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ExxonMobil will add flexibility to process light crudes at its Beaumont refinery, increasing production capacity by about 20,000 bpd. This expansion will further strengthen ExxonMobil’s integrated downstream portfolio in Southeast Texas.

The refinery can currently process 365,000 bpd and produce 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline each year.

ExxonMobil said its decision to increase production at the Beaumont facility was based on the abundant supply and low cost of U.S. light crude produced from shale.

Wood Group secured a contract to carry out front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the Woodside-operated Browse Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Development, offshore Western Australia.

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will perform all design engineering for the insulated production flowline system required for the asset’s offshore gas-condensate fields - Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa – located 300 km from the Kimberly coast. The 12-month contract, which is valued at US$6 million and effective immediately, will be delivered from WGK’s Perth office.

A Kinder Morgan subsidiary scheduled a binding open season for incremental firm natural gas transportation service on its Mier-Monterrey pipeline, which would expand capacity to 1.34 Bcfd.

The project, planned for completion by the fourth quarter of 2017, will loop the existing Mier-Monterrey pipeline system from the Mexico-United States border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, adding a lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, to Escobedo, Nuevo León.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State officials say Florida Fuel Connection will make a $75 million capital investment to build a petroleum terminal and rail transportation facility in East Feliciana Parish, near the Mississippi River.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Fuel Connection CEO John H. Armbrust announced the plans Tuesday.

Jindal, in a news release, said the complex will provide a starting point for the shipment of fuel via rail to Florida, which lacks pipeline connections to regional oil refineries.

The project will create 50 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $70,000.

Alpha Crude Connector started construction of its 400-mile Alpha Crude Connector The crude oil pipeline would serve Lea and Eddy counties, NM and Culberson, Loving, Reeves and Winkler counties, TX.

The system will have 100,000 bpd capacity for oil from over 250 lease tank batteries, other local pipeline systems, and truck terminals in the Northern Delaware Basin. Construction is scheduled to be completed in November.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state's Board of Public Utilities has approved two amendments to an earlier order authorizing a natural gas pipeline in southern New Jersey.

The board greenlighted Wednesday the amendments concerning the proposed nearly 22-mile pipeline from Maurice River Township to Upper Township.

It's the latest in South Jersey Gas' efforts to move forward with the project that has been on hold amid environmental concerns because the pipeline runs through part of the state's Pinelands preserve.

Kinder Morgan announced Thursday its board of directors authorized subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), to proceed with the $3.3 billion Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project's “market path” segment from Wright, NY too Dracut, MA.

Vaquero Midstream is moving forward on its gas-gathering and processing project in the Southern Delaware Basin. The company selected a site in Pecos County near the Waha Hub and the Lone Star NGL pipeline.

Additionally, Vaquero anticipates building an extensive gathering footprint in the area, with over 100 miles of 8- to 30-inch pipeline, connected to central delivery points on producers’ acreage blocks. The company plans to complete construction of the plant and gathering system over the next 12 months with the complex in operation by mid-2016.

BP Exploration & Production awarded Technip a lump sum project for the design, engineering, fabrication, installation and pre-commissioning of the new production pipeline systems on the south side of the Thunder Horse production drilling quarters unit.

At a water depth of 1,900 meters, the field development is located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 778 and 822, in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico environment.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission unanimous backed a Hess Corp. crude oil pipeline that will run under Lake Sakakawea. The $105 million project will convert an 8-inch pipeline to transfer Bakken crude oil along a 2.4 mile section of pipe buried 6 feet under the lake bottom in 1992.

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