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COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge
COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

COMMENT: We must answer the call for a solution to the illegal tapping challenge

The tragic incident in Mexico makes it clear that pipeline tapping is becoming an increasing problem. A problem that not only costs human lives and causes enormous material damage, but also a problem that undermines public confidence in the pipeline transport systems and their operators.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.
COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a rising problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fight it.

COMMENT: Illegal tapping of pipelines is a problem not only in Mexico. Together we can fix it

The recent accident in Mexico is a source of great disappointment and sadness among all of us in the international pipeline community. The illegal tapping problem has been growing uncontrollably for the last 15 years throughout the world. Some countries recognize this, whereas others do not.

Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division
Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division

Crondall Energy Appoints New Managing Director To Its Consulting Division

Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialists, has announced changes to its board to enable it to capitalise on the increasing level of opportunities within the sector.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.
The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach.

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan Sign Agreements with Algeria-Based Sonatrach

The Pipeline Transport Institute and Transneft Diascan have signed contracts for diagnostics (inspection) with Sonatrach, an Algerian state oil and gas company. In December, the documents were signed in the city of Algiers within the framework of the development of the provisions of the memorandum of Cooperation signed between Transneft and Sonatrach.

Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)
Eurasia (Yevgenij_D / Shutterstock)

Asian and Eastern European Pipeline Operators are pushing their way into North America and Western Europe

Large Transport System Operator with their technology subsidiaries from Asia and Eastern Europe (e.g. Transneft, Sinopec and others) are pushing their way into the markets in North America and Western Europe, says Dr. Klaus Ritter in his Editorial for Pipeline Technology Journal.

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties (Copyright: PTI)
Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties (Copyright: PTI)

Pipeline Transport Institute Commissions Thermohydraulic Test Bench to Study Oil Properties

The Science and Technical Centre of the Pipeline Transport Institute in Ufa has commissioned a thermohydraulic test bench for studying heavy and bituminous oils.

Many gas stations in Mexico are currently closed due to fuel shortage (photopixel / Shutterstock)
Many gas stations in Mexico are currently closed due to fuel shortage (photopixel / Shutterstock)

Fuel Crisis Hits Mexico After Key Fuel Pipelines Are Closed By The Government

Mexico is currently facing a mounting crisis due to gasoline shortage. The shortage is a direct result of the government shutting down several key fuel pipelines. The shutdown was decided by the Mexican president Andres Manuel López Obrador to prevent further fuel theft by organized crime groups.

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)
Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments (Alf Ribeiro / Shutterstock)

Petrobras Seeking to Divest Its 4500-km Of Pipeline Assets And Focus On Deep Water Investments

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, could introduce a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction this past July stalled the sale.

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)
Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline (Martynova Anna / Shutterstock)

Shell Moving Forward with North Sea Shearwater Pipeline

Shell has made its Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the construction of a 37-km underwater gas pipeline from the Fulmar Gas Line to Shearwater which will be jointly constructed with Exxon Mobil and BP. The construction will include a modification of the Shearwater platform to allow production and processing of wet gas. The hub is expected to produce as much as 400 million cu ft.

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline (Sergey_R)
Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline (Sergey_R)

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline

The consortium of companies seeking to build a 120-mile-long natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has won a federal court case over its right to eminent domain.

The ruling allowing the company to build is welcome news for the pipeline industry, which has been dealt a series of setbacks pertaining to other pipelines in the country.

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)

Potential Species Extinction Stops Work on the Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline

Dominion Energy has put a halt to construction of the 965-km multibillion dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline, after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that more study is needed to properly evaluate the environmental impact of pipeline construction on four endangered species across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series
Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series

Exact Tools Oy Launch New PipeCut Pro Series

Exact Tools based in Finland has launched their latest portable Pipe Cutting innovations with their Pro Series 360 model. The 280 and 450 models will follow shortly.

Standard features include a powerful 2500w 230v motor being able to cut pipe wall thicknesses of 20mm in steel and up to 50mm in plastic. 110-120v versions are also available with a 2200w motor fitted as standard.

ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed
ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed

ILF Consulting Engineers: new Managing Directors appointed

ILF Consulting Engineering GmbH Germany has a new Management: With immediate effect, Tobias Walk (47) and Fred Wendt (48) have taken over as the global engineering firm’s Managing Directors from Dr.-Ing. Stefan Bürkle and Stefan Beck.

Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)
Power to Gas - Symbol Image (petrmalinak / Shutterstock)

Gas grid conversion to hydrogen to decarbonise homes in northern England by 2034?

A recently published report indicates that approx. 3.7 million homes and 40,000 business in the north of England could be converted to hydrogen and made emission-free by 2034. Currently, these homes and businesses are heated by natural gas.

Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)
Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure (Free Wind 2014 / Shutterstock)

Columbia Seeks a Modus Vivendi To Repeated Attacks on National Pipeline Infrastructure

Columbia's 780 - km Cano Limon – Covenas has been attacked yet again for the 78th time this year. And while it had been out of service to better repair the pipeline after a similar attack just a few months ago, there was still considerable damage to the environment.

The new gas pipeline shall replace tankers like this one, currently is use between Malta and Italy (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)
The new gas pipeline shall replace tankers like this one, currently is use between Malta and Italy (Wojciech Wrzesien / Shutterstock)

New Studies on Proposed Malta-Sicily Gas Pipeline Will Lead To Eventual Construction

Three new gas pipeline studies which the EU hopes will be a prelude to eventual construction are expected to start soon. The 160-km gas pipeline would be built between Malta and Gela in Sicily, cost around €350 million with a projected completion by 2024.

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India-Pipeline (Copyright: Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

TAPI Pipeline Sees Light At The End of the Tunnel

After decades of delays the projected $7 billion Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline will likely make its final investment decision (FID) in the first half of 2019.

The TAPI pipeline will help energy-rich Turkmenistan diversity its gas exports and supply the booming energy markets of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Pipeline meets Python Rosen Group Links Up With The Software Community
Pipeline meets Python Rosen Group Links Up With The Software Community

Pipeline meets Python Rosen Group Links Up With The Software Community

Experts from the national and international programming scene took it in turns to take to the mic over five days at the PyCon.DE conference in Karlsruhe. In attendance were the data scientists from the ROSEN Group. As an information service provider with a branch in Stutensee, the company is constantly seeking additional forms of analysis which can be applied in new industries.

Russian Version of ptj Presented in Berlin
Russian Version of ptj Presented in Berlin

Russian Version of ptj Presented in Berlin

Recently, the Pipeline Technology Journal (ptj) launched a Russian version of the international ptj e-journal. The new version is created together with the Moscow-based RADIOFRONT publishing house. The Russian version of ptj deals with Russian and European cutting-edge technologies of pipeline monitoring and maintenance and is distributed to leading pipeline operators in Eurasia.