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pipeline bridge (copyright by Adobe Stock/Cardaf)

Some Ups and More Downs in This Year's American Gas Pipeline Market

The natural gas pipeline market in the United States was a hotbed of activity during the first six months of 2020. On the one hand the courts either blocked or delayed long ballyhooed gas pipelines like the Constitution and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. On the other about 5 Bcf/d of natural gas pipeline capacity entered service in the country.

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Flags of India and Nepal (copyright by Adobe Stock/luzitanija)

New Products Pipeline Being Considered Between India and Nepal

A joint Indian-Nepalese working group met earlier this month via online video conferencing to discuss enhanced energy cooperation between the two countries and in particular the construction of another petroleum products pipeline to satisfy growing demand in Nepal. 

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PHMSA logo (copyright by PHMSA)

Over $97 Million in Grants For Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it is awarding over $97 million in grants through its pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.

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Terrorist attack in Syria (copyright by Adobe Stock/Jonathan Stutz)

Syria Believes ISIS Behind Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion

A 1200-km natural gas pipeline carrying the commodity from Egypt into Jordan, Lebanon and ultimately Syria exploded near Damascus early Monday morning causing a near nationwide blackout. The Syrian Oil Minister suspects that this could be a terrorist act.

Sunset on pipeline (Adobe Stock/tomas)
Sunset on pipeline (Adobe Stock/tomas)

When Will Gas Flow Through Bayer's Hazardous Materials' Pipeline?

Opponents of the Bayer company's 67-km pipeline between its Dormagen and Krefeld chemical plants, carrying the highly poisonous and invisible carbon monoxide (CO) gas, have at the Higher Administrative Court in Münster criticized the pipeline approval process conducted in 2009 as including an insufficient number of participants.

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Nigeria oil industry concept on flag (copyright by Adobe Stock/Антон Медведев)

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation's Call to Pipeliners - a Big Opportunity

In a document posted on its website this week, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is asking investors to bid to fix pipelines and depots serving its oil refineries on a finance and operate basis.

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Hydrogen backbone (copyright by Ontras)

Eleven Gas Giants to Move on Bringing Hydrogen to Europe

Last month a group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented a plan for transporting hydrogen throughout Europe.  The group says that existing gas infrastructure within the continent can be modified to ship the hydrogen at an affordable cost.

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Concawe Logo (copyright by Concawe)

European oil pipeline spillage report by Concawe now available online

The latest Concawe report on ‘’Performance of European cross-country oil pipelines - statistical summary of reported spillages in 2018 and since 1971” is now available online.

The key message of the report is that there is no ageing in the pipeline systems due to high-quality supervision and maintenance programs.

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Washington DC Capitol (copyright by Adobe Stock/Stocked House Studio)

Washington, D.C. A New Hotbed of Nord Stream 2 Activity

The fate of the troubled $11 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project could very well be decided over the next several weeks in Washington, D.C., with lobbyists on both sides of the case ramping up their activities.

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The flag of Poland in the sky (copyright by Adobe Stock/FOTOWAWA)

Poland Levies A $57 Million Fine Against Russia's Gazprom

Poland, whose views on European energy security are at odds with Germany and most fellow members of the European Union, has fined Gazprom $57 million for lack of cooperation in its proceedings with regard to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

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Pipeline crosses miles of beautiful, rugged terrain (copyright by Adobe Stock/JT Fisherman)

Expanded Keystone XL Oil Volumes A Boon to TransCanada

President Trump, frustrated with a Supreme Court ruling this month that blocked a key environmental permit, preventing substantial U.S. construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, has approved the existing pipeline in place to ship 29% more Canadian crude into the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast.

Daniel Muthmann (copyright by Open Grid Europe)
Daniel Muthmann (copyright by Open Grid Europe)

Energy from Hydrogen: Daniel Muthmann (OGE) Helps Turn A Dream Into Reality

During the middle of this month eleven European long distance pipeline operators published a concept for the development of a European long distance pipeline network for hydrogen.  In several big steps until 2040 the productions centers in the north and south of Europe will be connected with its main consumption areas.

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Oil refinery industrial plant at night (copyright by Adobe Stock/TTstudio)

$457 Million Premium Paid for Bringing China's Pipeline Network Under One Roof

Facilitating Beijing's drive to consolidate China's vast pipeline infrastructure, the Politburo - the nexus of all political power in China - has created the China Oil & Gas Pipeline Network (PipeChina).  

Workers laid water system pipeline at construction site (copyright by Adobe Stock/kalpis)
Workers laid water system pipeline at construction site (copyright by Adobe Stock/kalpis)

Major Water Pipeline Infrastructure Project to Commence in the UK

As part of a larger plan to link water supplies from Lincolnshire to Essex, the proposed route of the  of the giant 500-km pipeline has been revealed.  Anglian Water, the utility provider, has announced the first phase of the project - a pipeline heading from Waddington, near Lincoln, to Ancaster, between Sleaford and Grantham.

Baker Hughes' Nova LT Hybrid Turbine (copyright by Baker Hughes)
Baker Hughes' Nova LT Hybrid Turbine (copyright by Baker Hughes)

Baker Hughes' Nova LT Hybrid Turbine Creates a New Energy Future

Baker Hughes, global oil field service leader and Snam, Europe's largest gas transport group based in Italy, have successfully completed tests for a “hybrid” turbine, the Nova LT,  that will allow transportation pipelines to carry hydrogen along with natural gas, the Italian gas company said on Monday.

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hydrogen energy storage, wind turbines and photovoltaics (copyright by Adobe Stock/malp)

Hydrogen Being Touted as Fossil Fuel Replacement

Long common knowledge but shunned because of high production, transportation and storage costs, hydrogen (now usually adjoined with the adjective "green") is being viewed with increasing favor on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Gas tanker operation at gas terminal (copyright by Adobe Stock/Kalyakan)

New Transit Pipeline To Be Built in Turkey

Botas, Turkey's state-owned crude oil and natural gas pipelines and trading company, has opened a tender for the construction of a jetty, measuring station and transit pipeline for a new Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) LNG import terminal on the Gulf of Saros in northwest Turkey.

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Landscape in South Caucasus (copyright by Adobe Stock/dmitriygut)

Unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh Matter Threatens to Disrupt Caucasus Pipelines

The long simmering Azerbaijan-Armenian conflict, centering around the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and subject to frequent eruptions over the course of its post Soviet history, has blown once again.  At least four Azeri soldiers were killed and scores wounded, in addition to a number of wounded Armenian soldiers.

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Supreme Court Washington DC USA (copyright by Adobe Stock/steheap)

The End of Keystone XL? Pipeline Projects in the US Take Another Hit

In the wake of judicial decisions effectively shutting down the Atlantic and Dakota Access interstate pipeline projects, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that construction on the infamous Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline cannot begin, thus rejecting a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to jump-start the long-delayed project.

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court gavel on court desk (coypright by Adobe Stock/BillionPhotos.com)

Energy Transfer Ordered To Shut Down Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Energy Transfer's $3.8bn, 1,172-mile underground pipeline carrying oil from North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa and to a shipping point in Illinois and up and running for three years already has been ordered to cease operations by a district court judge until a more thorough environmental assessment review has been made.