Regions

Regulators Ease Storage Rules, Fees for Texas Producers

Texas oil and gas regulators voted to temporarily relax their rules for underground crude storage and waive related fees and surcharges that producers typically pay.

Texas Will Not Mandate Oil Production Cuts

Texas energy regulators on Tuesday said they will not mandate oil production cuts, ending a month-long debate about whether they would wade into global oil politics for the first time in 50 years as crude prices cratered.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kentucky

Enbridge responded to an explosion Monday evening on Line 10 of its Texas Eastern system in Kentucky, and said Tuesday that it has shut-in a section of the pipeline. Gas futures rose on the news.

MPLX Abandons Permian NGL Pipeline Amid Industry Downturn

MPLX LP said on Tuesday it is no longer pursuing a Permian-to-Gulf Coast NGL pipeline after the collapse in oil prices and said it will focus on expanding capacity on existing pipelines instead.

Freeport LNG Starts Commercial Operation of Third Train

Freeport LNG said it began commercial operations for its third liquefaction train on Friday, with the commencement of liquefaction services to Total S.A. and SK E&S under their tolling agreements with Freeport.

Poland's Gaz-System Reaches $306 Million Pipeline Deal with Saipem

Polish gas grid operator Gaz-System said on Monday it signed a 280 million euro ($306 million) contract with Italian oil services group Saipem to build a section of the Baltic Pipe between Denmark and Poland.

Williams Places Phase II of Hillabee Expansion in Service

Williams said it has placed Phase II of the Hillabee expansion project in service, adding natural gas capacity to the Transco system and direct access to Florida’s rapidly growing power generation market.

Russian Pipelaying Vessel Reaches Baltic as Nord Stream 2 Target Looms

A Russian pipelaying vessel that could be used to complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany has arrived in the Baltic Sea.

Greek-Italian Joint Venture Seeks Contractors for EastMed Gas Pipeline

Greece's DEPA and Italy's Edison are looking for contractors to build part of the EastMed gas pipeline.

Ecopetrol Unit to Let Colombia Oil Producers Cut Pipeline Costs for Two Months

Ecopetrol subsidiary Cenit is allowing Columbian oil producers to reduce their transit tariffs by 50% for two months in an effort to ease the strain on the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Calcasieu Pass Raises Roof for First LNG Storage Tank

Venture Global LNG said it raised the first LNG storage tank roof at its Calcasieu Pass export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The milestone was completed on schedule and comes eight months after the project’s final investment decision, it said..

Tokyo Gas Maintains LNG Imports, Infrastructure Projects Despite Profit Plunge

Japan's biggest supplier of city gas said net profit fell by nearly half in the fiscal year ended March 31, but it has no plans to cut LNG imports or change its overseas investment plan.

Continental Resources Halts Bakken Shale Output, Seeks to Cancel Sales

The largest oil producer in North Dakota has halted most of its production and reportedly told some customers it will not supply crude after the latest price crash, but there are doubts whether force majeure applies.

Declining ‘Associated Gas’ Signals Opportunity for Dry Gas Basins

As crude oil producers throttle back production in associated-gas basins, it may signal growth opportunities for dry gas basins such as Haynesville and Marcellus/Utica.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

CPC Oil Producers Eye New Transit Routes via Russia’s Transneft

Oil producers in Kazakhstan are seeking to divert flows away from the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to systems owned by Russia's Transeft as CPC Blend margins fall.

Oil Price Goes Negative as Demand Collapses

Oil futures plunged below zero for the first time on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders sought to avoid owning crude with nowhere to store it.

Bidders for ADNOC Gas Pipelines in Talks for $8 Billion Loan: Sources

U.S.-based Global Infrastructure Partners is heading a consortium of buyers looking for up to $8 billion in financing to invest in ADNOC natural gas pipeline assets.

Canada’s Court Rulings Brighten Path for Pipeline Expansion

Canada's efforts to add oil and gas pipeline capacity were stalemated by legal challenges over the past decade, but two important court rulings since the start of the year may break the bottleneck.

Chevron Sells Azerbaijan Pipeline Assets

Chevron announced that its affiliate companies have sold their non-operating interests in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil fields, including interests in two pipelines, to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas for $1.57 billion.

Oklahoma Judge May Recommend Ruling Oil Production 'Economic Waste'

An Oklahoma Judge will recommend the state's oil and gas regulator approve an emergency order declaring oil production in the state could constitute economic waste, a spokesman for the state's Corporation Commission said.

Pipeline Upgrades to Increase Natural Gas Flows into New England

Several natural gas pipeline upgrades are either planned or under construction in New England, which will increase deliverability into the region over the next several years, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Part Two: China’s Pursuing Historic Diversification of Pipeline Routes

In our second look at China’s pipeline infrastructure, Energy Writer Gordon Feller explores CNPC’s investment of billions of dollars in Kazakhstan´s energy sector and doubts that remain surrounding a final export corridor.

Texas Oil Hearing Stirs Debate but No Decision; Oklahoma Sets May Hearing

Texas energy regulators listened as top executives on Tuesday debated whether the state should cut oil output by 1 million barrels per day, but did not indicate how they might vote after more than 10 hours of sometimes dire testimony.

Kazakhstan Pipeline Work Continues Despite Tengiz Slowdown

Kazakhstan's biggest oil producer has reduced some work on its $45 billion expansion project in the west of the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, but pipeline construction continues.

FERC Issues Favorable Environmental Assessment for Double E Pipeline

Summit Midstream and Exxon Mobil's Double E pipeline carrying natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Waha Hub in Texas has received a favorable environmental review from U.S. regulators.

PGNiG Loads First LNG Tankers in Lithuania

Polish gas giant PGNiG has sold and loaded the first two cargos of LNG from its reloading terminal in Lithuania.

Enterprise Offers Crude Shipments on Existing Pipeline from U.S. Gulf Coast to Cushing, OK

Enterprise Products Partners is going to offer spot shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Cushing, OK as demand for inland flow routes surges.

Shell, Exxon Halt Some Gulf of Mexico Flows Due to Exxon Pipeline Leak

A leak in a subsea oil pipeline operated by Exxon has leaked in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Russia's Rosneft Becomes Top Oil Supplier to Belarus

Russian state oil company Rosneft will be biggest oil supplier to Belarus this month, after Moscow and Minsk settled their oil price row, Belarus state energy company Belneftekhim said on Monday.