North America

INGAA Sets Net-Zero Emissions Goal for 2050

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America set a goal for the industry to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas transmission and storage by 2050, the organization announced along with other commitments to address climate change.

Appeals Court Deals Another Blow to Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel raises the chances that Energy Transfer LP's 557,000 barrel-per-day Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will be shut pending environmental review.

Augustus Pipeline in Service in Texas, Centurion Announces

Centurion Pipeline announced the Augustus Pipeline commenced service on schedule on Dec. 1, 2020.

NextEra Energy Posts Loss on $1.2 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline Charge

Mountain Valley pipeline, which stretches from West Virginia to Virginia, is one of the several oil and gas pipelines delayed in recent years by regulatory and legal fights.

Magellan Midstream, Enterprise Combine to Develop Houston Oil Futures Contract

The midstream infrastructure companies said the project is in response to market interest for a Houston-based index with greater scale and price transparency.

Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline Assumes Greater Importance After KXL's Demise

Trans Mountain Corp, a government corporation, is spending C$12.6 billion ($9.9 billion) to nearly triple capacity to 890,000 barrels per day (bpd), a 14% increase from current total Canadian capacity.

Canada’s Connacher Oil and Gas Announces Pipeline Project

Connacher Oil and Gas expects to have a 18,000 barrel per day oil pipeline from its Great Divide oil sands leases near Fort McMurray, Alberta, completed by the second half of 2022.

Pause on Federal Drilling Could Hamper Economic Recovery, Create Foreign Dependence

President Joe Biden’s administration imposed a 60-day pause on oil and gas permits on federal land in what industry leaders are calling a fracking ban.

U.S. Set for Record Canadian Oil Imports Even Without Keystone XL

Even without Keystone, the United States now relies on Canada for more than half of its imported oil. Several of the lines carrying that crude are in the midst of expansions.

Oil Steadies After Unexpected Increase in U.S. Crude Stockpiles

Oil prices steadied on Thursday after industry data showed a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories that revived pandemic-related fuel demand concerns, while U.S. stimulus hopes buoyed prices.

Pinnacle Midstream to Build Gas Gathering System

Pinnacle Midstream II in late December 2020 said that it has signed a 15-year gas gathering, processing and purchase agreement with DoublePoint Energy, which anchors Pinnacle’s greenfield build of a new natural gas gathering and compression system in the Midland Basin.

Biden Formally Revokes Necessary Keystone XL Permit, Ottawa Disappointed

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally revoked the permit needed to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, dashing Ottawa's hopes of salvaging the $8 billion project that the struggling Canadian crude sector has long supported.

Biden Revocation of Keystone XL Pipeline Permit a Blow to Canada's Oil Sector

The move would represent another set-back for the beleaguered Canadian energy industry, kill thousands of jobs and marks an early bump in Biden's relationship with key trade partner Canada.

New Pipelines Needed to Bring Appalachia Shales Natural Gas to Gulf Coast LNG Facilities, Study Shows

While other plays near the Gulf Coast are better located to provide natural gas to meet LNG feedstock demand, the Marcellus and Utica can play a relevant role in supplying natural gas to the new LNG facilities located on the Gulf Coast, but additional pipeline capacity will be needed.

Future Looks Bright for LNG in Post-COVID-19 Era

The onset of COVID-19 caused a decline in gas demand of around 4% with a similar decline in the LNG trade. Most forecasts expect gas demand to recover in 2021 to pre-pandemic levels. But what happens thereafter?

Projects

Open Grid Europe Looks to Operate Gas Pipeline in March   Source: Zeelink Open Grid Europe is testing the recently completed $705 million (600 million euro) Zeelink gas pipeline with plans to make it operational, possibly as early as March 2021.   The 134..

Army Corps on Hot Seat over Changes to Pipeline Approvals

With the arrival of the Biden administration and the ascension of environmental concerns to provide a spike in political pressure, the Army Corps of Engineers may have to rethink its proposed changes to the nationwide permits it issues for all sorts of dredge and fill construction activities around wetlands, including gas and water pipelines.

Max Midstream Announces Agreement with Major European Tank Storage Company

Texas-based energy company Max Midstream announced it has formed two new subsidiaries in Europe to trade its Texas Crude and Condensate and products throughout Europe.

Global News

Missile Attack on Saudi Distribution Plant Has Little Impact   Iran-aligned Houthi forces fired a missile that struck Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant, authorities said, but Saudi Aramco said its domestic fuel supplies were not affected.    Abdullah al-Ghamdi, manager of the North Jeddah plant, sa..

Pembina Pipeline Launches Open Season on Cochin Pipeline

Through the open season, Cochin Canada will make available up to 14,000 barrels per day of committed capacity on the Canadian Segment of the Cochin Pipeline, subject to execution by an interested shipper of a transportation services agreement for requested capacity.

Source Indicates Biden May Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Upon Taking Office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts in office, and perhaps as soon as his first day, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

Outrigger Completes Construction of Williston Basin Midstream Facilities

The assets consist of the Bill Sanderson Gas Processing Plant, a 250 MMcfd cryogenic gas processing plant located west of Williston, ND, and an 80-mile, 20 and 24-inch diameter, rich gas gathering system.

Double E Pipeline Gets FERC Approvals

Summit Midstream Partners announced that Double E Pipeline received its Notice to Proceed with construction, as well as approval of its Implementation Plan, from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

No Intention to Shut Down Michigan Pipelines, Enbridge Says to State

Enbridge responded to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's attempt to terminate an easement and thereby close Enbridge's Line 5 dual pipelines, saying the lines in the Straits “are safe and in full compliance with the federal pipeline safety standards that govern them."

Noble Midstream, Chevron Agree on Oil Transmission from Wells Ranch

With this agreement, Noble Midstream will now be responsible for substantially all crude oil gathering and intermediate oil transportation services from the Wells Ranch development area.

Calhoun Port Expanding, Connecting to Gray Oak Pipeline

Max Midstream and the Calhoun Port Authority announced that the expansion of the Calhoun Port will begin this year. Max also announced that it reached an agreement with Phillips 66 to connect the Gray Oak pipeline to the Calhoun Port.

Waha Hub Prices Rise with Permian Highway Pipeline in Service

The Permian Basin basis to the Henry Hub briefly went positive as the Permian Highway pipeline entered service, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest weekly natural gas update announced.

TC Energy Launches Open Season to Add 80,000 bpd to Keystone Pipeline System

TC Energy is soliciting binding commitments for crude oil transportation services on the Keystone Pipeline System from Hardisty, Alberta to Patoka, Illinois, to add up to 80,000 barrels per day of capacity to the system.

North America Should Have Maximum Share of Trunk, Transmission Pipelines by 2024, Report Shows

In North America, there are currently 1,243 active and suspended pipelines operating with a total length of 874,064 km. The region is expected to witness a total length addition of 25,335 km, representing 22% of the total global length additions.

Analysis: New U.S. Army Corps' Stream Crossing Rules Could Hurt Oil/Gas Pipes

Finalized revisions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permits program could cause problems for oil and natural gas pipelines, analysts say.