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Medallion Launches Open Season for Major Expansion of Crude Pipeline

Medallion Pipeline Company began a binding open season to solicit long-term, firm shipper commitments for a major expansion of its crude oil pipeline system in the Midland Basin. The company plans to expand six pipeline segments to transport increased quantities of crude oil, produced from acreage proximate to Medallion’s system, to downstream pipelines and markets. The open season ends at 4 p.m. CDT, Aug.15. Medallion plans to construct a 16-inch operational loop of its existing Midkiff Lateral and expand the capacity of the Crane Extension, Reagan Gathering Extension, Santa Rita Lateral, Martin Lateral and Midland […]

Enterprise to Develop Offshore Texas Crude Oil Export Terminal

Enterprise Products Partners is planning to develop an offshore crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast, which could include 80 miles of 42-inch pipeline to an offshore terminal capable of loading and exporting crude oil at about 85,000 barrels per hour. The terminal would be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers (VLCC), which have capacities of 2 MMbbls and provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution to export crude oil to the largest international markets in Asia and Europe. The company has started front-end engineering and design (FEED) and preparing applications for […]

North Dakota Sues Dakota Access over Farmland Ownership

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general is suing the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over agricultural land the company owns in violation of a state law banning large corporations from owning farmland. In a separate case, an American Indian activist accused of starting a riot on a portion of the land during protests against the pipeline last year wants to use the state’s lawsuit in his defense. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on July 3 filed a civil complaint in state district court against Dakota Access, a company formed by Texas-based Energy […]

Erosion Temporarily Halts Mountain Valley Construction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia has been halted to address some soil erosion problems. Officials said Friday that the suspension is expected to be temporary for the natural gas pipeline’s installation. Construction will resume with approval from Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ officials said in a statement that the pipeline will direct crews to enhance and restore erosion and sediment controls along the route. Pipeline officials said in a statement that recent heavy rainfall affected crews’ abilities to control erosion. Pipeline officials said they take their […]

Bayou Bridge Plans to Finish Louisiana Oil Pipeline by October

A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana expects to complete the construction project by October if a federal appeals court doesn’t order another halt to the work. Bayou Bridge Pipeline’s attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday that construction of the entire 163-mile (260-km) pipeline was nearly 76% complete as of Sunday. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering whether the company can continue building the pipeline through the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin swamp. Last Friday, the panel asked for an update on the work. In February, […]

Joint Development Planned for Permian Highway Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, EagleClaw Midstream and Apache signed a letter of intent to develop the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project, which will provide an outlet for natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. The $2 billion PHP project is designed to transport up to 2 Bcf/d of natural gas through 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas, area to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets, Kinder Morgan said. Given the level of producer inquiry, the company is also evaluating the economic and hydraulic feasibility of a 48-inch […]

EnLink to Build New Delaware Basin Crude Oil Gathering System

EnLink Midstream will construct a crude oil gathering system in the Northern Delaware Basin called the Avenger Crude Oil Gathering System. The project is anchored by a 10-year contract with Devon Energy and supported by dedications from Devon’s Todd (Eddy and Lea counties, N.M.) and Potato Basin (Eddy County, N.M.) development areas. EnLink plans to invest $35 million to $40 million in the development during 2018. These additional capital expenditures are incremental to the previously issued 2018 capital expenditures outlook for the Partnership’s crude and condensate segment. Further expenditures are expected as Devon continues to […]

Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Pipeline to Improve Shale Gas Transport

In the three years since Mauricio Macri was elected president of the Argentine Republic, the federal government has stepped up efforts to meet unsatisfied gas demand of 40 MMcm/d in winter and increasing year-round demand to fuel an expanding industrial base. Under business-friendly Macri, Argentina introduced subsidies to encourage investment in unconventional natural gas production from the Neuquen Basin, home to the Vaca Muerta shale play. Regional government is also joining development efforts. The Province of Neuquén made technical equipment available to the company Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. (TGS) to support its evaluation […]

Minnesota PUC Opens Hearings on Enbridge Line 3 Replacement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Passions ran high as Minnesota regulators opened a key hearing on a final decision on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. A crowd about evenly divided between supporters and opponents lined up early in the morning for limited seating. People held signs outside that read “Minnesotans for Line 3” or “No Pipelines – Keep it in the Ground.” The crowd grew to over 200 by the time the Public Utilities Commission began hearing final arguments in the long-running proceedings. The five-member […]

Tunnel, Trench Offer Options for Replacing Pipeline

By John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A 65-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil beneath a sensitive waterway connecting two of the Great Lakes could be replaced with pipes buried in a tunnel or partially enclosed in trenches that would pose virtually no risk of leakage but require years and hundreds of millions of dollars to build, according to a report released Friday. Enbridge, the Canadian company whose Line 5 runs 645 miles (1,038 km) between Superior, Wisc., and Sarnia, Ont., produced the analysis of possible alternatives for replacing the 4.5-mile-long […]

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