The first phase of an expansion of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (KMI) Texas Intrastate Natural Gas system — a 50-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline — entered service at the beginning of September, KMI said in an email. The project cost about $164 million and provides more than 1 million Dth/d of transportation capacity to serve customers in Texas and Mexico. It is supported by commitments from Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and with Cheniere Energy Inc. for its Corpus Christi, TX, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. (Phase 1 was previously announced as two separate projects: the Texas Intrastate Crossover and the Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG projects.) Phase 2 of the Texas Intrastate system expansion, which has an estimated cost of $161 million, is expected to enter service in late 2018 and is supported by a long-term commitment from SK E&S LNG LLC for service to the Freeport LNG export facility.
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FERC staff on Monday released a favorable environmental assessment (EA) of the Texas-Mexico border crossing facilities associated with the Texas intrastate Trans-Pecos Pipeline project, as well as for the border crossing facilities of the Comanche Trail Pipeline.
Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf over the summer (see Shale Daily, July 8), issued a draft report last week, shedding light on the wide range of issues raised in the ongoing pipeline infrastructure buildout in the Northeast.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) Thursday posted on its website a survey of proposed new inter- and intrastate natural gas pipeline and storage projects, which it plans to update quarterly.
Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (KMI) acquisition of El Paso Corp. is taking place in a world of growing gas supply from nonhistoric basins, which is driving the need for new and different infrastructure: gas and liquids pipelines, processing, fractionation, etc. It’s too soon to say how a combined KMI-El Paso will play the infrastructure game, but consolidation among others shouldn’t be a surprise, energy analysts told NGI.
California regulators last Thursday with a 5-0 vote ordered operators of intrastate pipelines to test or replace all pipe segments that have not been pressure tested. The action came the same day an independent panel set up to review the San Bruno pipeline explosion issued a scathing report criticizing “numerous shortcomings” in pipe integrity management and operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E).
California regulators Thursday with a 5-0 vote ordered operators of intrastate pipelines to test or replace all pipe segments that have not been pressure tested. The action came the same day an independent panel set up to review the San Bruno pipeline explosion issued a scathing report criticizing “numerous shortcomings” in pipe integrity management and operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E).
All California operators of intrastate natural gas transmission pipelines — four major private-sector utilities — must prepare implementation plans to pressure test or replace all gas pipeline segments that have not been tested or lack sufficient records verifying such tests, according to a proposed decision released Tuesday by a state regulatory commission judge. Plans would be required to be submitted 60 days after the order is approved.
Like its counterparts in Northern California, San Diego-based Sempra Energy’s two utilities operating the intrastate natural gas transmission pipeline system in the southern half of the state face the prospect of additional hydrostatic pressure testing on several hundred miles of transmission pipeline for which the company cannot verify past testing to support current operating pressures.
In what one of the utilities has designated as a “new era” in natural gas transmission pipeline safety and maintenance programs, California’s two major utility pipeline operators for thousands of miles of intrastate, high-pressure pipelines told state regulators Monday that there are still gaps in some of their pipeline recordkeeping in high-population areas such as the San Bruno neighborhood that was devastated by a pipeline rupture last September.