Business & Markets

Plains All American CEO Sees Further Consolidation in Pipeline Industry

The CEO of Plains All American said on Wednesday that the pipeline industry should expect more consolidations in the near future as low oil prices continue to hinder growth in the industry.

PETRONAS Launches Virtual LNG Pipeline System

Malaysian energy firm PETRONAS has launched a virtual LNG pipeline system to deliver natural gas to customers who cannot attach to the pipeline distribution grid.

INGAA Appoints Amy Andryszak as New President and CEO

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) announced on Wednesday the appointment of Amy Andryszak as the association's new President and CEO.

Energy Transfer Expects Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Operational by Late 2021

Energy Transfer told investors on Tuesday that it expects the expansion of its embattled Dakota Access oil pipeline to be operational by the end of next year.

LDCs Own Residential, Commercial Sectors but Pipelines Fuel Power: EIA

A new government report on the U.S. natural gas industry shows that local distribution companies (LDCs) supply 90% of natural gas to U.S. residential and commercial sectors, but pipeline companies handle the biggest volumes through direct delivery to electric power and industrial customers

Part 2: Background of the Ukraine’s Mega-Challenges

Since 2014, Ukraine has undertaken considerable reforms to reinforce macroeconomic stability and bolster the foundations of growth. After a significant contraction in 2014-2015, economic growth has picked up (2.4% in 2016-2017, 3.5% in 2018-2019). However, higher sustained economic growth is needed to deliver a durable improvement in living standards.

Norway’s Gas Field Fairy Tale

Norway has given its big gas field in the Barents Sea a fairy tale name: Snøhvit (Snow White). Now the fairy tale continues with the next phase of development called Askeladd.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to help residential, commercial and industrial customers make more efficient use of fuel.

Amid Challenges, Natural Gas Remains Growing Part of Energy Mix

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, 120,498 MW of gas-fired capacity came online between 2008 and Aug. 1, 2019. Twenty percent of that was in 2018 and 2019 alone, and roughly 200 new gas plants have been proposed or are in development right now.

LNG Investments Vanish in 2020 as Coronavirus Slashes Oil and Gas Prices

For the first time in nearly two decades, some analysts believe that no new LNG export projects could be approved this year as the global coronavirus pandemic has destroyed oil and gas prices.

GMRC Report: Rotating to the Future – Relevance Today and a Revolutionary Tomorrow

While change in the natural gas industry is happening at an accelerated pace, GMRC is thriving by embracing flexibility, adaptability and facilitating learning in action.

Anatomy of Frustration: Atlantic Coast and Dakota Access Pipelines

In early July, the U.S. pipeline industry faced down a one-two punch as the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled and a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down.

And Our Readers Say …

A recent survey of Pipeline & Gas Journal readers showed a clear majority of respondents believe the lingering effects of the coronavirus and recent developments concerning Dakota Access and Atlantic Coast pipelines have dealt a serious one-two punch to midstream businesses.

Oil Falls after Saudi Cuts Prices, China Slows Imports

Oil prices fell on Monday as Saudi Arabia made its deepest monthly price cuts to supply for Asia in five months and uncertainty over Chinese demand clouds the market's recovery.

Underwater: Australia's Oil Industry Faces New Indigenous Heritage Test

A discovery of ancient artifacts near a planned pipeline route off Australia's west coast has opened new challenges for energy companies to conserve indigenous heritage.

Merkel Doesn't Rule Out Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out imposing sanctions on a pipeline set to bring Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of a Kremlin critic with a Soviet-style nerve agent, her chief spokesman said on Monday.

Hungary Signs Gas Deal with Shell, its First in the West

Hungary has signed a six-year deal to purchase 250 million cubic meters of LNG from Shell, its first gas deal with a western company.

Michels Corporation Selected by TC Energy to Build Facilities on Keystone XL

Michels has been selected by TC Energy to build several pump stations along the Keystone XL pipeline.

Chevron Delays Restart of Gorgon LNG Train for Additional Repairs

Chevron is delaying the restart of Train 2 at its Gorgon LNG plant in Western Australia until October to allow for additional repairs.

Germany Pressed to Rethink Nord Stream 2 Pipeline After Navalny Poisoning

The German government is feeling pressure to dampen its support for the Kremlin's Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after a major political opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin was confirmed to have been poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

San Mateo Midstream Provides Pipeline, Black River LNG Updates

San Mateo midstream provided updates on Tuesday to several of its ongoing pipeline projects as well as on the expansion of its Black River LNG plant in New Mexico.

U.S. Department of Interior Requests Expedited Environmental Reviews for Energy Projects from Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Interior has asked the Trump Administration to fast track environmental reviews for several major energy and infrastructure projects, including LNG facilities and pipelines.

Imperial Shuts Kearl Oil Sands Operations After Pipeline Outage

Imperial Oil announced on Wednesday it has shut production at its Kearl oil sands production site in Canada due to an outage on a third-party pipeline.

Enbridge Restores Offshore Pipelines After Hurricane Shutdown

Enbridge has restored operations on two of its offshore natural gas pipelines in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Laura prompted shutdowns last week.

Brazil's Lower House to Vote on End to Petrobras Virtual Gas Monopoly, Encourage Pipelines

The lower house of Brazil's parliament is set to vote soon on legislation that would end the state-owned energy company Petrobras' virtual monopoly of the natural gas industry, opening up the sector, including pipelines, to private investment.

Phillips 66 Partners Announces Open Season for Gray Oak Pipeline

Gray Oak Pipeline has launched an open season to solicit transport interest on the Phillips 66 pipeline from West Texas to a new destination in Victoria, TX.

Cheniere Says no Storm Major Damage to Sabine Pass Facility, Pipelines

Cheniere Energy, the largest U.S. LNG producer, said on Monday that the company's Sabine Pass LNG facility and pipeline assets were not significantly damaged by Hurricane Laura.

Storm Knocks Out U.S. Gulf of Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline

Enbridge reported on Monday that the company's natural gas pipeline which serves four offshore production platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remained out of commission after Hurricane Laura devastated the area.

U.S. Regulator Backs Energy Transfer in Chesapeake Pipeline Dispute — Court Filing

Energy regulators sided with pipeline firm Energy Transfer in a dispute with bankrupt producer Chesapeake Energy after Chesapeake requested the cancellation of a $300 million transfer contract.

High Storage Levels Mean Weak Gas Prices Expected for European Winter

Analysts are expecting weak gas prices in the European market over the winter season as storage levels are already nearly full due to a sharp drop in demand early this year as countries went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.