Regulation

Fatigue, Burst Tests Among Best Ways Assess Pipeline Welds

(P&GJ) — All over the world, the pipelines of large diameter and relatively thin wall thickness are used to transport hydrocarbons. These pipelines or piping systems are usually comprised of girth welded joints.

Equitrans Provides Root Analysis for 2022 Gas Leak at Pennsylvania Storage Facility

(P&GJ) — Equitrans Midstream Corp. has submitted information to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding the root cause investigation and analysis related to the Rager Mountain Storage facility incident that occurred in November 2022.

Trans Mountain Seeks Last-Minute Route Deviation on Pipeline Expansion

The Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project has asked Canadian regulators for a route deviation on a 1.3-km (0.8 mile) section of pipeline in British Columbia, months before the 600,000 barrel per day project is due to start shipping crude.

US Regulator Aims to Improve Safety of Gas Distribution Pipelines

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Thursday proposed new measures to bolster the safety requirements of gas distribution pipelines.

Trudeau Stands by Trans Mountain Expansion as Strong Investment Amid Challenges

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he was confident the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was a solid investment and that interest is high among Indigenous groups who want to buy a share of the 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

German Government to Examine Finances of Private LNG Operator

The German government will examine the finances of Deutsche ReGas, the operator of a planned LNG terminal on the Baltic coast opposed by local authorities, it said in a response to a lawmaker seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Venezuela’s PDVSA Fails to Curb Oil Leaks, Gas Flaring Despite Pledges

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has failed to make any dent in its oil spill or gas flaring woes, despite nascent promises of environmental clean-up by President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to people within the company, industry sources and an internal company document seen by Reuters.

US Investor Group Clinches Tax Credit Deal for $1.5 Billion Renewable Power Acquisition

Invenergy Renewables, Blackstone and Canada's second-largest pension fund said on Wednesday they struck a deal with Bank of America to help buy wind and solar plants worth $1.5 billion, capitalizing on a new tax structure included in President Joe Biden's climate law.

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.

Montana Judge Rules State Policies Must Consider Climate Change in Fossil Fuel Projects

Montana is violating the rights of young people with policies that prohibit the state from considering climate change effects when it reviews coal mining, natural gas extraction and other fossil fuel projects, a state judge said Monday.

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.

Australia Regulator Clears Way for Strike Vote at Chevron LNG Plants

Australia's labor regulator cleared the way for strike action at Chevron's Wheatstone and Gorgon LNG facilities if workers vote in favor of such a step, fueling concerns the country's exports could be cut.

US Awards $1.2 Billion to Oxy, Climeworks-Led Carbon Air Capture Hubs

The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday announced that projects in Texas and Louisiana to remove more than 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year will get over $1 billion in federal grants, a key step in scaling up direct air capture (DAC) technology.

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.

Challenges to Biden's Carbon Plan Emerge from U.S. Power Sector

Edison Electric Institute has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for revisions of the proposed power plant standards, which hinge on the widespread commercial availability of carbon capture and storage and low-emissions green hydrogen, adding the agency's vision was "not legally or technically sound."

Venture Global LNG Addresses Controversy Surrounding Delayed LNG Cargoes

Venture Global LNG responded strongly on Monday to allegations from certain customers such as BP and Shell regarding the delay in LNG shipments from its Louisiana export facility, accusing them of distorting confidential long-term agreements.

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.

North Dakota Regulator Rejects Summit Carbon Solutions Carbon Pipeline Application

The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Friday rejected a permit application from Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions to run 320 miles (514.99 km) of pipeline through the state to transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants to an underground storage site.

US Pulls Back Offer to Buy 6 Million Barrels of Oil for Emergency Reserve

The Biden administration has pulled an offer to buy 6 million barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an Energy Department spokesperson said on Tuesday, as oil prices are expected to keep rising after an output cut from Saudi Arabia.

Pipeline Operator TC Energy Plans to Complete Coastal GasLink Pipeline This Year

TC Energy's surprise plan to split the company last week accelerated a stock selloff. Still, shareholders bet the North American pipeline operator will finish the year on a higher note by completing the 670-km (416-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Criteria to Consider in Selecting Water Transfer Flow Meters

(P&GJ) — The oil and gas industry contains a complex number of flow applications, featuring a myriad of fluids and gases that challenge even the toughest of flow instrumentation. So, choosing the right flow meter for a water transfer application should be straightforward in comparison … right?

BP to Defend Its Rights to the Fullest in Venture Global LNG Arbitration Case, CEO Says

BP will defend its rights "to the absolute fullest" in an arbitration case against U.S. exporter Venture Global LNG for failing to supply contracted cargoes, CEO Bernard Looney said on Tuesday.

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.

SwRI Tapping into Geothermal Energy Possibilities in Texas

(P&GJ) — Electric power generates the second-largest share of greenhouse gas emissions and includes emissions from electricity production used by end use sectors, such as industry. Nearly 80% of electricity in the U.S. comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.