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EQM Stops Some Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

(Reuters) – EQM Midstream Partners LP has told U.S. federal regulators the company would stop some work on its long-delayed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews a couple of permits. In a letter to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), EQM said it was voluntarily suspending new work on Mountain Valley in areas where such activities present a potential risk to endangered species or destruction of critical habitat areas. EQM said it plans to continue construction in other areas along the route and is still […]

EPIC Readies Ethane, Ethylene Pipelines Project

EPIC announcedits affiliates, EPIC Y-Grade Pipeline and EPIC Olefins, will construct over 130 miles of 12-inch ethane and ethylene pipeline to support the steam cracker being built by Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) in San Patricio County. Both pipelines are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020. The transportation agreements between EPIC and GCGV are multiyear and are underpinned by minimum volume commitments. “We are extremely proud to be a key supplier and service provider to Gulf Coast Growth Ventures as they construct a world class ethane cracker in the lower-Gulf Coast,” […]

Kenyan Pipeline Project May be One Step Closer to Reality

(PLN) — The Kenyan Government along with partner Tullow Oil signed a crude oil export deal with ChemChina UK, creating more incentive to construct a proposed $1 billion pipeline. Earlier this year, the government confirmed its commitment to build a 510-mile (821-kilometer) pipeline from a processing facility in northern Kenya to an export facility on the coast near Lamu. The pipeline is expected to have a capacity of 80,000 bpd. Almost as soon as the project was announced, it began to face delays from within the Kenyan government. A final investment decision (FID) was expected this year, […]

Trafigura Begins Shipping Permian Crude via Plains’ Cactus II

HOUSTON (PLN) – Trafigura Trading began shipments of crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas, area via the Cactus II Pipeline, marking the first confirmed shipments on Plains All American’s newly operational system. Trafigura Trading, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Trafigura Group, said the activity is underpinned by a significant long-term volume commitment executed by Trafigura in early 2018. The 670,000-bpd Cactus II system includes a combination of existing pipelines and new pipeline construction projects originating in Wink, Texas, and extending to the Gulf Coast for export to Europe and beyond. It […]

SCM Launches Binding Open Season for Delaware Basin Crude System

(PLN) – Salt Creek Midstream’s SCM Crude subsidiary has launched a binding open season to solicit binding commitments for priority crude oil interstate gathering and transportation service on its proposed Delaware Basin gathering and transportation system. The crude oil-gathering and transportation project will be constructed and operated by SCM across multiple segments spanning from various tank battery receipt points in Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico, to SCM’s Wink Terminal and Orla Terminal, with interconnects to certain takeaway pipelines, including pipelines with direct, long-haul transportation to the Midland, and the Corpus Christi, Texas, areas. This […]

Sources: Iraq Chooses BP, Eni Over Exxon for Pipeline Project

BASRA, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is close to reaching a deal with oil majors BP and Eni for an export pipeline project that was initially planned as part of a mega-deal with U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, according to five senior Iraqi oil officials involved in the negotiations. Under the proposed $400 million agreement, British company BP and Italy’s Eni would run the scheme to build two seabed oil pipelines for Iraq’s southern exports through the Gulf, the sources told Reuters, declining to be named as the discussions have not been made public. The pipeline work […]

Equipment – August 2019

August 2019

Eddyfi New NDT inspection technologies from Gekko include a higher firepower and channel sensitivity, the longest battery autonomy in its class (up to six hours) and a brighter resistive and sensitive touchscreen that can be used with gloves or under rough conditions. For data management, the device comes with a 256 GB SSD and a new USB 3.0 connector allowing a high-speed file transfer and wireless compatibility for data or screen sharing. The new IP68 LEMO encoder connector makes it compatible with most of the standard scanners up to three encoded axes. The corresponding 3.0 […]

Business August 2019

August 2019

Pieridae Energy will buy gas assets in Alberta from Royal Dutch Shell for $144.8 million. The assets will consist of all of Shell’s midstream and upstream assets in the southern Alberta Foothills area, which produce 29,000 boe/d. Pieridae is also buying three sour gas plants. The move will enable it to secure the remaining supply needed for the first phase of its proposed Goldboro LNG plant in Nova Scotia. If it goes ahead Goldboro will be Canada’s first East Coast LNG project, producing 10 mtpa. Businesses in the News S & B Modular Operations installed […]

News – August 2019

August 2019

U.S. Court Vacates Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit A U.S. appeals court vacated a permit by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that allowed Dominion Energy to build its Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina in areas inhabited by threatened or endangered species. Dominion suspended construction of the long-delayed project in early December after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., stayed the Fish and Wildlife Service’s permit, called an incidental take statement. The court found the Fish and Wildlife Service “fast-tracked” decision to reissue an incidental […]

EnLink Midstream Founder Returns as CEO after Q2 Loss

(PLN) – EnLink Midstream’s executive chairman, Barry E. Davis, who led the company as CEO from its founding in 2014 to 2018, has resumed his role of CEO, replacing Michael J. Garberding, who has left the company. Davis will continue to serve as chairman for the Dallas-based company, which also appointed former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Horton to its board of directors. Horton also serves as lead director on the boards of General Electric and Walmart. The management changes were announced as EnLink reported a net loss of $16.1 million in the […]