Expansion

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Canada Guarantees Up to $2.2 Billion in Fresh Loans to Trans Mountain Expansion Project

A Canadian government agency has guaranteed fresh commercial loans of up to $2.2 billion to the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that has suffered repeated cost overruns.

Trans Mountain Expansion Project to Start Filling Pipeline This Fall

The Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project is expected to call on oil producers to start filling the pipeline as soon as this month, the president of major shipper Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said on Thursday.

Equitrans to Begin Construction on Ohio Valley Connector Expansion Project

(P&GJ) — On Monday, FERC issued the Notice to Proceed, signaling Equitrans' imminent commencement of construction. The expansion project is designed to enhance deliverability on its Ohio Valley Connector pipeline, bolstering its capacity by approximately 350 MMcf/d.

Equitrans' 303-Mile Mountain Valley Pipeline on Track to Be Completed by Year-End 2023

U.S. energy company Equitrans Midstream on Tuesday said it still expects to complete the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline by the end of the year despite being tangled in numerous court fights since construction began in 2018.

Supreme Court Approves Completion of 303-Mile Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline

The justices granted Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC's request to lift stays imposed by a lower court that had halted construction of a final short section of the 303-mile (488-km) natural gas pipeline. That section is a 3.5-mile (5.6-km) corridor through the federally owned Jefferson National Forest.

354-Mile Vaca Muerta Pipeline Needs Investment to Deliver Argentina's Gas Dreams, Experts Say

Argentina could export the same amount of gas it consumes — about 2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) — annually, but that would require investments of $40 billion, Javier Iguacel, Argentina's former energy minister, said.

Changing Ownership Structure of Africa’s Pipeline Companies

(P&GJ) – Recent buying and selling of upstream oil and gas assets in Africa has opened new growth opportunities for the region’s pipeline market as new players make entry into the management and ownership structure of existing pipeline operating companies.

Vietnam Approves $11.4 Billion Plan to Expand Fuel Storage Capacity by 2030

The investment would raise the country's crude oil and refined fuel storage capacity to 75 to 80 days of net imports, according to the plan signed by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha on Tuesday.

Cheniere Energy Plans to Build New Gas Pipeline to Feed LNG Expansion in Louisiana

Cheniere Energy Inc., the largest U.S. LNG exporter, says it may build a new pipeline to link its Louisiana expansion project to other pipelines in major shale-gas producing regions as it seeks to diversify its risk.

Alaska LNG Project Clears Challenge, Advances 800-Mile Pipeline

The Biden administration backed the MVP for the second time, Mexico Pacific planned a $14 billion natural gas pipeline and liquefaction plant, and an Alaska LNG project advanced after a lawsuit from environmentalists was rejected, Comet Ridge and Jemena entered an agreement to develop a gas pipeline, while Caliche launched an open season for an expansion project.

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Global Construction Update: LNG Markets, Resurgent China Kindle Pipeline Projects

(PGJ) — Global midstream markets continue to face near-term headwinds and economic uncertainties, but Europe’s rapid transition from Russian energy and projected higher demand in Asia continue to drive midstream expansion in those regions and others that supply them.

Kinder Morgan Expanding Eagle Ford Pipeline Systems, Supplying 2 Bcf/d of Gas to Gulf Coast Markets

(P&GJ) — Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan and Howard Energy Partners have announced plans to expand their respective Eagle Ford natural gas transportation systems, which is expected to add up to 2 Bcf/d of natural gas to U.S. Gulf Coast markets.

Pinnacle Midstream to Double Midland Basin Processing Capacity

(P&GJ) — Houston-based Pinnacle Midstream II on Tuesday announced it has reached a final investment decision (FID) to expand its operations in the gas-rich Midland Basin with the construction of a 220 MMcf/d natural gas processing plant.

Canada Regulator Issues Order to Trans Mountain Over Community Impact Monitoring

The Canada Energy Regulator issued an "Inspection Office Order" to Trans Mountain for not adhering to an approved plan to monitor the impact of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project on local communities during construction.

ADNOC Invests $1.34 Billion in 186-Mile Expansion of UAE Gas Pipeline Network

(P&GJ) — ADNOC Gas is set to revolutionize natural gas distribution in the Northern Emirates of the United Arab Emirates with an ambitious expansion plan, increasing its pipeline network by approximately 300 km (186 miles) from over 3,200 km (1,988 miles) to over 3,500 km (2,174 miles).

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Likely to Send More Canadian Oil to US, Not Asia

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) was meant to unlock Asian markets for Canadian oil, but analysts and traders said those barrels now will probably land on the U.S. West Coast as Asia gobbles up Russian oil that is cheaper due to sanctions from Western countries after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Nigeria’s 384-Mile AKK Gas Pipeline Now 70% Complete

(P&GJ) — Nigeria has completed 70% of its 384-mile AKK gas pipeline; Kinder Morgan has launched a binding open season for the expansion of its SFPP pipeline; Sinopec has announced plans to build a 259-mile hydrogen pipeline in Mongolia; Peninsula Pipeline has finished its natural gas expansion project in Florida; and more in the latest issue of P&GJ's Project Update.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Gets FERC Authorization to Resume Construction

U.S. energy company Equitrans Midstream Corp.'s long-delayed $6.6 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline received authorization on Wednesday from the country's energy regulator to restart construction of the project.

Oil Shippers on Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion Dispute Pipeline Tolls

Oil shippers on the Trans Mountain expansion project are challenging proposed pipeline tolls filed by Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Corp. with regulators last month, citing concerns about significant cost increases.

Piñon Midstream Expands Dark Horse Facility for Sour Gas Treatment, Carbon Capture

(P&GJ) — Piñon Midstream has enhanced the sour gas treatment capacity at its Dark Horse Facility in the Delaware Basin with a second AGI well, enabling up to 500 MMcf/d treating capacity.

Energy Transfer to Continue Lake Charles LNG Project Despite DOE Rehearing Denial

Pipeline operator and LNG developer Energy Transfer on Friday said it will continue construction of its Lake Charles LNG project despite a rehearing denial by the U.S. Department of Energy.

DOE Refuses Pipeline Operator Energy Transfer's Rehearing Request for LNG Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will not rehear pipeline operator Energy Transfer's request for a second extension of its Lake Charles LNG export project. The decision could spell an end to the project, according to the company's own filings with the DOE.