TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — State officials have released a final analysis of options for the future of a controversial oil pipeline that runs beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The report by the Canadian consulting firm Dynamic Risk lists six alternatives. Among them is continued operation of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5, which runs from Superior, Wisconsin, through northern Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. The segment that crosses the Straits of Mackinac is divided into two lines. Among other options are building new pipelines that would bypass the straits or be buried in tunnels; […]
Chevron’s Nigerian unit and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have signed the second and final phase of a US$1.7-billion alternative financing agreement for a joint project in Nigeria that is expected to boost the country’s crude oil production by 39,000 bpd in the long term, NNPC said on Sunday. The joint venture of NNPC and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) expects the project to boost production will cost some US$1.7 billion, of which US$780 million will be provided by third parties. In the first financing stage, Nigerian commercial banks provided US$400 million of the financing, […]
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Oregon man goes on trial in Montana Tuesday in the latest criminal prosecution against activists who sought to call attention to climate change by shutting down oil pipelines in four states. Sixty-five-year-old Leonard Higgins of Portland is charged with criminal mischief and trespassing. He told The Associated Press that he wants to tell jurors his closure of a Spectra Energy pipeline valve in north-central Montana in October 2016 was necessary because climate change is an emergency and can’t be ignored. But District Judge Daniel Boucher (boo-SHAY’) says he won’t allow […]
The construction of the 932-mile (1,500-km) Argentine Northeastern Gas Pipeline (GNEA) is designed to transport greater volumes of gas from Bolivia to parts of Argentina where about 40% of the population living in the provinces is still forced to use bottled gas. For this reason, one of the priorities of the new government calls for the construction of three important gas infrastructure projects. “Expansion of the Natural Gas Transportation and Distribution System,” will, by the end of 2018, allow natural gas to be delivered to 140,500 homes, in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chubut, Río...
Chris Banning has an insider’s feel for the increasingly intricate pipeline industry as the shale revolution has led petroleum companies to transition into different roles and strategies. The result has changed the entire landscape of the industry, either through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), or complex negotiations involving landowner contracts and mineral-rights agreements. Banning has worked since 2008 as a commercial negotiation consultant for The Gap Partnership, a global negotiation consultancy involved in 50 countries, in particular the oil and gas business. Here, he discusses the deals that are actively shaping the pipeline industry. P&GJ: The...
Spain is Europe’s fifth-biggest consumer of energy and seventh-largest market for natural gas, burning some 984 Bcf in 2015, when gas accounted for 18% of its energy consumption. The industrial sector accounted for the lion’s share at 64%, with the remainder shared equally by the domestic-commercial and electricity generation sector. Economic recovery, combined with conversion of coal and diesel plants to gas, and growth in power generation of 32% in 2017 to maintain power supplies, has increased demand for gas, reported Kallanish Energy in February 2017. As for the future, demand for gas is expected...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska commission approved an alternative route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state on Monday, removing the last major regulatory obstacle to building the long-delayed $8 billion project. The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s vote on the long-delayed project could still be challenged in court. Opponents also said another federal review may be needed because the approved route would run farther north than the preferred route proposed by TransCanada Corp., which wants to build a 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline from Canada across several U.S. states. “This decision opens up a […]
Ancala Midstream Acquisitions Limited has acquired Apache Corporation’s interests in the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) System and the Beryl Gas Pipeline for an undisclosed sum. The SAGE System consists of s a 323-kilometer, 30-inch bore pipeline and a gas processing terminal located at St Fergus, 65 kilometers north of Aberdeen, Scotland. The system transports and processes gas from nine fields, including the Beryl Field and its satellites. “Ancala Midstream is delighted to have closed this important investment in two major pieces of North Sea infrastructure,” Jim Halliday, Chief Executive, Ancala Midstream, said. “It is critical for the commercial […]
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators are set to decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It’s the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp. The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska. A vote in favor of the […]
AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says the company has sent additional crews and equipment to the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill in South Dakota from its Keystone pipeline. TransCanada said Saturday it is making progress in its investigation into the spill cause on farmland in Marshall County, near the North Dakota border, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) west of Minneapolis. But the company did not elaborate on the cause. The company says additional equipment and workers continue to be dispatched to the site. Company spokesman Terry Cunha said Sunday that about 150 people […]
Wood has been awarded a contract from Ancala Midstream Acquisitions Limited to act as operating partner of the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) system and Beryl pipeline. Under the terms of the contract, Wood will manage the day-to-day operations of the SAGE system, a 323-kilometer pipeline that transports gas from the northern part of the Central North Sea to the SAGE terminal at St Fergus, north of Aberdeen, Scotland. “We are delighted to be working with Ancala Midstream on these major pieces of infrastructure,” Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive said. “This contract strengthens our operating partner portfolio in the […]
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The independent corporation overseeing the operation of New England’s power system says natural gas pipelines feeding the region are so constrained that electricity prices are driven higher during cold winters. ISO New England President Gordon van Welie (WHEE’-lee) says regional pipelines were built for gas distribution companies’ heating demands, not for power generation. He says they’re at, or near capacity, in winter and generators have to use more expensive fuels, including oil and liquefied natural gas. Van Welie spoke at an energy conference Friday in Rhode Island. He says policymakers could […]