Business & Markets

‘Cradle-to-Grave’ Documentation Enhances Safety in Pipeline Projects

By Richard D. Phillips, Senior Director, Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan, SoCalGas Phillips Following a major gas pipeline explosion in 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission sought to ensure that every gas utility meets strict specifications fo..

Allseas Touches Down with Sonardyne Dual-GyroUSBL’s on Lorelay Stinger

Offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company Allseas is taking advantage of the operational benefits available from Sonardyne International’s GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology, following an order for two systems for its 236-meterlay vessel, Lorelay.

Liberty Utilities Sees Potential Benefit in Decoupling

Whenever the topic of “decoupling” is mentioned concerning natural gas distribution utilities, confusion, along with a fair amount of debate, is bound to follow. That’s because, traditionally, rates for business and residential customers are decided based on a particular company’s revenues and profits.

Pipeline Company Seeks to Dismantle Alaska Oil Terminal

An Alaskan pipeline company plans to start dismantling an oil terminal on the Cook Inlet next year after oil is expected to start flowing through a reconfigured pipeline system in September.

Russia’s Gas Pipeline Network Revised

Gazprom spent $4.6 billion and built more than 17,000 miles of pipeline during 2005-2016. Here's an update on the Russian gas giant's vertically integrated business, now responsible for about 11% of global gas output

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Cyprus, Israel, Greece Target 2018 Agreement on East Med Pipeline The East Med natural gas pipeline took center stage at a meeting between the leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece, who said they’re determined to move forward with plans for the project this year.  ..

Small Oil Producers Face Output Squeeze as Permian Pipelines Fill

As pipelines out of the Permian Basin reach capacity in the coming months, smaller producers are expected to slow or shut-in production.

Report: US, Canada Need $800 Billion in Midstream Infrastructure Investment Through 2035

The United States and Canada will require annual average natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids midstream infrastructure investment of about $44 billion per year, or a total of $791 billion over the 18-year period from 2018 through 2035, a new study finds.

Plains-ExxonMobil JV to Build Permian Pipeline

ExxonMobil and Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) plan to build a new pipeline that will add 1 MMbpd of takeaway capacity for Permian Basin crude oil and condensate.

UGI Expands Gathering System in Marcellus Basin

UGI Energy Services has approved further expansion of its Auburn Gathering System in the Marcellus Basin with construction of two additional compressor stations in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

Cheniere Moves Ahead with Corpus Christi LNG Expansion

Cheniere Energy has approved construction of a third liquefaction unit at its Corpus Christi export terminal in Texas, the first new LNG project to go ahead in the United States since 2015.

Understanding Corps Of Engineers Approach to Pipeline Permit Approvals

Growing U.S. oil and gas production will require billions of dollars in projects that require permit approvals from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Understanding and working with the Corps can help companies avoid construction delays for pipelines and marine export facilities.

Natural Gas Utilities Securing the Future

Natural gas utilities must compete for digital-savvy customers who've grown accustomed to instant information and expect more from service providers. Customer-focused natural gas utilities who partner with innovative companies to provide value-added products and services will be successful.

Marcellus-Utica: The Juggernaut Continues

The Marcellus-Utica has an estimated quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas, but markets and infrastructure must be developed to leverage this potential.

EWA Partners with Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative to Leverage LNG Real-Time Global Project Information

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading provider of data and technical information for the global energy industry, announced April 12 that Energy Web Atlas (EWA) entered into a partnership with Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative (NGI). EWA is a platform that allows users to examine real-time natural gas project information.

Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Line 3 Construction Bill

Both houses of the Minnesota Legislature have passed legislation enabling Enbridge to proceed with the $2.9 billion Line 3 Replacement project without regulatory approval.

TransCanada Official: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Construction Expected to Start in 2019

Construction on TransCanada's Coastal GasLink pipeline will start in early 2019, pending a positive final investment decision on the LNG Canada project, the head of the project said.

Canada May Cover Losses for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Canada is prepared to cover any losses Kinder Morgan Canada might suffer if a proposed oil pipeline expansion continues to be delayed by political opposition, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said.

Keyera Enters Storage and Terminal Business in Cushing

Canadian-based midstream company Keyera Corp. is developing the Wildhorse Terminal, a crude oil storage and blending terminal in Cushing, Okla. that will include 12 above-ground tanks with 4.5 million barrels of working storage capacity.

Apache, Salt Creek Midstream to Build SCM Alpine Header System

Apache Midstream and Salt Creek Midstream are developing SCM Alpine, a 445,000 bpd NGL header system comprised of two pipeline segments originating at the companies' processing facilities in Reeves County, Texas. that will interconnect to pipelines at the Waha trading hub and provide access to Mont Belvieu and Corpus Christi fractionation facilities.

Nord Stream 2 Prep Work Along German Coast Begins

Preparatory work for the section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline off Germany's Baltic coast has commenced, the consortium behind the project said.

Court Vacates Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit

A federal appellate court has vacated a key Atlantic Coast pipeline permit because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species, however, no construction delays are expected.

Enbridge: Line 5 Dented Nearly an Inch

Enbridge officials have informed Michigan regulators that the company's Line 5 was dented nearly an inch by a suspected tugboat anchor strike last month.

Germany Proposes Consortium to Protect Ukraine from Nord Stream 2 Losses

Germany has proposed setting up some sort of consortium to ensure that Ukraine retains its role as a transit country for Russian gas once the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is operational.

EPIC Secures Strategic Partnerships for Crude Oil Pipeline

Apache Corporation and Noble Energy have committed to anchor the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline, which will run side-by-side with the EPIC NGL Pipeline for 730 miles from southeastern New Mexico to Corpus Christi, Texas.

Kingfisher Midstream, Ergon Form JV to Build Cimarron Express Pipeline

Kingfisher Midstream, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Mesa Resources, Blueknight Energy Partners and affiliates of Ergon have executed definitive agreements to form Cimarron Express Pipeline. The venture will include the construction and operation of a new 65-mile crude oil pipeline serving STACK producers in central Oklahoma.

El Paso Natural Gas Files South Mainline Application

El Paso Natural Gas Co. (EPNG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization to construct and operate the $127.9 million South Mainline Expansion Project, which would expand capacity on the company's Line Nos. 1100 and 1103 by 321,000 Dth/d in Hudspeth and El Paso counties in Texas to serve markets in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Mexico.

Enbridge to Sell U.S. Gas Pipelines Unit

Enbridge will sell Midcoast Operating, its U.S. gas pipelines unit, to an affiliate of private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners for $1.12 billion, the company said.

Rustler Breaks Open Season Begins

San Mateo Black River Oil Pipeline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of San Mateo Midstream, has commenced a binding open season for the Rustler Breaks Pipeline Project, a proposed 17-mile, 10-inch crude petroleum gathering and transportation system in Eddy County, N.M. that will interconnect with Plains All American Pipeline.

SoCalGas Warns Supply Could Fall Short

According to Southern California Gas, pipeline outages and restrictions on the Aliso Canyon storage facility could reduce its ability to deliver natural gas this year to a level even lower than California state regulators and others have predicted.