ConocoPhillips gained approval to build the first oil production facilities at a federal reserve in Alaska. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approval allows the company to construct an 11.8-acre drilling pad and other infrastructure within the reserve.

The project boosts the possibility of adding oil to the 800-mile-long Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, designed to ferry 2 MMbpd of crude from the North Slope. It is currently at about 25% capacity due to production declines.

Technip has been awarded a subsea contract by JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration (Malaysia) in the Layang field, Block SK10, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia at a water depth of 85 meters.

The contract covers the engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of three flexible pipes totaling 9.9 kilometers. The flexible pipes consist of two production risers and flowlines and one gas export riser and flowline, connecting shallow water platforms to a new FPSO(1).

EMAS Offshore Limited has secured additional options for extension on an existing contract, as well as new awards for charters with an oil major and independent oil company in West Africa and Asia valued at more than $33 million.

In West Africa, EMAS Offshore’s PSV will be providing sea transportation services for an oil major. In Asia, EMAS Offshore’s contract is with an independent oil company. EMAS will provide one AHTS and the scope of work includes transportation of personnel, materials and supplies and to provide storage for materials and supplies.

Veresen has begun construction of the $860 million Sunrise gas plant, located in the Montney region near Dawson Creek, B.C. The announcement came on the heels of Cutbank Ridge Partnership — a venture between producers Encana and Cutbank Dawson Gas Resources — approved the plant.

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A Moldovan government official says work on a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Romania to the Moldovan capital will begin next year.

The pipeline, which is expected to become operational in May 2018, will help lessen the former Soviet republic's dependency on Russia. It is an extension of one running from the northern Romanian city of Iasi to Ungheni, a Moldovan town near the Romanian border.

Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP) launched a binding expansion open season to assess additional interest in service from Nederland, TX to refining markets in Louisiana. Bayou Bridge is jointly owned by subsidiaries of Phillips 66, Energy Transfer Partners, and Sunoco Logistics Partners.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four energy partners formally asked the federal government Friday for permission to build a 564-mile natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

The 348-page application was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline is intended to deliver cleaner burning natural gas to the Southeast as utilities move away from coal-burning power plants amid tighter federal rules on pollution that contributes to climate change.

The Bureau of Land Management approved the route of a natural gas pipeline that will be built by Paiute Pipeline Co. to connect Elko, NV with El Paso’s Ruby Pipeline, north of town. The project will expand available capacity of gas delivered to Elko by installing 35 miles of 8-inch pipeline from the city to Ruby Pipeline LLC’s Wieland Flat Compressor Station.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Pipe is being staged in four states for a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois.

The piles of pipe are being placed in anticipation of permits for the project by regulators in the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is proposing the pipeline that would move about 450,000 bbls of North Dakota crude daily. Officials say it's the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move North Dakota crude.

Sunoco Logistics Partners has begun a binding open season for its Mariner East 2 Expansion Project, which will transport petroleum products, including natural gas liquids and condensate, from processing facilities built in the liquid-rich Marcellus and Utica shale areas to Sunoco Logistics’ Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River.

The open season offers service for ethane, propane, butane, C3+, natural gasoline and condensate. Refined product movements will be considered if there is sufficient interest. The prjoect is expected to begin operations in 2017.

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