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Environmental Groups Challenge Key Approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of community and environmental groups has filed a legal challenge to Virginia regulators’ decision to grant a conditional water quality permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The groups filed a petition Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond contesting the Virginia State Water Control Board’s December approval of a water quality certification. The citizen board of gubernatorial appointees voted 4-3 in December to approve the permit but added a number of conditions. The groups argue the board and the state Department of Environmental Quality […]

Contract Awarded for Australian Pipeline Construction Project

Nacap has been awarded a construction contract by APA Group for the Yamarna Gas Pipeline (YGP) Project. The YGP Project includes the construction of a 198-kilometer natural gas, high pressure pipeline to be built east of Laverton in Western Australia, running from a connection point off the existing Eastern Goldfields Gas Pipeline to the new Gruyere gold mine project site. Under the terms of the contract, work on the project will start this month and includes the mobilization and establishment of a 200 person camp. The remaining construction activities will commence in February 2018, with the project expected to be completed by June.

Kinder Morgan Delays Trans Mountain Launch Again

Kinder Morgan said it would have to delay the start of the expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline by another three months, to December 2020, its chief executive Steve Kean said at the presentation of the company’s fourth-quarter results. The US$5.95-billion expansion project still needs to gather all necessary permit approvals, Keane said, adding that the other reason for the delay was “because we’ve not completed the work necessary with our contractors to determine where we can save time and money on the build and we don’t have a clear view of when the starting […]

TransCanada Says It’s Moving Forward with Keystone XL Pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline says it is moving forward with its plans and hopes to begin construction next year. TransCanada Corp. said Thursday that its decision builds on the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s decision to approve a route through the state on Nov. 20. The company based in Calgary, Canada, says it has secured enough long-term commitments from oil companies to ship approximately 500,000 barrels per day through the pipeline. The project faces opposition from environmental groups, property owners along the route and Native American tribes, who view […]

Construction Underway on TurkStream Terminal

South Stream Transport BV today announced construction is now underway on the receiving terminal of the TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline. With the start of the onshore construction in Turkey, the project is now being implemented in three construction areas: onshore Russia, onshore Turkey and offshore in the Black Sea. The terminal is being built by Petrofac, who was awarded the contract in September 2017. Petrofac has contracted Tekfen, one of Turkey’s leading construction companies, as its main subcontractor for the project. The scope of work includes the preparation of the area where the receiving terminal […]

MPLX Launches Joint Binding Open Season for Cushing-to-Patoka Pipeline Expansion

MPLX LP today announced that its subsidiaries MPLX Ozark Pipe Line LLC (Ozark) and Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) have commenced a joint binding open season on the combined Ozark 22-inch and Woodpat 22-inch pipelines from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Patoka, Illinois. The joint binding open season provides interested shippers with an opportunity to secure priority transportation service on the pipelines. “We are pleased to announce the Cushing-to-Patoka Expansion Project as Midwest markets desire further access to West Texas Intermediate crude,” MPLX President Michael J. Hennigan said. “This expansion will provide additional capacity for shippers while […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trans Mountain Expansion Route Hearing Set for Next Week

The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold an oral hearing beginning Jan. 15, 2018 to consider an application from Kinder Morgan to alter part of the proposed route for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in the City of Chilliwack, British Columbia. The company applied to the NEB under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act for the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment. The currently-approved corridor for the pipeline in Chilliwack follows a BC Hydro right of way between 500 kV overhead transmission lines. Kinder Morgan has proposed re-routing 1.8 kilometers of the new pipeline so that it would be […]

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