Kinder Morgan began a binding open season to solicit interest for the proposed Mier-Monterrrey Pipeline Expansion project, which would increase transportation capacity 700 MMcf/d through looping of the existing pipeline from the U.S.-Mexico border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a new lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, Mexico, to Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico.

MarkWest Energy Partners and the Energy & Minerals Group announced the development of a new, large-scale dry gas gathering system to strategically expand the parties’ leading midstream position in the Utica Shale.

The extensive system will be underpinned by a long-term, fee-based contract with Ascent Resources-Utica, a subsidiary of Ascent Resources. Ascent is one of the largest pure-play Appalachian E&P companies with about 280,000 net acres in the prolific Utica and Marcellus shale plays.

Howard Midstream Energy Partners (HEP) said due to a successful open season construction will move forward on the Nueva Era Pipeline, a 50-50 joint venture between HEP and Mexico-based energy and services firm Grupo Clisa.

The project will connect HEP’s existing Webb County Hub in South Texas directly to Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico, and to the Mexican National Pipeline System (Sistema de Transporte Nacional Integrado) in Monterrey, Mexico.

Wood Group has been awarded a three-year offshore engineering blanket order by Pemex for field development in Mexico’s Gulf of Mexico waters. The $28 million agreement encompasses deepwater and complex shallow water concept and basic engineering, and owner engineer services.

Work will be performed by Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang and will include field development planning and engineering of topsides facilities, subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF), and floating systems.

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.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), to site, construct and operate the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project, off the shore of Puerto Rico.

The project will consist of a floating LNG terminal with a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), minimal infrastructure to moor the vessel, and a subsea pipeline to deliver the gas onshore. The facility will provide fuel to PREPA's Central Aguirre Power Complex.

Not typically thought of when considering major oil exporters, one small country holds significant potential to join the ranks of some of South America’s much larger oil producing powers.

Guyana, located along the northern coast of South America, is not an oil producer of any significance. But that could change if the large reserves of oil and gas located offshore are successfully produced.

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