Perspectives

Midstream Energy REITs: A New Structure

A recent IRS private ruling allows a real estate investment trust or “REIT” to own and operate traditional midstream infrastructure assets, including storage assets and pipelines, and derive REIT qualifying income from traditional commercial arrangements with customers. If structured correctly, the REIT’s income from these assets and arrangements is treated as “rents from real property,” an important aspect of qualifying for REIT status under the Internal Revenue Code (IRS).

2020 North American Outlook: Industry Adopting ‘Wait And See’ Philosophy

If North America was one giant oil and natural gas basin with one spigot, the flow handle would probably be set at only half-open in 2020, a year when global events will determine if, and which direction, the handle moves.

China's Oil, Gas Imports Strong in 2019 Despite Trade Dispute

China's imports of major commodities ended last year with a bang, with strong gains showing the appetite of the world's largest importer of natural resources remains robust despite the trade dispute with the United States.

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dip on Power Switch to Gas

U.S. emissions linked to climate change fell last year on a record drop in coal-fired power generation, but further declines are unlikely without rapid policy changes, according to an estimate released on Tuesday.

Deadly U.S. Attack on Iranian General Rattles Energy Market

Crude prices on Friday had the largest one-day spike since a September attack on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia after the U.S. killed Iran's top general in a drone strike.

Germany Hails Russia-Ukraine Deal for Gas Transit to Europe

The German government has welcomed a deal between Russia and Ukraine to ensure the continued transit of Russian natural gas to Europe.

US Crude Output Hits Record in Oct - EIA

U.S. crude oil production in October hit a record 12.66 million barrels per day (bpd), up from a revised 12.48 million bpd in September, the U.S. government said in a monthly report on Tuesday.

Fed Survey: Permian Flaring Hits Record; Service Firms Bearish on 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said in its quarterly energy survey that natural gas flaring and venting reached a record high. It also said about half of oil field service firms plan to cut spending in 2020.

World Petroleum Congress Returning to US in 2020

Next year, the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) will return to the United States for the first time since 1987. P&GJ talked to organizing committee Chairman Jeff Shellebarger about the event.

North American Trade Deal Limits Changes to Mexico’s Energy Policies

Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would not be able to roll back the 2013 reforms to the country’s energy law permitting foreign investment in the industry, according to a report from the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

U.S. Gas Volatility Diminishes on Higher Output and Exports

Traditionally severe seasonal swings in inventories and prices are being softened by surging domestic production and the increasing international integration of the U.S. gas market through LNG exports.

NPC Study Offers Ways to Improve Pipeline Regulatory Process

The National Petroleum Council (NPC) released a report focusing on pipeline permitting solutions, which suggests the regulatory process for infrastructure needs to be simplified in order to eliminate redundancies.

APGA Chairman Intends to Re-Engage Membership

In an interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, APGA Chairman Samual Davis Jr. discusses the challenges and goals faced by the organization in during the coming year. He also talks about strategies for effectively explaining the benefits of natural gas to the public and shares his thoughts on electrification.

Oil Patch Woes: Amid Downturn, Alberta Rages at Canada's Trudeau

A shortage of pipelines, shut-in wells, slumping prices, oilfield layoffs, and strained local food banks. The root causes of Alberta's problems are uniquely Canadian, and their blame of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is fueling a Western separatist movement dubbed #Wexit.

Bloomberg Claims Credit for Killing Coal, Now Targets Gas Plants

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg broadly, repeatedly — and wrongly — took a huge amount of credit for driving the U.S. coal industry to its knees. Now he wants to target gas plants.

Williams' Clean Break with Conventional Messaging

Williams CEO Alan Armstrong's message that environmentalists should support natural gas pipelines is one the industry should invoke more often and with far greater emphasis.

Asian LNG Buyers Target Record Low Prices in Contract Talks

Asian LNG buyers are starting talks with producers to renew long-term contracts due to expire over the next few years, aiming to secure all-time low prices in deals likely to set new industry benchmarks.

New Gas Pipelines Adding Capacity from U.S. South Central, Northeast

The United States is expected to add between 16 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and 17 Bcf/d of natural gas pipeline capacity in 2019, most of which was built to provide additional takeaway capacity out of supply basins.

Pioneer Natural CEO Calls Out Permian Basin Gas Flaring

The chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources, Scott Sheffield, called on Permian Basin producers to limit natural gas flaring and to monitor for methane leaks.

Trans Mountain Concerns, Oil Industry Alienated After Trudeau Victory

The fate of Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline, as well as that of the country's energy industry as a whole, was called into question on Tuesday after Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won the general election, but failed to form a majority government.

Price Spikes in New England Limited by Natural Gas

It seems like each winter we see consumers in New England suffering not just from freezing temperatures but also the highest energy prices in the country – largely because there’s not enough natural gas infrastructure to serve the region during periods of peak winter demand. This past winter, the news was a little bit better.

Northeast Energy Outlook, 2020: It Takes More than Good Vision

The topography in America’s northeast region can be tricky. It is craggy, unpredictable and a bit cranky, as befits the cradle of the United States democratic experiment.

Feds Recommend New Requirements After Natural Gas Disaster

Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

Next Wave of U.S. LNG Export Projects to be Tougher: Blackstone

The next wave of U.S. LNG export projects will be “tougher” to bring online, as companies with existing facilities take advantage of lower costs to expand capacity in coming years, the chief executive of Blackstone Energy Partners said Wednesday.

Saudi-Style Drone Attacks Not Seen as Major U.S. Risk: Experts

The style of attack used against oil plants in Saudi Arabia that knocked out half of the country's production last weekend is unlikely to be a risk in the United States, energy and security experts say.

Saudi Attacks Raise Spectre of $100/barrel Oil: Analyst View

The oil market will rally by $5-10 per barrel when it opens on Monday and may spike to as high as $100 per barrel if Saudi Arabia fails to quickly resume oil supply lost after attacks over the weekend, traders and analysts said.

U.S. Oil Production Still Near Record High, but Growth Slowed

U.S. crude production remained close to a record level in June but growth has slowed significantly since the end of last year in response to lower oil prices and the slowdown is set to extend into 2020

Gas Prices Forecast to Fall to '70s Levels on Pipeline Oversupply

An oversupply of natural gas in the United States from new pipelines will drive average prices at the Henry Hub benchmark to a level not seen since the 1970s, according to a report from IHS Markit on Thursday.

Jobs Fall as Shale Boom Cools

U.S. oil and gas employment has started to fall as producers and service companies respond to the sharp decline in prices since the fourth quarter of 2018.

iPIPE Program Assisting in Detection of Pipeline Leaks

Jay Almlie, a principal engineer at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), talks with P&GJ about his involvement with the intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE), an industry-led consortium focused on advancing near-commercial, emerging technologies to prevent and detect gatheri..

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