North America

Nuevo Midstream Dos to Purchase Republic Midstream

Nuevo Midstream Dos, LLC entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners to buy Republic Midstream, which owns and operates a crude oil gathering, storage and intermediate transportation system in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Project Delays Sink Oil Sands Output in 2019

Canadian Oil Sands production in 2019 will be almost 230,000 b/d lower than last year, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published North America Watch.

Global News

Finland, Estonia and Latvia Sign Deal for Single Gas Tariff Zone Gas transmission operators of Finland, Latvia and Estonia signed an agreement on to set up a single gas transmission tariff zone for the three countries from the start of 2020. The agreement fulfills a goal ..

U.S. Energy Information Administration Forecast Continued Growth of Natural Gas Production and Export

The 2019 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2019) Reference case produced by the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) shows continued growth of natural gas production in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio region from the Marcellus and Utica formations, resulting in increases of natural gas being transported to the Eastern Midwest and, ultimately, into the South Central region, which includes the Gulf Coast and Texas.

Cheniere Announces Substantial Completion of Train 5 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (Cheniere) announced today that Substantial Completion of Train 5 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction (SPL) Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana was achieved on March 7, 2019. Commissioning has been completed and Cheniere's EPC partner Bechtel has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 5 to Cheniere.

Moda Looks at 2nd Supertanker Berth to Handle 3 New Pipelines

Moda Midstream LLC is considering building a second berth at its Ingleside, Texas, crude export terminal to accommodate supertankers, the company’s chief executive said

S.D. Lawmakers Vote to Support Bills Aimed at Preparing for Possible Keystone XL Protests

A South Dakota legislative panel voted Wednesday to endorse bills proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem aimed at preparing for potential protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite opposition from tribal representatives who said they weren't consulted about the contentious legislation.

NextDecade Leases Brownsville Site for $15 Billion Rio Grande LNG Project

NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade) announced today that Rio Grande LNG, LLC, a NextDecade subsidiary, has entered into a lease agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District (BND).

ExxonMobil Ups Permian Output Target to 1 Million Barrels per Day by 2024

ExxonMobil said Tuesday it has revised its Permian Basin growth plans to produce more than 1 million BOE/d by as early as 2024 – an increase that is driving significant pipeline and infrastructure development.

Cheniere, Bechtel Announce Substantial Completion of Train 1 at Corpus Christi

Cheniere Energy and Bechtel on Monday announced substantial completion of Train 1 of the Corpus Christi liquefaction project was achieved last week and said Bechtel has turned over the project to Cheniere following its commissioning.

S.D. Governor Targets Out-of-State Funding for Pipeline Protests

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that she's proposing legislation before construction begins on the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would create a way to go after out-of-state money that funds pipeline protests.

Panhandle Eastern Capacity Reduced by Missouri Pipeline Blast

Energy Transfer said it has reduced mainline capacity on its Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line system after a fiery rupture downstream of its Centralia Compressor Station. The blast caused no serious injuries, but power to several homes was interrupted, authorities said.

Enbridge Delays Line 3 Pipeline Opening in Minnesota by Year

Enbridge Energy is delaying the start-up of its planned Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota by a year, until the second half of 2020.

Mountaineer Xpress Placed in Service

FERC approved full-service for the Mountaineer XPress project, allowing TransCanada to increase the flow of gas and begin operating it Gulf XPress project.

Jupiter Extends Open Season for Crude Pipeline from Permian to Gulf

Jupiter Energy extended an open season until May 31 on a crude oil pipeline from the Permian to the Port of Brownsville. It is expected to be operational in fourth quarter of 2020.

Dominion to Ask Supreme Court to Hear Pipeline Appeal

Dominion Energy said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.

Navigator Announces Glass Mountain Expansion, Extended Voyager Open Season

Navigator Energy Services said it will significantly expand its Glass Mountain Pipeline System (GMP) with new segregated crude grades, more storage and transportation capacity, additional origin points and expanded market access at Cushing. It also extended its open season with Magellan Midstream for their proposed 500-mile Voyager Pipeline.

Appeals Court Rejects Dominion's Request for New Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hearing

A federal appeals court denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.

Hess Midstream to Acquire Tioga Gathering System

Hess Midstream Partners subsidiary Hess North Dakota Pipelines agreed to purchase the crude oil and gas gathering assets of Summit Midstream Partners’ Tioga Gathering System for about $60 million gross – $12 million net to Hess Midstream.

Canada’s Energy Regulator Endorses Contentious Pipeline

Canada’s energy regulator endorsed a contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Friday that would almost triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. The National Energy Board (NEB) said the expansion is in the country’s national interest but set out 16 new conditions.

New Pipelines Drain West Texas Crude Stocks to 4-Month Low

Crude inventories in West Texas dropped this week to the lowest in four months after a converted pipeline began transporting crude from the nation’s biggest shale oil field to the U.S. Gulf Coast, data from market intelligence provider Genscape showed.

ET Completes Successful Bakken Open Season, Texas System Expansion

Energy Transfer said it completed a successful open season for its Bakken Pipeline system and placed its expanded North Texas gas pipeline in service while announcing record 2018 financial results.

TransCanada Restarts Shut Portion of Keystone Oil Pipeline

TransCanada restarted a section of the Keystone oil pipeline, following a leak of 43 barrels of crude oil in Missouri earlier this month, the company said.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Subject of Criminal Probe

Federal authorities launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. A spokeswoman for EQM Midstream, the natural gas pipeline’s parent company, said Mountain Valley is complying with the related grand jury subpoena for documents.

Canadian National Train Derails in Manitoba, Leaks Oil

A Canadian National Railway Co train derailed in Western Canada and leaked an undetermined volume of crude oil. The incident comes as crude oil shipments by rail in Canada reached a record high due to full pipelines.

Williams, Targa Plan New Pipeline Projects

Williams and Targa Resources announced new NGL agreements and pipeline projects that will link the Kansas and Mont Belvieu, Texas, markets. Williams will build the 188-mile Bluestream Pipeline from its fractionator in Conway, Kan, and the southern terminus of Overland Pass Pipeline to an interconnect with Targa’s Grand Prix NGL Pipeline in Kingfisher County, Okla.

CEPA Seeks Common Ground on Bill C-69

Canada’s energy transmission pipeline companies are clear on what amendments they would like to see, and we ask the Canadian government to take the time to get this right.

FERC OKs Part of Gulf XPress Pipeline for Service

FERC has approved a request by TransCanada Corp's Columbia unit to put part of the company's $600 million Gulf XPress natural gas pipeline into service in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Bakken Shale: North Dakota's Growth Engine

The Bakken Shale play has catapulted sparsely populated North Dakota to the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, eclipsing historically oil-rich states such as Alaska and California.

Projects

Bulgaria Seeking Binding Bids for TurkStream Link  Bulgaria’s state gas network operator Bulgartransgaz plans is seeking binding bids from shippers for a new gas link to transport mainly Russian gas from the TurkStream pipeline to central Europe, Reuters said, based on company documents. ..