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Papua LNG group signs MOU with Papua New Guinea

The Papua LNG joint venture partners led by Total SA have signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Papua New Guinea for development of the Elk-Antelope gas-condensate fields, known as the Papua LNG Project.

16-11-2018
Ichthys production elevates Australia to world’s top LNG exporter

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has officially opened the Inpex group’s $40-billion Ichthys LNG project at a ceremony in Darwin, a symbolic milestone that also propels Australia to the top of the list of the world’s LNG exporters, according to Adelaide-based energy economics group EnergyQuest.

16-11-2018
Brazos Midstream, Williams form Permian basin combine

Brazos Midstream, with an 85% interest, will operate a newly formed joint venture in the Delaware basin with Williams Cos. Inc. Under terms of the agreement, Williams will contribute its existing Delaware basin assets to the partnership in exchange for a 15% minority position.

16-11-2018
Energy Sec. Perry urges more European countries to diversify gas suppliers

US Energy Sec. Rick Perry congratulated the Czech Republic on breaking free of its dependence on the Russian Federation for natural gas in the 1990s and called on other European nations to similarly diversify their suppliers now. “The dangers of excessive dependence were highlighted in 2006, 2009, and 2014…[when] Russia cut off gas supplies to and through Ukraine, harming that nation as well as other European allies and friends,” he said in Prague on Nov. 14.

15-11-2018
Pony Express crude oil system to hold open season

Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC will solicit shipper commitments for crude oil transportation service from the Guernsey, Wyo., origin point to refinery delivery points along the Pony Express system and to Cushing, Okla.

14-11-2018
GAIL: Pipelay due on Barauni-Guwahati line

State-owned GAIL (India) Ltd. said pipe contracts recently awarded will allow construction to begin in December on a 453-mile natural gas pipeline between Barauni, Bihar, and Guwahati, Assam. The spur line is part of the 2,110-mile Jagdisphur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra system under construction in northeastern India.

13-11-2018
Use more collaborative cybersecurity approach, groups urge government
Reliance upon proven risk management-based frameworks and public-private collaboration, instead of prescriptive regulation, is the most effective way to bolster the cybersecurity of the oil and gas industry and the critical infrastructure companies in it operate, a recent report from two industry groups concluded.
12-11-2018
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12-11-2018
Federal judge halts Keystone XL construction for further NEPA review

A federal district court judge in Montana vacated a Mar. 23, 2017, US Department of State Record of Decision authorizing construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and ordered further environmental reviews of the project.

09-11-2018
Phillips 66 launches open seasons for various pipelines

Phillips 66 Partners reports that Gray Oak Pipeline LLC will launch a binding expansion open season to solicit shipper commitments for long-term crude oil transportation services from West Texas.

09-11-2018
Gassco restarting Kollsnes gas plant, Vestprosess pipeline

Gassco AS is in the process of restarting its Kollsnes gas processing plant and associated Vestprosess condensate pipeline in western Norway after a collision between two ships off the Sture terminal near Bergen early Nov. 8 led to closure of the installations.

08-11-2018
EnLink launches open season for Cajun-Sibon line expansion

EnLink NGL Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of EnLink Midstream, launched a binding open season for expansion capacity volume commitments for common carrier transportation service on its existing Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids pipeline system.

08-11-2018
Rystad: Tanker collision shuts in 365,000 b/d of Norwegian oil output

The Sture oil terminal in western Norway was shut and evacuated early Nov. 8 after a Maltese oil tanker and a Norwegian military frigate collided in this key North Sea oil port. Rystad Energy anticipates that 365,000 b/d of oil production will be shut in for several days before the terminal is again ready to receive oil piped from offshore fields in the Norwegian North Sea.

08-11-2018
Saddlehorn, ARB launch open season Colorado to Cushing

Saddlehorn Pipeline Co. LLC and ARB Midstream LLC have launched an open season for crude oil transportation commitments for a joint tariff from the future Matador pipeline through the Saddlehorn pipeline to Cushing, Okla.

08-11-2018
Lone Star to build seventh NGL frac facility, expand pipeline

Lone Star NGL LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer LP, Dallas, will construct a seventh natural gas liquids fractionation facility at Mont Belvieu, Tex., and expand the Lone Star Express Pipeline providing capacity for transportation commitments secured form the Delaware and Permian basins.

08-11-2018
Magellan, Navigator launch open season for Voyager crude oil pipeline

Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Navigator Energy Services have launched an open season to assess customer interest to transport various grades of light crude oil and condensate from Cushing, Okla., to Houston.

06-11-2018
Enterprise to further expand fractionation capacity in Texas, Louisiana

Enterprise Products Partners is launching a series of projects to expand fractionation capacity by 55,000 b/d at its existing operations in Texas and Louisiana. As part of the initiative, EPP plans to optimize its Shoup fractionator in Nueces County, Tex., by expanding and repurposing a portion of the partnership’s South Texas pipeline system, including construction of 21 miles of pipeline along with the conversion of 65 miles of existing natural gas pipeline to NGL service to enable EPP to supply Shoup with 25,000 b/d of additional NGL volumes, the operator said.

06-11-2018
Gas supply still limited despite completed Enbridge pipeline repair

Enbridge has restored partial service to customers of its BC Pipeline following the Oct. 9 rupture of a natural gas transmission pipeline 13½ km north of Prince George, BC, but supply is still limited, and retail customers are being asked to continue to conserve throughout the winter, said British Colombia electric power and gas distribution and retail company FortisBC.

05-11-2018
Sempra, Total sign MOU for N. American LNG export project

Sempra Energy and Total SA have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the development of North American LNG export projects. The scope of MOU covers continuing the development of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Louisiana and Energía Costa Azul (ECA) liquefaction-export project in Baja California, Mexico.

05-11-2018
Steel tariffs complicate Permian pipeline buildout
If a pipeline company decides to use imported steel for a US project, the Department of Commerce has provided a relief system through which companies may apply for an exemption from the tariffs for “any steel article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or a satisfactory quality.” More than 21,000 requests for exclusions have been submitted to the Commerce Department in response to the new levies.
05-11-2018
Gasbol pipeline contract talks focus on pre-salt, regional integration
Uncertainty regarding the volume of natural gas that can be commercialized from Brazil’s pre-salt has combined with other factors to complicate negotiations on renewing the 20-year contract between Bolivia and Brazil for supplies shipped through the Bolivia-Brazil (Gasbol) pipeline.
05-11-2018
North American propane market adapts to supply surge
Rail shipment of propane into new and seasonal markets will continue to be an investment opportunity in the US and elsewhere in North America. Flat domestic demand and limited demand growth, however, mean that exports to international markets provide the only floor for prices, essential to ensuring continued production. While weather may still lead to seasonal price volatility, export outlets will also reduce price volatility on an annual basis.
05-11-2018
Growth in LNG demand could outpace new supply capacity, projects
A glut of liquefaction capacity earlier anticipated by LNG project developers is unlikely to materialize, and stronger-than-expected demand could result in a market constrained by supply as early as 2020.
05-11-2018
Midstream capacity constraints surface sooner than expected
NGL prices in Conway, Kan., sank to discounts of 20-30¢/gal vs. prices in Mont Belvieu, Tex., and deep discounts persisted through early fourth-quarter 2018.
05-11-2018
Researchers improve China’s Sulige Su-A gas production
Researchers improved and stabilized production for 75 vertical wells on Su-A block of China’s Sulige tight sandstone gas field. They implemented measures that could guide the development of ultralow permeability gas reservoirs elsewhere.
05-11-2018
Noreco to buy Shell Denmark upstream unit for $1.9 billion
Norwegian Energy Co. ASA (Noreco) has acquired from Royal Dutch Shell PLC the company’s upstream interests in Denmark via its shares in Shell Olie-og Gasudvinding Danmark BV (SOGU) in a deal valued at $1.9 billion. SOGU, a wholly owned Shell subsidiary, holds a 36.8% non-operating interest in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC).
05-11-2018
IHS Markit: US chemical producers pressured by midstream constraints
The surge in production of associated and nonassociated natural gas from US shale gas and tight oil plays, combined with a wave of new petrochemical steam-crackers coming online, has created a major pinch-point for producers and purchasers of those ethane gas molecules.
05-11-2018
The oil industry revolution will not be televised
The term “revolution” is often used inappropriately, usually by someone exaggerating the importance of their own efforts, from the impact on transportation of the Segway to any one of a myriad new skincare products.
05-11-2018
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05-11-2018
TransCanada to expand NGTL pipeline system

TransCanada Corp. will expand its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) System to connect existing and new supply to incremental intra-basin demand. The expansion consists of about 197 km (122 miles) of large-diameter pipeline, three compression units, meter stations, and associated infrastructure.

01-11-2018
Watching Government: ACP clears Virginia hurdle
Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and karst protection plans for the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline (ACP) on Oct. 19.
29-10-2018
Concerns rise over US trade, steel tariff policies
Concerns over the Trump administration’s trade and tariff policies are rising as now months-old regulations involving steel are expected to have continued inflation pressure on oil and gas companies.
29-10-2018
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29-10-2018
Production restarted from Erskine field

Production from Erskine gas and condensate field in the UK North Sea has been restarted, reported project partner Serica Energy PLC. Formation of gas hydrates had delayed the restart of the field, where production was suspended on Jan. 16 because of a blocked condensate pipeline.

26-10-2018
Enable Midstream expands businesses in Anadarko, Williston basins

Enable Midstream Partners LP, Oklahoma City, is expanding its crude oil midstream business in the Anadarko basin and its crude water gathering systems in the Willison basin.

24-10-2018
Inpex group ships first LNG from Ichthys project

The Inpex Corp.-led joint venture’s first cargo of LNG from the Ichthys project has been shipped from the onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin, Northern Territory. Inpex said the Pacific Breeze LNG carrier sailed from the terminal late on Oct. 22 bound for the Inpex-operated Naoetsu LNG receiving terminal in the Niigata Prefecture in Japan where it is expected to arrive by midweek next week.

23-10-2018
WoodMac: Asia-Pacific oil, gas industry set for rebound
The Asia-Pacific’s oil and gas industry looks set to rebound over the next 12 months as rising demand, stronger commodity prices, and an uptick in merger and acquisition activity bring greater confidence to the region, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie.
22-10-2018
Imperial restarts Norman Wells production, Line 21 transport

Imperial Oil Ltd. has restarted production at its Norman Wells operations in the Northwest Territories following the return to service of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 21 pipeline. Imperial had previously resumed limited shipments of crude oil from storage in September. The company expects production to ramp up in the months ahead to about 10,000 b/d, consistent with rates prior to the shutdown.

22-10-2018
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22-10-2018
Energy Transfer unit launches open season for Bakken pipeline system

Energy Transfer LP subsidiaries Dakota Access LLC and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Co. LLC (ETCO) launched a binding expansion open season to solicit shipper commitments for expanded transportation service through the Bakken pipeline system.

19-10-2018
JupiterMLP secures funding to advance Permian-to-GC oil line

JupiterMLP LLC has secured enough funding from Charon System Advisors to build the 1 million-b/d capacity Jupiter Pipeline from the Permian basin to the Port of Brownsville, Tex., and will hold an open season for remaining capacity in November.

18-10-2018
Crimson Midstream, MPLX launch open season for Swordfish line

Crimson Midstream and MPLX have launched a binding open season to assess interest and solicit commitments from prospective shippers for crude oil transportation service on the Swordfish Pipeline. The pipeline is being developed to connect existing terminal facilities in St. James, La., and Raceland, La., to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port terminal facility in Clovelly, La.

17-10-2018
Tallgrass, Silver Creek expand combine to transport PRB production

Tallgrass Energy LP, Leawood, Kan., and Silver Creek Midstream LLC, Irving, Tex., will expand their Powder River basin joint venture to own the Iron Horse Pipeline, the Powder River Express Pipeline (PREP), and crude oil terminal facilities in Guernsey, Wyo. Tallgrass will operate Powder River Gateway LLC with 51%. Silver Creek will own 49%.

16-10-2018
Watching Government: Improving pipeline cybersecurity
The US Departments of Energy and Homeland Security jointly announced a new Pipeline Security Initiative on Oct. 3 as their Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) held its final 2018 meeting at DOE.
16-10-2018
Beach Energy sells 40% of its Otway basin interests
Beach Energy Ltd., Adelaide, has sold 40% of its Victorian-Tasmanian Otway basin interests to Monaco-based Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer’s OG Energy Holdings Ltd. for $344 million (Aus.) in cash.
15-10-2018
Michigan in new deal or Enbridge to replace Line 5 in straits
Enbridge Inc. will shut down and replace its Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac with a multiuse utility tunnel that the Calgary energy transmission company will pay for, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced.
15-10-2018
Polish president seeks more US help in fighting Russian energy moves
The US and Poland will need to keep working together to fight European energy security threats represented by the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and possible additional Russian-backed projects, Polish President Andrzej Duda said following a White House meeting last month with US President Donald Trump.
15-10-2018
NGSA: Record winter gas demand to be matched by record production
US demand for natural gas is projected to reach an all-time high this winter, but soaring production will ably satisfy demand, resulting in flat pressure on prices compared to last winter, the Natural Gas Supply Association said in its 18th annual Winter Outlook forecast of the wholesale winter gas market.
15-10-2018
WoodMac: Asia-Pacific oil and gas industry set for rebound

The Asia-Pacific’s oil and gas industry looks set to rebound over the next 12 months as rising demand, stronger commodity prices, and an uptick in merger and acquisition activity bring greater confidence to the region, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie.

15-10-2018
ADNOC to build sulfur pipeline, expand Shah gas processing

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) Sour Gas, a subsidiary joint venture of ADNOC and Occidental Petroleum Corp., is set to build a pipeline to carry molten sulfur produced by its Shah field sour gas operations.

15-10-2018
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15-10-2018
Victoria slows AGL Energy’s LNG plans

Sydney-based AGL Energy’s plans to establish an LNG import terminal at Crib Point in Victoria by 2021 will be delayed following the Victorian government’s call for the company to submit a full environmental assessment of the project.

12-10-2018
Woodside lets FPSO contract for proposed Browse-NWS LNG project

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has let a contract for the concept definition and engineering of two natural gas floating production, storage, and offtake facilities for its proposed Browse—North West Shelf LNG development off Western Australia.

12-10-2018
Aspen Midstream building Austin Chalk line, gathering system

Aspen Midstream is building a large-diameter residue gas pipeline and both a lean and rich gas gathering system in the Austin Chalk play in Texas. Aspen’s Austin Chalk System is in Giddings field. The system is supported by a combined total of about 150,000 acres of long-term dedications from multiple producers. Aspen is engaged in discussions with other producers about additional dedications.

11-10-2018
Enbridge to restart portion of BC Pipeline after rupture

Enbridge received approval from Canada’s National Energy Board on Oct. 10 to restart one of its natural gas pipelines following response to a rupture in a transmission pipeline 13.5 km north of Price George, BC.

11-10-2018
Williams sells out Leidy South pipeline capacity

Williams Cos. Inc.’s Transco interstate pipeline has executed binding 15-year commitments with Seneca Resources Co. LLC and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. for 100% of the 580 MMcfd of firm natural gas transportation capacity available under its proposed Leidy South expansion project.

11-10-2018
Moody’s: Permian basin pipeline constraints to limit 2019 production

A lack of pipelines to carry oil and natural gas out of the Permian basin in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico will limit exploration and production and weaken realized prices until late 2019, when new pipeline capacity comes online, Moody’s Investors Service said in a recent report.

10-10-2018
Seneca, Cabot sign takeaway capacity deals on Leidy South expansion

Williams’s Transco interstate pipeline executed binding, 15-year commitments with Seneca Resources Co. LLC and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. for 100% of the 580 million dekatherms of firm transportation capacity under its proposed Leidy South expansion project designed to expand Marcellus and Utica takeaway capacity.

09-10-2018
Woodside choses contractor for Pluto LNG Train 2

Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth, has chosen Bechtel as the preferred execution contractor for the proposed expansion of its Pluto LNG facility on the Burrup Peninsula near Karratha in Western Australia. Woodside said it would work closely with Bechtel in preparation for award of the contract for the front-end engineering and design phase of the Pluto project.

09-10-2018
Ecuador offers PSCs to attract oil, gas exploration
Ecuador’s ongoing Intracampos Licensing Round was designed to attract international investors based upon a switch from service contracts to production-sharing contracts (PSC). The licensing round involves eight onshore exploration blocks in the oil-prone Oriente basin.
08-10-2018
Qatar Petroleum adds train to LNG expansion

Qatar Petroleum (QP) is adding a fourth liquefaction train to the LNG expansion project it announced in 2017. When the expansion is complete, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will be 110 million tonnes/year, a roughly 43% increase from the current 77 million tpy.

08-10-2018
Shell makes LNG Canada FID; Coastal GasLink line advances
Shell Canada Energy has taken a final investment decision on its 14-million tonne/year liquefaction joint venture, LNG Canada, in Kitimat, BC, allowing work to begin immediately.
08-10-2018
Broader European gas diversification effort needed, forum told
European governments will need to broaden efforts to diversify their countries’ natural gas sources if they expect to keep Russia from regaining its previous dominance, speakers agreed during a Jamestown Foundation discussion about Baltic Energy Security.
08-10-2018
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08-10-2018
TransCanada starts first WB Xpress phase

TransCanada Corp. has started service on the Western Build of its WB Xpress project to increase movement of Appalachian basin natural gas to the US Gulf Coast.

05-10-2018
Michigan in new agreement for Enbridge to replace Line 5 in Straits

Enbridge Inc. will shut down and replace its Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac with a multi-use utility tunnel that the Calgary energy transmission company will pay for, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced.

04-10-2018
Williams to place Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline into full service

Williams Cos. received US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to place its Atlantic Sunrise natural gas project into full service. The company plans to do so Oct. 6, 2018.

04-10-2018
Salt Creek, Noble Midstream to build Delaware basin crude transport system

Salt Creek Midstream LLC has entered into a letter of intent with Noble Midstream Partners LP to form a 50-50 partnership on a crude oil pipeline and gathering system in the southern Delaware basin.

03-10-2018
Kinder Morgan launches open season for additional capacity on Plantation pipeline

Kinder Morgan Inc., Houston, has launched a binding open season to solicit commitments for additional capacity on the Plantation Pipeline system.

03-10-2018
Inpex ships first condensate from Ichthys project

Japanese operator Inpex has made its maiden shipment of condensate from the $40-billion Ichthys LNG project in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia. The 350,000-bbl cargo was offloaded from the Ichthys Venturer floating production, storage, and offloading vessel moored 220 km off northwestern Australia.

02-10-2018
Shell makes LNG Canada FID; Coastal GasLink pipeline advances

Shell Canada Energy has taken a final investment decision on its 14-million tonne/year liquefaction joint venture, LNG Canada, in Kitimat, BC, allowing work to begin immediately. TransCanada Corp. will build, own, and operate the 2.1-bcfd Coastal GasLink pipeline that will deliver gas to the plant.

02-10-2018
Pipeline operators’ net incomes rise sharply
Natural gas pipeline operators’ revenues and net incomes both rose in 2017. Revenues were up for the first time since 2014, while profits surged more than 25% to reach an all-time high of nearly $6.3 billion. Additions to gas pipeline operators’ systems more than doubled from 2016, despite a sharp increase in estimated pipeline construction costs.
01-10-2018
Understanding required starting NPSH for centrifugal pumps
As addressed in an earlier article of this series, centrifugal pumps are the most common pumps in a process plant, and an operator’s understanding of how these systems work often will impact how much time, resources, and money a refinery spends. More importantly, however, understanding how to minimize and control cavitation in these systems can prevent catastrophes and save human lives.
01-10-2018
Polish president seeks more US help in fighting Russian energy moves
The US and Poland will need to keep working together to fight European energy security threats represented by the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and possible additional Russian-backed projects, Polish President Andrzej Duda said following a Sept. 18 White House meeting with US President Donald J. Trump.
01-10-2018
AGDC, ExxonMobil Alaska sign gas sales precedent agreement
ExxonMobil Alaska Production Inc. and Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) agreed to certain key terms including price and a volume basis in a gas sales precedent agreement signed by officials on Sept. 10 in Anchorage. The agreement represented an important milestone for the Alaska LNG project, the parties noted.
01-10-2018
CERI: Canadian LNG export economics not globally competitive
Additional government incentives and cost reductions will be required to make more Canadian LNG export projects globally competitive and attractive to investors, a Canadian Energy Research Institute study concluded.
01-10-2018
New SEG chief sees broad contexts for data tools helping geophysical work
Conversation with Robert R. Stewart tends to veer toward broad contexts.
01-10-2018
Asian LNG trading hubs
For LNG to develop as a proper global commodity, globally trusted hubs are in need to be established. These hubs provide physical locations for trading LNG and ultimately provide price discovery for LNG sold in the hubs.
01-10-2018
IOG completes SNS FEED, Thames pipeline testing

Independent Oil & Gas PLC (IOG) has completed front-end engineering and design of its Southern North Sea (SNS) natural gas project and integrity testing of its Thames pipeline, which it will recommission to bring SNS gas to shore at Bacton terminal. IOG is completing preparation for its final investment decision on SNS, having substantially completed bidding processes and advanced negotiations with preferred parties.

28-09-2018
Oneok plans NGL, gas system expansions

Oneok Inc., Tulsa, is planning a series of capacity expansions across its US NGL fractionation, pipeline, and gas processing operations. In addition to adding a 125,000-b/d NGL fractionator (MB-5) and related systems in Mont Belvieu, Tex., the company will build the 200-MMcfd Demicks Lake II natural gas processing plant and related systems in the Williston basin, Oneok said.

27-09-2018
Noble Energy signs deals to support gas exports to Egypt

Noble Energy Inc., Houston, has executed multiple agreements to support delivery of natural gas from Leviathan and Tamar fields, offshore Israel, into Egypt through existing infrastructure.

27-09-2018
Open season launched for Gray Oak’s Eagle Ford segment

Gray Oak Pipeline LLC launched an open season enabling additional shippers to enter agreements for long-term crude oil transportation service for the Eagle Ford segment of the Gray Oak Pipeline from the Helena Hub and Three Rivers terminal to Corpus Christi and the Sweeny-Freeport area.

27-09-2018
Broader European gas diversification effort needed, forum told

European governments will need to broaden efforts to diversify their countries’ natural gas sources if they expect to keep Russia from regaining its previous dominance, speakers agreed during a Jamestown Foundation discussion about Baltic Energy Security. Stronger coalitions will be essential to create longer lasting solutions that benefit regions more than individual nations, they suggested.

26-09-2018
Qatar Petroleum adds fourth train to LNG expansion

Qatar Petroleum (QP) is adding a fourth liquefaction train to the LNG expansion project it announced in 2017. When the expansion is complete, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will be 110 million tonnes/year, a roughly 43% increase from the current 77 million tpy.

26-09-2018
State Department releases draft SEIS for latest Keystone XL route

The proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s Mainline Alternative Route in Nebraska “would have no significant direct, indirect, or cumulative effects on the quality of the natural or human environments,” the US Department of State said in a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS).

25-09-2018
PHMSA rescinds ECP brake mandate for oil-laden unit trains

The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration rescinded a requirement for unit trains carrying crude oil and other flammable substances to use electronically controlled pneumatic braking systems. PHMSA said it based its Sept. 24 action on a regulatory impact analysis that found the requirement’s expected costs would be more than its expected benefits.

25-09-2018
US LNG exports to Europe must overcome obstacles, Senate panel told
European imports of LNG from US suppliers face weighty constraints, witnesses told the US Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
25-09-2018
FIFO workforce trouble
In recent years, many oil and gas companies have opted to utilize a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce model in hopes of curtailing costs, increasing flexibility in meeting labor needs, and weathering the industry’s boom-bust cycles.
24-09-2018
Enable Midstream plans Gulf Run gas pipeline to Gulf Coast

Enable Midstream Partners LP, Oklahoma City, launched a nonbinding open season to gather additional interest for firm natural gas transportation capacity on the Gulf Run Pipeline, a planned interstate transportation project designed to connect US gas supplies to LNG export markets on the Gulf Coast.

24-09-2018
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24-09-2018
Williams completes construction of Atlantic Sunrise gas line

Williams Cos. has completed construction of its 1.7-bcfd, 200-mile Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline, which is ready to be placed into service pending final approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The company requested such approval Sept. 19.

21-09-2018
Woodside signs LNG supply deal with Uniper

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. subsidiary Woodside Energy Trading Singapore Ptd. Ltd. has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Germany energy firm Uniper Global Commodities SE for the supply of as much as 600,000 tonnes/year of LNG over a period of 4 years starting in 2019.

21-09-2018
China imposes 10% tariff on US LNG

China imposed a 10% tariff on LNG imports from the US, describing the measure as a response to the latest US tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. The 10% tariff, which includes other products as well to affect $60 billion worth of trade, will go into effect Sept. 24, according to China’s ministry of commerce.

21-09-2018
Cyprus, Egypt back Aphrodite gas pipeline

Officials of Cyprus and Egypt have signed an agreement supporting construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas from deepwater Aphrodite field off the island nation to Egypt, according to press reports.

20-09-2018
Polish president seeks more US help in fighting Russian energy moves

The US and Poland will need to keep working together to fight European energy security threats represented by the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and possible additional Russian-backed projects, Polish President Andrzej Duda said following a Sept. 18 White House meeting with US President Donald J. Trump.

19-09-2018
CERI: Canadian LNG export economics not globally competitive

Additional government incentives and cost reductions will be required to make more Canadian LNG export projects globally competitive and attractive to investors, a Canadian Energy Research Institute study concluded. Otherwise, more announced projects could join the 16 that have been canceled since 2014, CERI warned in a Sept. 19 report recently released in Calgary.

19-09-2018
Watching Government: Gov. Brown signals opposition
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) left little doubt about where he stood on Sept. 8 when he signed two bills blocking new federal leasing off the state’s coast and announced its opposition to the federal government’s plan to expand oil and gas drilling on federal lands in California.
17-09-2018
US House approves measure authorizing small-scale LNG exports
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Sept. 6 authorizing small-scale exports of LNG by 260 to 146 votes. Thirty-seven Democrats joined 223 Republicans in casting aye ballots. Three Republicans and 143 Democrats opposed the measure, which moved immediately to the US Senate for consideration by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
17-09-2018
US LNG exports to Europe must overcome obstacles, Senate panel told

European imports of LNG from US suppliers face weighty constraints, witnesses told the US Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Most [European Union] members in central and southeastern Europe do not have LNG regasification terminals and can rarely access LNG supplies through the EU’s collective natural gas distribution network,” US Assistant Sec. for Fossil Energy Steven E. Winberg testified at a Sept. 14 hearing.

17-09-2018
OGUK: Lower offshore costs face low drilling activity at North Sea crossroads
Oil & Gas UK describes the UK’s offshore industry as at a crossroads in its Economic Report 2018. The report contrasts reduced costs, competitive fiscal terms, improved operational performance, and greater stability in oil and gas prices, with the impacts of record low drilling activity and a potentially damaging supply-chain squeeze.
17-09-2018