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Industry Brief

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford nuclear compound in Washington state is in the very early stages of planning to run a six-inch diameter natural gas pipeline under the Columbia River to supply a massive wastewater treatment plant during the next eight years. The 28.5-mile, $22 million project would be facilitated with the local utility Cascade Natural Gas Co., tying into its existing pipeline system on the Oregon side of the river and then connecting to the still-to-be-built water treatment facility. The plant was originally planned to operate with diesel, but the proposed pipeline would permit it to have dual fuel capability, operating mostly on natural gas, a Hanford facility spokesperson said. The gas line would provide more cost savings and environmental advantages, greatly reducing the proposed plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. “The gas also can help support steam generation for [onsite] electricity and also heat for 11 different facilities,” he said. Plans call for the pipeline to be permitted and built during the next four years, and the wastewater plant to begin operation in 2019, turning high-level waste into glass. “It’s really a glass-making plant,” the spokesperson said.

February 17, 2011

2010 Was a Big Year for Anadarko in the Shales

Look for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to spend more on liquids-rich plays, such as the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, while Appalachia’s Marcellus Shale is the only play where the company is still drilling dry gas wells, Anadarko executives said during an earnings conference call Tuesday.

February 2, 2011

Analysts Foresee North American LNG Exports

With plans for three North American liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in various stages of development, analysts at PIRA Energy Group have factored “modest” LNG exports into the firm’s long-term outlook. However, numerous challenges must be overcome before the first LNG export tanker sales from Western Canada or the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, they said in a recent research note.

December 20, 2010

PIRA Analysts See North American LNG Exports Going Forward

With plans for three North American liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in various stages of development, analysts at PIRA Energy Group have factored “modest” LNG exports into the firm’s long-term outlook. However, numerous challenges must be overcome before the first LNG export tanker sales from Western Canada or the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, they said in a recent research note.

December 16, 2010

Corridor Perplexed by Early Results in New Brunswick Shale

Canada’s Corridor Resources Inc. saw its stock lose almost one-third of its value on Monday after announcing “unexpected and perplexing” results from a shale gas appraisal program in New Brunswick.

December 7, 2010

Pipeline Projects Under Way to Carry WV Gas North

Pipeline projects in the planning stages by Equitrans L.P. and Dominion Transmission Inc. would carry as much as 1.4 Bcf/d of Marcellus Shale and other Appalachian production out of northern West Virginia to major connections in southwestern Pennsylvania by late 2012.

October 5, 2010

House Chairman Cites Discrepancies in Blowout Accounts

Although the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigation of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) rig blowout and spill still is in its early stages, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) last Wednesday said the committee had uncovered major discrepancies in the accounts of some of the companies involved.

May 17, 2010

House Chairman Cites Discrepancies in Blowout Accounts

Although the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigation of the Deepwater Horizon rig blowout and spill is in its early stages, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) Wednesday said the committee has uncovered major discrepancies in the accounts of some of the companies.

May 13, 2010

Transportation Notes

CIG reported that during the final stages of repairs to its Totem Storage Field dehydration facility it encountered additional issues that prevented it from restoring full withdrawal capacity Thursday as previously planned (see Daily GPI, Dec. 17). Effective with Intraday 1 (Cycle 3) nominations for Thursday, Totem withdrawals were being reduced to the prorated scheduled quantity, CIG said, and any additional withdrawal nominations for subsequent cycles would be cut to zero until further notice. Injections remain unaffected by this outage, CIG noted.

December 18, 2009

Northwest Territories Supports Nova Pipeline Grid Federal Supervision

TransCanada Corp. will blaze a new trail toward economic development of northern natural gas in affordable stages by transferring the Nova pipeline grid in Alberta over to federal supervision, the National Energy Board (NEB) has been told.

November 10, 2008