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Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline (copyright by Gazprom)
Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline (copyright by Gazprom)

Bulgaria the venue for the next stage of the Turkstream natural gas pipeline

Saudi-led Arkad-ABB as well as an international consortium comprising Bonatti, Max Streicher and TNK are vying for final selection in Bulgartransgaz's 474-km natural gas pipeline project which would link Bulgaria to Turkey on its southern border and with Serbia on its western border. A third group led by MOL in Hungary did not meet the project requirements and will no longer be considered.

Texas Oil Production Plummeted in January
Texas Oil Production Plummeted in January

Texas Oil Production Plummeted in January

Texas oil production dropped in January by 90,000 barrels of oil per day. The decline has been attributed to explorers drilling significantly less after crude oil prices collapsed at the beginning of the year as well as a dearth of pipeline capacity from the Permian Basin of West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

 The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a plenary session (Photo by Diliff, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)
The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a plenary session (Photo by Diliff, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law.

Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC (Copyright Saudi Aramco)
Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC (Copyright Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco signs share purchase agreement to acquire 70% majority stake in SABIC

Saudi Aramco announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire a 70% majority stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, in a private transaction for SAR 259.125 billion (or SAR 123.39 per share), which is equivalent to USD $69.1 billion.

Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)
Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

Trump Overrides Environmental Concerns and Gives Keystone XL a Green Light

President Trump has issued a presidential edict to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border” at Phillips County, Montana, “for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.” The edict thus provides TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company, a significant boost as it considers its final investment decision on the $8 billion project.

Members of ROSEN South America (northern region) project team: Jonnathan Perez (Sales Manager), Kathy Diaz (HSE Coordinator), Leonardo Mendoza (Director of Business Execution) and Carlos Cruz (Project Manager).
Members of ROSEN South America (northern region) project team: Jonnathan Perez (Sales Manager), Kathy Diaz (HSE Coordinator), Leonardo Mendoza (Director of Business Execution) and Carlos Cruz (Project Manager).

ROSEN Group Recognized by Ocensa With a Transformation and Innovation Prize

OCENSA, a large oil transportation company in Colombia, awarded the ROSEN Group with a prize in the category Transformation and Innovation.

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved (Copyright: Philip Wilson)
ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved (Copyright: Philip Wilson)

ptc 2019 Successfully Completed - New Record Numbers Achieved

Europe's leading pipeline event, the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), has been held successfully from 18 to 21 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The organizer announced that 750 participants from 54 different nations, delegations from almost 80 different pipeline operators as well as 78 exhibitors have joined and contributed to the event.

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe (Copyright: Mission of Isreal to the EU and NATO)
Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe (Copyright: Mission of Isreal to the EU and NATO)

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe

Israel wants to strengthen its alliance with Cyprus and Greece with a natural gas project in the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria
Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

Pipeline Transport Institute Completes Field Stage of Inspection of Hydrocarbon Storage Farm’s Earthing System in Algeria

The Pipeline Transport Institute has completed field activities for inspection of the lightning protection and earthing system at the Béjaïa (Béjaïa, Algeria) regional logistic centre’s loading terminal’s hydrocarbon storage farm of Sonatrach.

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

On the Bratsva Pipeline through the Ukraine: Russia Says What Europe Wants To Hear

In what could be seen as a sop to placate nervous European and American powers over the future shipment of Russian gas through Nord Stream 2 to Germany, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow is amenable to further shipments of gas via the existing Bratsva and Soyuz pipeline systems, providing certain conditions are met.

The interior of the United States Supreme Court (Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0)
The interior of the United States Supreme Court (Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0)

Stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline Seeks Redress at the US Supreme Court

Dominion Energy will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a lower court ruling maintaining that U.S. Forest Service did not have the authority to authorize the 974-km Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from crossing a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

ILF Consulting Engineers ranked #6 as Top International Design Firm for Pipelines
ILF Consulting Engineers ranked #6 as Top International Design Firm for Pipelines

ILF Consulting Engineers ranked #6 as Top International Design Firm for Pipelines

In 2018 the ENR global sourcebook published its 77th ranking for top international design firms. Once more, ILF Consulting Engineers was able to secure its position as a Top International Design Firm for Pipelines. By being ranked #6 in 2018, ILF was furthermore able to improve its position, compared to rank #10 in 2016.

(Shutter Stock / Mirko Kuzmanovic)
(Shutter Stock / Mirko Kuzmanovic)

China announces plan to form national oil & gas pipeline company.

The highly anticipated reform of the chinese oil and gas industry is now official according to the country's state planner. The creation of the new company was released as part of the National Development & Reform Commission's report during the last National People's Congress meeting.

Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin (Copyright: TANAP)
Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin (Copyright: TANAP)

Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, TANAP: "Eurasian Pipeline Forum: Linking East and West" at ptc 2019 in Berlin

There is a long tradition of energy cooperation between Europe and Asia. For decades, Russia for example has been a reliable partner for the supply of crude oil and natural gas. A number of other initiatives are currently being developed, involving Russia, Central Asia and Turkey.

https://www.hydrocarbons-technology.com/news/adnoc-signs-4bn-pipeline-infrastructure-deal-with-kkr-and-blackrock (Copyright: ADNOC)
https://www.hydrocarbons-technology.com/news/adnoc-signs-4bn-pipeline-infrastructure-deal-with-kkr-and-blackrock (Copyright: ADNOC)

ADNOC, KKR and BlackRocK sign US$4 billion pipeline infrastructure deal

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a US$4 bn midstream pipeline infrastructure partnership agreement with US-based institutional investors KKR and BlackRock. ADNOC is expanding through strategic partnerships since 2017. With the contract a newly formed entity known as Adnoc Oil Pipelines will lease ADNOC’s interest in 18 pipelines for a 23-year period.

Metegrity’s Pipeline Enterprise Software Captures Digital Data, Accelerates Production on North America’s Largest Pipeline Project
Metegrity’s Pipeline Enterprise Software Captures Digital Data, Accelerates Production on North America’s Largest Pipeline Project

Metegrity’s Pipeline Enterprise Software Captures Digital Data, Accelerates Production on North America’s Largest Pipeline Project

Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia
Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia

Southeast Europe' s international gas conference and exhibition will be held in May in Opatija, Croatia

Croatian Gas Center Ltd. and Croatian Gas Association, member of the International Gas Union (IGU) are announcing the 34th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals, which will be held from 8th to 10th of May, 2019 in the Congress Centre of the Grand Hotel Adriatic, in Opatija, Croatia.

Evo Eclipse – Next Generation Cracking Technology
Evo Eclipse – Next Generation Cracking Technology

NDT Global Announces Two Major Advances In Pipeline Inspection Technology

NDT Global, a supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and integrity services, announced two major advances in pipeline crack inspection technology.

Enhanced Sizing methodology can size cracks to 100% wall thickness.

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

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline Set To Boost Regional Economic Growth

Uganda and Tanzania are making great headway in the development of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (also known by its acronym EACOP), a 1,445-km long underground crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania costing approximately $3.5 billion.

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)
Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Set Back Indefinitely

Legal environmental challenges have delayed the construction of Dominion Energy's $7.5 billion, 1000-km natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would run from West Virginia into southern Virginia, moving 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. And there are new plans -- assuming the court rules to proceed -- to expand it south into North Carolina.

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law
SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas, a utility providing natural gas for home heating and other uses to nearly 22 million people across Southern and Central California with a checkered safety history in the state, is under scrutiny for a 2017 explosion caused by a gas leak, which affected a residential neighborhood in Ontario and caused “severe damages to nearby garages and injury to one person.”

Wind Point Partners Acquires and Combines Clock Spring and Neptune Research

Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, announced today it has entered into definitive agreements to simultaneously acquire and merge Clock Spring and Neptune Research, two providers of high-performance repair and rehabilitation products for global critical infrastructure. The combined business will be named ClockSpring|NRI.