Stingray Pipeline Co. LLC’s gas pipe system, a joint venture of Shell Gas Transmission LLC and Enterprise Products Partners LP, has contracted with its first deep shelf natural gas customer in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Stingray officials said the system will provide natural gas transportation services for Unocal’s Harvest deep shelf development, which is currently producing more than 45 MMcf/d. Unocal constructed a 12-inch gas pipe from the Harvest development to connect to Stingray’s 36-inch pipeline, which offers the producer five downstream takeaway pipeline options. Enterprise CEO O.S. “Dub” Andras said the Harvest field was the first deep shelf gas discovery in the GOM to connect to the Stingray system, but noted that Stingray also will be transporting gas from the deepwater Gunnison development. The Harvest discovery is located at West Cameron Block 44 in 30 feet of water. Unocal owns a 41% working interest and is the operator. The other owners include Marlin Energy Offshore LLC (formerly Duke Energy Hydrocarbons LLC), 37%; The Williams G. Helis Co. LLC, 20%; and Houston Energy LP, 2%.
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Rowan Companies Inc., El Paso Oil & Gas Canada Inc. and Canadian Superior Energy Inc. said that they have contracted the Rowan Gorilla V for the initial drilling of El Paso’s and Canadian Superior’s Marquis Natural Gas Project offshore Nova Scotia. In February, Canadian Superior said the Marquis prospect is targeting up to 2 Tcf reserves (see NGI, Feb. 25). The site is located about 100 miles offshore.
Quanta Services Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Haines Construction, has been contracted by Enbridge Midcoast Energy to build over 50 miles of natural gas pipeline in northwestern Alabama. Enbridge Midcoast Energy is a subsidiary of Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.
Business infrastructure provider TIBCO Software Inc. announced Wednesday it had contracted with several energy companies — including Reliant Energy Services, Altra Energy Technologies Inc. and El Paso Corp. — to automate their back-office systems. The Palo Alto, CA-based company has four product lines now being used by more than 800 global customers that integrate enterprise applications, provide B2B commerce and deliver personalized enterprise portals.
Trans-Union Pipeline L.P., a subsidiary of Panda Energy Intl.,said yesterday it has contracted Willbros Group, Inc. to build oneof the largest single-project pipelines in North America. Willbroswas hired to engineer and construct a 42-mile, 30-inch natural gaspipeline to supply at least 430,000 Dth/d of gas to a planned 2,700MW gas-fired facility in southern Arkansas. Willbros estimated thevalue of the construction contract at $30 million.
FERC last week dealt a partial blow to Dynegy Marketing andTrade’s control over a portion of its contracted-for capacity on ElPaso Natural Gas to California, resulting in a measured victory forthe state’s regulators and San Juan producers. Dynegy enjoyed atriumph of sorts as well, however. The Commission upheld the bulkof its prior decision approving the whopping El Paso-Dynegyarrangement, finding that while it posed some competitive concerns,it was not “unduly discriminatory” in nature.
FERC has dealt a partial blow to Dynegy Marketing and Trade’scontrol over a portion of its contracted-for capacity on El PasoNatural Gas to California, resulting in a measured victory for thestate’s regulators and San Juan producers. Dynegy enjoyed a triumphof sorts as well, however. The Commission upheld the bulk of itsprior decision approving the whopping El Paso-Dynegy arrangement,finding that while it posed some competitive concerns, it was not”unduly discriminatory” in nature.
Leviathan Gas Pipeline Partners LP contracted with MODECInternational LLC for construction of the hull for a floatingplatform to be used as part of its Sunday Silence field developmentproject in Gulf of Mexico Ewing Bank Blocks 958, 959, 1002 and 1003in 1,500 feet of water. MODEC International, which is owned by FMCCorp. and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, was selected byLeviathan after reviewing four competitive bids.
UtiliCorp subsidiary Aquila Energy contracted for the option toprovide gas in exchange for power at one of three combined cyclepower units being built in Batesville, MS, by LSP Energy LimitedPartnership. The unit is expected to go on line by summer of 2000.Under the initial 15-year agreement, Aquila will provide gas to runthe unit, and in exchange LSP will provide Aquila the power andelectrical capacity.