Pipelines

Summit’s Permian Natural Gas Conduit Gets FERC OK to Start Construction

Summit’s Permian Natural Gas Conduit Gets FERC OK to Start Construction

Federal regulators have approved the start of construction on all but a small portion of Summit Midstream Partners LP’s 135-mile Double E natural gas pipeline that would connect Permian Basin supplies to the Gulf Coast. Summit CEO Heath Deneke touted the “efficiency with which this project has achieved its key milestones” and confirmed the pipeline’s…

January 14, 2021
LNG Canada Conduit Coastal GasLink, Other BC Energy Projects Temper Labor Force on Covid Outbreak

LNG Canada Conduit Coastal GasLink, Other BC Energy Projects Temper Labor Force on Covid Outbreak

Construction schedules are under review in British Columbia (BC) for its entry into the global natural gas export market as a result of labor force limits that provincial public health authorities adopted to counter the impacts from the pandemic. “Long-term impacts to the overall schedule continue to be assessed,” said TC Energy Corp. Vice President…

January 14, 2021
New PHMSA Rule to Ease Restrictions on Natural Gas Pipeline Operators

New PHMSA Rule to Ease Restrictions on Natural Gas Pipeline Operators

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Monday published a final rule in the Federal Register that relaxes inspection and reporting requirements for natural gas pipeline operators. The rule is meant “to ease regulatory burdens on the construction, operation and maintenance of gas transmission, distribution, and gathering pipeline…

January 14, 2021
TC Testing Interest to Expand Oil Capacity on Keystone XL

TC Testing Interest to Expand Oil Capacity on Keystone XL

TC Energy Corp. is gauging support to add up to 80,000 b/d of new oil capacity to the 11-year-old Keystone XL pipeline that moves supply from Alberta to U.S. markets. The open season, running until Feb. 19, is testing interest and gathering shipper bids. Agreements would be completed within 60 days after a March 26…

January 7, 2021
Controversial Wyoming Oil, Gas Project in PRB Moving Forward After Favorable BLM Decision

Controversial Wyoming Oil, Gas Project in PRB Moving Forward After Favorable BLM Decision

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision to allow year-round oil and natural gas drilling within 1.5 million acres of federal and Wyoming state land has ended a six-year stalemate among a consortium of producers and regulators. The BLM decision allows the exploration and production (E&P) companies to drill on 1,500 multi-well pads within the…

January 5, 2021
Natural Gas Futures Kick off New Year with Solid Gain; Spot Prices Jump

Natural Gas Futures Kick off New Year with Solid Gain; Spot Prices Jump

Natural gas futures advanced Monday – the first trading session of 2021 – building on the nearly 12-cent gain to finish last year, with U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports strong, production flat and the weather-driven demand outlook improved. The February Nymex gas futures contract settled at $2.581/MMBtu, up 4.2 cents day/day. March rose 3.5…

January 4, 2021
Uncertainty Clouds Future of Canada’s NGTL System

Uncertainty Clouds Future of Canada’s NGTL System

The Canadian natural gas industry faces “a high degree of uncertainty,” according to TC Energy Corp.’s supply collection grid in Alberta and British Columbia (BC), Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL). Political and economic risks jeopardize up to C$3 billion ($2.3 billion) of additions that the pipeline network would build if the industry fulfilled its potential,…

December 24, 2020
Fossil, Renewable Energy Advocates Alike Applaud Passing of $2.3T Spending Bill

Fossil, Renewable Energy Advocates Alike Applaud Passing of $2.3T Spending Bill

Proponents of the natural gas, oil and renewable energy sectors all found something to like about a $2.3 trillion omnibus spending and coronavirus relief package passed late Monday by the House and Senate. The American Petroleum Institute (API) praised legislators for including several provisions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) American Energy Innovation Act, including parts…

December 22, 2020
Work Suspended on Transmountain Pipeline Following Accidents in Alberta, BC

Work Suspended on Transmountain Pipeline Following Accidents in Alberta, BC

Work was suspended Friday until Jan. 4, 2021 on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project as a result of construction contractor accidents. Pipeline president Ian Anderson said, “Trans Mountain is proactively taking the step to temporarily stand down construction to review, reset and refocus our efforts, and those of our contractors and their workers.” The…

December 20, 2020
Mexico Ruling on Zama Unitization to be Crucial Decision in 2021, Expert Says

Mexico Ruling on Zama Unitization to be Crucial Decision in 2021, Expert Says

“The Zama case is very important in our eyes and in the eyes of all oil investors, international and domestic, because of the precedents that will be set when the state oil company wants a share of production,” George Baker, Managing Principal of the Houston-based consultancy Baker & Associates and long-time publisher of the Mexico…

December 18, 2020
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