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Global News May 2021

Industry Poll Finds Widespread US Support for Pipelines  The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released new polling data measuring the sentiment of the American public toward pipelines, climate change, and the energy transition. By wide margins across key audiences, Americans support pipelines ..

February's Cold Weather Shut More U.S. Refinery Capacity Than Hurricane Harvey

A severe cold spell in mid-February knocked out a third of U.S. oil refining capacity, according to data compiled by Reuters and Wood Mackenzie.

Texas Oil Pipelines Face Dry Months as Production Languishes

By the fourth quarter, total utilization of the largest oil pipelines from the Permian is expected to drop to 57%, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said. The nadir during the last market bust in 2016 was roughly 70%.

Global News April 2021

A collection of brief articles provides a snapshot of global pipeline-related news from this month.

As Suez Canal Reopens, Number of LNG Vessels Waiting to Enter Jumps

A total of 16 vessels carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) were prepared to enter the Suez Canal, double the number from Friday, according to cargo tracking firm Kpler, as stranded container ship Ever Given was freed on Monday after a nearly week-long stranding.

Suez Ship Congestion Could Delay LNG Deliveries to Europe

A container ship blocking the Suez Canal, one the world's busiest trade routes, could delay delivery of millions of tons of LNG to Europe if the vessel stays stuck there for two weeks, analysts said.

Egypt's SUMED Pitches Use of Pipeline as Suez Crisis Drags

Egypt's SUMED pipeline operator has approached oil traders to ask if they wanted to book their system to transport crude oil as a blockage of the Suez Canal by a container ship drags,

Tugs Work to Free Giant Container Ship Stranded in Suez Canal

The shortest shipping route from Europe to Asia remained blocked on Wednesday as 10 tug boats struggled to free one of the world's largest container ships after it ran aground in the Suez Canal.

Venezuela Gas Pipeline Tract Explosion Blamed on Attack

A tract of a gas pipeline in eastern Venezuela suffered an explosion on Saturday afternoon, according to a report from state oil company PDVSA seen by Reuters, an incident the country’s oil minister blamed on an attack.

Organized Crime Siphons Billions from Gas Stations in Brazil

Fuel-related crimes are common in oil-producing nations in emerging markets, sometimes involving theft from pipelines.

Global News March 2021

A collection of brief articles provides a snapshot of global pipeline-related news from this month.

Construction of Cuxtal Gas Pipeline to Boost Yucatan Economy

With his implementation of a comprehensive energy program for Yucatan, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hopes to bolster the economic and social development of the state, along with the rest of southeast Mexico.

Canada Looks at All Options to Keep Line 5 Pipeline Operating

Canada will take whatever measures are needed to keep the Line 5 oil pipeline open, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said, as the deadline for a shutdown order from the U.S. state of Michigan looms.

Duke Energy Begins Replacing Aging Gas Pipeline

Construction got underway on the 12-mile Central Corridor replacement pipeline designed to run though Hamilton County, Ohio, which is in the southeast corner of the state and contains the city of Cincinnati.

Chevron to Buy Out Noble Midstream in All-Stock $1.32 Billion Deal

Chevron Corp will buy the shares of Noble Midstream Partners LP it does not already own in an all-stock deal that values the pipeline operator at $1.32 billion, a month after making a slightly smaller offer.

U.S. Trade Groups Urge Biden to Cap Natural Gas Prices After Texas Freeze

Trade groups representing U.S. public power and natural gas companies urged President Joe Biden to declare a gas emergency for last week's extreme weather and authorize the secretary of energy to cap the price of gas.

Oil Producers Eye Long Road to Recovery as Texas Thaws

Shale oil producers in the southern United States could take at least two weeks to restart the more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude output that shut down because of cold weather, as frozen pipes and power supply interruptions slow their recovery, sources said.

Venezuela Offers Natural Gas to Mexico, Experts Question Plan

Venezuela does not have a liquefaction plant to convert natural gas into LNG, which would be necessary to send the gas via sea to Mexico, industry experts said.

Texas Oil Refiners Will Take Weeks to Recover, Boosting U.S. Gas Prices

Texas oil refineries shut by cold-weather disruptions may take several weeks to resume normal operations, industry experts said on Friday, helping to push up fuel prices.

As Power Returns, Texas Energy Firms Slowly Emerge from Deep Freeze

Texas energy companies on Friday began preparing to resume oil and gas production after days of frozen shutdowns as electric power and water service slowly resumed at darkened oilfields and refineries.

Texas Mandate to Bar Natural Gas Exports Likely Unenforceable

The Texas oil and gas regulator on Thursday alerted state natural gas producers of a directive to reserve their supplies for in-state electric generation even as one member questioned whether the directive could be enforced.

Texas Energy Sector Struggles to Thaw After Deep Freeze

Texas produces more oil and natural gas than any other U.S. state, and its operators, unlike those in North Dakota or Alaska, are not used to dealing with frigid temperatures.

Novak Tells Russian TV Oil Market on Recovery Path

The global oil market is on a recovery path and the oil price this year could average $45-$60 per barrel, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Sunday.

SBS Energy Sets Record in GOM Decommissioning Project

SBS Energy Services (SBS) completed a multiphase project to decommission 29,000 feet (8,839 meters) of 10-by-6-inch (254-by-152-mm) insulated pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) in partnership with Helix Energy Solutions, setting a new offshore snubbing unit/hydraulic workover world record.

Balkans Gas Developments Still Face Structural Woes

The gas market in Southeast Europe, better known as the Balkans, is weighed down by several longstanding difficulties. The region bounded by Bulgaria to the north, Croatia to the northwest and Turkey to the southeast currently suffers from disconnected markets, owing to the lack of an integrated cross-border gas pipeline network, a heavy dependence on Russian gas and insufficient storage capacity.

Tumbleweed Midstream Announces 10-Year Helium Sales Agreement

Colorado’s Tumbleweed Midstream announced it has executed a new 10-year helium sales agreement with a global tier one helium supplier, which will allow Tumbleweed to sell up to 10% of its helium production to third-party buyers.

Crude Oil Prices Mostly Flat After Trading Below $0 in Spring 2020

Demand for petroleum products in the United States fell sharply in mid-March, which led refiners to curtail operations. It later recovered but remained largely flat for the remainder of 2020.

Permian Highway Pipeline in Service, Kinder Morgan Announces

The Permian Highway Pipeline, which delivers natural gas from the Waha to Katy, Texas area, with connections to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets, began commercial in-service at the start of the year.

China’s Tarim Registers 30-mtpa Oil Equivalent Output for 2020

The Tarim Oilfield of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s leading oil and gas producer, saw its 2020 output surpass 30 million tonnes of oil equivalent.

Croatia Kicks Off LNG Terminal in North Adriatic

Croatia's LNG terminal on the northern Adriatic island of Krk began operations amid the first delivery of gas, said the company which runs the unit.