Processing/LNG

NextDecade Files Application to Site Rio Grande LNG, Rio Bravo Pipeline

The Woodlands, TX-based NextDecade, a development and management company of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct and operate Rio Grande LNG. The proposed 27 mtpa LNG export facility near Brownsville, TX. F..

Natural Gas Net Imports in 2015 at Lowest Level Since 1986

U.S natural gas net imports fell to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, continuing a decline that began in 2007, when net imports of natural gas exceeded 10 Bcf/d. While both U.S. natural gas consumption and production have increased in recent years, natural gas production has grown slig..

Canada Expects Lower Natural Gas Exports to US, Higher LNG Exports Elsewhere

In its recent publication, Canada’s Energy Future (CEF), Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) projects that both Canada’s natural gas production and its domestic natural gas consumption will increase through the next decade. Exports of natural gas by pipeline to the United States are expected to con..

Plains All American, Cheniere Agree on Long-Term Storage Deal

Plains All American Pipeline subsidiary Pine Prairie Energy Center and Cheniere Energy Partners entered into a 10-year firm storage service agreement with Cheniere subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction. Under the plan, Pine Prairie will provide 8 Bcf of natural gas storage capacity to Cheniere, begin..

US to Undermine Russia’s Gas Monopoly In Europe

The first U.S. LNG shipment will soon arrive in Europe, marking a new era for energy on the continent. Cheniere Energy’s newly completed Sabine Pass facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast recently sent a shipment of American liquefied natural gas, which should arrive in Portugal within a few days. “LNG co..

Domestic Gas Growth Fuels LNG Export Terminal Development

The first export shipment of LNG produced in the Lower 48 states and exported from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Sabine Pass, LA, Feb. 24 is a milestone reflecting a decade of natural gas production growth that has put the United States in a new position in worldwide energy t..

Magnolia LNG Gains FERC Approval for Liquefaction Trains

Magnolia LNG received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization  to site, construct and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestically produced natural gas from its LNG terminal near Lake Charles, LA. Plans call for construction of  four 2 mtpa liquefaction production trains,..

Exporting LNG: A Golden Opportunity We Must Seize

A historic milestone in America’s energy history was passed with the U.S’s first export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The shipment, worthy of celebration, comes in the midst of market volatility that amplifies the need for measures that would buttress the U.S. economy and keep growth – and employ..

Weak Market Could Delay Alaska LNG Project

(This update, provided by the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office, is part of an ongoing effort to help keep the public informed about the Alaska LNG project. We will provide further updates as more information is available). The weak global market for liquefied natural gas – years of expected o..

Souki, Houston Found New LNG Export Company

Even as the first tanker to carry liquefied natural gas from the U.S. to a foreign market was departing from the Louisiana facility that he built and later transformed  into an LNG export terminal, Charif Souki and Martin Houston announced the formation of Tellurian Investments, a new company offeri..

Shell Finalizes BG Group Deal at Bad Time in LNG Market

Shell completed its acquisition on Feb. 15 of BG Group, a British company formed in 1997 from the privatization and breakup of state-owned British Gas. The Group has sites in over 20 countries and draws 75% of its LNG customers from Asia. BG delivered 17.9 million metric tons of LNG in 2015, up 63% ..

Pieridae Energy Receives Non-FTA Export Authorization

Pieridae Energy (Canada) Ltd. and its operating subsidiary corporations (Pieridae) continue to meet major milestones with their proposed Goldboro LNG processing facility. On Feb. 5 Pieridae received its Non-Free Trade Export authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy. This allows U.S.-sourced ..

Kinder Morgan Awards Contract for LNG Export Facility

Kinder Morgan subsidiaries awarded a contract for engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup of its Elba Island LNG export facility to IHI E&C. Located near Savannah, GA, the $2 billion project will consist of 10 trains using Shell proprietary technology.  The new units will ..

Australia's Gorgon, One of the World's Largest LNG Terminals, Ships First Cargo

Australia’s Gorgon project, one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the world, shipped its first cargo last week to Japan. Located on Barrow Island off the coast of northwestern Australia, the project includes a domestic natural gas plant, a carbon dioxide injection project, and a..

First Chevron Gorgon LNG Cargo Departs for Japan

Chevron Corporation today announced that its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Gorgon Project has departed Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The cargo will be delivered to one of Chevron’s foundation buyers, Chubu Electric Power, for delivery into..

LNG Startups Planned in 2016, But real LNG Growth Yet to Come

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal Wood Mackenzie’s latest review of the Global LNG industry concludes that the market was characterized by weak Asian demand in 2015, with a year-on-year decline of 2%. As a result, many LNG players shifted their focus to developing markets and employing new regasifi..

Feds Deny Permit for Liquefied Gas Port, Pipeline

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – Federal regulators denied permits Friday for a liquefied natural gas terminal in the southern Oregon coastal town of Coos Bay. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the 25-page ruling, saying the Jordan Cove Energy Project would hurt landowners, The World reported. T..

Growth in Domestic Natural Gas Production Leads to Development of LNG Export Terminals

The first export shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in the Lower 48 states on February 24 is a milestone reflecting a decade of natural gas production growth that has put the United States in a new position in worldwide energy trade. With the rapid growth of supply from shale gas reso..

Milestone LNG Export Shipment Set to Leave US for Brazil

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first international shipment of liquefied natural gas in decades from the Lower 48 states is poised to leave for Brazil from Louisiana. Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. announced Wednesday that a ship bound for Brazil was being loaded with LNG at its Sabine Pass facility in sout..

Ultrasonic Metering, Creative Insulation Engineering, Aid LNG Plant

A major East Coast storage facility for liquefied natural gas (LNG) had a flow metering challenge on one line.  The problem was directly related to the temperature of the product. LNG is liquefied to concentrate its volume for shipping and, as a result, the temperature of the liquid drops to a cryog..

Williams Partners Expanding Transco System for LNG Markets

Williams Partners has executed long-term contracts with two shippers for Gulf Connector, a 475,000 dekatherm per day expansion of the Transco pipeline system to connect U.S. natural gas supplies with global LNG markets. Gulf Connector will deliver gas for the Cheniere Energy Corpus Christi liquefac..

Production Rates in Tight Oil Formations Still Rising

Tight oil production in the United States increased from 2007 through April 2015, based on estimates in EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), and accounted for more than half of total U.S. oil production in 2015. Tight oil growth has been driven by increasing initial production rates from tight..

Where There Is Oil, There Will Be Pipelines

“An Industry in Transition: Where There is Oil & Gas There Will Be Pipelines” was presented Monday night by Pipeline & Gas Journal Editor Jeff Share to members of the Pipelines Association Association.    Is this a crazy world or what? Would anyone disagree that it takes a strong stomach and nerv..

Congress Cautiously Looks at Passing 1st Energy Bill since 2007

The U.S. Senate will kick off deliberations over a potentially bipartisan energy bill this week. Reaching consensus on energy legislation has been notoriously difficult, but the Republican lead on energy in the U.S. Senate believes that they could push something through for the first time in almost..

Lake Charles LNG Project Receives FERC Approval

The BG Group’s Lake Charles, LA, LNG export project has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This was the key remaining regulatory consent for the Lake Charles LNG project, which BG Group is developing with Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.  Ene..

Tennessee Gas Seeks Approval for $170 Million Expansion

Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline has applied to FERC for a $170 million expansion of its gas transportation system to serve shippers that also have signed on with the Cameron LNG liquefaction and export facility. The Southwest Louisiana Supply Project would provide 295,000 Dth/d of incrementa..

National Grid at Home and Abroad

National Grid is a British-based multinational pipeline and power networks company with operations in the United Kingdom and northeastern United States. It is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and is listed on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges. According to ..

Honeywell to Supply System for Texas-Based LNG Project

Texas LNG, a Houston-based energy company, has selected Honeywell’s UOP Amine Guard™ FS process to remove contaminants from natural gas in preparation for liquefaction and export. The company’s two-phase project, located on the north shore of the Port of Brownsville’s deep-water ship channel, will p..

Gazprom Rapidly Losing Grip on European Markets

When talking about energy security in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), most governments think of gas pipelines. The bigger they are, the more secure they feel. In the past decade, at least 10 large-scale pipeline projects have been initiated and proclaimed as the ultimate source of gas diversification and energy security. However, just one has been actually realized – Nord Stream – and still Gazprom can fill its capacity only half-way making the project largely uneconomical.

Cheniere Energy Replacing CEO Souki

HOUSTON (AP) — Two months after activist investor Carl Icahn boosted his stake in Cheniere Energy for the second time in two weeks, the company announced the departure of its co-founder and chief executive. The company was the first to be granted permission by the U.S. to export gas and has built massive liquid natural gas export terminals to do so. Those exports are expected to begin any day now.