Infrastructure

Sempra Bullish on Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects, Including Mexico LNG Export Facility

Sempra Bullish on Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects, Including Mexico LNG Export Facility

San Diego-based Sempra Energy executives remain confident that the Energía Costa Azul (ECA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Mexico’s Baja California will go ahead as planned despite the ongoing delay in receiving an export permit from the Mexican government. CEO Jeff Martin acknowledged during the second quarter call to discuss results that the…

August 6, 2020
TC Energy Pushes Back Tula-Villa de Reyes In-Service Date to 2021

TC Energy Pushes Back Tula-Villa de Reyes In-Service Date to 2021

TC Energy Corp. expects the phased entrance into service of the 886 MMcf/d Tula-Villa de Reyes pipeline in Mexico to occur in the first half of 2021. The delayed pipeline has been further held back by coronavirus contingency measures, which have impeded granting work authorizations because of administrative closures, executives said Thursday during a second…

July 30, 2020
Permian Natural Gas Output Seen Rebounding Sharply, with Pipe Constraints Likely from 2023 Onward

Permian Natural Gas Output Seen Rebounding Sharply, with Pipe Constraints Likely from 2023 Onward

Natural gas production from the Permian Basin is expected to return to record levels by late 2021 and reach 16 Bcf/d by the end of 2023, although delayed pipeline approvals could limit takeaway capacity beginning in 2023, according to new analysis by Rystad Energy. The 16 Bcf/d figure, which assumes a $45-50/bbl West Texas Intermediate…

July 28, 2020
Montage Strikes Deal to Sell Utica Gathering Infrastructure

Montage Strikes Deal to Sell Utica Gathering Infrastructure

Appalachian pure-play Montage Resources Corp. has agreed to sell noncore natural gas gathering assets in Ohio’s Utica Shale to an undisclosed company for $25 million.  Montage said an international company agreed to purchase the infrastructure, which is in a condensate development area. The transaction is expected to close in 4Q2020. Proceeds would be used to…

July 27, 2020
Benefits of New European Infrastructure Questioned as Outlook for Natural Gas Mixed

Benefits of New European Infrastructure Questioned as Outlook for Natural Gas Mixed

Europe would benefit from the controversial $11 billion Nord Stream 2 (NS2) natural gas pipeline and additional gas infrastructure, even though demand is seen declining over the long term, according to IHS Markit. “It is in the interest of European consumers to have abundant choice of import infrastructure from both price and security of supply…

July 24, 2020
Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s (AG) Office has charged a National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary and a subcontractor with environmental crimes as part of a two-year grand jury investigation into unconventional natural gas development.  Southeast Directional Drilling and National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. were charged. Evidence obtained by the grand jury revealed that a “small leak”…

July 23, 2020
New Mexico Targeting 98% Methane Capture from Oil, Natural Gas Operations in Six Years

New Mexico Targeting 98% Methane Capture from Oil, Natural Gas Operations in Six Years

New Mexico authorities on Monday published two separate sets of draft rules aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) unveiled what it called “New Mexico’s first comprehensive methane regulations,” which propose 98% natural gas capture from the oil and gas industry by the…

July 21, 2020
Trump Administration’s NEPA Update to Limit Federal Infrastructure Review for Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines and More

Trump Administration’s NEPA Update to Limit Federal Infrastructure Review for Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines and More

The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Wednesday announced a final rule updating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, a controversial move designed to limit reviews of proposed infrastructure projects, including natural gas and oil pipelines. The final rule would modernize environmental reviews, streamline infrastructure approvals and “reverse years of burdensome overregulation…

July 16, 2020
Biden Unveils $2T Climate, Infrastructure Plan Targeting Carbon-Free Power Sector by 2035

Biden Unveils $2T Climate, Infrastructure Plan Targeting Carbon-Free Power Sector by 2035

Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a $2 trillion climate change and infrastructure plan dubbed “Build Back Better” that targets a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035. The accelerated transformation of the electricity sector “represents the biggest job creation and economic opportunity engine of the 21st century,” according to the…

July 14, 2020
Keystone XL Crude Pipeline Left Out of U.S. Supreme Court Order Reinstating Key Water-Crossing Permits

Keystone XL Crude Pipeline Left Out of U.S. Supreme Court Order Reinstating Key Water-Crossing Permits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a unanimous order reinstating the use of a permit employed to fast-track oil and gas pipeline construction, but the ruling specified that it did not apply to the U.S. leg of the hotly contested Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that is at the center of the debate. The…

July 7, 2020
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