Pipeline

Key Hearing for 2,000-Mile Carbon Capture Pipeline Begins in Iowa

Iowa residents living along the route of the U.S.'s largest proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline told state regulators they were worried about possible ruptures and land takings at the start of a hearing that will determine the fate of the project.

Clearfork Midstream Expands Haynesville Gas System, Adds New Pipelines Across Louisiana and Texas

(P&GJ) — These expansions represent a system-wide capacity increase of approximately 65% since Clearfork’s acquisition of the assets in February 2022. In addition, the company has expanded its North Louisiana gathering footprint to the east and west, and is in construction on new gathering pipe further west into Panola County, Texas.

Residual Stress in Predicted Failure Pressure Calculation

(P&GJ) — Pipeline safety regulations require performing a calculation of the predicted failure pressure (PFP) of defects as part of an engineering critical assessment. Whether to include residual stress from pipe manufacturing, and selecting the magnitude of residual stress, can significantly affect the outcome of the PFP calculation. Guidance for accounting for residual stress is inconsistent.

Shell Nigeria Investigates Possible Trans Niger Oil Pipeline Leak

Shell Plc's local unit is investigating a possible leak on its Trans Niger oil pipeline that traverses Bodo community in Nigeria's River state following an Aug. 18 report, a spokesperson said on Monday.

Pipeline Operator Trans Mountain Says British Columbia Fires Pose No Risk to Its Operations

Canadian oil pipeline system operator Trans Mountain said on Sunday that the British Columbia wildfires posed no risk to its pipeline operations or its expansion project.

Energy Transfer Seeks New LNG Export License After Extension Denied

Pipeline operator Energy Transfer on Friday requested a new and expedited export license for its proposed Lake Charles LNG plant in Louisiana, according to a filing with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Bakken Success Boosts Need for Gas Capture Innovations

(P&GJ) — While one of North Dakota’s top energy officials, Justin Kringstad, readily leads the cheers for his state’s success with industry in curbing the economic and environmentally harmful practice of flaring associated gas at well sites.

US Natural Gas Groups Oppose Federal Plan to Eliminate Methane Leaks

U.S. natural gas trade groups on Wednesday opposed federal pipeline regulators' proposed methane leak detection rules to address the climate-change crisis. The gas associations said extensive changes needed to be made to PHMSA’s proposal for it to be technically and economically feasible.

COFCO Brings Brazil's First Biodiesel Pipeline Online

The Brazilian unit of China's COFCO International started operating the South American country's first biodiesel pipeline connecting its plant in Rondonopolis, at the heart of Brazil's farm country, to nearby distributors.

Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Issues Force Majeure Amidst Fire Incident

Kinder Morgan unit Tennessee Gas Pipeline on Friday declared force majeure due to an explosion and fire caused by equipment failure at a compressor station near Centerville in Hickman County.

Russia's Arctic-2 LNG Set to Start Production During 2023, CNOOC Says

Russia's Arctic-2 LNG project, in which China's CNOOC Ltd. holds a 10% stake, is proceeding as planned with first phase to start operation during this year, senior company executives said on Friday.

API and LEPA Release Comprehensive CO2 Pipeline Safety Guide

(P&GJ) — The guide, developed with input from the National Association of State Fire Marshals, helps operators advance a zero-incident safety culture by outlining best practices for CO2 pipeline safety and emergency preparedness.

Portgas Preparing to Automate Gas Mix, New Pipeline Technologies

(P&GJ) — REN Portgás, one of Portugal’s leading natural gas distributors, upgraded to DNV’s Synergi Gas Automated Model Builder to boost quicker and better-informed decision-making as they prepare for the new energy mix.

Energy Transfer to Buy Crestwood in $7.1 Billion Pipeline Deal

The $7.1 billion deal will see Energy Transfer add about 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gas-gathering capacity, 1.4 Bcf/d of gas-processing capacity and 340,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude-gathering capacity.

Pembina Pipeline Delays Cedar LNG FID to Fourth Quarter 2023

(P&GJ) — Pembina Pipeline Corp. has been granted the permit for its proposed LNG facility by the BC Energy Regulator. Thus, the final investment decision (FID) timeline has been revised to the fourth quarter of 2023, due to ongoing discussions and negotiations involving LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink.

Case Study: Rescue Pigging’s Race Against the Clock

(P&GJ) — A routine sphering operation to control liquid hold up on a 30-inch trunk pipeline transporting wet gas was interrupted when a sphere became damaged and stalled in the pipeline following interaction with a subsea isolation valve inadvertently stuck in the partially closed position.

Nigeria's NNPC Destroys Dozens of Illicit Refineries, Oil Pipeline Connections

Nigeria's state oil firm NNPC has successfully dismantled dozens of illicit refineries and unauthorized pipeline connections as part of ongoing efforts to curb theft in the oil-rich Niger River delta, it said on Tuesday.

EIA: U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Exports to Mexico Set a Monthly High in June 2023

(P&GJ) — U.S. natural gas pipeline exports to Mexico averaged a record 6.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) for June 2023, which is 0.1 Bcf/d greater than the previous record set in June 2021, according to data from Wood Mackenzie.

Canada Reaches Out to Indigenous Groups About Trans Mountain Stake Sale

The Canadian government has reached out to Indigenous groups about potentially selling them a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, edging ahead on its long-promised involvement of local communities in the controversial project, the finance minister's office said on Wednesday.

Mexico’s Ambitious LNG Export Goals Rely on US Pipeline Imports

(P&GJ) — If Mexico follows through with construction of all its proposed liquified natural gas export projects, it will become the fourth-largest LNG shipper in the world. Unlike the other countries in that Top 4 list, however, it would be the only one that imports most of the natural gas it ultimately ships.

Permian Operators Look to Carry the Load

(P&GJ) — Midstream projects in the region continue more-or-less undeterred with more than 8 Bcf/d of pipeline capacity planned or under construction from the Permian and Haynesville basins as operators lock in on expanding LNG export markets on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts.

US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Mountain Valley Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge to federal approvals for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, in a decision that likely ends legal fights over the construction of the $6.6 billion natural gas project led by Equitrans Midstream.

Haynesville Riding LNG Wave to Gulf Coast

(P&GJ) — With the primary driver of U.S. natural gas demand growth continuing to be LNG exports, the bottlenecked pipeline takeaway capacity in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale has left the Haynesville shale, along with the Permian Basin, as the two regions with the most consistent midstream growth.

Argentina's Neuquen Hits Oil Export Record with Vaca Muerta Boost

In June, Neuquen, Argentina, exported a record 2.77 million barrels of oil, fueled by higher Vaca Muerta formation production. With a newly active pipeline linking Neuquen to Buenos Aires since early July, the region is poised for increased natural gas transport.

Editor’s Notebook: Is Rerouting Line 5 the Best Option?

(P&GJ) — In a ruling that could be interpreted as a split decision, a U.S. District Court judge has told Enbridge it can continue to operate its Line 5 pipeline through an indigenous people’s territory but must relocate a portion of the line by 2026.

Canada Looking to Sell Trans Mountain Pipeline Stake to Indigenous Groups

Canada is looking to sell a stake in the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to indigenous groups through a special-purpose vehicle that will allow individual communities to buy into the enterprise, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

ADNOC Gas Awards $3.6 Billion Contract to Expand UAE Gas Processing

State oil giant Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's gas unit, ADNOC Gas, said on Wednesday it awarded a $3.6 billion contract to expand its gas processing infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates.

Poland Successfully Repairs Leaked Druzhba Oil Pipeline

Polish pipeline operator PERN said on Tuesday that it had restored the Druzhba oil pipeline to full functionality as expected after discovering a leak.

Energy Transfer Reports Lower Q2 Earnings, Weighed by Natural Gas Prices

Last week, U.S. midstream company Energy Transfer reported lower earnings for the second quarter despite higher transport volumes in most energy product segments versus a year ago.

Pipeline Operator Magellan Sees US Crude, Fuel Exports Rising

Pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners said on Thursday it expects exports of U.S. crude and refined products to grow on increasing global demand for U.S. energy.