Perspectives

U.S. Gas Volatility Diminishes on Higher Output and Exports

Traditionally severe seasonal swings in inventories and prices are being softened by surging domestic production and the increasing international integration of the U.S. gas market through LNG exports.

NPC Study Offers Ways to Improve Pipeline Regulatory Process

The National Petroleum Council (NPC) released a report focusing on pipeline permitting solutions, which suggests the regulatory process for infrastructure needs to be simplified in order to eliminate redundancies.

APGA Chairman Intends to Re-Engage Membership

In an interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, APGA Chairman Samual Davis Jr. discusses the challenges and goals faced by the organization in during the coming year. He also talks about strategies for effectively explaining the benefits of natural gas to the public and shares his thoughts on electrification.

Oil Patch Woes: Amid Downturn, Alberta Rages at Canada's Trudeau

A shortage of pipelines, shut-in wells, slumping prices, oilfield layoffs, and strained local food banks. The root causes of Alberta's problems are uniquely Canadian, and their blame of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is fueling a Western separatist movement dubbed #Wexit.

Bloomberg Claims Credit for Killing Coal, Now Targets Gas Plants

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg broadly, repeatedly — and wrongly — took a huge amount of credit for driving the U.S. coal industry to its knees. Now he wants to target gas plants.

Williams' Clean Break with Conventional Messaging

Williams CEO Alan Armstrong's message that environmentalists should support natural gas pipelines is one the industry should invoke more often and with far greater emphasis.

Asian LNG Buyers Target Record Low Prices in Contract Talks

Asian LNG buyers are starting talks with producers to renew long-term contracts due to expire over the next few years, aiming to secure all-time low prices in deals likely to set new industry benchmarks.

New Gas Pipelines Adding Capacity from U.S. South Central, Northeast

The United States is expected to add between 16 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and 17 Bcf/d of natural gas pipeline capacity in 2019, most of which was built to provide additional takeaway capacity out of supply basins.

Pioneer Natural CEO Calls Out Permian Basin Gas Flaring

The chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources, Scott Sheffield, called on Permian Basin producers to limit natural gas flaring and to monitor for methane leaks.

Trans Mountain Concerns, Oil Industry Alienated After Trudeau Victory

The fate of Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline, as well as that of the country's energy industry as a whole, was called into question on Tuesday after Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won the general election, but failed to form a majority government.

Price Spikes in New England Limited by Natural Gas

It seems like each winter we see consumers in New England suffering not just from freezing temperatures but also the highest energy prices in the country – largely because there’s not enough natural gas infrastructure to serve the region during periods of peak winter demand. This past winter, the news was a little bit better.

Northeast Energy Outlook, 2020: It Takes More than Good Vision

The topography in America’s northeast region can be tricky. It is craggy, unpredictable and a bit cranky, as befits the cradle of the United States democratic experiment.

Feds Recommend New Requirements After Natural Gas Disaster

Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

Next Wave of U.S. LNG Export Projects to be Tougher: Blackstone

The next wave of U.S. LNG export projects will be “tougher” to bring online, as companies with existing facilities take advantage of lower costs to expand capacity in coming years, the chief executive of Blackstone Energy Partners said Wednesday.

Saudi-Style Drone Attacks Not Seen as Major U.S. Risk: Experts

The style of attack used against oil plants in Saudi Arabia that knocked out half of the country's production last weekend is unlikely to be a risk in the United States, energy and security experts say.

Saudi Attacks Raise Spectre of $100/barrel Oil: Analyst View

The oil market will rally by $5-10 per barrel when it opens on Monday and may spike to as high as $100 per barrel if Saudi Arabia fails to quickly resume oil supply lost after attacks over the weekend, traders and analysts said.

U.S. Oil Production Still Near Record High, but Growth Slowed

U.S. crude production remained close to a record level in June but growth has slowed significantly since the end of last year in response to lower oil prices and the slowdown is set to extend into 2020

Gas Prices Forecast to Fall to '70s Levels on Pipeline Oversupply

An oversupply of natural gas in the United States from new pipelines will drive average prices at the Henry Hub benchmark to a level not seen since the 1970s, according to a report from IHS Markit on Thursday.

Jobs Fall as Shale Boom Cools

U.S. oil and gas employment has started to fall as producers and service companies respond to the sharp decline in prices since the fourth quarter of 2018.

iPIPE Program Assisting in Detection of Pipeline Leaks

Jay Almlie, a principal engineer at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), talks with P&GJ about his involvement with the intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE), an industry-led consortium focused on advancing near-commercial, emerging technologies to prevent and detect gatheri..

New Pipelines Open Permian Tap as Demand Outlook Grows Cloudy

After scrambling to catch up with fast-growing Permian Basin crude oil production, pipeline operators appear to be entering a period of excess takeaway capacity with the completion of new and expanded systems this year.

Liquids Lines Run Deep In North America

In mid-2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) counted 200 liquid pipeline projects ongoing nationwide. At the same time, energy consulting firm ClearView Energy Partners tracked 79 separate legal appeals against liquid and natural gas federal permitting projects.

U.S. LNG Grabs 10% of Market as Jan-Aug Exports Equal 2018 Volumes

U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), negligible just three years ago, now amount to 10% of the global market and at 22 million tons so far this year are equal to the total volumes pumped out in 2018, Refinitiv data showed on Tuesday.

Asia's Imports of U.S. Crude Hit Record, but Pullback Likely: Russell

Columnist Clyde Russell says Asia’s record crude oil imports from the United States in August may be as good as it gets for some time - and not only because of the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Russian LPG Firm Battles Middle East for Chinese Market

An independent Russian producer has made a foray into China's market for LPG, jostling with Middle Eastern countries for what could be a lucrative foothold, market data showed and traders said.

Rare Split Vote May Signal Tighter Regulation of Future Permian Flaring

The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission cast a rare vote against a flaring permit in the Permian Basin, citing concern over the "frequency and ease" with which the state's oil and gas regulatory body has permitted crude producers to burn associated gas.

Midyear International Update: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

Global demand for natural gas and the infrastructure necessary to deliver it is set to keep growing over the next five years, with ongoing increases in demand across underdeveloped Asian economies and the continued development of international gas trade.

Analyzing Pipeline Records Discrepancies Efficiently

The pipeline industry is working with an aging infrastructure, with about two-thirds of existing U.S. pipelines constructed before the 1980s. This creates unique challenges for analysis and decision making with the pipeline asset data.

Pipeline Constraints, Not Export Ban, Caused Big Price Differentials

Over the past decade, the primary U.S. crude benchmark, WTI, diverged considerably from its foreign counterpart, Brent, sometimes selling at a steep discount. Some studies pointed to the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil production as the main culprit for this divergence.

New NAFTA  Agreement: Pathway for Oil, Gas

A member of the energy intelligentsia in June, after the U.S.-Mexico dispute over immigration was calmed, noted President Donald Trump who was in Texas over that period delivered the message that he favors expanding infrastructure to bolster energy trade with Mexico.