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Construction Begins on Oil Pipeline Project in Nigeria

China Harbour Engineering Ltd. and Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd. have started construction on a 100-kilometer subsea pipeline that will connect to Dangote Oil Refining Co. Ltd.’s new 650,000 bpd refinery being built in southwestern Nigeria’s Lekki Free Trade Zone. The scope of work consists of the transportation and installation of six 24-inch pipelines and three 48-inch pipelines, along with five single point mooring systems, a catenary anchor leg mooring buoy, and a pipeline end manifold for a shuttle tanker that imports crude for the refinery. The project is expected to be operational by September […]

North Dakota Oil Output Cut Back to Meet Gas Capture Rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fearing sanctions by the state, some North Dakota oil drillers have begun cutting output to control the amount of natural gas that’s being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of crude production, industry and state officials say. Rebounding oil prices and technology advances in western North Dakota’s oil patch have goosed crude production, spurring unanticipated record levels of natural gas that comes with it, said Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. The state’s gas-gathering and processing capability is 2.1 billion cubic feet (0.06 billion […]

Gulf Publishing’s Energy Web Atlas Releases New Features for Real-Time LNG Intelligence Service

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of data and technical information for the international energy industry, announced today several enhancements to the Energy Web Atlas (EWA) applications. The ESRI-based geographic information system (GIS) platform allows users to examine real-time project information, export and manipulate data, and serves as a comprehensive source of actionable project intelligence. EWA’s flagship mapping platform includes detailed information on every liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, providing users with a single reference source for global LNG data as well as comprehensive global pipeline information. Additional features for the LNG platform includes: Ability […]

Utility: Weight of Fill Material Caused Gas Pipeline Fire

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility says the weight of 21 feet of fill material was responsible for a November gas line rupture and massive fire in Oakland County’s Orion Township. Jackson-based Consumers Energy says Monday in a statement that the weight of the material “stressed the pipeline and caused it to sag due to the compressibility of the supporting organic soil layer.” The utility says the material was added by a third party. The fire started Nov. 20 on vacant land about 30 miles north of Detroit. The blaze eventually burned itself […]

Michigan Tech Engineer to Lead Line 5 Study

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — State officials have hired a Michigan Technological University professor to lead a risk analysis of twin pipelines carrying crude oil beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Guy Meadows and a team of researchers will focus on the underwater segment of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5, which carries nearly 23 million gallons of oil daily through the waterway linking lakes Michigan and Huron. Meadows is a mechanical engineer and director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. His group will consider likely results of a spill from the pipelines, including how far the […]

Pipeline Construction Project Application Filed

Following the conclusion of a successful binding open season, Adelphia Gateway, LLC, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the acquisition, construction and operation of an existing 84-mile pipeline and related facilities in Pennsylvania. “Today’s filing with FERC is another step forward for Adelphia Gateway,” said Stephen Westhoven, chief operating officer of New Jersey Resources. “This important project will utilize existing infrastructure to provide greater access to clean, safe, affordable natural gas to underserved markets in […]

ELN Attacks Another Colombian Pipeline As Ceasefire Ceases

Colombia’s Transandino pipeline stopped operating on Sunday after a bomb planted by ELN rebels caused a crude spill into a nearby river, according to a joint announcement by Ecopetrol and the military. The National Liberation Army (ELN) is reported to be restarting its militancy against state forces and oil infrastructure after the end of a critical ceasefire to facilitate talks that would end 53 years of war. The bomb on the 306-kilometer pipeline exploded late Saturday in the Narino provice, but has not affected exports so far. Crude production near the Colombian border is also […]

China Gas Imports Hit All-Time High

Natural gas imports into China reached an all-time high in December as the country fought a cold spell amid efforts to reduce its dependence on coal and replace it with gas. At 7.89 million tons—including pipeline flows and LNG shipments—the December figure beat the previous record, booked in November, by 20 percent. This record-high import rate makes for a fitting end to a year that saw natural gas imports into the country soar by 27 percent annually to 68.57 million tons. It seems Beijing’s drive to reduce coal consumption and increase gas consumption was a […]

Dominion CEO: Without Deal, South Carolina Power Company Fails

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The top executive of a company looking to buy a troubled South Carolina utility says the state’s leaders can either accept the deal or watch SCANA Corp. fail. News outlets report Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell told the Public Service Commission on Thursday that the Virginia company’s proposed deal was the best option South Carolina could hope for. Farrell warned that SCANA could go bankrupt if the company can’t keep charging customers to pay debts on the construction of two reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County. SCANA […]

Groups Sue to Block Construction of Louisiana Oil Pipeline

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a bid to block construction of a 162-mile-long (261-kilometer) crude oil pipeline across south Louisiana, including through the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya (uh-CHAF-uh-LIE-uh) Basin river swamp. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims the Corps violated the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws when it approved a permit for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project in December. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners plans to build the 24-inch-wide (60-centimeter-wide) pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James Parish, which is about 60 miles (95 […]

FERC Denies Constitution Pipeline Water Permit Petition

On Jan. 11, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC’s petition to overturn New York’s denial of a water permit for the Constitution Pipeline, an approximately 125-mile natural gas pipeline that will connect Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in Schoharie County, New York. According to FERC’s ruling, because Constitution Pipeline withdrew and refiled its application twice, it reset the one-year timeframe required under the federal Clean Water Act for New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rule both times. However, FERC’s commissioners reiterated their concern over the practice […]

Phillips 66, OneBridge to Develop Advanced Pipeline Integrity Management Solution

OneSoft Solutions Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions, Inc., has entered into a technology license and joint development agreement with Phillips 66 to create a comprehensive pipeline integrity management software application, by migrating Phillips 66’s current pipeline data management system (PT-DMS) to a cloud-based software-as-a-service solution and integrating Machine Learning and other Data Science technologies into the application. The solution will be designed to integrate transparently with OneBridge’s Cognitive Integrity ManagementTM solution and is targeted for use globally by oil and gas pipeline operators. The financial terms of this agreement were not disclosed. PT-DMS is a comprehensive, […]