News Feed – Pipelines & Transportation

  • EnergyAustralia agrees to buy gas from Port Kembla LNG facility
    on May 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Energy retailer EnergyAustralia has made an agreement with proposed Port Kembla LNG import facility operator Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) to buy 15 petajoules of gas a year over 5 years starting from January 2021. […]

  • Aramco, Sempra sign largest LNG deal in 6 years
    on May 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Sempra Energy and Saudi Aramco announced their respective subsidiaries—Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Co.—have signed a heads of agreement that anticipates the negotiation and finalisation of a definitive 20-year sale-and-purchase agreement covering 5 million tonnes/year of LNG from the Port Arthur export project under development. […]

  • APLNG okay to buy Ironbark CSG project
    on May 22, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    The Origin Energy-operated Australia Pacific LNG group has obtained permission to acquire Origin’s undeveloped Ironbark coal seam gas project in permit ATP 788P in Queensland. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would not oppose the transaction, first mooted by Origin in February with a sale price of $231 million (Aus.). […]

  • Freeport LNG receives FERC approval for Train 4
    on May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Freeport LNG Development LP reported obtaining approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct, and operate its fourth natural gas liquefaction train, which will be integrated into its existing gas liquefaction and LNG export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Tex. […]

  • Howard, WPX complete Delaware basin expansion projects
    on May 16, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Howard Energy Partners and WPX Energy have completed construction on the majority of the 50-50 joint venture’s previously announced crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing infrastructure in the Permian’s Delaware basin. […]

  • Senators’ bill would impose Nord Stream 2 sanctions
    on May 15, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    US Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced a bill on May 14 that would impose targeted sanctions against vessels involved in constructing the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and other Russian energy projects. […]

  • Oman LNG lets contract for Sur plant
    on May 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Oman LNG has let a contract to KBR to provide debottlenecking services for its 34 million-cu m/day liquefaction plant on the coast at Qalhat near Sur, in Oman’s South Sharqiyah Governorate. As part of the of the contract, KBR will provide front-end engineering design services for the debottlenecking project to increase production at the Sur plant. […]

  • SemCAMS, Keyera to build Montney-Duvernay liquids line
    on May 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    SemCAMS Midstream has entered into an asset joint venture with Keyera to build an NGL and condensate pipeline system connecting the liquids-rich Montney and Duvernay shale production areas of northwestern Alberta to fractionation and condensate hubs in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. The joint venture replaces SemCAMS Midstream’s previously announced Montney to Market (M2M) pipeline. […]

  • IGU: Global LNG imports rose 40% in 2018 vs. 2017
    on May 14, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Continued growth in US Henry Hub-priced LNG exports and a general rise in spot LNG cargoes led to the highest year-to-year increase ever in total global LNG imports during 2018, the International Gas Union said as it released its 2019 Wholesale Gas Price Survey on May 13 in Barcelona. […]

  • Mozambique grants approval for Rovuma LNG project
    on May 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    ExxonMobil and its Mozambique Rovuma Venture partners have received approval from the government of Mozambique for the joint venture’s development plan for Rovuma LNG, which will produce, liquefy, and market natural gas from three reservoirs in the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique, two of which straddle the boundary with neighboring Area 1. […]

  • China raises US LNG import tariffs to 25%
    on May 14, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    In retaliation for the US increasing the tariff on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, which took effect May 10, China reported May 13 it will assess a 25% tariff on US LNG starting June 1—an increase from the 10% level instituted in September. […]

  • Cameron LNG starts production from Train 1
    on May 14, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Cameron LNG has started production of LNG from Train 1 of its facility in Hackberry, La. In the initial phases, the production is a precursor to a first cargo, which is expected later this quarter, said McDermott International Inc. […]

  • Shell unit to buy more interests in Explorer, Colonial lines
    on May 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Shell Midstream Partners LP, Houston, has agreed to acquire Shell’s 25.97% equity interest in Explorer Pipeline Co. and 10.125% equity interest in Colonial Pipeline Co. for $800 million. The acquisition will increase Shell Midstream Partners’ interest in Explorer to 38.59% and in Colonial to 16.125%. […]

  • Freeport LNG selects preferred bidder for Train 4 project
    on May 13, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Freeport LNG Development LP has selected KBR Inc. as the preferred bidder for the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contract for Train 4 at Freeport LNG's export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Tex. […]

  • Anadarko signs additional LNG agreement for Mozambique plant
    on May 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 coventurers—has entered into a 17-year, 1.6 million-tonne/year LNG supply agreement with Jera Co. Inc. and CPC Corp. […]

  • IFM Investors to acquire Buckeye Partners
    on May 10, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    IFM Investors, through the IGM Global Infrastructure Fund, agreed to acquire Buckeye Partners LP, Houston, in an all-cash deal with an enterprise value of $10.3 billion and an equity value of $6.5 billion. […]

  • Energean renews Karish-Cyprus gas line bid
    on May 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Energean Oil & Gas has submitted an updated proposal to the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority to supply gas to the island nation from deepwater Karish field offshore Israel. The operator proposes to lay a 200-km pipeline from the Energean Power FPSO vessel, which will handle production from Karish and Tanin fields, to Vasilicos, Cyprus. […]

  • Official: Normal Druzhba flow due mid-May
    on May 8, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    The Druzhba oil pipeline between Russia and Europe will resume normal operations in mid-May after a month-long curtailment responding to contamination, according to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak in a report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. […]

  • Study: Natural gas will play key role in energy future of US
    on May 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Natural gas will continue to play a key role in America’s economic growth and overall energy future in the coming decades as the country makes a transition to a low-carbon economy, a study commissioned by the INGAA Foundation concluded. […]

  • API, IOGP recommend steps to increase US LNG exports to EU countries
    on May 6, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    The American Petroleum Institute and London-based International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) jointly released a position paper outlining ways to increase US LNG exports to countries in the European Union. The May 2 recommendations came during the first EU-US Energy Council Business-to-Business Energy Forum in Brussels. […]

  • FERC staff issues final EIS for Plaquemines LNG, pipeline projects
    on May 6, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    The proposed Plaquemines LNG export terminal and associated Gator Express pipelines might have adverse environmental impacts that could be less than significant if the sponsor’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation plan and additional Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff recommendations are implemented, FERC’s staff said in a May 3 final environmental impact statement. […]

  • DOE issues approvals for Tellurian, Sempra LNG export projects
    on May 2, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    The US Department of Energy issued approvals on May 2 for Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood facility in Calcasieu Parish, La., and Sempra Energy’s planned installation at Port Arthur, Tex., to export LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US. […]

  • Tellurian launches open seasons for HGAP, DCPL gas lines
    on May 2, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Tellurian has launched separate binding open seasons to secure shippers on two proposed pipelines that will connect areas of constrained shale production and debottleneck natural gas pipeline infrastructure, further enabling the rapidly growing industrial market in southwestern Louisiana. […]

  • Implement pipeline safety reforms sooner, House panel tells PHMSA
    on May 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    US House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders strongly criticized the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for not implementing more congressional mandates in the 2011 and 2016 federal pipeline safety authorizations as a subcommittee held a hearing on May 1 to begin preparing a replacement. […]

  • Report: Pipeline constraints to moderate Canadian oil sands production growth
    on May 2, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    The cost of building and operating oil sands projects has fallen in recent years and total oil production is expected to rise by another 1 million b/d by 2030, but external factors—such as price uncertainty caused by pipeline constraints—are contributing to a more moderate pace of production growth than in years past, according to IHS Markit. […]

  • Rangeland Midstream plans Alberta pipeline project
    on April 30, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    A Rangeland Midstream Canada Ltd. subsidiary expects new crude oil and condensate pipelines and related facilities it plans to design, construct, and operate in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta to be in service in second-quarter 2020. […]

  • AIE gets govt sanction for Port Kembla LNG terminal
    on April 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Sydney-based Australian Industrial Energy Group (AIE) has received development consent from the New South Wales Government for its plan to import LNG into Port Kembla on the NSW coast. &nbs […]

  • Chinese companies due Arctic LNG 2 stakes
    on April 25, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    CNOOC Ltd. and China National Oil & Gas Exploration & Development Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp., have signed agreements to acquire 10% interests each in the Arctic LNG 2 plant to be built by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula of Russia. […]

  • Cogent to construct pipeline connecting Midland basin processing complex to GCX line
    on April 23, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Cogent Midstream LLC, Dallas, will construct a 25-mile, 20-in. pipeline to deliver 400 MMcfd of residue gas from its Big Lake natural gas processing complex in Reagan County, Tex. to Kinder Morgan’s Gulf Coast Express Pipeline. […]

  • Qatar Petroleum tenders for 60-100 new LNG carriers
    on April 22, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Qatar Petroleum issued an invitation to tender for construction of the LNG carrier fleet for its North Field Expansion project.&nbs […]

  • ExxonMobil signs 20-year LNG agreement with Zhejiang Energy
    on April 22, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    ExxonMobil and Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group entered into a sale and purchase agreement for liquefied natural gas. […]

  • Port Arthur LNG moves closer to FID with FERC authorization
    on April 18, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Port Arthur LNG LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, received FERC authorization to site, construct, and operate the Sempra-led Port Arthur LNG liquefaction-export facility under development in Jefferson County, Tex., moving the project closer to a final investment decision.  &nbs […]

  • Tellurian’s Driftwood receives FERC authorization
    on April 18, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the order granting authorization for Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood LNG export project and an associated pipeline in Louisiana. The project would produce as much as 27.6 million tonnes/year of LNG for export. […]

  • Canada delays Trans Mountain decision
    on April 18, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    The Canadian government has delayed until June 18 its decision on the contested expansion of the Trans Mountain crude oil and products pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia. […]

  • NEB approves NGTL’s West Path Delivery project
    on April 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Canada’s National Energy Board has granted approval to Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.’s (NGTL) West Path Delivery project plan to construct and operate a 21½-km natural gas pipeline, two compressor station unit additions, and related facilities to supply southwest Alberta and connected markets with Western Canadian production. […]

  • Concho, Frontier create Midland basin midstream joint venture
    on April 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Concho Resources Inc. and Frontier Midstream Solutions IV LLC have agreed to form Beta Crude Connector LLC (BCC) to build and provide crude oil gathering, transportation, and storage services in the northern Midland basin. Frontier will serve as operator. Each company will own equal equity interest. […]

  • Feed gas introduced into Train 1 at Cameron LNG
    on April 16, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Train 1 of the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, La., has reached the final commissioning stage, marking the transition from construction to startup, said McDermott International Inc. Since the initial award in 2014, McDermott and Chiyoda International Corp., a US subsidiary of Japan’s Chiyoda Corp., have provided the engineering, procurement, and construction for the project. […]

  • Qatar Petroleum advances LNG expansion of North field project
    on April 15, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Qatar Petroleum reported it has issued the invitation to tender package for engineering, procurement, and construction of the four LNG megatrains of its North field expansion project. The package has been issued to three EPC joint ventures: Chiyoda and Technip France; JGC and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co.; and Saipem, McDermott Middle East, and CTCI. […]

  • Zydeco launches binding open season
    on April 15, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Zydeco Pipeline Co., jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline Co., launched a binding open season seeking commitments for non-firm capacity crude transportation service on its 350-mile pipeline from Houston and Nederland, Tex., to St. James and Clovelly, La. […]

  • US Congressional Republicans reintroduce LNG export reform bill
    on April 11, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    US Congressional Republicans reintroduced legislation aimed at simplifying and streamlining the federal process for authorizing exports of LNG on Apr. 10. The Senate measure, which Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.) sponsored with John N. Kennedy (La.) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) as cosponsors, would terminate existing prohibitions on both exports and imports of gas. As would the bill Rep. Clay Higgins (La.) introduced in the House. […]

  • US Senate, House Democrats from Massachusetts offer pipeline bills
    on April 9, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    US Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill on Apr. 8 that would require the use of professional engineers to approve local natural gas delivery system changes and on-site monitoring of pressure regulation stations so that qualified employees could quickly shut off gas flow in an emergency. Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) introduced a similar measure, HR 2139, in the US House the same day. […]

  • Papua New Guinea government, partners sign LNG agreement
    on April 9, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Total SA along with joint venture partners ExxonMobil Corp. and Oil Search Ltd. have signed a gas agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea that defines the fiscal framework for the Papua LNG project (Elk-Antelope field development) in the country’s Eastern Highlands. This follows the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties for development of the Elk-Antelope fields in mid-November 2018. […]

  • API-AOPL: Number of pipeline incidents declining, report shows
    on April 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    The number of incidents affecting people has decreased 20% as the total of US mileage and deliveries has increased more than 10% in the last 5 years, the American Petroleum Institute and the Association for Oil Pipelines jointly said in their 2019 Liquids Pipeline Performance Report on Apr. 8. […]

  • Indigenous groups eye Trans Mountain stake
    on April 9, 2019 at 6:12 am

    An indigenous coalition is forming in Canada with the aim of buying a controlling interest in the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project between Alberta and British Columbia from the federal government. […]

  • Global LNG trade sets record; US Gulf Coast to lead future supply
    on April 9, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Global LNG trade occurred at record volumes for the fifth consecutive year, reaching 316.6 million tonnes, according to the International Gas Union’s (IGU) 2019 World LNG Report. This marks an increase of 28.2 million tonnes (9.8%), from 2017, the third-largest annual increase ever behind only 2010 and 2017. […]

  • Tellurian to begin open season for PGAP line
    on April 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Tellurian subsidiary Permian Global Access Pipeline LLC (PGAP), Houston, is holding a binding open season to secure prospective shippers for a proposed 42-in. interstate natural gas pipeline connecting the Permian basin in Texas to southwestern Louisiana. […]

  • US House Democrats want pipeline safety mandates implemented sooner
    on April 8, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    US House Democrats have called for speedier implementation of mandates in the 2011 and 2016 reauthorizations of the federal oil and gas and hazardous materials pipeline safety law. “It’s simply unacceptable that safety-critical rules passed by Congress 8 years ago are lingering somewhere,” House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (Ore.) said at the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee’s Apr. 2 hearing. […]

  • Analysts: US crude export capacity can handle pipeline surge
    on April 8, 2019 at 7:15 am

    As oil pipelines come online in the Permian basin, will the bottleneck depressing wellhead prices just move to Gulf Coast export terminals? No, according to a Mar. 29 research note from Cowen Equity Research. […]

  • Woodside signs 10-year LNG supply deal
    on April 5, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth, has signed a heads of agreement with Chinese distributor ENN Group for the sale of 1 million tonnes/year of LNG from Woodside for 10 years starting in 2025. […]

  • Qatar Petroleum advancing LNG expansion
    on April 3, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Qatar Petroleum will solicit tenders for engineering, procurement, and construction of onshore facilities in its expansion of natural gas liquefaction capacity later this month, according to a project report by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, minister of state for energy affairs and QP president and chief executive officer. […]

  • NextDecade signs LNG agreement for Rio Grande project
    on April 3, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    NextDecade Corp. has entered into a 20-year LNG supply agreement with Shell NA LNG LLC. The agreement with Shell is for 2 million tonnes/year of LNG from NextDecade’s 27 million-tonne/year Rio Grande LNG plant at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas. […]

  • Global LNG trade sets record; US Gulf Coast to lead future supply
    on April 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Global LNG trade occurred at record volumes for the fifth consecutive year, reaching 316.6 million tonnes, according to the International Gas Union’s (IGU) 2019 World LNG Report. This marks an increase of 28.2 million tonnes (9.8%), from 2017, the third-largest annual increase ever behind only 2010 and 2017. […]

  • PNG-LNG project signs another midterm sales deal
    on April 2, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    The ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG project in Papua New Guinea has made a midterm LNG sale agreement with Unipec Singapore Pte. Ltd. for the supply of about 450,000 tonnes/year of LNG over 4 years starting this month. Unipec is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinopec, one of PNG-LNG’s original long-term customers. […]

  • Noble Energy sanctions Alen gas development project
    on April 2, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Noble Energy Inc. has sanctioned the Alen natural gas development project offshore Equatorial Guinea with the start of production expected in first-half 2021. Gas will be processed through Alba Plant LLC’s liquefied petroleum gas plant and EGLNG’s LNG plant at Punta Europa, Bioko Island—both onshore and Marathon Oil-operated. […]

  • Gazprom, partner advance LNG-chemical plan
    on April 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Gazprom and RusGasDobycha have begun implementing plans for a large natural gas liquefaction and processing complex on the Gulf of Finland near Ust-Luga, Russia. The companies decided on final configuration of the complex, which will process 45 billion cu m/year of gas and yield 13 million tonnes/year of LNG, as much as 4 million tpy of ethane, and more than 2.2 million tpy of LPG. […]

  • Israel expands offshore exploration opportunities
    on April 2, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Israel launched its second offshore licensing round in late 2018 in hopes of attracting international investors capable of finding oil and natural gas resources to rival or surpass previous discoveries. […]

  • Total-led Papua LNG project gas agreement timed for April
    on April 2, 2019 at 3:17 am

    The natural gas agreement for the $13-billion Total SA-operated Papua LNG (Elk-Antelope) project in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea is likely to be signed on Apr. 5, according to the country’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. […]

  • Equinor: Johan Sverdrup lift sets record
    on April 2, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Equinor reported “the heaviest lift ever performed offshore” at Johan Sverdrup oil field under development in the Norwegian North Sea. […]

  • US sanctions necessary to stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline, speakers say
    on April 2, 2019 at 3:08 am

    US sanctions will be necessary to stop construction of the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, speakers indicated at a Mar. 12 Jamestown Foundation (JF) event. […]

  • Range-bound gas prices
    on April 2, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Now in the books, 2018 was a remarkable year for US oil and natural gas production. With record-breaking shale development across the US came a 10-bcfd increase in gas production for the year, according to recent US Energy Information Administration data. With growth expected to continue, this abundant gas will likely keep prices muted over the medium term. […]

  • US prospects for LNG bunkering uncertain
    on April 1, 2019 at 10:59 am

    LNG-fueled ships still account for only a fraction of the US and global fleets, and it may take several decades for significant benefits of LNG-powered vessels to be realized. […]

  • Asphaltene-removal technolgy yields eco-friendly refinery by-products
    on April 1, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Novel noncombustion asphaltene uses are enabling refiners to use materials previously considered waste streams in a manner that has a positive environmental impact. […]

  • Canadian CO2 optimal emissions target to cost up to C$1.5 billion
    on April 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

    The Canadian government, along with some provincial governments, have set policies to cut methane emissions from 40-45% of baseline value by the year 2025. […]

  • Trump issues updated presidential permit for Keystone XL pipeline
    on March 29, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    President Donald J. Trump issued an updated presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Mar. 29. The move was seen as an attempt to jump-start the project’s construction after a federal judge in Montana blocked it in November and ordered further environmental reviews. […]

  • Indigenous groups eye Trans Mountain stake
    on March 28, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    An indigenous coalition is forming in Canada with the aim of buying a controlling interest in the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project between Alberta and British Columbia from the federal government. […]

  • Prelude FLNG project ships first condensate cargos
    on March 26, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG facilities in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia have produced and shipped their first cargo of condensate. The 116,000-dwt tanker Advantage Atom loaded the cargo last week. […]

  • Lake Charles LNG project agreement signed
    on March 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Energy Transfer LP and Shell US LNG have moved toward a final investment decision on the conversion of Energy Transfer’s regasification terminal at Lake Charles, La., into a 16.45 million-tonne/year natural gas liquefaction plant. […]

  • Argentina planning gas pipelines, seeking upstream investors
    on March 25, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Argentina plans to build natural gas pipelines and hopes to attract more oil and gas investment for the Vaca Muerta shale play in the Neuquen basin, according to Argentina Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui. […]

  • ESAI: Project delays to sink oil sands output in 2019
    on March 25, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Canadian oil sands production in 2019 will be almost 230,000 b/d lower than last year, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published North America Watch. […]

  • Oil-producing communities should prepare for transition, forum told
    on March 25, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Communities that have depended economically on coal are facing impacts now that communities that similarly rely on oil and gas will face in the future, speakers suggested at a Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs event. […]

  • OGJ Newsletter
    on March 25, 2019 at 6:00 am

    International news for oil and gas professionals […]

  • Morgan Stanley: Low European gas prices to prompt US LNG utilization cuts
    on March 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    European mainland gas prices have fallen now to about $5/MMbtu, a 50% decline from late September peaks. The loss in supply-demand is due to warmer weather, large LNG imports, and more active renewables. Morgan Stanley argues that poor pricing conditions are likely to prompt US LNG utilization rate cuts. […]

  • Total-led Papua LNG project gas agreement timed for April
    on March 21, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    The natural gas agreement for the $13-billion Total SA-operated Papua LNG (Elk-Antelope) project in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea is likely to be signed on Apr. 5, according to the country’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. He made the announcement when giving the opening address to the Papua New Guinea Petroleum & Energy Summit Mar. 19 in Port Moresby. […]

  • Williams, CPPIB form Marcellus-Utica midstream venture
    on March 20, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Williams Cos. has entered into a long-term partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to establish a $3.8-billion joint venture that will include Williams’ wholly owned Ohio Valley Midstream system and 100% of the Utica East Ohio Midstream system. CPPIB will invest about $1.34 billion for a 35% ownership stake in the venture. Williams will retain 65% ownership, will operate the combined business, and will consolidate the financial results of the venture in Williams’ financial statements. […]

  • Nuevo Midstream to acquire Republic Midstream
    on March 20, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Nuevo Midstream Dos plans to expand a crude oil gathering, storage, and intermediate transportation system in the Eagle Ford shale following completion of a deal to acquire Republic Midstream from an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners. […]

  • Witnesses offer differing views of Mid-Atlantic OCS G&G work
    on March 19, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Resumption of oil and gas geological and geophysical (G&G) data gathering on the US Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf after more than 30 years would help advance scientific knowledge as well as identify and determine the value of potential resources there, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter D. Cruikshank told one US House Natural Resources (HNR) subcommittee on Mar. 6. […]

  • Western Australia EPA tightens GHG guidelines for petroleum projects
    on March 19, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (WAEPA) has revised its guidance on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from large new or expanding projects in the state, drawing the ire of the petroleum industry. […]

  • Time to set sail anew
    on March 19, 2019 at 4:17 am

    As the Jan. 1 deadline for implementing IMO 2020 regulations moves closer, most discussion has centered on three paths by which shippers might reach the new global 0.5% sulfur limits on maritime fuels: burning the cleaner fuel, installing exhaust scrubbers to continue to burn higher-sulfur fuel, or switching to LNG as fuel. Focus on these options is warranted, as they provide the only timely implementable solutions other than willful noncompliance. […]

  • FERC issues final EIS for proposed Brownsville Channel LNG project
    on March 18, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Construction of Texas Brownsville LNG LLC’s proposed LNG project could result in adverse environmental consequences, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Mar. 15 final environmental impact statement. Impacts would be less than significant if the project sponsor’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures and the FERC staff’s additional recommendations are implemented, it added. […]

  • Sempra LNG makes executive appointments
    on March 18, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Lisa Glatch has been named chief operating officer of Sempra LNG, a unit of Sempra Energy. Justin Bird has been named president. Both will report to Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra North American Infrastructure. […]

  • Colorado oil, gas groups express concerns about bill
    on March 18, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Two oil and gas groups jointly expressed concern that a Colorado Senate bill was moving ahead before getting the necessary public input. SB 19-181 was scheduled for consideration by a Senate committee a day after Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenburg (D-Denver) introduced it on Mar. 1, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and Colorado Petroleum Council’s leaders noted. […]

  • OGJ Newsletter
    on March 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

    International news for oil and gas professionals […]

  • US sanctions necessary to stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline, speakers say
    on March 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    US sanctions will be necessary to stop construction of the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, speakers indicated at a Mar. 12 Jamestown Foundation (JF) event. “The project is divisive and essentially anti-European. US involvement will be crucial in strengthening European opposition to it,” said Piotr Wilczek, Poland’s ambassador to the US. […]

  • Chevron Australia lets contract for Jansz-Io compression project
    on March 14, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Chevron Australia has let a master contract to Aker Solutions for a subsea compression system for the company’s Jansz-Io field offshore Western Australia. The first stage of the contract is the front-end engineering and design of a subsea compression station that will boost gas recovery at the field, which is part of the overall Gorgon region development that supplies gas to the 15.6 million-tonne/year LNG and domestic gas plants on Barrow Island. […]

  • Venture Global to expand LNG business to 60 million tpy
    on March 14, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Venture Global LNG Inc., Arlington, Va., will expand the scope of its LNG development business to 60 million tonnes/year based on customer demand, expanding its 2016 process equipment supply agreement with Baker Hughes. […]

  • Argentina planning gas pipelines, seeking upstream investors
    on March 14, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Argentina plans to build natural gas pipelines and hopes to attract more oil and gas investment for the Vaca Muerta shale play in the Neuquen basin, according to Argentina Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui. Analysts estimate Vaca Muerta needs investments of $5-10 billion/year to boost production compared with current investments of about $4.3 billion/year. […]

  • Compromise advances Nord Stream 2, but controversy remains
    on March 11, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Nord Stream 2, the controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, advanced a step in Europe during February—but only a step. […]

  • IEA chief: Rising demand, climate change are main policy challenges
    on March 11, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Meeting rising oil and gas demand while addressing global climate change more meaningfully will continue to be the world’s biggest energy policy challenges in 2019, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol predicted. […]

  • US Senate, House bills try to ease FERC LNG project review logjam
    on March 11, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    US Sen. Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and two other Republicans on the committee introduced a bill on Mar. 1 aimed at reducing delays in decisions for LNG export terminals and other projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. […]

  • ExxonMobil, Chevron report plans to boost production in Permian
    on March 11, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Both ExxonMobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. separately reported plans last week to increase oil and gas production from their respective operations in the Permian basin. […]

  • A bright target
    on March 11, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    For the political left, the oil and gas business has long served as a foil. The industry is huge, mechanically complex, and mysterious to outsiders. It sometimes blunders with messy consequence. It therefore remains a bright target for political opportunism. […]

  • BP lets contracts for Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project
    on March 11, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    BP PLC has let contracts to McDermott International Inc. and Baker Hughes for subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) and subsea production system equipment at the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project offshore Mauritania and Senegal. […]

  • Williams launches open season for REA gas pipeline expansion
    on March 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has launched a binding open season for Regional Energy Access, an incremental expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline, that will serve the US Northeast as early as November 2022. The open season runs to Apr. 8. […]

  • India commissions Ennore LNG terminal
    on March 7, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    India’s first East Coast regas project, Ennore LNG terminal, was commissioned by Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOC). IOC, through its joint venture company Indian Oil LNG Pvt. Ltd., set up the 5-million tonne/year capacity LNG import terminal at Kamarajar Port, Ennore. […]

  • DOE authorizes LNG exports from Venture Global Calciseu Pass project
    on March 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    The US Department of Energy issued a long-term order authorizing exports of US-produced LNG to Venture Global Calcasieu Pass from an export terminal it is building in Cameron Parish, La. The Mar. 5 order will allow Venture Global Calcasieu Pass to export as much as 1.7 billion bcfd of gas as LNG to any countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US and are not prohibited from trading with the US under US law or policy. […]

  • Total buys 10% interest in Arctic LNG 2
    on March 5, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Total SA acquired from PAO Novatek a direct 10% interest in the 19.8 million tonne/year Arctic LNG 2 project near Russia’s Gydan Peninsula. Arctic LNG 2 envisages building three 6.6 million-tpy LNG trains on gravity-based structure platforms in the Gulf of Ob. […]

  • Line 3 start delayed to second-half 2020
    on March 5, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Start-up of Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project, which will ease a transport bottleneck in the Alberta oil sands, will occur in the second half of 2020 instead of by the end of this year, the company says. The Minnesota government has provided Enbridge a permitting timeline indicating all remaining state permits required for Line 3 construction will be provided by November. The company earlier thought it would receive final state permits in the second quarter of this year. […]

  • Chevron begins gas deliveries from Wheatstone LNG project
    on March 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Chevron Australia has begun supplying gas for domestic use in Western Australia from its Wheatstone project facilities near Onslow in the northwest of the state. Besides producing LNG for export, the Wheatstone plant has the capacity to supply 200 terajoules/day of sales gas into the domestic grid for decades. […]

  • US Senate, House bills try to ease FERC LNG project review logjam
    on March 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    US Sen. Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Bill Cassidy and two other Republicans on the committee introduced a bill on Mar. 1 aimed at reducing delays in decisions for LNG export terminals and other projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. S. 607 would address a shortage of qualified engineers, scientists, and mathematicians necessary to review such applications and begin to remove a serious backlog. […]

  • Queensland gives green light to Arrow’s Surat gas project
    on March 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    The Queensland government gas given the thumbs up for Arrow Energy’s proposed $10-billion (Aus.) Surat gas project that is expected to come on stream in 2020 to produce gas for LNG exports as well as sales gas for domestic markets. Arrow, a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and China’s PetroChina, is expected to bring 5 tcf (5,000 petajoules) to market during the next 27 years. […]

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