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New Pipelines Drain West Texas Crude Stocks to 4-Month Low

Crude inventories in West Texas dropped this week to the lowest in four months after a converted pipeline began transporting crude from the nation’s biggest shale oil field to the U.S. Gulf Coast, data from market intelligence provider Genscape showed.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Subject of Criminal Probe

Federal authorities launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. A spokeswoman for EQM Midstream, the natural gas pipeline’s parent company, said Mountain Valley is complying with the related grand jury subpoena for documents.

Williams, Targa Plan New Pipeline Projects

Williams and Targa Resources announced new NGL agreements and pipeline projects that will link the Kansas and Mont Belvieu, Texas, markets. Williams will build the 188-mile Bluestream Pipeline from its fractionator in Conway, Kan, and the southern terminus of Overland Pass Pipeline to an interconnect with Targa’s Grand Prix NGL Pipeline in Kingfisher County, Okla.

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TAP Gas Pipeline Completes $4.5 Billion Project Financing The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completed its $4.5 billion (3.9 billion euros) project financing, paving the way for construction to be completed for start-up in 2020, its managing director said in January. ..

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.

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.

Colombia’s Cano Limon Pipeline Bombed for 6th Time this Year: Ecopetrol

Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline was bombed again, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said, the sixth time it has been attacked this year.

Missouri Leak Prompts Closure of Parts of 2 Oil Pipelines

An oil leak near St. Louis prompted the closure of parts of two pipelines as crews work to determine the source, company officials and Missouri regulators said.

San Francisco Gas Explosion Shoots Fire that Burns Buildings

A gas explosion in a San Francisco neighborhood shot flames into the air for hours Wednesday and burned five buildings, sending panicked residents and workers fleeing into the streets. It took utility crews more than two hours to put out the fire after private construction workers cut a natural gas line, igniting the towering flames.

Plains Says Reversed Capline Crude Pipeline Service to Begin 2020

Plains All American Pipeline said it expects the reversed Capline crude pipeline, from the U.S. Midwest to the Gulf Coast, to begin service in the third quarter of 2020.

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.

Colombia’s Trasandino Pipeline Damaged in Bomb Attack

Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA said a bomb attack on the Trasandino pipeline late Monday near a populated area caused a fire but no injuries. It was the third such attack on the pipeline this year.

US Government Appeals Ruling that Blocked Keystone Pipeline

The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked a construction permit for the 1,184-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Exxon, Plains, Lotus Order Pipe for Wink-to-Webster Project

ExxonMobil, Plains All American Pipeline,and Lotus Midstream formed the Wink-to-Webster Pipeline LLC Joint Venture and have ordered nearly 650 miles of domestically sourced 36-inch line pipe. The new common-carrier pipeline system will provide more than 1 MMbpd of crude oil and condensate capacity and will be constructed from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Magellan Cancels Plan for Short-Haul Oil Pipeline in West Texas

Magellan Midstream Partners LP has canceled plans to develop a stand-alone crude pipeline West Texas, the area of the nation's top oil field as it considers a lower-cost project for the same region, an executive said.

US Court Stays Ruling Against Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court has stayed a previous court decision against Forest Service permits that allowed Dominion Energy to build the $7 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline across national forests and the Appalachian Trail.

Bangladesh Imports First LNG from Oman After Pipeline Completed

Bangladesh has imported its first LNG cargo from Oman Trading International, its long-term supplier of the super-chilled fuel, after construction at a domestic pipeline was completed.

WBI Energy Expanding Transportation from Bakken

WBI Energy plans to construct 67 miles of new pipeline, compression and ancillary facilities to transport natural gas from core Bakken production areas in western North Dakota to an interconnection point with Northern Border Pipeline.

Exxon OK’s Project to Nearly Double Size of Texas Refinery, Sources Say

After agreeing last year to form a joint venture with Plains All American Pipeline to build a 1 MMbpd oil pipeline to refineries in Baytown and Beaumont, Exxon has given final approval to almost double the capacity of its 365,000 bpd Beaumont refinery.

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FERC Approves Final 2 Laterals on Rover Pipeline Energy Transfer said service has begun on the final two laterals of Rover Pipeline following final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).   Rover has been operational since August 201..

Death Toll in Mexican Pipeline Fire Rises to 109

The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 109 after 10 more injured people died at hospitals.

Death Toll Reaches 94 in Mexico Fuel Pipeline Fire Horror

People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 94 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans.

Mexico City Pipeline Hit by ‘Sabotage’ amid Crackdown

A major fuel pipeline that supplies Mexico City remained closed after two ruptures in a single day, the president said, as the government works to stem shortages that have frustrated motorists and triggered economic risks.

Thieves Siphon Whole Pipelines; Mexico to Ship Gas on Trains

Fuel thieves in Mexico have grown so bold they are drilling illegal taps under warehouses in big cities and siphoning off the entire contents of pipelines, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. He cited one pipeline carrying gasoline that thieves had drilled into so many times they had siphoned all the fuel in the duct.

PG&E Board Chair Sees Chapter 11 as ‘Only Viable Option’

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation’s largest utility won’t get all the money they may be owed.

TAP Gas Pipeline Completes $4.5 Billion Project Financing

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has completed its $4.5 billion (3.9 billion euros) project financing, paving the way for construction to be completed for start-up in 2020, its managing director said on Friday.

German Business Group: US Sanctions of Russian Gas Would Threaten 'European Sovereignty'

Any attempts by the United States to stop Europe buying Russian natural gas via additional sanctions against Moscow would be an attack on the continent's sovereignty, a German business group said.

Pipeline Shutdowns Lead to Import Bottlenecks at Mexican Ports

Bottlenecks for offloading imported fuel are forming at some Mexican oil ports following government orders to shut pipelines to limit losses from widespread fuel theft.

Colombia’s Cano Limon Oil Pipeline Hit by Bomb Attacks

Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol said Wednesday there were two bomb attacks overnight on the Cano Limon pipeline in western Antioquia province, four days after a similar attack halted pumping.

WhiteWater Holds Open Season for NM-Texas Pipeline

WhiteWater Midstream commenced a binding open season for a 500,000 MMBtu/d pipeline from multiple points in Eddy County, N.M., to delivery points in northern Culberson County, Texas.