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PRCI announces 2014 portfolio for energy pipeline research

Thu, 27 February 2014 The Pipeline Research Council International has announced its 2014 Research Portfolio as approved by the Board of Directors at its September, 2013, meeting in Austin, Texas, US.

$US750 million investment in Mexican pipeline firm

Thu, 27 February 2014 In a cross-border deal, international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has represented Swiss private equity firm Partners Group in making a majority investment in Mexico’s leading gas infrastructure firm.

Myth busting – I don’t have enough data (Part 2)

The first part of this discussion, which was published in the June edition of Pipelines International, hopefully dispelled some myths about low data availability. We discussed how reasoning is used to generate data and how many useful pieces of risk insight emerge from even simple pieces of knowledge.

Construction bids open for Lukoil’s North Caspian gas pipeline

Russia’s largest oil company, Lukoil, has announced tenders for the construction of its Northern Caspian natural gas pipeline.

From the Editor

The recent news that the Azerbaijan-based Shah Deniz Consortium has chosen the route for its gas exports to Europe, as well as the continuing discussions about the Canada-US Keystone pipeline, has brought into focus the subject of cross-border pipelines, and this edition of Pipelines International contains two important papers on aspects of this topic.

Myth busting – I don’t have enough data (Part 1)

There are myths associated with performing a risk assessment and some use these as an excuse for not having a credible assessment. Let’s examine some of these myths beginning with how to use the data you have to ensure a meaningful risk assessment is made.

A competency-based approach for training pipeline professionals

Human capital is a critical factor for determining long-term success in any industry. In today’s pipeline industry, human capital resources are being strained as the demand for qualified technical personnel outstrips supply.

Spotlight shines on robotic system

ShawCor has been awarded an Offshore Technology Conference ‘Spotlight on New Technology’ award for Bredero Shaw’s mobile robotic cutback system.

Evaluation of leak-detection technologies

In order to detect small leaks, external leak-detection systems generally require the installation of supplementary hardware placed alongside the pipeline.

Advanced subsea pipeline inspection: an overview of field experience and benefits of subsea pipeline

The requirement for the condition assessment of subsea pipelines and structures has increased in the recent years due to general integrity reasons and the analysis of fitness-for-service of aging assets.

Isolation in the Shetland Islands

STATS Group successfully completed an isolation project on BP’s 147 km long Brent Pipeline at Sullom Voe terminal in the Shetland Islands, UK.

Making the most of the CO2 Forum

The Fourth International Forum on CO2 Transportation by Pipeline will be held from 19–20 June 2013 in Newcastle, UK.

Taq Taq to Khurmala Pipeline complete

Genel Energy and Addax Petroleum have completed the 70 km Taq Taq to Khurmala Pipeline in the Zagros Basin, northern Iraq.

Nord Stream plans expansion

Gazprom and Gasunie have signed on to co-operate in exploring the possibilities of the Nord Stream gas pipeline expansion.

Gas to flow from Northern Mozambique

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Gigajoule International Ltd and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, the Mozambican state-owned oil and gas company, for the joint study and – if feasible – the construction of a 2,100 km pipeline from Cabo Delgado to Maputo and regional markets in Mozambique.

Arrow Bowen Pipeline gains approval

Australian company Arrow Energy’s proposed Bowen Pipeline, in Queensland, Australia, has been approved by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Energy set to head east in Canada

TransCanada has proposed the Energy East Pipeline Project which will include a 4,400 km pipeline that will run west to east in Canada and benefit economies across the country.

From the Editor

The theme of the recent Banff Pipeline Workshop was ‘performance and perception’. The biennial event was larger than ever this year, attracting around 800 delegates, the majority of whom were from the North American pipeline industry. The friendly and collegiate atmosphere established over successive editions of the workshop by the far-sighted organisers once again allowed delegates to discuss many issues in an open and unthreatened manner, and continued to make this event unique and of great value.

Engineering contract awarded in Indonesia

Thu, 23 May 2013 Wood Group Kenny in Indonesia has been awarded a multi-million dollar, three-year general engineering services contract by ConocoPhillips Indonesia Inc. Ltd to support all of its pipelines and related facilities in Indonesia.

TransCanada sells interest in pipelines

Thu, 23 May 2013 TransCanada Corporation announced it has entered into agreements to sell a 45 per cent interest in each of Gas Transmission Northwest and Bison Pipeline to TC PipeLines for an aggregate purchase price of $US1.05 billion.

Moomba Adelaide Pipeline System sold to QIC

Thu, 25 April 2013 Australia’s APA Group has announced the sale of the Moomba Adelaide Pipeline System to QIC Global Infrastructure for $US411 million.

TransCanada launches binding open season for eastern pipeline

Wed, 3 April 2013 TransCanada Corporation will hold a binding open season to obtain firm commitments from interested parties for the Energy East Pipeline Project to transport crude oil from Western Canada to Eastern Canadian markets.

OptaSense signs extension with Shell

Thu, 28 March 2013 Real-time asset intelligence company OptaSense has signed a £10 million (approximately $US15 million) extension to the product development framework agreement (PDFA) with Shell, originally announced in 2010.

Gazprom and CNPC sign MoU on gas supplies via eastern route

Wed, 27 March 2013 Gazprom and China’s CNPC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to transport gas to China as part of the Power of Siberia Project

New concept for pipeline expansions

Sat, 23 March 2013 Transporting oil and gas from high-pressure and high-temperature reservoirs through pipelines is a major challenge. DNV has developed a new concept – SliPIPE – to deal with pipeline expansion.

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