Pipeline

China Prioritizing Turkmenistan Over Russia in Next Big Pipeline Project

China is accelerating the building of a long-delayed Central Asian pipeline to source gas from Turkmenistan even as Russia pushes its own new Siberian connection, as Beijing juggles its energy security needs with diplomatic priorities.

Illegal Pipeline Tap Injures 13 at Pemex Refinery in Mexico

A fire at a refinery controlled by Mexican state-run oil firm Pemex and an explosion caused by an illegal pipeline tap injured a total of 13 people, the company said in separate statements Wednesday.

Pipeline Operator Energy Transfer Slams US Denial of LNG Extension, Seeks Rehearing

Pipeline operator Energy Transfer slammed the U.S. Department of Energy's denial of an export-permit extension to its Louisiana LNG export project in a DOE filing, seeking a rehearing.

EIA: Texas, New Mexico Led US Crude Oil Production Last Year

(P&GJ) — U.S. crude oil production grew 5.6%, or 0.6 million bpd, in 2022 compared with 2021, averaging 11.9 million bpd, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The two states the Permian Basin spans—Texas and New Mexico—contributed the most growth to U.S. crude oil production in 2022.

US Permian Natural Gas Flaring Could Rise in 2024, Report Shows

Natural gas flaring in the top U.S. shale basin is poised to increase next year, a report released on Tuesday projected, as the region's output exceeds available pipeline capacity.

Comet Ridge, Jemena Ink Deal for Mahalo North Gas Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Under the deal, Jemena will immediately undertake a pre-FEED study of a Jemena-owned and operated high-pressure gas transmission pipeline of approximately 73 km (45 miles) from the Mahalo North Gas Project to Jemena’s Queensland Gas Pipeline (QGP).

Caliche Launches Open Season for Expansion Project, Firm Natural Gas Storage in Beaumont

(P&GJ) — Caliche Development Partners II has launched a non-binding open season to solicit natural gas firm storage service to support the development of two additional natural gas storage caverns at Golden Triangle Storage facility in Beaumont, TX.

Iraq's Kurdish Oil Output Falls as Pipeline Outage Continues

Oil production in Iraq's Kurdistan region continues to drop as export flows to Turkey's Ceyhan port show few signs of restarting after a stoppage that has lasted almost two months.

Finland's Gasum Terminates Gazprom Pipeline Gas Contract

Gasum has terminated a contract to buy natural gas from Gazprom Export via pipelines from Russia. Gazprom ceased pipeline-based natural gas deliveries to Gasum in May 2022 in a dispute over payments, and the two sides had been in talks to resolve the matter.

Greece's Alexandroupolis Port Gets $26 Million in EU Funding

The port is expected to become an important entry point for energy to Europe. Greece and Bulgaria have also been looking to revive a pipeline project to transport crude oil from the port to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas.

Rare Shipment of US Oil Heads to South Africa for Glencore Refinery

A shipment of U.S. oil is headed to South Africa for the first time in two years and destined for a Glencore-owned refinery in Cape Town that has restarted operations after an explosion shuttered it in 2020, according to ship tracking data and a source.

Biden Administration Supports Mountain Valley Pipeline for Second Time in Week

The Biden administration has supported for the second time in a week the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline, a project a key Democratic senator has pushed in legislation to speed permitting of fossil fuel and power transmission projects.

Pipeline Operator Janaf, Hungary's MOL Sign Transport Deal for 2.9 Million Tonnes of Crude

Croatia's oil pipeline operator Janaf has signed a transport and storage deal with Hungary's MOL for shipments of 2.9 million tonnes of crude on the Adriatic pipeline to MOL's Hungarian and Slovak refineries, Janaf said on its website on Wednesday.

NextEra Partners to Sell Texas, Pennsylvania Gas Pipeline Assets in Renewables Shift

(P&GJ) — Capitalizing on the affordability and demand for significant investments in decarbonizing the U.S. economy, NextEra Energy Partners LP is refocusing on renewable energy. As part of this strategy, the business intends to sell its STX Midstream in the Eagle Ford shale play and Pennsylvania’s Meade natural gas pipeline assets, positioning itself as a fully renewables-based company.

Regional Spotlight: US Consolidates, Expands Ahead of LNG Export Demand

(P&GJ) — U.S. midstream companies would be hard-pressed this year to approach the record earnings that many achieved in 2022, but the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices from last year’s highs hasn’t blunted their expansion efforts.

Alaska LNG Project Clears Legal Challenge, Advances 800-Mile Gas Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court has rejected a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that challenged the federal approvals required for a $39 billion project aimed at transporting natural gas across Alaska, starting from the North Slope. According to a spokesperson, construction on the 800-mile pipeline and related infrastructure has not yet commenced.

Fire Breaks Out During Repair of Siberian Gas Pipeline, One Dead

A fire broke out during repair works at the Yamburg-Yelets 1 gas pipeline in western Siberia and one person was killed, a unit of Russia's Gazprom said on Tuesday.

An Operator’s Perspective: How to Comply with New US Gas Gathering, ILI Regulations

(P&GJ) —Traditionally, most gas gathering lines were small-diameter, low-pressure systems traversing sparsely populated areas, posing little risk from a business, safety, and environmental perspective. More recently, the volume of gas transported through gathering systems has increased significantly due to the advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques.

Marcellus Bottlenecks Continue to Muddy the Picture

(P&GJ) — It has gotten to be a familiar yet no less frustrating story for midstream operators in the Marcellus-Utica region: pipeline takeaway capacity remains bottlenecked and production from the gas-rich region continues to stagnate.

Biden Administration Clears Mountain Valley Pipeline for Progress Through Jefferson National Forest

(P&GJ) — The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service issued a record of decision Monday afternoon, allowing the Mountain Valley Pipeline project to cut through a 3.5-mile stretch of the Jefferson National Forest along the West Virginia-Virginia border. The determination clears the way for the project — which is 94% complete but has been mired in a lengthy permitting process for years — to finish construction.

FDE Discovers Natural Hydrogen in Eastern France

(P&GJ) — FDE, an independent multienergy producer with a negative carbon footprint, announced that it has discovered significant concentrations of natural hydrogen in one of the wells previously drilled by FDE in Eastern France.

Spotlight on Argentina: Projects to Strengthen Gas Service in Northern Region

(P&GJ) — The government of Argentina decided to accelerate the reversal works of the Northern Gas Pipeline, which will guarantee supply to the entire north of Argentina, as well as allowing for exportation to Chile from the Vaca Muerta.

Kazakhstan, Russia Map Out Gas Pipeline to China

The pipeline would help Russia, hit by Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, boost sales of its energy and commodities in Asia while also ensuring that Kazakhstan secures supplies for its central, northern and eastern regions.

Cyprus Says It's in Talks with Israel Over Pipeline Linking Gas Fields

Plans for a 2,000-km (1,243 mile) pipeline to take eastern Mediterranean gas to Europe have been under discussion for about a decade, and the project could potentially be part-funded by the European Union.

Pipelines a Vital Part of RNG, Cleaner Future

(P&GJ) — Despite misguided opposition around existing or new natural gas pipeline projects, this infrastructure is vital to the United States’ emerging clean energy future for a reason few climate activists talk much about.

Edison to Decide on Mediterranean Gas Pipeline this Year

The EastMed-Poseidon pipeline would connect several gas fields offshore Israel to Italy and could be in service by 2027. The pipeline would likely have a capacity of 353 Bcf (10 Bcm) annually.

Congress Gets Unusually Active on Pipeline Issues

(P&GJ) — This could be one of the most significant congressional years for the pipeline industry in decades. Besides the start of work on the next pipeline safety bill, the House passed a big energy bill (H.R. 1) by a vote of 225-204 with four Democrats joining Republicans in the affirmative.

Value of Advanced Sensor Capabilities in Pipeline Management

(P&GJ) — For companies in the energy sector, optimizing systems and processes can bring as much growth as does innovating new products and services. Such optimization typically involves eliminating inefficient or unreliable steps in business systems and processes – a practice sometimes referred to as “getting the barnacles off the boat.”

PRCI Report: Bridging Energy Infrastructure Opportunities with Today’s Needs

(P&GJ) — We are at a crossroads, both in the U.S. and globally, as the world works to develop new sources of energy. As the next generation of energy is becoming reality, it is critical to acknowledge the vital role that the current pipelines and associated assets will play in transporting and storing these commodities.

ONEOK to Acquire Pipeline Operator Magellan Midstream in $18.8 Billion Deal

ONEOK Inc. agreed on Sunday to buy U.S. pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $18.8 billion including debt, bringing natural gas-focused ONEOK into transporting refined products and oil.