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SoCalGas Begins Work on Innovative Fiber-Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has begun construction on a first-of-its kind, fiber optic cable installation that will allow the company to monitor the condition of its high-pressure transmission pipelines in real-time. The fiber optic technology is being installed along a new, seven-mile section of natural gas pipeline in Bakersfield, California and will serve as an early warning system to detect unauthorized construction work that could damage the pipeline and changes in pressure in the line that could indicate a leak. “SoCalGas is committed to modernizing our infrastructure to enhance safety for our […]

FERC: National Fuel Can Place Line TNY in Service

FERC has approved National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation’s request to place into service the Line TNY portion of the Line T2KNY Install, Line TNY Replacement, and Line KNY Abandonment Project, located in Erie County, New York. According to FERC’s J. Rich McGuire, the company has adequately stabilized areas disturbed by construction in accordance with its Winter Construction Plan and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily. McGuire added that because final restoration and seeding activities are planned for spring 2018, National Fuel will continue to monitor the project area over the winter and document the status of its activities in […]

Cactus II Pipeline Open Season Begins

A subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. today announced it has received sufficient customer interest to conduct a binding open season for committed crude oil transportation on the Cactus II Pipeline. The open season started today, Dec. 13, 2017 and will end at 12 p.m. CT on Jan. 12, 2018. The Cactus II Pipeline runs from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi/Ingleside area, with origin points in Orla, Wink South, Midland, Crane and McCamey, TX. The open season provides an opportunity for shippers to enter into transportation services agreements providing for long-term crude oil […]

FERC: Eastern Shore Can Commence Service at 2017 Expansion M&R Station

FERC has approved Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company’s request to place into service the upgrades at the Honey Brook Meter and Regulation Station in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as part of the 2017 Expansion Project. According to FERC’s Rich McGuire, the company has adequately stabilized the construction workspace within and around the meter station, and restoration is proceeding satisfactorily. The 2017 Expansion Project consists of approximately 23 miles of pipeline looping in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware; upgrades to existing metering facilities; installation of an additional 3,550 horsepower compressor unit at the existing Daleville Compressor Station in Chester County, Pennsylvania; and approximately 17 […]

Companies to Explore Building Crude Oil Terminal, Pipeline in Texas

Harvest Pipeline Company, an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company, and Vitol Inc. have reached an agreement to explore joint development of a state of the art crude oil terminal to be located in the Port of Corpus Christi. As part of the project, a new 16-inch lateral pipeline will also be built to transport crude oil to the terminal. “The agreement between Harvest Pipeline Company and Vitol is an extraordinary opportunity to help satisfy the growing need for export capacity along the Texas Gulf Coast,” said Sean Kolassa, President of Harvest Pipeline Company. “We are excited for the project […]

Virginia Regulators Issue Water Quality Certification for Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A panel of Virginia environmental regulators granted a conditional permit Tuesday for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, making its approval contingent on getting more information about the project’s impact on water quality. The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 4-3 to approve a key Clean Water Act permit referred to as a 401 water-quality certification. The citizen board of gubernatorial appointees was charged with determining whether there is “reasonable assurance” water along the route won’t be contaminated during construction of the approximately $5 billion, 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline. The permit […]

Rover Pipeline Compressor Station Can Begin Full Operations

FERC has approved Energy Transfer Partners’ request to commence service of the remaining three compressor units at Compressor Station 1 in Carroll County, Ohio. On Oct. 6, 2017, the commission authorized partial in-service of Compressor Station 1, and this authorization grants full service of the station. According to FERC’s Rich McGuire, Energy Transfer Partners has adequately stabilized the construction workspaces at Compressor Station 1 and restoration is proceeding satisfactorily. McGuire added that although restoration of this site is not complete at this time,  the company has committed to complete the remaining restoration activities and file photographic […]

FERC: Rover Pipeline HDD Profile at Michigan Site Can Be Modified

FERC has approved Energy Transfer Partners’ request to revise the horizontal directional drill (HDD) profile for the East Austin Road (River Raisin) HDD in Washtenaw County, Michigan. On Oct. 11, 2017, FERC staff authorized Rover Pipeline, LLC (Rover) to resume HDD activities subject to certain conditions. However, according to FERC’s Kevin Bowman, due to geologic conditions associated with coarse-grained materials (cobbles and boulders) encountered during pilot hole drilling which led to an inadvertent return (IR) of drilling fluids into the River Raisin, Energy Transfer Partners now proposes to revise its drill profile to locate the drill […]

Kinder Morgan Wins Appeal To Start Trans Mountain Work

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) on Thursday ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan, saying the company is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws as it prepares to begin construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The Project envisages the twinning of the existing pipeline between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia, to raise the nominal capacity of the pipeline system to 890,000 bpd from 300,000 bpd. The project is supported by the oil industry in Canada, but is fiercely opposed by environmentalists and indigenous tribes. The province of […]

Virginia Regulators Weigh Key Approval for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State regulators will soon decide whether to grant a key approval to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Virginia State Water Control Board will meet for a second day Tuesday to consider whether to issue a water quality certification for the natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. An executive of Dominion Energy, the pipeline’s lead developer, has also said the project could expand into South Carolina. The board is charged with determining whether there is “reasonable assurance” water along the route won’t be contaminated during […]