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Monday, January 22, 2018

Oil Pipeline News

Vankorneft Starts Suzan Pipeline Construction

Vankorneft started construction of oil pipeline from Suzun field

Vankorneft, a subsidiary of Rosneft, in compliance with the program of Suzun field development started construction of pressure oil pipeline to connect Suzun and Vankor oil fields. Total length of the oil pipeline will be 101 km. The project implementation became possible due to a complex of technical and managerial arrangements. For instance, over 1600 two-pipe sections were welded, and the process of pile foundations installation started. Contracting building organizations are involved in construction right-of-way centerline, providing assembling works to start on time.

Yemen's Maarib Oil Pipeline Blown up Again

Reuters - Unidentified assailants blew up Yemen's Maarib oil pipeline on Monday night, halting crude flows to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea, a local official said. The attack, in al-Damashqa area of the central oil-producing province of Maarib, caused a fire, the official said. Yemen, which relies on crude exports to finance up to 70 percent of budget spending, has suffered frequent bombings of its oil pipelines over the last three years. Tribesmen often carry out such attacks to pressure the government to create more jobs, settle land disputes, or free their relatives from prison. Before the spate of attacks began in 2011, the 270-mile pipeline carried around 110,000 barrels per day to Ras Isa.

Tankers Load After Libyan Oil Pipeline Fix

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Repairs have been finished on a Libyan oil pipeline damaged in a suspected attack five days ago and production is restarting gradually, engineers said. The blast and resulting fire on Tuesday about 130 km (80 miles) south of the Es Sider terminal caused a drop in output estimated by the National Oil Corporation (NOC) at 70,000-100,000 barrels per day (bpd). An engineer from the company that operates the pipeline, Waha Oil Co, said damaged parts had been replaced and flows would start returning to previous levels.

Oil Products Flow to Primorsk Resumed

Russia resumed oil products shipments to Primorsk after a halt following "criminal tapping" of pipeline, a subsidiary of Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said. "It has not affected and will not affect exports schedule," it added. Russia stopped oil products shipments to the Baltic Sea port of Primorsk on Tuesday due to "criminal tapping" of the pipeline. (Reporting by Gleb Gorodyankin; writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Lidia Kelly)

Bibby Offshore Wins First Norwegian Contract

Olympic Ares (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore’s Norway division, Bibby Offshore AS, has secured its first contract in the region with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia. Managed from Bibby Offshore’s Stavanger office, the workscope involves project management, installation engineering, procurement and subsea installation works, related to maintenance activities on the Norpipe Oil pipeline. The contract is due for completion in Q3 2016 and will utilize the construction support vessel Olympic Ares to support operator…

Shell Shuts Nigerian Pipeline Due to Theft

Reuters - Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday that it had closed Nigeria's Nembe Creek Trunk oil pipeline on Saturday to stop leakage caused by theft. The pipeline pumps the Bonny Light grade of crude oil. Bonny Light exports for April are at about 95,000 barrels per day according to shipping lists compared to 155,000 for March. (Reporting by Simon Falush; editing by Jason Neely)

Oil Blast Sparks Off Major Fire in Mumbai Port Trust in Wadala

Image: Mumbai Port Trust

A fire broke out due to a suspected leakage in an oil pipeline passing through a land owned by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) in Wadala in central Mumbai, but no one was injured. Fifteen fire tenders and 12 water tankers eventually doused the flames after a five-hour fight around 11pm. There were no casualties. Sources said the flames were spreading fast in the evening because of the strong monsoon winds blowing from the southwest. Dark smoke could be seen from up to 7km away in Lower Parel. The fire began at 5:50 pm.

Transneft Worried Ukraine Will Take its Hungary Pipeline

Russia's oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said it was worried Ukraine may take control of its oil product pipeline to Hungary. A row over ownership of the pipeline has flared amid the deepest East-West rift since the end of the Cold War, over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula last month. Transneft said in a statement on its website Ukraine's courts have been considering a claim by the general prosecutor's office to transfer control over the pipeline, which shipped some 1.7 million tonnes (over 30,000 barrels per day) of oil products last year, to the state.

Judge For U.S. Regulator Strikes Committed Rates On Seaway Pipeline

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge annulled committed shipper rates on the Cushing-to-Texas Seaway pipeline on Friday, despite objections from energy companies who say it could jeopardize billions in infrastructure investment. The case arose from motions filed by oil companies against uncommitted shipper rates on the 400,000 barrels-per-day pipeline, which gives U.S. Gulf Coast refiners access to Canadian heavy crude and American oil. The federal regulator had struck the judge's initial decision in March and remanded it to her review, saying her arguments misconstrued long-held commission policy. The commission honors so-called committed shipper rates, which midstream companies enter with long-term shippers in order to finance their costly projects.

PCCI Conducts Oil Spill Response Training

PCCI, Inc. conducted oil spill management training for 18 senior executives participating in the Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) on November 1, 2002. The participating executives came from oil, pipeline, and ecological companies located in Russia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. This is the third time that PCCI has provided training for the SABIT program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. PCCI provided the visiting delegation with comprehensive training in the areas of spill preparedness, evaluating and procuring oil spill response equipment, and oil spill response readiness.

Yemen Restarts Main Oil Export Pipeline

Marib pipeline

Yemen resumed exports from its main oil pipeline on Saturday, one day after an attack by tribesmen temporarily halted flows, industry sources said. Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged, often by tribesmen who have feuds with the central government, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country. The last attack was on Friday when tribesmen blew up the pipeline which transports crude from Marib oil fields in central Yemen to Ras Isa on the Red Sea.

Russia Suspends Kozmino Oil Exports as Typhoon Approaches

Russia has suspended oil exports from the Pacific port of Kozmino on Sunday due to approaching typhoon, Interfax news agency cited a spokesman for oil pipeline monopoly Transneft as saying on Monday. It is expected that the wind will weaken by Monday evening and loadings could resume. A port official declined to comment. In June, Kozmino handled 2.4 million tonnes of oil. Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin

Russia Resumes Liftings from Novorossiisk

Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said it had resumed oil loadings from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk on Friday morning after a storm. Transneft also said that it expected to export 30.6 million tonnes of oil from Novorossiisk, 50.6 million tonnes from Primorsk, 30 million tonnes from Ust-Luga and 31.7 million tonnes from Kozmino this year.   Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin

PCCI Provides Training on Marine Terminal Mooring and Pollution

Prevention to Senior Level Oil and Gas Transportation and Terminal Managers from Eurasia PCCI, Inc. conducted technical training for 15 senior executives participating in the Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) on September 17, 2003. The participating executives were from oil pipeline, shipping, and terminal companies; and from design and engineering companies; located in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.

J. Ray Wins More Work in Saudi Arabia

J. Ray McDermott, S.A., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., announced that it was recently awarded additional work under the Long-Term Agreement (LTA) with Saudi Aramco. This latest project, which is expected to continue through 2010, consists of the procurement, fabrication and installation of three decks, jackets, associated pipelines, and the installation of three new shallow water crude oil pipelines, totaling 15 kilometers in length, in the South Safaniya oil field, offshore Saudi Arabia. The pipelines will divert crude oil production flow from three existing platforms to other facilities before reaching the Safaniya onshore Gas Oil Separator Plant.

Oil Deal Between Iraqi Kurdistan & Baghdad Welcomed

  The United States welcomes an agreement between Iraq's central government in Baghdad and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday. Biden told an Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul that Washington also supported the development of an oil pipeline from Iraq's Basra to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Dasha Afanasieva; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Jonny Hogg and Alison Williams)

Russia Halts Oil Exports from Novo Due to Storm

Russian oil exports from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk were suspended on Sunday due to storm, oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Monday.   It also said that loadings from the Pacific outlet of Kozmino resumed on Sunday after storm, which did not affect the loading schedule.   Other ports are working according to their plans, Transneft said. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Polina Devitt)

Russia to Resume Liftings at Novorossiisk Today

Russian state oil pipeline monopoly Transneft plans to resume oil loadings from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk at midday on Friday following a storm, the company said on Friday. Russia's other ports operated by Transneft are working as usual, it added. Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin

Kurdistan defies Baghdad in Crude Oil Sale

Move likely to infuriate Iraqi government in Baghdad; first 1 million barrel cargo being loaded at Ceyhan, Turkey. Tanker scheduled to sail later on Thursday, buyer not identified. Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday, defying the Baghdad government, which claims sole authority over Iraqi crude and declares any independently sold oil as 'smuggled'. The cargo of 1 million barrels of crude oil was being loaded on a tanker in the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told Reuters on Thursday. "Loading will be completed today," Yildiz said, declining to name the buyer.

Azeri SOCAR's Oil Shipments via Russia Up 40 pct

Azerbaijan's SOCAR shipped 593,449 tonnes of oil via Russia in the first five months of 2015, up from 423,644 tonnes in the same period last year, the state energy company said on Friday. SOCAR said in January it had signed a one-year contract with Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft to transport 1.7 million tonnes of oil through the Baku-Novorossiisk pipeline, up from 1.02 million tonnes in 2014. SOCAR had planned to halt oil exports via Russia in February 2014, opting instead to send the bulk of its crude through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and retaining some to cover rising domestic demand for oil products. The company reversed its plans later that month. Oil exports via Russia for the whole of 2013 totalled 1.75 million tonnes, down from 2.06 million in 2012.

Russia Eyes Boosting Primorsk Diesel Exports

Reuters- Russia's oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Thursday it plans to nearly triple exports of ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) from the Baltic Sea port of Primorsk after 2016 when domestic companies are expected to boost production. As there will be not enough pipeline capacity to export the production then, Transneft said it will adjust one of the crude oil links leading to Primorsk to a pipeline able to ship ULSD. Transneft would start works to ship ULSD from the Kirishi refinery, owned by Surgutneftegas, to Primorsk later this spring and the pipeline would be ready to ship the fuel next autumn or winter, the company said in emailed remarks.

China Consortium to Build Panama Canal Alternative

Panama & Nicaragua Canals: Image credit Wiki CCL

Nicaraguan lawmakers grant a 50-year concession to a Chinese company to design, build & manage a shipping channel across the Central American nation to compete with the Panama Canal, reports Reuters. The $40 billion proposal by HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd's (HKND Group) calls for linking Nicaragua's Caribbean and Pacific coasts and includes plans for two free-trade zones, a railway, an oil pipeline and airports. Hong Kong-based HKND Group is understood to have obtained the Nicaraguan goverment concession. Source: Reuters  

Republicans Block Energy Bill, Forfeit A Keystone Vote

Keystone XL oil pipeline.

U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked an energy-efficiency backed by both manufacturers and environmentalists, forfeiting a chance to vote on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline. On a vote of 55-36. President Barack Obama's Democrats fell short of the needed 60 votes to advance the bipartisan energy bill. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid had offered a vote on Keystone - if Republicans permitted passage of the bill. (Reporting By Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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