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Initial Steps Taken on TAPI Pipeline Project

Initial Steps Taken on TAPI Pipeline Project (Skyearth / Shutterstock)

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) have after some 22 years of deliberation begun the process of front-end engineering and design FEED route survey on the so-called peace pipeline that will provide gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. TAPI company Chairman and Economic Advisor to Afghanistan President and ISGA Managing Director Mobin Saulat said that the German consulting firm ILF would conduct the route survey.

Pipeline Technology Conference announces new chairman of the Advisory Committee

Heinz Watzka (© 2015 Frank Nürnberger)

The Pipeline Technology Conference, ptc, has developed into the largest pipeline conference in Europe in 11 years. In 2016, 540 delegates from 52 countries and 62 exhibitors have participated at the 11th ptc.

Oil Militants in the Niger Delta throttle Nigeria's Oil Production

The Niger Delta was heavily polluted due to the exploitation of Nigeria's natural resources (Watch_The_World / Shutterstock)

Nigeria continues to feel the pinch of its main export pipelines being shut down and Royal Dutch Shell apparently considers the risk from further militant attack too great to reopen.

The Trans Forcados Pipeline, the main feed to the 400,000-barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal, has been shut for all but three weeks of the past year, Lagos-based SBM Intelligence said in its weekly risk analysis published Friday.

Russia plans second pipeline to China and wants to start first gas supplies in 2018

Russia plans second pipeline to China and wants to start first gas supplies in 2018 ( © WindVector/Shutterstock.com)

The Russian energy supplier Gazprom is confident that the Russian-Chinese natural gas pipeline Sila Sibiria will be put into operation next year. China suggests that the project could not have been the last of its kind.

Nord Stream 2 Awards Pipelay Contract to Allseas

Allseas’ Solitaire is one of the pipelaying vessels that will construct the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline (Copyright by Allseas)

Following an international tender process, Nord Stream 2 AG has awarded a contract for offshore pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea to Allseas. The company will undertake offshore pipelay works for both lines in 2018 and 2019. Allseas will use the three pipelaying vessels Pioneering Spirit , Solitaire and Audacia .

Pipeline Technology Journal 1-2017 now online

Pipeline Technology Journal 1-2017

The first ptj of 2017 is now online, featuring insightful technical articles about latest pipeline related technologies and topics.

This issue lays its focus on comprehensive topics. The first article provided by Siemens is about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their potential benefit for Pipeline Integrity Management: Taking-Off with UAVs: just hype or a future key technology in the pipeline integrity management? https://www.pipeline-journal.net/ejournal/ptj-1-2017/#6

Ireland Faces Major Decision Concerning Costly Shannon - Dublin Water Pipeline

Ireland Faces Major Decision Concerning Costly Shannon - Dublin Water Pipeline (somsak suwanput / Shutterstock)

Ireland's farmers and public representatives are meeting to determine if limited infrastructure funds will be spent on rural projects throughout the country or on one "standout" 172 km water pipeline costing an estimated €1.2 billion.

High Pressure Gas Pipeline Bursts Near New Orleans Causing Injuries

High Pressure Gas Pipeline Bursts Near New Orleans Causing Injuries

A 20-inch high pressure gas pipeline operated by Phillips 66 exploded on February 7th in Paradis, Louisiana, some 30 miles southwest of New Orleans.

The blast resulted in in the hospitalization of two workers—one of whom was transported to a burn center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Another three who were on-site suffered minor or no injuries. One worker, however, remains missing. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne told The Advocate that they hoped the worker had "wandered off." There is an ongoing search for him in the nearby area.

France's G2C will audit Namibia's Decrepit Water Pipelines

Namibian red dunes

Namibia's President Hage Geingob has requested that France - with its advanced technology and greater industrial know how - assist Namibia in detecting water leaks and revamping the water pipeline infrastructure.

The country is currently losing 30 percent of its water through pipe leakages, and one of the main water pipelines, Naute-Keetmanshoop, frequently bursts leading to significant loss.

Large Shale Gas Pipeline Project Approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Atlantic Sunrise Expansion (copyright by Williams)

Williams Cos. 322 km, $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project has been approved by officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.

The decision will allow Williams to proceed with construction on the main portion of the project in mid-2017, establishing a path for more gas to flow to markets along the Eastern Seaboard in time for the 2017-2018 winter heating season.

Long-awaited Rover Gas Pipeline Gets the Green Light

Pennsylvania historic twin wooden covered bridges (MarkVanDykePhotography / Shutterstock)

Energy Transfer Partners' proposed $4.2 billion, 1147 km Rover natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Ontario, Canada has been approved by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after a two year review.

Mishap Along the Bazman - Zahedan Gas Pipeline

Mishap Along the Bazman - Zahedan Gas Pipeline (Dmitry Kaminsky / Shutterstock)

Two Iranian workers died last week while trying to inspect the new Bazman - Zahedan gas pipeline in Sistan Baluchistan, Iran.

The incident occurred when workers were attempting to pig the new pipeline -- final tests before the pipeline goes into service. Fortunately for the other workers there was no gas in the pipeline during the time of the incident.

US Army releases land for pipeline in North Dakota

US Army releases land for pipeline in North Dakota

The US Army has given permission to carry the last section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline leading over one of their sites. End of January, President Trump revived the two controversial pipeline projects Keystone-XL and Dakota Access, which had been stopped by Trump’s predecessors, Obama.

The review of the construction project ordered by US President Donald Trump had been completed, explained the army's engineering corps. The US Army is clearing the way for the last phase of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline.

IPLOCA Announces Regional Meeting to be Held in Conjunction with 12th Pipeline Technology Conference

IPLOCA Announces Regional Meeting to be Held in Conjunction with 12th Pipeline Technology Conference

The regional meeting will take place at the Estrel in Berlin on 2 May 2017. Along with the large annual IPLOCA Convention, the association regularly hosts regional meetings. This regional approach allows guests to engage at the local level and discuss common issues and concerns. The meeting includes presentations from IPLOCA and invited guest speakers. All delegates of the meeting will also be invited to visit the exhibition of the 12th Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc).

Human Error Behind Growing Number of Pipeline Accidents

Human Error Behind Growing Number of Pipeline Accidents (Leonid Eremeychuk / Shutterstock)

New data compiled by the National Energy Board in Canada suggests that human error is increasingly a factor in pipeline leaks and that pipeline operators are not paying pipeline safety the attention it deserves.

"It's both probably one of the most difficult things for an organization to deal with, but also the most important," said Mark Fleming, a professor of safety culture at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

National Energy Board to Review Energy East

National Energy Board to Review Energy East

Energy East, the proposed 4,500-kilometre $15.7 billion pipeline that would carry more than a million barrels a day of Canadian crude from Alberta to refineries and an export terminal in St. John, will be reviewed once again by the Canadian National Energy Board.

Work on the troubled project has been delayed numerous times since it was publicly announced in 2013.

NDT Global Opens New Office in Australia

Tim Shaw, Key Account Manager, will be responsible for establishing NDT's presence in Australia.

NDT Global has opened its new office in Melbourne, Australia. The new Key Account Manager, Tim Shaw will be responsible for establishing its presence in Australia.

This move demonstrates NDT Global's intention to strengthening its operations worldwide to deliver efficient, high-quality on-site customer service. This new facility shall provide a better client interface for the customers in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and shall enhance project executions.

Bulgaria and Serbia Agree to Work Together in Constructing Pipeline Interconnector

Bulgaria and Serbia Agree to Work Together in Constructing Pipeline Interconnector  (Argus / Shutterstock)

In a long anticipated move to enhance the security of supply, reduce dependency on Russia and boost regional cooperation, Bulgaria and Serbia have signed an agreement to jointly build a 150 km gas pipeline between the two countries.

The so-called Interconnector Link is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.

Both Bulgaria and Serbia get the bulk of their gas from Russia, and Serbia is under pressure from the European Union to reduce this dependency before negotiations to join the EU are concluded.

The 1120 km offshore/onshore Turkish Stream Pipeline To Commence Groundbreaking in 2017

The 1120 km offshore/onshore Turkish Stream Pipeline To Commence Groundbreaking in 2017 (Wikipedia / Moscowjob.net)

Turkish Stream, moving in fits and starts since its inception several years ago, has been ratified by Russia's Lower House of Parliament, or State Duma, this past Friday.

The State Duma's action paves the way for Russian gas to be delivered to Turkey and ultimately to Western Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated the Turkish Stream project in 2014, and sealed the agreement with his Turkish counterpart in Istanbul in October 2016 foreseeing the construction of two underwater legs of the gas pipeline.

Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline

Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline

Though President Trump signed an Executive Order this week to expedite the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, James Boasberg, a Federal judge, has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should begin with a full environmental study of the disputed crossing of the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Yokogawa Secures Another Major Contract For Its SCADA Systems

Yokogawa Company Logo

Yokogawa UK, a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, has received an order from the British Pipeline Agency (BPA) for a management and control system for a multi-product fuel pipeline.

This project will replace BPA’s existing pipeline management and supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) systems.

Trump revives Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

Trump revives Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (Shutterstock / Evan El-Amin)

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a number of executive orders to advance approval of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. His administration takes a swift step forward to finally enable the construction of these two pipelines, which both had been blocked by former president Barack Obama’s administration.

East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) "On the Cards"

Uganda-Tanzania_Proposed_Pipeline

Uganda and Tanzania have selected Gulf Interstate Engineering, a Houston-based company, to design a 1,445 km crude oil pipeline from the heavy oil fields of western Uganda near Hoima to Tanzania's Indian Ocean seaport of Tanga, dubbed the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

Among the many tasks, the firm's contract involves helping with "project construction specifications," a plan for project execution, the implementation schedule and writing bid documents for a process to select a contractor to develop the pipeline.

New PHMSA Rule to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Requirements

New PHMSA Rule to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Requirements

Building on a series of deliberations over the past year designed to strengthen the regulatory environment pertaining to gas leaks and pipeline operations, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Friday it has passed a rule to boost safety requirements on the country's oil and refined products pipelines.

Henceforth pipeline operators are required to have a system for detecting leaks and to establish a timeline for inspecting affected pipelines following an extreme weather event or natural disaster.

Marubeni - Itocha Joint Venture Chosen to Build PTT Pipeline

Marubeni - Itocha Joint Venture Chosen to Build PTT Pipeline

PTT, Thailand's largest energy company, has selected a Marubeni / Itochu joint venture to construct a 430 km natural gas pipeline in Thailand.

Chavalit Punthong, chief operation officer of Infrastructure and Sustainability Management Group, said the pipeline will stretch from Rayong to Nonthaburi, just north of the capital Bangkok.

The pipeline project is expected to cost 99 billion baht ($2.8 billion) and will be completed by 2020.

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