Transportation News
Court orders DOS to conduct supplemental EIS for Keystone XL project

A federal court judge has ordered the US State Department to conduct a supplemental EIS for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline to consider the Mainline Alternative route that Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved. But Judge Brian Morris, of US District Court for Montana’s Great Falls Division, did not vacate the presidential border-crossing permit that the project has received in his Aug. 15 decision.

17-08-2018
PNG-LNG project signs sales agreement with BP

The ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG project joint venture in Papua New Guinea has signed another midterm LNG sale and purchase agreement, this time with BP Singapore Pte. Ltd. for LNG supply starting this month. It is the second such agreement for the PNG-LNG project in four weeks.

17-08-2018
Medallion holds supplemental open season for Midland oil line expansion

Medallion Pipeline Co. LLC, Irving, Tex., has begun a supplemental open season soliciting additional binding long-term commitments for expanded capacity of its existing crude oil pipeline system in the Midland basin after successfully closing the recent open season.

16-08-2018
Tallgrass launches Seahorse crude pipeline open season

Tallgrass Energy LP is holding an open season soliciting binding shipper commitments for crude oil transportation service on its proposed 30-in. OD, 700-mile Seahorse pipeline. The pipeline would carry as much as 800,000 b/d from the Cushing, Okla., oil hub to St. James, La., operating as a multigrade common batch system.

16-08-2018
Singh named Indian Oil pipeline director

Akshay Kumar Singh has joined Indian Oil Corp. as director (pipelines), responsible for the state-owned company’s 13,400-km network of crude oil, product, and natural gas lines.

15-08-2018
APA board recommends $13-billion (Aus.) takeover offer from CKI venture

The board of Australian gas pipeline company APA Group has unanimously recommended its shareholders vote for a $12.98-billion (Aus.) takeover offer from Hong Kong firm CK Infrastructure Holdings and Power Assets Holdings at a meeting scheduled for late November.

14-08-2018
Williams receives FERC approval for Transco expansion

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has received a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorizing the Rivervale South to Market project—an expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline to serve the US Northeast.

14-08-2018
Study: Upstream project delivery improving

Execution of upstream oil and gas projects is improving, says a new study by Wood Mackenzie. Midsize to large projects in growing numbers have been delivered on target during the past 12 months.

14-08-2018
DOE rules to speed approval of small-scale gas exports

The US Department of Energy issued a final rule aimed at expediting approval of small-scale natural gas exports.

13-08-2018
Caspian leaders sign territorial agreement

Leaders of countries with Caspian Sea coasts have signed an agreement on territorial claims under dispute since collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Clarification of at least some legal questions will ease impediments to oil and gas exploration and development and to pipeline construction.

13-08-2018
European, Russian refineries address 2020 reduced-sulfur bunker rules
The confirmed reduction in sulfur content for marine bunker fuel to 0.5 wt % by Jan. 1, 2020, from a current 3.5 wt % by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)—the United Nations agency that administers the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which oversees prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships—will hugely impact the refining industry’s ability to supply the required volume of low-sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) and dispose of surplus high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) that will only be saleable as marine bunker fuel to ships that have flue-gas scrubbers.
13-08-2018
US groups voice concerns about Chinese LNG tariff plans
Officials from three leading US groups that support increased exports of US LNG separately addressed concerns on Aug. 3 over the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s announcement that tariffs ranging 5-25% will be imposed on US LNG.
13-08-2018
NGC: Gas systems resilient in three big weather events
US natural gas systems clearly demonstrated their resilience during three recent major weather events, a study commissioned by the Natural Gas Council concluded.
13-08-2018
ExxonMobil signs intent to ship gas on Permian Highway line

ExxonMobil Corp. plans to support the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) Project, signing a letter of intent for subsidiary XTO Energy to contract for as much as 450,000 dekatherms/day of capacity on the pipeline.

10-08-2018
Yamal LNG Train 2 ships first cargo

The first shipment of LNG from Yamal LNG’s Train 2 in northern Russia has been loaded for shipment. Train 2 adds 5.5 million tonnes/year, doubling the plant’s capacity. A third 5.5 million-tpy train is expected to start operations early in 2019. Train 2 was commissioned 6 months ahead of schedule, according to majority-owner PAO Novatek.

09-08-2018
NGC: Gas systems resilient in three big weather events

US natural gas systems clearly demonstrated their resilience during three recent major weather events, a study commissioned by the Natural Gas Council concluded.

06-08-2018
Agreement in view on legal status of the Caspian Sea
After decades of haggling, the five countries with Caspian Sea coasts seem close to agreement over who owns what in the world’s largest lake.
06-08-2018
FERC’s Mountain Valley Pipeline stop-work order may be temporary

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a stop-work order for the proposed Mountain Valley interstate natural gas pipeline. Opponents immediately said the Aug. 3 action was a major setback for the planned 303-mile system from West Virginia to southern Virginia, but the project’s sponsors noted on Aug. 6 the order itself indicated that it could be temporary.

06-08-2018
US Congressmen offer bill to reduce LNG permit backlog
US Reps. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) and Gene Green (D-Tex.) introduced legislation that would help the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission offer higher salaries to specialized engineers who play critical roles in reviewing applications to construct LNG projects.
06-08-2018
ExxonMobil touts long-term growth as 2Q output falls
ExxonMobil Corp. put its oil-equivalent production at 3.6 million b/d for the second quarter, a 7% drop from a year ago.
06-08-2018
Williams enters DJ basin, exits Four Corners Area in separate deals
In two separate midstream transactions, Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has entered Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg (DJ) basin and exited Williams Partners LP from the Four Corners Area (FCA) in New Mexico and Colorado.
06-08-2018
Senate GOP bill would amend key section of the Clean Water Act
The US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John A. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and three other Senate Republicans introduced legislation on July 31 to change requirements and establish limits for individual states under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
06-08-2018
Tempting protectionism
Born of appeals to economics and national security, protectionism ultimately sabotages prosperity and defense. It happens every time.
06-08-2018
EnLink launches open season for Delaware basin crude gathering system

A subsidiary of EnLink Midstream LLC, Dallas, has launched a binding open season for volume commitments for common carrier transportation service on its Avenger Crude Oil Gathering System in the Northern Delaware basin.

06-08-2018
Shipping, market constraints poised to slow US crude export growth
Multiple constraints are lining up against the continued rapid growth of crude oil exports from the US. Moving from the infrastructural through the geopolitical, these include bottlenecks in getting US-produced crude to the Gulf Coast for shipment, limitations on export capacities of US Gulf Coast ports, the continued inability of very large crude carriers (VLCC) to transit the Panama Canal, and the looming specters of increases in both Chinese tariffs and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production.
06-08-2018
Loading pipe design improves boil-off gas management
A new LNG loading pipe design can use in-tank condensation to improve boil-off gas (BOG) management during ship-to-ship (STS) transfers
06-08-2018
US groups express concerns about China plans to impose LNG tariffs

Officials from three leading US groups that support increased exports of US LNG separately addressed concerns on Aug. 3 over the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s announcement that tariffs ranging 5-25% will be imposed on US LNG.

03-08-2018
Targa, partners to develop Whistler Pipeline project

Targa Resources, NextEra Energy Pipeline Holdings, WhiteWater Midstream, and MPLX plan to jointly develop the Whistler Pipeline project to provide an outlet for natural gas production from the Permian basin to markets along the Texas Gulf Coast.

03-08-2018
Tallgrass to develop Cushing-to-St. James oil pipeline, terminal

Tallgrass Energy LP, Leawood, Kan., plans to build a crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to the St. James, La., refining complex, as well as a separate new export-capable liquids terminal near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

01-08-2018
Woodside lets engineering contract for Scarborough pipeline

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has let a contract for define phase engineering services for the main trunkline to shore in its proposed Scarborough gas field development on the Exmouth Plateau off Western Australia to fellow Perth company Subsea Engineering Associates Pty. Ltd. (SEA).

31-07-2018
DOE issues final rule to expedite approval of small-scale gas exports

The US Department of Energy issued a final rule aimed at expediting approval of small-scale natural gas exports. The July 26 Federal Register notice applied to gas and LNG exports to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US of no more than 51.75 bcf/year, which qualify for a categorical exclusion under DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act regulations.

31-07-2018
Inpex starts gas production from Ichthys field

The Inpex Corp.-led consortium at Ichthys gas-condensate field in the Browse basin 220 km offshore Western Australia has started natural gas production from its subsea wells to the massive 120,000-tonne Ichthys Explorer production platform.

30-07-2018
Watching Government: Fresh ideas at Interior
Soon after he became Secretary, Ryan Zinke began to discuss possible ways that the US Department of the Interior could be improved.
30-07-2018
ExxonMobil raises resource estimate for offshore Guyana
ExxonMobil Corp. has increased its estimate of the discovered recoverable resources for the Stabroek block offshore Guyana to more than 4 billion boe.
30-07-2018
US Congressmen offer bill to reduce LNG permit backlog at FERC

US Reps. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) and Gene Green (D-Tex.) introduced legislation that would help the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission offer higher salaries to specialized engineers who play critical roles in reviewing applications to construct LNG projects.

30-07-2018
Gulf methane hydrates
Plans are progressing for the next stage of methane hydrate scientific drilling by the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and its partners on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Researchers hit a momentary snag regarding research vessels.
30-07-2018
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30-07-2018
Oneok becomes sole owner of West Texas LPG pipeline

Oneok Inc., Tulsa, has acquired the remaining 20% interest in the West Texas LPG Pipeline LP from Martin Midstream Partners LP for $195 million. Oneok will become the sole owner of the natural gas liquids pipeline system. Oneok completed the acquisition of its initial 80% interest in West Texas LPG in December 2014.

26-07-2018
Watching Government: Interstate gas ups, downs
It probably was coincidental that a Kinder Morgan Inc. executive’s testimony before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about improving interstate energy delivery networks on July 12 came in the year that the 1938 Natural Gas Act’s 80th anniversary occurs.
24-07-2018
Woodside to speed up, add to Scarborough development plans
Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, would like to accelerate and increase the breadth of its plans through development of the Scarborough natural gas fields on the Exmouth Plateau offshore Western Australia.
24-07-2018
Gazprom to develop giant Yamal gas field
Gazprom will take measures to prevent melting of permafrost as it develops giant Kharasaveyskoye gas-and-condensate field on the Yamal Peninsula in arctic Russia.
23-07-2018
FERC moving ahead on LNG project applications, chairman says
Denying a report that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notified LNG project sponsors that there would be a 12-18 month delay in processing applications, Chairman Kevin McIntyre said the commission has made significant strides “in reforming the permitting process in working with federal partners, eliminating duplicative processes, and streamlining procedures that will significantly reduce our LNG permitting timelines.”
23-07-2018
Jemena completes Northern Gas Pipeline construction

Energy infrastructure company Jemena has reported that construction of Australia’s 622-km Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) has been completed. The line extends from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mt. Isa in Queensland and connects the Amadeus to Darwin pipeline Northern Territory grid with the Queensland (and South Australian) grids.

20-07-2018
Woodside exits Port Arthur LNG development

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, has exited the Sempla Energy-led Port Arthur LNG gas export development project in Texas. Woodside joined the project 3 years ago but is now citing lower-than-expected returns than would justify the investment as the reason for walking away.

20-07-2018
ExxonMobil PNG-LNG group signs sale agreement with PetroChina

The ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG joint venture in Papua New Guinea has signed a midterm LNG sale and purchase agreement with PetroChina International (Hong Kong) Corp. Ltd. for the supply of LNG from the Southern Highlands project beginning this month.

20-07-2018
Edmonton MP gets Canadian resources job

An Edmonton member of the Canadian Parliament voiced support of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion after being sworn in as minister of natural resources on July 18.

19-07-2018
Enterprise to build deepwater crude export terminal in US Gulf

Enterprise Products Partners LP plans to develop a crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast. The terminal would be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers with capacities of about 2 million bbl. Enterprise has started front-end engineering and design and preparing applications for regulatory permitting.

18-07-2018
FERC moving ahead on LNG project applications, chairman says

Denying a report that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notified LNG project sponsors that there would be a 12-18 month delay in processing applications, Chairman Kevin McIntyre said the commission has made significant strides “in reforming the permitting process in working with federal partners, eliminating duplicative processes, and streamlining procedures that will significantly reduce our LNG permitting timelines.”

18-07-2018
Medallion launches open season for expansion of Midland oil line

Medallion Pipeline Co. LLC, Irving, Tex., has launched a binding open season to solicit long-term, firm shipper commitments for a major expansion of its crude oil pipeline system in the Midland basin.

17-07-2018
ExxonMobil-led JV submits Rovuma LNG plan to Mozambique

The Exxon Mobil-led Mozambique Rovuma Venture SPA submitted its development plan to Mozambique’s government for the first phase of the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy, and market natural gas from Mamba fields in Area 4 block offshore Mozambique. 

16-07-2018
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16-07-2018
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16-07-2018
Total closes acquisition of Engie’s LNG business

Total SA has closed on its acquisition of LNG assets from Engie SA for an overall enterprise value of $1.5 billion with possible further payments of $550 million if oil markets improve in the coming years.

13-07-2018
Tallgrass, Silver Creek seek additional shipper commitments for Iron Horse

Tallgrass Energy LP, Leawood, Kan., and Silver Creek Midstream LLC, Irving, Tex., launched a binding open season soliciting additional shipper commitments for Niobrara (API 34°– 42°) crude oil transportation service on the Iron Horse Pipeline.

10-07-2018
Oryx launches open season for Delaware basin crude gathering and transportation system

Oryx Midstream Services II LLC operating subsidiaries have launched a joint binding open season to secure volume commitments and/or acreage dedications to support the previously-announced regional crude oil gathering and trunk line transportation systems, which will serve the Delaware basin in Texas and New Mexico.

10-07-2018
ACE releases final SEIS for Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project
The US Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District released the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project.
09-07-2018
Cedigaz: Worldwide gas demand to rise 1.4%/year during 2016-40
Global natural gas demand is expected to rise 1.4%/year between 2016 and 2040, with China leading the growth, according to a recent medium and long-term outlook for 2018 from Cedigaz, the International Association of Natural Gas, Paris.
09-07-2018
Australia’s EMO says gas shortfall averted until 2030
Running against the tide of earlier opinions, the Australian Energy Market Operator has declared that the forecast domestic gas shortfall for Australia’s east coast predicted last year has been averted.
09-07-2018
BP, partners start Shah Deniz 2 offshore Azerbaijan
BP PLC and its partners announced they started natural gas production from Shah Deniz Phase 2 offshore Azerbaijan. The $28-billion project is the first Caspian Sea subsea development.
09-07-2018
EU should use its existing tools to resist Nord Stream 2, forum told
The European Union should use tools it has already instead of calling for US sanctions to resist the Russian-backed 746-mile Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, one speaker suggested at a June 25 Atlantic Council discussion about Central and Eastern Europe’s 21st Century energy needs.
09-07-2018
WGC: Politics ranks high in gas pipeline risk factors
West Virginia (R) Sen. Shelley Capito, speaking June 26 at the World Gas Conference in Washington, DC, described the recent stop-and-start nature of pipeline construction, brought about by ongoing protests, as “very problematic” regarding needed expansion of the US pipeline system.
09-07-2018
WGC: Long-term gas consumption to rise under nearly all scenarios
Global natural gas consumption is projected to rise in the long term under virtually all major scenarios—including the most aggressive low-carbon transition—according to “Global Gas Report 2018,” released at the World Gas Conference by Snam, International Gas Union, and the Boston Consulting Group.
09-07-2018
WGC: DNV GL survey finds energy industry moving toward natural gas
Nearly two thirds (64%) of oil and gas sector leaders expect to increase or sustain spending on natural gas projects in 2018, as the sector prepares for gas to overtake oil as the world’s primary energy source in the mid-2030s.
09-07-2018
Northern Territory lets gas pipeline contract to AGIG

Newmont Mining Corp. has awarded Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) a $170-million (Aus.) contract to build a new gas pipeline in the Northern Territory.

09-07-2018
Eastbound shipments start from Yamal LNG

Novatek began regular shipments via the eastbound, Northern Sea Route from its Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic as two Arc7 vessels transited the ice-covered part of the route in 9 days with no icebreaker escort.

06-07-2018
Brookfield to buy gas gathering, processing units from Enbridge

Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners have agreed to acquire from Enbridge Inc., Calgary, Enbridge’s Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business in the Montney, Peace River Arch, Horn River, and Liard basins in British Columbia and Alberta for $4.31 billion (Can.) in cash.

05-07-2018
Cedigaz: Worldwide gas demand to rise 1.4%/year during 2016-40

Global natural gas demand is expected to rise 1.4%/year between 2016 and 2040, with China leading the growth, according to a recent medium and long-term outlook for 2018 from Cedigaz, the International Association of Natural Gas, Paris.

03-07-2018
WGC: ExxonMobil, Chevron CEOs list gas growth’s challenges
The US natural gas outlook undeniably has improved substantially in the last 30 years, the chief executives of the nation’s two biggest multinational oil companies agreed on June 26.
03-07-2018
A take on European gas
Interconnections that run both ways have become as important as having more secure natural gas supplies, Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission’s Energy Union, said on June 25 in Washington, DC.
02-07-2018
FLNG conversions cost-competitive with onshore projects
Floating LNG (FLNG) plants converted from existing vessels can come online at a price comparable to low-cost onshore plants. At current LNG prices, however, there is little room for larger newbuild FLNG’s and even conversions face uncertain prospects.
02-07-2018
A banner year for US gas
This year is expected to continue to be a banner year for US natural gas, with growing consumption, exports, and production (see table, p. 30). In addition, a colder-than-normal winter resulted in larger inventory withdrawals than a year ago.
02-07-2018
KOC’s digital oil field initiative increases North Kuwait production
Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC) plans this year to start Phase 2 of Kuwait’s Integrated Digital Oil Field (KwIDF). The Phase 1 rollout and expansion, covering nearly 1,200 wells, began in 2015 with completion in 2017.
02-07-2018
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02-07-2018
Magnum holds open season for WEST Header Project

Magnum Energy Midstream Holdings LLC is holding a nonbinding open season for an interstate natural gas pipeline to transport natural gas bidirectionally between multiple receipt and delivery points, including storage, throughout multiple western US states.

29-06-2018
WGC: Australia, US in line to meet Chinese LNG demand

Future incremental Chinese demand for LNG will be met first from Australia and next by expansions to already approved US plants, Hans Kristian Danielsen, DNV GL Oil & Gas sales director and vice-president for marketing, told Oil & Gas Journal at the World Gas Conference in Washington, DC.

28-06-2018
Oneok mulls expansion of gas systems in Permian basin, Oklahoma

Oneok Inc., Tulsa, plans to expand its natural gas pipeline systems in the Permian basin and Oklahoma by as much as 1.7 bcfd.

28-06-2018
WGC: ‘Last mile’ of LNG chain has greatest potential value

Global LNG trade will increase to a base-case 450 million tonnes/year by 2030, from roughly 300 million tpy currently, according to Accenture Strategy. The company’s high-case projections approach 700 million tpy. Western Europe, China, and India will be on the receiving end of the bulk of this increase.

 

28-06-2018
PGNiG, Port Arthur LNG agree to proposed delivery terms

Officials from Polish Oil & Gas Co. (PGNiG) and Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra LNG & Midstream, signed an agreement relating to delivery terms over 20 years of LNG from the Sempra LNG & Midstream subsidiary’s Port Arthur, Tex., liquefaction facility on June 27 as the 2018 World Gas Conference moved into it second day. 

28-06-2018
Epic NGL Permian-to-Corpus Christi pipeline completes Phase 2 construction

Epic Midstream Holdings LP, San Antonio, has completed Phase 2 of its NGL pipeline. NGL is being transported from DLK Black River Midstream to Benedum, Tex., in Upton County. About 205 miles of the 700-mile pipeline project are in service.

 

27-06-2018
EnLink to build Delaware basin crude oil gathering system

EnLink Midstream will construct a crude oil gathering system in the northern Delaware basin. Initial operations for the Avenger Crude Oil Gathering System are expected to begin in this year’s third quarter with full-service operations beginning during first-quarter 2019.

27-06-2018
WGC: Politics ranks high in gas pipeline risk factors

West Virginia (R) Sen. Shelley Capito, speaking June 26 at the World Gas Conference in Washington, DC, described the recent stop-and-start nature of pipeline construction, brought about by ongoing protests, as “very problematic” regarding needed expansion of the US pipeline system. 

26-06-2018
Kinder Morgan, EagleClaw, Apache propose development of Permian Highway line

Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary KMI Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC (KMTP), EagleClaw Midstream Ventures LLC, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, and Apache Corp. have signed a letter of intent for the development of the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline Project (PHP Project). 

26-06-2018
EU should use its existing tools to resist Nord Stream 2, forum told

The European Union should use tools it has already instead of calling for US sanctions to resist the Russian-backed 746-mile Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, one speaker suggested at a June 25 Atlantic Council discussion about Central and Eastern Europe’s 21st Century energy needs.

26-06-2018
ACE releases final SEIS for Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District released the final SEIS for the proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project. The June 22 action signaled that the proposed 733-mile gas pipeline from the Alaska North Slope to south-central Alaska completed its National Environmental Policy Act review, and a record of decision will be issued 30 days later. 

25-06-2018
Chevron lets contracts for Gorgon subsea, well completions equipment

Chevron Australia has let contracts to Baker Hughes to supply subsea production equipment under a 15-year master service order with a second contract for well completion equipment for a second development phase within the Greater Gorgon area offshore Australia, helping to maintain gas supply to the downstream LNG plant. 

25-06-2018
INGAA Foundation study projects robust US need for gas pipelines

The US and Canada will need to invest a combined $791 billion, in real 2016 dollars, or an average $44 billion/year, for new natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas pipeline transportation systems from 2018 through 2035, the INGAA Foundation Inc. predicted in a new report.

 

18-06-2018
ExxonMobil Australia mulls LNG import terminal

ExxonMobil Australia is considering the import of LNG into eastern Australia to help ease the predicted shortfall of gas supply from 2021 and protect its existing market share. The company also is increasing its exploration program in Bass Strait as well as considering the development of a field extension called West Barracouta. 

18-06-2018
CAPP links oil production, pipeline growth
Despite slumping investment in the oil sands region, Canada will be able to produce 1.41 million b/d more crude oil in 2035 than it did last year if pipeline capacity expands, says the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
18-06-2018
Sen. Schumer demands new federal crude-by-rail volatility standards
US Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has asked US Departments of Energy and Transportation leaders to propose and quickly finalize new volatility standards for crude oil shipped by rail.
18-06-2018
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18-06-2018
Wheatstone LNG Train 2 comes on stream

Chevron Australia has brought on stream the second LNG train in its $34-billion Wheatstone project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Train 1 of the project came on stream at the beginning of October 2017. The project will now ramp up to its full capacity of 8.9 million tonnes/year of LNG in the coming months. 

15-06-2018
Targa NGL Pipeline launches open season

Targa NGL Pipeline Co. LLC, Houston, has launched an open season commencing June 15 and closing July 6 to gauge shipper interest in firm interstate transportation service for natural gas liquids from Coal and Hughes counties, Okla. to Mont Belvieu, Tex.

15-06-2018
Hoeven reintroduces cross-border energy transportation bill

US Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) announced on June 14 that he has reintroduced legislation aimed at preventing delays in US oil and natural gas pipelines and electric power lines that would cross the US borders with Canada or Mexico.

14-06-2018
ExxonMobil, PAA to build 1 million-b/d Permian-to-Gulf Coast crude pipeline

ExxonMobil Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) have signed a letter of intent to build 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. 

13-06-2018
AGL executes two key agreements for Victorian LNG jetty

AGL Energy Ltd., Sydney, has executed two key agreements for its proposed LNG import jetty at Crib Point on the west Gippsland coast of Victoria.

12-06-2018
Nord Stream 2 completes Swedish permitting

Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline received the permit for construction and operation in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation issued the permit for the roughly 510-km section within the Swedish EEZ. 

11-06-2018
Gladstone LNG ships 200th cargo from Curtis Island

The Gladstone LNG (GLNG) project led by Santos Ltd., Adelaide, has successfully delivered its 200th cargo of LNG from its Curtis Island plant near Gladstone on Queensland’s east coast. The YK Sovereign LNG carrier docked at the Incheon reception terminal in South Korea with the cargo last week.

11-06-2018
Once-sure Turkish elections now offer potential surprise
Turkey, with politics more important to oil and gas than its minor status as a producer would suggest, holds potentially ironic elections this month.
11-06-2018
Inpex commissions Ichthys central processing facility
Japanese company Inpex Corp. expects to begin gas production from Ichthys field wellheads in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia as early as this month.
11-06-2018
AIE consortium plans LNG import terminal for New South Wales
A consortium of Japanese energy majors and Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest has proposed that Port Kembla on the New South Wales coast near Wollongong is the preferred site for a new LNG import terminal that would bring gas to the New South Wales market.
11-06-2018