North America

Texas Freeport LNG Export Plant Shut During Tropical Storm Nicholas

U.S. LNG company Freeport LNG said on Tuesday all three liquefaction trains at its Freeport LNG export plant in Texas shut, likely due to power outages from Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Enbridge’s Cameron Extension Pipeline Project Nearing Completion

Texas Eastern Transmission’s Cameron Extension pipeline project in southwestern Louisiana is on track to be mechanically complete in October, leading to a November in-service, an Enbridge spokesperson said.

Spire Gets More Time to Operate Missouri St. Louis NG Pipeline

U.S. natural gas company Spire Inc. got permission from federal regulators on Tuesday to keep operating its STL natural gas pipeline in Missouri for another 90 days while regulators consider the next steps for the pipe.

Colonial Pipeline Shuts, Power Outages Rise as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line shut down on Tuesday due to power outages caused by Nicholas, which made landfall as a hurricane before weakening on Tuesday, the second U.S. Gulf storm in as many weeks.

U.S. Loans Exxon Another 1.5 Million Barrels of Oil from Emergency Reserve

The U.S. Energy Department said it approved a second loan of 1.5 million barrels of oil to Exxon Mobil Corp from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after damage from Hurricane Ida devastated offshore oil production.

Offshore Operators Face Big Ida Losses as Insurers Trim Cover

Offshore energy firms are likely to face greater financial losses from Hurricane Ida than from previous storms in the Gulf of Mexico because of reduced coverage offered by insurers, risk modeling firm RMS said on Thursday.

EIA Expects Higher Natural Gas Prices Due to Production Reductions Following Hurricane Ida

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects that natural gas prices will remain higher in the coming months following Hurricane Ida. In its September Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA forecast fourth-quarter Henry Hub spot prices to average $4.00 per MMBtu, a 16% increase from its August forecast.

Western Basins Staying Alive in New Mexico, Colorado

With its portion of the rich Permian Basin booming, New Mexico is about to overtake North Dakota (Bakken Shale) as the nation’s second largest oil producing state, flowing more than 1.1 MMbpd.

Infrastructure Bill Includes More Spending on Water Pipes, Sewers

The Senate infrastructure legislation provides major funding boosts to the drinking water and clean water state revolving funds, but congressional passage of the bill depends, apparently, on whether Congress also passes a second $3.5 trillion “social infrastructure” bill demanded by progressive Democrats in the House.

Exxon to Begin Certifying Some Shale Gas Emissions Amid Investor Pressure

Exxon Mobil Corp on Tuesday said it will begin measuring methane emissions from production of natural gas at a New Mexico facility, joining several shale gas producers seeking to provide the data to buyers.

Enbridge Bolsters U.S. Gulf Coast Export Capacity with $3 Billion Moda Midstream Buy

Enbridge Inc. said on Tuesday it was buying logistics company Moda Midstream Operating LLC for $3 billion in cash, gaining access to an export terminal in Texas that loaded more than a quarter of all U.S. Gulf Coast crude exports last year.

U.S. Probing Nearly 350 Reports of Oil Spills in Wake of Hurricane Ida

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday it was investigating nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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U.S. Energy Firms Strain to Shake Off Hurricane's Toll

U.S. oil and gas companies strained to get offshore operations back up and running on Thursday as the extent of Hurricane Ida's damages became more apparent.

Colonial Pipeline Restarts as Ida Damage Assessments Face Hurdles

Colonial Pipeline restarted on Tuesday while other efforts to assess damages to energy infrastructure were slowed by widespread flooding from Hurricane Ida and power outages.

After Ida, U.S. Pipelines Offline, Being Assessed

Oil and gas pipeline operators on Monday checked for damage after Hurricane Ida hit major energy hubs as a Category 4 storm on Sunday and caused widespread power outages.

Pemex Restores Oil Output Suspended Due to Platform Fire

Pemex said on Monday that it has resumed 421,000 bpd of oil production and brought 125 wells back online following a deadly fire at an offshore platform.

Ida's Fury Hits U.S. Oil Production, Gasoline Supplies

U.S. Gulf Coast energy companies began damage reviews at offshore production facilities and started evaluating onshore power losses after Hurricane Ida caused devastation in Louisiana and rampaged through offshore oil and gas fields.

Line 3 Pipeline Approaches Completion after Court Ruling

Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project is nearing completion after successfully defending another legal challenge last week, when the Minnesota Supreme Court decided it would not hear an appeal from opponents who sought to overturn regulatory approval.

U.S. NatGas Soars Over 7% to 32-Month High on Small Storage Build, Hot Weather

U.S. natural gas futures soared over 7% to a 32-month high on a much smaller than expected storage build during hot weather last week.

Pin Oak Commissions Taft 20” Pipeline, Terminal Interconnections

Pin Oak Corpus Christi announced the completion of the Taft 20" Pipeline, which provides the Pin Oak Taft Terminal with interconnections to Flint Hills Resources Midway Station and Cactus II Taft Terminal.

Permian Update: America’s Oilfield Builds Back from Another Bust

Three quarters of the way through what was to be a post-pandemic year, the midstream sector of America’s biggest oilfield is slugging its way back from the bottom again.

Spire Could Get More Time to Operate Missouri STL NatGas Pipeline

Spire Inc. will likely get more time to keep its STL pipeline in Missouri operating after the environmental group that won a court decision requiring the pipe shutdown asked the court for more time, according to analysts.

Five Killed in Mexico's Oil Platform Fire, Hammering Mexico Output

Five workers were killed and six injured in Sunday's fire on an offshore platform in the southern Gulf of Mexico operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) that cut about a quarter of Mexico's oil production, the company said.

Bakken Energy, Mitsubishi to Repurpose North Dakota Gas Plant for Hydrogen Production

Bakken Energy and Mitsubishi Power Americas are establishing their positions in North America’s cleaner-energy future with a partnership agreement to create a clean hydrogen hub in North Dakota.

U.S. Regulator Moving to Restore Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program

A U.S. offshore regulator on Wednesday said efforts to resume a federal oil and gas leasing program are underway following a court decision reversing the Biden administration's suspension.

New Cybersecurity Standard for Pipelines Provides Comprehensive Approach to Cyber Defense

API published its third edition of Pipeline Control Systems Cybersecurity underscoring the natural gas and oil industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from malicious and potentially disruptive cyber-attacks.

Oil Industry Sues Biden Administration Over Drilling Auction Pause

Major U.S. oil industry groups sued the Biden administration for halting drilling auctions on federal lands and waters this year, arguing the government is required by law to hold regular sales.

U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Producers Consolidation Accelerates

Oil and gas producers in U.S. Gulf of Mexico have consolidated at a faster rate during the pandemic, new government data shows, as crashing prices squeezed out smaller drillers who had been seen as the industry's future.

TC Energy’s Louisiana Pipeline Projects Should Expand Gulf Coast Natural Gas Access

TC Energy is progressing with pipeline-related projects in Louisiana that should help deliver more natural gas to high-demand markets along the Gulf Coast and beyond.