Processing/LNG

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.

Deliveries to Sabine Indicate Train 1 Commissioning Well Underway

The first substantial deliveries of 46 MMcf to Sabine Pass LNG took place Dec. 10 from Creole Trail’s Creole Trail-SPLIQ-D meter location. This increase in deliveries came from a 33.6 MMcf receipt off of the TETCO pipeline. The point has an operational capacity of 1.7 Bcf. Nominations at this point were first seen Oct 1; since then it has averaged 2.74 MMcf/d. This correlated with consistent flaring activity seen by Genscape’s proprietary monitors.

2 Natural Gas Facilities Proposed for Louisiana 'Alternative Hub'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two companies are looking at building large facilities along the Mississippi River south of New Orleans where they can export natural gas to the world market, another sign of the expanding footprint of the natural gas industry in Louisiana.

Algonquin Plans Pipeline Expansion of LNG Storage Facility

Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC has filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a pre-file review process for the proposed Access Northeast Project. Upon completion of the review, Algonquin will file an application with FERC to start construction.

Hard Decisions for LNG Project Developers

The frustrations of an oversupplied LNG market and low prices were evident as about 100 LNG buyers, sellers, lenders, advisers and goods and services suppliers gathered in London earlier this fall. “How do you plan your business in an environment like that,” said David Ledesma, managing director of South-Court Ltd., a UK-based oil and gas consultancy. “How are you going to go out and make final investment decisions?”

NY Governor Rejects Proposed Gas Terminal Off Coast

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rejected a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in the waters off New York and New Jersey, effectively killing the project amid an outcry from residents of some coastal communities that it could endanger the environment and be a target for terrorists.

Appalachian Midstream Operators Face Myriad of Challenges

This has been a busy year of new challenges and issues facing the Appalachian oil and gas industry as rig count in the Appalachian Basin and elsewhere is down substantially compared to the previous two years. A significant challenge ahead for shale developers in a lower price environment is to continue to be active in finding land, drilling wells and getting the natural resource to market. This article concerns our most recent report, published in May, on the issues and challenges facing midstream operators in the Appalachian Basin.

Latin America Forced to Face Growing Supply-Demand Gap

Latin America’s prominence on the world gas stage has increased over the last several years. Although it is well-endowed with natural gas resources, the region has struggled to find its footing as both a natural gas producer and consumer. Consequently, Latin America’s potential as a natural gas import province is the topic of increasingly animated debate.

Natural Gas Market Dynamics in the Northeast

Natural gas markets have gone topsy-turvy. Until recently, prices around the country were generally pretty similar, with gas costing a bit more in the Northeast, far from where it was produced on the Gulf of Mexico coast. But that reality has changed dramatically in the last few years.

With a Chill in the Air, Thoughts in New England Turn to Heating Bills

As winter approaches, the hot topic of conversation in the Northeast once again becomes the looming frigid temperatures and accompanying burdensome cost of heating homes and offices along with powering manufacturing plants. With this in mind, the Access Northeast project developers plan to upgrade existing pipeline facilities and market area storage assets in New England to deliver – on peak days – up to 1 Bcf/d of natural gas for electric-generation markets.

Iraqis Tour North Dakota to Study Gas-Capturing Technologies

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Iraqi government has turned to North Dakota for help in finding solutions to the wasteful burning of natural gas that's a byproduct of oil production. Iraq, OPEC's second-biggest oil producer behind Saudi Arabia, is having much the same problem dealing with excess natural gas that North Dakota has had as oil production there has increased, though the state has made strides recently to capture and use it, said Julio Friedmann, the U.S. Energy Department's deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy.

Fed Review Boosts Ocean Gas Plan; Foes Seek NY Governor's Veto

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A company that wants to build an ocean terminal off the coast of New York and New Jersey to import LNG said Wednesday that a federal review supports its claim the $600 million project is safe and economically necessary. Roger Whelan, CEO of Liberty Natural Gas, told The Associated Press that the final environmental impact statement from the U.S. Coast Guard bolsters its contention that the project to import natural gas to the New York metropolitan region during peak demand times should go forward.

Can the Panama Canal Fulfill Its Global LNG Promise?

After delays, strikes, and cost overruns, the Panama Canal expansion is finally set to open in April 2016. But the global energy landscape has changed in the eight years since construction began, with opportunities first expanding and now, potentially, contracting. The question today is whether the new canal can still fulfill a promise to transform global LNG trade.

Tough Decisions Ahead for LNG Project Developers

<em>Editor's note: Larry Persily, assistant to the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor in Alaska, was invited to participate in a global LNG conference and prepared this report as part of the borough’s ongoing efforts to share information about LNG market developments. </em> The frustrations of an oversupplied LNG market and low prices were evident as about 100 liquefied natural gas buyers, sellers, lenders, advisers and goods and services suppliers gathered in London last month.

In the News: Phillips 66, Spectra Energy Bail Out Troubled DCP Midstream

Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy, 50/50 joint venture owners in DCP Midstream, LLC, have entered into a nonbinding letter of intent for contributing assets to strengthen DCP Midstream. This transaction is expected to provide DCP Midstream with a stronger balance sheet and increased financial flexibility, and positions DCP to grow through commodity price cycles.

Alaskans Eager to Learn Amount of Upcoming Oil Payout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Oil prices are so low, they're hovering at benchmarks not seen in years, plunging oil-dependent Alaska into a crippling budget deficit. But the industry's woes won't affect the payout from the state's oil investment account to Alaskans even though state government has been scrambling to pay the bills. In fact, most predictions put the yearly oil check at near record levels, about $2,000 for nearly every man, woman and child who lives in the 49th state. Last year's check was $1,884.

EIA Finds U.S. Propane Inventories Reach All-Time High

U.S. inventories of propane and propylene reached 97.7 million barrels as of September 11, the highest level in the 22 years that EIA has collected weekly propane inventory statistics. In the first six months of 2015, U.S. propane and propylene inventories were 24.3 million barrels higher on average compared to the same period in 2014. In the past year, nearly all of the increase in inventories occurred in the Gulf Coast region (PADD3).