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Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)
Azadi Tower in Tehran with flasgs of Iran (copyright by Shutterstock/Kanisorn Pringthongfoo)

Iran Eyes The Prospect Of Supplying Europe With Gas

Iran has long sought to play a role in Europe's burgeoning natural gas market and various factors, especially geopolitics, have worked against it.  Now, in the wake of a new natural gas discovery in the Iranian section of the Caspian Sea, this could be changing.

US cyber security concept (copyright by Shutterstock/Pixels Hunter)
US cyber security concept (copyright by Shutterstock/Pixels Hunter)

The United States Proposes Country Sanctions For Cyber Criminals Disrupting Pipelines

Countries that harbor cyber criminals directing ransomware attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure will be designated "state sponsor of ransomware" if new legislation planned in the Senate Intelligence Committee becomes law.

Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)
Underwater Pipeline on the sea floor (copyright by Shutterstock/Vismar UK)

Turkey's Largest Gas Discovery To Be Connected Via Pipeline to Main Grid

Turkey has begun work on a 169-km underwater gas pipeline in the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea, which at 540 bcm is the country's biggest discovery to date. The pipeline is scheduled to be constructed in 2022 to connect the wells of Sakarya to Turkey's main grid.

Flag of Scotland (copyright by Shutterstock/Dmytro Balkhovitin)
Flag of Scotland (copyright by Shutterstock/Dmytro Balkhovitin)

SSE Goes Green - SGN Experimenting With Hydrogen

In a complicated transaction with many elements, a vital part of Scotland's infrastructure -- its gas supply pipeline network -- has been wholly bought over by a Canadian consortium. SSE, the energy firm based in Perth, announced it has sold its one-third stake for £1225m, to focus on renewable electricity.

TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)
TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

TC Energy Deliberating Over The Greening Of Its Pipeline Operations

Calgary based TC Energy, one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America with operations in natural gas and oil pipelines as well as power industries, could spend billions of dollars in the near future as it moves away from fossil fuel to run its transboundary network of oil and gas pipelines to renewable green energy.

Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Nord Stream 2 Still Mired In Controversy

After all was said and done, even after U.S. President Joe Biden lifted remaining sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and after the United States and Germany together attempted to mitigate perceived strategic dangers of the 1230-km gas pipeline, the controversy surrounding Nord Stream 2 has seemingly no end in sight.

The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)
The beginning of the oil pipeline Eilat-Ashkelon (copyright by Shutterstock/Vrangels)

Environmental Groups in Israel Rise in Opposition to the Eilat - Ashkelon Oil Pipeline

Several 'green' groups in Israel have banded together to oppose further development of the Eilat - Ashkelon pipeline, transporting Gulf oil through Israel on its way to European markets.

Yuan on the map of Africa (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleg Elkov)
Yuan on the map of Africa (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleg Elkov)

Is China Sobering on Capital-Intensive African Pipeline Projects?

No surprise perhaps for those who have been reading the Chinese tea leaves of late, but Chinese investors are not disbursing funds for large scale African infrastructure projects, particularly capital- intensive natural gas and oil pipelines, as they had liberally been doing the previous ten years.

Cracks in permafrost ice (copyright by Shutterstock/Henrik A. Jonsson)
Cracks in permafrost ice (copyright by Shutterstock/Henrik A. Jonsson)

Climate Change and A Melting Permafrost in the High North Threaten Pipeline Integrity

Alaska's most important oil pipeline, and arguably the most important oil pipeline in the United States, is facing a formidable threat as the slope of the permafrost upon which the 1300-km carrier rests is shifting as it thaws in the wake of climate change.

The US and German flags (copyright by Shutterstock/ruskpp)
The US and German flags (copyright by Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Nord Stream 2 And The Ukraine As A Transit Route For Russian Gas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold talks in the White House on Thursday on a number of bilateral bones of contention, first and foremost being the imminent completion of Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea and the continued use of the Ukraine as a transit route for Russian gas to Europe, which is the American preference.