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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.

NDT Global Canada - no time loss in 25 years

NDT Global Employees at Work

It has been a landmark year for NDT Global's Canadian operation. This year saw the company successfully achieve 25 years without a loss time incident, an important factor in pipeline integrity management programs.

The opening of the Petroleum Industry Training Service (PITS) in 1988, close to the location of the company's previous facility, played a significant role in the 25-year landmark. This provided 42 recommendations to the oil and gas industry and mandated worker safety training through the guiding principles.

Another Pipeline in the Baltic Region Heats Up the European Gas Market

Another Pipeline in the Baltic Region Heats Up the European Gas Market (Elvis Antson / Shutterstock)

The number of aspirants looking to supply continental Europe with gas grew again this week, with the Finnish government endorsing the 152-km bi-directional Balticconnector undersea gas pipeline project (22-km section in Finland, 80-km section on the floor of the Gulf of Finland, 50-km section in Estonia).

The capacity of pipeline will be 2 billion cubic metres per annum (71 billion cubic feet per annum). And it would cost €250 million, of which 187.5 million is financed by the European Commission. The Balticconnector is scheduled to be operational by 2020.

Qatar Will Not Disrupt Gas Deliveries to the UAE and Oman

LNG tanker sails on a cruise to Qatar (photowrzesien / Shutterstock)

The boss of Qatar Petroleum said this week that, despite the efforts of its Arab neighbors in the Gulf to diplomatically isolate the country, Qatar would not seek to cut gas deliveries through the 364-km Dolphin gas pipeline to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Qatar Petroleum Boss Saad al-Kaabi said we look upon the people of the UAE as our "brothers" and cutting supplies would do "great harm" to them.

The Dolphin pipeline links Qatar's giant North Field with the UAE and Oman and presently transports 2 billion cu ft of gas per day to these countries.

Will Nord Stream 2 Survive the Current Impasse?

Will Nordstream 2 Survive the Current Impasse?

On the one hand the project looks like a win win. On the other one sees yet another trans-boundary pipeline embroiled in great controversy: Nordstream 2 is a twin 1200-km pipeline system proposed to run on the floor of the Baltic Sea and costing over 11 billion euros when completed. Yet once in operation the existing Bratsvo Pipeline System in place in the Ukraine since Soviet times becomes redundant.

Father and Son Accused in Theft of over $1 Million Worth of Fuel from Pipelines in UK

A bold gang set up a makeshift refinery in the grounds of Boris Johnson’s ministerial Chevening estate in order to steal hydrocarbon fuel from a network of underground pipes. Petrol, diesel and aviation fuel was also stolen from pipelines across Essex, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, and Cheshire over a 17-month period.

When police raided the site a few years ago, they found metal shipping containers, 1,000-litre empty plastic containers and a hose running from a fuel pipeline into a truck trailer.

Transport and Distribution of Gas, Oil and Water as Preconditions for Successful Industrial Development in Africa & the MENA Region

Transport and Distribution of Gas, Oil and Water as Preconditions for Successful Industrial Development in Africa & the MENA Region

Forced industrialization in the whole region has led to high demand for investment, in particular in the energy and water supply sectors. Realization of the projects require a lot of know-how and appropriate technologies. This presents a wealth of opportunities for European and international businesses to engage with the region and to create long-term partnerships.

Whither Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline in British Columbia ?

Whither Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline in British Columbia (Keith Levit / Shutterstock)

Ottawa has long championed the construction of trans-province pipelines to transport the nation's petroleum wealth to the coast and ultimately foreign markets in Asia. Yet environmental opposition to Trans Mountain and other crude oil pipelines in the western province of British Columbia is so vast it threatens the very viability of these projects in the country.

Ugandan-Tanzanian Framework Agreement Signed for 1,445 km Pipeline Construction

Ugandan-Tanzanian Framework Agreement Signed for 1,445 km Pipeline Construction (Shutterstock / Andrea Danti)

The governments of Tanzania and Uganda have signed a framework agreement governing the construction of a $3.55 bn,1445-km, 24 inch diameter crude oil pipeline from landlocked Uganda to the blue water Tanzanian port of Tanga.

The pipeline would transport to market recoverable Ugandan reserves estimated between 1.4 - 1.7 bn barrels.

Oil and Gas Prices Remain Stable as Diplomatic Relations Fray between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Oil and Gas Prices Remain Stable as Diplomatic Relations Fray between Iran and Saudi Arabia (Wikipedia / TUBS)

The Saudi - led group of countries severing diplomatic relations with Qatar today will have no significant impact on the price of oil, according to Alastair Newton, of Alavan Business Advisory in Livingstone, Zambia.

Newton said there is a large surplus on the supply side relative to the demand side and that this will continue to exert downward pressure on the price.

Toxic Waste Water Pipeline Bursts in Palatka, Florida

Toxic Waste Water Pipeline Bursts in Palatka, Florida (Arkyan / Wikipedia)

Some 3000 gallons of toxic waste water was released in Palatka, Florida after a power plant's above-ground dwaste water pipeline burst.

Environmental officials were able to contain the spill near the Seminole Electric Cooperative Plant and no damage was registered in the area.

Northern Gas Pipeline To Be Built In Australia After Repeated Delays

Northern Gas Pipeline To Be Built In Australia After Repeated Delays (Shutterstock / sevenMaps7)

Construction on the 622-km, $800 million Northern Gas pipeline from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa is due to begin in July after months of uncertainty concerning land access.

Kiev: Dramatic Water Pipe Burst Captured by Camera

Water Pipe Explosion in Kiev, Ukraine

Have you ever wondered what a pipe burst looks like? Street cameras in the captial city of Ukraine, Kiev, captured such an event that can give you an dramatic impression.

Local security camera captured the exact moment an underground water pipe exploded. Before bursting, the ground shakes and rises, sending earth and debris flying in all directions. A stream of muddy water flows down the street in the aftermath. Luckily, no casualties or injuries were reported, just damages to properties.

It is unclear what caused the explosion.

Ensuring Nord Stream 2 is Free of Remaining World War II Explosives

Ensuring Nord Stream 2 is Free of Remaining World War II Explosives (santoelia / shutterstock)

M² Subsea, an Aberdeenshire, Scotland subsea business has won a contract worth more than £1m to remove explosives from around the extension, Nord Stream 2, of world's longest offshore pipeline.

Next Geosolutions, an independent geoscience and engineering service provider, has awarded the contract and the company will oversee all work by M² Subsea pertaining to UXO removal, most of which have remained buried near the Baltic Sea floor since the end of WW II.

Contaminated water pipeline scare in Tamil Nadu, India

City of Jawahar Nagar, where a contaminated water pipeline is causing problems (Alexander Mazurkevich / Shutterstock)

Jawahar Nagar, a metropolitan city in Tamil Nadu in southern India, averted a significant health crisis this past week when residents were notified that water from compacted sewer lines had entered a drinking water pipeline. The timely response remedied the situation.

Executive Engineer Keshav Shrivastav said the "problem was identified in time and people were asked to drain water immediately." The pipeline was cleaned and the usual water supply remained uninterrupted by late afternoon.

MMT Sweden Secures Major Pipeline Inspection Contract from Nord Stream AG

 MMT Sweden Secures Major Pipeline Inspection Contract from Nord Stream AG (Copyright by MMT)

MMT Sweden, a marine survey company engaged around the world, has been awarded a three year contract by Nord Stream AG to inspect both lines of the Nord Stream Pipeline running along the floor of the Baltic Sea.

The external inspection of the pipeline will be executed by the joint venture between MMT Sweden and Reach Subsea.

Turkish Stream May Seal the Fate of the Trans Caspian Pipeline

Turkish Stream May Seal the Fate of the Trans Caspian Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)

An expert Central Asian analyst at the British University of Glasgow contends that the construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline will diminish the prospects of the Trans-Caspian pipeline.

The analyst, Luca Aneschi, told Trend magazine that “any progress on Turkish Stream would modify the structure of the demand for Caspian gas, making the Trans-Caspian pipeline even more irrelevant."

Pipeline operators from all over the world learned about the newest developments in the field at the 12th Pipeline Technology Conference

Pipeline Technology Conference 2017 Exhibition (© 2017 Frank Nürnberger)

From the 2nd to the 4th of May, representatives of the international gas, oil, water, and product pipeline sectors met in Berlin at the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), the largest event for the industry in Europe.

Ptc Job & Career Market successfully launched

Ptc Job & Career Market successfully launched

The Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) has successfully launched a new offer during this year's event. Under the brand ptc Job & Career Market, the Pipeline Technology Conference now supports companies from the pipeline industry to promote their job vacancies within the community. The offer is also aimed at job seekers who would like to inform themselfes about interesting jobs in the industry.

Fatal Pipeline Explosion in Colorado Reveals Widespread Pipeline Safety Issues in the State

Fatal Pipeline Explosion in Colorado Reveals Widespread Pipeline Safety Issues in the State (Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)

Last month a leak from a pipeline triggered an explosion in Firestone, Colorado killing two people.

The pipeline, called a flow line, is one of thousands in the state installed to carry oil and gas from 54,000 oil and gas wells to storage tanks or other collection points. And with calls for greater monitoring of pipelines that could very well be spouting leaks throughout the state, it has been disclosed that Colorado has only 3 persons assigned to check on the safety of this critical infrastructure.

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