Pipeline

Con Edison Halts Gas Hookups, Citing Interstate Pipeline Constraints

Consolidated Edison imposed a moratorium on new natural gas service in parts of New York’s Westchester County despite a $250 million state plan to reduce energy usage, to avoid compromising system reliability due to limited pipeline capacity into the region. Several companies tried for years to bui..

ACLU Challenges South Dakota Pipeline Protest Legislation

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a new law signed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican governor’s bills require pipeline companies to chip in on protest-related expenses and create a way to pursue..

ExxonMobil Raises Permian Target by 1 Million Barrels Daily

ExxonMobil has revised its Permian Basin growth plans to produce more than 1 MMboe/d by as early as 2024 – an increase that is driving significant pipeline and infrastructure development. The Irving, Texas-based oil giant’s new target represents a significant boost in size and speed over plans set ..

Project Delays Sink Oil Sands Output in 2019

Canadian Oil Sands production in 2019 will be almost 230,000 bpd lower than last year, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published North America Watch.   Planned Canadian Oil Sands projects are being pushed back in response to further delays in pipeline egress and the mandated output cuts by the ..

United States Was Net Gas Exporter Over 12 Consecutive Months

According to EIA’s most recent publication of the Natural Gas Monthly, U.S. net natural gas exports in January 2019 totaled 2.3 Bcf/d, marking 12 consecutive months in which U.S. natural gas exports exceeded U.S. imports.  Preliminary data from PointLogic E..

POC Shifts Back Toward Pipeline Industry Basics

By Pipeline & Gas Journal The panel on transporting LNG in the U.S., featuring Andrew Biar, president of Strategic Public Affairs; Kevin Ewing, partner at Bracewell; Guy Nicholls, director of Maritime Operations at Cheniere; Lance Goodwin, vice presid..

Interstate Pipeline Companies: Condemning the State in Federal Court

By Richard G. Scott, Attorney, Rutter & Roy, LLP In New Jersey, it is almost impossible for an interstate pipeline company to build a significant pipeline project without crossing state-owned land or land in which the state holds some form of interest. Sev..

Hard Rock Completes Rio Grande Directional Drill

By Jeff Griffin, Freelance Energy Writer Every long horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation has something that sets it apart from other projects, but not many involve crossing international boundaries. The site where a steel gas line was i..

TANAP’s Seismic Fault Crossing Posed Challenges For Welding

The Trans Anatolia Natural Gas Pipeline transports Azeri gas from the Shah Deniz field through Turkey and Europe. Construction of the technically challenging project was complicated by the North Anatolian Fault.

Opinion: Sub-Standard Pipe Torpedoing Basin Projects

By: Tony Radoszewski, President, The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. The boom is on in the basin and other areas. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this year, sub-standard plastic pipe has been found in the oil and gas gathering operations of the Permian and Delaware basins in Texas and New..

Delayed Bahia Pipeline Underway in Brazil

By Mauro Nogarin, Contributing Editor After five years of waiting, the state of Bahia began building the first section of the Gas Southwest pipeline, which will be one of the largest pipelines in the interior of Brazil. Most of the natural gas distribution network of 5,840 miles (9,400 km), is loca..

Williams Receives FERC Certificate Authorizing Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

Williams today reported that FERC has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season.

Letter from PRCI President Cliff Johnson: Investing in Research to Improve Pipeline Safety

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) exists as a way for its members, who are pipeline operators, service providers and other industry stakeholders, to collectively and collaboratively, conduct research, develop, and evaluate new and emerging technologies that have the potential to improve..

Marcellus, Utica Plays Offer Unlimited Promise, Nagging Questions

At the end of 2018, when the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its latest (2017) statistics on proved oil and natural gas reserves, the United States producers were leading the world, and the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania was leading the nation. Both Marcellus and Utica s..

Spring Conference Season in Full Gear

Joe Hollier, Editor While attending the Pipeline Technical Conference in Berlin, Germany, last month, I came across multiple new innovations designed to improve or protect the pipeline industry, and a few projects that are making a big splash in that part of the world. One large project became of..

Lawmaker's 'Nazi' Remark over Pipeline Fight Draws Criticism

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker protesting a natural gas liquids pipeline project in her neighborhood has apologized for saying "Nazis were just doing their jobs too" and drawing a comparison to pipeline workers.

Major Russian Pipeline Contaminated, Could Cost Billions

After several days of uncertainty and the potential loss of billions of dollars over contaminated oil flowing from Russian pipelines, clean oil seems to finally be arriving back in several Eastern European countries.

Magellan CEO Optimistic on Cushing-to-Houston Pipeline

Magellan Midstream Partners LP believes a proposed Midland origin point will attract sufficient commitments from shippers to proceed with a long-haul crude pipeline from the U.S. oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, to Houston, Chief Executive Michael Mears said on Wednesday.

Tallgrass Energy Announces Open Season for Further Pony Express Pipeline Expansion

Tallgrass Energy, through its affiliate Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC, announced a new project to support crude oil production in northern Weld County, Colorado, near the border between Wyoming and Colorado. The Hereford Project will include approximately 30 miles of new 12-inch pipeline, as well as expanded capacity on the Pony Express system.

PHMSA Pushing to Finalize 2011 Safety Rules

The head of the U.S. pipeline safety agency says officials intend to finalize long-delayed rules aimed at preventing oil spills and deadly natural gas explosions by the end of the year.

Michigan Attorney General Vows to Shut Down Pipeline if Governor's Talks Fail

Michigan's attorney general pledged Monday to move to shut down an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes if the governor doesn't find a "swift and straightforward" resolution to the contentious issue.

Rangeland Midstream Announces New Canadian Pipeline Project

Rangeland Midstream Canada announced plans to design, construct and operate new crude oil and condensate pipelines located in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta. The Marten Hills Pipeline System will extend approximately 53 miles and consist of crude oil and condensate pipelines and related facilities. The system is expected to come into service in the second quarter of 2020.

Tellurian Announces Binding Open Seasons for Two Proposed Pipelines

Tellurian announced today separate binding open seasons on two proposed pipelines that will connect areas of constrained shale production and debottleneck natural gas pipeline infrastructure, further enabling the rapidly growing industrial market in Southwest Louisia​na.

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Crosses Albanian Rocky Mountains

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has crossed the rocky mountains of Albania, putting it on track to start delivering gas to Europe next year.

Plains All American fined $3.3M for California Oil Spill

Plains All American Pipeline was fined nearly $3.35 million for a 2015 California coastal oil spill caused by the rupture of a corroded pipeline.

NTSB Reveals Findings of Three Year Gas Explosion Investigation

A gas company's faulty equipment is the most likely cause of an explosion at a suburban Maryland apartment complex that killed seven people in 2016, according to federal report issued Tuesday.

Mariner East 1 Pipeline Operational Again

Energy Transfer LP announced that effective Monday, April 23 Mariner East 1 pipeline has resumed operations. The 350-mile, 8-inch NGL pipeline transports NGLs across Southern Pennsylvania to Energy Transfer’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County, PA.

Apache Corp Halting Permian Gas Production Due to Lack of Pipelines

Oil and gas producer Apache Corp said on Tuesday it temporarily halted production at its Alpine High assets in the Permian basin late March, curtailing output of about 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day because of extremely low prices.

Shell in Talks to Buy BP's Share of Shearwater Field

Royal Dutch Shell is in talks to buy BP's stake in the Shearwater oil and gas field in the British North Sea for around $250 million.

New Cogent Pipeline to Connect Processing Complex to GCX

Cogent Midstream said it plans to build a new 400 MMcf/d pipeline to deliver residue gas from its Big Lake Natural Gas Processing complex in the Midland Basin to the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (GCX).