Infrastructure

US Proposes Rules to Limit Methane Leaks from Public Lands Drilling

The U.S Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management on Monday proposed rules to limit methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on public lands, the latest move by the Biden administration to crack down on the potent greenhouse gas.

Russia Says It Foiled Sabotage at 'South Stream' Gas Pipeline

Russia's Federal Security Service said on Thursday that it had prevented Ukrainian special services from carrying out what it said was sabotage on the "South Stream" gas pipeline.

Israel's NewMed Energy Leaning Towards Floating LNG Expansion

Israel's NewMed Energy said on Thursday it was leaning towards building a floating liquefied national gas terminal to further develop its Leviathan gas field off Israel's Mediterranean coast.

Italian City of Piombino Challenges LNG Terminal Project

The Italian city of Piombino has launched a legal challenge against a government-backed project for a new LNG terminal in the Tuscan port that is seen as key to helping wean Italy off Russian gas.

Urban Pipeline Construction: Innovations Overcoming Density, Aging Infrastructure Issues

(P&GJ) — Looking for faster, better, more effective ways to work in the densely populated environments has equipped pipeline operators and utilities with new sets of tools. Innovation is changing the makeup of jobs and mindsets within the energy field.

Yemen's Houthis Attack Al-Dhabba Oil Terminal, Force Ship to Leave

Yemen's Houthis attacked al-Dhabba oil terminal in Hadhramaut province on Monday, the group and Yemen's internationally recognized government said.

Carbon Capture Not Ending Pipeline Woes

(P&GJ) — With growing demand and government incentives to develop more carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) capacity, some of the biggest U.S. pipeline projects now on the drawing board are designed to transport CO2 from source to storage.

New Fortress Finalizes Deal to Develop Lakach Gas Project in Mexico

New Fortress Energy said on Tuesday it had finalized agreements with Mexican state oil company Pemex for the development of an LNG project associated with the country's Lakach offshore gas field.

Delfin Gets More Time to Build US Gulf of Mexico LNG Export Plant

U.S. energy regulators on Friday extended until September 2023 the amount of time liquefied natural gas developer Delfin LNG has to put the onshore part of its proposed Gulf of Mexico floating export project off Louisiana into service.

White House Announces $13 Billion in Funding to Modernize Power Grids

The White House announced through the Department of Energy on Friday that it is soliciting grant applications for $13 billion in new financing under the bipartisan infrastructure bill for the expansion and modernization of the U.S. electric grid.

Shell's Zydeco Oil Pipeline Running at Reduced Capacity

Shell Pipeline Co.'s Zydeco oil pipeline from Houston to Port Neches, Texas, is operating at reduced capacity due to project work at Port Neches, and is expected to remain at reduced capacity until mid to late December, the company said on Thursday.

Putin Discussed Idea of Turkish 'Gas Hub' with Erdogan, Kremlin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the idea of creating a Turkish "gas hub" with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a phone call, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Pipeline Fire Ignited by Gas Leak Leaves Five Injured in Ecuador

Ecuadorean state oil company Petroecuador said on Thursday five people were injured in a fire caused by a leak in a pipeline that carries gas to a refinery in the South American country's Amazon region.

One Killed, Two Injured in Petronas-operated Pipeline Explosion in Malaysia

Malaysian state energy company Petronas reported a fire at the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline near Lawas on Wednesday afternoon, which the Borneo Post online said led to an explosion that killed one person and injured two others.

Snam to Invest $3.8 Billion in Italy's Gas Network, Including Proposed Adriatic Pipeline

Snam will invest $3.76 billion in Italy's gas network - including the proposed Adriatic pipeline project - to improve transport facilities from the south to the north of the country and boost supply from Africa, it said on Thursday.

Cheniere Asks Regulators for 18 Months to Upgrade LNG Turbines

Top U.S. LNG exporter Cheniere Energy Inc. is asking Louisiana regulators for 18 months to upgrade nearly half of its turbines in the state because they exceeded new air pollution limits, according to a document viewed by Reuters.

INGAA CEO Writes to President Biden to Address New England Reliability Concerns

(P&GJ) — Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) President and CEO Amy Andryszak sent a letter to President Biden on Monday to address New England gas-electric reliability concerns brought forward in a letter from Eversource President and CEO Joseph R. Nolan Jr.

Mauritania and BP to Explore Green Hydrogen Projects

BP has signed an agreement with Mauritania to explore ways to develop low-carbon hydrogen on a large scale in the West African country, the British energy company said on Tuesday

Enbridge Approves $2.7 Billion Expansion of Southern B.C. Pipeline System

Enbridge Inc. on Friday sanctioned an expansion of the southern segment of its British Columbia (B.C.) pipeline system, a project that would cost up to $2.65 billion, after strong demand from crude oil producers.

Sempra Set to Approve Port Arthur LNG Export Plant in Q1 2023

California energy company Sempra Energy said Thursday that its Sempra Infrastructure unit planned to greenlight the first phase of its proposed Port Arthur LNG export plant in Texas during the first quarter of 2023.

Boosting Pipeline Performance and Savings with Dual-Layer Barrier Systems

Oil and gas pipelines take a beating – both before and after they’re installed underground. From transportation and storage to installation and service, pipes face potential scrapes, impacts, flexions and more. These stresses threaten the integrity of the pipes themselves and, especially, the external barrier systems that protect pipes from corrosion.

Serbia Plans Nearly $12 Billion in Pipeline, Energy Projects

Serbia's new government plans to invest 12 billion euros ($11.83 billion) in energy projects, including oil and gas pipelines and increased power production capacity, prime minister designate Ana Brnabic told parliament on Tuesday.

Analysis-Pipeline Blasts Leave Nord Stream in Insurance Limbo

With the mystery of the blasts that destroyed undersea gas pipelines between Russia and Germany unsolved, Nord Stream 1's insurers and reinsurers are grappling with how to respond to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential claims.

Finance Minister: Canada Would Back 'Economically Viable' New LNG Terminals

Canada will look at supporting more LNG terminals as long as they are economically feasible because they are needed to keep the world from burning coal again amid the current energy crunch, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Friday.

Putting Machine Learning to Use for Integrity Management

(P&GJ) — Minimizing the unscheduled downtime of a pipeline network is a crucial part of ensuring maximum throughput and therefore helping to ensure profitability. As an industry, it is known that one of the best ways to achieve this is to develop and maintain an effective risk assessment and an associated integrity management plan, acting on the outcomes of them and ensuring we have a good understanding of the current condition of the pipeline and the rate at which it is deteriorating.

Case Study: Inspection of Indonesian Pipeline Infrastructure

(P&GJ) — The natural gas transmission pipeline is critical to national energy security. To prevent future process faults and to guarantee safe and continuous operation, it is essential to identify risk and forecast future equipment failure and its effects.

Brunsbuettel LNG Hub Expected to Be Ready in 2026, Gasunie Says

Dutch gas grid operator Gasunie said its German subsidiary has signed deals related to the development of a new LNG terminal at Brunsbuettel with 8 billion cubic meters of throughput capacity, due to be completed by 2026.

Gazprom CEO: Big Part of Nord Stream May Need to Be Replaced

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told Russia's State TV Channel One late on Thursday that a big section of the damaged Nord Stream pipelines might need to be replaced, while Russia plans boosting gas exports via the Black Sea and Turkey.

Volatus Aerospace Acquires Over 300,000 Miles of Pipeline Right-of-Way Surveillance

(P&GJ) — Volatus Aerospace has acquired Synergy Aviation Ltd., which patrols and inspects more than 500,000 km of pipeline, stretching from the British Columbia coast to the Manitoba/U.S. border.

Clearfork Midstream Expanding Haynesville Gathering System with Two New Pipelines

(P&GJ) — Clearfork is expanding the footprint of its Holly System by constructing a 24-inch diameter pipeline to the east side of the Red River in northeast Red River Parish, Louisiana as well as a 16-inch diameter pipeline that will expand Clearfork’s capacity in the Spring Ridge area in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.