Construction

Pipeline Operator TC Energy Plans to Complete Coastal GasLink Pipeline This Year

TC Energy's surprise plan to split the company last week accelerated a stock selloff. Still, shareholders bet the North American pipeline operator will finish the year on a higher note by completing the 670-km (416-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Equitrans to Begin Construction on Ohio Valley Connector Expansion Project

(P&GJ) — On Monday, FERC issued the Notice to Proceed, signaling Equitrans' imminent commencement of construction. The expansion project is designed to enhance deliverability on its Ohio Valley Connector pipeline, bolstering its capacity by approximately 350 MMcf/d.

Equitrans' 303-Mile Mountain Valley Pipeline on Track to Be Completed by Year-End 2023

U.S. energy company Equitrans Midstream on Tuesday said it still expects to complete the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline by the end of the year despite being tangled in numerous court fights since construction began in 2018.

Enbridge Fixing Minnesota Aquifer Breach Related to Oil Pipeline Construction

Enbridge Inc. on Friday said it was working to fix an aquifer breach in rural Minnesota related to the construction of its Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, which was completed in 2021 and carries Canadian crude to U.S. refineries.

Venture Global LNG's Calcasieu Pass 2 Project Gets Final U.S. Environmental Nod

Venture Global LNG's proposed Calcasieu Pass 2 project in Louisiana has received FERC's environmental approval, clearing the way for a final vote by the commission on expanding the company's natural gas liquefaction facility.

Supreme Court Approves Completion of 303-Mile Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline

The justices granted Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC's request to lift stays imposed by a lower court that had halted construction of a final short section of the 303-mile (488-km) natural gas pipeline. That section is a 3.5-mile (5.6-km) corridor through the federally owned Jefferson National Forest.

354-Mile Vaca Muerta Pipeline Needs Investment to Deliver Argentina's Gas Dreams, Experts Say

Argentina could export the same amount of gas it consumes — about 2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) — annually, but that would require investments of $40 billion, Javier Iguacel, Argentina's former energy minister, said.

EQT in Deal with Energy Transfer Louisiana Lake Charles LNG Export Plant

EQT, the biggest U.S. natural gas producer, entered into an LNG agreement with U.S. energy firm Energy Transfer's proposed Lake Charles LNG export plant in Louisiana.

Spain's Enagas to Gauge Hydrogen Appetite as It Seeks EU Subsidies

Spanish natural gas grid operator Enagas is to start gathering data on hydrogen supply and demand as it moves forward with plans for national and international hydrogen pipelines it expects will get significant European Union subsidies.

Australian Firm FFI Dives into U.S. Market with Phoenix Hydrogen Hub Acquisition

(P&GJ) — Australian green hydrogen developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has made its first move into the U.S. market by purchasing the Phoenix Hydrogen Hub (PHH) project in Buckeye, Arizona, from fuel-cell truck manufacturer Nikola for $24 million.

Changing Ownership Structure of Africa’s Pipeline Companies

(P&GJ) – Recent buying and selling of upstream oil and gas assets in Africa has opened new growth opportunities for the region’s pipeline market as new players make entry into the management and ownership structure of existing pipeline operating companies.

Cheniere Energy Plans to Build New Gas Pipeline to Feed LNG Expansion in Louisiana

Cheniere Energy Inc., the largest U.S. LNG exporter, says it may build a new pipeline to link its Louisiana expansion project to other pipelines in major shale-gas producing regions as it seeks to diversify its risk.

Alaska LNG Project Clears Challenge, Advances 800-Mile Pipeline

The Biden administration backed the MVP for the second time, Mexico Pacific planned a $14 billion natural gas pipeline and liquefaction plant, and an Alaska LNG project advanced after a lawsuit from environmentalists was rejected, Comet Ridge and Jemena entered an agreement to develop a gas pipeline, while Caliche launched an open season for an expansion project.

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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.

LNG Canada Project Nears Completion as Fluor Wraps Up Module Fabrication

(P&GJ) — With the arrival of the last module by ship from its fabrication yard in Zhuhai, China, Fluor Corp. announced that it has completed the module fabrication program on the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada. The project will have an initial capacity to produce 14 million tons of LNG per year.

Global Construction Update: LNG Markets, Resurgent China Kindle Pipeline Projects

(PGJ) — Global midstream markets continue to face near-term headwinds and economic uncertainties, but Europe’s rapid transition from Russian energy and projected higher demand in Asia continue to drive midstream expansion in those regions and others that supply them.

Editor’s Notebook: Alaska’s Long Road Back

(P&GJ) — With the Biden administration’s recent approval of exports from a proposed LNG project and the rejection of a lawsuit challenging construction of related infrastructure, prospects may again be looking up again for the Final Frontier.

Mountain Valley Asks US Supreme Court to Vacate Stays Halting Pipeline

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC asked the U.S. Supreme Court in a filing on Friday to vacate stays imposed by a federal court halting construction of a portion of its West Virginia-to-Virginia natural gas pipeline.

German Oil Refinery Wants $448 Million in State Aid for Pipeline Upgrade

German oil refinery PCK Schwedt has applied to the economy ministry for $448.2 million in state aid to help it upgrade the Rostock-Schwedt pipeline, the local authority in Brandenburg said on Tuesday following a meeting at the facility.

Gas Operator DESFA Looking to Build 336-Mile Hydrogen Pipeline for $1.12 Billion

DESFA said that the 540-km (336-mile) pipeline will be part of a European corridor connecting regions with high potential for hydrogen production with central Europe and southern Germany, where significant demand is expected by 2030.

Energy Transfer Signs Deals for Louisiana Lake Charles Export Plant

The agreements come even though the U.S. Department of Energy has so far refused to extend Lake Charles' authorization to sell LNG to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries beyond December 2025.

TC Energy Urges Canada to Speed Permits for Energy Transition Projects

TC Energy has more than 20,000 kilometers (14,300 miles) of pipeline in western Canada that could be repurposed to carry carbon dioxide for sequestration underground or transport low-emissions hydrogen, CEO Francois Poirier said.

NextDecade Makes Final Investment Decision on Rio Grande LNG Phase 1

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) firm NextDecade said on Wednesday it has made a positive final investment decision (FID) to construct the first three liquefaction trains (Phase 1) at its Rio Grande LNG export facility.

Kinder Morgan Expanding Eagle Ford Pipeline Systems, Supplying 2 Bcf/d of Gas to Gulf Coast Markets

(P&GJ) — Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan and Howard Energy Partners have announced plans to expand their respective Eagle Ford natural gas transportation systems, which is expected to add up to 2 Bcf/d of natural gas to U.S. Gulf Coast markets.

Pinnacle Midstream to Double Midland Basin Processing Capacity

(P&GJ) — Houston-based Pinnacle Midstream II on Tuesday announced it has reached a final investment decision (FID) to expand its operations in the gas-rich Midland Basin with the construction of a 220 MMcf/d natural gas processing plant.

Equitrans Midstream Weighing Options as Court Blocks Mountain Valley Project

Pipeline operator Equitrans Midstream said on Tuesday it is evaluating all legal options, including an emergency appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court, after an appellate court halted construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project in the Jefferson National Forest.

Canada Regulator Issues Order to Trans Mountain Over Community Impact Monitoring

The Canada Energy Regulator issued an "Inspection Office Order" to Trans Mountain for not adhering to an approved plan to monitor the impact of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project on local communities during construction.

Edison CEO: 1,242-Mile EastMed Pipeline Project Still Viable

A project to build a 2,000-km (1,242-mile) pipeline to bring natural gas from East Mediterranean fields to Europe is still alive, the CEO of Italian energy group Edison said on Friday.

Nigeria’s 384-Mile AKK Gas Pipeline Now 70% Complete

(P&GJ) — Nigeria has completed 70% of its 384-mile AKK gas pipeline; Kinder Morgan has launched a binding open season for the expansion of its SFPP pipeline; Sinopec has announced plans to build a 259-mile hydrogen pipeline in Mongolia; Peninsula Pipeline has finished its natural gas expansion project in Florida; and more in the latest issue of P&GJ's Project Update.