Two Expansion Projects in Texas Will Boost Exports to Mexico

Completion of a pair of expansion projects in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi by Howard Energy Partners will allow the company to do more exports of crude oil, gasoline diesel and other products to Mexico.

"Substantial expansions at our Port Arthur and Corpus Christi facilities signify HEP's commitment to designing and constructing fully-engineered facilities that are tailored to meet the exact needs of our customers," Howard Energy Partners Co-Founder and President Brad Bynum said in a statement.

The company will get 2.6 million barrels of storage in the region after the completion of the expansion projects, which recently added 12 new storage tanks, four butane bullets, two barge docks, one ship dock and a bidirectional pipeline to its 450-acre Port Arthur terminal.

The expansion projects are expected to boost the company's exports by rail and seafaring tankers, as Mexico has emerged to be one of Howard's top customers.

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chron

Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Receives Construction Approval from FERC

Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement project received approval for construction from FERC. The pipeline expansion project will carry natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania to New York, and will expand on the company’s existing pipeline infrastructure in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The project will add approximately 36 miles of new pipeline and add two new natural gas compressors at exiting compressor stations. The NSE project will replace the use of 900 thousand barrels of heating oil annually in the region with 400,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas by converting about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in the Northeast.

By displacing oil with cleaner burning natural gas, the project would result in the reduction of a variety of air pollutants in the region and could result in lower greenhouse gas emissions overall, since natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than oil on a volume basis when burned.

“After carefully balancing the need for the project and its environmental impacts, I find the project is in the public interest,” Cheryl LaFleur, a Democratic appointee said in her remarks while approving the project’s certificate of construction.

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heartland

Open Season Extended for the Proposed Voyager Pipeline

An extension of the open season to solicit commitments from shippers for the proposed Voyager Pipeline was announced by Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Navigator Energy Services. The pipeline will transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas to Houston.

The proposed Voyager Pipeline would include construction of 20 inch diameter pipelines from both Magellan’s Cushing and Midland terminals to Magellan’s terminal in Frost, Texas and a 24 inch diameter pipeline would be constructed from Frost, Texas to Magellan’s terminal in East Houston.

The Pipeline is expected to have an initial capacity of up to 400,000 barrels per day, with the ability to expand if necessary by industry demand. It is expected to be operational in early 2021, subject to receipt of sufficient customer commitments and all necessary permits and approvals. Binding commitments are now due by 12:00 pm CDT on 30 August 2019.

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worldpipelines

Court Rules Against Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project

Minnesota State Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the environmental assessment done on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project was inadequate. The ruling is just the opposite of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision, which approved the environmental impact statement for the pipeline replacement.

The proposed replacement pipeline will have the capacity to move 370,000 barrels of oil per day. The company plans to replace its existing 282 miles of 34 inch pipeline with 337 miles of 36 inch pipe. The project has faced numerous legal challenges and has been approved and disapproved several times over.

The startup date for the pipeline replacement project was originally supposed to be at the end of 2019.  As per the court, the Commission made a mistake when it approved the plan, and found that Enbridge’s environmental impact statement lacked in details about where it deals with oil spills in relation to Lake Superior.

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oilprice

Alaskan Pipeline Project Receives Federal Permit

Alaska’s Energy Desk reported that Oil Search, a Papua New Guinea-based company announced that it had received a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a large oil project on Alaska’s North Slope.

The company said it received the permit for its Pikka development, which is planned west of Prudhoe Bay, an area seen as a new hot spot for oil activity on the western North Slope. According the company the project could produce about 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

Since the Pikka development would be as close as seven miles to the village of Nuiqsut, questions have been raised about how the project will affect subsistence hunting and fishing for Nuiqsut residents.

“The company is committed to close collaboration with the people and organizations of Nuiqsut.” Oil Search Alaska President Keiran Wulff said in a statement.

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pgjonline

Joint Venture to Extend Ethylene Pipeline Network in South Texas

Enterprise Products Partners announced on Tuesday that under a joint venture with Lavaca Pipeline Co., they are planning to construct a 90 mile Baymark pipeline. The pipeline will carry ethylene and will run from Bayport area southeast of Harris County to Markham, Texas.

The Baymark pipeline will link to Enterprises’ Mont Belvieu complex, a 600 million-pound ethylene storage well. The pipeline will also link to Enterprises' ethylene export terminal at Morgan Point near La Porte, Texas.

As the petrochemical export boom rolls on, U.S. ethane production is projected to increase nearly 60 percent to 2 million barrels a day by 2021, up from 1.26 million barrels a day in 2016. U.S producers are taking advantage of the soaring ethane production unleashed by the shale boom to produce ethylene at a relatively cheaper cost.

"The U.S. petrochemical industry is experiencing unprecedented growth with production of ethylene expected to exceed 100 billion pounds per year by 2025," said A.J. "Jim" Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise's general partner in a statement. "This growth in the petrochemical sector is creating additional opportunities for Enterprise to grow our midstream petrochemical services. The Baymark Pipeline further extends our petrochemical value chain, providing producing and consuming customers with enhanced access to the largest liquids storage hub in North America at Mont Belvieu, as well as linking them to growing domestic and international markets."

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houstonchronicle

Two Companies Joining Forces to Expand Red River Pipeline

Plains All American Pipeline has entered into a joint venture with Delek US, a Tennessee refining company, to increase the capacity of its 350 mile Red River Pipeline in Oklahoma and northeast Texas, the company said in a statement.

The pipeline runs between Cushing, Okla., and Longview, Texas. The plan is to boost pumping capacity along the pipeline from 150,000 barrels per day to approximately 235,000 barrels per day by the first half of 2020.

Delek is already a customer of the Red River Pipeline and is boosting its capacity on the Red River system from the current level of 35,000 barrels per day to 100,000 barrels per day. It agreed to pay $128 million to buy a 33 percent stake in a new joint venture named Red River Pipeline Co.

"This is a win-win deal that fits our strategy of optimizing and expanding existing systems while exercising capital discipline," Plains All American Executive Vice President Jeremy Goebel said in a statement. "This transaction expands long-term alignment with a natural shipper, supports and funds the expansion of the system, increases Plains' net committed annual cash flow, and provides proceeds to fund our capital program or lower debt."

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chron

Temporary Embargo of Deliveries for Pony Express Pipeline Segment

The south end of Pony Express pipeline system has been shut down due to an extensive flooding on the Cimarron River in Oklahoma, Tallgrass Energy LP said on Thursday.

The company has provided notice of a temporary embargo of deliveries for the shut segment that runs from Sterling, Colorado through to Cushing, Oklahoma, a Tallgrass Energy spokeswoman said.

The Pony Express pipeline has a capacity of 320,000 barrels per day and starts in Guernsey, Wyoming, and flows southeast to Cushing, Oklahoma.

“We will restart operations as soon as the weather permits,” she added.

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reuters

Line 3 Replacement Project Could Exceed C$9 Billion

Delays to permits in the United States will cause Line 3 replacement project cost to exceed previous cost estimate of C$9 billion ($6.71 billion), Enbridge Inc, said on Friday.

The company said in March that the in-service date would be the second half of 2020 and reason for the delay is of slower-than-expected permitting in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Line 3 will carry 760,000 barrels per day of western Canadian crude to U.S. markets, once completed.

“The late schedule likely means higher costs on the U.S. side although we are running under budget in Canada,” Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco said, adding that returns remained “very robust” and the company did not expect any cost overruns to be material to its financial outlook.

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reuters

Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Expansion Likely to Proceed

The controversial expansion of Trans Mountain oil pipeline will be proceeded by the Canadian government. Justin Trudeau’s federal cabinet will meet to discuss the expansion on June 18 and the plan is to double the pipeline flow out of Alberta to the west coast in British Columbia, Bloomberg reported.

The expansion would add 590,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity and will be a boon for Canadian oil drillers struggling from a lack of pipelines. British Columbia has been strongly opposing the project, which forced Kinder Morgan to reconsider its commitment to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, and to sell the project to the Canadian government in August 2018.

The leaders advocating for the pipeline expansion is conducting consultations with First Nations regarding the project, in an attempt to address all possible concerns that opponents may have. Work on the project could start fairly quickly if the outcome of the consultations are positive.

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oilprice
bloomberg

Partial Service on Plain’s Cactus II Pipeline Expected to Start in Q3

Cactus II pipeline construction from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi, Texas, is on schedule, said Plains All American Chief Executive Officer Willie Chiang during an earnings call late on Tuesday. Also the partial service to Ingleside is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.

“We are at full speed ahead on progressing the project ... the pipe’s been ordered,” Chiang said, adding that discussions with additional potential shippers is ongoing.

He added that the full service on the Cactus II pipeline is expected by the first quarter of 2020. Another pipeline from the Delaware Basin, called the Wink-to-Webster project, is targeted to be placed into service in the first half of 2021, which is expected to have a capacity of more than 1 million barrels per day.

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reuters

Anadarko and Occidental to Enter Merger Talks Despite Chevron's Merger Agreement

Anadarko announced on Monday that it will enter merger talks with Occidental Petroleum (OXY).

The news comes as Occidental made a hostile takeover offer for Anadarko with a cash-and-stock bid value of nearly $57 billion. Oil giant Chevron’s bid valued the company 20% less. The bidding war for Anadarko reflects the intense desire for oil companies to acquire the best shale assets in America.

Anadarko and Occidental had been in merger talks prior to Chevron’s takeover deal. Acquiring Anadarko's Permian assets would lift Occidental's output in that shale oilfield to 533,000 barrels per day, further solidifying their spot as the number one producer in the Permian. The combined company would be worth about $100 billion and produce about 1.4 million barrels of oil per day.

"We believe our signed agreement with Anadarko provides the best value and the most certainty to Anadarko's shareholders," Chevron said on Monday.

Anadarko cautioned that there "can be no assurance" that talks with Occidental will result in a better deal than the one already reached with Chevron.

Despite the new negotiations with Occidental, Anadarko said the Chevron merger agreement remains in effect. The Anadarko board reaffirmed its recommendation in favor of the Chevron deal "at this time."

Chevron certainly has the firepower to increase its bid. But Chevron must also guard against overpaying for Anadarko.

If Anadarko goes with Occidental, Chevron won't be left empty-handed. Under the terms of their merger agreement, Anadarko would owe Chevron a break-up fee of $1 billion if it reaches a takeover deal with another company.

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CNN

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

Williams Seeks Approval for 187-Mile Kansas to Oklahoma Pipeline

The Wichita Eagle reported that the Williams Companies Inc. met with Sedgwick County officials Wednesday about the 187-mile Bluestem pipeline that would carry volatile gas liquids and run from McPherson County, Kansas, to Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.

The line would carry 225,000 barrels a day of pressurized gas liquids such as propane and butane, which are byproducts of natural gas production. The volatile liquids would be separated from natural gas at the company's plant in Conway.

The proposed pipeline would connect the Kansas plant to the Targa Grand Prix pipeline in Oklahoma, so that the liquids could move to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

The pipeline will across mostly farmland in Sedgwick County, according to pipeline officials. Sedgwick County officials would need to issue permits for the Bluestem pipeline to cross county roads. The company hopes to obtain permits along the pipeline route by January and to complete construction in November 2020.

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chron

Minnesota PUC Confirms Enbridge Energy's Line 3 Pipeline Approval

Enbridge Energy's proposed $7 billion Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement gets final approval from Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the company said on Wednesday. The PUC unanimously rejected the last pending petitions for reconsideration, including one from the state Commerce Department.

“The PUC confirmed its decision to approve the conditions placed on L3R’s (Line 3 Replacement) Certificate of Need – conditions meant to protect Minnesotans – allowing this critical energy infrastructure modernization project to move forward,” Enbridge said in a statement.

Since 1960s, Line 3 has carried Canadian crude from Alberta to Wisconsin and is currently operating at half its capacity. The Line 3 replacement would allow it to return to approved capacity of 760,000 barrels per day.

The PUC initially approved Enbridge’s plan to rebuild the aging 1,031-mile pipeline in June, but that decision was challenged by Minnesota’s governor in February.

The new line would cross Alberta, a corner of North Dakota and northern Minnesota to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Besides clearing the legal challenges, Calgary-based Enbridge also needs state and federal permits, which the company hopes to secure around end of the year.

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chron
reuters

Export Auction for WTI Crude Oil to Be Held by Enterprise Products Partners

An electronic auction will be held on April 4th by Enterprise Products Partners for its domestically produced West Texas Intermediate crude oil that will be exported from its Houston Ship Channel terminal.

Enterprise has become the largest exporter of crude oil in the United States since the federal government lifted a ban on exporting crude oil less than four years ago, which accounts for nearly 40 percent of crude oil shipments abroad. Chicago-based trading firm CME Group will conduct the online auction on behalf of Enterprise.

"With the recent success of the first ever electronic auction of U.S. crude oil for export, the market has demonstrated its demand for transparency, efficiency, accurate physical pricing and access to reliable supplies of crude oil with consistent quality standards," Enterprise Senior Vice President Brent Secrest said in a Wednesday morning statement.

Using Enterprise's distribution network, the Houston futures contract has access to more than 4 million barrels per day of crude oil, 45 million barrels of crude oil storage and 18 deep-water docks.

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chron

Nuevo Midstream Enters Deal to Buy Republic Midstream

Nuevo Midstream, a Houston pipeline operator has entered into a deal to buy Republic Midstream, an Eagle Ford Shale pipeline operator, in a statement released Wednesday morning by Nuevo Midstream. The deal is expected to close during the second quarter.

Republic Midstream owns and operates 100 miles of crude oil gathering pipeline and 300,000 barrels' storage in the Eagle Ford Shale's DeWitt and Lavaca counties. The company's network also includes a 26-mile intermediate pipeline that moves crude oil from a central delivery point to the Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate Pipeline.

"We are very excited about this acquisition and the opportunity to expand the footprint and service offerings of the Republic system," President and Chief Executive Randy Ziebarth said. "We really like these assets and their location within the Eagle Ford. The Eagle Ford is experiencing a resurgence and is advantaged by its proximity to the Gulf. Nuevo Dos looks forward to helping producers fully participate in moving crude and condensate to market."

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chron

Open Season Extended for Tallgrass Energy’s Pony Express Pipeline

Tallgrass Energy, LP has announced that it has extended and expanded its open season soliciting shipper commitments for crude oil transportation services.

The open season, initially announced on 13 November 2018, has been extended to 14 April 2019. This is to reflect updated rates and contracting options to accommodate newly secured commitments.

The 760-mile Pony Express crude oil pipeline originates in Guernsey, Wyo., and runs through Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, connecting with three refineries before terminating in Cushing, Okla.

Placed in service in 2014, Pony Express has a design capacity of 320,000 barrels a day, and based on a number of factors has the capacity to transport additional barrels.

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worldpipelines
tallgrassenergylp

Open Season Extended on 650-Mile Jupiter Pipeline

Jupiter Energy extended an open season until May 31 for the 650-mile, 36-inch Jupiter pipeline stretching from the Permian to the Port of Brownsville.

“We're very pleased with the results of the initial open season period for the Jupiter Pipeline,” said Albert Johnson, president of Jupiter Pipeline. “The supplemental period validates our belief that the interest for transportation commitments on the pipeline is as substantial as expected.”

The pipeline will be originating near Crane, Texas, and Gardendale/Three Rivers, Texas and is the only pipeline out of the Permian Basin with access to all three deep water ports in Texas (Houston, Corpus Christi and Brownsville). It is expected to be operational in fourth quarter of 2020.

It will have direct access to a fully capable VLCC loading facility off coast at Brownsville, where the Jupiter Brownsville Terminal will consist of up to 10 million barrels of storage, three docks and an offshore VLCC loading facility.

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pgjonline

Service Started on 658-Mile Shin Oak NGL Pipeline From Permian Basin to Mont Belvieu

The Shin Oak NGL Pipeline project to move natural gas liquids from the West Texas town of Orla to a processing and storage facility in Mont Belvieu, has its service started, announced on Thursday by Houston pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners.

Shin Oak is designed and built as a 24-inch diameter 658-mile pipeline and is starting its service with an initial capacity to move 250,000 barrels of ethane, propane, butane and other natural gas liquids per day.

"The Shin Oak Pipeline represents another important addition to our expanding network of integrated midstream assets in the Permian Basin," Enterprise Products Partners CEO A.J. "Jim" Teague said in a statement.

The company is building a third natural gas processing plant in Orla that is expected to be completed by June. Another natural gas processing plant in the Loving County of Mentone is expected to begin service by March 2020. Combined, the Orla and Mentone facilities will give Enterprise more than 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity and more than 250,000 barrels of natural gas liquids production per day in the Permian Basin.

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Chron