Pipelines & Distribution Grids


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pipe welding on the pipeline construction site

A list of some of the pipelines and distribution grids articles I have written, published in various energy business publications

New Integrity Solutions Facing The Same Old Problems

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Gas Journal June 2016 The protection of oil, gas and refined product pipelines against natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis, as well as human actions […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/new-integrity-solutions-facing-old-problems/

North America presents a challenge for pipelines

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Coatings Magazine June 2016 The United States and Canada have one of the most extensive integrated oil, gas and petroleum pipeline networks in the world. Canada is the […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/north-american-presents-challenge-pipelines/

Problem Solved

Nicholas Newman Petroleum Review June 2016   Historically, the economies, politics and energy sectors of the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – were highly dependent on their powerful […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/problem-solved/

Building a pipeline

Nicholas Newman Eniday April 2016 Building a pipeline is not just about drawing a line on the map, and then sending a team to build an oil or gas pipeline. In […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/building-a-pipeline/

New opportunities arise with demand in Mexico

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Gas Journal April 2016 In the southern United States, Texas finds itself awash with gas while Mexico, its southern neighbor, has seen a decline of 24% in […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/new-opportunities-arise-demand-mexico/

Ins and Outs of Pipeline Coatings

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Gas Journal March 2017   The global pipeline coatings and application services market is  worth some $5.5 billion a year, according to Noru Tsali at Ami Consulting. […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/ins-outs-pipeline-coatings/

National Grid at Home and Abroad

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Gas Journal January 2016 National Grid is a British-based multinational pipeline and power networks company with operations in the United Kingdom and the northeastern United States. It […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/national-grid-at-home-and-abroad/

Intelligent Pigging offers a Technology that Continues to Advance

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Gas Journal November 2015 Globally, the EIA estimates there is approximately 3.5 million km long of oil and gas pipeline in need of regular inspection and maintenance […] https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/intelligentpigging/


Is Europe’s gas market ready for US imports?

The first shipment of American Liquid Natural Gas, from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG plant on the coast of Louisiana, is expected to leave by early March, when loading of the Energy Atlantic, a 290 metre LNG tanker, is complete. http://www.flame-event.com/blog/flame-event/post/id/7759_Is-Europes-gas-market-ready-for-US-imports

New generation ripple control for the future smart grid in Belgium

This July,  Germany’s Landis+Gyr signed a €1-159 million deal to install Load Command Management grid -smart meters for Sibelga and Ores, two of Belgium’s  eight Regional Retail Distribution Systems Operators (DSO).  Sibelga and Ores  supply  medium and low- voltage power to residential customers, small and medium- sized enterprises as well as municipal street lighting. Sibelga supplies electricity to 694,540 connection points in the Brussels metropolitan area whilst Ores, the second largest DSO  in Belgium, supplies power to a total of 1.4 million  homes and businesses located in  198 communes in Belgium’s southern province, Wallonia. http://issuu.com/landisgyrofficial/docs/cnl_03_2015_en_final/12?e=17196897/30098493

Landis+Gyr Triumph in Netherlands

Nicholas Newman + Update October 2015.

This July, Landis+Gyr has been awarded a major contract  to supply an initial 3 million smart electricity and smart gas meters to the Netherlands’ four distribution network operators namely, Liander, Stedin, DELTA Netwerkbedrijf and Westland Infra. http://issuu.com/landisgyrofficial/docs/cnl_03_2015_en_final/9?e=17196897/30098493



The protection of oil, gas and refined product pipelines against natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis, not to mention human actions including construction excavations, illegal tapping and terrorist sabotage, is an ongoing concern for operators around the world. http://pgjonline.com/new-integrity-solutions-facing-many-same-old-problems

A literature review of the current state of western European oil gas pipeline and refinery infrastructure

Given the current state of western European oil gas pipeline and refinery infrastructure, what are the opportunities for developing and reconfiguring that infrastructure to enable non-Russian suppliers( if we ignored contractual obligations). http://www.slideshare.net/NicholasNewman1/a-literature-review-of-the-current-state-of-western-european-oil-gas-pipeline-and-refinery-infrastructure

Connecting up Europe’s Power Grid

A bird’s eye view of Europe reveals a complex network of transmission grids and distribution networks extending from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean. Closer inspection reveals a European power network consisting of 230,000 km high voltage and 1,500,000 km of low/medium voltage lines divided by national borders and run by independent transmissions system operators.  https://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/connecting-up-europes-power-grid/


With reserves of 1,093 Tcf, Canada is the world’s fifth-largest producer of dry natural gas, ranking behind the United States, Russia, Iran and Qatar.


Mixed Fortunes for Australia’s Gas Pipelines

Australia, with   much of the country, yet to be explored has the largest proven gas reserves  in the Asia-Pacific region,  amounting to some  43 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) reports EIA Country Analysis August 2014.  http://digital.turn-page.com/i/491326-april-2015/55


By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor | March 2015, Vol. 242, No. 3

Russia is the second-largest producer of dry natural gas and the third-largest liquid fuels producer in the world, and these products are inextricably intertwined with its government. State-controlled company Rosneft dominates oil production while Transneft owns and operates Russia’s oil pipelines. http://www.pipelineandgasjournal.com/russia%E2%80%99s-pipeline-dreams-under-threat


By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor | February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

Southeast Asia is considered one of the most problematic regions of the world in which to build pipelines since it encompasses active volcanos and thousands of islands. With a large land area of 4.46 million square kilometres and many countries, it is home to 616 million people, 150 million of whom have no access to electricity.  http://content.yudu.com/A3e88v/PCFeb15/resources/10.htm


Africa’s importance as a major energy supplier will grow with the development of recently discovered oil and gas fields, most notably in West and East Africa, which will generate 8,558 miles of additional oil and gas pipelines



Latin America is home to vast quantities of natural gas and oil. Pipeline construction in this region is driven by the need to transport, process and distribute newly discovered oil and gas to market, or to build dedicated pipelines in anticipation of a large increase in gas-fired power generation. http://www.pipelineandgasjournal.com/take-gas-pipelines-mexico-brazil

Reducing Market Barriers Seen As Key To China’s Gas Pipe Dream

China’s domestic natural gas production is expected to rise from 120 Bcm to 172 Bcm in 2018. In parallel, the nation is pressing ahead with drilling for unconventional gas and expects to reach its target output of 30 Bcm in 2020. http://www.pipelineandgasjournal.com/reducing-market-barriers-seen-key-china%E2%80%99s-gas-pipe-dream

Europe’s disunited grid

There’s a clear need for the development of a more connected electricity grid in Europe to facilitate maximum flexibility in the use of power generated across the continent by consumers wherever they are. A better-linked grid is also essential for the operation of a single electricity market. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A36xld/EnergyWorldNovember2/resources/24.htm

Mexico and Brazil drive new pipeline projects

Challenging government policies have held back investment in oil and gas pipelines across Latin America. Nicholas Newman takes a look at how two of the biggest markets – Mexico and Brazil – are faring.



Seen on a map, Europe’s gas pipeline network appears both complex and comprehensive. It would appear to reflect all conceivable supply needs. Yet, in reality, it is an aggregation of a protracted series of regional networks, devised at different times to serve localised needs.


China | market report

China’s vast and rapid-growing economy, and its shift from coal power, is driving demand for new oil and gas pipelines, but the country may struggle to meet its capacity targets, writes Nicholas Newman..


Are China’s Pipelines  Ready: to meet its energy needs by 2030?

China is facing a busy time in the construction of pipelines, there looks like there will be plenty of fresh opportunities for pipeline suppliers and contractors to meet the growing needs of this booming economy. http://www.slideshare.net/NicholasNewman1/what-are-the-challenges-facing-chinas-pipeline-network-38046781

The politics of US pipelines

One of the biggest challenges facing the North American energy industry is how to deliver the huge new shale oil and gas flows made possible by new technologies such as horizontal drilling and fracking in a safe and efficient manner.


Outlook for North American pipelines

Capacity shortages and new export potential is driving North American pipeline investment but there are challenges ahead for the pipeline industry, writes Nicholas Newman.Growing North American oil and gas production is driving demand for new pipeline capacity. http://www.digitalversions.com/ppe/PCFeb2014.pdf   page 20.

The future for Europe’s mega-pipelines

With the European economy remaining deep in recession, Nicholas Newman asks what the future may hold for the continent’s mega-scale gas pipeline projects. Over the past decade – and before the 2008 financial crisis – consortia comprised of energy companies, investment funds and government agencies developed ambitious proposals to construct major new pipelines across Europe.  http://digitalversions.com/ppe/PCMay2013.pdf  page 17

Are Russia and the EU planning a zombie pipeline network?

A look at new gas pipeline plans for Europe. Powerpoint presentation  https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23902607&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile


Exploring the future for shale

Shale gas production has had a huge impact on the US energy market. Nicholas Newman explores the global challenges and potential opportunities for pipeline companies in this
developing market. http://www.digitalversions.com/ppe/PCNovember2012.pdf  page 13.