Perspectives

OPEC Secretary Accuses IEA Of “Vilifying” Oil, Gas Industry

The Organization of the Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Paris-based IEA have repeatedly clashed in recent years over issues such as long-term oil demand prospects and investment in new hydrocarbon supplies.

PPI President Touts Safety of Plastic Pipes

(P&GJ) — In the following interview, David Fink, president of the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), talks about the growing demand for plastic pipe in the oil and gas industry, how PPI helps to establish energy standards and the advantage of plastics where horizontal directional drilling is used.

Opinion: Chevron’s $53 Billion Deal Is a Risky Imitation of Exxon's Strategy

Chevron has decided, like Exxon Mobil, that it’s better to discover oil on the New York Stock Exchange than drilling in the ground. The $318 billion oil giant said Monday it would buy New York-based Hess for $53 billion in an all-stock deal.

Guest Perspective: Next Generation of Cybersecurity

As the next wave of economic growth and development steadily emerges, more and more industries are transforming their operations into cyber-physical ecosystems – replete with emerging technologies such as IoT, edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, data-driven automation and analytics.

AMPP Chair Looks for Global Outreach

(P&GJ) — In Amir Eliezer’s mind, his path in life has always led him toward practical research, which is where he found his kinship with AMPP and its membership.

Guest Perspective: EJ and Civil Rights in U.S. Construction Projects

(P&GJ) — Since taking office two years ago, the Biden Administration has emphasized efforts to incorporate environmental justice considerations into federal agency permitting, funding and financial support decision-making.

World’s Top LNG Players Push for More, But Greener, Gas Investments

Current investments in gas infrastructure are falling short of what is needed, officials at an industry conference in Japan said on Wednesday, citing the role they say the fuel has to play in both global energy security and the transition to net zero.

Importer Group: Investments in LNG 'Ever More Necessary' as Imports Rise

Global LNG imports rose last year as Europe's scramble to replace Russian pipeline gas pushed its shipments up 60%, making additional investments "ever more necessary" to ensure the security of supply, an importer group said on Thursday.

Beijing Holds All Cards in Russia’s Eastern Energy Pivot

(P&GJ) — Russia is looking to build on its energy ties with China, a key buyer of its gas. But Beijing’s position of power in the relationship may mean the sanctioned producer is in no rush to complete new projects, especially the much-discussed Power of Siberia 2 pipeline.

An Operator’s Perspective: How to Comply with New US Gas Gathering, ILI Regulations

(P&GJ) —Traditionally, most gas gathering lines were small-diameter, low-pressure systems traversing sparsely populated areas, posing little risk from a business, safety, and environmental perspective. More recently, the volume of gas transported through gathering systems has increased significantly due to the advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques.

AGA Chair Sees Future Shaped by Education, Innovation

(P&GJ) — Suzanne Sitherwood sat down with Pipeline & Gas Journal in March – the same week she announced her upcoming retirement from Spire – to discuss her career, her outlook for the natural gas industry and her objectives as the 2023 chair of the American Gas Association (AGA).

INGAA Responds to Biden Administration Outline of Permitting Reform Priorities

(P&GJ) — "While President Biden and Secretary Granholm have both, at times, acknowledged the prolonged need for natural gas as part of the energy mix to support reliability and affordability while contributing to emissions reductions, we were disappointed to see almost no mention of natural gas or its related infrastructure in the Administration’s new Permitting Reform Priorities Fact Sheet," said Amy Andryszak, president and CEO of INGAA.

Focus: BP Ventures Back into Oil Frontiers to Boost Output

BP is ramping up oil exploration and drilling activity in frontier prospects as the energy giant tries to stem a decline in its oil and gas output after years of focusing on a shift to renewables to cut carbon emissions.

Spire Adds Storage in Rockies, Western US

(P&GJ) — To meet the growing energy demands in the Rockies and Western U.S., Spire Storage is expanding its facilities in Wyoming, with partial availability of additional natural gas storage capacity becoming available in 2024.

INGAA Chairman Amato Sees Permitting, Workforce Development Among Priorities

(P&GJ) — New INGAA Foundation Chair Paul Amato doesn’t exactly come from the hotbed of the natural gas industry, but in a manner of speaking, he became part of it as soon as possible. During this interview with P&GJ, Amato discusses, among other issues, his first impressions of INGAA, training and retaining younger talent, and keeping an eye on methane reduction and other permitting issues.

Guest Perspective: Opportunity Exists in Challenging Market

(P&GJ) — Market concerns regarding the potential impact of a recession have weighed heavily on the energy industry despite fundamentals remaining strong. Many industry professionals have said that “fear of recession” is more concerning than the actual impact a recessionary economy may have on the space.

Insight: Huge Phillips 66 Biofuels Project Will Test the Industry’s Green Promises

In the oldest refining town in the American West, Phillips 66 is promising a greener future as it moves to halt crude-oil processing and build a massive renewable diesel plant.

Oil, Gas Executives on Hydrogen: Forget the Rainbow, Just Make It Profitable

Hydrogen as a potential alternative to natural gas, coal or oil burned in heavy industry or shipping is seen as key to reducing emissions in sectors where electrification is impractical. Hydrogen is often described by color and many in the industry call it a "rainbow renewable," but the most important color is green — as in cash, executives at CERAWeek said.

CERAWeek: Collapse in US Natural Gas Prices Dents Market for Shale Deals

This year's freefall in U.S. natural gas prices has upended the acquisitions market for gas producers and spooked investors that lined up to buy when prices were much, much higher.

Chevron CEO Says Natural Gas Markets Fundamentally Changed by War

The global natural gas market has been more fundamentally changed for the long term by Russia's invasion of Ukraine than the oil market, CEO Mike Wirth said on Monday.

Guest Perspective: Plastic Pipe Regulations, Rules and Results

(P&GJ) — The continued increase in oil and gas output is relying more and more on spoolable reinforced plastic pipe and polyethylene (PE) line pipe. This is due to the high integrity of the pipe itself, and ease of installation. Additionally, PE pipes are easily joined by heat fusion forming a monolithic system that eliminates the potential for leaks at the joints.

Financial Community’s Outlook on Oil and Natural Gas

(P&GJ) — Hop-scotching around North America in the fall of 2022 turned up varying voices calling for systemic changes in the energy industry that carry impacts from Wall Street to main street, from Canada to Mexico.

APGA Perspective: Policymakers Need to Incentivize Natural Gas Innovations

(P&GJ) — Energy security, affordability and efficiency remain top-of-mind for American consumers. As such, the role of natural gas in our country’s future energy mix has sparked continuous debate among voters and policymakers.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2023

(P&GJ) — Seldom has a new year arrived with the degree of supply and demand uncertainty facing global energy markets at the start of 2023. Pipeline & Gas Journal's annual survey of global construction activity reflects a renewed emphasis on energy security after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Russian Pipeline Gas Exports to Europe Fall to Post-Soviet Low

Russian gas exports to Europe via pipelines plummeted to a post-Soviet low in 2022 as its largest customer cut imports due the invasion of Ukraine and the Nord Stream pipeline was damaged by mysterious blasts

Analysis: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Shale Boom Running Out of Road

Argentina’s booming shale production in Vaca Muerta, a formation that rivals the United States’ Permian Basin, is at risk of running out of road as infrastructure to handle the oil and gas nears capacity, threatening to put the brakes on rapid growth.

How Germany is Replacing Russian Gas

Germany, Europe's biggest economy and historically a major importer of Russian gas, is scrambling to secure alternative supplies following a plunge in flows from Russia since its invasion of Ukraine.

Analysis-Pipeline Blasts Leave Nord Stream in Insurance Limbo

With the mystery of the blasts that destroyed undersea gas pipelines between Russia and Germany unsolved, Nord Stream 1's insurers and reinsurers are grappling with how to respond to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential claims.

Perspective: Agencies with Power to Approve Pipelines Need a Reality Check

Federal regulators with the power to approve natural gas pipelines need to make judgment calls on everything from how pipelines will affect farmland to how much methane will leak. When real-world data comes in that contradicts predictions, regulators ought to reevaluate their decisions in the light of new facts.

Retiring EnLink Founder Davis Recounts Decades of Change

(P&GJ) — EnLink Midstream Chairman and CEO Barry E. Davis is stepping away from EnLink, the company he founded and led for more than 25 years. In this exclusive interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, Davis discusses what it takes to get a pipeline built today, the importance of carbon capture efforts in the coming years, and he also picks a couple of his favorite pipeline projects from his career.