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South Dakota High Court Dismisses Appeal Against Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. But an attorney battling the project says the “fight is not over.” Groups fighting TransCanada Corp.’s pipeline appealed a judge’s decision last year upholding regulators’ approval for the pipeline to cross the state. But the high court said in a Wednesday ruling that justices didn’t “reach the merits of the case” because the lower court didn’t have jurisdiction to weigh the appeal of the […]

Plains-ExxonMobil JV to Build Permian Pipeline

ExxonMobil and Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) plan to build a new pipeline that will add 1 MMbpd of takeaway capacity for Permian Basin crude oil and condensate. The Irving-based oil giant signed a letter of intent with Houston’s PAA to form a joint venture for the project, which would transport oil to from multiple locations in the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. PAA said the proposed common carrier pipeline would be designed to ship more than 1MMbd per day, providing a safe, efficient and cost-effective option to transport ExxonMobil and other third-party […]

Magellan to Expand Refined Products System

Magellan Midstream Partners will expand the western leg of its refined petroleum products pipeline system in Texas to handle incremental shipments of gasoline and diesel fuel to demand centers in Abilene, Midland/Odessa, El Paso and New Mexico. The system can also access markets in Arizona and Mexico via connections to other pipelines. The $300 million project, fully supported by long-term customer commitments and expected to be operational mid-2020, includes expanding the capacity of the system from 100,000 bpd to approximately 150,000 bpd, with the potential to further increase the system to 170,000 bpd. In addition, connectivity to the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company’s terminal in Wink, Texas will be added. “Magellan’s extensive refined products pipeline system […]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work Can Continue Despite Rescinded Permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the vacated permit means all construction must cease. An official with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a letter Wednesday directing the natural gas pipeline only to file documentation within five days explaining how it will avoid the threatened or endangered species the permit was intended to protect. The pipeline, which is being developed by a […]

Nord Stream 2 Moves Ahead Despite U.S. Objections

MUKRAN, Germany (AP) — Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours’ drive north of Berlin. The United States and some other German […]

TransCanada Official: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Work Expected to Begin in 2019

VANCOUVER, May 16 (Reuters) – Construction on TransCanada’s C$4.8 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline will start in early 2019, pending a positive final investment decision on the linked LNG Canada project, the head of the pipeline project said on Wednesday. The comments followed a commitment from the chief executive of LNG Canada on Tuesday that the C$40 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal would be under construction in 2018. A final investment decision, or FID, from the project partners is expected this year. “We would be looking at constructing in the early part of 2019,” Coastal […]

Minnesota Lawmakers OK Line 3 Construction Bill

Both houses of the Minnesota Legislature have approved legislation enabling Enbridge to move forward with the $2.9 billion Line 3 Replacement project without regulatory approval. The project is part of the company’s $7 billion investment to upgrade Line 3, which transports light, medium and heavy crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wis, and is expected to commence operations during the second half of 2019. Enbridge’s existing 1,097-mile Line 3 pipeline is currently operating at just over half of its maximum capacity due to safety concerns identified during an assessment conducted in 2013. The company has submitted an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to replace the state’s current 282-mile, 34-inch section with […]

More Operations Can Begin on Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, has received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to commence partial service of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. The FERC ruling, which authorizes operations at modified compressor stations in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia, adds 150,000 Dth/d of incremental capacity and enables bi-directional flow on Transco’s existing pipeline system. The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project includes the following: Approximately 183 miles of new greenfield pipe (Central Penn North & Central Penn South) Two pipeline loops totaling about 12 miles (Chapman Loop, Unity Loop) Two […]

Apache, Salt Creek Midstream to Build New NGL Header System

Apache Midstream, a subsidiary of Apache Corporation, and Salt Creek Midstream, an affiliate of ARM Energy, are developing SCM Alpine, a 445,000 bpd header system consisting of two pipeline segments originating at the companies’ processing facilities in Reeves County, Texas that will transport NGLs to Waha, Texas, where the system will interconnect to downstream pipelines providing access to Mont Belvieu and Corpus Christi fractionation facilities. According to the companies, construction is underway, and the system is expected to be placed in service during Q1 2019. In addition, Apache Midstream has signed an option to acquire a 50% stake in the $100 […]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit Vacated

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appellate court vacated a key permit granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species. The order’s immediate impact was in dispute. Lawyers for the environmental groups that sued over the permit say all work must stop, but the lead developer said construction can continue on the multistate natural gas pipeline. Jen Kostyniuk, a spokeswoman for Dominion Energy, wrote in an email that the decision only impacts certain activities in […]