North America

Exxon Stops Routine Gas Flaring in The Permian, Wants Others to Follow

Exxon Mobil Corp. said it has stopped routine flaring of natural gas from production in the top U.S. shale basin and will press for stronger regulations for rivals to do the same, company officials said in an interview.

Expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline Will Be Fully Operational Early Next Year, MEG Energy Says

MEG Energy, an oil shipper on Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion project, said on Monday the pipeline is expected to start filling with oil in late 2023 and be fully operational early next year.

Editor’s Notebook: Big Early Win for Northwest Capacity

(P&GJ) — The venerable Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline system, which runs from the Canadian border to California, appears headed toward an important regulatory victory in the effort to increase its capacity by about 150 MMcf/d.

416-Mile Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Nears Completion

(P&GJ) — Pipeline operator TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project is more than 80% completed overall, and more than 77% of the construction is finished, according to a company construction update.

Tallgrass Completes Ruby Pipeline Acquisition, Adds 682 Miles of Infrastructure to Portfolio

(P&GJ) — Tallgrass announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Kinder Morgan and Pembina’s Ruby Pipeline. The acquisition extends Tallgrass’ reach to west coast markets and adds 683 miles of modern 42-inch pipeline infrastructure capable of moving 1.5 Bcf/d to the company’s extensive asset base.

Canadian Province and First Nations Agree to Revive Oil, Gas Development in Montney Play

The Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) announced a land, water and resource management agreement with the Blueberry River First Nations Indigenous group on Wednesday that will restart development in the vast Montney shale play. The deal includes an annual 750-hectare (1853-acre) cap on new land that oil and gas activity can disturb.

NextDecade Signs 15-Year LNG Supply Deal with Japan's Itochu Corp.

NextDecade Corp. said on Thursday it will supply 1 million metric tonnes of LNG per annum to Japan's Itochu Corp. for 15 years from its Rio Grande LNG export project in Brownsville, Texas.

Mexico's Pemex Destroyed Resources Worth $342 Million from Two Top Gas Fields

Mexican state oil company Pemex illegally burnt off hydrocarbon resources worth more than $342 million in the three years up to August 2022 at two of its most important new fields, internal documents from the country's oil regulator showed.

Chinese Oil Major CNOOC Wins Ruling Against Canada's Pembina Pipeline

Canada's Pembina Pipeline Corp. unjustly discriminated against Chinese oil major CNOOC Ltd. by refusing access to storage facilities in Edmonton, Alberta, the Canada Energy Regulator has ruled. The Edmonton terminal is part of the TransMountain pipeline system and is fed by 20 feeder pipelines coming from different parts of Alberta.

Gas Starts Flowing to Freeport LNG Export Plant in Texas

Freeport LNG's long-shut LNG export plant on the Texas Gulf Coast started receiving pipeline natural gas over the long U.S. Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, according to Refinitiv data.

Pipeline Operator Kinder Morgan Beats Profit Estimates; CEO to Step Down

U.S. pipeline operator Kinder Morgan on Wednesday announced fourth-quarter earnings of $1.4 billion, topping analysts' estimates, and said long-time CEO Steve Kean will step down after eight years in the role.

Opero Energy Wins Gas-Treating Contract for NG3 Development in Haynesville Basin

(P&GJ) — With 4,000 miles of pipeline and seven processing plants, Momentum Midstream’s New Generation Gas Gathering (NG3) project in the Haynesville Shale will have an initial treating capacity of 1.7 Bcf/d, expandable to 2.2 Bcf/d, and will also include a carbon capture and sequestration component.

Spire STL Gas Pipeline Project Backed by FERC Following Legal Woes

(P&GJ) — The Spire STL Pipeline has been reissued a permanent certificate by FERC to operate the 65-mile (105-km) natural gas system, stating the project sufficiently satisfies economic needs in the St. Louis region.

EPA, TC Energy Agree to Clean Up Oil Discharge from Keystone Pipeline Rupture in December

(P&GJ) — TC Oil Pipeline Operations Inc. has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up the oil discharge that occurred Dec. 7 in Washington County, Kansas, as a result of a rupture in a section of the Keystone Pipeline. TC Energy is the parent company to TC Oil Pipeline Operations Inc.

Canada's Trudeau Urges Alberta to Contribute to Carbon-Capture Incentives

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday urged the government of the main oil-producing province of Alberta to use its budget surplus to help bolster tax credits meant to help scale up carbon capture and storage and reduce emissions.

416-Mile Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Nears Completion

(P&GJ) — Pipeline operator TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project is more than 80% completed overall, and more than 77% of the construction is finished, according to the company’s December construction update.

Phillips 66 to Buy Pipeline Operator DCP Midstream

(P&GJ) — The public divisions of DCP Midstream will be acquired by U.S. refiner Phillips 66 in a deal that will value the pipeline operator at around $8.7 billion and expand Phillips' natural gas liquids business.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2023

(P&GJ) — Seldom has a new year arrived with the degree of supply and demand uncertainty facing global energy markets at the start of 2023. Pipeline & Gas Journal's annual survey of global construction activity reflects a renewed emphasis on energy security after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

US Poised to Regain Crown as World's Top LNG Exporter

The United States is on track to become the world's biggest exporter of LNG this year — ahead of current market leader Australia — once a fire-idled Texas plant is restarted, according to Reuters data.

Sources: Tokyo Gas Nears $4.6 Billion Deal to Buy US Natural Gas Producer Rockcliff

Rockcliff produces more than 1 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Haynesville shale formation, which stretches across Louisiana and East Texas. Quantum originally backed the Rockcliff management team with a $350 million investment in 2015.

Targa to Buy Remaining Stake in NGL Pipeline for $1.05 Billion

Targa Resources Corp. said on Tuesday it will buy the remaining stake in its Grand Prix NGL Pipeline that it does not already own, for $1.05 billion in cash from Blackstone Inc.'s energy unit.

ONEOK Seeks FERC Approval for 155-Mile Permian-Mexico Connector Pipeline

Saguaro Connector Pipeline filed for a presidential permit application with FERC to construct and operate facilities for the exportation of natural gas at a new international border-crossing at the U.S. and Mexico border in Hudspeth County, Texas. The pipeline would consist of approximately 155 miles of 48-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline originating at the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas.

Sempra Inks 15-Year LNG Supply Deal with Germany’s RWE

(P&GJ) — Sempra Infrastructure has entered a 15-year deal with RWE Supply & Trading for the supply of approximately 2.25 MTPA of LNG from the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project under development in Jefferson County, Texas.

US, Canada Natural Gas Output Could Feel Growing Pains In 2023

U.S. and Canadian natural gas production is expected to hit new records in 2023, but growth may be slow due to weakened demand, pipeline bottlenecks and a lack of new LNG export plants.

Tallgrass to Acquire 683-Mile Ruby Pipeline, Adding 1.5 Bcf/d of Gas Capacity to Portfolio

(P&GJ) — Tallgrass has announced an agreement to purchase the bankrupt Ruby Pipeline, a 680-mile, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline built in partnership by Kinder Morgan and Pembina that runs from Wyoming to Oregon.

Sempra Receives US Approval to Re-export LNG from Mexico

The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday approved permits for Sempra Energy to send U.S. natural gas to Mexico for re-export from LNG terminals, filings on its website showed. This will allow Sempra to ship natural gas via pipeline to Mexico where it will be converted to LNG and sent to global markets.

NextDecade Signs 20-Year LNG Supply Deal with Portugal's Galp

NextDecade Corp. said on Tuesday it will supply 1 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG to Portugal's Galp Trading SA for 20 years from its Rio Grande LNG export project in Brownsville, Texas.

TC Energy Submits Restart Plan for Keystone Pipeline to US regulator

TC Energy Corp. has submitted a restart plan for its Keystone pipeline to U.S. safety regulator Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) which is being reviewed, according to a source on Tuesday.

Explainer: Oil Storage Situation in Canada, US After Keystone Spill

Days after TC Energy Corp.'s Keystone pipeline shut following a 14,000-barrel spill into a creek in Kansas, traders are questioning whether there is enough oil in storage in key areas if the pipeline remains closed for a number of weeks.

US Poised to Become Net Exporter of Crude Oil in 2023

Sales of U.S. crude to other nations are now a record 3.4 million bbl/d, with exports of about 3 million bbl/d of refined products like gasoline and diesel fuel. The United States is also the leading LNG exporter, where growth is expected to soar in coming years.