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June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

TransCanada Gets Final Permits for BC GasLink Pipeline TransCanada Corp. reported May 5 that it has secured the final permits needed to start construction and operation of its proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline. The company said the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission issued the last two of 10 permits needed and it now is awaiting a final investment decision from LNG Canada before starting construction. The 650-km pipeline would link natural gas fields in northeastern British Columbia to LNG Canada’s proposed export project in Kitimat, B.C. The Shell-led LNG Canada consortium is expected to make a...

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New Pipeline Safety Bill Heads for House Passage; Senate Bill Waiting

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Two House committees passed nearly identical pipeline safety bills. Once combined into a single piece of legislation, the House will work with the Senate, which previously passed a bill, to come up with a single version for President Obama’s signature. All three bills pale beside the 2011 pipeline bill that contained many new regulatory mandates for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a significant number of which have not been completed. In this new batch of bills, there are only two significant provisions. One in the two House bills gives PHMSA “emergency order”...

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PHMSA: Pipeline Company Failed to Detect California Oil Spill

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An oil pipeline company responsible for a massive spill on the California coast a year ago didn’t do enough to prevent corrosion and its operators didn’t detect and react to the spill quickly enough, federal regulators said Thursday. Plains All American Pipeline also didn’t have adequate systems in place to signal there was a major leak in the pipeline running near the Santa Barbara County coast, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in its final investigation report. PHMSA’s Failure Investigation Report identifies the direct cause of the failure as […]

3 Workers Hurt in N.J. Gas Line Explosion

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

An explosion in Bayonne, NJ on March 30 injured three contractors installing a new gas main on a street named to honor Korean War veterans. Public Service Electric & Gas said the workers were testing the pipe with air, which is standard practice, when the incident occurred on Chosin Few Way in a section of Bayonne that was once a military base. Two workers were hospitalized with serious injuries. Another worker sustained minor injuries, and two police officers at the worksite were taken to a hospital as a precaution. The cause of the explosion is […]

Understanding Both Sides of the Infrastructure Issue

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

A new book should be at the top of the reading list for everyone in the industry. It’s entitled The Green and the Black, The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy, by Gary Sernovitz, a managing director of an oil and gas private equity firm in New York City. Since President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone pipeline last November, opposition to proposed infrastructure projects, especially pipelines, is mounting through well-financed and well-organized efforts by the environmental lobby. April 18-22 was a very discouraging week as Kinder […]

Low Commodity Prices: Redrawing Midstream Financial Picture

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

As energy commodity prices continued flat-lining at the start of 2016, a favored financial tool of the midstream oil and natural gas sector – the master limited partnership (MLP) – was under siege, buffeted by skeptical Wall Street analysts and wary unitholders alike. A financial staple that had helped nurture growth in the oil and gas midsection during the past 30 years of cyclical commodity prices, MLPs have provided the ability to avoid corporate taxes and thus reduce the cost of capital. That spelled growth for corporate players in the midstream space who anxiously lined...

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Crimson Pipeline Completes Acquisition of New Pipeline System

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Crimson Pipeline, LLC  has expanded transportation services to the Central and Northern California crude oil markets with its subsidiary’s acquisition of KLM Pipeline (and ancillary assets) and Western San Joaquin Laterals (WSJ) from Chevron Pipe Line Company (CPL). The KLM Pipeline transports crude oil from California’s prolific San Joaquin Valley to the San Francisco Bay area refiners, including Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, Valero Benicia Refinery and Shell Martinez Refinery. The KLM Pipeline system includes approximately 295 miles of active pipeline with a transportation capacity of 90,000 barrels per day. With this acquisition, Crimson’s California pipeline […]

Subsea 7 Awarded Contract Off Egypt

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Subsea 7 S.A. is working under a contract from BP, and partner DEA (Deutsche Erdoel AG), to development of the Giza, Fayoum and Raven subsea fields offshore Alexandria, Egypt. This is the second phase of the West Nile Delta project, where the field development will be at depths of up to 800 meters. The contract scope includes engineering, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning of the subsea infrastructure from 12 wells, with 80 km of umbilicals and 220 km of pipelines. It includes installation of export lines from the subsea location to the Idku terminal. Offshore installation […]

Emerson to Upgrade Mexico’s Gas Pipeline Infrastructure

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Mexican oil and gas giant Pemex and ENGIE, a French energy company, have selected Emerson to help upgrade and expand Mexico’s gas pipeline infrastructure. The $8.9 million project is part of Mexico’s energy reform initiative. Because existing natural gas availability is expected to fall short of demand, Mexico is increasing capacity for importing low-cost gas from the U.S. Pemex estimates demand for natural gas will grow 3.6% year from 2012-28, with total imports increasing to 3 Bcf/d. Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, will automate the southern portion of the Los Ramones Phase […]

Upstream Debt May Put Pipelines Under Pressure

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Just like everything else, the bankruptcy river flows downstream, and as upstream players look to pass their debt burdens onto midstream operations through a rash of Chapter 11 filings, investors are wondering what is going to happen to all the pipelines as the industry continues to batten down the hatches amid the continued oil price downturn. Two such companies, Sabine Oil & Gas and Quicksilver, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, arguing at bankruptcy court that they need to be relieved of their contracts with pipeline operators for shipping their oil and gas from […]

After 7-Year Run, Sequent Tops Tenaska Among Capacity Traders

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Sequent Energy Management became the first capacity trader in seven years to beat out Tenaska in Capacity Center’s annual Top 20 report, as seven companies dropped out of the 2015 rankings altogether. Houston-based Sequent, a subsidiary of AGL Resources, traded an average daily equivalent capacity volume of more than 5.8 Bcf/d to edge out No. 2 Tenaska (5.5 Bcf/d), data showed. However, at a total of 4,348 Bcf traded in 1,440, it more than doubled Tenaka’s 2,215 Bcf total over 308 deals. “Sequent Energy has been consistent in its strategy for many years as a […]

Property Values Unaffected by Presence of Pipelines, New Report Finds

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal The presence of an underground natural gas transmission pipeline does not affect the sales prices or value of residential properties, according to a new study, “Pipeline Impact to Property Value and Property Insurability,” conducted by Integra Realty Resources on behalf of The INGAA Foundation Inc. “We undertook an independent study of residential properties in proximity to natural gas pipelines in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States,” said IRR Senior Managing Director David Dominy. ‘By identifying residential neighborhoods that were bordered or bisected by at least one pipeline, […]

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