Rivervale South to Market Project Completed

Rivervale South to Market project has been successfully placed into full service, Williams said. The project is an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system to meet growing heating and power generation demand for northeastern consumers.

“The demand for clean, reliable natural gas is at an all-time high, particularly in the northeastern markets where it has had a direct impact on significantly improving regional air quality,” said Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of Williams. “The Rivervale South to Market project will continue this progress in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts by enhancing and expanding our existing Transco pipeline infrastructure.”

The construction on the Rivervale South to Market project began in early 2019. A portion of the Rivervale South to Market project (140,000 dekatherms per day) was placed into service on July 1, 2019. The remaining portion of the project (50,000 dekatherms per day) was placed into service on Sept. 1, 2019.

The project will provide 190,000 dekatherms of firm natural gas service by uprating 10.3 miles of existing Transco pipeline, adding less than a mile of new pipeline looping, and upgrading or modifying existing facilities, all in New Jersey. With this expansion, the Transco pipeline’s system-design capacity is increased to 17.2 million dekatherms per day.

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pgjonline

Delaware Basin Gathering System Extension Announced by Brazos Midstream

Gathering and processing agreements have been executed between Brazos Midstream and ‘Shell Exploration & Production’ to construct a new natural gas gathering system located in the core of the Delaware Basin.

16 miles of high-pressure pipeline will be constructed by Brazos which will extend from the company’s existing gathering and processing systems. It can be expanded further to support multi-well pad development by current producer customers, as well as other producers in the area.

“We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our relationship with Shell Exploration and Production, one of world’s premier oil and gas companies, as well as the completion of our Comanche III processing plant,” said Brad Iles, Brazos Chief Executive Officer. “These projects are a testament to the strength of our operating team and demonstrate our commitment to aggressively expand our asset base in support of our upstream customers.”

Brazos’ Comanche III plant, a 200 million cubic feet per day cryogenic natural gas processing plant was recently commissioned and is the third plant in Brazos’ natural gas processing complex. The company is anticipating further expansion with a new 200 million cubic feet per day processing plant called Comanche IV and expects to begin construction as early as 2020.

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worldpipelines

Williams Partners 24-Mile Underwater Pipeline Permit Denied

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project from New Jersey to Queens. The pipeline project would expand the Transco pipeline and would allow National Grid to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to the metropolitan region.

The pipeline was initially approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 3, but the environmental groups opposing the pipeline states that the pipeline will threaten marine life and extend the reliance on fossil fuels rather than renewable energy sources. Williams Partners, the pipeline developer said the project is crucial for meeting rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island.

In denying the permit, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said the project “fails to meet New York State’s rigorous water quality standards” and “would cause impacts to habitats due to the disturbance of shellfish beds and other benthic resources.”

”Our team will be evaluating the issue and resubmitting the application quickly,” said Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Williams Partners. “We are confident that we can be responsive to this technical concern, meet our customer’s in-service date and avoid a moratorium that would have a devastating impact on the regional economy and environment.”

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pgjonline

Howard Energy Partners Made Deals to Enter into Natural Gas Gathering System in Oklahoma

Howard Energy Partners, a San Antonio pipeline operator has announced on Tuesday that the company had made a deal with a major North American oil and gas producer to enter Oklahoma market. They plan to build, own and operate a new natural gas gathering located in Sooner State's prolific STACK shale play that needs more pipeline capacity.

Although the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Howard's new pipeline system will be anchored by fee-based, long-term acreage dedications totaling approximately 10,000 acres in Dewey and Custer counties in central Oklahoma.

The service is expected to begin by the end of the third quarter of this year with an initial capacity of 110 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, which can be expanded to support more wells and companies in the area. Gathering pipelines are used to move natural gas from individual wells to high-capacity and large transmission pipelines.

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chron

 

Open Season for Permian Global Access Pipeline Announced

Permian Global Access Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Tellurian has announced that it is conducting a binding open season to secure prospective shippers for its proposed Permian Global Access Pipeline project.

The proposed pipeline is a 42 in. diameter interstate natural gas pipeline originating at the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas, and terminating at Gillis, Louisiana, north of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

It is estimated to cost approximately US$3.7 billion to construct and will have the capacity to transport at least 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Construction could begin as early as 2021 and the pipeline is targeted to be in service as early as 2023.

The open season will begin at noon Central time on Monday 8 April 2019 and runs through Friday 24 May 2019 at 4 pm CT.

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worldpipelines

Trump Heads to Houston to Boost Oil and Gas Sector

President Donald Trump will travel to Houston Wednesday to announce executive orders aimed at speeding up pipeline and other energy projects and expanding oil and natural gas production, a senior White House official said.

The president is scheduled to appear at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, a union-run training facility spread over 265 acres. There he is expected to speak about how he plans to aid the United States' booming domestic oil and gas production and further shift away from foreign imports.

For now the White House won't release the exact details of the executive orders. But the senior official said they would streamline permitting and help energy companies to ”avoid unnecessary red tape."

"American families and businesses in states with energy restrictions will be able to access affordable and reliable domestic energy resources," the official said.

Record oil and gas production, led by Texas, has played a large role in both domestic and foreign policy for the Trump administration. U.S. crude oil production now at more than 12 million barrels a day has surpassed both Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Domestically, shale drilling boom has provided a boost to the economy in generally lowering energy costs for consumer and businesses and moving the country ever closer to a once unimaginable goal of becoming a net energy exporter.

Pipeline executives have urged Trump to assert federal authority over interstate pipelines and prevent states from blocking multi-billion dollar projects that are facing increasing uncertainty from investors.

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chron

Study Reveals that Millennials are Choosing Natural Gas and Oil Industry

The natural gas and oil industry is expected to have a 20 percent increase in millennial workforce joining the industry by 2025 making them account for 41 percent of the workforce, according to a new HIS Markit study commissioned by the America Petroleum Institute.

In 2015, millennials accounted for more than one third of the workforce, a nearly identical percentage to the overall U.S. economy.
 
“Harnessing the energy, technological prowess and the innovative spirit of the next generation will be critical to achieving progress on societal and environmental goals and delivering energy reliably and affordably for decades to come,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “The natural gas and oil industry projects more than 1.9 million new job opportunities by 2035, which provide significant opportunities for the industry to recruit and retain talent in the millennial and rising generation.” 

The fact that the natural gas and oil industry pays nearly $50,000 higher than the 2016 U.S. average is another factor in millennials choosing to work for the natural gas and oil industry at increasing rates.

“Millennials today have unique characteristics that will help forge the innovations and breakthroughs in energy only imagined today,” added Gerard. “By harnessing this generation’s unshakable confidence in a better future and use of technology, the industry is positioned well to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges.”

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Energy API

Federal Regulators Approve NatGas Pipeline in Maryland

Federal regulators on Thursday approved plans for the Columbia Gas natural gas pipeline that would cross parts of western Maryland near Hancock.

The pipeline is designed to extend 3.37 miles from Columbia’s network in Pennsylvania, crossing Washington Country and going under the Potomac River to reach Mountaineer Gas distribution systems located in West Virginia.

Maryland regulators first approved the plan in March, despite opposition from environmentalists who have voiced their opinions on how the state should have more thorough vetting processes in place for all pipelines' potential environmental impacts.

Maryland’s Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says that the project will need to meet strong environmental conditions beyond the requirements made by the Army Corps of Engineers and FERC.

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Charlotte Observer