Oil

Petrobras Looking at $10 Billion in Divestments, Including Pipeline Unit

Roberto Castello Branco, the chief executive of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA, said he believes the company will divest $10 billion in assets in the first four months of 2019, aided by the sale of a major pipeline unit.

Global News

Finland, Estonia and Latvia Sign Deal for Single Gas Tariff Zone Gas transmission operators of Finland, Latvia and Estonia signed an agreement on to set up a single gas transmission tariff zone for the three countries from the start of 2020. The agreement fulfills a goal ..

Corrosion Protection Through New Cost-Effective Coating

A growing number of proactive companies are going beyond traditional techniques that have only slowed corrosion. They are turning to a new category of tough, chemically bonded phosphate ceramics (CBPCs) that can stop carbon steel corrosion, extend equipment life, and minimize the cost and production downtime required to recoat, repair, or replace equipment.

Storage Tanks Explode at Venezuela Heavy Oil Project

Two storage tanks have exploded at the Petro San Felix heavy-crude upgrading project in eastern Venezuela, according to an oil industry source and a legislator.

NACE International Roundtable: Corrosion Management for Pipeline Integrity

To explain the value of corrosion management systems (CMS), how they work, and what programs and platforms are available to help organizations improve corrosion control programs, three experts in oil and gas pipeline corrosion management share their knowledge and experience with CMS. They are Michael Ames, Chapman Engineering; Gerry Koch, DNV GL; and David Kroon, Aegion Corporation.

ExxonMobil Ups Permian Output Target to 1 Million Barrels per Day by 2024

ExxonMobil said Tuesday it has revised its Permian Basin growth plans to produce more than 1 million BOE/d by as early as 2024 – an increase that is driving significant pipeline and infrastructure development.

S.D. Governor Targets Out-of-State Funding for Pipeline Protests

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that she's proposing legislation before construction begins on the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would create a way to go after out-of-state money that funds pipeline protests.

Nigeria Blast did not Involve Nembe Creek Trunk Line

A fire in the southern Nigerian area of Nembe did not involve the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) or other pipelines, operator Aiteo said on Monday.

Navigator Announces Glass Mountain Expansion, Extended Voyager Open Season

Navigator Energy Services said it will significantly expand its Glass Mountain Pipeline System (GMP) with new segregated crude grades, more storage and transportation capacity, additional origin points and expanded market access at Cushing. It also extended its open season with Magellan Midstream for their proposed 500-mile Voyager Pipeline.

ET Completes Successful Bakken Open Season, Texas System Expansion

Energy Transfer said it completed a successful open season for its Bakken Pipeline system and placed its expanded North Texas gas pipeline in service while announcing record 2018 financial results.

Canadian National Train Derails in Manitoba, Leaks Oil

A Canadian National Railway Co train derailed in Western Canada and leaked an undetermined volume of crude oil. The incident comes as crude oil shipments by rail in Canada reached a record high due to full pipelines.

CEPA Seeks Common Ground on Bill C-69

Canada’s energy transmission pipeline companies are clear on what amendments they would like to see, and we ask the Canadian government to take the time to get this right.

Bakken Shale: North Dakota's Growth Engine

The Bakken Shale play has catapulted sparsely populated North Dakota to the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, eclipsing historically oil-rich states such as Alaska and California.

Projects

Bulgaria Seeking Binding Bids for TurkStream Link  Bulgaria’s state gas network operator Bulgartransgaz plans is seeking binding bids from shippers for a new gas link to transport mainly Russian gas from the TurkStream pipeline to central Europe, Reuters said, based on company documents. ..

Phillips 66, Kinder Morgan Announce Gray Oak Open Season

Phillips 66 Partners and Kinder Morgan announced the start of a joint open season by Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC and Kinder Morgan Crude & Condensate LLC (KMCC) to provide shippers with long-term crude oil transportation from origin points in the Permian Basin to KMCC delivery points at or near the Houst..

Section of Keystone Pipeline Shut Down after Leak

TransCanada Corp said a stretch of its Keystone crude oil pipeline from Nebraska to Illinois remained shut down on Monday after a leak was discovered last week near St. Louis, Missouri.

Noble, Apache, Diamondback Affiliates Buy Stakes in EPIC Pipelines

EPIC Midstream announced Monday that Noble Midstream Partners exercised its option for a 30% equity stake in the EPIC Crude Pipeline Project and a 15% equity stake in the EPIC NGL Pipeline. Also Monday, EPIC also said an Altus Midstream subsidiary and Diamondback Energy's Rattler Midstream subsidiary exercised options for 15% and 10%, respectively, in the EPIC Crude Pipeline Project.

Projects

FERC Approves Final 2 Laterals on Rover Pipeline Energy Transfer said service has begun on the final two laterals of Rover Pipeline following final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).   Rover has been operational since August 201..

Today’s Oil Patch Success: 'It’s Technology, Stupid!'

Upstream and midstream executives have been quick to tell investors how technology and innovation are adding efficiency and cost savings to their operations, even coming out of a three-year global price depression for oil.

2019 Global Pipeline Construction Outlook

The upstream sector started the new year on a cautious note following a sharp decline in oil and gas prices, but the midstream sector roared into 2019 on a wave of pipeline construction activity. The latest Pipeline & Gas Journal survey indicates 145,353 miles of pipelines were planned or under construction worldwide at the start of the year.

Open Season Launched for ACE Pipeline System in Louisiana

Phillips 66 Partners, Harvest Midstream and PBF Logistics commenced an open season for the ACE Pipeline System after agreeing to jointly develop the 400,000 bpd Louisiana project.

TransCanada to Change Name to TC Energy

TransCanada Corp., the company behind the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline, is changing its name to TC Energy. If approved by shareholders and regulators, the name change will occur in the second quarter.

Keystone XL Hearing may Proceed Despite Government Shutdown

Justice Department attorneys say the U.S. government shutdown shouldn't delay a court hearing on a judge's decision to halt Keystone XL pipeline construction.

Dakota Access Tree Replacement Lags Deadlines

The company hired to replace trees cut along the Dakota Access pipeline route has struggled to meet its deadline for reasons ranging from equipment and staffing issues to pushback from some landowners and agencies.

Projects

Valley Crossing Pipeline to Mexico Gains FERC Extension The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) awarded Enbridge subsidiary Valley Crossing Pipeline six additional months to connect its natural gas pipeline to its counterpart in Mexico, moving the deadline to April 23. The 168-mile pipelin..

Global News

Natural Gas Utilities Testing Demand Response Programs Demand Response (DR) programs have become a fairly common method of reducing electricity demand during summer peak periods, and now the approach is being tried by natural gas utilities – most recently due to concerns about limited pipeline capa..

Kenyan Pipeline, Insurance Fund Officials Charged Over Graft

A Kenyan court has charged senior officials from the state-run oil pipeline and others from the state health insurance fund for abuse of office and economic crimes that led to the loss of billions of shillings from the two institutions.

Jupiter Announces Open Season for Permian-Gulf Coast Crude Pipeline

Jupiter Energy Group announced it has commenced a 90-day open season for binding shipper commitments on a potential 1 Mmb/d crude oil pipeline from West Texas to the Port of Brownsville.

Keystone XL Prep Work Resumes Despite Court-Ordered Review

A federal court judge who ordered another environmental review of Keystone XL pipeline told TransCanada it can resume some U.S. pre-construction activities that had been blocked by his initial ruling.

Pipeline Vandals Cause 8,000-Barrel Spill in Peruvian Amazon

Peru's state oil company said about 8,000 barrels of crude oil spilled in the Amazon after vandals severed a pipeline and blocked access by technicians seeking to repair it.