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North Dakota Regulators Approve Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion

North Dakota regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved expanded capacity for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they believed the project had met exhaustive state and federal requirements.

Energy Transfer Signs NGL Transportation, Processing Agreement

Energy Transfer LP said on Wednesday it signed agreements with an undisclosed company for the gathering, processing, transportation and fractionation of natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the Eagle Ford shale basin through 2034, and the Delaware basin through 2040.

Canada Rail Company Lays Off 1,000 Staff Under Blockade Pressure

Canada's passenger rail company on Wednesday said blockades by demonstrators had forced it to temporarily lay off 1,000 employees, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to solve a two-week protest.

Texas Regulator Calls out State's Worst, Best Companies for Natural Gas Flaring

One of Texas' oil and gas regulators on Tuesday defended the state's high rate of natural gas flaring but named companies that burn off the most gas.

Canada Seeks Peaceful End to Rail Blockade as Pressure Builds

Canada is seeking a peaceful end to a rail blockade that has shut down freight and passenger traffic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, amid increasing pressure from the Conservative opposition to clear the tracks.

Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level Since 2016, Lowest February Prices in 20 Years - EIA

New data released last week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals that LNG prices reached their lowest February closing price for the near-month contract in almost 20 years.

Qatar Delays Natural Gas Partnership Expansion Amid Price Collapse — Sources

Qatar has delayed choosing Western partners for the world’s largest liquefied natural gas project by several months after surprising the industry with a big expansion plan despite a collapse in global gas prices, four sources said.

Gas Line Fire at Citgo Corpus Christi, Texas Under Control

A gas pipeline fire at Citgo's 157,500 barrel-per-day refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas on Monday morning is under control and air-quality monitoring suggests it is safe for residents to leave their homes, a city official said.

Belarus Threatens to Take Oil from Russian Transit Pipeline — Belta

Belarus will start taking oil from the Druzhba transit pipeline if Russia does not supply it with the required volumes of crude, the Belarusian president said on Friday, the state news agency Belta reported.

TC Energy Unsure About Keystone XL Pipeline

TC Energy Corp sees too much uncertainty to commit immediately to the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, company executives said on Thursday, even as TC prepared for construction.

Enbridge to Purchase Rio Bravo Pipeline from NextDecade

NextDecade Corporation and Enbridge announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Enbridge will acquire Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC from NextDecade.

Dominion to Buy Southern's Stake in Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Energy said this week it agreed to buy Southern Co’s stake in the roughly $8 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina, which is expected to enter service in early 2022.

Blast Shuts Eni Owned Nigerian Oil Pipeline — Officials

An oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria forced the local subsidiary of Italian oil major Eni to close a pipeline feeding the Brass oil export terminal, ENI and a security official said.

Seaway to Extend Open Season

Seaway Crude Pipeline Company LLC has announced an extension of a binding open season currently under way for committed service on expansion capacity of its system originating in Cushing, Oklahoma and extending to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Federal Judge Orders Recall of Non-Standardized Pipeline Flanges

Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division has issued a permanent injunction and ordered a recall of flanges made by Spanish company, Ulma Forja – part of the Mondragon Corporation – and its U.S. subsidiary, Ulma Piping.

Texas Railroad Commission Adopts New Pipeline Safety Rules

Texas regulators have adopted new safety rules that prohibit natural gas distribution pipeline operators from installing underground cast iron, wrought iron or bare steel pipelines.

NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG Receives Non-FTA Export Authorization

NextDecade Corporation has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has issued an order granting authorization to export liquefied natural gas from its Rio Grande LNG facility to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries.

Williams Completes Gateway Expansion Project Ahead of Schedule

Williams placed its Gateway Expansion into full service 11 months ahead of schedule through “expedited project execution and construction,” boosting natural gas deliveries to the energy-hungry U.S. Northeast by 65,000 MMcf/d, in time for the winter heating season.

Gibson Sanctions Million-Barrel Expansion at Hardisty Terminal

Calgary-based Gibson Energy approved the construction of 1 million barrels of new tankage at its Hardisty Terminal.

TurkStream Begins Gas Flows to Greece, North Macedonia

Russia is building TurkStream and doubling the capacity of NordStream across the Baltic Sea to Germany as part of plans to bypass Ukraine in its gas deliveries to Europe.

Mexico’s President to Request Rerouting of Planned Gas Pipeline

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he will ask for a natural gas pipeline being developed by Canada’s TC Energy Corp to be rerouted, so it does not cut across lands considered sacred by communities in Puebla state.

FERC Approves Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Expansion

Chesapeake Utilities has announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order approving the Company’s proposed Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project.

India Approves $774 Million for Gas Pipeline in Northeast

India approved funding of $774 million (955.6 billion rupees) for a natural gas pipeline in its northeast, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, as part of a national gas grid being built to span remote locations.

Outrigger Expands in Williston Basin with Commitment from XTO

Private midstream energy company Outrigger Energy II said it is constructing a 70-mile gathering system and cryogenic plant in North Dakota to service XTO Energy natural gas production under a long-term, definitive gathering and processing agreement.

Work Resumes on Canada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline

Construction of the $5 billion (C$6.6 billion) Coastal GasLink pipeline in western Canada has resumed, after an indigenous group that opposes the project had ordered its workers off their territory.

FERC Boosts Natural Gas

An order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December against state subsidies for nuclear and renewable energy – called “out-of-market subsidies” – apparently gives a big boost to electric utilities using natural gas and the pipelines that feed them.

Cameron LNG Facility Begins Production at Train 2

Sempra LNG said its Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana has begun producing LNG from the second liquefaction train of the export facility, fewer than five months after its first train started commercial operations in August.

EDP Closes Financing for El Salvador LNG-to-Power Project

Energía del Pacífico (EDP) said it has completed project financing for the LNG-to-power project currently under construction at the Port of Acajutla, El Salvador. The infrastructure project brings approximately $1 billion foreign direct investment for the Central American nation, making it the largest private investment ever in the country, EDP said.

Bulgaria Starts Receiving Gas from TurkStream, Bypassing Ukraine

Bulgaria started receiving natural gas from Russia’s Gazprom via Turkey on January 1 and will no longer use the route through Ukraine and Romania, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said.

North Dakota, Tribe to Develop Pipeline Spill Plan

North Dakota will work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to help develop a response plan for a potential spill of the Dakota Access pipeline, a state official said.