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Portugal to Launch Europe's First Auction for Piped Hydrogen

Portugal will launch a pioneering auction in the second half of this year for rights to sell hydrogen for injection into the national gas grid, which some see as a key step in kickstarting Europe’s fledgling hydrogen market.

Virginia Natural Gas Receives Approval for Renewable Natural Gas Pilot Program

(P&GJ) — The five-year pilot program will allow for the production and delivery of RNG into Virginia Natural Gas' pipeline system and support the procurement of both RNG and next-generation natural gas.

Capstone Green Energy Secures Microturbine Order for Wyoming Gas Compression Facility

(P&GJ) — Capstone Green Energy Corp. has announced that Horizon Power Systems secured a follow-on order for two Capstone C1000 Signature Series microturbines. The microturbines will power a remote natural gas compression facility in Wyoming’s Green River Basin and will run on high-pressure natural gas.

Army Corps Extends Line 5 Tunnel Review, Delaying Enbridge’s Pipeline Project by 18 Months

Canada's Enbridge Inc. said on Thursday it was "disappointed" by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to extend the federal permitting process for the company's proposed Great Lakes Tunnel that would rehouse its Line 5 oil pipeline underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Kazakhstan's KMG Starts Shipping Oil Via Caspian Sea to BTC Pipeline

Kazakhstan's state Kazmunaigaz (KMG) has started shipping oil to the BTC (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan) pipeline in Azerbaijan, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, as it seeks alternatives to exporting via Russian ports.

Russia Hopes to Seal Power of Siberia 2 Deal with China This Year

Moscow is eyeing the 2,600 km (1,620 mile) pipeline — which would have a capacity of 50 Bcm of gas per year — as a way to replace lost exports to Europe.

Germany Cannot Rule Out Gas Shortage Emergency for Winter 2023/24

Additional risks could be posed if Germany's planned liquefied natural gas import infrastructure does not work and if neighboring countries require supply support from Europe's biggest economy down the line.

Pembina Pipeline, Haisla Nation Receive Approval to Construct Pipeline for Cedar LNG Project

The Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corp., partners in the development of the proposed Cedar LNG project, have announced that Cedar LNG has received its Environmental Assessment Certificate for the construction of a pipeline that will connect the project into the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Wave of New LNG Export Plants Threatens to Knock Gas Prices

A flood of LNG export projects due online worldwide in mid-decade will vie against lower-cost renewable energy and a revived nuclear power sector, which could rock gas prices and hurt some proposed projects, analysts say.

Venture Global LNG to Move Forward with Phase 2 of Plaquemines Export Plant

U.S. liquefied natural gas company Venture Global LNG said on Monday that it will go forward with the second phase of its Plaquemines LNG export plant in Louisiana after securing $7.8 billion of financing.

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG Plant Suffers Gas Leak, Production Unaffected

Norway's Hammerfest LNG plant was hit by a gas leak on Friday but production was unaffected, a spokesperson for operator Equinor told Reuters.

Europe Takes Steps Toward Developing Hydrogen Pipeline Network

German energy firm RWE and Norwegian oil and gas producer Equinor are planning the construction of new combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) in Germany, blue hydrogen production facilities in Norway, and the implementation of hydrogen pipelines between the two countries.

Venture Global Strikes 20-Year LNG Supply Deal with Excelerate Energy

U.S. LNG company Venture Global LNG has agreed to supply 0.7 million tonnes of LNG per annum to Excelerate Energy Inc. for 20 years. The LNG will be delivered to Excelerate from Venture's Plaquemines LNG facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

Harvest Midstream to Expand Gathering Infrastructure with Paradigm Midstream Acquisition

(P&GJ) — The North Dakota and South Texas assets are comprised of four wholly owned gathering systems known as the Charlson Gathering System, Van Hook Gathering System, Mountrail Gathering System, and Eagle Ford Gathering System. These systems consist of approximately 350 miles of trunk lines and gathering lines for oil, gas, and water.

East Africa Pipeline Project Kicks Up Climate Change Controversy

(P&GJ) — Construction of the 896-mile (1,443-km) cross-border East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project continues to elicit objections, as well as strong arguments in its favor by the governments of Uganda and Tanzania. The main contentious issues are the possible adverse effects of the project might have climate change, and alleged human rights violations.

DNV Kicks Off Phase Two of Offshore Hydrogen Pipeline Project H2Pipe

(P&GJ) — Phase 2 of H2Pipe will include a feasibility-level design of offshore hydrogen pipelines and a risk assessment study to examine the safety aspects of offshore hydrogen pipelines. The project's primary outcome is expected to be a detailed guideline offering specific guidance for use in the design and re-purposing of offshore pipelines for hydrogen transport. Phase 2 of H2Pipe is planned to start in Q1 2023 and last 2 years.

Cheniere Initiates Permit Process for Key Sabine Pass Project Expansion

Cheniere Energy Inc. on Thursday initiated an expansion permit process of LNG export capacity at its key Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana after the exporter topped revenue estimate on strong demand following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Wintershall Dea Looks Ahead After Closing Door on Russia

Oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea, fresh from pulling out of its long-term partnership with Russia, will focus on growing its production elsewhere and building up carbon management for the long-term future, it said on Thursday.

Expanding Gas Infrastructure Presents Alternative to Permian Constraints

(P&GJ) — Oil is still serious business in the Bakken Shale, but when it comes to midstream, the money is on natural gas. As in the Permian Basin, oil production in the Williston has a high rate of associated natural gas. But the Bakken’s residual gas is rich in natural gas liquids (NGLs), and that requires infrastructure generally more akin to North Texas’ Barnett Shale than West Texas’ Permian.

Naturgy and Enagas Plan $521 Million Green Hydrogen Project in Spain

The project, scheduled to start production in 2026, will have a capacity of around 280 megawatts and will be located in La Robla, on the site of a Naturgy's thermal power plant, which closed in 2020, the two companies said in a joint statement.

US LNG Producers Poised to Leapfrog Rivals with Three New Projects

Projects best positioned to move ahead include Sempra Energy's Port Arthur plant in Texas, Energy Transfer LP's Lake Charles in Louisiana and NextDecade Corp.'s Rio Grande in Texas. They have all or most of the long-term LNG sales agreements needed to convince bank's that the projects are ready for debt financing, according to Reuters analysts.

Greece and Bulgaria to Consider Reviving 186-Mile Oil Pipeline Project

Bulgaria has been looking to build a 300 km (186 miles) trans-Balkan oil pipeline to secure non-Russian crude oil supplies for its only oil refinery on the Black Sea. The pipeline would offer Bulgaria alternative supply sources and a safer, faster and cheaper way to transfer the fuel, with oil tankers bypassing the now congested Bosphorus Strait.

Neste Engineering Solutions Completes Construction of Transmission Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Neste Engineering Solutions, a global solution provider of high-quality technology, engineering and project services, has completed the construction work of the 2.2-km (1.4-mile) long gas transmission pipeline for Gasgrid Finland's LNG floating terminal vessel Exemplar in Inkoo, Finland.

Pipeline Operator TC Energy Beats Profit Estimates as Demand Boost Offsets Oil Spill Costs

TC Energy Corp. beat market estimates for fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday as sustained demand for energy helped the North American pipeline operator soften a $488 million cost hit from an oil spill at its Keystone pipeline in Kansas.

China's CNPC Set to Seal Mega Qatari LNG Deal

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) is close to finalizing a deal to buy LNG from QatarEnergy over nearly 30 years from the Middle Eastern exporter's massive North Field expansion project, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

Italy to Sign Gas Turbines Contract with Azerbaijan

Italy is set to sign a new contract to sell four gas turbines to Azerbaijan, its industry minister said on Saturday ahead of his visit to the Asian country that is one of Rome's most important energy partners.

Enagas: Algeria Regains Spot as Spain's Top Natural Gas Source

Enagas said 25%, or 8,545 GWh, of total gas deliveries to Spain in January of this year came from Algeria. Both countries are linked through the 757-kilometer (470-mile) submarine Medgaz pipeline.

Oman LNG Agrees to Supply China's Unipec with 1 Million Tonnes of LNG Per Year

Oman LNG has agreed to supply China's Unipec with around 1 million metric tonnes of LNG per year for four years starting in 2025, state news agency ONA said on Tuesday. Unipec is the trading arm of Asia's largest refiner, Sinopec.

Supply Chain Woes Loom Large for Oil, Gas Sectors

(P&GJ) — In the fall of 2022, the Chicago-based Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) joined with the respected global accounting and consulting firm KPMG International to create an index for measuring the sustainability of the global supply chain, accompanied by a report that included some sobering conclusions. It summarized the past two years as producing a doubling of the stress level on global supply deliveries.

Supply Chain Solutions for Natural Gas Leak Detection

(P&GJ) — Now more than ever, utilities, governments and pipeline companies are incentivized to secure their supplies of natural gas from production all the way to the meter. Leak detection and emissions reduction are critical components of an optimized natural gas distribution system.