Infrastructure

Phillips 66 Sets $1.6 Billion Midstream Budget for 2019

Phillips 66 announced that it has set a $2.3 billion capital budget for 2019 and will direct the bulk of that spending to midstream growth projects.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Project to Be 70% Complete by Year-End

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) officials said the company remains on target for the $4.6 billion project in fully in-service in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Michigan Legislature Passes Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Bill

The Michigan Legislature approved a bill that would allow the replacement of a 65-year-old oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes waterway, voting to create a state authority that would oversee the construction of a tunnel to encase a new segment of pipe.

Panel to Take Closely Watched Vote on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Station

A massive winter storm delayed a closely watched vote in Virginia on a natural gas pipeline compressor station that's been the frequent target of protests. Dominion Energy needs the State Air Pollution Control Board to sign off on a permit to build a station in Buckingham County to pump gas through the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Gas Service Mostly Restored after September Explosions

Columbia Gas said natural gas service has been restored for 96 percent of customers who were affected by the September explosions in Massachusetts

Williams Completes Sale of Several Gulf Coast Pipeline Systems

Williams announced the sale of certain pipeline systems located in the Gulf Coast area to Easton Energy for $177 million in cash. The 31-mile Texas Belle Pipeline, which transports natural gas liquids from Mont Belvieu to the Houston Ship Channel, is included in this transaction.

Michigan Senate OK's Bill to Enable Great Lakes Pipeline Deal

The Michigan Senate voted to facilitate a deal to replace a contentious 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline.

Eni's Indonesia Gas Project to Start Up in 2021: Deputy Minister

Indonesia's deputy energy minister said Eni aims to start output of natural gas in 2021 from its offshore Merakes project, which includes construction of subsea systems and pipelines.

Michigan Governor Drops Plan on Line 5 Tunnel Oversight

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday abandoned his proposal to have the state’s Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement for the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, noting that the proposal did not have enough legislative support.

Canada's Frontera Stops Production After Attack on Peru Oil Pipeline

Canadian oil company Frontera Energy said it stopped production at Peru's largest oilfield after a Peruvian-owned pipeline was severed last week by indigenous protesters.

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.

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.

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.

Putin, Erdogan Mark Key Phase in TurkStream Pipeline

The offshore construction phase of TurkStream natural gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey is now complete.

Williams, Brazos Midstream Agree to Joint Venture in Delaware Basin

Williams and Brazos Midstream agreed to a partnership in the Delaware Basin, under which Williams will contribute its Delaware Basin assets in exchange for a 15% minority position in the venture.

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.

Wolf Launches Open Season for Midland Basin Crude Oil Pipeline

Wolf Midstream Partners launched a binding open season to solicit long-term, shipper commitments for the proposed Red Wolf Crude Connector, a new crude oil pipeline to serve the Midland Basin. The open season ends at 4 p.m. CST Dec. 14.

The Well Hasn’t Run Dry for Midstream Opportunities

A recent ICF report for the INGAA Foundation projects nearly $800 billion will be invested in new oil and gas infrastructure between 2018 and 2035 Opportunities lie ahead for midstream developers, investors and energy consumers, and the true victors will be those who develop strategies now.

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.

Phillips 66, Bridger Plan Pipeline from Bakken to Texas

Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline announced they have preliminary plans for a 350,000 bpd of oil pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas.

US Envoy Warns Sanctions Still on Table Against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said.

Colombia’s Cano Limon Pipeline Hit by 3 More Bombings

Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Tuesday that three new bombings of the 485-mile Cano Limon pipeline have caused contamination in several waterways in the country’s northeastern Arauca province.

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.

Another Keystone XL Setback: Environmental Study Ordered

Environmentalists cheered a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

EnLink Midstream Holding Open Season for Cajun-Sibon Expansion

EnLink Midstream launched a binding open season for expansion capacity volume commitments on its existing Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids pipeline system. The expansion will increase takeaway from the Mont Belvieu NGL hub to the company’s Louisiana fractionation plants and is expected to be operational during the second quarter of 2019.

TransCanada Eyes Joint Ventures, Sales to Fund Keystone XL

Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada Corp said it is eyeing joint ventures and asset sales, among other options, to finance the construction of its $8 billion Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

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.

Nearly 36 Miles of Pipeline Replaced after Mass. Gas Explosions

NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas said it has replaced nearly 36 miles of main pipeline in the area of last month's explosions and fires near Boston.

Funding Secured for Construction of Permian-to-Gulf Oil Pipeline

Midstream company Jupiter secured a funding commitment from Charon System Advisors that would enable it to build the 1MMbpd capacity Jupiter Pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Port of Brownsville, Texas.