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USA from space with NDT logo (copyright by Shutterstock/NicoElNino & NDT Global)
USA from space with NDT logo (copyright by Shutterstock/NicoElNino & NDT Global)

Thomas Redlinger Takes On The Top Job for NDT Global in the United States

Thomas Redlinger, a professional engineer with substantial oil and gas experience in the testing, inspection and certification of pipelines, has been appointed to the role of Vice President for NDT Global in the United States.  In this capacity Redlinger will be responsible for driving the US business.

Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Political Winds Roiling Nord Stream 2

By its very trajectory Nord Stream 2, as with its relative Nord Stream 1, was bound to be controversial.  Threaten U.S. sanctions on companies building the pipeline and you have enough to constitute a veritable crisis. And now, with the suspected poisoning of chief Kremlin nemesis Alexei Navalny, you have one.

 Hurricane Laura making Landfall in USA. Shot from Space (copyright by Adobe Stock/ Sasa Kadrijevic)
Hurricane Laura making Landfall in USA. Shot from Space (copyright by Adobe Stock/ Sasa Kadrijevic)

Hurricane Laura Wreaks Havoc on Gulf of Mexico Gas Pipelines

Last week Hurricane Laura, the most powerful and damaging Category 4 Atlantic hurricane since the 1856 Last Island hurricane, forced the Garden Banks and Nautilus natural gas pipelines, serving four major U.S. Gulf of Mexico production platforms, to shut down, pipeline operator Enbridge said.

European Union flag with H2 hydrogen molecules (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexander Limbach)
European Union flag with H2 hydrogen molecules (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexander Limbach)

Europe Must Dig Deep For Hydrogen Energy To Become Reality

The PTJ has noted during the last few months the excitement in industry circles concerning the transition from fossil fuel to hydrogen as Europe considers its next steps in meeting a net zero emissions goal by 2050.

pipeline bridge  (copyright by Adobe Stock/Cardaf)
pipeline bridge (copyright by Adobe Stock/Cardaf)

Some Ups and More Downs in This Year's American Gas Pipeline Market

The natural gas pipeline market in the United States was a hotbed of activity during the first six months of 2020. On the one hand the courts either blocked or delayed long ballyhooed gas pipelines like the Constitution and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. On the other about 5 Bcf/d of natural gas pipeline capacity entered service in the country.

Flags of India and Nepal (copyright by Adobe Stock/luzitanija)
Flags of India and Nepal (copyright by Adobe Stock/luzitanija)

New Products Pipeline Being Considered Between India and Nepal

A joint Indian-Nepalese working group met earlier this month via online video conferencing to discuss enhanced energy cooperation between the two countries and in particular the construction of another petroleum products pipeline to satisfy growing demand in Nepal. 

PHMSA logo (copyright by PHMSA)
PHMSA logo (copyright by PHMSA)

Over $97 Million in Grants For Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it is awarding over $97 million in grants through its pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.

Terrorist attack in Syria (copyright by Adobe Stock/Jonathan Stutz)
Terrorist attack in Syria (copyright by Adobe Stock/Jonathan Stutz)

Syria Believes ISIS Behind Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion

A 1200-km natural gas pipeline carrying the commodity from Egypt into Jordan, Lebanon and ultimately Syria exploded near Damascus early Monday morning causing a near nationwide blackout. The Syrian Oil Minister suspects that this could be a terrorist act.

Sunset on pipeline (Adobe Stock/tomas)
Sunset on pipeline (Adobe Stock/tomas)

When Will Gas Flow Through Bayer's Hazardous Materials' Pipeline?

Opponents of the Bayer company's 67-km pipeline between its Dormagen and Krefeld chemical plants, carrying the highly poisonous and invisible carbon monoxide (CO) gas, have at the Higher Administrative Court in Münster criticized the pipeline approval process conducted in 2009 as including an insufficient number of participants.