PHMSA Approves Keystone Pipeline Restart

U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration approved a repair and restart plan on Sunday and the pipeline "returned to service", TC Energy said. 

"We will operate the pipeline at a reduced pressure with a gradual increase in the volume of crude oil moving through the system," the company's statement said. 

The pipeline line has been restarted nearly two weeks after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota.

 TC Energy was ordered by PHMSA to keep the pipeline shut down until corrective action was taken, including sending an affected portion of the pipe to an independent laboratory for testing.

 TC Energy said that about 285,600 gallons of crude oil has been recovered, but the cause of the leak has not been disclosed.

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chron

Flooding Triggered to Shut Oil Pipelines in Southeastern Texas

The 750,000 barrels per day Marketlink oil pipeline, owned by TC Energy Corp was shut as flooding disrupted operations at U.S. Gulf Coast terminals, traders familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The pipeline runs from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Nederland, Texas.

Energy Transfer LP’s Nederland terminal, located between Beaumont and Port Arthur, was also shut briefly on Thursday. The terminal had a power outage but it had since been restored and operations have returned to normal, Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer said in an email.

Dangerous flash floods inundated parts of southeastern Texas on Thursday as Tropical Depression Imelda dumped the last of its rains, with the National Hurricane Center predicting rain totals up to 35 inches in some coastal areas.

Phillips 66 also shut operations at its Beaumont Terminal in Nederland, Texas, as a safety precaution due to flooding. Exxon Mobil Corp shut its 369,024 barrels per day Beaumont, Texas, crude oil refinery on Thursday because of flooding from Imelda, sources familiar with plant operations said.

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reuters

South Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline Begins Shipping NG from Texas to Mexico

IEnova, a Mexico-based company announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline whose inauguration had been held up by a dispute between contractors and the Federal Electricity Commission has begun sending natural gas to Mexico from Texas.

The pipeline has a capacity to transport 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day and was built by IEnova and the Canadian company TC Energy. The pipeline was ready to start moving gas in July but the start of operations was delayed by a Federal Electricity Commission initiative to renegotiate the contracts, which were signed before President López Obrador took office.

“These agreements satisfy the interests of both parties, and allow a benefit for the CFE, maintaining the integrity of the contracts,” they said. “IEnova reiterates our commitment to keep investing in Mexico to strengthen the country’s energy infrastructure, and contribute to national development.”

On August 27, López Obrador announced that the government had reached an agreement with the companies that would reduce the burden on the public purse by US $4.5 billion and extend IEnova’s concession for 10 years.

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mexiconewsdaily

Dismissal of Lawsuit over Keystone XL Pipeline Requested by US Attorneys

The Trump administration attorneys wanted a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota. The lawsuit is blocking TC Energy’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry up to 830,000 barrels per day from Canada to Nebraska.

A Thursday hearing on the government's attempt to dismiss the case will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris. The judge blocked the line in November, saying more environmental studies were needed. But Trump circumvented that ruling in March by issuing a new permit for the $8 billion, 1,184-mile project.

According to the administration, Trump's approval applies only to a 1-mile section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border and not the rest of the line, but the tribes argue that Trump's permit applies to the entire pipeline.

The tribes fears that a spill could damage a South Dakota water supply system that serves more than 51,000 people including residents of the Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Lower Brule Indian reservations. Also they say that President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

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chron

Keystone XL Route Approval Affirmed by Nebraska Supreme Court

Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the November 2017 decision that approved the Keystone XL Pipeline route through the state which was taken by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, TC Energy Corp. announced on August 23.

“The Supreme Court decision is another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project,” said Russ Girling, TC Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We thank the thousands of government leaders, landowners, labor unions and other community partners for their continued support through this extensive review process.  It has been their unwavering support that has advanced this project to where it is today.”

The pipeline project still faces obstacles after a November 2018 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris to block construction activities in Montana. But in March, President Donald Trump issued a new Presidential Permit for Keystone XL, superseding the one he issued in 2017.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission on November 20, 2017 gave approval to TC Energy (then TransCanada) to build the Keystone XL pipeline using the Mainline Alternative Route. But environmental groups had challenged the Nebraska Public Service Commission decision to approve the project.

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napipelines

Keystone XL Pipeline’s Injunction Overturned by U.S. Court

An injunction barring some pre-construction activities to long-delayed TC Energy Corp's Keystone XL pipeline was dissolved by an appellate court on Monday. The company has been working for more than a decade to build the controversy-ridden 830,000 barrel per day pipeline.

The pipeline would run from an oil hub at Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would join TC Energy's existing Keystone pipeline system.

Since the company is facing a pending Nebraska Supreme Court decision related to the pipeline's route and a lawsuit by two Native American communities in Montana, they said that it would not make any major capital commitments until it has a clear path to construction, and therefore has not made a final investment decision to proceed with the project.

While TC Energy is expecting a decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court to extend an injunction on its Coastal GasLink pipeline in the third quarter, Canada's National Energy Board said last week that the pipeline to supply the LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia was not subject to federal regulation.

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pgjonline

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

TC Energy Received Probable Violation Notice from PHMSA

TC Oil Operations, the company that owns Keystone pipeline failed to provide suitable coating material at numerous locations along the pipeline, according to The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration. A notice of probable violation was issued by PHMSA as a result of an inspection of the Keystone Pipeline’s facilities and records.

PHMSA didn’t proposed any fines as a result of the probable violation, rather proposed a compliance order that requires TC Oil to “correct deficiencies in coating material so that they are suitable for prevention of atmospheric corrosion.”

According to the notice, the company also needs to provide a “record of the location of piping with insufficient coating and the date in which the appropriate coating was applied.”

“The operator used fusion bonded epoxy as a coating on numerous locations on the pipeline at and above the air soil interface,” the notice reads. TC Energy has six months from the date of the final order to comply.

The 2,600 miles pipeline runs from eastern Alberta, Canada, to Oklahoma and Illinois, and carries crude oil.

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duluthnewstribune

Binding Open Season Announced for the Keystone Pipeline

TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada has announced an open season to solicit binding commitments for crude oil transportation services on the Keystone Pipeline System.

The pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta to markets on the US Gulf Coast.

Interested parties may submit binding bids for transportation capacity during the open season that will close at 12 pm MT on 19 July 2019.

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worldpipelines

UGI to Buy Assets from TC Energy for $1.28 Billion

UGI Corp, a Pennsylvania based energy distributor would buy some assets of Columbia Midstream Group from TC Energy Corp, formerly known as TransCanada. The deal is set for nearly $1.28 billion to expand UGI’s midstream business.

“This transaction expands our midstream capabilities in the prolific gas producing region of the Southwest Appalachian Basin and provides an initial investment into both wet gas gathering and processing,” John Walsh, the chief executive officer of UGI, said.

With this deal, TC Energy could help finance the oft-delayed and controversial Keystone XL pipeline project and the new high-profile Coastal GasLink system project. These projects are likely to generate higher returns than these legacy assets.

Columbia Midstream Group operates in the Appalachian Basin and owns four natural gas gathering systems. It also has an interest in a company with gathering, processing and liquids assets, and a pipeline that runs through western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.

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reuters

$1.15 Billion Deal Signed to Sell Stake in Northern Courier Pipeline

In a signed deal for approximately $1.15 billion, TC Energy Corp. formerly known as TransCanada, will sell an 85 per cent stake in its Northern Courier Pipeline to Alberta Investment Management Corp.

TC Energy will remain the operator of the pipeline and will retain a 15 per cent stake. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter and the sale will help the company’s efforts to fund its capital program, said TC Energy chief executive Russ Girling.

The 56 miles (90 km) pipeline transports bitumen and diluent between the Fort Hills mine site in northern Alberta and Suncor Energy’s terminal north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

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constructconnect

TransCanada to be Renamed to TC Energy

TransCanada announced on Wednesday that it will change its name to TC Energy.

After years of building hundreds of miles of oil and gas pipelines in both the United States and Mexico, TransCanada has decided to change its name to TX Energy to better reflect its performance as a major pipeline and power generator for all of North America.

"TC Energy better reflects the breadth of our business and acknowledges our proud history of safely and responsibly delivering the energy that millions of North Americans rely on every day," said TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling.

The decision will require shareholder approval. TransCanada intends to continue trading under “TRP” after adopting the new name.

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Chron