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View of pipeline in northern Alaska (copyright by Adobe Stock/reisegraf)
View of pipeline in northern Alaska (copyright by Adobe Stock/reisegraf)

Low Pipeline Utilization in Midstream USA

The advent of Covid19, lockdown in lower 48, slack demand, oil price crash and a corresponding slash in capital expenditure have all taken a huge toll on the upstream sector of the US petroleum industry.  Many of the companies specializing in shale oil production will not survive in this low price environment.   

Laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/fotograupner)
Laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/fotograupner)

Is Nord Stream 2 A Pipeline to Nowhere?

The recent bill put forward in the US Senate by Senators Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen may have been the proverbial straw that has broken the camel's back.  For in its wake Germany has stiffened its spine and publicly voicing its displeasure with the current US-German relationship under President Donald Trump.

The Trans-Andean oil pipeline passing through montane rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon (copyright by Adobe Stock/Atelopus)
The Trans-Andean oil pipeline passing through montane rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon (copyright by Adobe Stock/Atelopus)

Another Bad Day For Ecuador's Accident-prone Crude Oil Pipeline System

Ecuador’s northern Amazon rainforest has seen heavy oil contamination since rich oil fields were discovered there in the 1960s. Billions of gallons of oil waste was dumped by then American oil giant Texaco into unlined, open-air pits in the ground.

American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)
American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)

New Proposed Senate Sanctions Could be the Death Knell for Nordstream 2

As if there were not enough existing obstacles thrown in Nordstream 2's way (see Pipeline Technology Journal, 27 May 2020), Senators Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen announced a bill today on Capitol Hill to expand sanctions on the troubled gas pipeline to prevent its completion and thus end what they see as Moscow's plan to raise its economic and political influence in

Developing gas resources and shaping gas transmission system in eastern Russia (copyright by Gazprom)
Developing gas resources and shaping gas transmission system in eastern Russia (copyright by Gazprom)

Troubled Waters Roil Russia's Energy Relationship with China

The over 2000-km gas pipeline Power of Siberia, linking Russia's prodigious gas reserves to gigantic energy markets of China, is supposed to be in full swing right now, underscoring the new energy alliance between the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon. At best the flowing gas is so reduced it's barely making a whisper as it moves through the pipeline.

Sonatrach AVAL head office building in Oran Algeria (copyright by Shutterstock/Oguz Dikbakan)
Sonatrach AVAL head office building in Oran Algeria (copyright by Shutterstock/Oguz Dikbakan)

Sonatrach Becomes a Bigger Player in the Lucrative European Gas Market

SONATRACH, Algeria's national hydrocarbon company, has become the majority shareholder of the offshore Medgaz pipeline connecting Algeria from the compressor station located at Beni-Saf to the incoming terminal located in Almeria, Spain.

 Ambas Bay with oil platform, Limbe, Cameroon  (copyright by Adobe Stock/Reinhard Marscha)
Ambas Bay with oil platform, Limbe, Cameroon (copyright by Adobe Stock/Reinhard Marscha)

Cameroon Oil Pipeline - A Big Jump in Transit Revenues on the Chad

Transit revenues on the Chad - Cameroon pipeline totaled approximately 55 million euros in 2019, according to recently published figures published by the National Hydrocarbon Company (SNH).  This represents a nearly 25 percent increase over the previous year.