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.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has executed long-term agreements that support development of a 416-mile, 24-inch pipeline to transport crude oil and condensate from the company’s Midland, TX terminal to its Sealy storage facility west of Houston.

From Sealy, the new pipeline would link to Enterprise’s ECHO terminal through an interconnect with the Rancho II pipeline, which is scheduled to be in service shortly. Through ECHO, customers will have direct access to every refinery in Houston, Texas City, Beaumont and Port Arthur as well as Enterprise’s dock facilities.

Tall Oak Midstream, LLC is constructing an oil gathering, storage and transportation system to serve producers in Oklahoma’s Sooner Trend (STACK) play. Tall Oak is already gathering and processing natural gas on its STACK system for multiple customers.

Anchored by a long-term agreement with Felix Energy, LLC, the system will connect to multiple downstream pipelines that provide direct access to the market center at Cushing, OK. Tall Oak expects to bring the system into service later this year.

TransCanada has received the first two permits from the British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission (OGC), approving construction for two sections of the 560-mile Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) project in northern British Columbia. The approvals are for sections that extend from 12.4 miles NW of Hudson's Hope to 30 miles north of Fort St. James and total about 155 miles.

Sunoco Logistics Partners announced June 4 plans to build an additional pipeline to deliver Marcellus Shale products to Marcus Hook, reflecting a growing market for liquid fuels derived from the region's shale drilling.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunoco Logistics said it intends to build two pipelines simultaneously as part of its Mariner East 2 project. The project, announced in November, is the second phase of a plan to move materials including propane, butane, and ethane from Appalachian shale-gas fields to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex southwest of Philadelphia.

Wood Group has secured a $1 million contract with Origin Energy to provide detailed design engineering for the onshore pipelines related to the Halladale, Black Watch & Speculant (HBWS) Natural Gas Project in South West Victoria, Australia.

The HBWS gas fields are located in the offshore Otway Basin in Victoria but due to their proximity to shore, and to avoid sensitive marine environments, they are being drilled using extended reach drilling (ERD) techniques from onshore location and tied back to the existing Otway Gas Plant.

Magellan Midstream Partnersand LBC Tank Terminals, LLC ("LBC") announced they formed a 50/50 limited liability company. Seabrook Logistics, to own and operate crude oil storage and pipeline infrastructure in the Houston Gulf Coast area.

The assets will include more than 700,000 bbls of new crude oil storage and other distribution infrastructure located adjacent to LBC’s existing terminal in Seabrook. In addition, the JV will build an 18-inch pipeline, which will connect the new storage to an existing third-party pipeline that will transport crude oil to a Houston-area refinery.

Energy giants Gazprom and Shell, along with E.ON and OMV, signed a memorandum Thursday to construct a third technical line for a LNG plant on Sakhalin Island on Russia’s Pacific Coast.

Under the agreement, the companies would build a new route under the Baltic Sea from Russia with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year. No timeline on the project was announced.

Wood Group Kenny will support the Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC) in pipeline engineering and flow assurance engineering studies for the Kamansu East (KME) field offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

The work will include concept select studies and definition engineering on subsea heating options, thus preventing hydrates, for the 30 km gas pipeline that runs from the KME field in 750 meters of water to the company's new shelf edge Kebabangan platform.

The pipeline heating technology could be the first application for deepwater gas development in Malaysia.

TransCanada made a positive final investment decisionfrom LNG for the proposed Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG liquefaction and export facility in the Port Edward district of British Colombia.

“This development is a significant step forward,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer.

The move advances the company’s $46 billion capital growth plan, which includes more than $13 billion in proposed natural gas pipeline projects in support of the emerging LNG industry on the B.C. coast.

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