Industry Brief

Integrys Energy Group’s Trillium CNG opened another fueling location for compressed natural gas (CNG) at a public transit center in Glenwood Springs, CO. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority expects about one-third of its public transit buses will be running on CNG by this fall. Trillium builds and operates natural gas fueling stations throughout the nation. Trillium has been building these fueling stations for 20 years and won the contract with Roaring Fork through a competitive bid. The transit authority bills itself as the first rural bus rapid transit system in the nation, drawing recognition from the Obama administration last year. The new system will operate with CNG buses between Glenwood Springs and Aspen.

February 19, 2013

OSU, WVU Creating Shale Energy Research Partnership

Two colleges already playing a significant role in shaping the development of the Marcellus and Utica shales — Ohio State University (OSU) and West Virginia University (WVU) — have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a joint program on shale energy research.

February 13, 2013

Deloitte: North American Shale Magnet for Foreign Companies

Unconventional oil and gas activities and production continued to make their significance felt in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the oil and gas sector last year, with much of the new domestic investment coming from foreign companies, according to Deloitte.

February 12, 2013

Gas Boom Nurturing U.S. Fertilizer Industry Growth

U.S. manufacturers of ammonia-based nitrogen fertilizer made with low cost natural gas feedstock are raking in profits and moving ahead with plans to expand domestic operations.

January 17, 2013

Sasol to Build Huge GTL Facility in Louisiana

In a long-term bet on abundant U.S. natural gas, South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. on Monday announced plans to construct a $16-21 billion natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Westlake, LA — the second largest commercial plant of its kind in the world.

December 4, 2012

GAO Calls on Energy Secretary to Get Cracking on Energy-Water Issues

Energy Secretary Steven Chu should cooperate with other federal agencies to address key issues confronting energy and water, such as hydraulic fracturing processes, according to a new government report.

October 19, 2012

ExxonMobil Planning South Texas Ethane Cracker

ExxonMobil Chemical recently made a regulatory filing to add a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker and other facilities at its Baytown, TX, chemicals complex with the intention of taking advantage of cheap ethane being thrown off by liquids-rich shale gas plays.

June 4, 2012

Shales Give the U.S. Economy Wings, Executives Say

The energy industry — thanks to advances in drilling and production techniques resulting in growing natural gas and oil supplies — can lift the U.S. economy out of its doldrums, but only if government regulation and permitting requirements don’t get in the way, speakers at a recent industry conference in Houston said.

April 3, 2012

$100M Proppant Plant Slated for Arkansas

Ceramic products company Saint-Gobain is developing a ceramic proppant manufacturing plant in Saline County, AR. The company said its proppants division will build a 100,000-square-foot facility on 68 acres at a cost of $100 million.

September 9, 2011

Transportation Notes

Columbia Gas said final testing was occurring Tuesday morning at its Milford location, where a long-running outage has been in place, and it anticipated that intraday nominations might be possible.

August 10, 2011
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