Ethane and Ethylene Pipeline Projects Announced by EPIC

Affiliates of EPIC, EPIC Y-Grade Pipeline and EPIC Olefins, will construct ethane and ethylene pipelines to support the steam cracker being built by Gulf Coast Growth Ventures in San Patricio County, EPIC announced.

“We are extremely proud to be a key supplier and service provider to Gulf Coast Growth Ventures as they construct a world class ethane cracker in the lower Gulf Coast,” said Phillip Mezey, Chief Executive Officer of EPIC.

The 130 miles 12 inch pipelines will be expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020. The transportation agreements between EPIC and Gulf Coast Growth Ventures are multiyear and are underpinned by minimum volume commitments.

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pgjonline

$170 Million Expansion Projects Announced by Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan is planning to invest $170 million in several expansion projects along the Houston Ship Channel.

"The announced improvements only serve to enhance our position as the market-leading refined petroleum products storage hub on the U.S. Gulf Coast," Kinder Morgan President of Terminals John Schlosser said.

The expansion projects includes $125 million investment to boost pipeline connections and speed up loading at its Pasadena Terminal and the nearby Jefferson Street Truck Rack. A butane-on-demand blending system for 25 storage tanks at its Galena Park Terminal will be build using another $45 million.

Schlosser added, "This offers our customers unmatched supply optionality and liquidity and modal efficiencies as they aim to maximize storage and blending economics and access domestic and global energy markets in the most cost effective manner possible."

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chron

Oryx Midstream Services Secures $550 Million Investment

Qatar Investment Authority has acquired a $550 Million stake in Oryx Midstream Services from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Oryx Midstream Services is the largest privately-held midstream crude operator in the Permian Basin.

"The significant investment and commitment from QIA alongside Stonepeak's strong operational and capital support will allow us to continue to grow our footprint in the Permian Basin and deliver the highest level of service to current and future customers. We are thrilled to lead Oryx in partnership with these world-class investors." said Brett Wiggs, CEO of Oryx.

"We believe that Oryx represents a strong midstream platform with tremendous growth potential, and we look forward to working with our new partners at Stonepeak. This acquisition is a further demonstration of QIA's strategy to increase the size of our US portfolio, and to invest more in major infrastructure projects." said Mansoor Al-Mahmoud, CEO of Qatar Investment Authority.

The Oryx system currently operates 500 miles of gathering pipelines and transports crude oil to market hubs for ultimate delivery to the Gulf Coast. Upon completion of the remaining 680 miles of gathering pipelines, which is currently under construction, Oryx's total transportation capacity will exceed 900,000 barrels per day.

Qatar Investment Authority has committed to invest in the development of Oryx alongside Stonepeak. While Qatar Investment Authority’s partnership and total investment in Oryx will be approximately $550 million, it plans to invest $45 billion across the US in the coming years.

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pgjonline

Energy Transfer Plans to Build VLCC Capable Crude Export Facility

Energy Transfer LP was in discussions with potential shippers to build an offshore crude oil export facility in Texas capable of handling Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), which can transport about 2 million barrels of crude in a single shipment, the company said on Thursday.

Chief Financial Officer Thomas Long said during a quarterly earnings call for the company that the future export facility would be connected to its Nederland, Texas, crude terminal and a final investment decision has not yet been made. The company said it expects to take at least two or three years to begin construction on the VLCC project.

"We're very excited about this," Energy Transfer President Mackie McCrea said. "It's going to be a great market opportunity for our Nederland and Permian Express systems but also more importantly, for our customers bringing volume into Nederland." The company's next step is expected to be filing for a permit with the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Data from last week showed that U.S. crude exports jumped to a monthly record of 3.16 million barrels per day in June as South Korea bought record volumes and China ramped up purchases.

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reuters

Construction on $100M Alberta Oil Pipeline Will Be Start Soon

Inter Pipeline Ltd., said that its new $100-million crude oil pipeline project, Viking Connector will commence immediately. The pipeline will connect Inter Pipeline’s Throne Station on its Bow River pipeline system near Coronation to its Central Alberta pipeline system near Stettler.

Once the 47-mile (75-kilometer), eight-inch diameter Viking Connector project is completed, the company forecasts throughput volume of 10,000 to 15,000 barrels per day. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020 and approximately one third of forecast shipments are currently secured for a 10-year term.

Inter Pipeline CEO Christian Bayle said in a statement that the new connection will provide economical access to the Edmonton market hub, which historically has been a premium market for Alberta light oil products. He added “Producers in the Alberta Viking and surrounding plays are currently limited to pipeline services to the Hardisty hub or costly trucking alternatives.”

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pipelinenewsnorth

Caliber Midstream Expands Operations in North Dakota

Caliber Midstream Holdings, L.P. acquired assets previously owned by American Midstream Partners, L.P, in North Dakota. With the acquisition, Caliber now owns and operates 368 miles of pipeline across its four service lines in McKenzie County, North Dakota.

The acquired assets will widen Caliber’s area of operations within McKenzie County, North Dakota that includes a FERC-regulated 47-mile pipeline and related facilities with the ability to transport crude oil to the Tesoro High Plains Pipeline and the Energy Transfer Dakota Access Pipeline.

“This bolt-on acquisition is another step in executing our growth strategy. Our goal is to become a top-tier midstream company,” said Caliber Chief Executive Officer and President Daniel Werth. The company is scheduled to add 11 miles to its crude gathering and transmission system by year end.

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worldpipelines

FERC Approval Requested for Leidy South Project

Transco interstate pipeline, operated by Williams has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for its Leidy South project. The proposed project will connect robust supplies of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica producing regions in Pennsylvania with markets along the Atlantic Seaboard.

“The Leidy South project will allow Williams to continue to grow our strategic footprint in the gas-rich Marcellus region, creating a unique opportunity to expand Transco by leveraging recent expansions on Williams’ Northeast Gathering & Processing assets in Pennsylvania,” said Micheal Dunn, chief operating officer of Williams.

The project will also expand Transco’s firm transportation capacity by 582400 dekatherms per day from the Leidy Hub and Zick interconnect to points downstream in Transco’s Zone 5 and Zone 6 market areas. The project is expected to cost $531 million and a target in-service of 1st December, 2021.

By maximizing the use of existing Transco pipeline infrastructure and rights of way in Pennsylvania, the project is designed to minimize environmental impacts which includes 6.3 miles of existing pipe replacement, 5.9 miles of new pipeline loop segments along the existing Transco pipeline corridor, and horsepower additions at two existing compressor facilities. Two new Greenfield compressor facilities in Pennsylvania is also planned for this project.

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worldpipelines

Proposed Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Not Subject to Federal Regulation

Canada's National Energy Board said on Friday that TC Energy Corp's proposed 416-miles Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline to supply the LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia is not subject to federal regulation.

According to the board’s decision, the company will not have to submit a new application for approval and cuts the risk of extra regulatory scrutiny delaying construction. The pipeline will run from Dawson Creek in the northeast of the province to the proposed LNG facility near Kitimat on the Pacific coast.

"Coastal GasLink is an integral part of LNG Canada and pipeline development is key for the timing of the project coming online," Wood Mackenzie analyst Dulles Wang said. "That (pipeline development) has always been viewed as one of the biggest risk factors and this decision clears that up."

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pgjonline

252 Mile Pipeline Proposed by Port Arthur LNG

Port Arthur LNG proposed the 252-mile Port Arthur Pipeline Louisiana Connector Extension Project that will include approximately a 48-inch diameter pipeline stretching from near Port Arthur, Texas, to Delhi, Louisiana, in Richland Parish.

According to Port Authur LNG, here will be two compressor stations, one in Richland Parish and another one in Allen Parish. The company held a meeting Wednesday night in south Louisiana for those who may be impacted by the proposed pipeline.

“We’re in the very early stages. All of these projects are regulated by the federal energy regulatory commission. Part of that process involves reaching out to the public, giving them the opportunity to come and learn about our project, to see if the project may or may not affect them, personally, directly," Jim Thompson, environmental project manager, said.

The process to even start construction on the project is still a few years out as Thompson said “We expect to file our application in February of 2020 and receive approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early 2021. The pipeline, however, won’t start construction until 2022."

Once the construction starts, the company is estimating that it will only take six to nine months to complete the pipeline, pending Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals.

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knoe

Natural Gas and NGL Infrastructure Expansions Announced by ONEOK

The plans to expand its natural gas and natural gas liquids infrastructure between now and 2021, was announced by ONEOK, Inc.

An expansion of a 200 million cubic feet per day Bear Creek natural gas processing facility and related infrastructure in the Williston Basin is expected to cost approximately $405 million and expecting to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. Following the completion of the Bear Creek expansion, ONEOK's Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity will increase to more than 1.6 billion cubic feet per day.

The 65,000 barrels per day expansion to ONEOK's Mid-Continent NGL fractionation facilities are expected to cost approximately $150 million. The expansion includes 15,000 barrel per day expected to be completed in the third quarter 2020 and 50,000 barrel per day expected to be completed in the first quarter 2021. 

The West Texas LPG pipeline expansion will add an additional 80,000 barrel per day on the West Texas LPG pipeline system and is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2020. The cost is expected to be approximately $145 million.

In expectation of accelerating volume growth from the Williston and Powder River basins, additional infrastructure will be constructed to increase connectivity between the Elk Creek and Arbuckle II pipelines.

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worldpipelines

Indian Tribe in Wisconsin Sues Enbridge

A lawsuit against Enbridge Inc. was filed on Tuesday by the Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa aimed at forcing the company to shut down Line 5 pipeline that crosses tribal lands in northern Wisconsin.

Line 5 pipeline transports oil and natural gas liquids from Canada to Michigan. This includes a controversial section that runs along the bed of the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. 

Enbridge is seeking to build a tunnel beneath the straits for a new pipeline, but tribal officials say that they no longer want Enbridge to operate the pipeline on tribal lands and fear that a rupture would pose grave environmental damage to the Bad River and other waters that flow to Lake Superior.

“As a community, we are sick of having to bear the fear and anxiety of this line being a constant threat to our community and resources,” said Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings, a tribal member. An Enbridge pipeline spill in 2010 on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan took years and more than $1 billion to clean up. 

“Enbridge has been in good faith negotiations with the Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribe regarding these easements since 2013,” said Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner in a statement. Line 5 pipeline crosses about 12 miles of reservation lands, according to court documents.

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jsonline

Blue Mountain Announces Crude Oil Gathering Agreement

Blue Mountain Midstream LLC has announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a definitive agreement with Roan Resources LLC., to gather Roan Resources’ crude oil in the prolific Merge play. The agreement will provide a 10-year term covering an 89,000 net acre dedicated area in nine townships in central Oklahoma.

“Blue Mountain continues to grow our relationship with Roan Resources while expanding our scale and capabilities with this fully fee-based business line. By adding crude gathering, Blue Mountain can now provide our E&P customers a full suite of midstream services complementing our existing gas gathering and processing and water management services. We are excited to provide another commercial service that will positively impact the community by significantly reducing high volume trucking associated with Oklahoma’s oil production,” said Greg Harper, President and CEO of Blue Mountain.

According to Blue Mountain, the plan is to construct an initial crude system consisting of approximately 50 miles of gathering pipelines and be capable of transporting up to 60,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Also there will be two downstream interconnections providing anchor shipper Roan Resources with direct access to the Cushing market.

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worldpipelines

Binding Open Season Announced for Medallion Pipeline

A binding open season was launched by Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC to solicit binding, long-term commitments for firm transportation utilizing capacity that Medallion has leased on the crude oil pipeline owned by EPIC Crude Pipeline, LLC.

The currently constructing EPIC Pipeline will provide potential shippers with access to multiple destination points including refinery and crude oil export markets through the Port of Corpus Christi.

According to the company, prospective shippers will have the opportunity to participate in the open season to acquire firm transportation capacity by making a minimum volume commitment of 10,000 barrel per day to Medallion pursuant to a volume commitment transportation agreement.

The open season started on 19 July 2019 and will end on Friday 16 August 2019 at 4.00 pm Central Daylight Time.

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worldpipelines

Kinder Morgan Moves Forward with South Texas Pipeline Connection

Kinder Morgan Inc., announced on Wednesday that the company will go ahead with the South Texas pipeline connection that would transport crude from Phillips 66’s Gray Oak pipeline in the Permian Basin to delivery points at the Houston Ship Channel.

“We wanted to find a way to get Permian barrels to KMCC (Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate pipeline),” which delivers crude from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas to Houston Ship Channel destinations, Chief Executive Officer Steven Kean said.

Kinder Morgan and Phillips 66 began soliciting shipper commitments for the connection in February. The company plans to spend $10 million on the project this year and expects the connection could carry 100,000 barrels per day.

The service is expected to begin by the end of 2019 and has contracts to start transporting 75,000 barrels per day for up to three years. The company is also considering converting an underutilized natural gas pipeline to carry crude from the Bakken shale in North Dakota and the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado.

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reuters

Kinder Morgan's Gulf LNG Project Gets Green Light from FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Kinder Morgan the approval to build its Gulf LNG export project in Mississippi in a 3-1 vote. The proposed project would add 11.5 million metric tons of new capacity to Kinder Morgan's terminal in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which would include two liquefaction plants.

Some Democrats opposed and concerned about LNG terminals' impacts on climate change, but FERC Chairman Neil Chaterjee praised the vote tweeting, "This is big news for the US & our allies. Today's approval of #GulfLNG is significant for the economy & America's geopolitical interests."

The company initially developed the Gulf LNG site as a liquefied natural gas import terminal in 2009. But with record production from U.S. shale plays creating a surplus of natural gas, the company filed an application with FERC in July 2015 seeking permission to redevelop part of the site as an export terminal.

The project will also modify the existing Gulf LNG Pipeline allow for bidirectional flow. It's the fifth LNG export project the agency has approved so far this year.

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chron

Binding Supplemental Open Season Announced for Bakken Pipeline System

A binding supplemental open season to solicit additional shipper commitments for transportation service was launched by Dakota Access, LLC and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC. Both companies are subsidiaries of Energy Transfer LP.

The transportation service is from Bakken/Three Forks play in North Dakota to storage terminals located in Patoka, Illinois and Nederland, Texas through their respective pipeline systems, which is collectively known as the ‘Bakken Pipeline System’.

Committed subscriptions made by shippers during the open season and commitments already received for future capacity during the previous open season that concluded in December 2018 will determine the incremental capacity on the Bakken Pipeline System. The open season commenced at 12:00 pm CT on 15 July, 2019.

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worldpipelines

Surerus Murphy Has Begun Hiring For Kamloops Section Of Trans Mountain Pipeline

While they are still waiting on approval, Calgary-based contractor, Surerus Murphy, has begun searching for workers to assist in construction on the 5A section of a pipeline, the Kamloops and Merritt pieces. According to Heather Eddy, company director of Human Resources and development, construction is estimated to take around 30 to 34 months.

Heather stated, “when we’re fully ramped up we’ll have over 600 people working on our section of the pipeline,” and that they “really do intend to hire as many local and Indigenous employees as possible.”

The hiring process for some of the upper level positions within leadership and administration as well as the search for sub-contractors has already begun.

The start date, as well as specific job numbers for the project, are still unknown. However majority of jobs available will be for laborers and operators. Other various jobs needed will be mechanics, welders, environmental advisers, health and safety personnel, human resource and procurement specialists. Heather Eddy and her team are currently taking resumes for all positions in order to keep on file for when they are ready to start hiring.

Surerus Murphy will require all workers for the project to be trained in pipeline construction safety through a classroom course that is normally around $100 to $125.

Source: Kamploops Matters

Plains Midstream Now Expanding Formerly Leaked Pipeline

Years after two large oil spills and a $1.3 million fine, Plains Midstream Canada has recently announced plans to expand its Rangeland crude oil pipeline that spreads from Edmonton, Alberta to the U.S. Border.

Plains Midstream Canada’s plans include doubling capacity between Edmonton and Sundre to 100,000 bpd and increasing their system that starts in Sundre and continues south to the border from 20,000 bpd to 100,000. These expansions will be subject to acquiring permits and regulatory approvals and are set to begin minor services later in 2019 and full services in 2021. The new expansions should connect to projects in Montana and Wyoming and eventually deliver crude Canadian oil to Texas.

Plains Midstream's website states that the company has spent $110 million on environmental cleanup efforts for both of their oil spills in 2011 and 2012.

Source: BNN Bloomberg

Plains' Canadian Pipeline Expansion Will Connect To Texas

Plains All American has proposed pipeline expansions in Canada, Montana and Wyoming in order to connect to the $2.5 billion Red Oak pipeline system that Houston’s Phillips 66 and Plains are building from Oklahoma to Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi. While the Keystone XL pipeline project is still fighting legal battles, these expansions, set to complete in 2021, would allow more Canadian crude oil to reach Houston and the Gulf Coast.

Tyler Rimbey, executive Vice President for Canadian Plains stated, “We remain focused on leveraging our existing systems in creative ways to meet the growing needs of our customers.”

The reasonably priced expansions include Plains’ Western Corridor pipeline in Montana and Wyoming to grow as well as their Rangeland Pipeline, running from Edmonton to the U.S./Canadian border, to increase by 2X.

The Red Oak pipelines will be located from an oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma to Wichita Falls, Texas and handle a mix of Canadian and Texas crude oil. From Wichita Falls, the pipelines should connect to systems from the Permian Basin, then lead towards Sealy and onwards to different refining and port hubs in Corpus Christi, Ingleside, Houston and Beaumont.

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Houston Chronicle

Kinder Morgan Announces Pipeline Expansion in North Dakota

Kinder Morgan announced that the company is evaluating how much more capacity it will need to expand the Hiland Crude system based on the level of interest and the volume commitments it secures.

It's the third announcement of a major pipeline project in the state over the past month for carrying more Bakken oil out of North Dakota.

Currently, Hiland Crude system carries 88,000 barrels of oil each day from McKenzie County to Wyoming. From a hub there, Tallgrass Express transports up to 375,000 barrels per day to three refineries and a terminal in Oklahoma with its Pony Express Pipeline.

Tallgrass may also consider expanding the Pony Express line, Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Katherine Hill told the Bismarck Tribune.

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chron