Growing natural gas production in the Permian Basin has prompted Atlas Pipeline Partners LP to announce plans for a new 200 MMcf/d cryogenic processing plant, which will be anchored by production from Pioneer Natural Resources Inc.
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Increased domestic natural gas supplies and infrastructure, coupled with lower gas price volatility, has led Oneok Inc. to announce that it will discontinue its energy services segment and release its nonaffiliated, third-party gas transportation and storage contracts to interested parties.
In Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Zoning Hearing Board will announce a decision on whether to allow a proposal by a midstream subsidiary of UGI Corp. to move forward at its next meeting on Sept. 4. UGI Energy Services Inc. wants to construct 27.4 miles of pipeline across Wyoming and Luzerne counties (see Shale Daily, Aug. 7). The balance of the project, 23.4 miles, would be a 24-inch diameter pipeline starting at the current terminus of UGI’s Auburn Pipeline in Wyoming and running southeast into Luzerne, with a new interconnection with the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) at West Wyoming Borough. The proposed compressor station would have three units with about 200,000 Dth/d of capacity. UGI also proposes to build four miles of 12-inch diameter pipeline, which would run south from the Transco interconnect and enter the city of Wilkes-Barre, where it would connect to the natural gas distribution system operated by UGI Utilities Inc., another subsidiary.
India’s Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG) on Tuesday told lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the country’s Parliament, it will announce a new regulatory framework for shale gas development by March 31.
San Antonio’s CPS Energy, the country’s largest municipally owned natural gas and power utility, will announce this week that it is buying the Rio Nogales 800 MW gas-fired power plant in Seguin, TX, a spokesperson told NGI.
In Appalachia, gas from the Marcellus Shale is pushing out in all directions. Producer demand for takeaway capacity is great, prompting Spectra to announce this week its Northeast Expansion Transmission (NEXT) project to serve markets in Eastern Canada and its Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project to meet New England demand with gas from Pennsylvania.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which had been scheduled on Wednesday to release the final draft of a report on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), said the report has been delayed because the department is too busy assisting with cleanup related to Hurricane Irene.
California utilities continue to announce efforts to site central station and distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) installations as an alternative to natural gas-fired power, which is the dominant source of electricity in the state.
Nine of Colorado’s leading natural gas and oil producers joined with Gov. Bill Ritter last week to announce agreements designed to expedite the drilling permit process while minimizing impacts to wildlife habitat on hundreds of thousands of acres in the Piceance Basin on the Western Slope.