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Rangeland Begins Construction of Marten Hills Pipeline System

Rangeland Midstream Canada began construction of its Marten Hills Pipeline System. It is expected to go into service in the second quarter of 2020. The system consists of new crude oil and condensate pipelines located in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta. The Marten Hills Pipeline System will extend 53 miles (85 km), terminating at an interconnect with Plains Midstream Canada’s Rainbow Pipeline System, which serves the Edmonton, Alberta, hub and refining market. The system is anchored by long-term transportation agreements with three of the region’s largest crude oil producers, which have made […]

FERC Approves Sendero Carlsbad Gateway Project

HOUSTON (PLN) — Federal regulators have authorized construction of the Sendero Carlsbad Gateway natural gas project in the Permian Basin, including a 23-mile, 400 Mmcf/d pipeline between its Carlsbad processing plant and White Water Midstream’s Agua Blanca pipeline. The 24-inch interstate natural gas pipeline will expand upon Sendero’s current 70 miles of 8- to 12-inch gathering and transport residue gas from its Eddy County, N.M., processing plants to to an interconnection with White Water’s system in Culberson County, Texas. The Gateway Project is planned to include: 23 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline in […]

Nord Stream 2 Investor OMV Says Project Can Still Meet Deadline

The leader of a company invested in Nord Stream 2 said the project’s completion date has not been changed and the pipeline could still be delivered on time and budget, despite Denmark’s long-pending decision on a construction permit. Rainer Seele, CEO of Austrian energy firm OMV said the schedule depends on what Danish authorities decide and when their decision is made. “The Nord Stream 2 company has clearly informed us that it is sticking to the schedule and the budget, and we have no reason to revise the plan in any way today,” Reuters quoted […]

Kinder Morgan’s Gulf Coast Express Pipeline Placed in Service

HOUSTON (PLN) — Kinder Morgan announced that the 2 Bcf/d Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (GCX) will begin full commercial in-service ahead of schedule today, helping relieve natural gas takeaway constraints and reduce flaring in the Permian Basin. The pipeline, which is fully subscribed under long-term contracts, will deliver natural gas from the Waha area of the Permian Basin in the West Texas to Aqua Dulce, near the Texas Gulf Coast. “We are pleased to place GCX in service safely and ahead of schedule for our customers, helping to unlock tremendous value for the State of Texas. I […]

Occidental Delays Plans to Divest Western Midstream

(Reuters) – Occidental Petroleum Corp has put plans to divest part of its ownership in pipeline operator Western Midstream Partners on hold until next year, after failing to attract an offer it deemed attractive, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company inherited Western Midstream earlier this year as part of its $38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corp, a move which gave it substantial Permian Basin acreage but also assets in areas it had previously exited or had little interest in. Occidental has moved to […]

OMV Chief Says No Need to Discuss Alternative Nord Stream 2 Route

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) — There is no need to discuss alternative routes for Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which is still awaiting approval for its Danish leg, the chief executive of Austria’s OMV said . The pipeline is already under construction and has almost reached the Danish border, but Denmark has yet to give its go-ahead for the scheme. “I am very much convinced that we do not need to discuss any alternative routes in Nord Stream 2 company, because I am convinced… that we have a good chance to get the permit in […]

Israel to Increase Gas Exports to Egypt via EMED Pipeline

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is significantly increasing the amount of natural gas it plans to export via the EMED Pipeline to Egypt under a landmark deal, Israeli energy companies said on Wednesday. Partners in Israel’s Leviathan and Tamar offshore gas fields agreed last year to sell $15 billion worth of gas to a customer in Egypt in what Israeli officials called the most significant deal to emerge since the neighbors made peace in 1979. The amended agreement sees a 34% increase in exports to about 85 Bcm. One source in the Israeli energy industry estimated […]

Equipment – October 2019

October 2019

PumpWorks PumpWorks, a manufacturer of API 610 and ANSI Process Industrial Pumps, unveiled the PWA-SL sealless horizontal process pump, designed to take on all applications of a typical ANSI pump, while eliminating the need for mechanical seals and seal support systems. With this latest addition to the PWA product line, PumpWorks is leveraging its carbon-fiber filled PEEK (CFFP) containment shell to create a Sealless pump with ZERO eddy current losses, increasing efficiency and eliminating heat generation. The PWA-SL design allows for back pull out field upgrades of a wide range of existing ANSI pumps in […]

Business – October 2019

October 2019

Businesses in the News Michels Corporation said it is celebrating its 60th anniversary by dedicating the year to the people, projects and values that have helped the company grow from a regional gas distribution contractor into one of the largest utilities and transportation contractors in North America. Michels was established in Brownsville, Wisc., by Dale Michels, a pipeline welding foreman with an entrepreneurial spirit. Today, the family-owned and operated company regularly works in all 50 states and has more than 8,000 employees and 40 offices throughout the United States and three in Canada. MVP Holdings, […]

News – October 2019

October 2019

New York to Fight FERC Ruling on Constitution Pipeline The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams’ planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. In spite of the challenge, the project may move ahead to completion by 2021. The FERC decision moved the project forward, although it still requires U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approval before construction can begin. “The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) disagrees with FERC’s decision that, once again, sides with […]