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Zydeco Pipeline Begins Binding Open Season

Zydeco Pipeline Company, jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline, began a binding open season for firm capacity on its 350-mile pipeline which delivers crude to St. James, La., and Clovelly, La., from terminals in Houston and Nederland, Texas. “Zydeco is a strategic pipeline and among the best in terms of connectivity and delivery points of any pipeline along the Gulf Coast,” said Kevin Nichols, CEO of Shell Midstream Partners. “It has met, and we expect that it will continue to meet, demand in the critical part of a high-growth market,” Zydeco provides […]

Enterprise Products Partners to Expand Seaway Pipeline Capacity

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday it would expand its Seaway crude pipeline system capacity to about 950,000 bpd from 850,000 bpd. The company said it expects to add drag reducing agents (DRAs) to boost capacity on the Seaway 2 line by about 100,000 bpd by September. The Seaway system hauls crude from Cushing, Okla., the delivery point for U.S. oil futures, to Gulf Coast refineries. Enterprise said it was also evaluating more expansions of the Seaway system and was mulling converting natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines to crude oil in order to […]

Report: Keystone XL Would Have No Major Impact on Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new planned route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska would not have a major impact on the state’s water, land or wildlife, according to an updated environmental study produced by the Trump administration. The U.S. State Department released a draft study Monday of the pipeline’s potential environmental impact in Nebraska, where opponents have repeatedly thwarted the project. The study is now subject to public input through Aug. 29 before it’s finalized. The announcement marks another step in pipeline developer TransCanada’s quest to finish the 1,184-mile oil pipeline, although the […]

Nebraska Legal Battle Speeds up on Proposed Pipeline Route

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of a proposed oil pipeline through Nebraska has won its bid to speed up the legal battle over its route through the state. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska Supreme Court granted the motion from TransCanada to advance the case to oral arguments and to expedite it. The court could hear arguments as early as October. The state Public Service Commission voted Nov. 20 to approve a slightly longer, alternative route over the 275-mile preferred route TransCanada had requested for the Keystone XL pipeline. Landowners fighting the […]

Epic Pipeline Completes Open Season, Adds Diamondback as Strategic Partner

Epic Midstream Holdings successfully closed its first open season on the Epic Crude Oil Pipeline and has executed definitive agreements to add Diamondback Energy as a strategic partner. Diamondback will have 50,000 bpd of capacity on the Epic Crude Oil Pipeline, via its subsidiary Rattler Midstream and will also have an option to acquire up to 5% of the equity in the Epic Crude Oil Pipeline, with the option expiring in the first quarter of 2019. Other newly signed primary shippers secured 200,000 bpd of capacity, which include minimum volume commitments of 150,000 bpd on the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline […]

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Wants State Lawsuit Dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a North Dakota judge to throw out a lawsuit over its ownership of agricultural land, claiming it’s not violating a Depression-era state ban on corporate farming that it calls unconstitutional anyway. Attorneys for Dakota Access LLC also asked the judge in court documents filed Tuesday to prevent North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem from enforcing the state’s anti-corporate farming law. It prohibits large corporations from owning and operating farms in order to protect the state’s family farming heritage. Stenehjem’s office filed […]

Top German Court Rejects Bid to Block Gas Pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s highest court has rejected a bid by an environmentalist group to block construction of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. The Nord Stream 2 project will add to an existing direct Russian-German pipeline, increasing the amount of natural gas Russia can send to central Europe skirting transit countries to Germany’s east. Several eastern European countries object to the plan, which the United States also opposes. The Naturschutzbund Deutschland environmental group filed a suit to the Federal Constitutional Court challenging a […]

Dixie Pipeline to Expand Capacity

Dixie Pipeline Company plans to expand the westbound transportation capacity of its pipeline system to Mont Belvieu, Texas. The project, which would involve the addition of pumping horsepower and related infrastructure, will increase capacity from 58,000 bpd to 90,000 bpd. The expansion is scheduled to come on-line in March 2019.  Dixie, an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners, is undertaking this expansion in response to increased shipper demand for westbound transportation services to the Mont Belvieu market. The incremental capacity will be made available to all shippers under Dixie’s currently applicable tariffs. 

New Equipment: Caterpillar

July 2018

An updated PL61, part of the Caterpillar full line of purpose-built pipelayers, retains its familiar comfort and easy maintenance features, while enhancing performance and safety. Delivering 40,000 pounds of maximum load capacity, it has a 128-inch easy transport width.For superior maneuverability on the pipeline, the new PL61 offers faster steering response than its predecessor. A more robust fuel system stands up to lower-quality fuel, and a cold weather package provides added features for cab comfort and more reliable engine starting. Powered by a proven Cat diesel engine with ACERT Technology, the PL61 meets U.S. EPA […]

EPIC secures strategic partnerships for crude oil pipeline

July 2018

Apache Corp. and Noble Energy have committed to anchor the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline, which will run side-by-side with the EPIC NGL Pipeline for 730 miles from southeastern New Mexico to Corpus Christi, TX. The pipeline will have an initial total capacity of 590 Mbpd, including 440 Mbpd from the Permian Basin and 150 Mbpd from the Eagle Ford shale. Apache and Noble Energy have secured 75 Mbpd and 100 Mbpd of firm capacity, respectively. In addition, EPIC is engaged in ongoing commercial negotiations representing at least 500 Mbpd in potential volume commitments for the […]