Enterprise Products Partners LP plans to “significantly” expand its crude oil storage and distribution infrastructure serving the southeast Texas refinery market, the partnership said Thursday. The move is in response to the displacement of imported waterborne crude by domestic supply from unconventional basins.
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Natural gas is at a crossroads leading to increased markets in electric generation and transportation that are driven by climate change mitigation efforts to reduce our societal carbon footprint, according to the marketing executive for El Paso Corp.’s western pipelines unit, Thomas Powers, who delivered a luncheon address at the “LDC Forum: Rockies and the West” Tuesday in Los Angeles.
With all eyes on the significant storage surplus, summer temperatures for the nation and the potential for hurricanes in the Atlantic, the natural gas futures market is at a crossroads, as evidenced by the prompt month’s recent directionally challenged trading pattern. After gapping lower at the open Monday, July natural gas reached both the day’s high of $6.600 and its low of $6.410 in morning trading and spent the rest of the session bouncing between the two before settling at $6.463, down 16 cents on the day.
William has agreed to provide up to 60,000 MMBtu/d of summer no-notice natural gas transportation service to the new Aquila Crossroads Energy Center near Clarksdale, MS. Williams will build 5,400 feet of 12-inch pipe and related meter facilities off its Texas Gas system to serve the 320 MW simple cycle peaking facility, beginning in June 2002.
May’s tenure as prompt month in the natural gas pit has not gone all that well for the bulls. Although there have been good days when prices ratcheted higher, most of the month has been a downer as prices tumbled from the $5.74 high — notched on April’s expiration day — down to beneath the $5.00 level Wednesday. It was only fitting that the May contract continued to slump on its expiration day Thursday. At the closing bell, the May contract limped off the board at $4.891, down 9 cents for the day and a whopping 84.9 cents off its March 28 high.