Business & Markets

Alberta Buying Rail Cars to Move Pipeline-Constrained Crude

Canada's province of Alberta is in talks to buy rail cars to transport 120,000 barrels per day of crude oil and expects a deal to conclude within weeks, Premier Rachel Notley said on Wednesday, as the energy-rich province takes actions to move oil stuck in the region because of a lack of pipeline capacity.

Energy Transfer, Sunoco Pipelines Rack Up Violations: Analysis

Energy Transfer LP and its Sunoco pipeline subsidiary have racked up more than 800 state and federal permit violations while racing to build two of the nation's largest natural gas pipelines, according to a Reuters analysis.

Pipeline Repairs Halt Iran gas Exports to Iraq

Gas exports from Iran to Iraq were halted late on Tuesday for several days, as Iranian authorities work to repair damages caused to the pipeline during a recent earthquake.

Tallgrass Signs Potential Seahorse Anchor, Plans Joint Tariff Open Season

Tallgrass Energy said it has signed a binding agreement with an unaffiliated third-party with potential to become an anchor shipper and equity partner in its planned Seahorse crude oil pipeline. It also announced plans for an open season to solicit transportation commitments under a joint tariff between Seahorse and Pony Express.

Permian Pipeline Constraints Push Waha gas to 25 Cents

Next-day natural gas prices for Tuesday at the Waha hub in the Permian basin in Texas tumbled almost 80 percent to their lowest on record because of limits on the amount of gas that can move out of the region by pipeline.

Bahrain King, Saudi Crown Prince Inaugurate new Pipeline

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and inaugurated a new oil pipeline between the two countries today.

Outgoing Michigan Governor Pushing for Great Lakes Pipeline

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to use the final weeks of his tenure to lock in a deal allowing construction of a hotly debated oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes — a plan his successor opposes but may be powerless to stop.

Newcomer Wins Major Gazprom Pipe Contract, to Market's Surprise

Russia's ZTZ said it has won a contract to sell half a million tons of pipes next year to Gazprom for construction of part of the Power of Siberia pipeline.

Malaysia Completes Repairs to key Sabah Sarawak Gas Pipeline

Malaysia's Petronas said production at the Kebabangan gas field is expected to return to full capacity by August 2019 after integrity testing is completed on the repaired pipeline, which is undergoing integrity testing.

Dakota Access Protester Injured in Blast Files Lawsuit

A New York woman who was injured while protesting Dakota Access pipeline has filed a lawsuit against several law enforcement officers and a North Dakota county.

Bakken Oil Flows Pressure Gulf Coast Crude Grade Prices

Crude flowing from North Dakota's Bakken shale is taking a larger share of the U.S. Gulf Coast market, siphoning demand from refiners and exporters for local grades, traders and brokers said.

U.S. Approves Part of TransCanada WB XPress for Service

U.S. federal energy regulators on Wednesday approved a request by TransCanada Corp's Columbia Gas Transmission unit to put the eastern facilities of its $900 million WB XPress natural gas pipeline into service in West Virginia and Virginia.

Finland Eyes Imports of Piped Norwegian Gas via Poland, Baltics

Finland could receive gas from Norway via a network of pipelines being planned through the Baltic countries and Poland, as part of an effort to reduce its dependency on gas imports from Russia.

Trio of Regions Drive U.S. Natural Gas Production Growth

Gross production of natural gas in the United States has generally been increasing for more than a decade and in recent months it has been more than 10% higher, driven by production in the Appalachian Basin, Permian Basin and Haynesville Shale.

Permian Basin — Where Midstream Infrastructure Needs Take on Outsized Importance

An updated examination of the Permian midstream reveals extraordinary growth projections for the one-of-a-kind petroleum basin with robust buildout continuing for years to come,

Kenya Expands Oil Pipeline Network Amid Controversy

Kenya Pipeline Company, East Africa’s largest oil transporter, has been implementing major capacity expansion projects in spite of mounting criticism of flawed tendering processes and claims of impropriety involving two additional pipelines, an oil jetty and replacement of hydrant pit valves at Nairobi's airport.

Gas Remains Key to UK Energy

Gas is a key element of the U.K.’s energy mix, but the closure of Centrica’s Rough long-term storage facility last year reduced U.K. gas storage to only 14 days of capacity, compared with 87 in France, 69 in Germany and 59 in Italy.

Transco’s Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Adds Marcellus Takeaway Capacity

Long before pipeline constraints launched the race to add Permian Basin capacity, soaring natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica basins outpaced the infrastructure required to move it to market. Operators responded with a flurry of pipeline projects, and one of the most important of them - Atlantic Sunrise - has commenced full operations.

Improving Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Transmission, Storage

Interstate natural gas transmission companies are committed to minimizing methane emissions. This article explains methane emission sources for the transmission and storage sector and the basis for emissions commitments that INGAA members have voluntarily adopted.

Anadarko Selling Pipeline, Storage Assets

Anadarko said it will sell “substantially all of its remaining midstream assets” for $4 billion to Western Gas Partners in a move the company said will result in a simplified midstream structure. The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

Energy Transfer to Expand Lone Star Express Pipeline, Add Fractionator

Energy Transfer said its Lone Star NGL subsidiary will expand the Lone Star Express Pipeline with a new 352-mile pipeline from Permian Basin and construct its seventh fractionator at Mont Belvieu.

The Future Arrives: Virtual Reality Safety Training

Companies such as Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Company have begun to explore virtual reality platforms to supplement traditional gas meter safety and inspection training.

FERC Approves Final Two Laterals on Rover Pipeline

Energy Transfer said its Rover Pipeline has received federal approval to commence natural gas service on the project's final two laterals, allowing the pipeline to add receipt and delivery points for production in West Virginia.

Feds Open Criminal Probe into Natural Gas Explosions

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three communities north of Boston in September.

Enterprise Starts Orla 2, Begins Construction of 7th Delaware Plant

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced it has started construction of the Mentone cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Loving County, Texas, and commenced commercial operation of the second train at its Orla processing facility in Reeves County.

Italy Gives Green Light to Contested TAP Gas Pipeline

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gave Italy's final approval to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, a gas transport project which had been strongly contested by one of the two parties in the ruling coalition.

Argentina to Spend Billions on Production, Infrastructure

Argentina's state oil company, YPF, will significantly boost oil and gas production and infrastructure expansion, investing between $4 billion and $5 billion per year through 2022, CEO Daniel Gonzalez said.

Aqua America to Acquire Peoples in Merger of Water, Gas Utilities

Water and wastewater utility Aqua America said it agreed to acquire natural gas utility operator Peoples in a $4.2 billion deal to create a company that is “uniquely positioned to have a powerful impact on improving the nation’s infrastructure reliability.”

Dakota Access Starts Expansion Open Season

Dakota Access and ETCO launched a binding open season for expanded capacity to transfer Bakken/Three Forks crude oil from North Dakota to terminals in Illinois and Texas.

Evacuation Lifted after California Gas Pipeline Scare

Emergency crews extinguished a fire burning dangerously close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline Thursday and lifted an evacuation order that had forced some 4,000 residents from their homes the night before.