Texas Eastern Pipeline Remains Shut after Kentucky Blast

The section of Texas Eastern pipeline that got damaged in a fatal explosion near Danville, Kentucky on last Thursday remains shut. The company is working with federal and state officials to investigate the incident. 

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board assumed control of the incident site and the company is supporting the investigation, Enbridge said. According to the Refinitiv data, about 1.7 billion cubic feet of gas was flowing through the damaged section of pipe toward the Gulf Coast at the time of the blast, from the Marcellus and Utica shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The company said that Texas Eastern has three lines, Line 10, 15 and 25, between its Danville and Tompkinsville compressors in Kentucky and the blast occurred on Line 15. The three lines make up its 30-inch pipeline system.

Enbridge has not estimated when the damaged section of pipe will return to service at this time and has restricted north-to-south gas flows through the Danville compressor to zero.

Source:
pgjonline

Enbridge Requests Putting More of TEAL NatGas Pipe Into Service

Enbridge on Wednesday, filed with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to put the remaining part of its Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Phase 1 natural gas pipeline in Ohio into service.

Enbridge expects to have the request for the last part of the $200 million project approved by Oct. 30.

The facilities Enbridge is seeking to put into service include close to 4.4 miles of new 36-inch pipe and other equipment.

The Teal project is one of several pipelines designed to connect the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

Enbridge put part of TEAL into service on Oct. 9.

Source:
Reuters

U.S. Approves Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline's Request to go in Service

A request by Williams Cos Inc’s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co (Transco) unit to put the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to South Carolina into service, has been approved by U.S. federal energy regulators on Thursday.

The Atlantic Sunrise is designed to connect the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

In a filing that approved the nearly $3 billion project’s start up, FERC said that Transco has “adequately stabilized the areas disturbed by construction and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily.”

198 miles of new pipe, located mostly in Pennsylvania, will carry around 1.7 bcfd. Two new compressor stations and compressor station modification in five states will also be included in the project.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp has secured about 1 bcfd of transport capacity on Atlantic Sunrise.

Williams said it started laying new pipe in Pennsylvania in September 2017. FERC authorized construction of the project in February 2017.

Source:
Reuters

Targa Resources and Partners to Compete with Kinder Morgan, Plans for 600-Mile Permian Pipeline

Targa Resources, a Houston Pipeline firm, said it would be teaming up with multiple partners to build a 600-mile natural gas pipeline system from West Texas’s Permian Basin to Corpus Christi and Houston regions.

The partnership would put Targa in direct competition with Kinder Morgan and other companies’ massive gas pipelines in the race to build crude oil pipelines and serve the record levels of production from the Permian. Kinder Morgan recently announced plans for a 430-mile Permian Highway Pipeline project to transport natural gas to Houston and Corpus hubs.

Targa said on Friday that its aim is to build the Whistler Pipeline project with Florida’s NextEra Energy, Ohio’s MPLX and some private equity investors as partners.

The project would transport 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day through 42 inch pipelines stretching 450-miles from Waha, Texas to just west of Corpus Christi. A 30-inch pipeline would transport the shipment an additional 170-miles to Wharton County.

Source:
Houston Chronicle
 

 

ETP's Rover NatGas Pipeline Construction Delayed by Ohio's EPA

Energy Transfer Partners LP said on Monday that the completion of their Rover natural gas pipeline was being delayed due to state environmental regulators in Ohio using a notice of violation related to the unapproved disposal of industrial waste.

According to the EPA’s July 11 filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the violation after the ETP deposited “spent drilling mud” containing low levels of a chemical solvent called tetrachlorethene, or PCE, without approval.

PCE is used in dry cleaning of fabrics and is used in the manufacture of other chemicals.

“Ohio EPA’s filing of the (notice of violations) with FERC was not for any legitimate purpose, but rather was an attempt to cynically use the commission to once again delay the completion of this necessary project,” ETP said in its filing with the federal regulator on Monday.

The $4.2 billion Rover project was planned to be completed in November 2017, but numerous notices of violations led to delays and temporary stop-work orders. The project would carry up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale region fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast as well as Ontario, Canada.

Source:
Reuters 

ETP Receives 65th Notice of Violation for Fluid Leak

Energy Transfer Partner LP’s Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline was given another notice of violation from Pennsylvania environmental regulators this week because of the pipeline spilling drilling fluid in a wetland.

The project has now received 65 notice of violations from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) since the construction began in February 2017. The DEP said that ETP must report how it will clean the spill, among addressing other issues, prior to the company restarting drilling at the site.

Liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in western Pennsylvania are transported through the Mariner East project to customers in the state as well as international exports from ETP’s Marcus Hook complex near Philadelphia.

The latest spill was 3,500 gallons of drilling fluid that spilled into wetland associated with horizontal drilling on July 11 in an area 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The project will boost capacity of the Mariner East project from 70,000 barrels per day to 345,000 barrels per day, opening the pipeline suppliers in Ohio and West Virginia.

Source:
Reuters

Leach Xpress NatGas Pipeline to Return to Service July 15

TransCanada Corp’s Columbia Gas Transmission has announced July 15 as the date it expects its Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline to resume service after it was damaged in a blast in West Virginia on June 7.

Federal pipeline safety regulators will first need to approve the returning service, Columbia Gas Transmission said in a Thursday notice given out to customers using the pipeline.

PHMSA gave Columbia 30 days to respond to a list of concerns that would improve the safety of the Leach Xpress. Those actions included mechanical and metallurgical testing as well as enhanced surveillance and monitoring, among other actions required.

Since the blast, Columbia identified six other areas that PHMSA said were concerning based on soil conditions and steep slopes. The soil condition was the cause of a landslide that put stress on the pipelines resulting in a blast, according to preliminary investigations.

Shutting down the Leach Xpress forced producers to find other pipes to ship gas out of Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

The blast damaged sections of the pipe that could affect 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, which is enough energy to fuel more than 5 million U.S. homes a day.

Energy analysts said that the blast hardly affected Appalachian region’s overall output because of other pipes being found by different producers.

Source: 
Reuters

 

West Virginia Pipe Blast Restoration in Progress

TransCanada Corp’s Columbia Gas Transmission unit said it started working on a section of the Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline last week. The area affected is a section downstream of a pipe blast that occurred in West Virginia earlier this month.

Doing so will enable the Stecoach-Leach Xpress meter in southeast Ohio to resume service, which connects to EQT Midstream Partners’ Strike Force South gathering fields in other Ohio counties.

Strike Force can deliver to Energy Transfer Partner’s Rover and Enbridge Inc’s Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipelines.

Columbia Gas said all the other meters affected by the blast will stay at zero until the pipeline is back up and running.

Although a completion date was not provided, the restoration process has been noted and an update will be provided to customers on June 18.

Shutting down the Leach Xpress forced producers to find other pipes to ship gas out of Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

The blast damaged sections of the pipe that could affect 1.3 billion cubic feet per day which is enough energy to fuel more than 5 million U.S. homes a day. Energy analysts said that the blast hardly affected Appalachian region’s overall output because of other pipes being found by different producers.

Source:
Reuters