News Feed – Pipelines & Transportation

  • 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. […]

  • API releases an updated liquid pipeline integrity standard
    on March 1, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    The American Petroleum Institute released the third edition of API Recommended Practice 1160, “Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines,” on Feb. 27. It said RP 1160 provides a process for establishing safe pipeline operations, including robust assessments of potential risks and establishment of systems to safely and sustainably manage them throughout day-to-day operations. […]

  • BP lets contract for Tortue gas field off Mauritania, Senegal
    on March 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    BP PLC has let a contract to TechnipFMC for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of a floating production, storage, and offloading unit to be deployed offshore on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal, moving forward Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project. The award is a continuation to the front-end engineering design contract awarded in April 2018. […]

  • EPP begins service on Shin Oak NGL mainline
    on February 28, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Enterprise Products Partners has placed into service its Shin Oak NGL mainline from Orla, Tex., to its NGL fractionation and storage complex at the Mont Belvieu hub. The 24-in. pipeline has an initial capacity of 250,000 b/d and provides takeaway for increasing NGL production from multiple basins, including the Permian, where NGL volumes are forecast to nearly double within the next 3 years. […]

  • Jupiter extends open season for Permian-to-Gulf Coast crude oil line
    on February 28, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Jupiter Energy Group has launched an extension of the open season that began in November 2018 for binding shipper commitments on the Jupiter Pipeline, which is expected to be operational in fourth-quarter 2020. The open season will now end on May 31. […]

  • ADNOC plans oil storage in Fujairah
    on February 27, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. plans to build in Fujairah what it calls “the world’s largest single underground project ever awarded for oil storage.” It let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Seoul, for three underground storage caverns with capacities of 14 million bbl each. […]

  • Hess Midstream Partners to acquire Tioga gathering system
    on February 26, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Hess Midstream Partners LP subsidiary Hess North Dakota Pipelines LLC agreed to purchase the crude oil and gas gathering assets of Summit Midstream Partners’ Tioga gathering system. […]

  • ADNOC completes pipeline infrastructure investment agreement
    on February 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) entered into a landmark multibillion-dollar midstream pipeline infrastructure partnership with institutional investors KKR and BlackRock. Newly formed ADNOC Oil Pipelines will lease ADNOC’s interest in 18 pipelines transporting stabilized crude oil and condensate across ADNOC’s offshore and onshore upstream concessions for a 23-year period. […]

  • Canada’s NEB recommends approval of Trans-Mountain pipeline
    on February 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Canada’s National Energy Board recommended the approval of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion project as it delivered its reconsideration report with 156 conditions and 16 new recommendations to the federal government on Feb. 22. NEB’s recommended approval came despite the board’s conclusion that project-related marine shipping would likely cause adverse environmental effects on the southern resident killer whale and on indigenous cultural uses associated with the animal. […]

  • FERC’s new approach signals LNG project certification breakthrough
    on February 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted a new approach for consideration of proposed LNG terminals that considers direct greenhouse gases from the facilities. It applied the approach for the first time when it considered and approved Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export project in Cameron Parish, La., it said. […]

  • CSIS speakers expect stable oil supplies, unstable prices in 2019
    on February 22, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Stable supplies and unstable prices will characterize global oil markets during 2019, speakers generally agreed during a Feb. 21 discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Volatile prices are still the primary energy expenditures driver. We’ve had kind of a wild ride,” observed Howard Gruenspecht, a CSIS senior nonresident energy and national security associate who formerly was the US Energy Information Administration’s deputy administrator. […]

  • Queensland’s CSG-LNG plants unlikely to reach full capacity
    on February 21, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    The three LNG plants on Curtis Island near Gladstone in Queensland are unlikely to ever fulfill their combined nameplate capacity of 25.3 million tonnes/year, according to a new study by Adelaide-based energy analyst EnergyQuest. The problem is a shortage of coal seam gas (CSG) reserves on which they rely. […]

  • Federal court upholds FERC’s approval of Mountain Valley gas line
    on February 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline by denying several environmental groups’ petition for review of the decision. […]

  • APLNG to buy Ironbark coal seam gas prospect from Origin
    on February 20, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    The Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) combine has agreed to acquire the Ironbark coal seam gas project from Origin Energy for $231 million (Aus.). Ironbark—not to be confused with the BP PLC-led group’s conventional gas prospect of the same name offshore Western Australia—lies near Tara in the Surat basin of southeast Queensland. […]

  • Anadarko, Pertamina sign LNG agreement for Mozambique plant
    on February 19, 2019 at 5:53 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 20-year, 1 million-tonne/year LNG supply agreement with Indonesia’s state-owned Pertamina. […]

  • Montana federal judge’s latest order continues to block Keystone XL
    on February 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    US District Judge Brian Morris issued a new ruling allowing TransCanada Corp. to build and use pipe storage and container yards for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. But the Feb. 15 order reportedly continues to block construction of worker camps, effectively keeping work from beginning on the project. […]

  • Queensland grants license for Senex’s Atlas Project
    on February 15, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Queensland has granted a petroleum facility license to Melbourne-based energy infrastructure company Jemena for the construction of a natural gas processing plant that will form part of the Atlas Pipeline project. The Atlas project involves the delivery of gas from 100 coal seam gas wells on acreage owned by Senex Energy Ltd., Brisbane, in the Surat basin of southeast Queensland near the townships of Wandoan and Miles specifically to the domestic market. […]

  • PHMSA issues final rule to strengthen oil train spill preparedness
    on February 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration, issued a final rule requiring railroads to develop and submit comprehensive oil spill response plans covering route segments used by high hazard flammable trains. […]

  • Williams, Targa plan projects to link Conway-Mont Belvieu NGL markets
    on February 15, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Williams Cos. and Targa Resources have entered into agreements to expand key systems that will link the Conway, Kan., and Mont Belvieu, Tex., NGL markets. As part of the agreements, Williams will build the 188-mile Bluestem NGL pipeline from its Conway fractionator and the southern terminus of the Overland Pass Pipeline to an interconnect with Targa’s Grand Prix NGL pipeline in Kingfisher County, Okla., while Targa will build a 110-mile extension of Grand Prix from southern Oklahoma into the STACK region of central Oklahoma where it will connect with the Bluestem pipeline. […]

  • Chevron signs LNG supply agreement with GS Caltex
    on February 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Chevron USA Inc. has entered into a long-term LNG supply agreement with GS Caltex Corp. that calls for the delivery of LNG to South Korea from Chevron’s global supply portfolio. […]

  • HEP, NextEra Energy form Eagle Ford gas transportation combine
    on February 13, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Howard Energy Partners (HEP) and NextEra Energy Partners will jointly develop additional natural gas transportation projects in the Eagle Ford shale region of South Texas. […]

  • Sentinel to develop Texas GulfLink crude oil export terminal
    on February 12, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Sentinel Midstream, Dallas, has reported plans to development Texas GulfLink, a proposed deepwater crude oil export terminal near Freeport, Tex. The completed facility will be capable of fully loading very large crude carrier vessels. […]

  • APLNG combine lets Surat gas gathering pipeline contract
    on February 12, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    The Origin Energy-ConocoPhillips combine Australia Pacific LNG has let a package of gas gathering and infrastructure works worth $90 million (Aus.) to CPB Contractors—the Australasian construction company of Sydney-based engineering firm CIMIC Group—for the Surat basin of southeast Queensland. […]

  • Trade, public groups seek prompt approval of pipeline safety update
    on February 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Six public and trade associations have asked US Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao “to act expeditiously” to approve revisions to the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s federal natural gas pipeline safety regulations. “PHMSA’s rule will advance gas transmission pipeline safety by defining specific requirements to facilitate the use of 21st-century pipeline safety technologies and processes,” the groups said in their Feb. 7 letter. […]

  • Gray Oak, KMCC hold open season for crude oil line
    on February 11, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Gray Oak Pipeline and Kinder Morgan Crude & Condensate launched an open season for long-term crude oil transportation service from Gray Oak line origin points in the Permian basin to KMCC delivery points at or near the Houston Ship Channel. Delivery from the Gray Oak system to HSC would be achieved through a connection in South Texas. […]

  • Northeast Gateway terminal sends out record regasified LNG
    on February 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Excelerate Energy LP's Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal, about 13 miles offshore Boston, reported that it reached a peak send-out rate of more than 800,000 MMbtu/d of regasified LNG a week earlier. The Feb. 1 volume was a record for the facility, officials said. […]

  • Shell Australia lets contract for Crux gas-condensate project
    on February 7, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Shell Australia let a multimillion-dollar contract to global engineering groups Wood and KBR to deliver integrated front-end engineering and design for Shell’s Crux gas-condensate development project in the Browse basin off Western Australia. […]

  • Federal court vacates NYSDEC’s pipeline certificate denial
    on February 6, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    A federal appeals court vacated the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEP) denial of a water-quality certificate to the proposed Northern Access natural gas pipeline project on Feb. 5. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit remanded the matter back to the state agency with instructions to more clearly articulate its basis for denial. […]

  • ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum authorize Golden Pass LNG exports
    on February 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    ExxonMobil Corp. and partner Qatar Petroleum have made a final investment decision to develop the Golden Pass LNG export project in Sabine Pass, Tex. Construction will begin in this year’s first quarter with the plant expected to begin operations in 2024. […]

  • API, NABTU expand joint pipeline construction safety program
    on February 5, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    New training courses on pipeline construction safety will begin soon in West Virginia, Ohio, and California as part of a groundbreaking partnership that was launched less than a year ago, the presidents of the American Petroleum Institute and North America’s Building Trade Unions (NABTU) jointly announced on Feb. 4. […]

  • Shell ponders Crux field connection to Prelude FLNG project
    on February 5, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    The Perth-based Australian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC has begun the approval process for a potential $2-billion (Aus.) development of its Crux natural gas-condensate field in the Browse basin license AC/L9 offshore Western Australia as a tie in to the company’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facilities. […]

  • Anadarko signs LNG agreements for Mozambique project
    on February 5, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 co-venturers—has entered into LNG supply agreements with Shell International Trading Middle East Ltd., as well as a co-purchasing agreement with Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. and Centrica LNG Co. Ltd. […]

  • Oil Search expands east of Hue shale blocks in Alaska
    on February 4, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Oil Search Ltd., Sydney and Port Moresby, has again expanded its acreage position on the Alaskan North Slope (ANS) by exercising an option to acquire 50% interest in 120 leases immediately east of its Hue shale blocks, which lie southeast of Prudhoe Bay. The option includes Oil Search taking operatorship. […]

  • PSAC lowers outlook for Canadian drilling
    on February 4, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Deteriorating investor confidence “weighs heavily” on the drilling industry in Canada, according to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC). […]

  • EIA: US to become net energy exporter in 2020
    on February 4, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    The US will position itself as a net energy exporter in 2020 and will remain so throughout a projection period to 2050 resulting from large increases in production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) coupled with slow growth in energy consumption, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019. […]

  • Innovation vital to ongoing US energy strength, group leaders say
    on February 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    The innovative spirit that has created a much-improved US energy outlook in the last 10 years will be just as essential to keep it affordable while improving the environment in the future, three major trade association leaders suggested at the US Energy Association’s 2019 State of the Energy Industry Forum on Jan. 24. […]

  • Regulatory reforms draw cheers; shutdown and tariffs raise concerns
    on February 4, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    The Trump administration is following through on its promise to reform federal regulations enacted during Barack Obama’s presidency that went too far, officials from leading US oil and gas associations told Oil & Gas Journal. But a prolonged partial government shutdown and tariffs or quotas on specialty steel imports could cloud the 2019 Washington Oil and Gas outlook, they warned. […]

  • Change in risk preferences
    on February 4, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    A survey of institutional investors by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) was conducted in July-October 2018. […]

  • Companies exercise options in Epic crude, NGL pipelines
    on February 4, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Noble Midstream Partners LP has exercised its option for a 30% equity stake in the Epic Crude Oil Pipeline project and a 15% equity stake in the Epic NGL pipeline while Altus Midstream Co., through a subsidiary, and Rattler Midstream LP, a subsidiary of Diamondback Energy Inc., exercised options for 15% and 10%, respectively, in the Epic crude line. […]

  • Texas Colt submits application for deepwater port project
    on February 4, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Texas Colt—a proposed joint venture of Enbridge Inc., Kinder Morgan Inc., and Oiltanking—has submitted an application with the US Maritime Administration to construct and operate a deepwater crude oil export port offshore Freeport, Tex. […]

  • Flat near-term pipeline plans buoyed by US growth
    on February 4, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Planned worldwide pipeline construction to be completed in 2019 was relatively flat from the previous year, with higher expected crude and products project completions balancing smaller projected natural gas pipeline numbers. US projects grew as a portion of total planned build as operators sought expanded avenues for bringing burgeoning crude, NGL, and gas production to market. Plans for US construction in 2019 made up 44% of the total as compared with just 24% in 2018. […]

  • Understanding, preventing corrosion in refineries
    on February 4, 2019 at 7:18 am

    My major problem as an operating supervisor when I worked for the former Amoco Oil Co. refinery in Texas City, Tex., was not the people, the process, or the plant’s economics; it was corrosion. […]

  • Anadarko signs LNG agreement with CNOOC
    on February 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported that Mozambique LNG1 Co. Pte. Ltd.—the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 Lda. coventurers—has entered into a 13-year LNG supply agreement with CNOOC Gas & Power Singapore Trading & Marketing Pte. Ltd. that calls for the supply of 1.5 million tonnes/year of LNG to CNOOC. […]

  • Alberta eases month-old production cut
    on January 31, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    The government of Alberta is easing the production cut in effect since Jan. 1 to address historic price discounting due to pipeline congestion. Saying it is responding to “new storage data,” the province will allow production to increase to 3.63 million b/d in February and March from the January limit of 3.56 million b/d. […]

  • Magellan, Navigator extend open season for Voyager crude line
    on January 30, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Navigator Energy Services have extended the open season to solicit transportation commitments for the Voyager pipeline to transport various grades of light crude oil and condensate from Cushing, Okla., to Houston. […]

  • AGIG to expand Tubridgi onshore gas storage facility
    on January 30, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group has reported plans for a further expansion to its Tubridgi gas storage facility in northwest Western Australia. The group has followed its $74-million (Aus.) redevelopment and commissioning of the Tubridgi facility in 2017 with a final investment decision in the last week to complete a seismic survey and expansion of the injection and withdrawal capacity to 90 terajoules/day and 60 terajoules/day, respectively. […]

  • ExxonMobil, partners advance 1 million-b/d Wink to Webster crude line
    on January 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    ExxonMobil Corp., Plains All American Pipeline LP, and Lotus Midstream LLC have formed the Wink to Webster Pipeline LLC joint venture and ordered nearly 650 miles of US-sourced 36-in. line pipe to construct a common-carrier pipeline to transport more than 1 million b/d of crude oil and condensate from multiple locations in the Permian basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. […]

  • CAPP seeks Alberta energy-policy changes
    on January 28, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    In a campaign it calls “Vote Energy,” the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls for action in Alberta on market access, regulatory competitiveness, climate policy, and fiscal and economic policy. […]

  • Virginia pollution control board approves permit for ACP compressor
    on January 28, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project to construct a compressor station in Buckingham County on Jan. 8 following a recommendation by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. […]

  • Gas shortage where?
    on January 28, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Here’s a real estate investment tip: Values are about to spurt in Westchester County, NY, thanks to the state government’s dislike of natural gas from hydraulically fractured wells. […]

  • Growing pains
    on January 28, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    “Texas is the place to be for job growth and economic development,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chair Ruth R. Hughs in a Jan. 18 press release detailing the state’s most recent unemployment numbers. […]

  • Costs, energy needs discredit ‘keep it in the ground’ agenda
    on January 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Preemptive opposition to oil and gas projects by “keep it in the ground” activists promises needless hardship in two broad areas. […]

  • OGJ Newsletter
    on January 28, 2019 at 7:00 am

    International news for oil and gas professionals […]

  • WBI Energy to construct Bakken gas transportation project
    on January 25, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    MDU Resources Group subsidiary WBI Energy Inc. plans to construct 67 miles of pipeline, compression, and ancillary facilities to transport natural gas in the Bakken region. The North Bakken Expansion Project, as designed, would provide 200 MMcfd of gas transportation capacity starting near Tioga, ND, and extending to a new connection with Northern Border Pipeline in McKenzie County, ND. […]

  • Block R returned to Equatorial Guinea
    on January 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Ophir Energy PLC, London, is no longer operator of Block R, which contains the Fortuna natural gas discovery, and will not be granted an extension to the joint production contract, the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea confirmed. Ophir was issued a notice of the decision in December 2018 after the company’s exploration license expired. The block has been returned to the state. […]

  • Pluto LNG to supply Western Australia mineral sands project
    on January 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    A joint venture of Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth, and Melbourne-based Energy Developments Pty. Ltd. (EDL) has signed an LNG supply deal with mineral sands company Sheffield Resources Ltd., Perth, for Sheffield’s Thunderbird project in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia. […]

  • New Pluto inlet station commissioned
    on January 22, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    The new Pluto inlet station connecting the Woodside Petroleum Ltd.-operated Pluto LNG project on the Burrup Peninsula near Karratha in Western Australia to the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas trunk line has been successfully commissioned by the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group. […]

  • NEB approves winter clearing work for Keystone XL’s north section
    on January 22, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone Pipeline GP Ltd. can begin winter clearing work on the North Spread of its Keystone XL project. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved the company’s request as Keystone has satisfied the regulatory requirements for clearing of trees and shrubs along the pipeline route’s north section, starting at Hardisty, Alta. […]

  • Tallgrass, Kinder Morgan explore Rockies oil transportation
    on January 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Tallgrass Energy LP and Kinder Morgan Inc. will jointly develop a solution to increase existing crude oil takeaway capacity in the Powder River and Denver-Julesburg basins and to add incremental capacity to the Williston basin and portions of Western Canada. […]

  • Watching Government: Sizing up the shutdown
    on January 21, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    The partial US government shutdown closed some departments and agencies that regulate oil and gas, notably the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Weeks into the standoff, however, trade association leaders were not certain how soon their members would start feeling the impacts. […]

  • EIA: IMO regulations drive up US, global refinery runs
    on January 21, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is set to enact the Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), which lowers the maximum sulfur content of marine fuel oil used in ocean-going vessels from 3.5% to 0.5%. […]

  • ExxonMobil drills first of two wildcat wells off Guyana
    on January 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    ExxonMobil Corp. reported the start of drilling of the Haimara-1 exploration well offshore Guyana—the first of two planned wells in January. The Stena Carron drillship is drilling the well, which is 19 miles east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeast Stabroek block. […]

  • Equinor, Aker BP dominate Norwegian licensing round
    on January 21, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Equinor and Aker BP dominated awards by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum as part of the Award in Predefined Areas (APA) for 2018 held Jan. 15. […]

  • Rystad Energy: Haynesville shale set to surpass 2011 gas output record
    on January 21, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Natural gas production in Louisiana will soon reach record heights thanks to an outstanding resurgence of the Haynesville shale play. […]

  • Producers assess Alberta government-mandated oil production cuts
    on January 21, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Canadian oil companies reconsidered 2019 production guidance numbers in early January and reevaluated production strategies after Alberta’s government outlined a temporary production cut of heavy crude oil and crude bitumen. […]

  • US FERC issues EIS for Driftwood LNG, associated pipeline
    on January 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the final environmental impact statement 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. […]

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