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Oil Production, Natural Gas Price Upticks Expected

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

While pointing to Hurricane Harvey as the reason for some ambiguity concerning oil prices in the short-term, recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections have trended favorably for the pipeline industry in the coming year. In fact, with many Gulf of Mexico platforms already back in operation, U.S. crude oil production should average 9.3 MMbpd by the end of 2017 and 9.8 MMbpd in 2018 – the highest annual mark in U.S. history. That would surpass the record of 9.6 MMbpd from 1970, EIA said in its Sept. 12 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Moreover, Brent crude […]

Fall Will Be Busy Season for Pipeline Projects

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

Fall is traditionally a time when many gas pipeline projects are put in-service, as the construction that can be done in key spring and summer windows (to avoid impacts on protected animals and plants) are completed. This year is no exception, as an update of the PointLogic Energy gas pipeline data base indicates nearly three dozen projects are on track for in-service from Sept. 1 through the end of the year. Overall, PointLogic has identified and confirmed with developers 32 projects in North America that are on track for in-service by year’s end. Combined, these […]

Marcellus-Utica – Planet Earth’s Natural Gas Mecca

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

Even a casual reader of the North American oil and natural gas industry publications would be well aware of the important role a large swatch of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio plays in the energy future of not only North America but the world. Part of that awareness is sparked by the repeated reports in the trade press of industry players and observers all urging fast and steady approval for new infrastructure to process and transport a growing treasure trove of natural gas that appears boundless. Prospects have created the nation’s largest gas producer […]

Midyear International Report: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

PG&J’s annual Midyear International Report began with a review of key trends driving natural gas development and pipeline construction, noting a growing consensus that the industry is on firmer footing now than in the previous two years. It concludes with a continuation of regional coverage, following Part 1 updates on the Africa and Asia Pacific markets. Western Europe & EU Countries Energy consumption has plateaued in Europe, but natural gas is taking a growing share of the mix, sparking political conflict and a predicted showdown between Russian pipeline gas and U.S. LNG imports. Demand for […]

Teaching Technology: Solution Finds Small Pipeline Leaks

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

The domestic boom in oil and gas production has helped the U.S. increase energy independence in the past decade, but the benefits have come with environmental challenges. Among those are increased risks of hazardous chemical spills and methane gas leaks, which contribute to climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere. Between 2007 and 2012, leaks in the U.S. liquid pipelines network exceeded 100,000 barrels a year. That’s a pool of petroleum the size of the Lincoln Monument’s reflecting pool every two years. This volume is a 3.5% increase from the previous five-year period. Southwest […]

40 Years Later, Alyeska Pipeline Faces 21st Century Challenges

October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10

Since its completion in May 1977, the Alyeska Pipeline, which crosses three mountain ranges along with 34 rivers and streams, has transported over 17 billion barrels of crude oil from Prudhoe Bay en route to the Valdez Marine terminal. Now celebrating four decades of existence – a full decade longer than was originally planned for – the massive $8 billion undertaking has rightly been hailed as both a wonder of engineering and construction ingenuity, celebrated for strengthening America’s energy infrastructure while revolutionizing the economy of Alaska. For those involved in construction of the nearly 800-mile […]

Environmental Dissonance: Troubling Times for Oil & Gas Operators

September 2017, Vol. 244, No. 9

In mid-2017, in a remote, sparsely populated part of the Four Corners area of New Mexico, members of the Navajo Nation Council came to the Counselor Chapter House to listen to some of their constituents, and for five hours they got an earful. Local folks living among increased hydraulic fracturing jobs in the nearby San Juan Basin oilfield had plenty to say about the uneasy existence between stepped-up energy/economic development and the environment embodied by Mother Earth. It is earth sciences that are at the heart of the ongoing climate change, environmental and energy issues […]

DTE Energy Finds Communication a Key in Replacement Effort

September 2017, Vol. 244, No. 9

When it comes to huge long-term infrastructure replacement programs, few equal that of DTE Energy’s ongoing effort in Michigan. Not only is the service territory  massive – 20,000 square miles spread across the state – there is also the not-so simple matter of trying to upgrade 20,000 copper gas meters annually. “Many of the meters we are changing are still located within the home or business and are being moved to an exterior wall of the building,” said Joi Harris, vice president of gas operations at DTE told P&GJ in a recent interview. “The work […]

Brazos’ Midstream Strategy Includes Compression

September 2017, Vol. 244, No. 9

Fort Worth-based Brazos Midstream isn’t your typical midstream company. Actually, in today’s energy industry there is no typical midstream company. Few, if any, are identical, and their mixture of assets can change almost daily, depending on business conditions and the management team’s strategy. When Chief Executive Officer Brad Iles, Chief Financial Officer William Butler, Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Luskey and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Jaggi founded Brazos Midstream two years ago their business plan was to focus on crude oil gathering, natural gas gathering and processing, compression, treating, water and condensate handling and stabilization. Brazos’s […]

Rich Hoffmann Leaves INGAA Foundation Bigger and Better

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Rich Hoffmann, the popular executive director for the INGAA Foundation, is retiring on Aug. 31 after 10 years of service. In this interview, he looks back on his tenure, and suggests what his successor, Jason Goldstein, can expect. P&GJ: Looking back, Rich, what was your goal when you came to the Foundation, what were some of the anxieties you felt, and what do you consider your biggest accomplishments? Hoffmann: My first goal in 2008 was to continue the great reputation of the INGAA Foundation. There was a new strategic plan approved in 2007 that I […]

Midyear International Report: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

The global oil and gas industry closed 2016 with cautious optimism that the worst of a prolonged downturn might be over. Midway through this year, there is growing confidence that 2017 marks a turning point in several key areas that drive long-term demand for natural gas development and pipeline construction. While the industry still faces a challenging year, analysts believe the oil and gas industry is on a firmer footing in 2017 than at any time in the previous two years. Turning Point Wood Mackenzie projected earlier this year that exploration should return to profitability […]

Dakota Access Pipeline: Industry Retrospective on Lessons Learned

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

It is more than a little ironic that no one wants to discuss the most talked about U.S. pipeline project in the past two years despite the fact that it is now successfully built and operating. The $3.78 billion, nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) sparked both controversy and pride in 2016, depending on the respective opposing positions on the mammoth venture, but in mid-2017 industry observers were circumspect about articulating what was learned from the unquestionably large engineering and political accomplishment that DAPL represents. The consensus is that it will be much more difficult, […]

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