Infrastructure

Composite Repairs Effective for Various Pipeline Defects

(P&GJ) — Composite repairs are an effective method for repairing various defects in pipes and continue to gain widespread acceptance in critical industries, like midstream oil and gas, because of the multitude of benefits they offer.

US LNG Exports Slump in September as Plant Outages Pare Output

U.S. LNG exports in September decreased slightly compared to August, primarily due to maintenance outages at key gas-processing plants. Cheniere's Corpus Christi facility operated at reduced capacity for four days, while ongoing maintenance at Berkshire Hathaway Energy's Cove Point facility in Maryland also impacted LNG exports last month.

898-Mile Uganda–Tanzania Oil Pipeline Nearing Completion, Set for 2025 Debut

The 1,445-kilometer (898-mile) East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) that will transport crude from Tilenga and Kingfisher is set to come online in 2025, Uganda National Oil Co.'s chief executive said in an interview.

Venture Global Expands Partnership with Baker Hughes for Modular LNG System

(P&GJ) — Venture Global LNG has extended its partnership with Baker Hughes to develop a modularized LNG system and power island. This expansion comes as part of a master equipment supply agreement, recently expanded to over 100 million tons per annum (MTPA) from the initial 70 MTPA.

Turkey to Resume Operations of Iraq Oil Pipeline This Week

Turkey will restart operations this week on a crude oil pipeline from Iraq that has been suspended for about six months, Turkey's Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar said on Monday.

Joint Venture to Establish First LNG Ship Bunkering Hub in U.S. Gulf

A joint venture is developing the first dedicated LNG bunkering facility for ships in the U.S. Gulf amid efforts by the maritime industry to find cleaner fuel solutions, executives said on Thursday.

LM Energy Sells New Mexico Oil Gathering Assets, Including 130 Miles of Pipelines

(P&GJ) — LM Energy Holdings LLC has entered into definitive agreements to sell certain subsidiaries and assets related to its Touchdown Crude Oil Gathering System in Eddy and Lea counties, New Mexico.

Woodside Needs New Seismic Approval for Scarborough Gas Project

Australia's federal court on Thursday halted approval for Woodside to conduct seismic blasting under the seabed for its $12 billion Scarborough gas project after a legal challenge by an Indigenous woman.

Saudi Aramco to Acquire Stake in EIG's MidOcean Energy for LNG Expansion

Saudi Arabia's oil group Aramco said on Thursday it had agreed to acquire a strategic minority stake in LNG company MidOcean Energy for $500 million, with an option to increase the size of the shareholding.

Analysis: US Carbon Capture Pipeline Setbacks Reflect Challenges in Climate Fight

A series of permit rejections for two high-profile carbon pipeline projects in the U.S. Midwest could bode poorly for carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a widespread solution to climate change, reflecting deep-seated public concern about its risks and environmental impacts.

CEPS Secures Deal for Net4Gas; Adds 2,485 Miles of Gas Pipelines to Portfolio

The Czech government approved a plan for state-controlled electricity transmission grid operator CEPS to acquire natural gas transmission system operator Net4Gas, which operates nearly 4,000 km (2,485 miles) of pipelines shipping gas to and from Germany and Slovakia and for domestic consumption.

Enbridge Launches New Gas Capacity Open Season for C1 Transportation Service

(P&GJ) — Enbridge Gas is hosting a new capacity open season for C1 firm transportation service, providing up to 317,000 GJ/d starting on Nov. 1, 2026, for a minimum five-year term along the Dawn (Facilities) to Dawn (Vector) transportation path.

NextEra Energy to Sell Florida City Gas to Chesapeake Utilities for $923 Million

NextEra Energy said on Tuesday it plans to sell Florida City Gas (FCG) to Chesapeake Utilities for $923 million in cash. FCG’s natural gas infrastructure encompasses approximately 3,800 miles of distribution mains and 80 miles of transmission pipelines.

Petronas, MOL, MISC to Develop Liquefied CO2 Carriers for CCS Projects

(P&GJ) — Petronas CCS Ventures Sdn Bhd has signed an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and MISC Berhad to jointly invest in developing and monetizing Liquefied Carbon Dioxide (LCO2) carriers for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects in Malaysia.

Collaboration Helps Balance Public, Owner Pipeline Project Interests

(P&GJ) — For linear projects such as pipelines, dealing with the unexpected should be expected. The best preparation for these surprises is to partner with a team structured for close collaboration between the real estate and engineering disciplines as well as everything in between.

Challenges of Converting Pipelines to Hydrogen Service

(P&GJ) — ASME B31.8, ASME B31.4, and CSA Z662 have well-deserved international reputations as best-in-class, evidenced by their frequent reference by documents within other jurisdictions. However, the standards don't contain explicit requirements to address the design, construction and operational challenges presented by transporting gaseous hydrogen at transmission pressures.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Route Change Request Approved by Canadian Regulator

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) approved a route change request for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion on Monday, clearing a major hurdle and avoiding months of delay for the Canadian government-owned project.

PLIDCO Introduces Hydrogen-Compatible Fittings for Pipeline Maintenance and Repairs

(P&GJ) — The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO) has launched a new range of products for use with hydrogen pipelines in response to the emerging transition toward hydrogen and other alternative energy sources.

Climeworks Explores Large-Scale Carbon Capture Project in Kenya

Climeworks is exploring the development of a large-scale direct air capture (DAC) project in Kenya to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with Great Carbon Valley, the first of its kind in East Africa, the two companies said on Thursday.

Mexico's First LNG Plant to Receive Final Piece in Days

The last major piece of infrastructure needed to start production at Mexico's first floating LNG plant is set to depart from a Texas shipyard next week, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a notice to shippers.

Peru Pipeline Workers Unearth Ancient Children's Cemetery

Peruvian workers unearthed eight bundles of funeral belongings believed to be around 1,000 years old while installing a gas pipeline in capital Lima, archaeologists said on Friday, saying the site likely marked a children's cemetery.

FERC Approves Sempra's Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 Expansion Project

(P&GJ) — Sempra Infrastructure has announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the permit authorizing the Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 expansion project under development at Port Arthur LNG in Jefferson County, Texas.

TC Energy's Coastal GasLink Pipeline Fined for Environmental Non-Compliance

British Columbia has fined Coastal GasLink, the natural gas pipeline being built by TC Energy, $256,810 for non-compliance with environmental regulations, the Canadian province said on Thursday.

FACTBOX: Deals on the Rise in US Oil and Gas Pipeline Sector

The oil and gas pipeline business has seen increased consolidation this year as U.S. production grows and new pipeline permitting problems have made existing operators more valuable.

Sources: Sinopec Buys Over 30 LNG Cargoes for Winter Demand, Trading

China's Sinopec Corp has bought more than 30 cargoes of LNG via a tender for October 2023 to the end of 2024 to cover Chinese winter demand and boost the supply pool for trading, traders said.

Magellan Midstream Approves $18.8 Billion Sale to ONEOK, Creating Major U.S. Pipeline Player

Magellan Midstream Partners' unitholders on Thursday voted in favor of its sale to larger rival ONEOK Inc. for $18.8 billion, creating one of the largest U.S. energy pipeline companies.

Germany Expands LNG Regasification Capacity with New Terminals

A new LNG terminal at Mukran on Ruegen Island in the German Baltic Sea should be operational from the first quarter of 2024, Gascade, the pipeline firm building its onshore connection, said.

NextDecade Secures $356 Million Loan for Rio Grande LNG Phase 1

NextDecade said on Wednesday it had received a loan worth $356 million from a group of lenders to finance a portion of Phase 1 of its Rio Grande LNG export facility in Texas.

Latest Pipeline Security Initiatives Inside, Outside of NATO

(P&GJ) — Following the attack on the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline a year ago, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the protection of critical infrastructure with NATO’s members. He made a special point of reaching out to German leaders and to Denmark’s defense minister, since this is the country closest to the damage.

US Pipeline Regulator Awards $15 Million Grants to Improve Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Wednesday awarded $14.8 million in grants for pipeline safety training and technological research.