Transportation News
Christian elected chairman of Texas RRC

Commissioner Wayne Christian was unanimously elected chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.

18-06-2019
Anadarko sanctions Mozambique LNG project

Anadarko Petroleum has formally sanctioned its Mozambican LNG project, Mozambique LNG. Anadarko is developing Mozambique’s first onshore LNG facility, initially consisting of two LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes/year. Feed gas comes from Golfinho-Atum field in Offshore Area 1 where Anadarko and its partners have discovered 75 tcf of recoverable natural gas resources.

18-06-2019
Agreement advances Indonesian LNG project

Inpex will submit a revised plan of development for the integrated Abadi LNG project in Indonesia after signing a heads of agreement with authorities on basic principles. The HOA outlines terms agreed in discussions after completion of a pre-front end engineering and design study conducted by KBR in response to the government’s requirement that the liquefaction plant be built onshore.

17-06-2019
DRBC approves dock, adds products to Gibbstown project

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) unanimously approved construction of a second dock and associated storage that would add LNG and other energy products to the proposed Gibbstown Logistics Center in southern New Jersey. The commission’s June 12 action followed a June 6 public hearing and a 15-day comment period.

17-06-2019
WoodMac: Argentina LNG poised to meet Asian demand

Rising natural gas production in Argentina coupled with competitive global LNG transportation costs are expected to position the country as an emerging source of gas supply to Asia during peak demand periods, recent research from Wood Mackenzie shows.

14-06-2019
Husky fined for 2016 Saskatchewan oil spill

Husky Oil Operations entered guilty pleas June 12 on federal and provincial charges related to a 2016 oil spill in Saskatchewan and will pay fines totaling $3.82 million. Husky was fined $2.5 million under the federal Fisheries Act and $200,000 for a violation of the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act. It was fined $800,000 under the Saskatchewan Environmental Management and Protection Act and assessed a 40% victim impact surcharge of $320,000.

14-06-2019
MARKET: Oil prices rise on tanker attacks

Oil futures rallied on the New York and London markets June 13 following attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz although crude settlements failed to completely recover from the previous trading session losses of more than $2/bbl.

14-06-2019
Russian gas exports to Hungary rise over 2018

Natural gas supplies from Gazprom to Hungary from Jan. 1 through June 5 totaled 4.3 billion cu m, a 57.5% increase vs. the same period last year. In addition to the contracted amounts, Hungary bought from Gazprom another 2 billion cu m of gas, which will be delivered this year.

11-06-2019
Shell’s Prelude ships first LNG cargo

Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG project, 475 km offshore Broome, Western Australia, has shipped its first LNG cargo, loading the 173,400-cu m Valencia Knutsen for delivery to Asia. Prelude came on stream in January and shipped its first condensate cargos in March.

11-06-2019
Phillips 66 forms crude oil pipeline JVs

Phillips 66 has formed two separate 50-50 joint ventures to build pipelines that will transport crude oil from the Rockies and Bakken production areas to Cushing, Okla. and from Cushing and the Permian basin in West Texas to the Gulf Coast.

10-06-2019
Indian refiners plan long LPG pipeline

Three state-owned refiners in India have agreed to form a joint venture to lay what they say will be the world’s longest LPG pipeline, spanning 2,757 km between Kandla, Gujarat, and Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Indian Oil Corp. will hold a 50% share of the venture. Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum will hold 25% interests each.

10-06-2019
Hartree to buy gas storage assets from Martin Midstream

Hartree Cardinal Gas, a subsidiary of Hartree Bulk Storage, has agreed to acquire from Martin Midstream Partners its membership interests in Arcadia Gas Storage, Cadeville Gas Storage, Monroe Gas Storage, and Perryville Gas Storage for $215 million in cash.

10-06-2019
Partners reach FID on Whistler gas pipeline

MPLX, First Infrastructure Capital-backed WhiteWater Midstream, and a joint venture of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and West Texas Gas have reached a final investment decision to move forward with the design and construction of Whistler Pipeline which will transport natural gas from the Permian basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.

10-06-2019
Court rule allows Petrobras gas line sale

A June 6 ruling by Brazil’s Supreme Court allows Petrobras to proceed with its $8.6 billion sale of a 90% interest in the Transportadora Associada de Gas SA natural gas pipeline to a combine of Engie and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec.

07-06-2019
CNOOC subsidiary due 10% interest in Arctic LNG 2

CNOOC Ltd. and its subsidiary CEPR Ltd. have signed an agreement with Novatek and Ekropromstroy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSC Novatek, to acquire a 10% equity interest in Arctic LNG 2 LLC.

07-06-2019
NJ DEP rejects land use permit applications for pipeline

New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection rejected three land use permit applications for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.’s (Transco) proposed interstate natural gas pipeline across the state on June 5. It also kept the door open for the Williams Cos. subsidiary to reapply for the permits.

06-06-2019
Sinopec, Novatek eye gas-marketing venture

Another Chinese national oil company is showing interest in Russian LNG projects. Sinopec signed a heads of agreement with Novatek and Gazprombank on formation of a joint venture to market LNG and natural gas to end-users in China.

05-06-2019
Anadarko lets contract for Mozambique LNG project

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to CCS JV, a joint venture of McDermott International Inc., Saipem, and Chiyoda, for the Mozambique Area 1 LNG Development.

05-06-2019
Proposed pipeline safety reauthorization raises penalties

US Transportation Sec. Elaine L. Chao submitted a legislative proposal to Congress on June 3 that would reauthorize safety programs at the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) from fiscal 2020 through 2023. It also would strengthen criminal penalties for damaging or destroying a pipeline facility, which the Association of Oil Pipe Lines welcomed.

04-06-2019
Total to takeover Toshiba LNG portfolio

Total SA has agreed to take over Toshiba’s portfolio of LNG, including a 20-year tolling agreement for 2.2 million tonnes/year of LNG from Freeport LNG Train 3 in Texas and the corresponding gas transportation agreements on the pipelines feeding the terminal. Train 3 is expected to start commercial operations by second-quarter 2020.

04-06-2019
WAEPA approves Pluto-NWS interconnector gas pipeline

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (WAEPA) has recommended environmental approval for the proposed natural gas pipeline interconnector between the Pluto and North West Shelf LNG plants on the Burrup Peninsula.

04-06-2019
Open season extended for Voyager crude oil line

Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Navigator Energy Services have extended the open season to solicit transportation commitments for the proposed Voyager Pipeline to transport crude oil from Cushing, Okla., and Midland, Tex., to Houston.

03-06-2019
Sentinel submits application for oil export facility

Sentinel Midstream subsidiary Texas GulfLink submitted a license application with the US Maritime Administration May 30 to construct and operate a deepwater crude oil export facility near Freeport, Tex. The completed facility will be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers.

03-06-2019
AIE lets first contract for Port Kembla LNG terminal

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), Sydney, has let the wharf facility and pipeline construction contract for its proposed Port Kembla LNG receipt terminal to the SCSB joint venture composed of international companies Spiecapag and Soletanche Bachy.

03-06-2019
Cheniere makes FID on Sabine Pass Train 6

Cheniere Energy Partners LP has made a positive final investment decision with respect to Train 6 at the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, La. Cheniere has issued full notice to proceed with construction to Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals Inc.

03-06-2019
Cameron LNG ships first cargo from Train 1

Cameron LNG has shipped the first commissioning cargo of LNG from Train 1 of its facility in Hackberry, La., said Sempra Energy subsidiary Sempra Energy LNG. Commissioning cargos are a critical step in the start-up process and support stabilizing production and performance testing, the company said.

31-05-2019
EPA issues temporary emergency fuel waivers

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued emergency fuel waivers for Allegheny County, Pa., to ensure that fuel supplies remain adequate following damage to a pipeline that supplies the area.

31-05-2019
EPP, Lavaca to build Baymark ethylene pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners reported plans to extend its ethylene pipeline and logistics system further into South Texas, “a leading growth area for crackers and ethylene derivative plants.” The Baymark ethylene pipeline will originate in the Bayport area of southeast Harris County and extend 90 miles to Markham, Tex., in Matagorda County.

30-05-2019
PetroTal advances Bretana oil field development

PetroTal Corp., Calgary and Houston, has received approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) to fully develop Bretana oil field on Block 95 in Peru. The company enhanced production from the field’s first well to 2,000 b/d of oil late last year following the installation of oil well pump and water treatment and reinjection facilities.

30-05-2019
Galilee basin pipeline agreement signed

Comet Ridge Ltd., Brisbane, and its joint venture partner Vintage Energy Ltd., Adelaide, have signed a memorandum of understanding with the infrastructure company APA Group for APA to undertake surveys to identify a gas pipeline route from the Galilee basin in Queensland to Australia’s east coast.

30-05-2019
DOE authorizes more exports from Freeport LNG project

The US Department of Energy authorized additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Texas. The May 28 order said the project’s sponsors can export the equivalent of 262.8 bcfd of gas from the terminal’s proposed Train 4 to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US where US laws or policies do not prohibit trade.

29-05-2019
Delek expands midstream operations

Delek US Holdings Inc. and its logistics arm Delek Logistics Partners LP are expanding midstream operations to gain access to crude oil feedstock sourced at Cushing, Okla., as part of a plan to increase and improve crude flexibility at Delek US refineries.

29-05-2019
Court blocks BC anti-Trans Mountain bill

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled against provincial legislation that could have blocked expansion of the federally owned Trans Mountain Pipeline system. The legislation would have enabled the BC government to require a permit for the handling of heavy oil and thus to disallow the expansion project, which Premier John Horgan strongly opposes.

28-05-2019
Stonepeak invests $1.3 billion in Calcasieu Pass LNG

Venture Global LNG Inc. has received a $1.3 billion equity investment from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners for its 10-million tonne/year Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility in Cameron Parish, La. Total committed capital to fund construction of Calcasieu Pass and the continued development of Venture Global’s 20 million-tpy Plaquemines LNG and 20 million-tpy Delta LNG facilities is now $2.2 billion.

28-05-2019
NextDecade lets contract for Rio Grande LNG Phase 1

NextDecade has let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to Bechtel for Phase 1 of the 27 million-tonne/year Rio Grande LNG plant at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas.

28-05-2019
EnergyAustralia agrees to buy gas from Port Kembla LNG facility

Energy retailer EnergyAustralia has made an agreement with proposed Port Kembla LNG import facility operator Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) to buy 15 petajoules of gas a year over 5 years starting from January 2021.

23-05-2019
Aramco, Sempra sign largest LNG deal in 6 years

Sempra Energy and Saudi Aramco announced their respective subsidiaries—Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Co.—have signed a heads of agreement that anticipates the negotiation and finalisation of a definitive 20-year sale-and-purchase agreement covering 5 million tonnes/year of LNG from the Port Arthur export project under development.

22-05-2019
APLNG okay to buy Ironbark CSG project

The Origin Energy-operated Australia Pacific LNG group has obtained permission to acquire Origin’s undeveloped Ironbark coal seam gas project in permit ATP 788P in Queensland. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would not oppose the transaction, first mooted by Origin in February with a sale price of $231 million (Aus.).

22-05-2019
Freeport LNG receives FERC approval for Train 4

Freeport LNG Development LP reported obtaining approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct, and operate its fourth natural gas liquefaction train, which will be integrated into its existing gas liquefaction and LNG export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Tex.

17-05-2019
Howard, WPX complete Delaware basin expansion projects

Howard Energy Partners and WPX Energy have completed construction on the majority of the 50-50 joint venture’s previously announced crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing infrastructure in the Permian’s Delaware basin.

16-05-2019
Senators’ bill would impose Nord Stream 2 sanctions

US Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced a bill on May 14 that would impose targeted sanctions against vessels involved in constructing the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and other Russian energy projects.

15-05-2019
Oman LNG lets contract for Sur plant

Oman LNG has let a contract to KBR to provide debottlenecking services for its 34 million-cu m/day liquefaction plant on the coast at Qalhat near Sur, in Oman’s South Sharqiyah Governorate. As part of the of the contract, KBR will provide front-end engineering design services for the debottlenecking project to increase production at the Sur plant.

15-05-2019
SemCAMS, Keyera to build Montney-Duvernay liquids line

SemCAMS Midstream has entered into an asset joint venture with Keyera to build an NGL and condensate pipeline system connecting the liquids-rich Montney and Duvernay shale production areas of northwestern Alberta to fractionation and condensate hubs in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. The joint venture replaces SemCAMS Midstream’s previously announced Montney to Market (M2M) pipeline.

15-05-2019
IGU: Global LNG imports rose 40% in 2018 vs. 2017

Continued growth in US Henry Hub-priced LNG exports and a general rise in spot LNG cargoes led to the highest year-to-year increase ever in total global LNG imports during 2018, the International Gas Union said as it released its 2019 Wholesale Gas Price Survey on May 13 in Barcelona.

14-05-2019
Mozambique grants approval for Rovuma LNG project

ExxonMobil and its Mozambique Rovuma Venture partners have received approval from the government of Mozambique for the joint venture’s development plan for Rovuma LNG, which will produce, liquefy, and market natural gas from three reservoirs in the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique, two of which straddle the boundary with neighboring Area 1.

14-05-2019
China raises US LNG import tariffs to 25%

In retaliation for the US increasing the tariff on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, which took effect May 10, China reported May 13 it will assess a 25% tariff on US LNG starting June 1—an increase from the 10% level instituted in September.

14-05-2019
Cameron LNG starts production from Train 1

Cameron LNG has started production of LNG from Train 1 of its facility in Hackberry, La. In the initial phases, the production is a precursor to a first cargo, which is expected later this quarter, said McDermott International Inc.

14-05-2019
Shell unit to buy more interests in Explorer, Colonial lines

Shell Midstream Partners LP, Houston, has agreed to acquire Shell’s 25.97% equity interest in Explorer Pipeline Co. and 10.125% equity interest in Colonial Pipeline Co. for $800 million. The acquisition will increase Shell Midstream Partners’ interest in Explorer to 38.59% and in Colonial to 16.125%.

13-05-2019
Freeport LNG selects preferred bidder for Train 4 project

Freeport LNG Development LP has selected KBR Inc. as the preferred bidder for the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contract for Train 4 at Freeport LNG's export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Tex.

13-05-2019
Anadarko signs additional LNG agreement for Mozambique plant

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 coventurers—has entered into a 17-year, 1.6 million-tonne/year LNG supply agreement with Jera Co. Inc. and CPC Corp.

13-05-2019
IFM Investors to acquire Buckeye Partners

IFM Investors, through the IGM Global Infrastructure Fund, agreed to acquire Buckeye Partners LP, Houston, in an all-cash deal with an enterprise value of $10.3 billion and an equity value of $6.5 billion.

10-05-2019
Energean renews Karish-Cyprus gas line bid

Energean Oil & Gas has submitted an updated proposal to the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority to supply gas to the island nation from deepwater Karish field offshore Israel. The operator proposes to lay a 200-km pipeline from the Energean Power FPSO vessel, which will handle production from Karish and Tanin fields, to Vasilicos, Cyprus.

10-05-2019
Official: Normal Druzhba flow due mid-May

The Druzhba oil pipeline between Russia and Europe will resume normal operations in mid-May after a month-long curtailment responding to contamination, according to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak in a report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

08-05-2019
Study: Natural gas will play key role in energy future of US

Natural gas will continue to play a key role in America’s economic growth and overall energy future in the coming decades as the country makes a transition to a low-carbon economy, a study commissioned by the INGAA Foundation concluded.

08-05-2019
API, IOGP recommend steps to increase US LNG exports to EU countries

The American Petroleum Institute and London-based International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) jointly released a position paper outlining ways to increase US LNG exports to countries in the European Union. The May 2 recommendations came during the first EU-US Energy Council Business-to-Business Energy Forum in Brussels.

06-05-2019
FERC staff issues final EIS for Plaquemines LNG, pipeline projects

The proposed Plaquemines LNG export terminal and associated Gator Express pipelines might have adverse environmental impacts that could be less than significant if the sponsor’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation plan and additional Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff recommendations are implemented, FERC’s staff said in a May 3 final environmental impact statement.

06-05-2019
DOE issues approvals for Tellurian, Sempra LNG export projects

The US Department of Energy issued approvals on May 2 for Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood facility in Calcasieu Parish, La., and Sempra Energy’s planned installation at Port Arthur, Tex., to export LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US.

02-05-2019
Tellurian launches open seasons for HGAP, DCPL gas lines

Tellurian has launched separate binding open seasons to secure shippers on two proposed pipelines that will connect areas of constrained shale production and debottleneck natural gas pipeline infrastructure, further enabling the rapidly growing industrial market in southwestern Louisiana.

02-05-2019
Implement pipeline safety reforms sooner, House panel tells PHMSA

US House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders strongly criticized the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for not implementing more congressional mandates in the 2011 and 2016 federal pipeline safety authorizations as a subcommittee held a hearing on May 1 to begin preparing a replacement.

02-05-2019
Report: Pipeline constraints to moderate Canadian oil sands production growth

The cost of building and operating oil sands projects has fallen in recent years and total oil production is expected to rise by another 1 million b/d by 2030, but external factors—such as price uncertainty caused by pipeline constraints—are contributing to a more moderate pace of production growth than in years past, according to IHS Markit.

02-05-2019
Rangeland Midstream plans Alberta pipeline project

A Rangeland Midstream Canada Ltd. subsidiary expects new crude oil and condensate pipelines and related facilities it plans to design, construct, and operate in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta to be in service in second-quarter 2020.

30-04-2019
AIE gets govt sanction for Port Kembla LNG terminal

Sydney-based Australian Industrial Energy Group (AIE) has received development consent from the New South Wales Government for its plan to import LNG into Port Kembla on the NSW coast.

 

29-04-2019
Chinese companies due Arctic LNG 2 stakes

CNOOC Ltd. and China National Oil & Gas Exploration & Development Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp., have signed agreements to acquire 10% interests each in the Arctic LNG 2 plant to be built by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula of Russia.

25-04-2019
Cogent to construct pipeline connecting Midland basin processing complex to GCX line

Cogent Midstream LLC, Dallas, will construct a 25-mile, 20-in. pipeline to deliver 400 MMcfd of residue gas from its Big Lake natural gas processing complex in Reagan County, Tex. to Kinder Morgan’s Gulf Coast Express Pipeline.

23-04-2019
Qatar Petroleum tenders for 60-100 new LNG carriers

Qatar Petroleum issued an invitation to tender for construction of the LNG carrier fleet for its North Field Expansion project. 

22-04-2019
ExxonMobil signs 20-year LNG agreement with Zhejiang Energy

ExxonMobil and Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group entered into a sale and purchase agreement for liquefied natural gas.

22-04-2019
Port Arthur LNG moves closer to FID with FERC authorization

Port Arthur LNG LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, received FERC authorization to site, construct, and operate the Sempra-led Port Arthur LNG liquefaction-export facility under development in Jefferson County, Tex., moving the project closer to a final investment decision.   

18-04-2019
Tellurian’s Driftwood receives FERC authorization

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the order granting authorization for Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood LNG export project and an associated pipeline in Louisiana. The project would produce as much as 27.6 million tonnes/year of LNG for export.

18-04-2019
Canada delays Trans Mountain decision

The Canadian government has delayed until June 18 its decision on the contested expansion of the Trans Mountain crude oil and products pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia.

18-04-2019
NEB approves NGTL’s West Path Delivery project

Canada’s National Energy Board has granted approval to Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.’s (NGTL) West Path Delivery project plan to construct and operate a 21½-km natural gas pipeline, two compressor station unit additions, and related facilities to supply southwest Alberta and connected markets with Western Canadian production.

16-04-2019
Concho, Frontier create Midland basin midstream joint venture

Concho Resources Inc. and Frontier Midstream Solutions IV LLC have agreed to form Beta Crude Connector LLC (BCC) to build and provide crude oil gathering, transportation, and storage services in the northern Midland basin. Frontier will serve as operator. Each company will own equal equity interest.

16-04-2019
Feed gas introduced into Train 1 at Cameron LNG

Train 1 of the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, La., has reached the final commissioning stage, marking the transition from construction to startup, said McDermott International Inc. Since the initial award in 2014, McDermott and Chiyoda International Corp., a US subsidiary of Japan’s Chiyoda Corp., have provided the engineering, procurement, and construction for the project.

16-04-2019
Qatar Petroleum advances LNG expansion of North field project

Qatar Petroleum reported it has issued the invitation to tender package for engineering, procurement, and construction of the four LNG megatrains of its North field expansion project. The package has been issued to three EPC joint ventures: Chiyoda and Technip France; JGC and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co.; and Saipem, McDermott Middle East, and CTCI.

15-04-2019
Zydeco launches binding open season

Zydeco Pipeline Co., jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline Co., launched a binding open season seeking commitments for non-firm capacity crude transportation service on its 350-mile pipeline from Houston and Nederland, Tex., to St. James and Clovelly, La.

15-04-2019
US Congressional Republicans reintroduce LNG export reform bill

US Congressional Republicans reintroduced legislation aimed at simplifying and streamlining the federal process for authorizing exports of LNG on Apr. 10. The Senate measure, which Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.) sponsored with John N. Kennedy (La.) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) as cosponsors, would terminate existing prohibitions on both exports and imports of gas. As would the bill Rep. Clay Higgins (La.) introduced in the House.

11-04-2019
US Senate, House Democrats from Massachusetts offer pipeline bills

US Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill on Apr. 8 that would require the use of professional engineers to approve local natural gas delivery system changes and on-site monitoring of pressure regulation stations so that qualified employees could quickly shut off gas flow in an emergency. Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) introduced a similar measure, HR 2139, in the US House the same day.

09-04-2019
Papua New Guinea government, partners sign LNG agreement

Total SA along with joint venture partners ExxonMobil Corp. and Oil Search Ltd. have signed a gas agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea that defines the fiscal framework for the Papua LNG project (Elk-Antelope field development) in the country’s Eastern Highlands. This follows the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties for development of the Elk-Antelope fields in mid-November 2018.

09-04-2019
API-AOPL: Number of pipeline incidents declining, report shows

The number of incidents affecting people has decreased 20% as the total of US mileage and deliveries has increased more than 10% in the last 5 years, the American Petroleum Institute and the Association for Oil Pipelines jointly said in their 2019 Liquids Pipeline Performance Report on Apr. 8.

09-04-2019
Indigenous groups eye Trans Mountain stake
An indigenous coalition is forming in Canada with the aim of buying a controlling interest in the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project between Alberta and British Columbia from the federal government.
09-04-2019
Global LNG trade sets record; US Gulf Coast to lead future supply
Global LNG trade occurred at record volumes for the fifth consecutive year, reaching 316.6 million tonnes, according to the International Gas Union’s (IGU) 2019 World LNG Report. This marks an increase of 28.2 million tonnes (9.8%), from 2017, the third-largest annual increase ever behind only 2010 and 2017.
09-04-2019
Tellurian to begin open season for PGAP line

Tellurian subsidiary Permian Global Access Pipeline LLC (PGAP), Houston, is holding a binding open season to secure prospective shippers for a proposed 42-in. interstate natural gas pipeline connecting the Permian basin in Texas to southwestern Louisiana.

08-04-2019
US House Democrats want pipeline safety mandates implemented sooner

US House Democrats have called for speedier implementation of mandates in the 2011 and 2016 reauthorizations of the federal oil and gas and hazardous materials pipeline safety law. “It’s simply unacceptable that safety-critical rules passed by Congress 8 years ago are lingering somewhere,” House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (Ore.) said at the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee’s Apr. 2 hearing.

08-04-2019
Analysts: US crude export capacity can handle pipeline surge
As oil pipelines come online in the Permian basin, will the bottleneck depressing wellhead prices just move to Gulf Coast export terminals? No, according to a Mar. 29 research note from Cowen Equity Research.
08-04-2019
Woodside signs 10-year LNG supply deal

Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth, has signed a heads of agreement with Chinese distributor ENN Group for the sale of 1 million tonnes/year of LNG from Woodside for 10 years starting in 2025.

05-04-2019
Qatar Petroleum advancing LNG expansion

Qatar Petroleum will solicit tenders for engineering, procurement, and construction of onshore facilities in its expansion of natural gas liquefaction capacity later this month, according to a project report by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, minister of state for energy affairs and QP president and chief executive officer.

03-04-2019
NextDecade signs LNG agreement for Rio Grande project

NextDecade Corp. has entered into a 20-year LNG supply agreement with Shell NA LNG LLC. The agreement with Shell is for 2 million tonnes/year of LNG from NextDecade’s 27 million-tonne/year Rio Grande LNG plant at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas.

03-04-2019
Global LNG trade sets record; US Gulf Coast to lead future supply

Global LNG trade occurred at record volumes for the fifth consecutive year, reaching 316.6 million tonnes, according to the International Gas Union’s (IGU) 2019 World LNG Report. This marks an increase of 28.2 million tonnes (9.8%), from 2017, the third-largest annual increase ever behind only 2010 and 2017.

02-04-2019
PNG-LNG project signs another midterm sales deal

The ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG project in Papua New Guinea has made a midterm LNG sale agreement with Unipec Singapore Pte. Ltd. for the supply of about 450,000 tonnes/year of LNG over 4 years starting this month. Unipec is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinopec, one of PNG-LNG’s original long-term customers.

02-04-2019
Noble Energy sanctions Alen gas development project

Noble Energy Inc. has sanctioned the Alen natural gas development project offshore Equatorial Guinea with the start of production expected in first-half 2021. Gas will be processed through Alba Plant LLC’s liquefied petroleum gas plant and EGLNG’s LNG plant at Punta Europa, Bioko Island—both onshore and Marathon Oil-operated.

02-04-2019
Gazprom, partner advance LNG-chemical plan

Gazprom and RusGasDobycha have begun implementing plans for a large natural gas liquefaction and processing complex on the Gulf of Finland near Ust-Luga, Russia. The companies decided on final configuration of the complex, which will process 45 billion cu m/year of gas and yield 13 million tonnes/year of LNG, as much as 4 million tpy of ethane, and more than 2.2 million tpy of LPG.

02-04-2019
Israel expands offshore exploration opportunities
Israel launched its second offshore licensing round in late 2018 in hopes of attracting international investors capable of finding oil and natural gas resources to rival or surpass previous discoveries.
01-04-2019
Total-led Papua LNG project gas agreement timed for April
The natural gas agreement for the $13-billion Total SA-operated Papua LNG (Elk-Antelope) project in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea is likely to be signed on Apr. 5, according to the country’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
01-04-2019
Equinor: Johan Sverdrup lift sets record
Equinor reported “the heaviest lift ever performed offshore” at Johan Sverdrup oil field under development in the Norwegian North Sea.
01-04-2019
US sanctions necessary to stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline, speakers say
US sanctions will be necessary to stop construction of the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, speakers indicated at a Mar. 12 Jamestown Foundation (JF) event.
01-04-2019
Range-bound gas prices
Now in the books, 2018 was a remarkable year for US oil and natural gas production. With record-breaking shale development across the US came a 10-bcfd increase in gas production for the year, according to recent US Energy Information Administration data. With growth expected to continue, this abundant gas will likely keep prices muted over the medium term.
01-04-2019
US prospects for LNG bunkering uncertain
LNG-fueled ships still account for only a fraction of the US and global fleets, and it may take several decades for significant benefits of LNG-powered vessels to be realized.
01-04-2019
Asphaltene-removal technolgy yields eco-friendly refinery by-products
Novel noncombustion asphaltene uses are enabling refiners to use materials previously considered waste streams in a manner that has a positive environmental impact.
01-04-2019
Canadian CO2 optimal emissions target to cost up to C$1.5 billion
The Canadian government, along with some provincial governments, have set policies to cut methane emissions from 40-45% of baseline value by the year 2025.
01-04-2019
Trump issues updated presidential permit for Keystone XL pipeline

President Donald J. Trump issued an updated presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Mar. 29. The move was seen as an attempt to jump-start the project’s construction after a federal judge in Montana blocked it in November and ordered further environmental reviews.

29-03-2019
Indigenous groups eye Trans Mountain stake

An indigenous coalition is forming in Canada with the aim of buying a controlling interest in the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project between Alberta and British Columbia from the federal government.

28-03-2019