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GITA, Pipeline & Gas Journal Announce Pipeline Technology Conference

Gulf Energy Information (Gulf), and its market-leading pipeline media, Pipeline & Gas Journal, and the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) have announced an agreement between the two organizations to produce the Pipeline Technology Forum™, including the 27th GITA Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference. The Pipeline Technology Forum™ will take place October 16 and 17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston. Over 100 exhibitors and over 500 attendees are expected at the 2018 event. The two-day event will include general sessions and two-tracks of technical presentations on the use of geospatial technologies, […]

June 2018 Business

June 2018

Statoil to change name to Equinor The board of directors of Statoil proposed to change the name of the company to Equinor. The name change supports the company’s strategy and development as a broad energy company. The name Equinor is formed by combining “equi”, the starting point for words like equal, equality and equilibrium, and “nor”, signalling a company proud of its Norwegian origin, and who wants to use this actively in its positioning. The new name was proposed to shareholders in a resolution to the Annual General Meeting in May. The Norwegian government, as […]

New DJ Basin midstream system to be built

June 2018

Outrigger Energy II LLC has commenced development of a tri-stream midstream system in Weld County, CO. The system, which is anchored by long-term acreage dedications from Mallard Exploration, will include wellhead natural gas gathering, a 60 MMcf/d cryogenic processing plant, field compressor stations, crude oil gathering, and produced water gathering. The processing plant will deliver residue gas to Cheyenne Plains Pipeline, a 36-inch line that offers abundant access to both the Cheyenne Hub and to Mid-Continent markets. NGLs will also be delivered to the Overland Pass Pipeline operated by the Williams Companies and co-owned by […]

Phillips 66 proceeds with Gray Oak Pipeline

June 2018

Phillips 66 Partners has received sufficient binding commitments on an initial open season to proceed with construction of the Gray Oak Pipeline system, which will be owned by Gray Oak Pipeline LLC, a joint venture owned 75 percent by Phillips 66 Partners and 25 percent by Andeavor. In addition, due to the volume commitments from the first open season, a second open season has been announced. Subject to the results of the second open season, the Gray Oak Pipeline could transport up to 700 Mbpd or more of crude oil from the Permian Basin to […]

Targa Resources plans Delaware Basin processing expansions

June 2018

Targa Resources Corp. has entered into long-term fee-based agreements with an investment grade energy company for natural gas gathering and processing services in the Delaware Basin and for downstream transportation, fractionation and other related services. The agreements with Targa are underpinned by the customer’s dedication of significant acreage within a large, well-defined area in the Delaware Basin. In the Delaware Basin, Targa will construct approximately 220 miles of 12 to 24 inch high pressure rich gas gathering pipelines across some of the most prolific parts of the Delaware Basin, a new 250 MMcf/d cryogenic natural […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline announces MVP Southgate Project

June 2018

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC announced the MVP Southgate project, a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline anchored by a firm capacity commitment from PSNC Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCANA Corp. Mountain Valley also announced the commencement of a binding open season for MVP Southgate, in order to provide additional market participants an opportunity to subscribe to the project. EQT Midstream Partners LP will be the operator of MVP Southgate, which has a targeted in-service date of the fourth quarter 2020. Subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval, the MVP Southgate project, as currently designed, […]

Enterprise begins full Service on Midland-to-Sealy Pipeline

June 2018

Enterprise Products Partners LP announced that its 416-mile Midland-to-Sealy pipeline is now in full service with an expanded capacity of 540 Mbpd and capable of transporting batched grades of crude oil and condensate. With the completion of incremental tankage, as well as infrastructure and operating enhancements, the pipeline has an expected capacity of 575 Mbpd which is expected to come online in May and is fully subscribed under long-term contracts. At its terminus in Sealy, TX, the pipeline connects directly to Enterprise’s 36-inch diameter Rancho II crude oil pipeline, which extends to the company’s 7.4 […]

Magellan to Expand Refined Products System

Magellan Midstream Partners will expand the western leg of its refined petroleum products pipeline system in Texas to handle incremental shipments of gasoline and diesel fuel to demand centers in Abilene, Midland/Odessa, El Paso and New Mexico. The system can also access markets in Arizona and Mexico via connections to other pipelines. The $300 million project, fully supported by long-term customer commitments and expected to be operational mid-2020, includes expanding the capacity of the system from 100,000 bpd to approximately 150,000 bpd, with the potential to further increase the system to 170,000 bpd. In addition, connectivity to the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company’s terminal in Wink, Texas will be added. “Magellan’s extensive refined products pipeline system […]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work Can Continue Despite Rescinded Permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the vacated permit means all construction must cease. An official with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a letter Wednesday directing the natural gas pipeline only to file documentation within five days explaining how it will avoid the threatened or endangered species the permit was intended to protect. The pipeline, which is being developed by a […]

Nord Stream 2 Moves Ahead Despite U.S. Objections

MUKRAN, Germany (AP) — Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours’ drive north of Berlin. The United States and some other German […]