Natural Gas

Looking Back at the Biggest Pipeline Stories of 2023

(P&GJ) – In this final issue of P&GJ for 2023, the staff – with more than a little help from our readers – takes a look back at the sometimes chaotic year in midstream that was 2023.

Equinor, Germany's Sefe Strike $55 Billion Gas Supply Deal

German energy firm Sefe secured a 50 billion euro ($55 billion) gas deal with Norway's Equinor on Tuesday, covering one-third of the industrial gas needs of Europe's largest economy.

Santos Advances Barossa Gas Project with Drilling Nod, Pipeline Fate Entangled in Legal Dispute

Australian oil and gas major Santos said on Monday it had received approval for a revised drilling plan at its $4.3 billion Barossa gas project, although the fate of a pipeline to take gas to shore remains locked in a legal dispute.

Tokyo Gas to Acquire Gas Producer Rockcliff Energy for $2.7 Billion

With the acquisition, Tokyo Gas' natural gas production will quadruple to 1.3 Bcf/d from about 330 MMcf/d, making it one of the largest shale gas producers in Texas and Louisiana, according to Tokyo Gas.

Elon Musk Calls for Balanced Perspective on Oil and Gas, Urges Caution in Criticism

It is important to reduce carbon emissions to preserve the planet. Still, oil and natural gas should not be demonized in the medium term, Elon Musk, the founder of electric car maker Tesla, said on Saturday.

Creating Efficiencies with Turn-Key Integrity Solutions

(P&GJ) — As countries around the globe work to reduce emissions, the transition from coal to natural gas is an important step that many pipeline operators are pursuing, as part of their strategy to meet emission targets and move to lower carbon energy sources.

U.S. Allocates Up to $890 Million for Carbon Capture Projects at Gas Facilities in Texas, California

Natural gas and coal plants in Texas, California and North Dakota will share up to $890 million in U.S. funding for projects to demonstrate the viability of carbon capture technologies, the U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday.

Shell's Gas Project License Talks with Venezuela Hinge on Dispute Over Future LNG Prices

A disagreement between Shell and Venezuela's state company PDVSA over future LNG prices has gridlocked talks on a license for Shell and Trinidad and Tobago's National Gas Company to operate a Venezuelan gas field, two people close to the negotiations said.

Equinor Buys Shell's Stake in the Linnorm Gas Discovery

Norway's Equinor said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Shell's stake in the Linnorm gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea, raising its ownership to 50%.

Canadian Natural Resources Projects Uptick in Production in 2024

Canadian Natural Resources said on Thursday it expects production to increase in 2024, as the energy producer bets on demand amid tight supplies.

Pembina Pipeline Acquires Enbridge's Interests in Alliance Pipeline, Aux Sable for $3.1 Billion

(P&GJ) — Enbridge Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 50% interest in Alliance Pipeline and its 42.7% interest in Aux Sable to Pembina Pipeline Corp. for a purchase price of $3.1 billion, including non-recourse debt at Alliance of approximately $0.3 billion.

Kinder Morgan Increases Permian Highway Pipeline Capacity by 550 MMcf/d

(P&GJ) — Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has successfully augmented the capacity of its Permian Highway natural gas pipeline by an additional 550 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), CEO Kimberly Dang announced during an investor call Dec. 7.

Exolum to Acquire 50% Stake in Houston Ammonia, NGL Storage Terminal from Moda Midstream

Exolum has agreed to acquire a 50% interest in Vopak Moda Houston LLC, an ammonia storage, import and export terminal located on the Houston Ship Channel, from Moda Midstream LLC.

Gas Producer EQT Explores $3 Billion Sale of Marcellus Shale Well Stakes

The stakes EQT is planning to sell are in assets spread across Northeast Pennsylvania with current production of around 700 million cubic feet per day, the sources said.

Former BP CEO Looney Loses $40 Million in Compensation Amid Board Misconduct Claims

BP cut over $40 million in remuneration from former CEO Bernard Looney after the British oil giant concluded he had knowingly misled the board over personal relationships with colleagues.

Howard Energy Partners Completes $800 Million in 2023 Growth Projects, Achieves Record Volumes

(P&GJ) — Howard Energy Partners completed $800 million in 2023 growth projects, including new pipelines and facilities in key U.S. oil and gas basins, along with storage and logistics for renewable diesel on the Texas Gulf Coast.

BP's Olympic Pipeline Leaks Over 25,000 Gallons of Gas in Washington State

(P&GJ) — Emergency teams worked to address a gasoline spill in northwest Washington State on Dec. 12 after a pipeline segment failed over the weekend that released approximately 25,660 gallons (97,100 liters) of gasoline due to a small tube malfunction.

NIPSCO Completes $180 Million Gas Pipeline Extension in Kokomo, Indiana

(P&GJ) — NIPSCO has announced the completion of the installation of nearly 19 miles of new 24-inch steel gas pipeline. This pipeline will service the new battery plant in Kokomo, Indiana, providing a safe and reliable source of natural gas for the future.

EIA Forecasts 20 Bcf/d Boost for U.S. LNG Export Terminals with New Pipelines

More than 20.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas pipeline capacity is under construction, partly completed, or approved to deliver natural gas to five U.S. LNG export terminals that are currently under construction, according to the EIA.

WoodMac: M&A Deals in Permian Basin Exceed $100 Billion in 2023

The value of U.S. oil and gas mergers and acquisitions in the Permian basin this year has reached a record of more than $100 billion after several multibillion-dollar deals, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in a news release on Tuesday.

LNG Developer Tellurian Names New President as Shakeup Continues

Tellurian said on Monday it appointed a new president and general counsel, days after the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer ousted co-founder Charif Souki as chairman.

TC Energy's Coastal GasLink Seeks $737 Million from Contractor Over Project Delays

Coastal GasLink, a Canadian natural gas pipeline partnership operated by TC Energy, is seeking C$1.2 billion ($737 million) from one of its main contractors for construction delays and may be liable for a similar amount if an arbitrator rules against it, court documents showed ahead of a hearing this month.

Occidental Petroleum to Acquire Permian Oil, Gas Producer CrownRock for $12 Billion

Occidental Petroleum said on Monday it would buy Permian basin-focused energy producer CrownRock in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $12 billion including debt, expanding its presence in the largest U.S. oilfield.

Serbia Launches Gas Pipeline Interconnector with Bulgaria, Diversifying Supplies

Serbia on Sunday completed the interconnector to a pipeline in Bulgaria, which would allow the Balkan country to diversify its gas supplies and reduce its dependence on Russia.

Venezuela Urges BP, Chevron, and Shell to Revive Offshore Gas Project Amid Territorial Dispute

The request to act on blocks that have not been touched in more than a decade comes amid an escalating territorial dispute with Guyana that has rattled the country and led to an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

Sources: Endeavor Energy Explores Sale for as Much as $30 Billion

Endeavor Energy Partners is exploring a sale that could value the largest privately-held oil and gas producer in the Permian basin of the United States at between $25 billion and $30 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Shell Plans $1 Billion Investment to Boost Natural Gas Output in Nigeria

Shell Plc sees a $5 billion offshore oil investment opportunity in Nigeria and pledged to spend a further $1 billion in five to 10 years to boost natural gas output for domestic supplies and exports, a presidential spokesperson said on Thursday, citing Shell's director of upstream operations.

Sources: Four Suitors Offer More Than $648 Million for Edison’s Gas Storage Assets

Edison's gas storage assets have attracted offers from four Italian and international suitors, setting the stage for a transaction that could be worth more than 600 million euros ($648 million), two sources familiar with the matter said.

DT Midstream Reaches Early Mechanical Completion of LEAP Phase 2 Expansion

(P&GJ) — DT Midstream Inc. has reached early mechanical completion of its Phase 2 LEAP Gathering Lateral Pipeline expansion. The 400 MMcf/d expansion is now expected to be available for firm service on January 1, 2024.

EIA: Continental U.S. Kicks Off Winter with Most Natural Gas in Storage Since 2020

The continental United States entered the winter heating season with the most natural gas in storage since 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Thursday.