Infrastructure

TC Energy Looks to Complete Tula-Villa de Reyes Pipeline This Year

TC Energy Looks to Complete Tula-Villa de Reyes Pipeline This Year

TC Energy Corp. expects to complete construction of the 886 MMcf/d Tula-Villa de Reyes pipeline in Mexico during 2021. The construction timetable is subject to the “timely reopening of government agencies,” executives said last Thursday during a fourth quarter earnings call. Executives cited the coronavirus as impacting the project. Upon completion, TC plans to phase-in…

February 23, 2021
Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

In a move likely to have implications for natural gas infrastructure projects moving forward, FERC is creating a senior position focused on environmental justice and equity issues. Chairman Richard Glick, a Democrat who was handed the gavel by the Biden administration last month, announced the new agency role late last week. While promising more details…

February 18, 2021
China Expanding, Diversifying Footprint in Latin American Energy

China Expanding, Diversifying Footprint in Latin American Energy

While China has been embroiled in a trade dispute with the United States, its presence in the energy sector in Latin America has continued to grow, impacting the shape and direction of the region’s energy markets. According to the report, “China Stakes its Claim in Latin American Energy,” released by think tank Institute of the…

February 11, 2021
Debate Over Natural Gas Pipeline Rehearing Procedures Simmering at FERC

Debate Over Natural Gas Pipeline Rehearing Procedures Simmering at FERC

Under the direction of new Chairman Richard Glick, FERC is revisiting an order issued last year designed to prevent natural gas pipelines from starting construction with rehearings pending, opening the door to potentially implement additional landowner protections. However, in doing so the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is leaving pipeline developers in the lurch by not…

February 1, 2021
California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

A failure for state agencies to conduct integrated planning and miscalculating natural gas supplies contributed to California’s rolling power blackouts during a severe heat storm last August, according to a multi-agency report. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) in the report called for expanded oversight…

January 15, 2021
New Fortress Expands Latin America LNG Position with Brazil Acquisition

New Fortress Expands Latin America LNG Position with Brazil Acquisition

New Fortress Energy Inc. said Wednesday it is acquiring Golar LNG Partners LP (GMLP) and Hygo Energy Transition Ltd. in a deal valued at $5 billion that expands operations in Latin America and provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping assets.  Hygo is a 50-50 joint venture between Golar LNG Ltd. and a fund managed by…

January 14, 2021
Energy Sector Concerns Mount on Move to Eliminate Mexico Regulators, Competition Watchdog

Energy Sector Concerns Mount on Move to Eliminate Mexico Regulators, Competition Watchdog

The Mexican business environment for energy sector players could be hampered by plans to fold autonomous regulators and the competition watchdog into existing ministries. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week he was considering the move in a bid to save money to prioritize social spending as the economy reels from the impact…

January 12, 2021
New U.S. Administration Likely Means More Natural Gas for Mexico, Expert Says

New U.S. Administration Likely Means More Natural Gas for Mexico, Expert Says

“With more of a push to decarbonize the U.S., combined with more demand from Mexico for natural gas in the short and mid-term, we are going to continue to see increased dependence on U.S. natural gas in Mexico,” Leonardo Beltrán, a seasoned expert in Mexico energy policy, told NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index.  “The change…

January 8, 2021
Crude Exports Begin from Second Deepwater Dock at South Texas Gateway Terminal

Crude Exports Begin from Second Deepwater Dock at South Texas Gateway Terminal

Crude oil exports have begun from the second deepwater dock at the South Texas Gateway (STG) terminal, according to Buckeye Partners LP, the terminal’s 50% owner. With the second dock now complete, STG can accommodate the simultaneous berthing and loading of two very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessels, Buckeye said last Wednesday. STG is in…

January 4, 2021
State Looks to Become Predominant Actor in Mexico’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

State Looks to Become Predominant Actor in Mexico’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

According to company plans and Mexican government announcements, the vast majority of 2021 natural gas projects will be spearheaded by the state, or at least the state will play some role in their development. Meanwhile, most of the major natural gas pipelines launched thanks to Mexico’s 2013-2014 energy reform are complete, but a few delayed…

December 24, 2020
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