North American

The Columbia Pipeline Group has embarked upon a strategic program to build pipeline infrastructure and compression equipment to deliver natural gas from production areas to homes and businesses throughout the Midwest and eastern U.S.
The proposed Leach XPress project involves 160 miles of natural gas pipeline and compression facilities in southeastern Ohio and West Virginia’s northern panhandle.

The $1.4 billion investment will transport 1.5 Bcf from the heart of the Appalachian supply basin to consumers served by the Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf pipeline systems.

Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and First Reserve announced a US$1 billion agreement to mutually invest in energy infrastructure for Mexico. The first of the investments includes the 744-km natural gas Los Ramones pipeline that is comprised of three sections and is being implemented in two phases.

Construction of the projects has already begun with full commercial operations expected in mid-2016. The companies are also planning large-scale infrastructure opportunities.

Pembina Pipeline Corp. plans to expand the Vantage pipeline system for an estimated $85 million. The expansion entails increasing Vantage's mainline capacity from 40,000 bpd to 68,000 bpd through the addition of mainline pump stations and the construction of a 80-km, 8-inch gathering lateral.

The mainline expansion is supported by a long-term, fee-for-service agreement, with a substantial take-or-pay component. The gathering lateral is underpinned by a fixed return on invested capital agreement. The expansion is expected to be in-service in early 2016.

Tallgrass Development, LP and AGL Resources Inc. concluded the non-binding open season for the proposed Prairie State Pipeline. The system would move natural gas from supply connections in central Illinois to the Chicago Market Center and points in between. Prairie State Pipeline is being jointly developed by Tallgrass and AGL Resources and is expected to have ownership participation by both companies should binding commitments be finalized with interested market participants.

Recently EnLink Midstream invited me out to West Texas to see my first pipeline spread – the Martin County Extension Pipeline. On the way to the line we stopped by the Deadwood gas plant where I met Chris Coleman, EnLink Midstream’s senior landman. He was amiable, genuine and welcoming, even letting me ride shotgun in his work truck, which I had to jump to get into. As we drove across the flat Texas land, kicking up a flurry of red dirt, he began telling me about his job.

In summer 2011, executives at super-major ExxonMobil were telling financial analysts during a quarterly earnings conference call about an amazing 70% boost in a year’s time of the energy giant’s unconventional natural gas-weighted portfolio to 76 Tcfe. The reason was simple, according to David Rosenthal, the current controller at ExxonMobil and at the time its investor relations chief. He summed it up in three letters, X-T-O.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) will provide 2 Bcf/d of natural gas transportation capacity from the the Marcellus and Utica production areas to the Mid- and South-Atlantic regions by the end of 2018 if all goes as planned.

The 300-mile pipeline, a joint venture of EQT Midstream Partners and NextEra U.S. Gas Assets, will run from northwest West Virginia to southern Virginia, extending the Equitrans transmission system to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company’s compressor station in Pittsylvania County, VA. EQT Midstream will operate the pipeline and own a majority interest.

GE and Sabine Pass Liquefaction, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., have entered into a $1 billion, 20+-year contract in GE will provide spare parts and planned inspections, maintenance services and round-the-clock technical support for the gas turbines and refrigerant compressors on the first four LNG trains under construction at the Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Cameron Parish, LA.

SENER, in consortium with the company Bonatti, has delivered two compression stations that comprise the Los Ramones 1 Transport System in Mexico to Gasoductos del Noreste.

Enbridge and upstream partners at Hess Corp. are working to develop a pipeline from a Gulf of Mexico oil field. Enbridge said it will build, own and operate the $130 million system that will start in the deepwater Stampede project and end 16 miles away with a connection to a third-party pipeline system.

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