Business & Markets

Cheniere Announces Substantial Completion of Train 5 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (Cheniere) announced today that Substantial Completion of Train 5 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction (SPL) Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana was achieved on March 7, 2019. Commissioning has been completed and Cheniere's EPC partner Bechtel has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 5 to Cheniere.

NextDecade Leases Brownsville Site for $15 Billion Rio Grande LNG Project

NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade) announced today that Rio Grande LNG, LLC, a NextDecade subsidiary, has entered into a lease agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District (BND).

Denmark Still Deciding on Russian-German Pipeline

Denmark's foreign minister Anders Samuelsen said Wednesday his country hasn't yet decided whether to allow a joint German-Russian gas pipeline to pass through its territorial waters, but suggested Moscow's continued aggression in Ukraine was making it less likely to be approved.

Sinopec May Close 20-Year LNG Deal With Cheniere When U.S - China Trade Spat Ends

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp plans to sign a 20-year LNG supply agreement with Cheniere Energy once China and the United States end their trade dispute, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

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.

Cheniere, Bechtel Announce Substantial Completion of Train 1 at Corpus Christi

Cheniere Energy and Bechtel on Monday announced substantial completion of Train 1 of the Corpus Christi liquefaction project was achieved last week and said Bechtel has turned over the project to Cheniere following its commissioning.

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.

Russia May Ship Gas via Ukraine After 2019: Report

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow may keep gas transit through Ukraine after 2019, despite the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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.

Panhandle Eastern Capacity Reduced by Missouri Pipeline Blast

Energy Transfer said it has reduced mainline capacity on its Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line system after a fiery rupture downstream of its Centralia Compressor Station. The blast caused no serious injuries, but power to several homes was interrupted, authorities said.

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.

China's Shift to Gas from Coal Drives Record LNG Imports

China's total gas imports by LNG and pipeline rose to a record high in January due to increased winter demand and the country's shift to gas heating from coal, customs data showed

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.

Ensuring LNG Liquefaction Facilities’ System Tightness

By Nirmal Surendran Menon, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), New Zealand  System “tightness testing” is the last stage before inerting (the introduction of a non-combustible gas into a closed system) and the introduction of hydrocarbon and is a vital safety step in the start-up sequence..

McDermott to Construct Offshore Pipelines, Infrastructure for Pan Malaysia Field

McDermott International today announced contracts from Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB) and Sapura Exploration and Production (SEP), to provide transportation and installation pipelines, offshore structures and pre-commissioning work for the Pan Malaysia field development offshore Malaysia.

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.

EU Strikes Deal on Rules to Govern Nord Stream 2

The European Union reached a provisional deal on Wednesday on new rules governing import gas pipelines including Russia's planned Nord Stream 2, in a move that cast doubts over the project's current operating plan.

Finland, Estonia and Latvia Sign Deal for Single Gas Tariff Zone

OSLO (Reuters) - Gas transmission operators of Finland, Latvia and Estonia signed an agreement on Thursday to set up a single gas transmission tariff zone for the three countries from the start of 2020. source: Baltic Connector Oy The agreement..

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.

FERC OKs Part of Gulf XPress Pipeline for Service

FERC has approved a request by TransCanada Corp's Columbia unit to put part of the company's $600 million Gulf XPress natural gas pipeline into service in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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. ..

Pennsylvania Suspends all Permit Work for Energy Transfer

Pennsylvania environmental regulators said they have suspended all permit work for Energy Transfer projects because it failed to comply with an October order after an explosion on the Revolution natural gas pipeline in the western part of the state.

Russian Gas Volume Through Ukraine Jumps 26% in January

Russian natural gas volumes piped via Ukraine to European consumers rose 26 percent year-on-year in January to 7.6 Bcm, the Ukrainian gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said.

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.

Gazprom Seeks Bigger Share of European Gas Market after Record Exports

Russia's Gazprom is looking to gain an even larger gas market share in Europe following record-high 2018 exports, expecting a decline in Europe's gas output combined with rising demand.

Exxon-Qatar's Golden Pass JV to Anchor Enable's Gulf Run Pipeline

nable Midstream Partners said an affiliate of Golden Pass LNG is the cornerstone shipper for the company’s Gulf Run Pipeline project.

Exxon, Qatar Petroleum to Expand LNG Export Plant in Texas

Exxon and Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday that they will go ahead with a $10 billion project to export liquefied natural gas from a plant on the Texas Gulf Coast. Construction at the Golden Pass plant in Sabine Pass is planned to start before April, with exports expected to begin in 2024.

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.