North America

Fed Survey: Permian Flaring Hits Record; Service Firms Bearish on 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said in its quarterly energy survey that natural gas flaring and venting reached a record high. It also said about half of oil field service firms plan to cut spending in 2020.

US Consumed Record Energy in 2018; Gas Up 10%

Primary energy consumption in the United States reached a record high of 101.3 quadrillion Btu in 2018, up 4% from 2017 and 0.3% above the previous record set in 2007, according to updated statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It was the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms since 2010.

Russia to Retaliate for US Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2

The Russian government has vowed to retaliate against U.S. sanctions on a new Russia-Germany pipeline, work on which was suspended on Saturday.

North American Trade Deal Limits Changes to Mexico’s Energy Policies

Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would not be able to roll back the 2013 reforms to the country’s energy law permitting foreign investment in the industry, according to a report from the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

EPA Recommends Alternative for Alaska’s Cook Inlet Pipeline Crossing

Filings from federal, state and municipal agencies, environmental and business groups and the public piled in on the last two days for comment on the Alaska LNG project’s draft environmental impact statement.

No doubt of Nord Stream 2 Completion, but Later at Higher Cost

Russian and German officials say sanctions will add time and cost to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between their two countries, but alternatives are available for completion by in 2020.

Nord Stream 2 Says 100 Miles of Pipeline Left to Lay to Europe

The consortium behind Nord Stream 2 said on Monday that about 160 km (100 miles) of gas pipeline still needed to be laid, after a major contractor suspended work last week due to U.S. sanctions.

U.S. Sanctions Halt Allseas Work on Nord Stream 2

Swiss-Dutch company Allseas said it had suspended work on building a major Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline in order to avoid U.S. sanctions contained in legislation signed by President Donald Trump on Friday.

Turkey Threatens Retaliation Against Possible U.S. Pipeline Sanctions

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defense systems and the TurkStream gas pipeline.

First Pipe Segments Delivered for Canada's Coastal GasLink Project

TC Energy said the first segments of pipe for its Coastal GasLink pipeline project have been delivered to storage sites in Kitimat and Chetwynd, British Columbia, in anticipation of construction ramp-up next year for the 416-mile (670-km) project.

TC Energy Files to Reduce Toll on Canadian Mainline Pipeline

TC Energy Corp said on Friday its unit has reached a settlement with customers to reduce toll on the western part of its Canadian Mainline pipeline, making it cheaper to transport gas, and asked the Canada Energy Regulator for its approval.

FERC Rules Clean Energy Sources Must Pay Higher Market Price

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday directed the largest U.S. power grid operator to force state-subsidized solar and wind electricity providers to raise prices, a move that opponents called a partisan attempt to protect fossil fuels.

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.

New England Power and Gas Prices Spike During Cold Snap

Natural gas and power prices in New England spiked to their highest since last winter as a cold snap froze the six-state region. Next-day gas prices for Thursday jumped almost 25% to $14.50 per mmBtu, their highest since January, for a second day in a row.

Court Delays Decision on Trans Mountain Pipeline Challenge

A panel of Canadian appeals court judges withheld their decision on a challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline Wednesday, saying they need more time to make a decision after a three-day hearing.

Bill Imposing Sanctions on Companies Building Nord Stream 2 Heads to White House

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to slap sanctions on companies building a pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to Germany, but it was uncertain whether the measures would slow completion of the project.

Lawyer for Indigenous Contends Government Delayed Spill Reports

A Squamish Nation lawyer told a Canadian Court on Tuesday that the government delayed sharing critical documents about spill risks related to expanding its oil pipeline, in some cases waiting until after the conclusion of consultations with indigenous communities.

Opinion: Tough for China to Buy Enough U.S. crude, LNG

The big, unresolved question from the initial trade agreement between the United States and China is what happens if Beijing cannot meet the massive jump in required commodity purchases.

Epic Approves Second Greenfield Fractionator at Robstown Complex

EPIC Y-Grade will construct its second fractionator in Robstown, Texas, bringing the total fractionation capacity of the project to 270,000 bpd.

How Mexico's Leftist President Quietly Warmed to Business, Pipelines

Barely a day goes by without Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador berating business and political elites, whom he blames for fuelling the country's poverty and corruption. But behind the scenes, the leftist is proving more accommodating to business – including pipeline projects – than his language often suggests.

Vessel Loadings Show Record U.S. LNG Exports in Oct-Nov

U.S. exports of LNG set two consecutive records in October and November 2019, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. LNG exports averaged 5.8 Bcf/d with 52 exported cargoes in October and 6.3 Bcf/d with 55 exported cargoes in November.

FERC Approves Site Prep for Tellurian's Driftwood LNG Export Plant

Federal regulators said Tellurian can begin site preparation at the site of its proposed $27.5 billion Driftwood LNG export project, a facility that calls for major pipeline construction projects in Texas and Louisiana.

Canada's Encana Files Paperwork to Shift Base to U.S.

Canadian oil and gas company Encana Corp on Wednesday filed paperwork with U.S. and Canadian authorities as part of a plan to shift its base to the United States.

Tallgrass Energy Announces Open Season on Pony Express Pipeline

Tallgrass Energy announces the start of an open season for transportation on its Pony Express crude oil pipeline.

Canadian Producer Raises Budget as Alberta Bottlenecks Ease

Canadian oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc said on Tuesday it would spend nearly a quarter more in 2020, after the province of Alberta lifted some curtailments on new oil wells last month.

EPIC Midstream Loads First Oil Tanker at New Texas Export Terminal

EPIC Midstream loaded its first oil tanker at its new Texas export terminal and plans to open another dock in the third quarter of 2020, benefiting from rising demand for low-sulfur U.S. crude, EPIC President Brian Freed said.

Ironwood Midstream II Completes Acquisition of Twin Eagle Systems

Ironwood Midstream Energy Partners II said it has closed on its acquisition of West Texas gathering pipelines from a subsidiary of Twin Eagle Holdings and named a Twin Eagle executive to its management team and board of directors.

Canadian Pacific Crude Train Derails, Catches Fire in Saskatchewan

A Canadian Pacific Railway train hauling crude oil derailed west of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, causing a fire at around midnight local time, railway and police officials said on Monday.

Enterprise, Enbridge to Develop Gulf of Mexico Crude Export Terminal

Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge Inc have agreed to jointly develop a U.S. Gulf Coast crude export terminal that would load supertankers off Freeport, Texas, Enbridge said on Monday.

Gas Leak Suspected in Wyoming Blasts that Severely Burned 3 Workers

Explosions and a fire at a Wyoming oil field severely burned three workers, authorities said. A natural gas leak is suspected in the explosions and fire that injured the EOG contractors.