Pipeline

North Dakota Sees 425,000 bpd Oil Drop, 1.1 Bcf/d Gas Output Decline Due to Extreme Cold

North Dakota oil production has fallen by 400,000 to 425,000 barrels per day (bpd) and gas output is down 1.0 billion to 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) on extreme cold and related operational issues, the North Dakota Pipeline Authority estimated on Monday.

Canadian Regulator Clears Trans Mountain Pipeline Change, Allowing Early 2024 Completion

Trans Mountain had asked to be allowed to install smaller-diameter pipe in a 1.4-mile (2.3-km) section of the pipeline's route after encountering challenging drilling conditions due to the hardness of the rock in a mountainous area between Hope and Chilliwack in the province of British Columbia.

Santos Receives Approval to Construct Subsea Pipeline for $4.3 Billion Barossa Gas Project

Australia's Santos can proceed with construction of an undersea pipeline vital to its $4.3 billion Barossa gas project after a court on Monday ruled in favor of the oil and gas firm in a dispute with an Indigenous man looking to pause the work.

$720 Billion in Pipeline Projects Defies Global Energy Transition Momentum for More Gassy Future

The investment - which has been committed to projects that are underway or are planned for the near future - reveals the powerful momentum that remains in traditional fossil fuel industries even as clean energy supplies are deployed at an accelerating rate.

New Alternatives for Noise Reduction in Gas Pipelines

Natural gas pipeline pressure reduction applications pose significant design challenges for engineers. Since flow varies considerably through these stations, control valves are required to throttle over a wide range, with large pressure drops at times, which create the potential for high noise.

Optimizing Emergency Response Through Alarm Management

With the implementation of the PHMSA Control Room Management (CRM) Rule in 2012, pipeline operators and control room managers have become familiar with the fundamentals of alarm management.

Fuel Theft Crisis Persists in Central Mexico as Nine Bodies Found Near Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Central Mexico authorities have discovered nine men's bodies in vehicles near a fuel pipeline. Although the circumstances surrounding the deaths are still being probed, officials said there are signs suggesting a possible connection to fuel theft.

Finland's Gasum Procures LNG Cargo for Inkoo Terminal from SEFE

Finnish energy firm Gasum said on Wednesday it is delivering a U.S. cargo of LNG it procured from Germany's SEFE LNG to the Inkoo floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).

Exxon Faces Hurdles in $2.5 Billion Exit from California Offshore

Exxon Mobil's write-down of about $2.5 billion of troubled California properties aims to end five decades of offshore oil production in the state, but a full exit from those assets could take some time.

Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Modification Request Heads to Friday Regulatory Hearing

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) will conduct a hearing on Friday about Trans Mountain Corp.'s request for a change in construction to complete expansion of its oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia, according to a filing on Monday.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Nears 95% Completion, Set to Triple Crude Oil Capacity

Work on Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project is reportedly over 95% complete. When it comes onstream, the expansion will nearly triple the pipeline’s current 300,000 barrels per day (b/d) capacity.

Southwestern, Chesapeake Energy Near $17 Billion Merger, Poised to Form U.S. Natural Gas Powerhouse

U.S. natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy and peer Southwestern Energy are nearing a merger that would create a nearly $17 billion company. The deal could come together as soon as next week, provided the talks do not fall apart.

Cedar LNG Taps Samsung, Black & Veatch for EPC Contract

The Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corp. have selected Samsung Heavy Industries and Black & Veatch to provide engineering, procurement and construction for the design, fabrication and delivery of the project's floating LNG production unit.

TotalEnergies Appoints Expert to Evaluate Land Acquisition for Uganda, Tanzania Pipeline Projects

CEO Patrick Pouyanné has tasked Lionel Zinsou, a recognized expert in African economic development, with evaluating the land acquisition program conducted in Uganda and Tanzania as part of the Tilenga and EACOP (East African Crude Oil Pipeline) projects.

U.S. DOT Invests Nearly $15 Million to Improve Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding $14.8 million in grants to fund projects and activities to improve pipeline safety.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Eyes March or May for Line Fill in Long-Delayed Expansion

Trans Mountain Corp. plans to begin line fill in March or May on its long-delayed Canadian oil pipeline expansion, depending on the diameter of pipe it uses and assuming no new problems, the Canadian government-owned company said in a filing on Wednesday.

Bunge Halts Operations at Indiana Soy Plant Due to Damaged Gas Pipeline

A soybean processing facility in Decatur, Indiana, operated by global grain handler Bunge stopped operations last week following damage to a natural gas pipeline that feeds the site, the company said in a statement to Reuters on Wednesday.

Gazprom Sets Daily Gas Supply Record to China via Power of Siberia Pipeline

Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it set a new daily record the previous day for gas supplies to China through the Power of Siberia pipeline.

E.ON CEO Stresses Germany's Gas Security Amid Middle East Risks

Germany's gas supply situation is far better than it was after Russia cut off supply last winter but instability in the Middle East could still send energy prices soaring, the head of energy firm E.ON said.

Russian Pipeline Gas Exports to Europe Down 56% in 2023

Natural gas supplies to Europe by Russian energy giant Gazprom were down 55.6% to 28.3 billion cubic meters (Bcm) in 2023, Reuters calculations showed on Tuesday.

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Editor’s Notebook: In Canada, A Tale of Two Pipelines

Well, well, well. It looks as if Canada is likely to be in the market for some new pipelines if word that the nation’s oil and gas producers plan to drill 8% more wells in 2024 comes to pass.

Canadian Regulators Reject FortisBC's Okanagan Gas Pipeline Expansion Plan

(P&GJ) — The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has denied FortisBC Energy Inc.’s application for its Okanagan Capacity Upgrade project, which includes the construction, installation, and operation of approximately 30 km (19 miles) of new natural gas pipeline.

Kinder Morgan Successfully Acquires NextEra’s 462-Mile Texas Pipeline System for $1.8 Billion

Kinder Morgan Inc. has successfully closed on its $1.815 billion acquisition of NextEra Energy Partners’ South Texas assets, which includes a set of integrated, large diameter high pressure natural gas pipeline systems that connect the Eagle Ford basin to key growing Mexico and Gulf Coast demand markets.

Projects December 2023

Western Midstream Partners closed its previously announced acquisition of Meritage Midstream Services II. The sale was funded with cash on hand and WES’s recent $600 million investment grade senior notes issuance.

Engie Brasil Sells 15% Stake in Gas Pipeline Firm TAG to Canada's CDPQ for $641 Million

Engie Brasil said on Thursday it had reached a deal to sell a 15% stake in natural gas pipeline firm TAG to Canadian investment fund Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) for $641 million.

Real-Time Monitoring Helps Trans Mountain Expansion Stay on Track

(P&GJ) — Navigating diverse terrains for the $31 billion Trans Mountain Expansion Project posed challenges. Learn how obstacles like roads, rivers, and railroads impacted this major oil pipeline installation.

Crucial Role of Testing Labs in Pipeline Emergency Response

(P&GJ) — Emergency situations, like explosions due to pipeline ruptures, often happen instantly and without warning. Pipeline managers know about the risks that come with the job, but the aftereffects of pipeline ruptures and leaks are often secondary to protecting human life.

Oil Producers Canadian Natural, MEG Urge Regulator to Back Trans Mountain Request

Canadian oil producers Canadian Natural Resources and MEG Energy are urging the country's energy regulator to approve Trans Mountain Corp.'s latest request for a change to building its pipeline expansion, saying timely completion is critical.

Oxygen Corrosion Control for Multiphase, Gas Phase Pipelines

(P&GJ) — The oil and gas industry is committed to driving greater production and transportation from existing infrastructure, and ensuring effective asset integrity and flow assurance is essential to this objective.