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Snam Enters Exclusive Talks to Acquire Edison's Gas Storage Assets in Italy

Energy group Edison said on Monday it started exclusive talks with gas grid operator Snam over the sale of its natural gas storage assets in Italy.

Germany Plans to Expand Carbon Capture and Storage, Including Sub-Seabed Transport

Germany will change its carbon dioxide storage law to allow carbon capture and off-shore storage for certain industrial sectors as Europe's biggest economy aims to become carbon neutral by 2045, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Monday.

Denmark Ends Probe Into 'Deliberate' Nord Stream Pipeline Blasts

Denmark has dropped its investigation into the explosions in 2022 on the Nord Stream pipelines carrying Russian gas to Germany, police said on Monday, becoming the second nation to do so after Sweden closed its own inquiry.

TotalEnergies Texas Refinery Operating at Minimal Rates Amid Upsets

TotalEnergies' 238,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, is operating at minimal production as it contends with multiple upsets, sources said on Wednesday.

BP's Tangguh LNG Train 3 Resumes Operations After Week-Long Outage

The third train of BP's Tangguh liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in West Papua, Indonesia has resumed operations after an outage for about a week, the country's upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas said on Wednesday.

Iran's Main Gas Pipeline Hit by Sabotage, Oil Minister Says

Two explosions along Iran's main south-north gas pipeline network on Wednesday were caused by sabotage, the Iranian oil minister told state TV, without naming any suspects.

EIG’s MidOcean Energy Acquires 20% Stake in Peru LNG, Including 254-Mile Pipeline

EIG's MidOcean Energy secures 20% stake in Peru LNG, which includes a natural gas liquefaction plant, a 254-mile pipeline, storage tanks, a marine terminal, and a truck loading facility.

Mexico Orders Seizure of Hydrogen Plant at Pemex Oil Refinery

Mexico's government has ordered the expropriation of a hydrogen plant at a Pemex oil refinery that was sold to French company Air Liquide during the previous administration, after officials ordered a temporary occupation of the facility last December.

Case Study: Identification, Sizing Accuracy for UTCD In-Line Inspection

One of the most pressing concerns for operators of liquid buried pipelines is the management of stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Detecting and sizing SCC in liquid pipelines is usually accomplished through ultrasonic crack detection (UTCD) in-line inspection tools.

Adani Total Says Dhamra LNG Terminal Operating at 55% Utilization Rate

Adani Total Pvt Ltd.'s Dhamra terminal has received 15 commercial LNG cargoes since commissioning in May 2023 and is operating at a utilization rate of 55%, CEO Satinder Pal Singh said on Tuesday.

Remote Alarm Notification Helps Fuel Increased Gas Production

Accurate, real-time data is essential to succeeding in the oil and gas industry. Engineers need operational data from the field to calibrate equipment, schedule maintenance activities and coordinate with third-party logistics, to keep the flow of product moving.

Marathon Petroleum Beats Profit Estimates, Plans Maintenance Slowdown in Q1 2024

Marathon Petroleum beat quarterly profit estimates on Tuesday, supported by strong refined product margins and high refinery utilization rates, but expects to cut back plant activity sharply at the start of this year for maintenance.

Phillips 66 Shuts Section of Oklahoma Panhandle Pipeline After Fire

Phillips 66 said it has shut a section of a natural gas pipeline it operates in the Oklahoma Panhandle after fire and rupture that occurred on Tuesday morning.

AG&P LNG Plans 6 South and Southeast Asian Terminals in Next 2 Years

Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company (AG&P) LNG aims to make a final investment decision (FID) and start developing six liquefied natural gas terminals in South and Southeast Asia within the next one-to-two years, the company's chief executive said.

MPLX Exceeds Q4 2023 Expectations with Surge in Pipeline Volumes

Midstream energy company MPLX on Tuesday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings, beating expectations, as its pipelines transported an increased volume of energy products.

Saudi Aramco's Capacity Cut and Pipeline Incident Trigger 11% Drop in Saipem Shares

Shares in Italian energy contractor Saipem plunged by 11% on Tuesday after damage caused by an incident involving one of its pipe-laying vessels and a decision by Saudi Aramco to drop its oil capacity expansion plans.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Set to Begin in April, Increasing Crude Flow

Canada's Trans Mountain Corp. will begin adding crude oil to its long-delayed pipeline expansion in February and expects it to start operating in early April and will ramp up to full capacity by the end of the year, an executive said on Wednesday.

Nigeria Oil Enters Unclear New Era After Shell's Onshore Asset Sale

Shell's exit from Nigeria's onshore oil sector highlights risks oil majors face in Africa's biggest exporter but has raised hopes that local firms could reverse the output decline from the Niger Delta, industry officials and analysts said.

Freeport LNG Faces Month-Long Unit Outage Due to Winter Storm

Freeport LNG expects one of the three gas liquefaction units at its Texas plant to be out of service for a month after it faced a technical issue during Winter Storm Heather, the company said on Friday.

Enterprise Products Partners to Receive Sea Port Oil Terminal License in Q1 2024

Enterprise Products Partners expects to receive an export license for its Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT) in the first quarter of 2024 versus by the end of 2023, as previously expected, a company executive said on Monday.

Sunoco to Acquire NuStar Energy in $7.3 Billion Deal for Midstream Expansion

The deal, which has been approved by both the boards, will give Sunoco access to NuStar's transportation and storage facilities, including a portfolio of about 9,500 miles of pipeline and 63 terminals.

Addressing Sealing Challenges Associated with Smart Meters

Smart gas meters enable companies, households and municipalities to remotely access data and device functionality through a network, such as Wi-Fi, a portal or a cellular phone network.

Solving Sulfide Stress Cracking in Sour Service

Nearly every oil country tubular goods (OCTG) manufacturer and producer is looking for solutions to sour service. It’s a perpetual issue that’s been hampering the oil and gas industry for as long as pipes have been underground.

Deep Freeze Hits U.S. Oil Industry from North Dakota to Texas

A severe winter storm shut a U.S. Gulf Coast refinery in Texas on Tuesday, triggered malfunctions at others, and halved North Dakota oil production as it dumped snow and rain across a broad swath of the nation.

Shell Ends Nearly a Century in Nigeria's Troubled Onshore Oil, Sells Subsidiary for $2.4 Billion

Shell is set to conclude nearly a century of operations in Nigerian onshore oil and gas after agreeing to sell its subsidiary there to a consortium of five mostly local companies for up to $2.4 billion.

QatarEnergy Pauses Red Sea LNG Shipping Amid Attacks, Seeks Security Advice

QatarEnergy, the world's second largest exporter of LNG, has stopped sending tankers via the Red Sea although production continues, a senior source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

New Alternatives for Noise Reduction in Gas Pipelines

Natural gas pipeline pressure reduction applications pose significant design challenges for engineers. Since flow varies considerably through these stations, control valves are required to throttle over a wide range, with large pressure drops at times, which create the potential for high noise.

Optimizing Emergency Response Through Alarm Management

With the implementation of the PHMSA Control Room Management (CRM) Rule in 2012, pipeline operators and control room managers have become familiar with the fundamentals of alarm management.

Fuel Theft Crisis Persists in Central Mexico as Nine Bodies Found Near Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Central Mexico authorities have discovered nine men's bodies in vehicles near a fuel pipeline. Although the circumstances surrounding the deaths are still being probed, officials said there are signs suggesting a possible connection to fuel theft.

Spotlight on Supply Chain: How Companies Can Avoid Uncertainty

Supply-chain uncertainty is a major headache for many sectors across the world. Minimizing supply-chain risks could help oil and gas firms better secure their labor and materials while cutting costs by up to 15%.