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Niger Seeks to Step Up Oil Production with Pipeline to Coast

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has started construction on an oil pipeline that will link it to the coast through West African neighbor Benin, a $7 billion project that Niger’s president said will bolster the country’s economic development. President Issoufou Mahamadou called the 1,232-mile (1,982-km) pipeline one of Niger’s most important projects since independence and an important step in the Sahel nation’s oil production. Nearly two-thirds, just under 808 miles (1,300 km), will run within Niger, the remainder in Benin. China National Petroleum Corp., which has operated in Niger since 2011, was tasked with building […]

Mexico Gets Deal with Final Holdout Firm in Pipeline Contract Dispute

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s government has reached a deal with infrastructure firm Fermaca in its renegotiation of natural gas pipeline contracts signed under the last government, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. “It’s progress for various reasons, firstly because we avoided bringing the conflict to international courts, and secondly because the contracts are being fulfilled,” Lopez Obrador told his regular morning news conference. Mexico-based Fermaca was the only company yet to agree terms in the government’s renegotiation of seven gas pipeline contracts awarded under the previous administration, the initial details of which were announced two weeks ago. Other companies […]

U.S. Seeks Dismissal of Tribes’ Lawsuit Over Keystone XL

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction. The administration counters that Trump’s approval applies only to a 1-mile (1.6-km) section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border and not the rest of the line. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will preside over a Thursday […]

Mountain Valley Developer EQT Cuts Jobs

EQT, one of the largest natural gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica plays,  will reduce its workforce by about 23%, or 196 positions, as part of streamlining effort, the company said. The company’s midstream branch, EQM, is currently developing the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, although work on the embattled line was recently halted due to permitting issues with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 300-mile LNG pipeline is expected to cost as much as $5 billion and when completed be able to transport up to 2 Bcf/d. These lost positions represent about $50 million of annual general and administrative costs, according to […]

Court Bars PennEast from Seizing N.J. State Property for Pipeline

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday barred PennEast Pipeline Co from using a federal law to seize properties controlled by the state of New Jersey in order to build a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline. The 3rd Circuit said in its decision that the U.S. Natural Gas Act does not allow companies to condemn state controlled land in federal court because states enjoy sovereign immunity from such actions under the Eleventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. PennEast obtained approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in January 2018 and promptly […]

Explorer Pipeline Launches Binding Open Season

Explorer Pipeline Company announced  a binding open season to secure shipper commitments to support the development of a proposed extension of Explorer’s pipeline system. The proposed project will provide transportation services from points of origin in the U.S. Gulf Coast to a new delivery point near Melissa, Texas. Upon completion of the Expansion Project, shippers will be able to obtain transportation service from the U.S. Gulf Coast receipt points on Explorer’s system to the new delivery point near Melissa, Texas. A new terminal is also planned to be constructed at the terminus of the Expansion […]

Feds Clear Way for Williams Pipeline over NY Objections

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal regulators have cleared the way for a Williams Partners natural gas pipeline to move forward despite New York’s denial of a water quality permit that had blocked the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled the state Department of Environmental Conservation missed a one-year deadline when it rejected the permit in 2016. The 124-mile, 30-inch-wide pipeline would run from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to eastern New York. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams appealed to federal courts after New York rejected a water quality permit over concerns for 250 streams. It appealed […]

Kenyan Pipeline Project May be One Step Closer to Reality

(PLN) — The Kenyan Government along with partner Tullow Oil has 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-km) 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 […]

Shell, Suncor Ask Regulator to Look at Enbridge Pipeline Plan

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) — Two major oil companies have asked Canada’s energy regulator to urgently review Enbridge proposal to switch to fixed contracts on its Mainline pipeline system, arguing the changes would be an abuse of Enbridge’s market power. Suncor Energy, Canada’s second-largest oil producer, and Shell Canada Ltd, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell wrote to the National Energy Board on Friday opposing Enbridge’s plans. They join MEG Energy and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) in a growing chorus of dissent against Enbridge’s proposal to introduce long-term fixed-volume contracts on North […]

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 […]

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