It may have occurred in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, miles away from the U.S. onshore, but last April’s Macondo well blowout contaminated the image of natural gas and oil producers onshore as well, the CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources Co. said Wednesday.
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Tennessee declared a force majeure event Friday for Station 214 (Carrolton, OH) after a “possible rupture” occurred nearby (see related story). No injuries were reported, and there was no interruption of customer service, said pipeline spokesman Robert Newberry. However, Tennessee anticipated limiting intraday flow increases for Friday’s gas day and restricting 100% secondary out of path (SOP) nominations and lower priority services going forward, with a possibility of restricting a pro-rata portion of secondary in path (SIP) nominations. “At this time the certainty of such restrictions [is] unknown due to the current investigation of the incident,” a bulletin board posting said.
As a result of the abundant, lower-priced natural gas shale resources being developed, coal is in danger of losing its No. 1 spot in the power generation market — permanently, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said in a recent report.
Something that the market had seen almost none of for quite a long time — higher prices across the board — occurred Wednesday.
PAA Natural Gas Storage LP said Wednesday an “incident” and related fire occurred at about 9 a.m. EST at the gas handling portion of its Bluewater Natural Gas Storage facility in St. Clair County, MI. “The facility’s emergency shut-off valves functioned as anticipated and the fire was quickly extinguished. One employee received minor burns. There were no other injuries,” the partnership said. The gas handling facility is currently shut down. The cause of the incident and the impact to the damaged surface equipment and facility operations are being assessed.
The fire that occurred early this month on Mariner Energy Inc.’s offshore production platform won’t impact the drilling moratorium timeline, but how officials respond to the incident will be different than in the past, the chief of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) said last week.
Gains tended to be smaller than those on Friday, but they still occurred again at all points Monday. Although high temperatures are receding to less than 80 degrees in Canada and much of the northern U.S., they will still be reaching the low to high 90s area in the South and Midcontinent Tuesday and surpassing the century mark in parts of the desert Southwest.
El Paso Natural Gas Co. provided an update Tuesday on the investigation into a rupture and explosion on its pipeline that occurred Nov. 5 in the Texas Panhandle in the Prairie West subdivision of the town of Bushland.
About 240-250 MMcf/d of gas is shut in due to a explosion and compressor fire that occurred late Tuesday on a platform at High Island 264 in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), according to platform owner Enterprise Products Partners LP.