North America

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.

EIA: Appalachian Natural Gas Output Stagnated in 2022 on Pennsylvania Declines

Natural gas production in the Appalachian Basin, which accounts for a majority of U.S. output, was nearly flat last year as drilling efficiency at Pennsylvania's wells dropped for the first time since 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Wednesday.

Ohio's Columbiana County Evacuates 450 After Gas Leak at Hilcorp Energy Well

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said on Tuesday that more than 450 people have been evacuated from areas within a mile of a natural gas well in Columbiana County while state authorities responded to a gas leak there.

Enbridge Says Canada's Woodfibre LNG Close to Finalizing All Off-Take Agreements

Canada's Woodfibre LNG project is close to signing off-take agreements for the remaining 30% of its capacity, and virtually all the LNG produced will be going to Asia, Enbridge CEO Greg Ebel said on Tuesday.

Shell, BP Pursue Arbitration Claims Against Venture Global LNG

Top LNG traders Shell and BP have separately filed for arbitration against U.S. exporter Venture Global LNG for failing to supply contracted cargoes, even as it sold to non-contract customers as prices soared, four people familiar with the matter said.

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.

BP Settles US Natural Gas Market Manipulation Case for $10.8 Million

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) alleged that BP violated the Natural Gas Act by manipulating the next-day gas market at Houston Ship Channel from mid-September through Nov. 30, 2008.

Cheniere Shunning Panama Canal for Longer LNG Routes to Asia

Top U.S. LNG exporter Cheniere Energy is shunning the Panama Canal to transport LNG to Asia because the market is not supporting use of the waterway, said Chief Operating Officer Corey Grindal on Monday.

UK's Centrica Signs 15-Year, $8 Billion LNG Supply Deal with Delfin Midstream

The long-term supply deal for 1 million tonnes of LNG a year from Delfin's planned Deepwater Port off the coast of Louisiana has a market value of $8 billion.

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.

Next Wave of North American LNG Export Projects to Face Labor Challenges

A coming wave of North American LNG export projects faces staffing challenges that are prompting some of the biggest developers to expand training and coordinate projects to keep construction workers.

Canada's First LNG Terminal in 'Encouraging' Talks with British Columbia on Electrification

The CEO of LNG Canada, the Shell-led LNG export project in British Columbia, said on Thursday discussions with the province about electrifying a second phase of the terminal have been "encouraging" but building new power transmission infrastructure remains a long way off.

Baker Hughes to Supply 3 Liquefaction Trains for NextDecade's LNG Project

Oilfield services firm Baker Hughes said on Thursday it will supply three liquefaction trains for NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG project in Texas.

Russia Bans Tiny US-based NGO for 'Sabotaging' Vast Gas Pipeline

Russia accused a small U.S.-based charity on Wednesday of "sabotaging" the construction of a huge gas pipeline to China and banned it as an "undesirable organization."

Brent Crude Steady as Supply Cuts Offset Economic Fears

Brent crude oil prices were little changed on Wednesday as supply cuts announced this week by top crude exporters Saudi Arabia and Russia countered concern over the global economy.

Mexico Pacific Signs 20-Year LNG Supply Deal with China's Zhejiang Energy

Mexico Pacific Ltd. has struck a 20-year deal to sell 1 million tons of LNG a year from its Saguaro Energia export plant in Sonora state to China's Zhejiang Energy, it said on Wednesday.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Likely to Send More Canadian Oil to US, Not Asia

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) was meant to unlock Asian markets for Canadian oil, but analysts and traders said those barrels now will probably land on the U.S. West Coast as Asia gobbles up Russian oil that is cheaper due to sanctions from Western countries after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

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.

Research Shows US LNG Sector Poised for Nearly $30 Billion in FIDs

(P&GJ) — Research shows the U.S. LNG sector is poised for nearly $30 billion in FIDs, boosting global energy security. Cheniere Energy leads with expansions, while upcoming investments worth $27.5 billion are projected until 2024.

Delaware Court Holds TC Energy Liable for Fiduciary Duty Breaches in Columbia Pipeline Deal; Appeals Planned

(P&GJ) — A Delaware court holds TC Energy liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by former top executives of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., while TC Energy plans to appeal the decision.

NextDecade Receives Bank Commitments for Rio Grande LNG

(P&GJ) — NextDecade Corp. has announced that Rio Grande LNG has received binding commitments from a syndicate of lenders in an amount sufficient, together with expected project equity funding, to support a positive FID on Phase 1 of the Rio Grande LNG plant in Brownsville, Texas.

Venture Global LNG Seeks Approval to Speed Up Plant Construction

Venture Global LNG has asked U.S. regulators for an expedited review of a request to add construction workers to its Plaquemines LNG export project and to allow work around the clock seven days per week.

US Dept of Energy Grants Export License to Gulfstream LNG

Gulfstream LNG Development has received an export authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance its proposed LNG export plant in Louisiana, the company said on Friday.

Sources: Energy Producer TRP Explores $1.5 Billion Permian Asset Sale

TRP, in which Greenbelt Capital Partners owns a controlling stake, holds around 15,000 net acres in the Midland portion of the Permian and produces about 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, said the sources.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Gets FERC Authorization to Resume Construction

U.S. energy company Equitrans Midstream Corp.'s long-delayed $6.6 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline received authorization on Wednesday from the country's energy regulator to restart construction of the project.

Montauk Renewables to Build Biogas Facility in Orange County, California

Capital investment for the project is estimated between $85 million and $95 million, the company said, with its commissioning expected in 2026 to produce about 3,600 million British thermal units per day.

MVP Pipeline Foes Say Congress Can't 'Mandate Victory' for the Project

A provision of the U.S. debt ceiling bill that streamlined the federal approval process for the $6.6 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline and limited court reviews of challenges to the project violates the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine, opponents of the pipeline have claimed.

Mexico's CFE and ESENTIA Sign $300 Million Memorandum for Gas Project

Mexican state power utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said on Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with ESENTIA Energy Systems to develop natural gas infrastructure with a $300 million investment.