Regulation

Irish Planning Body Rejects Major LNG Terminal, Cites Climate Plan

Ireland's top planning body has refused permission for a major new LNG terminal, citing the government's greenhouse gas reduction targets, a possibly fatal blow to a project supporters say is essential to the country's energy security.

Trans Mountain Asks Regulator to Approve Oil Pipeline Tolls Despite Shipper Complaints

Trans Mountain Corp., the oil pipeline company owned by the Canadian government, asked a regulator on Thursday to approve the proposed tolls it wants to charge shippers, who have said they are too high.

US Contacts Oil Producers, Refiners as Gasoline Prices Rise

The head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers said that the U.S. Energy Department has talked to oil producers and refiners to ensure stable fuel supplies during rising gasoline prices.

Sources: Freeport LNG Cancels Four Cargoes Since Feedgas Intake Fell

Freeport LNG, the second-largest U.S. LNG exporter, has canceled four cargoes since its feedgas intake dropped below normal capacity, industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.

BP Commits to Germany with $11 Billion Low-Carbon Investment Push

BP plans to invest up to $10.7 billion in low-carbon fuels, renewables and EV charging in Germany by the end of the decade to rival local power firms, as competition over the energy transition of Europe's largest economy intensifies.

EU to Launch First Phase of World-First CO2 Border Tax

The European Union starts the initial phase of its plan for the world's first carbon border tax next month, requiring importers to report the CO2 emissions of products sold into Europe, such as steel and cement, or risk financial penalties.

EPA: Biden's Climate Act to Cut US Emissions by 2030 by 35-43%

The U.S. economy is on track to spew between 35% and 43% less carbon dioxide by 2030 from 2005 levels as a consequence of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a U.S. government report released on Tuesday showed.

Trans Mountain Pipeline May Face 9-Month Delay Over Route Dispute

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion could be delayed by up to nine months if regulators do not approve a route deviation request, the Canadian government corporation building the project said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

South Dakota Denies Permit for Summit Carbon Solutions' 495-Mile CO2 Pipeline Segment

South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission on Monday denied a permit application from Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions to build 495 miles (796 km) of pipeline through the state to transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants to an underground storage site.

Freeport LNG Feedgas Flows Drop Sharply, Raising Supply Concerns

Feedgas flows to Freeport LNG, the second-largest U.S. LNG exporter, dropped sharply over the weekend and were still down for the third day in a row on Monday, LSEG data showed.

Chevron Gambles on Untested Laws to Halt Australia LNG Strike Action

Chevron Australia no longer expects to reach a deal with unions and will instead pursue an untested legal strategy to stop industrial action at its Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG facilities as unions prepare for full-scale strikes.

Russia Finalizing Power of Siberia-2 Gas Pipeline Route to China, Novak Says

Russia is finalizing the route of the China-bound Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline, which is intended to traverse Mongolia, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak wrote in the energy ministry's in-house magazine, published on Wednesday.

Tellurian Drops Equity-Ownership Condition for Driftwood LNG Project

Tellurian Inc. will sell LNG supplies to non-equity holders to bring its long-delayed Driftwood LNG project to fruition, Chairman Charif Souki said this week. The company plans to offer up to 11 million of its 27.6 MTPA output under offtake agreements to get Driftwood across the finish line.

US Army Corps Holds Off Endorsing Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Alternative

On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for Energy Transfer's Dakota Access oil pipeline. The statement evaluated five alternatives, including options like abandoning or rerouting the pipeline, but it did not make any recommendations.

South Dakota Rejects CO2 Pipeline Permit; North Dakota Project Seeks Reconsideration

(P&GJ) — In a recent development, South Dakota regulators have denied a construction permit for a carbon dioxide pipeline project. This decision closely follows a similar rejection by a North Dakota panel regarding another company's project.

Tellurian, Baker Hughes Collaborate on Driftwood LNG Phase 1 Equipment for 2027 Production

(P&GJ) — Tellurian Inc. and Baker Hughes have entered an agreement to supply eight main refrigerant compression packages for Phase 1 of the Driftwood LNG project.

Canada Oil Sands Carbon Capture Project Struggles to Get Key Contract

Canada is struggling to get a key tool in place for major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, said a representative of one of the largest such ventures, as the country seeks to launch incentives vital to cutting emissions from Alberta's oil sands.

EU Proposes Permanent Scheme for Joint Gas Purchases

The European Commission has proposed making the EU's scheme for joint gas purchases permanent, after demand exceeded expectations in the policy's first tenders to seek non-Russian fuel, a document showed, and officials told Reuters.

EIA Says Depleting US Crude Inventories Lift Oil Prices

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories have depleted by 34 million barrels since the middle of July, contributing to a sense the market is tightening and driving a recovery in spot prices and calendar spreads.

US Backs Chevron's Subsea Pipeline Plan for Aphrodite Gas Field Amid Cyprus Dispute

Washington has weighed into a dispute between Cyprus and international companies led by Chevron over how to develop a giant offshore gas field, backing the U.S. company's plan to link it to neighboring Egypt, two industry sources and a U.S. source said on Friday.

Aliso Canyon to Store More Gas to Prevent Winter Price Spikes

California's utilities regulator on Thursday raised the inventory level of Aliso Canyon natural gas storage to prevent price spikes seen last winter, while seeking to wean the state off the facility that in 2015 caused the biggest gas leak in U.S. history.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Faces Further Delays Over Route Change Dispute

Trans Mountain Corp. fears that the expansion of its Canadian oil pipeline may be delayed further unless a regulator allows it to change its route in British Columbia, according to a First Nation that opposes the route adjustment.

Williams to Complete US Natural Gas Pipelines by 2024

(P&GJ) — Iowa regulators consider permits for the 'largest' CO2 pipeline; Williams is on track to complete two gas pipeline projects by the end of 2024; Pinnacle Midstream has doubled its Midland basin processing capacity, and more!

Guest Perspective Interview: Tackling CO2 Storage on the Gulf Coast

(P&GJ) — In this interview, Crescent Midstream CEO Jerry Ashcroft discusses his company's CO2 storage project near the Louisiana Coast, expected to accommodate up to 300 million tonnes of CO2, along with the associated new pipeline. The company presently possesses approximately 1,500 miles of pipeline within the Gulf Coast region.

First US Gulf Offshore Wind Auction to Fuel Region's Green Hydrogen Push

The U.S. Gulf Coast region, the nation's primary offshore source of oil and gas, has cheap electricity and lacks state mandates for renewable energy procurement, making it an unlikely place to expand one of the most expensive forms of clean energy.

ProFrac Secures Legal Win in Halliburton Patent Battle Over Electric Fracking Tech

Halliburton failed to convince a U.S. federal jury on Thursday that a unit of rival oilfield services company ProFrac infringed its electric-fracking patents. E-frac uses electricity from natural gas or power grids to drive pumps instead of diesel fuel.

Fatigue, Burst Tests Among Best Ways Assess Pipeline Welds

(P&GJ) — All over the world, the pipelines of large diameter and relatively thin wall thickness are used to transport hydrocarbons. These pipelines or piping systems are usually comprised of girth welded joints.

Equitrans Provides Root Analysis for 2022 Gas Leak at Pennsylvania Storage Facility

(P&GJ) — Equitrans Midstream Corp. has submitted information to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding the root cause investigation and analysis related to the Rager Mountain Storage facility incident that occurred in November 2022.

Trans Mountain Seeks Last-Minute Route Deviation on Pipeline Expansion

The Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project has asked Canadian regulators for a route deviation on a 1.3-km (0.8 mile) section of pipeline in British Columbia, months before the 600,000 barrel per day project is due to start shipping crude.

US Regulator Aims to Improve Safety of Gas Distribution Pipelines

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Thursday proposed new measures to bolster the safety requirements of gas distribution pipelines.