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Caspian Sea Agreement Injects New Hope in Long Dormant Pipeline Plans for the Region
Caspian Sea Agreement Injects New Hope in Long Dormant Pipeline Plans for the Region

Caspian Sea Agreement Injects New Hope in Long Dormant Pipeline Plans for the Region

After decades of political and legal wrangling the five littoral states to the Caspian Sea have agreed to the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, clarifying maritime borders and granting each state sovereign rights to the sea.

Example for illegal pipeline tapping (copyright: ptc-paper-database)
Example for illegal pipeline tapping (copyright: ptc-paper-database)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law of criminal liability for tappings into pipelines

The respective document is placed on the official legal information resource. The new law augments the article 215.3 (Disabling Oil, Gas and Petroleum Products Pipelines) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with a new clause.

BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies Business (BHGE)
BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies Business (BHGE)

BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies Business

Baker Hughes, a GE company, has broken ground on a new European Customer Solutions Center (CSC) for its Inspection Technologies (IT) business, one of the world's leading providers of non-destructive testing (NDT). The CSC will be housed on IT’s existing Wunstorf, Germany site and will be the flagship CSC for European customers and partners.

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

Transboundary Pipeline Construction Booming Between the United States and Mexico

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

Sabotage of 780-km Oil Pipeline in Columbia Halts Operations

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

Merkel and Putin to meet for talks about Nord Stream 2

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.

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

US tariffs hike expected to hit Kinder Morgan gas pipeline project

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.

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

Nairobi-Mombasa refined products pipeline completed

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.

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

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

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.

TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021
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.

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

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

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

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

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.

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation (Egorov Artem / Shutterstock)
OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation (Egorov Artem / Shutterstock)

OPEC offers Russia closer cooperation

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.

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

Russian issue of Pipeline Technology Journal presented 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? (Zbitnev / Shutterstock)
Does North Korea Now Come Out of the Cold? (Zbitnev / Shutterstock)

Does North Korea Now Come Out of the Cold?

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

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

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

Sweden Greenlights 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.

Russian Edition of Pipeline Technology Journal agreed
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.

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

New Gas Pipelines Planned for Australia

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.

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

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

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.

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

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal

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.