North America

US Pipeline Operators Reap Hefty Profits from Bottlenecks in Texas

Some of the biggest pipeline operators in the United States have supercharged earnings this year by buying deeply discounted shale in West Texas oilfields and selling it at a premium at Gulf Coast ports.

Anadarko Selling Pipeline, Storage Assets

Anadarko said it will sell “substantially all of its remaining midstream assets” for $4 billion to Western Gas Partners in a move the company said will result in a simplified midstream structure. The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

Another Keystone XL Setback: Environmental Study Ordered

Environmentalists cheered a federal court order that blocks a Trump administration permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, pending an environmental review.

Energy Transfer to Expand Lone Star Express Pipeline, Add Fractionator

Energy Transfer said its Lone Star NGL subsidiary will expand the Lone Star Express Pipeline with a new 352-mile pipeline from Permian Basin and construct its seventh fractionator at Mont Belvieu.

EnLink Midstream Holding Open Season for Cajun-Sibon Expansion

EnLink Midstream launched a binding open season for expansion capacity volume commitments on its existing Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids pipeline system. The expansion will increase takeaway from the Mont Belvieu NGL hub to the company’s Louisiana fractionation plants and is expected to be operational during the second quarter of 2019.

US Allows Williams More Time to Get OK for Constitution Pipeline

U.S. energy regulators gave Williams Cos two more years, until December 2020, to get the approvals needed to build its long-delayed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, according to a federal filing made available.

FERC Approves Final Two Laterals on Rover Pipeline

Energy Transfer said its Rover Pipeline has received federal approval to commence natural gas service on the project's final two laterals, allowing the pipeline to add receipt and delivery points for production in West Virginia.

TransCanada Eyes Joint Ventures, Sales to Fund Keystone XL

Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada Corp said it is eyeing joint ventures and asset sales, among other options, to finance the construction of its $8 billion Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

Enterprise Starts Orla 2, Begins Construction of 7th Delaware Plant

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced it has started construction of the Mentone cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Loving County, Texas, and commenced commercial operation of the second train at its Orla processing facility in Reeves County.

Nearly 36 Miles of Pipeline Replaced after Mass. Gas Explosions

NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas said it has replaced nearly 36 miles of main pipeline in the area of last month's explosions and fires near Boston.

Aqua America to Acquire Peoples in Merger of Water, Gas Utilities

Water and wastewater utility Aqua America said it agreed to acquire natural gas utility operator Peoples in a $4.2 billion deal to create a company that is “uniquely positioned to have a powerful impact on improving the nation’s infrastructure reliability.”

Dakota Access Starts Expansion Open Season

Dakota Access and ETCO launched a binding open season for expanded capacity to transfer Bakken/Three Forks crude oil from North Dakota to terminals in Illinois and Texas.

Crimson Midstream, MPLX Launch Open Season for Swordfish Pipeline

Crimson Midstream and MPLX have commenced a binding open season to assess interest and solicit commitments from prospective shippers for transportation service on the Swordfish Pipeline project in Louisiana.

Funding Secured for Construction of Permian-to-Gulf Oil Pipeline

Midstream company Jupiter secured a funding commitment from Charon System Advisors that would enable it to build the 1MMbpd capacity Jupiter Pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

Poland Signs Long-Term Import Deal for Louisiana LNG

Poland's main gas company says it has signed a long-term contract for the purchase of some 40 million tons of liquefied natural gas from a U.S.-based producer in the first such deal in Central and Eastern Europe.

Company Gauges Interest for Boosting Dakota Access Capacity

The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline is gauging shippers’ interest in a possible expansion of the volume of crude oil moved through the pipeline from 500,000 bpd to 570,000 bpd, despite ongoing tribal efforts to shut the pipeline down.

West Texas Pipeline to Resume on Schedule after Spill

Energy Transfer Partners said a West Texas pipeline will resume operations on Saturday as planned after it spilled water with nontoxic green dye and residual crude oil near Abilene.

Regulator Ties Pipeline Work to Deadly Massachusetts Gas Explosion

A NiSource Inc. affiliate failed to require contract repair crews to relocate pressure sensors during natural-gas pipeline work, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Thursday, resulting in over-pressured lines that caused explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities last month.

Aspen Midstream to Construct Residue Gas Pipeline in Austin Chalk Play

Aspen Midstream the company is constructing a large-diameter residue pipeline, and both a lean and a rich gas gathering system in the Austin Chalk play in Texas.

Canada Pipeline Blast Risks Washington Natural Gas Shortage

A pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington State, and companies are urging customers to conserve.

Marcellus Producers Lock 100% of Planned Transco Expansion

Demonstrating pent-up takeaway demand for Marcellus Basin natural gas production, Williams' Transco secured binding 15-year commitments for 100% of capacity on its newly proposed Leidy South expansion project

Minnesota Judge Tosses Charges Mid-trial Against 3 Activists

A Minnesota judge abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage.

Gas Line Rupture Prompts Evacuation in British Columbia

A natural gas transmission pipeline ruptured in a rural area north of Prince George in the Canadian province of British Columbia, prompting precautionary evacuations, pipeline owner and operator Enbridge said.

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.