Pipelines

Pinnacle Midstream II Plans Gathering, Compression System in Midland Basin

HOUSTON (P&GJ) — Pinnacle Midstream II on Tuesday said it has signed a 15-year gas gathering, processing and purchase agreement with DoublePoint Energy that anchors Pinnacle’s greenfield build of a new natural gas gathering and compression system in the Midland Basin.

Russia Restarts Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Construction Despite U.S. Sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has resumed construction of the politically-charged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, laying pipes after a one-year hiatus prompted by U.S. sanctions, the pipeline operator said on Friday.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Explores Feasibility of Blending Hydrogen

Developers of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) have started feasibility studies on blending hydrogen with the natural gas the pipeline will bring in from Azerbaijan, the TAP head said.

Enbridge invests in additional solar facilities for a lower-carbon future

In an effort to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions Enbridge Inc., is developing a second solar facility in Pennsylvania to help power the Heidlersburg Compressor Station supplying the Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline.

Keystone XL Adds Contractors for U.S. Spreads

HOUSTON (P&GJ) – Six U.S. union construction companies were awarded about $1.6 billion in contracts recently to build portions of the Keystone XL pipeline. The project’s owner, TC Energy, expects the work to get underway in 2021.

Minnesota Gives Final Green Light to Line 3 Pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project.

Top Gas Utility Companies Collaborate on Hydrogen Blending Demonstration Program

Southern California Gas and San Diego Electric are working together to create California's first Hydrogen Blending Demonstration Program.

Corps of Engineers Grants Final Federal Permit for Enbridge Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction.

Enbridge Adds Solar Facilities to Power Pipeline Operations

Enbridge is adding solar energy facility to help power its natural gas pipeline compressor stations, citing a recent pledge to green its operations.

Italy Pens Draft for National Hydrogen Strategy

Italy has released a draft National Hydrogen Strategy in an ongoing effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

Environmental Groups Appeal Illinois Approval of DAPL Expansion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Environmental groups are appealing a decision made last month by Illinois regulators to allow the expansion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL), according to documents filed with the state.

Max Midstream Announces Binding Open Season

HOUSTON (P&GJ) — Max Midstream Texas announced it is launching an open season to solicit shipper commitments for services in the Eagle Ford region on its Seahawk crude oil pipeline.

Firm Led by Former Alaska Governor Seeks to Take over LNG Project

(Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Bill Walker said this week he was a founding member of Alaska Gasline & LNG LLC (AGLNG) that wants to take over the state's Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project and complete it by March 2028.

Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Included in U.S. Defense Bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sanctions that could hinder one of Moscow's most important projects in Europe, the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, have been included in the annual U.S. defense policy bill, two congressional aides said on Wednesday.

Enbridge releases energy transition strategy for a lower carbon future

Canada’s largest pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. released a long-term strategy in early November to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 35% by 2030 and achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Azerbaijan to Proceed with Gas Pipeline Extension, Despite War

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan will press ahead with plans to feed natural gas into an extended pipeline network to southern Europe, a senior official said, even as conflict rages for a sixth week in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

China to Step Up E&P, Pipeline Construction

China said it would step up its exploration of oil and gas, and speed up the construction of oil andgas pipelines and storage facilities, the Communist Party said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Canada confident in future of Keystone XL Pipeline despite US election

While a Biden presidential win could be the final blow for the Keystone XL Pipeline, O’Regan is confident the project will remain on track to come online in 2021 regardless of who’s in power.

TC Energy Sees Higher Costs for Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

(Reuters) — TC Energy Corp said it expects costs for its Coastal Gaslink pipeline in British Columbia to rise compared to the previously disclosed estimate due to increased scope, permit delays and COVID-19 impacts.

Judge: Michigan Regulator Can Evaluate Enbridge Pipeline Tunnel Plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge's plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, a state administrative law judge ruled Friday.

Pipelines to restore harmony

The Eastern Mediterranean region has been a much-discussed area in recent months, with claim and counterclaim flying around. Turkey has managed to antagonize almost every nation in the region at some point, inparticular neighbouring countries Greece and Cyprus, with its maritime claims and offshore surveys and drilling. It even threatened to suspend diplomatic relations with the UAE over their proposed deal with Israel. However, beyond the geopolitics, 2 pipeline projects may restore some semblance of harmony in the near future.

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland to Expand Hydrogen Footprint

The Government of Alberta released its long-term Natural Gas Vision and Strategy in October, detailing key initiatives to strengthen the provinces’ hydrogen sector.

Illinois Approves Expansion of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Illinois regulators late on Wednesday approved an expansion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the largest pipeline running out of North Dakota’s Bakken shale basin, rejecting a bid by environmental groups to block the project.

Trans Mountain Agrees to Reroute Pipeline Around Indigenous Area

(P&GJ) — The Trans Mountain pipeline has agreed to reroute a portion of its expansion project around an indigenous area, according to a filing with Canadian energy regulators.

Mountain Valley reweighs timeline, budget due to regulatory hurdles

Earlier this month, Equitrans Midstream Corp. said that the timeline and budget for the planned Mountain Valley Pipeline will depend on ongoing litigation and impending federal permits. In a recent statement, the company said "As the litigation process progresses and as we receive additional inform..

BP Says Trans Adriatic Pipeline to be Ready by End of 2020

BAKU (Reuters) — Oil major BP has confirmed plans to start shipping natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe by the end of the year.

Saudi Aramco, Investors Discussing $10 Billion Pipeline Deal — Sources

DUBAI (Reuters) — Saudi Aramco is in talks with BlackRock and other investors on a planned deal worth over $10 billion to sell a stake in its pipeline business, sources said.

Equitrans to Evaluate Mountain Valley Pipeline Cost, Timing

(Reuters) — Equitrans Midstream Corp said on Monday it will evaluate the cost and timing of the completion of the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline based on ongoing litigation and upcoming federal approvals.

NextDecade on Track for Rio Grande Facility FID in 2021

(P&GJ) — U.S. liquefied natural gas developer NextDecade said in a press release on Thursday that the company still expects to make a final investment decision (FID) on its proposed Rio Grande LNG export facility in 2021.

US brings 5 Bcf/d of pipeline capacity online and cuts planned projects

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that an estimated 5 Bcf/d of new natural gas pipeline capacity came online in the first half of 2020 due to the completion of several major pipelines.