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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
Prelude FLNG project ships first condensate cargos

Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG facilities in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia have produced and shipped their first cargo of condensate. The 116,000-dwt tanker Advantage Atom loaded the cargo last week.

26-03-2019
Lake Charles LNG project agreement signed

Energy Transfer LP and Shell US LNG have moved toward a final investment decision on the conversion of Energy Transfer’s regasification terminal at Lake Charles, La., into a 16.45 million-tonne/year natural gas liquefaction plant.

26-03-2019
Argentina planning gas pipelines, seeking upstream investors
Argentina plans to build natural gas pipelines and hopes to attract more oil and gas investment for the Vaca Muerta shale play in the Neuquen basin, according to Argentina Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui.
25-03-2019
ESAI: Project delays to sink oil sands output in 2019
Canadian oil sands production in 2019 will be almost 230,000 b/d lower than last year, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published North America Watch.
25-03-2019
Oil-producing communities should prepare for transition, forum told
Communities that have depended economically on coal are facing impacts now that communities that similarly rely on oil and gas will face in the future, speakers suggested at a Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs event.
25-03-2019
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25-03-2019
Morgan Stanley: Low European gas prices to prompt US LNG utilization cuts

European mainland gas prices have fallen now to about $5/MMbtu, a 50% decline from late September peaks. The loss in supply-demand is due to warmer weather, large LNG imports, and more active renewables. Morgan Stanley argues that poor pricing conditions are likely to prompt US LNG utilization rate cuts.

21-03-2019
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. He made the announcement when giving the opening address to the Papua New Guinea Petroleum & Energy Summit Mar. 19 in Port Moresby.

21-03-2019
Williams, CPPIB form Marcellus-Utica midstream venture

Williams Cos. has entered into a long-term partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to establish a $3.8-billion joint venture that will include Williams’ wholly owned Ohio Valley Midstream system and 100% of the Utica East Ohio Midstream system. CPPIB will invest about $1.34 billion for a 35% ownership stake in the venture. Williams will retain 65% ownership, will operate the combined business, and will consolidate the financial results of the venture in Williams’ financial statements.

20-03-2019
Nuevo Midstream to acquire Republic Midstream

Nuevo Midstream Dos plans to expand a crude oil gathering, storage, and intermediate transportation system in the Eagle Ford shale following completion of a deal to acquire Republic Midstream from an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners.

20-03-2019
Witnesses offer differing views of Mid-Atlantic OCS G&G work

Resumption of oil and gas geological and geophysical (G&G) data gathering on the US Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf after more than 30 years would help advance scientific knowledge as well as identify and determine the value of potential resources there, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter D. Cruikshank told one US House Natural Resources (HNR) subcommittee on Mar. 6.

19-03-2019
Western Australia EPA tightens GHG guidelines for petroleum projects
Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (WAEPA) has revised its guidance on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from large new or expanding projects in the state, drawing the ire of the petroleum industry.
19-03-2019
Time to set sail anew
As the Jan. 1 deadline for implementing IMO 2020 regulations moves closer, most discussion has centered on three paths by which shippers might reach the new global 0.5% sulfur limits on maritime fuels: burning the cleaner fuel, installing exhaust scrubbers to continue to burn higher-sulfur fuel, or switching to LNG as fuel. Focus on these options is warranted, as they provide the only timely implementable solutions other than willful noncompliance.
19-03-2019
FERC issues final EIS for proposed Brownsville Channel LNG project

Construction of Texas Brownsville LNG LLC’s proposed LNG project could result in adverse environmental consequences, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Mar. 15 final environmental impact statement. Impacts would be less than significant if the project sponsor’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures and the FERC staff’s additional recommendations are implemented, it added.

18-03-2019
Sempra LNG makes executive appointments

Lisa Glatch has been named chief operating officer of Sempra LNG, a unit of Sempra Energy. Justin Bird has been named president. Both will report to Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra North American Infrastructure.

18-03-2019
Colorado oil, gas groups express concerns about bill
Two oil and gas groups jointly expressed concern that a Colorado Senate bill was moving ahead before getting the necessary public input. SB 19-181 was scheduled for consideration by a Senate committee a day after Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenburg (D-Denver) introduced it on Mar. 1, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and Colorado Petroleum Council’s leaders noted.
18-03-2019
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18-03-2019
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. “The project is divisive and essentially anti-European. US involvement will be crucial in strengthening European opposition to it,” said Piotr Wilczek, Poland’s ambassador to the US.

15-03-2019
Chevron Australia lets contract for Jansz-Io compression project

Chevron Australia has let a master contract to Aker Solutions for a subsea compression system for the company’s Jansz-Io field offshore Western Australia. The first stage of the contract is the front-end engineering and design of a subsea compression station that will boost gas recovery at the field, which is part of the overall Gorgon region development that supplies gas to the 15.6 million-tonne/year LNG and domestic gas plants on Barrow Island.

14-03-2019
Venture Global to expand LNG business to 60 million tpy

Venture Global LNG Inc., Arlington, Va., will expand the scope of its LNG development business to 60 million tonnes/year based on customer demand, expanding its 2016 process equipment supply agreement with Baker Hughes.

14-03-2019
Argentina planning gas pipelines, seeking upstream investors

Argentina plans to build natural gas pipelines and hopes to attract more oil and gas investment for the Vaca Muerta shale play in the Neuquen basin, according to Argentina Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui. Analysts estimate Vaca Muerta needs investments of $5-10 billion/year to boost production compared with current investments of about $4.3 billion/year.

14-03-2019
Compromise advances Nord Stream 2, but controversy remains

Nord Stream 2, the controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, advanced a step in Europe during February—but only a step.

11-03-2019
IEA chief: Rising demand, climate change are main policy challenges
Meeting rising oil and gas demand while addressing global climate change more meaningfully will continue to be the world’s biggest energy policy challenges in 2019, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol predicted.
11-03-2019
US Senate, House bills try to ease FERC LNG project review logjam
US Sen. Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and two other Republicans on the committee introduced a bill on Mar. 1 aimed at reducing delays in decisions for LNG export terminals and other projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
11-03-2019
ExxonMobil, Chevron report plans to boost production in Permian
Both ExxonMobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. separately reported plans last week to increase oil and gas production from their respective operations in the Permian basin.
11-03-2019
A bright target
For the political left, the oil and gas business has long served as a foil. The industry is huge, mechanically complex, and mysterious to outsiders. It sometimes blunders with messy consequence. It therefore remains a bright target for political opportunism.
11-03-2019
BP lets contracts for Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project

BP PLC has let contracts to McDermott International Inc. and Baker Hughes for subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) and subsea production system equipment at the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

11-03-2019
Williams launches open season for REA gas pipeline expansion

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has launched a binding open season for Regional Energy Access, an incremental expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline, that will serve the US Northeast as early as November 2022. The open season runs to Apr. 8.

08-03-2019
India commissions Ennore LNG terminal

India’s first East Coast regas project, Ennore LNG terminal, was commissioned by Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOC). IOC, through its joint venture company Indian Oil LNG Pvt. Ltd., set up the 5-million tonne/year capacity LNG import terminal at Kamarajar Port, Ennore.

07-03-2019
DOE authorizes LNG exports from Venture Global Calciseu Pass project

The US Department of Energy issued a long-term order authorizing exports of US-produced LNG to Venture Global Calcasieu Pass from an export terminal it is building in Cameron Parish, La. The Mar. 5 order will allow Venture Global Calcasieu Pass to export as much as 1.7 billion bcfd of gas as LNG to any countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US and are not prohibited from trading with the US under US law or policy.

06-03-2019
Total buys 10% interest in Arctic LNG 2

Total SA acquired from PAO Novatek a direct 10% interest in the 19.8 million tonne/year Arctic LNG 2 project near Russia’s Gydan Peninsula. Arctic LNG 2 envisages building three 6.6 million-tpy LNG trains on gravity-based structure platforms in the Gulf of Ob.

05-03-2019
Line 3 start delayed to second-half 2020

Start-up of Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project, which will ease a transport bottleneck in the Alberta oil sands, will occur in the second half of 2020 instead of by the end of this year, the company says. The Minnesota government has provided Enbridge a permitting timeline indicating all remaining state permits required for Line 3 construction will be provided by November. The company earlier thought it would receive final state permits in the second quarter of this year.

05-03-2019
Chevron begins gas deliveries from Wheatstone LNG project

Chevron Australia has begun supplying gas for domestic use in Western Australia from its Wheatstone project facilities near Onslow in the northwest of the state. Besides producing LNG for export, the Wheatstone plant has the capacity to supply 200 terajoules/day of sales gas into the domestic grid for decades.

05-03-2019
US Senate, House bills try to ease FERC LNG project review logjam

US Sen. Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Bill Cassidy and two other Republicans on the committee introduced a bill on Mar. 1 aimed at reducing delays in decisions for LNG export terminals and other projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. S. 607 would address a shortage of qualified engineers, scientists, and mathematicians necessary to review such applications and begin to remove a serious backlog.

04-03-2019
Queensland gives green light to Arrow’s Surat gas project

The Queensland government gas given the thumbs up for Arrow Energy’s proposed $10-billion (Aus.) Surat gas project that is expected to come on stream in 2020 to produce gas for LNG exports as well as sales gas for domestic markets. Arrow, a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and China’s PetroChina, is expected to bring 5 tcf (5,000 petajoules) to market during the next 27 years.

01-03-2019
API releases an updated liquid pipeline integrity standard

The American Petroleum Institute released the third edition of API Recommended Practice 1160, “Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines,” on Feb. 27. It said RP 1160 provides a process for establishing safe pipeline operations, including robust assessments of potential risks and establishment of systems to safely and sustainably manage them throughout day-to-day operations.

01-03-2019
BP lets contract for Tortue gas field off Mauritania, Senegal

BP PLC has let a contract to TechnipFMC for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of a floating production, storage, and offloading unit to be deployed offshore on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal, moving forward Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project. The award is a continuation to the front-end engineering design contract awarded in April 2018.

01-03-2019
EPP begins service on Shin Oak NGL mainline

Enterprise Products Partners has placed into service its Shin Oak NGL mainline from Orla, Tex., to its NGL fractionation and storage complex at the Mont Belvieu hub. The 24-in. pipeline has an initial capacity of 250,000 b/d and provides takeaway for increasing NGL production from multiple basins, including the Permian, where NGL volumes are forecast to nearly double within the next 3 years.

28-02-2019
Jupiter extends open season for Permian-to-Gulf Coast crude oil line

Jupiter Energy Group has launched an extension of the open season that began in November 2018 for binding shipper commitments on the Jupiter Pipeline, which is expected to be operational in fourth-quarter 2020. The open season will now end on May 31.

28-02-2019
ADNOC plans oil storage in Fujairah

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. plans to build in Fujairah what it calls “the world’s largest single underground project ever awarded for oil storage.” It let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Seoul, for three underground storage caverns with capacities of 14 million bbl each.

27-02-2019
Hess Midstream Partners to acquire Tioga gathering system

Hess Midstream Partners LP subsidiary Hess North Dakota Pipelines LLC agreed to purchase the crude oil and gas gathering assets of Summit Midstream Partners’ Tioga gathering system.

26-02-2019
ADNOC completes pipeline infrastructure investment agreement

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) entered into a landmark multibillion-dollar midstream pipeline infrastructure partnership with institutional investors KKR and BlackRock. Newly formed ADNOC Oil Pipelines will lease ADNOC’s interest in 18 pipelines transporting stabilized crude oil and condensate across ADNOC’s offshore and onshore upstream concessions for a 23-year period.

25-02-2019
Canada’s NEB recommends approval of Trans-Mountain pipeline

Canada’s National Energy Board recommended the approval of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion project as it delivered its reconsideration report with 156 conditions and 16 new recommendations to the federal government on Feb. 22. NEB’s recommended approval came despite the board’s conclusion that project-related marine shipping would likely cause adverse environmental effects on the southern resident killer whale and on indigenous cultural uses associated with the animal.

25-02-2019
FERC’s new approach signals LNG project certification breakthrough

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted a new approach for consideration of proposed LNG terminals that considers direct greenhouse gases from the facilities. It applied the approach for the first time when it considered and approved Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export project in Cameron Parish, La., it said.

22-02-2019
CSIS speakers expect stable oil supplies, unstable prices in 2019

Stable supplies and unstable prices will characterize global oil markets during 2019, speakers generally agreed during a Feb. 21 discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Volatile prices are still the primary energy expenditures driver. We’ve had kind of a wild ride,” observed Howard Gruenspecht, a CSIS senior nonresident energy and national security associate who formerly was the US Energy Information Administration’s deputy administrator.

22-02-2019
Queensland’s CSG-LNG plants unlikely to reach full capacity

The three LNG plants on Curtis Island near Gladstone in Queensland are unlikely to ever fulfill their combined nameplate capacity of 25.3 million tonnes/year, according to a new study by Adelaide-based energy analyst EnergyQuest. The problem is a shortage of coal seam gas (CSG) reserves on which they rely.

21-02-2019
Federal court upholds FERC’s approval of Mountain Valley gas line

The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline by denying several environmental groups’ petition for review of the decision.

21-02-2019
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