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13 November 2002
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Machinery & equipment

Improved plant fleet security and increased effici

NATTA Plant, part of the UK-based NATTA Building Group, is the first company to install Vermeer’s SiteStar, the latest security and fleet-management system.

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12 November 2002
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Praxair acquires Tracer Research

UciscoInc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc, has acquired Tracer Research Corporation, and its subsidiary Corrocon Inc, a provider of specialized services for leak detection, cathodic protection, and corrosion control for pipelines and storage tanks.

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11 November 2002
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UKOOA/HSE hydrocarbon release-reduction initiative

HYDRATIGHT Sweeney is a key member of the work group and initiative, co-sponsored by UK Offshore Operators’ Association (UKOOA) and the Institute of Petroleum, to reduce the number of major hydrocarbon releases by 50% over the next two years from bolted pipe joints.

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11 November 2002
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Regions

Potable plastic pipes for Yorkshire Water

WAVIN PLASTICS has successfully won a contract to supply the UK’s Yorkshire Water with its WavinSure and Wavin SupaSure plastic pipes for potable and non-potable water applications.

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8 November 2002
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Subsea link to Spain on track

MEDGAZ – the joint venture set up for the purpose of building Algeria’s first direct subsea gas link to Spain – is reported to have secured letters of intent for over 7Bcm/yr (677Mcuft/f) of its pipeline capacity, according to Sonatrach’s vice president Ali Hached.

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8 November 2002
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Regions

Sofregaz wins Turkish gas-grid tenders

TURKEY’S STATE-owned natural gas and pipeline company Botas is reported to have said that France’s Sofregaz has been awarded the contract to engineer five natural gas grids, including a $300-million gas pipeline between Turkey and Greece.

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7 November 2002
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Azeris on track to raise share in pipeline venture

AZERBAIJAN’S state-owned oil company is on track to raise its share of the $2.9 billion needed to construct an oil pipeline from its land-locked nation to Turkey, a senior executive said on Tuesday.

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6 November 2002
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ONGC seeks Bangla route for Tripura gas

India’s oil exploration company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is pushing for a 345-km pipeline through a land corridor over Bangladesh to unlock surplus gas from its fields in Tripura in the north east, and bring it to West Bengal state.

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5 November 2002
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Qatar-Saudi row hinders gas project

A DISPUTE between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is hindering the progress of a gas pipeline project to supply Kuwait with Qatari gas, Nasser Jaidah, director of the new ventures department of state-run Qatar Petroleum, said on last week.

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1 November 2002
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Machinery & equipment

Commercial production of X100-grade pipe

NKK will supply the world’s first commercially-produced X100-grade linepipe to TransCanada, the major Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, for natural gas transmission.

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1 November 2002
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Blue Stream gas pipeline completed

CONSTRUCTION of the Blue Stream Co pipeline project for RAO Gazprom and ENI SpA has been completed, the Anatolia news agency reported last week.

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31 October 2002
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Lukoil rejects BTC line proposal

Russia’s Lukoil has no intention of reopening negotiations about joining the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, president Vagit Alekperov said in Azerbaijan on 19 October.

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31 October 2002
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Umbilical tubing orders for W Africa

SANDVIK Steel has received orders for nearly half a million metres of duplex stainless steel tubing for hydraulic and chemical injection lines for subsea umbilical cables for ExxonMobil’s prestigious and high-profile Kizomba project, and the equally-important but smaller Zafiro project, in West Africa.

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30 October 2002
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100-MW pumping units to Turkey

FINNISH company Wartsila has won the contract to supply 18 pumping units for the Turkish section of the BTC (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan) pipeline. The units will be installed at four pumping stations in the highlands of Turkey.

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30 October 2002
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Projects

On-line clamp saves å£10million

A SPECIALIST, semi-permanent, on-line clamp has saved an estimated å£10 million at the ExxonMobil Mossmorran chemical plant in the UK, following discovery of leakage on a tee section of a critical steam line.

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29 October 2002
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Machinery & equipment

Underground utilities mapping system in Ireland

DUBLIN-based Lenmar Developments is now offering an accurate site mapping of existing underground services using the latest, leading-edge ground-penetrating radar (GPR) technology from Vermeer in conjunction with conventional locating techniques.

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29 October 2002
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Projects

Gulf of Mexico success for Corus

THE Corus Tubes energy business has won its third major project in the Gulf of Mexico for the Devil’s Tower deepwater export line. This contract consists of nearly 160km of thick-walled 18-in pipe.

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28 October 2002
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Corus manufactures Statoil’s first HFI pipel

CORUS Tubes is manufacturing Statoil’s first HFI (high-frequency induction-welded) pipeline at its Hartlepool 20-in mill.

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28 October 2002
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Longest CP survey in Gulf of Mexico

CORRINTEC has commenced its longest-ever subsea pipeline cathodic-protection survey programme in the Gulf of Mexico.

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25 October 2002
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OCA turns up heat on industry

THE UK-based Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) yesterday called on the industry as a whole to work more closely together to ensure the sector’s continued prosperity.

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24 October 2002
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Pipe capacity from Austria to Italy sold

AUSTRIA looks set to be a catalyst for further expansion of the West European gas market, and especially for Russian sales to the region’s third largest gas market in Italy.

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23 October 2002
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Machinery & equipment

Potable water pipes for contaminated land

WITH MAJOR restrictions on starting new developments on “÷green-belt’ land in the UK and elsewhere, developers increasingly have to look to “÷brownfield’ sites for their projects, which can be contaminated with a variety of chemicals and other materials. In order to help overcome the issue of transporting drinking water safely across such sites, Wavin Plastics has developed a new multi-layered polyethylene and aluminium barrier pipe specifically for carrying potable water through contaminated environments.

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23 October 2002
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New Ruhrgas representative in Norway

TORE SANDVOLD, until recently a top oil official in Norway, has joined Germany’s largest gas supplier and transporter Ruhrgas as its main representative in Norway.

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22 October 2002
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Bolted pipe joint safety guidelines

THE UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) and the Institute of Petroleum have jointly published guidelines setting out standards for monitoring and maintaining bolted pipe joints, one of the key risk areas identified in the prevention of accidental hydrocarbon releases on offshore oil and gas facilities.

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22 October 2002
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Transneft to decide on Baltic pipeline system

BY THE END of this week the board of directors of Russia’s Transneft is expected confirm the starting date for the second stage of construction of the Baltic Pipeline System, Semyon Vaynshtok, president of the oil company, said last week.

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21 October 2002
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Spiral welded pipe JIP

A NEW JIP involving a global review of the state-of-the-art of spiral-welded pipe for oil and gas applications has been successfully launched by UK-based TWI.

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