups opposed to the construction of a 829 km, 36 inch gas pipeline from central Alabama through southwest Georgia to Orange County, Florida, the Sabal Trail pipeline system has been placed in commercial operation.

Spectra Energy Partners, NextEra Energy and Duke Energy will jointly operate the pipeline system.

Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) to 77 percent finished

Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline to 77 percent finished (Copyright at TANAP)

The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline's (TANAP) is 77 percent finished and is set for final completion in 2018, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the beginning of the week.

During the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, Aliyev stated that projects such as the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tblisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline and TANAP contribute to not only regional but also the global energy map.

Nuns build open-air chapel to protest natural gas pipeline

A simple outdoor chapel like this one in California can cause problems for pipeline operators (LunaseeStudios / Shutterstock)

There is more than just one way to protest and delay a pipeline. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a group of Catholic nuns is fighting against a natural gas pipeline that would run beneath land they own in a unique way by setting up an open-air chapel for people to visit.

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