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30 April 2002
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INTEC acquires Fuel

SMIT LAND and Marine Engineering Ltd, a UK subsidiary of Netherlands-based Smit, and INTEC Engineering (UK) Ltd, have announced the completion of an agreement whereby INTEC has acquired Fuel Subsea Engineering, headquartered in Woking, Surrey.

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30 April 2002
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Kennedy becomes Alfred McAlpine

KENNEDY Utility Management, one of the UK’s largest service providers to the utilities, has now become Alfred McAlpine Utility Services Ltd following its acquisition by Alfred McAlpine in March last year.

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30 April 2002
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New GPR distributor for Hong Kong

ALTON-based specialist in ground-probing radar (GPR) PipeHawk plc has reached an agreement with Radiodetection (China) Ltd to become a distributor for its market-leading PipeHawk II GPR system throughout China and Hong Kong.

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30 April 2002
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PSG Engineering sets up in Chennai, India

THE CITY OF Chennai in India has been selected as the location for the new engineering office of global pipe-support systems manufacturer Pipe Supports Group.

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30 April 2002
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Offshore trunkline installation for NW Shelf

THE North West Shelf Venture has announced the award of the offshore installation contract for the second gas supply trunkline linking its offshore production facilities to its onshore gas plant, near Karratha in Western Australia.

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30 April 2002
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“÷Goldeneye’ gets go-ahead

UK ENERGY Minister Brian Wilson gave formal consent in mid-March for the development of Shell Expro’s Goldeneneye gasfield in the Outer Moray Firth.

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30 April 2002
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New CEO for Penspen

DAVID Stanley has been appointed chief executive officer of Penspen Ltd, the UK-based independent onshore and subsea pipeline engineering, construction, and integrity company.

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30 April 2002
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NSea pipeline repairs

TWO PIPELINE repairs in the North Sea using the high-integrity HydroClamp from Oil States Hydrotech of Houston Texas, have recently been undertaken.

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30 April 2002
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Balfour Beatty acquires Kentons

BALFOUR Beatty, the international engineering, construction, and services group, has acquired Kentons, the Yorkshire-based utility services contractor, for å£28 million.

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30 April 2002
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Polly Pig alliance

TWO FAMOUS names in pipeline pigging, Pipeline Engineering of Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK, and Knapp Polly Pigs, of Houston, Texas, USA, have joined forces in a significant new alliance in which PE will make Knapp foam Polly Pigs in a new purpose-built UK plant, and actively market them throughout its world-wide network of agents and distributors.

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30 April 2002
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New engineering solutions division

PIPELINE ENGINEERING of Richmond, N.Yorkshire, has set up a new division called pipeline engineering solutions.

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30 April 2002
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PII Group joins GE

PII Group is now a part of GE Power Systems Oil & Gas Division based at the Nuovo Pignone plant in Florence, Italy.

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1 April 2002
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Pakistan: US invests in oil and gas

A VISITING US trade and investment delegation to Islamabad has expressed interest in investing in the proposed oil and gas pipeline projects from Central Asia to Pakistan. According to reports from Islamabad, in a joint press conference of the US Exim Bank, Overseas Private Insurance Corporation, and Trade and Development Agency, US officials said that pipeline projects were being considered at the highest policy level by the respective governments.

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1 April 2002
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Gas pipeline to South Africa

AVENG SUBSIDIARY Grinaker-LTA is heading a consortium of South African, Australian, and Greek construction companies which is to build Sasol’s gas pipeline from Mozambique to Secunda. The 865-km long pipeline will link the Temane gasfield in Mozambique to Sasol’s petrochemical plant at Secunda in Mpumalanga.

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1 April 2002
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Armenia-Iran gas line nears construction

RUSSIAN AND French companies are reported to in line to receive invitations from Iran and Armenia to invest in a newpipeline project linking the two countries. The two countries’ governments are said to have agreed in principle to the construction of a 140-km gas pipeline, during an official visit of Armenian President Robert Kocharyan to Teheran.

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1 April 2002
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India: LPG line going ahead

CONSTRUCTION WORK is set to begin on the Vizag-Hyderabad LPG pipeline project on behalf of the Gas Authority of India Ltd. The first consignment of 8,000 pipes for the project arrived at the port in Vizag from SK Global Co Ltd of Korea on 7 February,and five further consignments are expected to arrive at the port in the next few months; the total quantity of steel being procured by GAIL for the project is around 25,000 tonnes.

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1 April 2002
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Algeria: link to Europe

THE NEW trans-Mediterranean pipeline under study by Italy’s ENI, Germany’s Wintershall, and Algerian state-owned energy company Sonatrach will link-up to mainland Europe’s gas network,and not terminate in Sardinia as initially seemed possible, according to details released by Wintershall.

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1 April 2002
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China: West-East gas pipeline

HONG KONG-based PetroChina, wholly-owned by the China National Petroleum eh first Corporation, announced this month (February) that it was planning construction of the first sections of the 4000-km long West-East gas pipeline project. The sections in question are the crossings of the Yangtze River, Yellow,and the Huaihe Rivers, as well as the sections from Jiangsu Province to Shanghai, and Lunnan to Korla in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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1 April 2002
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Bulgaria: Greek pipeline deal

THE GOVERNMENTS of Bulgaria, Greece, and Russia are finally to sign an agreement on 6 April to construct an oil pipeline to export Russian oil via the Black Sea to the Aegean, according to Bulgaria’s deputy minister for construction and development Hassan Hassan. The three-country memorandum for the project, worth å£300-400 million, will be signed in Athens, Hassan said.

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31 March 2002
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Caspian pipeline inaugurated

THE FIRST pipeline to bring Kazakhstan’s oil to the world market was officially opened in late November. Officials of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, including those representing the Russian, US, Kazakh, and Oman (which has 7% ownership) governments, gathered near the port of Novorossyisk for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the å£1.9-billion pipeline, which represents one of the biggest foreign investments in the former Soviet Union.

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30 November 1999
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Nabucco gas pipeline project partners sign j-v agreement

ON 28 June the five partner companies of the international Nabucco gas pipeline project – Botas, Bulgargaz, Transgaz, MOL, and OMV Gas – signed a joint-venture agreement for the full project at a meeting in Vienna.

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