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Knowledge sharing essential to overcome challenges of ageing pipelines

Thu, 18 December 2014 The appraisal of the structural capacity and serviceability of a pipeline past its design life presents a challenge to many pipeline owners and operators. While there are many issues that can affect these pipelines, there are also many techniques that can be used to overcome these challenges. It is important that those within the pipeline industry share their knowledge and experiences with ‘ageing’ or ‘vintage’ pipelines.

APA Group acquires QCLNG pipeline

Thu, 18 December 2014 APA Group announced recently that it has reached an agreement to acquire the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Pipeline, in Queensland, Australia, for $US5,000 million.

SIGAR urges US Department of Defense to repair Afghanistan pipeline

Tue, 16 December 2014 The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F Sopko has urged the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to complete the urgent repair of an 89.1 km gas pipeline in Afghanistan following years of corrosion that has the potential to end in “catastrophic failure” if rehabilitation measures are not taken.

TAP issues tenders for pipeline gas turbine compressor units

Mon, 15 December 2014 Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG has issued Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the supply of six gas turbine turbo compressor units to be used for the installation of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline’s two compressor stations in Greece and Albania.

TAP issues pipeline tenders for large-diameter ball valves

Thu, 11 December 2014 Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has issued an Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the supply of large-diameter ball valves and actuators for its 870 km long pipeline, which will supply gas to several south eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Croatia.

$US6 billion gas pipeline proposed for South Africa and Mozambique

Tue, 9 December 2014 South African oil and gas company SacOil, South Africa's Public Investment Corporation SOC Ltd, and the Government of Mozambique’s Instituto de Gestão das Participações do Estado have signed an agreement to evaluate the feasibility of a $US6 billion 2,600 km gas pipeline and distribution facility to carry natural gas from Mozambique’s Rovuma fields into South Africa.

DNV GL urges natural gas industry to ‘be ready for hydrogen’

Mon, 8 December 2014 Transmission and distribution system operators in the natural gas sector are under increasing pressure to reduce CO2 emissions and increase access to the natural gas infrastructure for renewable gases. DNV GL has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) to establish guidelines for the preparation of these networks for the injection of hydrogen produced from renewable sources.

Premier pipeline integrity and maintenance conference programme announced

Thu, 4 December 2014 The 2015 Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management (PPIM) Conference programme is now available online, and includes presentations from leading pipeline owners and operators, and pipeline integrity manufacturers and suppliers.

Mexico inaugurates first phase of Los Ramones pipeline system

Wed, 3 December 2014 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has inaugurated the first phase of the 1,021 km long Los Ramones natural gas pipeline system, which will allow the importation of up to 2.1 Tcf of natural gas from the USA – almost one third of Mexico’s current total consumption.

Russia cancels South Stream; proposes new pipeline to Turkey

Wed, 3 December 2014 Following Russia’s decision to cancel the South Stream Pipeline, Russia’s Gazprom and Turkey’s Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of an offshore gas pipeline across the Black Sea toward Turkey.

Halliburton purchases Baker Hughes for $US34.6 billion

Mon, 1 December 2014 Halliburton Company has purchased Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction, representing an equity value of $US34.6 billion.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG seeks compressor station tenders

Thu, 27 November 2014 Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has issued Invitations to Tender (ITT) for compressor stations in Greece and Albania along its 870 km pipeline, which will cross Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in southern Italy.

Plains All American Pipeline to expand Cactus Pipeline capacity

Wed, 26 November 2014 Plains All American Pipeline plans to provide additional pumps to increase the takeaway capacity of its proposed 499 km, 20 inch diameter, Cactus Pipeline, which runs from McCamey to Gardendale, La Salle County in Texas, USA.

Pipeline equipment asset-management solution introduced to reduce operating costs

Tue, 25 November 2014 PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) has introduced Cat Equipment Management Solutions (EMSolutions) to better monitor, control, and manage equipment for the pipeline construction industry, while increasing jobsite efficiency.

US Senate votes no to Keystone XL construction

Thu, 20 November 2014 A bill to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Canada to the USA, has been rejected in the United States Senate.

Make the most of your time away from the office

Thu, 20 November 2014 The highly successful Clarion and Tiratsoo Technical pipeline training courses return to Canada, beginning in just under two weeks.

USA House of Reps votes yes: but will the Senate pass the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Mon, 17 November 2014 The United States House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill to construct TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Canada to the USA and allow Canadian and American oil producers more access to the larger refining markets in USA’s Midwest and Gulf Coast regions.

TDW completes subsea ILI in subzero temperatures

Mon, 17 November 2014 T.D. Williamson has completed an in-line inspection of 21.4 km of pipelines connecting six offshore platforms in the Bohai Sea, 375 km southeast of Beijing, China.

Company incorporated to build, own and operate 1,800 km TAPI pipeline

Mon, 17 November 2014 GAIL India Ltd and the state gas companies of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have established a company that will build, own, and operate the planned 1,800 km, 56 inch diameter Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline.

Pembina Pipeline Corp commits to $US210 million British Columbia pipeline expansion

Wed, 12 November 2014 Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corporation has committed to completing the NEBC Expansion Project, a $US210 million expansion of its pipeline infrastructure in northeast British Columbia, Canada, which will include the construction of 160 km of pipeline.

Sakhalin to Hokkaido gas pipeline talks reignited between Russia and Japan?

Tue, 11 November 2014 Russia is rumoured to have proposed to construct a natural gas pipeline to Japan, Reuters has reported.

Update your knowledge: pipeline integrity training in Calgary

Thu, 6 November 2014 Clarion Technical Conferences and Tiratsoo Technical will again be hosting the Pipeline Integrity Training Courses in Calgary, Alberta, Canada during the first week of December, at the Westin Calgary Hotel.

Russia and India to consider oil pipeline development

Thu, 6 November 2014 Russia and India will establish a working group to consider the supply of oil from Russia to India via Central Asia, Russian news agency TASS has reported.

Plains and Enterprise to expand Eagle Ford JV Pipeline capacity

Thu, 6 November 2014 Plains All American Pipeline and Enterprise Product Partners will construct a new condensate gathering system into their Three Rivers terminal and double the mainline capacity on their Eagle Ford Joint Venture Pipeline from Three Rivers to Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

EnLink completes 2,253 km Bridgeline pipeline system acquisition

Thu, 6 November 2014 EnLink Midstream Partners, LP, and EnLink Midstream, LLC, have completed their acquisition of US Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline assets including the Bridgeline pipeline system from Chevron Pipe Line Co and Chevron Midstream Pipelines, LLC.

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