Transportation News
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
US FERC issues draft EIS for Driftwood LNG, associated pipeline

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Driftwood LNG export project and an associated pipeline in four Louisiana parishes. The project would provide gas and process to produce as much as 27.6 million tonnes/year of LNG for export, FERC reported. Comments are being accepted through Nov. 5.

17-09-2018
GEV to transport Middle East gas as CNG for delivery to India

Global Energy Ventures Ltd. (GEV), a Perth-based developer of global integrated compressed natural gas projects, has signed a heads of agreement with National Iranian Gas Co. (NIGC) for the sale and purchase of 240 MMcfd of natural gas to the port of Chabahar in Iran accessing the Oman Sea.

17-09-2018
Summit Midstream extends open season for Double E gas line

Summit Permian Transmission LLC, a subsidiary of Summit Midstream Partners LP, The Woodlands, Tex., is extending its binding open season for firm natural gas transportation capacity on the Double E Pipeline following a high level of interest from prospective shippers, the company said.

14-09-2018
AGDC, ExxonMobil Alaska sign binding 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.

12-09-2018
MarkWest Liberty launches open season for Appalachia line

MarkWest Liberty NGL Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of MPLX LP, has launched a binding open season to solicit commitments from potential shippers for a proposed pipeline to serve Appalachian producers.

12-09-2018
BSEE releases investigation results from late 2016 platform fire
A Nov. 12, 2016, fire on a Gulf of Mexico offshore platform, which injured three Wood Group contract employees, broke out when a flammable gas mixture that was released through the thief hatch on the dry oil tank, migrated into the left fire tube, where it contacted either the left fire tube flame or the left burner pilot flame, a US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement investigation concluded.
12-09-2018
Oneok to expand West Texas LPG system another 80,000 b/d

Oneok will spend $295 million for a second expansion of its West Texas LPG pipeline system, which includes the construction of four pump stations, two pump station upgrades, and pipeline looping that will increase the West Texas LPG mainline capacity by 80,000 b/d, and additional infrastructure to connect West Texas LPG with Oneok’s Arbuckle II Pipeline project.

11-09-2018
WoodMac: Permian producers hedge bets against pipeline delays

Due to concerns that key pipeline projects may fail to start up by their 2019 target dates, Permian producers increased their 2020 oil-basis hedge positions by 431% in this year’s second quarter, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest analysis of oil and gas hedging activity.

11-09-2018
DOT should update federal safety rules for LPG systems, report says

US federal safety regulations for small distribution systems used for propane and other LPGs should be improved for clarity, efficiency, enforceability, and applicability to risk, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recommended in a Sept. 10 report.

10-09-2018
Excelerate Energy, TGS to study possible liquefaction project in Argentina

Excelerate Energy LP, The Woodlands, Tex., and Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (TGS), Buenos Aires, have agreed to study the technical and commercial viability of a liquefaction project in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, to liquefy and export natural gas during the summer season.

10-09-2018
Equinor completes Johan Sverdrup offshore crude pipeline installation

Equinor ASA has completed installation of a 283-km, 36-in. OD crude oil pipeline connecting its Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea to the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen, Norway. Johan Sverdrup is on the Norwegian continental shelf about 140 km west of Stavanger in 115 m of water. The crude line’s deepest point is 537 m.

10-09-2018
New Trans Mountain setback moves Canada toward a reckoning
Environmentalists will regret their gloating over another setback to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Canada.
10-09-2018
IHS Markit: Offshore drilling rigs to rise through 2020
Consistently higher oil prices and greater cost–efficiency in offshore projects are driving increased demand for offshore drilling rigs through 2020, particularly for deepwater projects, according to recent analysis from IHS Markit.
10-09-2018
ExxonMobil’s ninth discovery off Guyana proves new play concept
ExxonMobil Corp. affiliate Esso Exploration & Production Guyana Ltd. encountered 197 ft of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone following the drilling of the Hammerhead-1 well offshore Guyana, proving a new play concept for potential development.
10-09-2018
NextDecade, McDermott extend Rio Grande LNG EPC bid process
Privately held NextDecade Corp. and McDermott International Inc. have agreed not to execute an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for NextDecade’s 27 million-tonne/year Rio Grande LNG plant at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas.
10-09-2018
Canada’s appeals court overturns Trans Mountain crude pipeline approval
Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on Aug. 30 declared the regulatory review of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (KMI) Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion impermissibly flawed, effectively halting work on the crude oil transportation project.
10-09-2018
FERC: Construction can resume on parts of Mountain Valley Pipeline
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized builders of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to resume construction along roughly 200 miles of the project in Virginia and West Virginia on Aug. 29 to best protect the environment.
10-09-2018
PHMSA, FERC sign MOU to expedite LNG export application reviews
The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission jointly signed a memorandum of understanding on Aug. 31 to expedite coordination between the agencies during permit application reviews for proposed LNG export facilities.
10-09-2018
IECA seeks congressional hearings to toughen gas pipeline security
The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) asked congressional energy leaders to hold hearings examining natural gas pipeline cybersecurity.
10-09-2018
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.

07-09-2018
Kinder Morgan, EagleClaw reach FID on Permian Highway line

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC (KMTP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Inc., and EagleClaw Midstream Ventures LLC, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, reached a final investment decision to proceed with the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) Project.

06-09-2018
NextDecade, McDermott extend Rio Grande LNG EPC bid process

Privately held NextDecade Corp. and McDermott International Inc. have agreed not to execute an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for NextDecade’s 27 million-tonne/year Rio Grande LNG plant at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas.

05-09-2018
ETP, partners to build PGC pipeline for Permian oil takeaway

Energy Transfer Partners LP, Magellan Midstream Partners LP, MPLX LP, and Delek US Holdings Inc. have received sufficient commitments to proceed with plans to construct a 30-in. common-carrier pipeline to transport crude oil from the Permian basin to the Texas Gulf Coast region.

05-09-2018
IECA seeks congressional hearings to toughen gas pipeline security

The Industrial Energy Consumers of America asked congressional energy leaders to hold hearings examining natural gas pipeline cybersecurity. “It is well known that US national energy infrastructure is regularly under attack by entities that wish to do great harm. When so much is resting on the reliability of natural gas pipelines, we cannot help but be concerned that the security requirements under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are voluntary, not mandatory,” said IECA Pres. Paul A. Cicio.

04-09-2018
PHMSA, FERC sign MOU to expedite LNG export application reviews

The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission jointly signed a memorandum of understanding on Aug. 31 to expedite coordination between the agencies during permit application reviews for proposed LNG export facilities.

04-09-2018
Flint Hills Resources plans Ingleside expansion

Flint Hills Resources, Ingleside, Tex., plans to expand storage and outbound crude loading capacity at its storage terminal in Ingleside, Tex., to 380,000 b/d.

04-09-2018
Russian LNG exports to grow through 2040
Russian LNG exports are poised to grow dramatically in the next 22 years. This article details the factors shaping that growth.
03-09-2018
JIP promotes subsea equipment standardization
Offshore drilling schedules are subject to industry’s use of highly customized subsea trees, which can escalate project costs and delay tree deliveries compared with using standardized equipment.
03-09-2018
Eclipse, Blue Ridge Mountain agree to merge
Eclipse Resources Corp., State College, Pa., and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources Inc., Irving, Tex., have agreed to merge in an all-stock transaction.
03-09-2018
Equinor outlines plan to transform work on NCS
Equinor is introducing new measures to transform the Norwegian continental shelf to tackle future challenges of declining production, ageing installations, and the need for reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
03-09-2018
Michigan politicians ponder replacing or removing Enbridge’s Line 5
The future of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, between Lakes Michigan and Huron, remains uncertain as politicians in the state debate whether it should be replaced, as operator Enbridge proposed in June, or removed.
03-09-2018
Going viral with OGJ
For editors, the accelerating evolution of media has not been kind. Modern communication tends to banish the middleperson.
03-09-2018
Oil shale action plan
Public discussion of oil shale development in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming has been on the back burner for some time. Many of us believe oil shale in the three states is a resource that should be developed to help make the nation energy-secure for decades.
03-09-2018
Canada’s appeals court overturns Trans Mountain crude pipeline approval

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on Aug. 30 declared the regulatory review of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (KMI) Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion impermissibly flawed, effectively halting work on the crude oil transportation project. The court based its decision on a failure to include project-related tanker traffic as part of its evaluation. It also cited KMI’s failure to consult with indigenous peoples.

31-08-2018
FERC: Construction can resume on parts of Mountain Valley Pipeline

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized builders of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to resume construction along roughly 200 miles of the project in Virginia and West Virginia on Aug. 29 to best protect the environment.

30-08-2018
Senate Republicans ask FERC about LNG application review process
US Senate Republicans, including Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (Alas.) and four of its GOP members, called on the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve pending LNG export applications as they sought more information about FERC’s approval process and available resources in an Aug. 21 letter to FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre.
27-08-2018
Democrats see changes in S. 3303 as threat to cooperative federalism
US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Democrats questioned whether a bill proposed by Republicans, ostensibly to make minor changes in a Clean Water Act (CWA) project permit certification provision, actually would undermine the bedrock cooperative federalism principle that helps federal and state governments work together.
27-08-2018
Steel tariff woes
Since being implemented earlier this year, US President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported steel has placed the oil and gas industry-and its continued growth-in a kind of limbo.
27-08-2018
New bottleneck due for North American hydrocarbon supply
Another hydrocarbon bottleneck is taking shape in North America.
27-08-2018
SPDC, NNPC unit form combine for Nigerian gas project
Seplat Petroleum Development Co. PLC (SPDC) has signed shareholder and share subscription agreements with Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) subsidiary Nigerian Gas Processing & Transportation Co. (NGPTC) to enter an incorporated joint venture for ANOH Gas Processing Co. Ltd. (AGPC), a company founded in 2017 for the purpose of processing future wet gas production from the upstream unitized gas fields at SPDC-operated oil mining lease (OML) 53 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC-operated OML 21 onshore in the northeastern Niger Delta.
27-08-2018
API official: More tariffs on China would further harm US oil, gas
Additional Section 301 tariffs on China would cause further harm to the US oil and gas industry, an American Petroleum Institute official told US Trade Representative Robert E. Lightizer at an Aug. 21 hearing on the matter.
27-08-2018
Enbridge acquires all outstanding shares of Spectra’s MLP

Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Partners LP (SEP) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Enbridge will acquire all outstanding public common units of SEP at a ratio of 1.111 common shares of Enbridge for each common unit of SEP.

24-08-2018
Senate Republicans ask FERC about LNG application review process

US Senate Republicans, including Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (Alas.) and four of its GOP members, called on the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve pending LNG export applications as they sought more information about FERC’s approval process and available resources in an Aug. 21 letter to FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre.

22-08-2018
AIE lets contract for FSRU for Port Kembla terminal

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has let a contract to Norwegian group Hoegh LNG to provide the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for its planned LNG import terminal at Port Kembla on the New South Wales coast south of Sydney.

21-08-2018
Chiang named Plains All American Pipeline CEO

Willie Chiang will become chief executive officer of Plains All American Pipeline LP and Plains GP Holdings when Greg Armstrong, chairman and CEO, retires on Oct. 1.

21-08-2018
Watching Government: North Dakota’s lively battle
With this year’s midterm elections less than 3 months away, races for US Senate seats have heated up. A pretty good contest is under way in North Dakota, where Republican Kevin Cramer, the state’s lone House member, is trying to unseat Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.
21-08-2018
Study: Upstream project delivery improving
Execution of upstream oil and gas projects is improving, says a new study by Wood Mackenzie.
20-08-2018
INGAA’s board affirms methane release minimization commitments

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s board of directors has affirmed its commitments to minimize methane emissions released from member companies’ interstate gas transmission and storage facilities because of continuing concern about climate change, INGAA reported.

20-08-2018
Midcoast launches open season for East Texas gas pipeline project

Midcoast Energy LLC launched a nonbinding open season for a new pipeline to be incorporated into the existing Midcoast East Texas system to provide natural gas transportation services from the Carthage area to the Houston Ship Channel elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.

20-08-2018
Court orders DOS to conduct supplemental EIS for Keystone XL project

A federal court judge has ordered the US State Department to conduct a supplemental EIS for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline to consider the Mainline Alternative route that Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved. But Judge Brian Morris, of US District Court for Montana’s Great Falls Division, did not vacate the presidential border-crossing permit that the project has received in his Aug. 15 decision.

17-08-2018
PNG-LNG project signs sales agreement with BP

The ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG project joint venture in Papua New Guinea has signed another midterm LNG sale and purchase agreement, this time with BP Singapore Pte. Ltd. for LNG supply starting this month. It is the second such agreement for the PNG-LNG project in four weeks.

17-08-2018
Medallion holds supplemental open season for Midland oil line expansion

Medallion Pipeline Co. LLC, Irving, Tex., has begun a supplemental open season soliciting additional binding long-term commitments for expanded capacity of its existing crude oil pipeline system in the Midland basin after successfully closing the recent open season.

16-08-2018
Tallgrass launches Seahorse crude pipeline open season

Tallgrass Energy LP is holding an open season soliciting binding shipper commitments for crude oil transportation service on its proposed 30-in. OD, 700-mile Seahorse pipeline. The pipeline would carry as much as 800,000 b/d from the Cushing, Okla., oil hub to St. James, La., operating as a multigrade common batch system.

16-08-2018
Singh named Indian Oil pipeline director

Akshay Kumar Singh has joined Indian Oil Corp. as director (pipelines), responsible for the state-owned company’s 13,400-km network of crude oil, product, and natural gas lines.

15-08-2018
APA board recommends $13-billion (Aus.) takeover offer from CKI venture

The board of Australian gas pipeline company APA Group has unanimously recommended its shareholders vote for a $12.98-billion (Aus.) takeover offer from Hong Kong firm CK Infrastructure Holdings and Power Assets Holdings at a meeting scheduled for late November.

14-08-2018
Williams receives FERC approval for Transco expansion

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has received a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorizing the Rivervale South to Market project—an expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline to serve the US Northeast.

14-08-2018
Study: Upstream project delivery improving

Execution of upstream oil and gas projects is improving, says a new study by Wood Mackenzie. Midsize to large projects in growing numbers have been delivered on target during the past 12 months.

14-08-2018
DOE rules to speed approval of small-scale gas exports

The US Department of Energy issued a final rule aimed at expediting approval of small-scale natural gas exports.

13-08-2018
Caspian leaders sign territorial agreement

Leaders of countries with Caspian Sea coasts have signed an agreement on territorial claims under dispute since collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Clarification of at least some legal questions will ease impediments to oil and gas exploration and development and to pipeline construction.

13-08-2018
European, Russian refineries address 2020 reduced-sulfur bunker rules
The confirmed reduction in sulfur content for marine bunker fuel to 0.5 wt % by Jan. 1, 2020, from a current 3.5 wt % by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)—the United Nations agency that administers the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which oversees prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships—will hugely impact the refining industry’s ability to supply the required volume of low-sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) and dispose of surplus high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) that will only be saleable as marine bunker fuel to ships that have flue-gas scrubbers.
13-08-2018
US groups voice concerns about Chinese LNG tariff plans
Officials from three leading US groups that support increased exports of US LNG separately addressed concerns on Aug. 3 over the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s announcement that tariffs ranging 5-25% will be imposed on US LNG.
13-08-2018
NGC: Gas systems resilient in three big weather events
US natural gas systems clearly demonstrated their resilience during three recent major weather events, a study commissioned by the Natural Gas Council concluded.
13-08-2018
ExxonMobil signs intent to ship gas on Permian Highway line

ExxonMobil Corp. plans to support the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) Project, signing a letter of intent for subsidiary XTO Energy to contract for as much as 450,000 dekatherms/day of capacity on the pipeline.

10-08-2018
Yamal LNG Train 2 ships first cargo

The first shipment of LNG from Yamal LNG’s Train 2 in northern Russia has been loaded for shipment. Train 2 adds 5.5 million tonnes/year, doubling the plant’s capacity. A third 5.5 million-tpy train is expected to start operations early in 2019. Train 2 was commissioned 6 months ahead of schedule, according to majority-owner PAO Novatek.

09-08-2018
NGC: Gas systems resilient in three big weather events

US natural gas systems clearly demonstrated their resilience during three recent major weather events, a study commissioned by the Natural Gas Council concluded.

06-08-2018
Agreement in view on legal status of the Caspian Sea
After decades of haggling, the five countries with Caspian Sea coasts seem close to agreement over who owns what in the world’s largest lake.
06-08-2018
FERC’s Mountain Valley Pipeline stop-work order may be temporary

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a stop-work order for the proposed Mountain Valley interstate natural gas pipeline. Opponents immediately said the Aug. 3 action was a major setback for the planned 303-mile system from West Virginia to southern Virginia, but the project’s sponsors noted on Aug. 6 the order itself indicated that it could be temporary.

06-08-2018
US Congressmen offer bill to reduce LNG permit backlog
US Reps. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) and Gene Green (D-Tex.) introduced legislation that would help the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission offer higher salaries to specialized engineers who play critical roles in reviewing applications to construct LNG projects.
06-08-2018
ExxonMobil touts long-term growth as 2Q output falls
ExxonMobil Corp. put its oil-equivalent production at 3.6 million b/d for the second quarter, a 7% drop from a year ago.
06-08-2018
Williams enters DJ basin, exits Four Corners Area in separate deals
In two separate midstream transactions, Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has entered Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg (DJ) basin and exited Williams Partners LP from the Four Corners Area (FCA) in New Mexico and Colorado.
06-08-2018
Senate GOP bill would amend key section of the Clean Water Act
The US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John A. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and three other Senate Republicans introduced legislation on July 31 to change requirements and establish limits for individual states under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
06-08-2018
Tempting protectionism
Born of appeals to economics and national security, protectionism ultimately sabotages prosperity and defense. It happens every time.
06-08-2018
EnLink launches open season for Delaware basin crude gathering system

A subsidiary of EnLink Midstream LLC, Dallas, has launched a binding open season for volume commitments for common carrier transportation service on its Avenger Crude Oil Gathering System in the Northern Delaware basin.

06-08-2018
Shipping, market constraints poised to slow US crude export growth
Multiple constraints are lining up against the continued rapid growth of crude oil exports from the US. Moving from the infrastructural through the geopolitical, these include bottlenecks in getting US-produced crude to the Gulf Coast for shipment, limitations on export capacities of US Gulf Coast ports, the continued inability of very large crude carriers (VLCC) to transit the Panama Canal, and the looming specters of increases in both Chinese tariffs and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production.
06-08-2018
Loading pipe design improves boil-off gas management
A new LNG loading pipe design can use in-tank condensation to improve boil-off gas (BOG) management during ship-to-ship (STS) transfers
06-08-2018
US groups express concerns about China plans to impose LNG tariffs

Officials from three leading US groups that support increased exports of US LNG separately addressed concerns on Aug. 3 over the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s announcement that tariffs ranging 5-25% will be imposed on US LNG.

03-08-2018
Targa, partners to develop Whistler Pipeline project

Targa Resources, NextEra Energy Pipeline Holdings, WhiteWater Midstream, and MPLX plan to jointly develop the Whistler Pipeline project to provide an outlet for natural gas production from the Permian basin to markets along the Texas Gulf Coast.

03-08-2018
Tallgrass to develop Cushing-to-St. James oil pipeline, terminal

Tallgrass Energy LP, Leawood, Kan., plans to build a crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to the St. James, La., refining complex, as well as a separate new export-capable liquids terminal near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

01-08-2018
Woodside lets engineering contract for Scarborough pipeline

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has let a contract for define phase engineering services for the main trunkline to shore in its proposed Scarborough gas field development on the Exmouth Plateau off Western Australia to fellow Perth company Subsea Engineering Associates Pty. Ltd. (SEA).

31-07-2018
DOE issues final rule to expedite approval of small-scale gas exports

The US Department of Energy issued a final rule aimed at expediting approval of small-scale natural gas exports. The July 26 Federal Register notice applied to gas and LNG exports to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US of no more than 51.75 bcf/year, which qualify for a categorical exclusion under DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act regulations.

31-07-2018
Inpex starts gas production from Ichthys field

The Inpex Corp.-led consortium at Ichthys gas-condensate field in the Browse basin 220 km offshore Western Australia has started natural gas production from its subsea wells to the massive 120,000-tonne Ichthys Explorer production platform.

30-07-2018
Watching Government: Fresh ideas at Interior
Soon after he became Secretary, Ryan Zinke began to discuss possible ways that the US Department of the Interior could be improved.
30-07-2018
ExxonMobil raises resource estimate for offshore Guyana
ExxonMobil Corp. has increased its estimate of the discovered recoverable resources for the Stabroek block offshore Guyana to more than 4 billion boe.
30-07-2018
US Congressmen offer bill to reduce LNG permit backlog at FERC

US Reps. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) and Gene Green (D-Tex.) introduced legislation that would help the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission offer higher salaries to specialized engineers who play critical roles in reviewing applications to construct LNG projects.

30-07-2018
Gulf methane hydrates
Plans are progressing for the next stage of methane hydrate scientific drilling by the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and its partners on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Researchers hit a momentary snag regarding research vessels.
30-07-2018
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30-07-2018
Oneok becomes sole owner of West Texas LPG pipeline

Oneok Inc., Tulsa, has acquired the remaining 20% interest in the West Texas LPG Pipeline LP from Martin Midstream Partners LP for $195 million. Oneok will become the sole owner of the natural gas liquids pipeline system. Oneok completed the acquisition of its initial 80% interest in West Texas LPG in December 2014.

26-07-2018
Watching Government: Interstate gas ups, downs
It probably was coincidental that a Kinder Morgan Inc. executive’s testimony before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about improving interstate energy delivery networks on July 12 came in the year that the 1938 Natural Gas Act’s 80th anniversary occurs.
24-07-2018
Woodside to speed up, add to Scarborough development plans
Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, would like to accelerate and increase the breadth of its plans through development of the Scarborough natural gas fields on the Exmouth Plateau offshore Western Australia.
24-07-2018
Gazprom to develop giant Yamal gas field
Gazprom will take measures to prevent melting of permafrost as it develops giant Kharasaveyskoye gas-and-condensate field on the Yamal Peninsula in arctic Russia.
23-07-2018
FERC moving ahead on LNG project applications, chairman says
Denying a report that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notified LNG project sponsors that there would be a 12-18 month delay in processing applications, Chairman Kevin McIntyre said the commission has made significant strides “in reforming the permitting process in working with federal partners, eliminating duplicative processes, and streamlining procedures that will significantly reduce our LNG permitting timelines.”
23-07-2018
Jemena completes Northern Gas Pipeline construction

Energy infrastructure company Jemena has reported that construction of Australia’s 622-km Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) has been completed. The line extends from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mt. Isa in Queensland and connects the Amadeus to Darwin pipeline Northern Territory grid with the Queensland (and South Australian) grids.

20-07-2018
Woodside exits Port Arthur LNG development

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has exited the Sempla Energy-led Port Arthur LNG gas export development project in Texas. Woodside joined the project 3 years ago but is now citing lower-than-expected returns than would justify the investment as the reason for walking away.

20-07-2018
ExxonMobil PNG-LNG group signs sale agreement with PetroChina

The ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG joint venture in Papua New Guinea has signed a midterm LNG sale and purchase agreement with PetroChina International (Hong Kong) Corp. Ltd. for the supply of LNG from the Southern Highlands project beginning this month.

20-07-2018
Edmonton MP gets Canadian resources job

An Edmonton member of the Canadian Parliament voiced support of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion after being sworn in as minister of natural resources on July 18.

19-07-2018
Enterprise to build deepwater crude export terminal in US Gulf

Enterprise Products Partners LP plans to develop a crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast. The terminal would be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers with capacities of about 2 million bbl. Enterprise has started front-end engineering and design and preparing applications for regulatory permitting.

18-07-2018
FERC moving ahead on LNG project applications, chairman says

Denying a report that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notified LNG project sponsors that there would be a 12-18 month delay in processing applications, Chairman Kevin McIntyre said the commission has made significant strides “in reforming the permitting process in working with federal partners, eliminating duplicative processes, and streamlining procedures that will significantly reduce our LNG permitting timelines.”

18-07-2018
Medallion launches open season for expansion of Midland oil line

Medallion Pipeline Co. LLC, Irving, Tex., has launched a binding open season to solicit long-term, firm shipper commitments for a major expansion of its crude oil pipeline system in the Midland basin.

17-07-2018
ExxonMobil-led JV submits Rovuma LNG plan to Mozambique

The Exxon Mobil-led Mozambique Rovuma Venture SPA submitted its development plan to Mozambique’s government for the first phase of the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy, and market natural gas from Mamba fields in Area 4 block offshore Mozambique. 

16-07-2018