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APLNG to buy Ironbark coal seam gas prospect from Origin

The Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) combine has agreed to acquire the Ironbark coal seam gas project from Origin Energy for $231 million (Aus.). Ironbark—not to be confused with the BP PLC-led group’s conventional gas prospect of the same name offshore Western Australia—lies near Tara in the Surat basin of southeast Queensland.

20-02-2019
Anadarko, Pertamina sign 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 20-year, 1 million-tonne/year LNG supply agreement with Indonesia’s state-owned Pertamina.

19-02-2019
Montana federal judge’s latest order continues to block Keystone XL

US District Judge Brian Morris issued a new ruling allowing TransCanada Corp. to build and use pipe storage and container yards for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. But the Feb. 15 order reportedly continues to block construction of worker camps, effectively keeping work from beginning on the project.

18-02-2019
Queensland grants license for Senex’s Atlas Project

Queensland has granted a petroleum facility license to Melbourne-based energy infrastructure company Jemena for the construction of a natural gas processing plant that will form part of the Atlas Pipeline project. The Atlas project involves the delivery of gas from 100 coal seam gas wells on acreage owned by Senex Energy Ltd., Brisbane, in the Surat basin of southeast Queensland near the townships of Wandoan and Miles specifically to the domestic market.

15-02-2019
PHMSA issues final rule to strengthen oil train spill preparedness

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration, issued a final rule requiring railroads to develop and submit comprehensive oil spill response plans covering route segments used by high hazard flammable trains.

15-02-2019
Williams, Targa plan projects to link Conway-Mont Belvieu NGL markets

Williams Cos. and Targa Resources have entered into agreements to expand key systems that will link the Conway, Kan., and Mont Belvieu, Tex., NGL markets. As part of the agreements, Williams will build the 188-mile Bluestem NGL pipeline from its Conway fractionator and the southern terminus of the Overland Pass Pipeline to an interconnect with Targa’s Grand Prix NGL pipeline in Kingfisher County, Okla., while Targa will build a 110-mile extension of Grand Prix from southern Oklahoma into the STACK region of central Oklahoma where it will connect with the Bluestem pipeline.

15-02-2019
Chevron signs LNG supply agreement with GS Caltex

Chevron USA Inc. has entered into a long-term LNG supply agreement with GS Caltex Corp. that calls for the delivery of LNG to South Korea from Chevron’s global supply portfolio.

14-02-2019
HEP, NextEra Energy form Eagle Ford gas transportation combine

Howard Energy Partners (HEP) and NextEra Energy Partners will jointly develop additional natural gas transportation projects in the Eagle Ford shale region of South Texas.

13-02-2019
Sentinel to develop Texas GulfLink crude oil export terminal

Sentinel Midstream, Dallas, has reported plans to development Texas GulfLink, a proposed deepwater crude oil export terminal near Freeport, Tex. The completed facility will be capable of fully loading very large crude carrier vessels.

12-02-2019
APLNG combine lets Surat gas gathering pipeline contract

The Origin Energy-ConocoPhillips combine Australia Pacific LNG has let a package of gas gathering and infrastructure works worth $90 million (Aus.) to CPB Contractors—the Australasian construction company of Sydney-based engineering firm CIMIC Group—for the Surat basin of southeast Queensland.

12-02-2019
Trade, public groups seek prompt approval of pipeline safety update

Six public and trade associations have asked US Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao “to act expeditiously” to approve revisions to the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s federal natural gas pipeline safety regulations. “PHMSA’s rule will advance gas transmission pipeline safety by defining specific requirements to facilitate the use of 21st-century pipeline safety technologies and processes,” the groups said in their Feb. 7 letter.

11-02-2019
Gray Oak, KMCC hold open season for crude oil line

Gray Oak Pipeline and Kinder Morgan Crude & Condensate launched an open season for long-term crude oil transportation service from Gray Oak line origin points in the Permian basin to KMCC delivery points at or near the Houston Ship Channel. Delivery from the Gray Oak system to HSC would be achieved through a connection in South Texas.

11-02-2019
Northeast Gateway terminal sends out record regasified LNG

Excelerate Energy LP's Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal, about 13 miles offshore Boston, reported that it reached a peak send-out rate of more than 800,000 MMbtu/d of regasified LNG a week earlier. The Feb. 1 volume was a record for the facility, officials said.

08-02-2019
Shell Australia lets contract for Crux gas-condensate project

Shell Australia let a multimillion-dollar contract to global engineering groups Wood and KBR to deliver integrated front-end engineering and design for Shell’s Crux gas-condensate development project in the Browse basin off Western Australia.

07-02-2019
Federal court vacates NYSDEC’s pipeline certificate denial

A federal appeals court vacated the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEP) denial of a water-quality certificate to the proposed Northern Access natural gas pipeline project on Feb. 5. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit remanded the matter back to the state agency with instructions to more clearly articulate its basis for denial.

06-02-2019
ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum authorize Golden Pass LNG exports

ExxonMobil Corp. and partner Qatar Petroleum have made a final investment decision to develop the Golden Pass LNG export project in Sabine Pass, Tex. Construction will begin in this year’s first quarter with the plant expected to begin operations in 2024.

05-02-2019
API, NABTU expand joint pipeline construction safety program

New training courses on pipeline construction safety will begin soon in West Virginia, Ohio, and California as part of a groundbreaking partnership that was launched less than a year ago, the presidents of the American Petroleum Institute and North America’s Building Trade Unions (NABTU) jointly announced on Feb. 4.

05-02-2019
Shell ponders Crux field connection to Prelude FLNG project

The Perth-based Australian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC has begun the approval process for a potential $2-billion (Aus.) development of its Crux natural gas-condensate field in the Browse basin license AC/L9 offshore Western Australia as a tie in to the company’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facilities.

05-02-2019
Anadarko signs LNG agreements for Mozambique project

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 co-venturers—has entered into LNG supply agreements with Shell International Trading Middle East Ltd., as well as a co-purchasing agreement with Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. and Centrica LNG Co. Ltd.

05-02-2019
Oil Search expands east of Hue shale blocks in Alaska
Oil Search Ltd., Sydney and Port Moresby, has again expanded its acreage position on the Alaskan North Slope (ANS) by exercising an option to acquire 50% interest in 120 leases immediately east of its Hue shale blocks, which lie southeast of Prudhoe Bay. The option includes Oil Search taking operatorship.
04-02-2019
PSAC lowers outlook for Canadian drilling
Deteriorating investor confidence “weighs heavily” on the drilling industry in Canada, according to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC).
04-02-2019
EIA: US to become net energy exporter in 2020
The US will position itself as a net energy exporter in 2020 and will remain so throughout a projection period to 2050 resulting from large increases in production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) coupled with slow growth in energy consumption, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019.
04-02-2019
Innovation vital to ongoing US energy strength, group leaders say
The innovative spirit that has created a much-improved US energy outlook in the last 10 years will be just as essential to keep it affordable while improving the environment in the future, three major trade association leaders suggested at the US Energy Association’s 2019 State of the Energy Industry Forum on Jan. 24.
04-02-2019
Regulatory reforms draw cheers; shutdown and tariffs raise concerns
The Trump administration is following through on its promise to reform federal regulations enacted during Barack Obama’s presidency that went too far, officials from leading US oil and gas associations told Oil & Gas Journal. But a prolonged partial government shutdown and tariffs or quotas on specialty steel imports could cloud the 2019 Washington Oil and Gas outlook, they warned.
04-02-2019
Change in risk preferences
A survey of institutional investors by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) was conducted in July-October 2018.
04-02-2019
Companies exercise options in Epic crude, NGL pipelines

Noble Midstream Partners LP has exercised its option for a 30% equity stake in the Epic Crude Oil Pipeline project and a 15% equity stake in the Epic NGL pipeline while Altus Midstream Co., through a subsidiary, and Rattler Midstream LP, a subsidiary of Diamondback Energy Inc., exercised options for 15% and 10%, respectively, in the Epic crude line.

04-02-2019
Texas Colt submits application for deepwater port project

Texas Colt—a proposed joint venture of Enbridge Inc., Kinder Morgan Inc., and Oiltanking—has submitted an application with the US Maritime Administration to construct and operate a deepwater crude oil export port offshore Freeport, Tex.

04-02-2019
Flat near-term pipeline plans buoyed by US growth
Planned worldwide pipeline construction to be completed in 2019 was relatively flat from the previous year, with higher expected crude and products project completions balancing smaller projected natural gas pipeline numbers. US projects grew as a portion of total planned build as operators sought expanded avenues for bringing burgeoning crude, NGL, and gas production to market. Plans for US construction in 2019 made up 44% of the total as compared with just 24% in 2018.
04-02-2019
Understanding, preventing corrosion in refineries
My major problem as an operating supervisor when I worked for the former Amoco Oil Co. refinery in Texas City, Tex., was not the people, the process, or the plant’s economics; it was corrosion.
04-02-2019
Anadarko signs LNG agreement with CNOOC

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 Lda. coventurers—has entered into a 13-year LNG supply agreement with CNOOC Gas & Power Singapore Trading & Marketing Pte. Ltd. that calls for the supply of 1.5 million tonnes/year of LNG to CNOOC.

01-02-2019
Alberta eases month-old production cut

The government of Alberta is easing the production cut in effect since Jan. 1 to address historic price discounting due to pipeline congestion. Saying it is responding to “new storage data,” the province will allow production to increase to 3.63 million b/d in February and March from the January limit of 3.56 million b/d.

31-01-2019
Magellan, Navigator extend open season for Voyager crude line

Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Navigator Energy Services have extended the open season to solicit transportation commitments for the Voyager pipeline to transport various grades of light crude oil and condensate from Cushing, Okla., to Houston.

30-01-2019
AGIG to expand Tubridgi onshore gas storage facility

The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group has reported plans for a further expansion to its Tubridgi gas storage facility in northwest Western Australia. The group has followed its $74-million (Aus.) redevelopment and commissioning of the Tubridgi facility in 2017 with a final investment decision in the last week to complete a seismic survey and expansion of the injection and withdrawal capacity to 90 terajoules/day and 60 terajoules/day, respectively.

30-01-2019
ExxonMobil, partners advance 1 million-b/d Wink to Webster crude line

ExxonMobil Corp., Plains All American Pipeline LP, and Lotus Midstream LLC have formed the Wink to Webster Pipeline LLC joint venture and ordered nearly 650 miles of US-sourced 36-in. line pipe to construct a common-carrier pipeline to transport more than 1 million b/d of crude oil and condensate from multiple locations in the Permian basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.

30-01-2019
CAPP seeks Alberta energy-policy changes
In a campaign it calls “Vote Energy,” the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls for action in Alberta on market access, regulatory competitiveness, climate policy, and fiscal and economic policy.
28-01-2019
Virginia pollution control board approves permit for ACP compressor
Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project to construct a compressor station in Buckingham County on Jan. 8 following a recommendation by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.
28-01-2019
Gas shortage where?
Here’s a real estate investment tip: Values are about to spurt in Westchester County, NY, thanks to the state government’s dislike of natural gas from hydraulically fractured wells.
28-01-2019
Growing pains
“Texas is the place to be for job growth and economic development,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chair Ruth R. Hughs in a Jan. 18 press release detailing the state’s most recent unemployment numbers.
28-01-2019
Costs, energy needs discredit ‘keep it in the ground’ agenda
Preemptive opposition to oil and gas projects by “keep it in the ground” activists promises needless hardship in two broad areas.
28-01-2019
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28-01-2019
WBI Energy to construct Bakken gas transportation project

MDU Resources Group subsidiary WBI Energy Inc. plans to construct 67 miles of pipeline, compression, and ancillary facilities to transport natural gas in the Bakken region. The North Bakken Expansion Project, as designed, would provide 200 MMcfd of gas transportation capacity starting near Tioga, ND, and extending to a new connection with Northern Border Pipeline in McKenzie County, ND.

25-01-2019
Block R returned to Equatorial Guinea

Ophir Energy PLC, London, is no longer operator of Block R, which contains the Fortuna natural gas discovery, and will not be granted an extension to the joint production contract, the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea confirmed. Ophir was issued a notice of the decision in December 2018 after the company’s exploration license expired. The block has been returned to the state.

23-01-2019
Pluto LNG to supply Western Australia mineral sands project

A joint venture of Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth, and Melbourne-based Energy Developments Pty. Ltd. (EDL) has signed an LNG supply deal with mineral sands company Sheffield Resources Ltd., Perth, for Sheffield’s Thunderbird project in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.

23-01-2019
New Pluto inlet station commissioned

The new Pluto inlet station connecting the Woodside Petroleum Ltd.-operated Pluto LNG project on the Burrup Peninsula near Karratha in Western Australia to the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas trunk line has been successfully commissioned by the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.

22-01-2019
NEB approves winter clearing work for Keystone XL’s north section

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. can begin winter clearing work on the North Spread of its Keystone XL project. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved the company’s request as Keystone has satisfied the regulatory requirements for clearing of trees and shrubs along the pipeline route’s north section, starting at Hardisty, Alta.

22-01-2019
Tallgrass, Kinder Morgan explore Rockies oil transportation

Tallgrass Energy LP and Kinder Morgan Inc. will jointly develop a solution to increase existing crude oil takeaway capacity in the Powder River and Denver-Julesburg basins and to add incremental capacity to the Williston basin and portions of Western Canada.

22-01-2019
Watching Government: Sizing up the shutdown
The partial US government shutdown closed some departments and agencies that regulate oil and gas, notably the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Weeks into the standoff, however, trade association leaders were not certain how soon their members would start feeling the impacts.
21-01-2019
EIA: IMO regulations drive up US, global refinery runs
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is set to enact the Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), which lowers the maximum sulfur content of marine fuel oil used in ocean-going vessels from 3.5% to 0.5%.
21-01-2019
ExxonMobil drills first of two wildcat wells off Guyana
ExxonMobil Corp. reported the start of drilling of the Haimara-1 exploration well offshore Guyana—the first of two planned wells in January. The Stena Carron drillship is drilling the well, which is 19 miles east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeast Stabroek block.
21-01-2019
Equinor, Aker BP dominate Norwegian licensing round
Equinor and Aker BP dominated awards by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum as part of the Award in Predefined Areas (APA) for 2018 held Jan. 15.
21-01-2019
Rystad Energy: Haynesville shale set to surpass 2011 gas output record
Natural gas production in Louisiana will soon reach record heights thanks to an outstanding resurgence of the Haynesville shale play.
21-01-2019
Producers assess Alberta government-mandated oil production cuts
Canadian oil companies reconsidered 2019 production guidance numbers in early January and reevaluated production strategies after Alberta’s government outlined a temporary production cut of heavy crude oil and crude bitumen.
21-01-2019
US FERC issues EIS for Driftwood LNG, associated pipeline

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the final environmental impact statement 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.

21-01-2019
Baldridge elected chairman of TPA

Don Baldridge, president of commercial for DCP Midstream, has been elected chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association (TPA).

16-01-2019
Congress should end newly relaxed LNG export regulation
Sensible regulatory change by the US Department of Energy should be followed by legislation killing the changed regulation.
14-01-2019
Western Gas signs MOU for Equus gas project off Western Australia
Privately held Western Gas Corp. Pty. Ltd., Perth, has signed a memorandum of understanding with international service companies McDermott and Baker Hughes to be exclusive development partners for the Equus gas project offshore northwest Western Australia (OGJ Online, May 15, 2018).
14-01-2019
SOCAR commissions unit, wraps Phase 1 of Baku refinery revamp
State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has commissioned a bitumen plant as part of a program designed to modernize and expand operations at the company’s Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku in Azerbaijan, completing the first phase of the 120,500-b/d refinery’s long-planned modernization project.
14-01-2019
API’s new president cites progress, outlines challenges for 2019
Responsible operations and steadily improving technology have combined to make the US the world’s leading oil and gas producer, said American Petroleum Institute Pres. Mike Sommers in his first major public address on Jan. 8. But carefully conceived policies and improved permitting processes will be necessary to keep the progress going, he told more than 400 attendees at API’s 2019 State of American Energy event.
14-01-2019
Eyes on the pipe
The US government shut down at midnight, Dec. 22, 2018. What didn’t shut down with it was US politics. If anything, the shutdown has turned up the heat on an already boiling pot of partisan mistrust and posturing. This is no less the case in energy policy than anywhere else.
14-01-2019
Phillips 66, partners to develop ACE Pipeline system

Phillips 66 Partners, Harvest Midstream Co., and PBF Logistics LP plan to jointly develop the ACE Pipeline system to provide crude oil transportation service from the market hub in St. James, La., to downstream refining destinations in Belle Chasse, Meraux, and Chalmette, La., and have launched an open season for transportation service.

14-01-2019
Rystad Energy: Haynesville shale set to surpass 2011 gas output record

Natural gas production in Louisiana will soon reach record heights thanks to an outstanding resurgence of the Haynesville shale play. Rystad Energy research shows that the Haynesville shale alone was able to add 1.85 bcfd of gross gas production between fourth-quarter 2016 and fourth-quarter 2017. Another 1.3 bcfd was added last year. Production needs to increase by another 700 MMbcfd to reach new all-time highs.

11-01-2019
Virginia pollution control board approves permit for ACP compressor

Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project to construct a compressor station in Buckingham County on Jan. 8 following a recommendation by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.

10-01-2019
US Chamber study estimates ‘keep-it-in-the-ground’ economic costs
Antienergy activists’ “keep-it-in-the-ground” efforts have prevented at least $91.9 billion in domestic economic activity and eliminated nearly 730,000 job opportunities, a new study by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute (GEI) concluded.
07-01-2019
Woodside enters FEED for Pluto Train 2

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has let a contract to Bechtel for the front-end engineering design stage for the Pluto LNG Train 2 project on the Burrup Peninsula of Western Australia. FEED work includes activities needed to finalize the costs and technical definition for the proposed second train at the onshore facility.

07-01-2019
Prelude floating LNG project comes on stream

Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) project in the Browse basin off northwest Western Australia has started production. The company reported it had opened the subsea wells in the field to enter the project’s start-up and ramp-up phases, the initial stages during which gas and condensate is produced and moved through the giant facility.

07-01-2019
Congress should end newly relaxed LNG export regulation
Sensible regulatory change by the US Department of Energy should be followed by legislation killing the changed regulation.
07-01-2019
Russian share of European gas market to keep growing
At the beginning of October 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin estimated his country’s total 2018 natural gas deliveries to Europe at 200 billion cu m (bcm), an almost 3% increase over 2017’s record volumes. The Russian president noted that European countries would inevitably consume Russian gas because of its cost advantage.
07-01-2019
Total issues assay for Brazilian Lapa
Lapa assay from Total Oil Trading SA’s website.
07-01-2019
Michigan’s new governor seeks review of pipeline replacement plans

Michigan’s new governor, Democrat Gretchen Witmer, has asked Atty. Gen. Dana Nessel (D) for a legal opinion of recent legislation to replace Enbridge Inc.’s pipeline in the Mackinac Straits and the new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) created by her predecessor, Republican Rick Snyder.

04-01-2019
ExxonMobil, Imperial axe WCC LNG project

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. and Imperial Oil Ltd. have withdrawn their proposal for the WCC LNG project in British Columbia.

21-12-2018
EPP, Enbridge launch open season for Seaway expansion

Seaway Crude Pipeline Company LLC launched a binding open season to gauge shipper support for expanded crude oil capacity on its existing system originating in Cushing, Okla. and extending to the Texas Gulf Coast area.

21-12-2018
Wolf Midstream launches open season for Big Spring to Midland line

Wolf Midstream Partners LLC, Dallas, launched a binding open season for crude oil transportation commitments for the proposed Gray Wolf Crude Connector, a new pipeline to serve the Midland basin.

20-12-2018
Woodside signs agreement with RWE for mid-term LNG supply

Woodside Energy Trading Singapore Pte Ltd. has signed a fully termed and binding sales agreement with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH for the mid-term supply of LNG to begin during fourth quarter 2020 and run until December 2022.

20-12-2018
PGNiG signs 20-year agreement to export US LNG to Europe

Port Arthur LNG LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) entered into a definitive 20-year sale and purchase agreement for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Sempra-led Port Arthur LNG liquefaction-export facility under development in Jefferson County, Tex. 

19-12-2018
Rustler Breaks crude oil line placed into service in New Mexico

San Mateo Black River Oil Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of San Mateo Midstream LLC, has placed into service its crude oil gathering and transportation system in the Delaware basin. 

19-12-2018
Woodside commissions Pluto domestic gas pipeline

The Woodside Petroleum-led Pluto LNG project has commissioned the Pluto pipeline gas facility and delivered its first gas into the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas trunkline.

18-12-2018
East Timor moves to majority stake in Sunrise gas field
East Timor has moved to a majority interest in the Greater Sunrise natural gas fields with the acquisition of Shell’s 26.6% stake for $300 million. The acquisition follows the government’s purchase of ConocoPhillips’s 30% stake in the fields for $350 million early in October and now brings East Timor’s total holding to 56.56%
17-12-2018
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17-12-2018
Williams receives FERC approval for Gateway expansion

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

14-12-2018
Western Gas signs MOU for Equus gas project off Western Australia

Privately held Western Gas Corp. Pty. Ltd., Perth, has signed a memorandum of understanding with international service companies McDermott and Baker Hughes to be exclusive development partners for the Equus gas project offshore northwest Western Australia.

14-12-2018
Inpex gains interest in Ichthys LNG project from Total

Inpex agreed to acquire an additional 4% interest in the Ichthys LNG project in Australia from Total SA for $1.6 billion, increasing the operator’s participating interest to 66.245% from 62.245%. The first offshore condensate cargo was exported on Oct. 1, the first LNG cargo was exported on Oct. 22, and the first LPG cargo was exported on Nov. 16. The two LNG trains are now fully operational.

13-12-2018
Yamal LNG begins Train 3 exports

PAO Novatek has begun LNG exports from Train 3 of its Yamal LNG plant in Russia, reaching the site’s planned full capacity of 16.5 million tonnes/year. Novatek said it completed work on the 5.5-million tpy third train more than a year ahead of schedule. An additional 900,000-tpy train is under construction with startup planned for early 2020.

11-12-2018
Virginia AG, DEQ sue Mountain Valley Pipeline over alleged violations

Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring (D) announced that the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Water Quality Board sued Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) for alleged repeated environmental violations in five southwestern Virginia counties over the past year, particularly during major rain events.

10-12-2018
Iran’s oil exports likely to remain 1.1-1.3 million b/d
Iran’s oil exports likely will remain at 1.1-1.3 million b/d for the rest of this year despite waivers the US government granted to eight countries after imposing US sanctions on Iranian oil sales, said Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy International in Washington, DC.
10-12-2018
Alberta to cut oil output by 325,000 b/d
Saying it is responding “to the historically high oil price differential that is costing the [Canadian] economy more than $80 million/day,” the Alberta government on Dec. 2 announced a curtailment in oil production beginning Jan. 1.
10-12-2018
Confrontation with Russia may make Ukraine energy reforms more urgent
Russia’s Nov. 25 seizure of three Ukrainian patrol vessels and their crews in the Kerch Strait near the Black Sea provided a dramatic reason as speakers at a Nov. 28 discussion at the Atlantic Council in Washington called for more changes in Ukraine’s energy system if the government in Kiev is serious about wanting the country to break free of Russian influence.
10-12-2018
Cooperation between government, oil industry essential, NPC told
Cooperation between the federal government and the US oil and gas industry that helped move the nation from reliance on imports to leadership in exports will remain essential to compete with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia in the years ahead, US Energy Sec. Rick Perry and Interior Sec. Ryan K. Zinke separately told the National Petroleum Council at its Dec. 4 meeting.
10-12-2018
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10-12-2018
Central signs gas sales contract for NT-to-Queensland system

Central Petroleum Ltd., Brisbane, is to sell gas to pipeline operator Jemena for commissioning of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) connecting the Northern Territory pipeline grid to the Queensland system via Mount Isa. It is now anticipated that the pipeline will be ready to begin commercial flow between Dec. 29, 2018, and Jan. 10, 2019.

07-12-2018
South Korean firm plans Australia’s fifth proposed LNG import terminal

South Korean developer EPIK, based in Seoul, has proposed the establishment of a floating LNG import terminal at the Port of Newcastle north of Sydney on Australia’s east coast. EPIK has signed an agreement with the Port of Newcastle to conduct preliminary work on the project, which is expected to cost as much as $430 million (Aus.), including onshore infrastructure.

07-12-2018
Eastern Energy buys several Gulf Coast pipelines from Williams

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, closed on the sale of certain pipeline systems in the Gulf Coast area to Easton Energy LLC, Houston, for $177 million in cash. Included in the sale are the 31-mile Texas Belle Pipeline, the Purity pipeline system, certain assets in the Live Oak pipeline system, and additional idle pipelines along the Gulf Coast. In total, the deal includes about 416 miles of Gulf Coast NGL pipelines, Easton said.

06-12-2018
ADNOC, Inpex to study LNG bunkering

A unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Inpex Corp. will assess potential for joint LNG bunkering development under a new framework agreement. ADNOC Logistics & Services and Inpex will consider collaborating on LNG bunkering projects in Abu Dhabi and other regions, including Southeast Asia.

06-12-2018
SemGroup, DCP hold Cushing-Houston crude line open season

SemGroup Corp. and DCP Midstream LP are holding an open season to solicit binding commitments for development of a pipeline system to transport segregated batches of light crude oil from Cushing, Okla., to Houston. The proposed Gladiator Pipeline would start at SemGroup’s Cushing terminal.

04-12-2018
Attention to octane
Two steps forward make no progress on a treadmill stuck in reverse. Still, US Reps. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) deserve credit for recognizing that the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program needs work.
03-12-2018
Remembering an innovator
Raymond Plank made an impression on this editor at an event where the former chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corp. never appeared.
03-12-2018
APICORP: Growth phase possible for Libyan oil production
Libya’s yo-yoing oil industry soon will enter a fourth post-revolution phase promising growth in oil production and related support for an essential condition: stability.
03-12-2018
Refiner addresses coker furnace, transfer-line reliability problems
Furnaces are the most problematic component of day-to-day delayed coker operations. This article examines a variety of coker-furnace issues that Chevron Corp. has experienced at its refineries.
03-12-2018
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03-12-2018
Crimson, MPLX extend open season for Swordfish oil line

Crimson Midstream and MPLX have extended the binding open season to assess interest and solicit commitments from prospective shippers for transportation service on the Swordfish pipeline. Originally scheduled to close Nov. 30, the open season has been extended to allow shippers time to evaluate new information and to account for the holiday season.

30-11-2018
Open season launched for Permian-to-Gulf Coast crude oil line

Jupiter Energy Group has launched a 90-day open season for binding shipper commitments on the Jupiter Pipeline, which is expected to be operational in fourth quarter 2020.

30-11-2018