North America

Freeport LNG to Load First Cargo From Texas Plant

Freeport LNG, which recently received federal approval for construction of a fourth liquefaction train at its Quintana Island plant, appears on schedule to load its first LNG shipment to Asia from Train 1 in the third quarter.

Bid for Inter Pipeline Highlights Strength of Canada's Midstream Sector

A recent unsolicited bid for Inter Pipeline Ltd has highlighted the potential of Canada’s midstream companies to offer insulation from volatile oil prices.

EPIC Midstream Ships First Crude on New Permian-Gulf Coast Pipeline

EPIC Midstream Holdings Inc on Thursday began shipping crude oil on its 400,000 barrel per day (bpd) pipeline from the Permian Basin to the U.S. Gulf Coast, pushing Midland crude prices higher, traders said.

Enbridge Needs U.S. Approval to Restart Pipeline after Kentucky Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said it is working to meet the terms of an order from federal regulators so it can restart the part of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that was damaged in a blast on Aug. 1 that killed one person.

Trafigura Begins Shipping Permian Crude via Plains' Cactus II

Trafigura Trading today said it has commenced shipments of crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas, via the Cactus II Pipeline, marking the first confirmed shipments on Plains All American's newly operational system.

Rare Split Vote May Signal Tighter Regulation of Future Permian Flaring

The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission cast a rare vote against a flaring permit in the Permian Basin, citing concern over the "frequency and ease" with which the state's oil and gas regulatory body has permitted crude producers to burn associated gas.

New NAFTA  Agreement: Pathway for Oil, Gas

A member of the energy intelligentsia in June, after the U.S.-Mexico dispute over immigration was calmed, noted President Donald Trump who was in Texas over that period delivered the message that he favors expanding infrastructure to bolster energy trade with Mexico.

Mexico Looks to Expand Pipelines, Develop Own Reserves

Mexico’s rapid growth of demand for electricity over the last decade happily coincided with burgeoning supplies of cheap shale gas in nearby Texas. This Mexican demand and Texan abundance drove a boom in cross-border pipeline construction which continues to this day.

New U.S. Pipelines Poised to Start Price War for Shale Shippers

The operators of two new pipelines in West Texas shale fields are offering discounted prices to attract shippers accustomed to high fees to move oil to export hubs, according to the pipeline companies and federal filings.

Plains' Cactus II to Start Commercial Service Next Week

Plains All-American's new Cactus II crude oil pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast is mechanically complete and will begin commercial service next week, CEO Willie Chiang said.

SCM Launches Binding Open Season for Delaware Basin Crude System

Salt Creek Midstream's SCM Crude subsidiary launched a binding open season today to solicit binding commitments for priority crude oil interstate gathering and transportation service on its proposed Delaware Basin gathering and transportation system.

UGI Completes $1.28B Columbia Midstream Acquisition

Energy distributor UGI Corporation said its Energy Services subsidiary has completed an acquisition of equity interests of Columbia Midstream Group from TC Energy for $1.275 billion.

Magellan Midstream CEO Sees New Texas Pipelines Cutting Spot Shipments After 3rd Qtr

Pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners LP expects new pipelines to ease a crude oil bottleneck in the Permian basin and squeeze the price differential between Midland, Texas, and Houston, cutting spot shipments on two of its Texas pipelines, Chief Executive Officer Mike Mears said on Thursday.

Williams Seeks FERC Approval for Marcellus & Utica Takeaway Expansion

Williams has announced that its Transco interstate pipeline has filed an application with FERC seeking authorization for its Leidy South project, which is proposed to carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica plays to the East Coast.

Canadian Federal Approval not Needed for Gas Pipeline

TC Energy Corp's proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline to supply the LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia is not subject to federal regulation, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) said on Friday.

Tellurian Finds Strong Demand for Permian Global Access Project

An open season for Tellurian's Permian Global Access Pipeline drew strong demand from West Texas natural gas producers seeking delivery to the Lake Charles, La., area, site of the company's planned Driftwood LNG export facility.

Kinder Morgan Sues Austin Suburb over Pipeline Ordinance

Kinder Morgan has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Austin suburb's "most recent attempt to hinder construction and impermissibly interfere" with its Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project.

Dakota Access Protester Sues Officers for 'Excessive Violence'

A man who was injured during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in January 2017 has filed a lawsuit accusing North Dakota law enforcement of using "excessive violence."

IEnova Denies CFE Claim it Sought Arbitration for Pipeline Project

Mexican energy infrastructure firm IEnova said on Friday that state-owned utility CFE has initiated international arbitration in relation to the company’s Guaymas-El Oro gas pipeline project.

Kinder Morgan Moves Closer to Construction of Third Permian Pipeline

Kinder Morgan is in discussions with customers about a third major Permian Basin natural gas pipeline, Permian Pass, which would deliver 2 Bcf/d of natural gas from Waha Hub to the Sabine area of the East Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Kinder Morgan Moves Ahead with Pipeline Connection to Houston

Kinder Morgan Inc will go ahead with a South Texas pipeline connection that would transport crude from Phillips 66's 900,000 bpd Gray Oak pipeline in the Permian Basin to delivery points at the Houston Ship Channel, the company said on Wednesday.

Enterprise Begins Service on Orla 3

Enterprise Products Partners has announced that service recently began on the third train at its Orla cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Reeves County, Texas.

Solaris Launches Expanded N.M. Produced Water Facility

Solaris Water Midstream said it has launched operations at its expanded Lobo Ranch Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center in Eddy County, N.M. and started development of another facility in Lea County, N.M.

Total Agrees to Buy LNG from Tellurian's Proposed Driftwood Project

LNG developer Tellurian Inc said on Wednesday that units of French oil major Total SA have agreed to buy LNG from the U.S. company's proposed $30 billion Driftwood export project in Louisiana.

Kinder Morgan Considering Bakken Takeaway Expansion

Another pipeline could soon be carrying more Bakken oil out of North Dakota.

Medallion Starts Open Season for Midland Crude System, Joint Tariff Service

Medallion today launched a binding open season to solicit binding, long-term commitments to support a new crude oil gathering system in the Midland Basin and a new joint tariff transportation service by Medallion Midland Gathering (MMG) and Medallion Pipeline.

Pipeline Expansion, Reversal May Offset Pa. Refinery Losses

The Central Atlantic Region is turning to more imports after the catastrophic fire and closure of Philadelphia Energy Solutions' 335,000 pbd refinery, but a longer-term solution may involve the expansion or reversal of major pipeline to bring more product from Ohio.

Permian to Need More Crude Takeaway Capacity After Brief Overbuild: WoodMac

Planned crude oil pipeline projects may result in a "moderate overbuild" of Permian Basin crude oil capacity in the early 2020s, but Wood Mackenzie analysts project this period of overcapacity will be fairly short-lived before even more capacity is be needed.

UGI Buying $1.28B Columbia Midstream Assets from TC Energy

Energy distributor UGI Corp said on Tuesday it would buy some assets of Columbia Midstream Group from pipeline operator TC Energy Corp for about $1.28 billion to expand its midstream business.

Mexico Power Utility Seeking $899 Million in Pipeline Dispute

Mexico's national power company CFE on Tuesday said it is seeking $899 million in a dispute with natural gas pipeline firms, adding that talks with Canada's TC Energy Corp and businessman Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso would start within days.