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TANAP Receives $500 Million in Financing

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Board of Directors has approved US$500 million in financing for the completion of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP). TANAP, which will pass through Turkey, is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, a project designed to strengthen Europe’s energy security, promote interconnectivity and open gas markets. It will also help provide a better energy supply mix for consumers in the Balkans and southeastern Europe as well as achieve significant CO2 reductions through the substitution of obsolete coal-fired power plants. The Southern Gas Corridor includes gas infrastructure investments into […]

Protesters Shut Down Line 3 Hearing

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Protesters cut short a hearing in Duluth on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Wednesday’s hearing was one of several for the public to comment on whether the state Public Utilities Commission should approve the project. Hundreds of people on both sides packed the convention center. KBJR-TV says protesters shouting “shut it down” led officials to adjourn early. Afterward, Enbridge and the Jobs for Minnesotans coalition denounced what they called intimidation tactics they said made it impossible for Line 3 supporters to […]

Kinder Morgan Warns About Trans Mountain Delays

Kinder Morgan has warned that its Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project is facing possibly months of delays because of the timing of permit issuance and other regulatory approvals. The delay could be as long as nine months, Kinder Morgan’s chief executive Steven Kean said in a recent conference call, adding, however, that the company was taking steps to mitigate the effects of the lengthy approval process. Kinder Morgan still believes there is a chance for the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline to start carrying crude from December 2019 as originally planned. The Trans Mountain project, about […]

Pipeline Construction Project Open Season Begins

Medallion Delaware Express, LLC and Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC have commenced an open season to solicit binding, long-term commitments on the Delaware Express crude oil pipeline system in the Delaware Basin in West Texas along with a new Joint Tariff transportation service, which will deliver crude oil produced in the Delaware Basin to multiple market centers and long-haul pipelines connected to Medallion’s system. Through this binding open season, Medallion Delaware Express and Medallion expect to make up to 200,000 barrels per day available for Joint Tariff service, with up to 180,000 bpd available to committed […]

Judge to Hear Arguments on Tribe’s Pipeline Contingency Plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River. The idea is part of a fallback plan proposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in August in case U.S. District Judge James Boasberg eventually decides to allow the four-state pipeline to continue operating while federal officials do more study on the $3.8 billion project’s impact on […]

Extension of Time Granted for Pipeline Construction Project

FERC has approved ANR Pipeline Company’s request for an extension of time until and including Dec. 31, 2017 to abandon the 9,100 horsepower (hp) Unit 507 compressor and appurtenant facilities at the Brownsville Compressor Station, located in Haywood County, Tennessee, and the 2,500 hp Unit 402 compressor, the 9,100 hp Unit 406 compressor, and appurtenant facilities at the Sardis Compressor Station, located in Panola County, Mississippi.  These activities are associated with a project to reduce capacity on the company’s Southeast Mainline pipeline segment, located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana. According to FERC’s Richard Foley, the […]

FERC: Cedar Station Upgrade Project Construction Can Begin

FERC has approved Northern Natural Gas Company’s request to commence construction of the Cedar Station Upgrade Project in Dakota County, Minnesota, along with the following variance requests: Modifying the Horizontal Direction Drill (HDD) path between mileposts 0.8 and 1.2 Shifting the HDD entry point and adding an HDD entry point at milepost 1.05 Modifying extra temporary work space (ETWS), at mileposts 1.0, 1.1, 7.3 and 7.6 Shifting the HDD exit point at mileposts 3.5 and 6.17 Shifting the HDD entry point/centerline and eliminate ETWS at milepost 4.24 Adding a bore and modifying ETWS (within 50 feet […]

Pipeline Construction Project Now Operational

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has started operations on an 88-kilometer natural gas pipeline connecting a liquefied natural gas terminal in Rudong with Shanghai’s Chongming Island. The pipeline contains an annual capacity of 1.84 billion cubic meters and is designed to increase the supply of natural gas to the city’s more than 24 million residents. The project is CNPC’s third natural gas pipeline to Shanghai.

TAP Pipe Deliveries Complete to Albania, Greece and Italy

The last shipment of steel line-pipes for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece, marking the completion and final delivery of all line-pipes to TAP’s host countries. The transport of 55,000 TAP pipes and bends was completed in about a year and a half, with the first pipes arriving in Durrës, Albania in April 2016. The all the pipes together weighed 520,000 tons and were transported to TAP’s main marshaling yards in 79 sea vessel shipments and 158 block trains within Greece. The offloading of the largest ships took five […]

Land Preservation Board Approves Easements for Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A public land preservation organization in Virginia has approved easements that will allow two natural gas pipelines to be built in mountainous areas of the state. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s board of trustees approved 11 easements on Monday, the board said on its website. In exchange for crossing 53 acres of protected land, two pipeline developers will convey to the foundation 1,130 acres of substitute land in three counties. Both pipelines would start in West Virginia, carrying gas from the Appalachian basin to U.S. markets. Prominent business and political leaders back […]