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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has demanded that construction work begin in 2015 on a pipeline that will carry natural gas from his energy-rich country to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

GDF SUEZ announced first gas production from the Juliet field, a subsea development on the western flank of the Southern Gas Basin, 39 km east of the Lincolnshire coastline in the United Kingdom.

Substantial growth in energy demand and policy changes to decrease gas flaring are driving new power plants installation in Africa and fueling the uptake of gas turbines.

Separatist rebels from Pakistan's resource-rich Baluchistan province last month blew up three gas pipelines, cutting supplies to the country's most economically important province. The Times of India credited the report to Ayub Bajwa, emergency manager for Sui North Gas Pipelines Limited in Islamabad.

Penspen has been awarded a contract to undertake a feasibility study for the Kampala-Kigali segment of the Eldoret-Kampala-Kigali pipeline in East Africa. This project builds on Penspen’s history of pipeline work in the region which included the development of the Kenyan pipeline system in the 1980s and 1990s.

Esso Australia is seeking regulatory approval to install a replacement pipeline to transport crude oil and condensate between its facilities at Longford and Long Island Point, Australia.

The construction of a production facility in Schiedam, The Netherlands, by Huisman offers the largest indoor lifting capacity in Europe – 1,200 metric tons – and allows for fast installation, commission and testing of several products and systems, including five newly built pipelay systems.

The South Stream Transport B.V. headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, recently signed contacts for the supply of 75,000, 48-inch pipes for the first of South Stream's offshore section.

Mexican state oil company PEMEX and Guatemala are planning a $1.2 billion, 370-mile gas pipeline linking the two countries and giving local manufacturers access to cheaper energy, according to a Reuters report.

There are signs that restrictions in Turkmenistan on foreign ownership of oil and gas fields could be at least partially lifted in order to pave the way for international oil companies to join the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline project.

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