North America

Crude Oil Service to Begin on Epic NGL Pipeline in 2019

Epic Midstream Holdings obtained all required approvals for its subsidiary Epic Crude Oil Pipeline, through a lease arrangement, to begin crude oil service on a portion of the Epic NGL Pipeline, once construction is completed in the third quarter of 2019.

FERC Approves Atlantic Sunrise for Full Service; Williams Plans Oct. 6 Start

FERC has approved Williams' request to place its Atlantic Sunrise project into full service, and the company plans to start service this weekend.

Clogged Pipelines Cut Canada’s Oil Price; Small Producers Shift Strategy

Small Canadian oil producers are striking complex deals with refineries, diversifying production and seeking marketing help as they try to soften the blow from record price discounts on heavy crude generated by pipeline congestion.

Salt Creek, Noble Midstream to Partner on Delaware Basin Project

Salt Creek Midstream and Noble Midstream Partners have agreed to form a joint venture to build a new 200,000 bbl/d crude oil pipeline and gathering system in the Delaware Basin in West Texas.

Canada Won’t Appeal Court Ruling Overturning Pipeline Approval

The Canadian government will not appeal a court ruling that overturned its approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Wednesday.

Energy Outlook in Northeast US

Despite a decline in energy-intensive industries, New England and the Mid-Atlantic States remain the leading market for power in the United States. Growing shale gas production has encouraging a shift from coal.

Canadian Pension Fund Takes 50% Stake in BridgeTex Pipeline

Plains All American and Magellan Midstream have become minority owners of BridgeTex Pipeline after completing the sale of a 50% stake to OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in Ontario, Canada, and its infrastructure investment manager.

Open Season Starts for Eagle Ford Segment of Gray Oak

Gray Oak Pipeline (source: Phillips 66 Partners) Phillips 66 Partners said its Gray Oak Pipeline subsidiary will commence open season today for the Eagle Ford segment of the crude oil pipeline. Interested shippers will have the opportunity to s..

Enbridge: Petitions Against Approved Line 3 'Expected'

Line 3 pipeline opponents have petitioned Minnesota to reverse its approval of the replacement project, which Enbridge described as an expected step in the process.

Keystone XL Pipeline Route Would Not Harm Environment: State Dept.

The U.S. State Department on Friday issued an environmental assessment of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude pipeline that concluded it would not harm water or wildlife, clearing a hurdle for the project that has been pending for a decade.

Dominion Energy to Buy Rest of Dominion Energy Midstream Partners

Dominion Energy said Wednesday it offered to buy the rest of Dominion Energy Midstream Partners in an all-stock deal, valuing the company at about $2.2 billion.

Global News

Pipelaying for Ichthys LNG Project. (Photo: Inpex) Ichthys LNG Project Commences Production Japan’s Inpex Corp. marked a key milestone in late July with the start of natural gas production from its giant Ichthys Field offshore northern Australi..

TransCanada – A Company Near You

With total assets of $93 billion and a near-term capital investment program of about $28 billion, TransCanada is the country’s second-largest company after Enbridge and enjoys good growth prospects as forecast demand for gas rises by 29 Bcf/d, driven by LNG exports, gas-fired power-generation and industrial demand.

Permian Gas Prices Fall as Production Continues to Grow

As Permian Basin oil production grows, producers must find outlets for the associated natural gas. Once pipeline capacity is fully used, choices are limited. The widening price differential between Waha and Henry Hub indicates pipeline capacity is already somewhat constrained.

Siemens Passes 100th Reciprocating Compressor Order from Permian Customer

With this latest order for 11 HOS compressors, the Permian Basin customer has ordered a total of 106 high-speed reciprocating compressors from Dresser-Rand business Siemens since 2012.

Permian, We Have a Gas Problem

Permian gas prices will remain weak for the next few years despite nearly 2 Bcf/d of additional pipeline capacity coming online by 2020. This is because the Permian, predominantly a shale oil play, has large quantities of associated gas production.

Feds Allow Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction to Resume

Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline.

Oryx Midstream Services Announces Successful Open Season

Oryx Midstream Services announced the successful completion of the open season for a new regional crude oil gathering and transportation system that will provide additional pipeline capacity across the Northern Delaware Basin.

Official: Pressure Sensors Focus of Gas Explosions Investigation

The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Pipeline Thieves Cause Leak, Evacuation in Mexico

A gas leak caused by pipeline theft prompted neighborhood evacuations in Puebla, Mexico.

Landowners Oppose Year-Old Oil Pipeline Before Iowa Supreme Court

A group of Iowa landowners and an environmental group asked the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday to declare a crude oil pipeline permit illegal under the Iowa Constitution, a decision that could force the pipeline in operation for more than a year to be turned off.

ONEOK Plans Second Expansion of West Texas LPG Pipeline System

Tulsa, Okla.-based ONEOK will invest $295 million to expand its West Texas LPG pipeline system, which provides natural gas liquids takeaway capacity for Permian Basin producers.

Tribes Sue Administration, States over Keystone XL Approval

Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

Black Bear to Provide ‘Dry’ Gas Gathering Service

Black Bear Midstream signed a contract to provide “dry” gas gathering service beginning in late 2018. The six-year agreement includes “a significant volume commitment” and extends Black Bear’s business beyond its core of natural gas processing, the company said.

US Accused of Planning Crackdown on Keystone XL Pipeline Protests

Civil liberties advocates sued the U.S. government Tuesday, alleging law enforcement agencies have been making preparations to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Flint Hills Resources Plans Ingleside Expansion

As part of its Ingleside terminal expansion, Flint Hills Resources plans to build connections to the recently announced crude pipelines coming from the Permian Basin.

Apache, Kayne Anderson Form $3.5 Billion Permian Basin Pipeline Firm

U.S. oil producer Apache Corp is putting its West Texas pipeline assets into a joint venture with investment firm Kayne Anderson that will operate in the largest U.S. shale field, the companies announced on Wednesday.

EagleClaw Midstream to Buy Rival Caprock for $950 Million

EagleClaw Midstream Ventures said on Wednesday it will buy rival Caprock Midstream Holdings for about $950 million, strengthening its presence in the oil-rich Permian Basin.

ETP, Magellan, Delek to Construct Permian-to-Gulf Coast Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Magellan Midstream Partners and Delek US Holdings, received sufficient commitments to proceed with plans to construct a 30-inch common carrier pipeline to transport crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Oilfield Water Logistics Completes Delaware Basin Project

Oilfield Water Logistics (OWL) said it has completed is Hat Connection pipeline project and broken ground on an 11-mile extension of its Red Hills Water Gathering System pipeline into Loving County, Texas.