New ptj Issue 3-2019
Digitalization in the Pipeline Industry
The new PALIMEX®-880/-855
The two-tape system reliably protects your pipeline – and saves your budget.
Operations & Integrity Management and Compliance in an age of IIOT
Steve Hill >>> Honeywell Process Automation Solutions
New Technologies Drive Operational Performance by Connecting Smart Stations to Distribution Networks
Rossella Mimmi >>> Emerson Automation Solutions
Intelligent Predictive Maintenance in the context of Maintenance 4.0 for Oil & Gas Industry
Dr. Rama Srinivasan Velmurugan >>> GAIL (India)
Digital disruption will occur in Midstream as it is underway in other asset intensive industries
Sam Hemeda >>> Arundo Analytics
The Big Data Revolution: Detecting Pipeline Leaks, Encroachments and more Using Satellites
John Zhou & Caroline Beck >>> Satelytics
Best Practices for Cybersecurity Diagnosis in Industrial Environments
Ernesto Landa >>> Compania Operadora de Gas del Amazonas

Latest News

Transboundary Pipeline Construction Booming Between the United States and Mexico

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (DDCoral / Shutterstock)

A record number of gas pipelines are being built for the surging Mexican power market, the recipient of abundant gas supplies from the Permian Basin across the border in the United States. Indeed the volume of gas exports has tripled in the past ten years. Presently 4.9 billion cu ft per day are exported to Mexico.

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

A bomb attack on the 780-km, 210,000 bpd Cano Limon Covenas oil pipeline in Columbia has forced Ecopetrol SA, the state - run oil company, to suspend operations.

The pipeline has been a target some 60 times this year by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s sole remaining active guerrilla group, and ELN is suspected of this most recent sabotage as well.

Merkel and Putin to meet for talks about Nord Stream 2

Merkel and Putin meet to talk about Baltic Sea Gas Pipeilne (photocosmos1 / Shutterstock).

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin are set to meet each other in Berlin this Saturday for talks about the controversial Baltic Sea Gas Pipeline, Nord Stream 2, which has been the target of raging criticism by US president Donald Trump and his administration. At least this will be one of the topics discussed, since topics like the war in Syria, the annexation of Crimea and the meddling of Russians in US elections are still hot.

US tariffs hike expected to hit Kinder Morgan gas pipeline project

NGPL Right-of-Way in Illinois (Copyright: Kinder Morgan)

US-President Donald Trump announced Friday to double tariffs on steel imported from Turkey to 50%. This could put additional pressure on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Gulf Coast Express Pipeline and dampen prospects for future US natural gas projects. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc., which moves more than a third of the gas consumed in the US, is sourcing 144,000 mt of steel pipe from Turkey, which is nearly half of the required steel. It is planned to be used for Gulf Coast Express. An American company is set to produce 175,000 mt for the mentioned pipeline.

Nairobi-Mombasa refined products pipeline completed

Currently, 700 Trucks Like This One Are On The Roads Between Nairobi And Mombasa. The New Pipeline Makes Them Obsolete ( Philou1000 / Shutterstock)

State-run Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) announced the finalization of a refined products pipeline linking Kenya’s capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa. The 450 km pipeline projects reduces the local traffic, commuting daily between these two cities, by almost 700 oil tanker trucks per day. Furthermore, the pipeline also enhances the reliability of fuel supply to the neighboring export markets of Uganda, Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

TransCanada has awarded Spiecapag and Macro Pipelines to build two sections for the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline project in Canada

A pipeline welder works on an extension of the NGTL System, in Northern Alberta, Canada (Copyright: TransCanada)

Canadian energy infrastructure operator TransCanada Corporation has awarded a contract to a joint venture made up of Spiecapag Canada Corp, a VINCI subsidiary and operational leader, and Macro Pipelines Inc. to build two sections of gas pipeline in the province of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The C$900 million (about €585 million) contract includes the construction of more than 166 kilometres of gas pipeline as part of the 670 km Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The contract amount is split, with 60% going to Spiecapag and 40% to Macro Pipelines Inc.

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

The joint, nationwide market area to be established in Germany will presumably start operations on 1 October 2021. This is the date the German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have agreed with the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the national regulatory authority. The TSOs believe that the planned timing, which coincides with the start of the gas year, is the most convenient solution for market participants from an operational perspective.

President Trump's Tariffs on Imported Steel Complicating U.S. Pipeline Construction

President Trump's Tariffs on Imported Steel Complicating U.S. Pipeline Construction (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)

The Trump administration's decision to unilaterally impose import tariffs on steel has not been well received by American pipeline companies. Across the board there have been nearly 21,000 requests for exclusions submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce. 500 such petitions involve steel or steel-related products.

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)

The Trump administration, seeking to justify its fascination with coal, a product that is increasingly out of favor with most other industrialized countries worldwide, is arguing that gas pipelines are too vulnerable to hacking, threatening American energy security. Therefore, the United States, it is argued, need more coal in the energy mix. Why a hacker intending to disrupt energy security in the United States could not also hack into a coal-fired plant was not addressed by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

GE plans to split from Baker Hughes

GE plans to split from Baker Hughes

Despite the fact that Baker Hughes just recently joined the General Electric group, the financially struggling American company publicly announced its intention to separate from Baker Hughes in the next two or three years.

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation (Egorov Artem / Shutterstock)

The Organization of Oil-producing Countries (OPEC) tries to convince Russia to a closer cooperation. For this reason, Saudi Arabia proposed granting Russia observer status. A Russian representative confirmed the offer to the press: "This option exists and is under consideration. We are currently studying this question carefully," said the confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

NDT Global Appoints President

Richard Matthews - NDT Global President

NDT Global, supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection robotics and integrity services solutions, today announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Matthews as the President of NDT Global.

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and most recently held the position of Operations Director for PIMS of London, Mr. Matthews' appointment supports NDT Global's product strategy and continued growth in developing service solutions to meet the future needs of the industry.

Russian issue of Pipeline Technology Journal presented at MIOGE 2018

The Russian issue of Pipeline Technology Journal was presented to numerous pipeline companies like ROSEN at MIOGE 2018

The project of the Russian edition of the Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj) published by EITEP (Hanover) was presented in Moscow during the MOIGE International Oil and Gas Exhibition.

Does North Korea Now Come Out of the Cold?

Does North Korea Now Come Out of the Cold? (Zbitnev / Shutterstock)

One of the more conspicuous developments since American President Donald Trump met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un earlier this month in Singapore has nothing to do with denuclearization but with the potential construction of a gas pipeline through North Korea and into the South. Discussions have begun to this end with Gazprom, which would deliver the gas and help in constructing the pipeline.

$800 billion energy infrastructure investment over the next 18 years in the US and Canada

$800 billion energy infrastructure investment over the next 18 years in the US and Canada (tcly / Shutterstock)

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has issued an updated 2016 infrastructure report which depicts the massive changes in store for energy infrastructure in the United States and Canada. INGAA Foundation President Don Santa says "while we are now in the midst of a remarkable expansion of the pipeline network ... there will remain a need for new pipeline infrastructure.

Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2

Sweden Greenlights Nord Stream 2 (Copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 took another step towards development when Sweden gave its permission to build a gas pipeline in the economic zone of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Actual preparatory work is expected to begin in the coming months, including pre-lay rock berms and concrete mattresses for cable crossings. “Our judgement was that we were not able to say no,” Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, told reporters.

Russian Edition of Pipeline Technology Journal agreed

Russian Edition of Pipeline Technology Journal agreed

The international publishers EITEP (based in Germany) and Radiofront (based in Russia) have agreed to implement a Russian-speaking edition of the globally recognized Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj). Both companies are committed to meet the high demand for top-class pipeline technology case-studies, technical articles and current international industry news in Russia. The new Russian edition (“ptj-Вестник трубопроводных технологий”) will be available in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia (Nils Versemann / Shutterstock)

Australia is embarking on a major $140 million infrastructure project, building a gas processing facility and a 60-km pipeline for the growing domestic market. It will connect Senex’s Atlas gas field in the Surat Basin in south-east Queensland to Jemena’s existing Darling Downs pipeline and Australia’s largest single gas hub – the Wallumbilla gas hub. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Mega investment: China plans a $78 billion state owned natural gas company

Mega-investment: China plans a $78 billion state owned natural gas company (chuyuss / Shutterstock)

China is seeking to revise ownership of its huge gas pipeline network due to the fact that more and more private and industrial customers convert from coal to gas.

For several years China has been investigating the merger of the oil and gas pipeline assets of three of its state energy giants: China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)

Constructing a transboundary pipeline was never an easy proposition. Nord Stream 1 met serious objections from the Baltic States and Sweden before finally reaching a consensus and eventual construction. Nord Stream 2 will have an even greater challenge in getting all parties to agree before the first pipes are actually laid.

U.S. Industry Associations Strongly Oppose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on America’s Trade Partners

U.S. Close to Imposing Sanctions on EU Firms Involved in Russian Nord Stream 2 Project

U.S. Close to Imposing Sanctions on EU Firms Involved in Russian Nord Stream 2 Project (Tomas Stehlik / Shutterstock)

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which shall deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to the EU every year, has already been approved by Germany, Finland and also by Sweden. However, the United States assumes that the Project will increase Europe's dependence on Russian oil & gas, leading to an increased energy dependency and thus to a severe political disadvantage for the EU and its allies.

Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests

Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests (Tim Reckmann /

Gerhard Schroeder, the former Chancellor of Germany and current Chairman of the Board of Nord Stream 1 and 2, assailed the United States for seeking to stymie the development of Nord Stream 2.


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