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Equipment – December 2019

December 2019

John Deere John Deere now offers the mechanical angle blade for the 950K and 1050K crawler dozers, which can be manually angled side to side, making it ideal for a variety of jobs, including backfilling, rough grading and general earthmoving. The productivity-boosting, three-position adjustable blade can be configured using the provided pin points on the push beams. The blade width and height have been optimized for the best performance on the Deere dozers. The approach angle on the 950K and 1050K blades has been increased 29% vs. the previous offering. Additionally, changes to the hydraulic […]

Business – December 2019

December 2019

National Grid reached an agreement with the state of New York to resume connecting natural gas service to customers in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island for approximately the next two years as the company pursues other long-term solutions to the shortage of natural gas in the region. The company announced a moratorium in May, claiming that without the construction of Williams Energy’s $1 billion Constitution natural gas pipeline, not enough supply would be available. In response Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to revoke the National Grid’s license to operate in New York within 14 days, […]

News- December 2019

December 2019

US Development Agency to Finance Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline In one of the first actions of the new International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. government investment organization is pledging more that $600 million to the Rassini natural gas pipeline to be built across southern Mexico. In general, Mexico has generated a greater interest in the development of gas pipeline infrastructure pro-jects and transportation by oil pipelines, according to specialists consulted by Opportimes, a Mexican business newspaper. They report that the country has six new pipelines under construction with a combined operational capacity of 400 […]

Congress Seeks Review of Keystone Pipeline in Wake of Spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Top U.S. House Democrats have called for a federal review of the Keystone pipeline and the agency that regulates it in the wake of 383,000-gallon (1.4-million-liter) spill in northeastern North Dakota. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office, the congressmen said the spills raise “serious questions” about pipeline owner TC Energy’s management of the line, and whether the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is providing adequate oversight. “The public has a legitimate expectation that the Keystone Pipeline System managed by TC Energy operate safely and without repeated incidents that […]

National Grid Lifts NY Service Moratorium

(PLN) – National Grid has reached an agreement with the state of New York to immediately resume connecting natural gas service to customers in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island for approximately the next two years as the company pursues other long-term solutions to the shortage of natural gas in the region. National Grid announced a moratorium in May claiming that without the construction of Williams Energy’s $1 billion Constitution natural gas pipeline, which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had recently blocked, the company would not have the necessary supply needed to facilitate the long-term […]

Saipem Wins $100 Million Equatorial Guinea Pipeline Contract

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) — Italy’s Saipem has been 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 on Thursday. 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. he 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 […]

Moda Midstream to Expand Loading Center, Evaluate New Pipeline

(Reuters) — U.S. oil export terminal operator Moda Midstream said it has begun to enhance its Moda Ingleside Energy Center (MIEC) in Ingleside, Texas, to allow the docking of larger-sized vessels and is considering a new pipeline as well. Moda has begun structural enhancements and dredging to Berth 5 and improvements to Berth 4, which will allow for the docking of Suezmax class vessels and Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), respectively, the company said in a statement. The company said it was evaluating construction of an additional pipeline called the Moda Ingleside Express Pipeline, which would […]

Iran Building Oil Pipeline to Terminal Outside Gulf

Iran is building a $1.8 billion oil pipeline to its port of Jask outside the mouth of the Gulf, the country’s oil minister said, as part of plans to protect its exports against potential problems in the region and to boost shipments of Caspian oil. Iran has been planning since at least 2012 to set up the terminal on the Gulf of Oman, just outside the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran has threatened to block the vital Gulf oil shipping route during its standoff with the United States, after Washington last year withdrew from Iran’s 2015 […]

Pioneer Natural CEO Calls Out Permian Basin Gas Flaring

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources, Scott Sheffield, called on producers in the top U.S. shale field to limit natural gas flaring and monitor for methane leaks. Companies are targeting oil in the fast-growing Permian Basin field, but pipeline construction has lagged, leaving natural gas as a byproduct to be burned or vented. Producers should get flaring and venting rates to 2% or less and not drill wells before pipelines are complete, Sheffield said during a call with analysts a day after releasing quarterly results. “We do not connect any new […]

Tallgrass to Expand Pony Express Oil Pipeline Capacity by 70,000 bpd

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tallgrass Energy submitted a petition to U.S. energy regulators to expand capacity on its 400,000-bpd Pony Express crude pipeline, that flows from Guernsey, Wyoming to Cushing, Okla., by about 70,000 bpd. Once in service, the expansion will increase capacity to move crude from the Bakken and Powder River basins for delivery to the Cushing oil hub, Tallgrass said in a filing with U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Of the new capacity, 15,000 bpd was made available to committed shippers in a recent open season, with 2,000 bpd of new capacity […]