North America

U.S. LNG Exports Forecast to Exceed Pipeline Exports in 2022

EIA forecasts that U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will exceed natural gas exports by pipeline in the first and fourth quarters of 2021 and on an annual basis in 2022.

Northern Mexico Hit With $2.7 billion Blackout due to Texas Freeze

Factories across parts of northern Mexico on Tuesday reported $2.7 billion in losses from blackouts that extended to a second day on limited natural gas supplies from Texas, where a rare winter freeze has left millions of users without light or heat.

Energy Transfer to Acquire Enable Midstream for $7 billion

Dallas-based Energy Transfer and Oklahoma City’s Enable Midstream Partners are merging after agreeing that Energy Transfer will acquire Enable for an all-equity $7.2 billion deal.

Texas Energy Sector Struggles to Thaw After Deep Freeze

Texas produces more oil and natural gas than any other U.S. state, and its operators, unlike those in North Dakota or Alaska, are not used to dealing with frigid temperatures.

Magellan Midstream Launches Open Season for Potential New Mexico Pipeline Expansion

The nearly 250-mile pipeline segment currently transports various grades of gasoline and diesel fuel from Magellan's terminal in El Paso, Texas to terminals in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Texas Deep Freeze Hits Energy Sector

A deep freeze in Texas that started over the weekend continued to wreak havoc on the U.S. energy sector on Tuesday, grounding operations at the Houston Ship channel and curbing output in the nation's largest oil field in the Permian, while several of the biggest oil refineries remained offline.

Resurgent Canadian Natgas Producers Looking to U.S. Market

Canadian natural gas producers are bouncing back faster from the COVID-19 pandemic than battered U.S. shale firms, putting them in position to boost net gas exports to the United States for the first time in five years.

Oil Prices Close to 13-month Highs, Supported by Texas Cold Snap

Oil prices hovered near 13-month highs on Tuesday, supported by a U.S. cold snap that shut wells in Texas, though gains were capped by a Norwegian wage deal that averted supply disruptions in Europe.

Oil Refineries Shut as Texas Energy Industry Reels from Deep Freeze

A deep freeze across Texas took a toll on the energy industry in the largest U.S. crude-producing state, shutting oil refineries and forcing restrictions from natural gas pipeline operators.

Enbridge Raises Line 3 Replacement Cost Estimate by $1.1 billion

Enbridge Inc forecast higher costs for its long-contested Line 3 pipeline replacement project, citing regulatory and permitting delays, winter construction and COVID-19 protocols, among other reasons.

Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline Completion Expected by End 2021

Virginia natural gas company RGC Resources Inc's chief executive said the joint venture building the $5.8 billion-$6.0 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia expects to complete the project by the end of 2021.

Army Corps Attorneys Withdraw from Dakota Access Pipeline Case

An attorney at Earthjustice who represents the tribe said they hope the Biden administration will seek to close the line, but the departure of these attorneys should not necessarily be seen as a signal of that happening.

U.S. Pipeline Operator Energy Transfer to Tap into Alternative Energy

Traditional oil and gas companies are under increasing pressure to invest more in renewable energy and carbon-capture technology to battle climate change.

Chairman Says FERC will Add Environmental Justice Position

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Thursday the panel will create a senior position on environmental justice, to make sure new energy projects, such as pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities, do not unfairly harm minority communities.

Unsolicited, Brookfield Offers $5.6 billion for Canada's Inter Pipeline

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. made an unsolicited C$7.08 billion ($5.6 billion) offer on Wednesday to buy Canada's Inter Pipeline Ltd as it seeks to benefit from rebounding oil and gas demand, after an approach last year was rebuffed.

EIA: U.S. Crude Output to Fall More than Previously Forecast This Year

The U.S. government on Tuesday lowered its outlook for crude oil production in 2021 to 11.02 million barrels per day from 11.1 million bpd previously forecast, while oil prices rose on Tuesday for their seventh straight session of gains.

Senate Energy Leader Urges Biden to Reverse Keystone XL Opposition

The head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged President Joe Biden to reverse his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than transporting the oil via trucks and trains.

Canada Plans Hydropower Push after Keystone Cancellation

With Canadian crude exports taking a hit from Biden's decision to scrap the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Ottawa is increasingly focused on sales of clean energy.

U.S. and Canadian Natural Gas Prices Rise During Arctic Freeze

Next-day gas for Monday rose to its highest since December 2018 at the Waha hub in the Permian basin in Texas where some producers were forced to pay others to take their gas when prices turned negative in October.

Bakken Facing Challenges in Coming Year

Going forward, the Bakken Shale region should continue to provide good opportunities for midstream companies in 2021, though it will face challenges recovering in the wake of the pandemic.

Alaska Seeks to Build Natgas Pipeline from North Slope to Fairbanks

The proposed $5.9 billion gas pipe would run roughly 500 miles (805 kilometers) from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks and could start delivering gas into central Alaska in 2025.

Biden's EPA Pick Plans to Consult with Stakeholders, States in Climate Fight

U.S. President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers he will consult with states and other stakeholders as the agency determines how to deliver on the administration's plans to tackle climate change and clean up pollution hotspots.

Supreme Court to Hear Pipeline Company's Bid to Seize New Jersey Land

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a bid by a consortium of energy companies seeking to seize land owned by the state of New Jersey to build a $1 billion natural gas pipeline.

Summit Midstream Announces $175 million Commitments for Double E Pipeline Project

Summit Permian Transmission has received $175 million of commitments from three leading commercial banks to finance the development of its Double E Pipeline Project, which will transport gas from the Delaware Basin in the Permian shale in New Mexico and Texas to the Waha hub in West Texas.

Tumbleweed Midstream Announces 10-Year Helium Sales Agreement

Colorado’s Tumbleweed Midstream announced it has executed a new 10-year helium sales agreement with a global tier one helium supplier, which will allow Tumbleweed to sell up to 10% of its helium production to third-party buyers.

Germany’s Siemens Gutting Natural Gas Jobs Through 2025

Siemens Energy is cutting about 7,800 natural gas jobs until 2025, the company announced as part of its cost-saving initiatives.

Environmentalists and Unions Clash Politically Over Pipelines

Environmentalists and labor unions that threw their support behind U.S. President Joseph Biden now find themselves on the opposite sides of a battle over the construction of big pipeline projects between Canada and the United States.

Petroleum, Energy Organizations Combine to Form Energy Workforce & Technology Council

The council will represent more than 600 energy technology and services companies in the global energy supply chain providing solutions to enable a low-carbon future, safely, profitably, and sustainably.

Michigan OKs Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

The decision, a victory for Enbridge Inc., comes as the Canadian company resists Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's demand to shut down its 68-year-old line in the Straits of Mackinac.

JD Fields and HDM Tubes Building Spiralweld Mill in Texas

JD Fields & Company, a leading U.S. steel products distributor for oil & gas pipeline and civil infrastructure, announced plans for JDF/HDM Spiralweld Mill in Sinton, Texas.