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Saipem Wins Equatorial Guinea Pipeline Contract

Italy’s Saipem was awarded a contract in Equatorial Guinea worth $90-$100 million to build a 43 mile (70 km) subsea pipeline linking the Alen platform with the Punta Europa petrochemical hub, the oil ministry said. Gas deliveries from the project, operated by Noble Energy, are expected to begin in early 2021, Oil Minister Gabriel Obiang Lima said in a statement. The pipeline will serve offshore gas fields and have a capacity for 950 MMcf/d of gas as Equatorial Guinea looks to extend the life of its LNG production assets. “We anticipate that this contract, which […]

South Dakota Board Approves Keystone XL Water Permits

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. The hearing stretched into a dozen days over the course of four months as American Indian tribes and environmental groups argued against the permits approval. After holding a brief period for public comment in Fort Pierre Tuesday, the board met in a closed executive session before voting to approve the permits, with added requirements for real-time monitoring and weekly check-ins with the state. Opponents can appeal the board’s decision. They didn’t immediately […]

TC Energy to Resume Work on Keystone XL Pipeline in February

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) — Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp said it planned to start pre-construction work in February for its Keystone XL oil pipeline, the start of what it expects to be a busy work schedule for the long-delayed project. TC said in a filing with U.S. District Court in Montana that in February it would start mobilizing heavy construction equipment in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, and aim to begin building a 1.2-mile (1.93 km) segment spanning the U.S.-Canada border in April. Work on the border-crossing segment is subject to receiving federal approvals, […]

Gassco Urges Norway to Build New Arctic Pipeline

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway should construct a new pipeline or a second LNG unit to boost its gas exports from the Arctic Barents Sea, pipeline system operator Gassco said. Natural gas represents about a quarter of Norway’s overall exports, making the country Europe’s second largest gas supplier behind Russia. There is sufficient gas to increase output, though the additional export infrastructure requires buy-in from oil and gas companies as well as Norwegian authorities, Gassco said. “We have concluded that gas exports could be profitable with current resources (without new gas discoveries),” Gassco Chief Executive Frode […]

FERC Approves Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Expansion

Chesapeake Utilities has announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order approving the Company’s proposed Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project. The order, which was applied for in September of 2018 by Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company, Chesapeake Utilities’ interstate natural gas transmission subsidiary, approves the construction and operation of new infrastructure facilities in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware, and Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland. The $37 million project will add approximately 12 miles of natural gas infrastructure in Kent and Sussex counties and nearly seven miles of infrastructure in Wicomico […]

Cameron LNG Facility Begins Production At Train 2

(PLN) — Sempra LNG said its Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana has begun producing LNG from the second liquefaction train of the export facility, fewer than five months after its first train started commercial operations in August. Train 2 is expected to commence commercial operations under Cameron LNG’s tolling agreements in the first quarter of 2020, and Train 3 is scheduled to start in the third quarter, Sempra LNG said. Those first three units make up Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG export project, which will enable the export of a total 12 mtpa) of […]

Mexico’s President to Request Rerouting of Planned Gas Pipeline

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he will ask for a natural gas pipeline being developed by Canada’s TC Energy Corp to be rerouted so it does not cut across lands considered sacred by communities in Puebla state. “Even if we have to pay, the gas pipeline will not go through the sacred hills,” Lopez Obrador said on Saturday while visiting the town of Pahuatlan in Puebla. The Tuxpan-Tula pipeline is set to stretch 178 miles (286 km), delivering fuel from Tuxpan in Veracruz state to the states of Puebla and Hidalgo. Lopez Obrador’s government last year […]

Williams Completes Gateway Expansion Project Ahead of Schedule

(PLN) — Williams today said it has placed its Gateway Expansion into full service 11 months ahead of schedule through “expedited project execution and construction,” boosting natural gas deliveries to the energy-hungry U.S. Northeast by 65,000 Mcf/d in time for the winter heating season. Compressor Station 303 added a 27,500 HP electric motor-driven compressor unit in the Gateway Expansion. (photo: Williams) The Gateway project, an expansion of Williams’ existing Transco pipeline system, adds incremental firm transportation capacity to PSEG Power and UGI Energy Services to meet growing natural gas demand for New Jersey tri-state consumers. Construction on the Gateway Expansion began in early 2019, with an original […]

Business – January 2020

January 2020

Backwoods Energy Services, the largest Indigenous-owned business in northwestern Alberta, has been named a winner by Waterstone Human Capital in the Mid-Market category of the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2019. Majority owned by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation since 2015, Backwoods is a leading service provider for utilities and oil and gas companies in Western Canada. The award recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations scored in six categories: vision and leadership, recruitment and hiring for fit, cultural alignment and measurement, retention rewards and recognition, organizational performance, and corporate social responsibility.       People in the […]

Equipment – January 2020

January 2020

SPX Flow SPX Flow offers a wide range of hydraulic tools and solutions including hydraulic cylinders the oil industry through its the Power Team brand. Whether lifting, pressing, lowering or pushing, the wide range of cylinder models can meet most application needs. Each cylinder comes with a lifetime warranty. When customers choose Power Team, however, they get more than just product supply. Power Team has a long experience in the industry and can offer its customers expert application and operation advice to ensure correct product selection, sizing and safe operation. Siemens Siemens Smart Infrastructure […]