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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.

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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.

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Logos of Baker Hughes and Petrobras (copyright by Baker Hughes & Petrobras)

Baker Hughes Wins Contracts from Petrobras for 370-km of Pipes Across Five Offshore Fields

Petrobras, the state-owned Brazilian multinational energy company, has awarded Baker Hughes two flexible pipe contracts for subsea projects.  The amount is larger than the volume of flexible pipe awarded by Petrobras to Baker Hughes in 2019 and 2020 combined.

Gas flaring (copyright by Shutterstock/Leonid Ikan)
Gas flaring (copyright by Shutterstock/Leonid Ikan)

Methane Gas Emissions To Be Rolled Back After Trump Administration Chicanery

With a modicum of bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted 229-191 to reverse the Trump administration's 2020 rollback of regulations to curb the emissions of greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas infrastructure, following a similar move by the Senate in April.

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Flag of the People's Republic of China (copyright by Shutterstock/Tatoh)

China Cutting Coal, Adding More Natural Gas To Its Energy Mix

China, the world's largest energy consumer and biggest emitter of climate warming greenhouse gases (and not coincidentally the world's biggest coal consumer), anticipates increasing the use of natural gas in its primary energy mix  to 12% in 2030 from 8.7% in 2020.

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Skyline of Rotterdam (copyright by Shutterstock/TTstudio)

RRP and the Port of Rotterdam Authority Embark On Delta Corridor Pipeline Study

Taking its cue from the German government which will be investing over 9 billion euros in green hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Rijn Pijpleiding Maatschappij (RRP) are launching a joint feasibility study into Delta Corridor Pipelines between the Netherlands and Germany.

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Logo of Saudi Aramco (copyright by Shutterstock/Hyserb)

Saudi Aramco's $12.4 billion Pipeline Deal

EIG Global Energy Partners LLC from the United States is leading an international consortium including China's Silk Road Fund, UAE'S Mubadala Investment Co, Samsung Asset Management and the the Hassana Investment Co to invest $12.4 billion in Saudi Aramco's oil pipelines in return for a 49% equity stake.  

Gazprom logo on sky background (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexey Novikov)
Gazprom logo on sky background (copyright by Adobe Stock/Alexey Novikov)

Gazprom Accepts Responsibility For Largest Known Methane Gas Leak Since 2019

Gazprom, the worlds's largest natural gas company focussing on geological exploration within Russia, as well as production, transmission, storage, processing, and marketing of natural gas and other hydrocarbons both in and outside of the country, is taking responsibility for one of the energy sector's most intense recent leaks of the super potent methane greenhouse gas.

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Abstract highway path through digital binary towers (copyright by Shutterstock/kkssr)

Open Grid Europe Introduces Microsoft Azure and AI to Better Monitor Its Pipeline Network

Open Grid Europe (OGE), one of Europe’s leading transmission system operators with approximately 12,000-km of pipelines, is using new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) based on Microsoft Azure to transition the company away from natural gas to hydrogen. Germany's goal is to be No.