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Lithuania Takes Delivery of US LNG to Cut Reliance on Moscow

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has taken delivery of its first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the United States, a milestone that the Baltic state hopes will further reduce its reliance on Russia. Independence, the U.S.-based tanker, docked Monday in the port of Klaipeda to offload some 150,000 cubic meters (200 cubic yards) of gas at a fully functioning offshore terminal that is capable of covering most of Lithuania’s annual energy needs. Energy Minister Zygymantas Vaiciunas said the U.S. is already the country’s most-important strategic partner and now becomes “a reliable LNG supplier for […]

Libya’s Biggest Oil Field Shut Down As Tensions Rise

The shutdown of Libya’s Sharara oilfield, the country’s largest field, has once again shown that expected production growth of several OPEC countries should not be taken for granted. Even though several media sources have been publishing overwhelmingly optimistic reports about the security situation in the country, especially after the unexpected production boost of Libya’s battered oil and gas sector, the perceived ‘peace’ between General Khalifa Haftar’s LNA and the East Libyan government (HoR), remains shaky at best. A pipeline blockade by an armed group has hindered the loading of Sharara crude from the Zawya oil […]

Natural Gas Putting Israel and Egypt on Energy Leader Board

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

Israeli Pipeline Prospects Politically, Economically Complex Israel’s desire for increased energy security, alongside the opportunity of importing natural gas through the planned Arish-Ashkelon gas-pipeline in the 1990s, encouraged the adoption of that fuel. Between 2008 and 2012, the Arish-Ashkelon pipeline brought Egyptian gas to Israel. LNG imports began in 2013 via the offshore Hader Deepwater LNG Terminal. The new millennium inaugurated a series of small offshore gasfield discoveries  culminating in the 10.8 Tcf Tamar field that came online in 2013, and  the 21.9 Tcf Leviathan field that will be fully on stream in 2019, (Figure...

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Samalayuca-Sasabe Pipeline Looks to Bring Power to North Mexico

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

The Samalayuca-Sasabe project’s main objective is connecting the federal gas network to the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora in order to supply energy to the power-generation plants located in the north and northeast of Mexico. According to the work schedule, the project is expected to start operations next April with a $916 million total investment. This is one of the most important projects in recent years in terms of energy integration at a national level. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) commissioned the construction to a consortium formed by Mexico-based Grupo Carso and the Spanish...

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New Border-Crossing Pipelines Bring Shale Gas to Mexico

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

The expansion of the U.S. cross-border pipeline network into Mexico since that nation’s historic Energy Reform in 2014 has been driven primarily by strong growth in Mexico’s natural gas demand in the power sector, declining domestic production, and the lower prices of U.S. pipeline gas compared with more expensive LNG imports. In the next three years, U.S. pipeline capacity into Mexico will nearly double. In recent developments, Mexico announced a new joint venture with TransCanada to build and operate a $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline. TransCanada is working on two other new pipelines in Mexico...

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Exporting Natural Gas to Mexico: An Opportunity for Texas?

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

As partners in the Houston office of the law firm Jones Walker LLP, Jennifer D. Hamer and Amy L. Vazquez have a front-row perspective on the legal and business issues surrounding the export of natural gas from the United States (through Texas) to Mexico. Hamer has a broad business practice in energy, real estate and finance transactions, focusing on the development, operation and financing of domestic and international energy infrastructure projects. Vazquez concentrates her practice on energy litigation, energy and natural resources matters, oil and gas law, eminent domain and complex business litigation. They provide...

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Canada’s Oil Industry Doomed If Prices Fall Lower

Canada’s oil industry has faced a lot of strain lately. The list of oil majors selling off assets and withdrawing from high-cost oil sands is long. ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, Marathon Oil, Murphy Oil and Statoil have sold upwards of $25 billion worth of oil sands assets this year. ExxonMobil also wrote down more than 3.5 billion barrels of oil reserves in Canada at the beginning of 2017. The companies viewed Alberta’s bitumen and heavy oil as no longer competitive in a $50 market, and many of them are focusing on other types of production, […]

Mexico: 1 Dead, 5 Hurt in Blast at Illegal Fuel Pipeline Tap

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say an explosion at an illegal fuel pipeline tap has killed a person and injured five more in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The state Civil Protection agency reports via Twitter that people were treated for burns from the blast near the town of Zapoapan. Veracruz’s Public Safety Department published photos showing a thick column of smoke rising from an agricultural field and some charred vehicles. State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said Saturday’s explosion was “caused by an illegal tap” and had been extinguished. Fuel theft is a […]

Iran Seeks 500,000 Bpd Oil Swap With Caspian Countries

Iran is ready to swap 500,000 bpd of oil with its fellow Caspian Sea countries, Iranian Fars news agency reported on Friday, quoting a senior official. According to Hamid Hosseini, head of the North department at Iranian Oil Pipeline and Telecommunication Company, a 272-km (169 miles) pipeline has been built to ship crude oil from the Neka terminal on the Caspian Sea to a Tehran refinery. Under the swap deals, refineries in Tehran and Tabriz use the swapped oil, while Iran delivers the same amount it receives via the Kharq Oil Terminal in the Persian […]

Mexico Becomes Increasingly Important For U.S. Energy Exports

U.S. energy sales account for more than 50 percent of Mexico’s current energy imports as Mexican energy reforms open the market and as the country is switching to natural gas-fired electricity production, the Washington Examiner reported on Monday, citing an S&P Global Platts report due to be released this week. “Pipeline imports of U.S. natural gas make up nearly 60 percent of total Mexican natural gas supply, compared to just 22 percent in 2010,” the report, viewed by the Washington Examiner, said. “Platts Analytics expects that U.S. natural gas imports will rise to nearly 70 […]

35,000-Barrel Oil Spill Prompts Urgent Cleanup In Kuwait

An oil spill into Kuwaiti waters prompted an emergency cleanup over the weekend, with media reports saying it all will be over this week. While some sources attributed the spill to a pipeline leak, estimating the amount that spilled into the Persian Gulf at 35,000 barrels, there has been no official confirmation on the size or cause of the accident. The spill occurred near Ras al-Zour, in southern Kuwait, Reuters reports, where Kuwait National Petroleum Company is currently building the biggest oil refinery in the Middle East, capable of handling 615,000 barrels of crude daily […]

Ex Minister: Unused Iraq-Saudi Pipeline Should Reopen

Iraq needs to regain access to a pipeline that was used in the past to export Iraqi crude oil via Saudi Arabia, according to Parliament member and former Iraqi oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr Al Olum. “I have discussed this issue before with the Saudi side,” Saudi newspaper Al Hayat quoted Al Olum as saying, as carried by Reuters on Thursday. The Iraqi Pipeline in Saudi Arabia (IPSA) has not been used to load Iraqi oil since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait back in 1990. IPSA was laid across Saudi Arabia in the 1980s after both sides in […]

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