Tag Archives: natural gas

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.

J.D Power Study: Customer Satisfaction with U.S. Natural Gas Utilities Reaches All-Time High

According to J.D. Power’s 2017 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study, natural gas utility business customer satisfaction scores have reached an all-time high. With an overall satisfaction score of 792 (on a 1,000-point scale), gas utility business customers are now the most satisfied among all utility customers surveyed by J.D. Power. “Gas utilities have put huge efforts into customer safety preparedness during the past few years, and those efforts are starting to pay off in the form of record-high levels of satisfaction among business customers,” said Carl Lepper, Director, Utility Practice at J.D. Power. “Since […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Residents Flee After Nigeria Gas Company Pipeline Explodes

A heavy explosion at the Nigeria Gas Company pipeline, which crosses the Ugbokodo community near the Warri Refinery, caused chaos in the area, according to emerging reports. The explosion occurred at 4:00 in the morning on Thursday, pushing residents to search for shelter as fires began spreading to homes. Some residents and children had not been found at the time of writing. Local news source The Punch said leakages from the pipeline had caused the explosion. Local fire services put out the fires at 8:00 in the morning. No loss of life has been reported […]

Halfwave Awarded Nord Stream 2 Inspection Contract

Halfwave has been awarded a contract to custom-build ART Scan® tools for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project. The tools will be used to inspect new pipelines during the pre-commissioning phase and have the capability to inspect an entire pipeline in one single run while providing high resolution inspection results. “This is one of the largest and most exciting contracts that we have been awarded, and we are pleased that Nord Stream 2 AG has recognized the added value the ART technology provides,” said Halfwave CEO Paul Cooper. “After a very diligent technology evaluation process, it is […]

FERC Sued over Mountain Valley Pipeline Approval

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal regulators over their approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia. The lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was filed late Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. It challenges the commission’s 2-1 decision to grant what’s called a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the approximately 300-mile project. The lawsuit argues in part that FERC didn’t do enough to establish the true need for the pipeline. Attorneys for […]

Williams Partners Sets Delivery Record on Transco System

As frigid conditions blanket the U.S., Williams Partners L.P. announced that, on Jan.5, 2018, it delivered a record amount of natural gas on its Transco interstate gas pipeline, providing essential services to gas distribution companies, power generators and other customers located along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. The nation’s largest-volume natural gas transmission system, Transco delivered a record-breaking 15.58 million dekatherms (MMdt) on Jan. 5, 2018. The new peak-day mark surpasses the previous high that was set on Jan. 1, 2018. The Transco system, which stretches from South Texas to New York City, also […]

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