North America

CVR Energy Chooses Haldor Topsoe Technology for its Wynnewood Refinery Conversion

CVR Energy recently announced that it will convert its traditional refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma over to a renewable diesel facility with Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology in place. Haldor Topsoe has been contracted to provide basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment and catalysts.

Gas Projects in the U.S. Face Increasing Opposition in 2021

As 2021 began, a few projects in the United States quickly faced delays and challenges to their progress.

Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery considers solar to help meet power needs

The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery is seeking bids for the construction of a large-scale solar development on the company’s property in Rosemount, Minnesota, to help meet the refinery’s electrical power needs and lower its energy costs. The 30-megawatt solar development would be among the largest of its kind in the nation where all the power is generated and consumed by a single business. The company has requested bids from select solar companies that specialize in building commercial-scale solar farms and integrating them within established operations. A decision on whether to proceed with the project is expected by mid-year 2021.

Data is king, integration is queen

Harnessing the power of data science and real-time intelligence offers a powerful single view of the market Few people know that data intelligence firm Kpler’s journey actually started in 2014, when the founders were told by an LNG trader: “I receive many proposals for ship-tracking software, but I don’t care about the ships. I care about cargoes into them, their volumes and the commercial information related to them”.

Air Liquide inaugurates the world's largest low-carbon hydrogen membrane-based production unit in Canada

Air Liquide has completed the construction of the world's largest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer. Supplied with renewable energy, this unit is now producing up to 8.2 tonnes per day of low-carbon hydrogen in Bécancour, Québec. With this large-scale investment, the Group confirms its long-term commitment to the hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be a major player in the supply of low-carbon hydrogen.

Biden Issues Order to Block Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. President Joe Biden revoked a necessary permit needed to construct the disputed Keystone XL Pipeline, foreshadowing a victory for U.S. landowners, Native American tribes and environmentalists in a lengthy battle spanning nearly twelve years.

Canada’s Connacher Oil and Gas Announces Pipeline Project

Connacher Oil and Gas expects to have a 18,000 barrel per day oil pipeline from its Great Divide oil sands leases near Fort McMurray, Alberta, completed by the second half of 2022.

Blow for Oregon's export hopes

The last remaining planned LNG export plant on the US West coast was dealt another blow by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), potentially delaying the project even further. Pembina’s 2-train, 7.8m t/y Jordan Cove Energy Project, located on the North Spit of Coos Bay in Oregon, planned..

New Pipelines Needed to Bring Appalachia Shales Natural Gas to Gulf Coast LNG Facilities, Study Shows

The Appalachia Basin, made up of the Marcellus formations and the Utica Shale, accounted for more than 40% of the natural gas produced in the U.S. in 2020.

Private Refinery in Louisiana Expected to Restart in February

Calcasieu Refining of Louisiana recently announced that it plans to restart its idled Calcasieu refinery in early February 2021. Production had been shut in since mid-2020.

Canada Urges Biden Not to Cancel Keystone XL on First Day

TORONTO (AP) — Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long-disputed oil pipeline to be built amid reports President-elect Joe Biden will cancel Keystone XL on his first day.

Continued Midstream Infrastructure Development Expected After Market Rebound

The INGAA Foundation released its report North American Midstream Infrastructure – A Near Term Update Through 2025, which shows the oil and gas markets should rebound and lead to further midstream infrastructure development.

Tellurian Hopes to Start Driftwood LNG Construction as Demand Picks Up

Tellurian executive chairman Charif Souki recently spoke on the progress around the company’s Driftwood LNG export project in Louisiana. He stated that “I hope that we will be in construction this summer,” and that “There is a strong need for additional liquefaction capacity and we’re probably the project that is the closest to starting construction.”

Equinor goes large

Equinor announced that it had been selected to provide New York State with offshore wind power in one of the largest renewable energy procurements in US history.

Double E Pipeline Gets FERC Approvals

Summit Midstream Partners announced that Double E Pipeline received its Notice to Proceed with construction, as well as approval of its Implementation Plan, from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

UAE Energy Minister believes oil demand could recover by the end of 2021

According to recent reports, United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei has commented on a potentially updated timeline for a return to form for global oil demand. He believes that global demand will make a somewhat optimistic return to pre-pandemic level by the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires Pflugerville Solar Project

Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, is expanding its solar energy portfolio by acquiring the 144-megawatt (MWac) Pflugerville Solar project from Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. The project is under construction in Travis County, Texas, and is expected to achieve commercial operation in mid-2021. The energy generated from the Pflugerville Solar project will be sold to Austin Energy under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Calhoun Port Expanding, Connecting to Gray Oak Pipeline

Max Midstream and the Calhoun Port Authority announced that with the recent passage of the Water Resources and Development Act by Congress that expansion of the Calhoun Port will begin this year.

Expanding Texan footprint

Clearway Energy Group (CEG) announced that it had closed financing and commenced construction on its second largest windfarm in Texas.

North America Should Have Maximum Share of Oil and Gas Trunk/Transmission Pipelines by 2024, Report Shows

North America is expected to have the maximum share of the global oil and gas trunk/transmission pipeline length by 2024, representing around 43%.

Double E Seeks Permission to Build Texas-New Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline

(Reuters) — Double E Pipeline LLC has asked U.S. energy regulators for permission to start building its natural gas pipeline project in Texas and New Mexico.

Permian Highway Pipeline in Service, Kinder Morgan Announces

Kinder Morgan, Inc. announced the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) began full commercial in-service Jan. 1.

Two-year Plan Proposed to Undo Work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline have laid out plans for how they want to go about unwinding the work that was done for the multistate natural gas project and restoring disturbed land.

Shell Invests in Quebec’s first Waste to Low-Carbon Fuels Plant

Shell Canada Limited, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc, today announced the signing of commercial agreements to invest in Varennes Carbon Recycling, the first waste to low-carbon fuels plant in Québec, Canada. Shell will have a 40% interest in the plant using technology developed by Enerkem, a leading Canadian clean tech company. Enerkem announced the project in December 2020, subject to finalization of commercial agreements.

Refinery shutdowns continue, likely more in 2021

As the coronavirus pandemic decimated global demand in 2020, refineries around the world reacted immediately with a variety of methods to survive. Temporary shut ins, cold circulation, conversion to renewable production, and outright refinery closures all became commonplace as responses to the pandemic effect.

West Coast Olefins complex to be built in Prince George after all

West Coast Olefins of Canada recently announced that it will build a $5.6 billion dollar ethylene complex in Prince George, as originally envisioned in 2019. The company had been considering an alternate location near Mcleod Lake, just north of Prince George.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC Acquires Solar Project Totaling 80 MWac / 104 MWdc

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (“GREC”) announced today that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it purchased a 80 MWac /104 MWdc pre-operational solar project from rPlus Energies LLC (“rPlus”). The project, Graphite Solar I LLC, is located in Carbon County, Utah and has a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) in place with the utility PacifiCorp on behalf of Facebook. The contract was developed under Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 34 green energy tariff, which allows large customers to purchase renewable energy generated on their behalf. The project supports Facebook’s goal of 100% renewable energy for its operations and is expected to reach commercial operations (“COD”) in Q4 2021.

ExxonMobil looks to invest $240 million in improvements for its Baton Rouge refinery

ExxonMobil recently announced that after two years in the making, the company will invest as much as $240 million dollars in its Baton Rouge complex for modernization opportunities. The company hopes to make the facilities more competitive in a tough current market and even prepare it for expansion down the road.

Partners move onshore US

Siemens Gamesa and Orsted have signed an agreement for their first US onshore project together. The 51-turbine, 298MW Haystack project in Wayne county, Nebraska is expected to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2021. The order also includes a 30-year, full-scope service and maintenance agreem..

Pembina Ceases Plans for Canadian Petrochemical Project

Pembina Pipeline of Canada and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company through their joint venture, Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Limited Partnership, have announced that their $4.5 billion integrated propane dehydration plant (PDH) and polypropylene upgrading facility in Alberta would be indefinitely suspended until further notice. This follows another recent indefinite deferment for a major project in North America just last month with Formosa’s $9.4 billion Sunshine complex in Louisiana.