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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.

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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..

Report Indicates Germany's Bilfinger Drops Out of Nord Stream 2 Project

The news comes as the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a vessel helping to build the pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe via Germany.

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.

Russia’s Gazprom Acknowledges Risks About Nord Stream 2 Project

It is not immediately clear how Russian gas producer Gazprom plans to complete construction. Should Nord Stream 2 be suspended or cancelled, Gazprom may face financial claims from contractors, it said in a prospectus.

Germany Responds to U.S. Decision to Sanction Russian Vessel Involved in Nord Stream 2

The United States has informed Germany that it plans to impose sanctions on a Russian pipe-laying ship involved in construction of the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

Zurich Insurance Reportedly Dropping Out of Nord Stream 2 Project

Zurich Insurance Group will drop out of Russia's Nord Stream 2 project in the face of looming U.S. sanctions against European companies that support construction of the $11 billion gas pipeline, two sources familiar with the situation said.

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.

Nord Stream 2 Resuming Work in Danish Waters This Week, TASS reports

Russia said on Wednesday it was confident of completing the project, although two sources said the U.S. State Department had this month told European companies suspected of helping to build the pipeline that they faced possible sanctions.

China’s 2020 Crude Oil Imports Surged 7.3%

Customs data also showed imports of natural gas, including fuel supplied as liquefied natural gas and via pipeline, reached a record 11.23 million tons in December.

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.

U.S. State Department Warns of Sanctions Risk on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The U.S. State Department this month told European companies which it suspects are helping to build Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they face the risk of sanctions.

Nigeria Senate President Says Action Coming on Delayed Oil Reform Law

The measure, 20 years in the making, underpins everything from oil exploration to gas pipelines and fuel regulation.

German Orgs Plan Pipeline Infrastructure to Cut Steel Plant Emissions

The idea is for OGE and Equinor to supply initially gas and then hydrogen to Thyssenkrupp steel plant via pipelines, and transport CO2 sequestered from the steelmaking process away to storage underneath the Dutch or Norwegian North Sea via pipelines or ships.

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."

NG Energy to Evaluate Formations in Maria Conchita Field

After NG Energy International Corp. successfully drilled a well on the Maria Conchita block, where there is now a pipeline being built to deliver natural gas, NGE’s technical team and external consultants recently finalized a study to evaluate the formations in the Maria Conchita field as a whole.

No injuries or interruption after Ukraine pipeline explosion

The accident occurred at a section of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline in the Poltava region, the Ukrainian Gas Transportation System Operator said.

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.

Double E Seeks Permission to Build Texas-New Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline

Double E Pipeline is seeking permission from U.S. energy regulators to start building a natural gas pipeline project in Texas and New Mexico, a filing shows.

German State to Create Foundation to Facilitate Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Completion

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern plans to set up a foundation to facilitate the completion of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will bring Russian gas to Germany.

TC Energy Hires Precision Pipeline for Keystone XL Construction

TC Energy Corporation awarded Precision Pipeline, a Wisconsin-based business, a contract for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Montana and South Dakota.

EIG Agrees to Sell Stake in Brazilian Pipeline to Fluxys

EIG signed an agreement with Fluxys for the sale of EIG’s approximately 27.5% stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolívia-Brasil, which owns and operates the Brazilian section of the Bolívia-Brazil pipeline.

Permian Highway Pipeline in Service, Kinder Morgan Announces

The Permian Highway Pipeline, which delivers natural gas from the Waha to Katy, Texas area, with connections to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets, began commercial in-service at the start of the year.