Projects

Saudi Aramco Inks 20-year Deal with Sempra for LNG supply

Saudi Aramco signed a 20-year agreement to buy LNG from a forthcoming export terminal in Texas that U.S.-based Sempra Energy is developing, the two companies said on Wednesday.

U.S. Asks Supreme Court for More Time on Atlantic Coast Appeal

The U.S. Solicitor General asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to extend the time the government has to file a petition in an appeal of a circuit court decision preventing Dominion Energy Inc from building the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

Bulgaria Building 100 Mile Gas Pipeline to End Full Reliance on Russia

Bulgaria has started building a $268 million gas pipeline with Greece that will end the Balkan country's total dependence on Russian gas and help diversify supplies in southeastern Europe.

National Grid Halts New Gas Service Until Williams Pipeline Approved

National Grid said it will not process new applications for natural gas service in its New York City and Long Island service areas until Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline receives the permits it needs to proceed.

Permit Denied for 24-Mile Underwater Pipeline by New York Regulators

State environmental regulators denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile (39-kilometer) underwater pipeline from New Jersey to Queens that backers say is crucial for meeting rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island.

U.S. Senators Planning Legislation Against Nord Stream 2

A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will introduce legislation as soon as Tuesday seeking sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under fire from the United States and some European Union countries.

Potential Permitting Delays Could Raise Line 3 Costs

Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline operator, said on Friday there is a risk its Line 3 replacement project could exceed its previous cost estimate of C$9 billion ($6.71 billion) because of delays to permits in the United States.

Baltic Pipeline Project to Carry Norwegian Gas to Eastern Europe

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor Danish gas transmission operator Energinet and Polish gas transmission operator GAZ-System are jointly planning a new bidirectional transnational pipeline, linking the Norwegian North Sea offshore gas fields with markets in both Denmark and Poland. Sourc..

Trump Administration Will Complete New Keystone XL Environmental Review

U.S. government attorneys say the Trump administration plans to finish a new environmental review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada even if a federal appeals court throws out a lawsuit that blocked the project.

Norway-Poland Gas Link on Track for 2022

The Baltic Pipe project linking Norwegian natural gas fields to markets in Denmark and Poland is on track for completion by October 2022, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.

Howard Energy Plans New Gathering System in STACK Play

Howard Energy Partners announced yesterday that it has executed an agreement with a major North American oil and gas producer to construct, own and operate a new natural gas gathering system located in the over-pressured area of the prolific STACK play. HEP’s new midstream infrastructure will be anchored by fee-based, long-term acreage dedications totaling approximately 10,000 acres in Dewey and Custer counties in central Oklahoma.

Tariffs Could Add $80 Million Cost to Kinder Morgan GCX Pipeline

U.S. pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc will pay a tariff on imported steel used in a $1.75 billion natural gas pipeline project, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled on Monday, dealing a setback to energy industry efforts to avoid the penalties.

Finland-Estonia Balticconnector Gas Flows Estimate Set

A gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea that is due to start operation early next year will begin with a capacity of between 97MMcf and 133MMcf per day from Estonia to Finland, Estonian partner Elering said on Tuesday.

Iraq Close to Signing $53B deal with Exxon, PetroChina

Iraq is close to signing a $53 billion, 30-year energy agreement with Exxon Mobil and PetroChina, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday, denying any link between the mega-project and U.S. permission for Iraq to do business with Iran.

Tellurian Holds Open Season for Permian Global Access Pipeline

Tellurian subsidiary Permian Global Access Pipeline is conducting a binding open season to secure prospective shippers for its proposed Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP) project. PGAP is a proposed 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline originating at the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas, and t..

Michigan Governor Halts Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered state departments and agencies to take no further action on legislation enacted in late 2018 authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath lakes Huron and Michigan. Whitmer made the move after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion st..

Lebanon Warns Against Using Disputed Territory for East Med Pipeline

Lebanon warned its Mediterranean neighbors that a planned East Med gas pipeline from Israel to the European Union must not be allowed to violate its maritime borders. Beirut has an unresolved maritime border dispute with Israel,  which it regards as an enem..

Argentina Plans Vaca Muerta Production Boost, Pipeline Buildout

Argentina’s energy minister reiterated his country’s commitment to build infrastructure and boost output of natural gas, citing plans for a new 22 MMcm/d pipeline from the Vaca Muerta shale producing region to Buenos Aires. Minister Gustavo Lopetegui said at a Houston news conference that Argentina..

Denmark Asks Nord Stream 2 to Assess 3rd Option for Pipeline

The Danish Energy Agency has requested an environmental assessment of a third route option for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Danish waters, a move that could delay the project to pump Russian gas to Europe. The 765-mile (1,225-km) pipeline, now under construction, has come under fire from the U..

Consortiums Bid to Build $1.6 Billion Gas Pipeline in Bulgaria

Three consortiums have submitted bids in a 1.4 billion euro ($1.6 billion) tender to build a pipeline to carry Russian natural gas across Bulgaria, state-owned network operator Bulgartransgaz said. The consortiums include companies from Italy, Hungary and Saudi Arabia, it said. The pipeline could b..

Moda Decision Could Ease Stress of 3 New Pipelines

Moda Midstream is considering building a second berth at its Ingleside, Texas, crude export terminal to accommodate supertankers, the company’s chief executive said. The expansion to the terminal that loads oil tankers will come as three major pipelines open in the second half of this year, CEO Bo ..

Trump Signs New Permission for Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new permission for TransCanada Corp to build the Keystone pipeline for imports of Canadian oil, replacing his previous permits in an effort side step the blocking of the project by a Montana court. In issuing the executi..

Local Sewer Grants Targeted for Big, Speculative Increase

Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C.  There seems to be a pretty good chance that Congress will pass a reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) this Congress given strong bi-partisan support for the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019 (H.R. ..

TechnipFMC Awarded Johan Sverdrup Subsea Contract

TechnipFMC was awarded a significant subsea contract by Equinor for the Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development, located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea at a water depth of 120 meters. The $75–250 million contract covers the delivery and installation of the subsea production system including in..

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 ..

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

By Arash Shadmani, and Ismael Ripoll, Welding Specialists, TANAP The Trans Anatolia Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) transports Azeri gas from the Shah Deniz field through Turkey and Europe via the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCPX) at the Georgia/Turkey border, and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) at the..

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.

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..