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

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion May Start in September

The construction on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could begin in September, Trans Mountain Chief Executive Ian Anderson said on Wednesday. The project was stalled a year ago after a Canadian court ruled that the federal government, which owns the pipeline, failed to adequately consult indigenous groups.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday re-approved the $5.56 billion expansion project which could ease the congestion on pipelines and will link Alberta’s oil sands to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia.

“If things go according to plan, I can see shovels in the ground as early as September,” said Trans Mountain Chief Executive Ian Anderson on a conference call. “... Getting started is the most critical thing.” He added that the construction could take 30 to 34 months and oil could flow through the twinned pipeline by the second or third quarter of 2022, assuming the next regulatory steps go smoothly.

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that the effort to obtain building permits started on Wednesday. Although supporters say it is an important step to help Canadian oil reach higher-priced international markets, opponents including environmental, indigenous groups and some municipalities, argue the risk of a spill.


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.


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.


Construction Starts on Wyoming Natural Gas Pipeline

The construction work has started on a new 4.5 mile natural gas pipeline that will support the city of Laramie and the University of Wyoming. The pipeline will run from West Lyon Street to East Harney Street in the City of Laramie.

“The City of Laramie and the University of Wyoming are experiencing a great deal of growth, and this project provides reliability for our expanding community,” Rachael Sisneros, Supervisor of Gas Operations in Laramie, said. “The investment is necessary for Black Hills Energy to continue to provide our customers with safe and reliable natural gas service.”

Although the construction will impact residents throughout the area, natural gas service will not be interrupted during construction. The pipeline construction will be handled by TRC Construction, Inc.


$30 Billion Louisiana Driftwood LNG Project Eyes Final Decision in 2019

Final investment decision to build the proposed $30 billion Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Louisiana will be taken in 2019, Tellurian Inc confirmed on Wednesday.

The company said that it is on track to make a final investment decision and start construction in 2019. The operations will begin in 2023 and is project is designed to produce 27.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG or about 4 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas.

The first phase will likely comprise 16.6 MTPA and together the projects would produce over 150 MTPA of LNG. The company is also developing three pipelines in Louisiana - the 4.0-bcfd Driftwood pipe, the 2.0-bcfd Haynesville Global Access and the 2.0-bcfd Delhi Connector - and the 2.0-bcfd Permian Global Access in Texas and Louisiana.


Lake Charles LNG Construction Bid Announced by Energy Transfer and Shell

Energy Transfer and Shell have issued an invitation tender for an engineering, procurement and construction contract to convert Energy Transfer's already existing liquefied natural gas import terminal in Lake Charles into an export terminal.

"We are excited to announce this major milestone in the development of the Lake Charles LNG liquefaction project," Lake Charles LNG President Tom Mason said in a statement. "The prospective bidders are world-class EPC contractors who will bring extensive LNG experience to bear as they develop their bids."

The facility was originally developed as an LNG import terminal in 2006 by Energy Transfer but later in 2015, FERC gave permission to build an export terminal at the site shortly after the shale revolution.

Once the export terminal project is completed, it is estimated to create up to 5,000 local jobs during construction and 200 full-time positions when fully operational. In 2016, Shell entered into a 50-50 joint venture with Energy Transfer to develop the liquefaction plant that can produce up to 16.45 million metric tons of LNG per year.


Open Seasons on Two Proposed Pipelines by Tellurian in Louisiana

Tellurian is seeking to secure prospective shippers for a previously announced natural gas pipeline, Haynesville Global Access Pipeline (HGAP) and newly proposed Delhi Connector Pipeline (DCPL). Both pipelines are expected to be a 42 inch diameter and will have the capacity to transport up to 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

The HGAP is approximately 160 mile interstate pipeline that will interconnect existing pipeline and production facilities in DeSoto Parish to the existing and proposed infrastructure located near Gillis in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The DCPL is approximately 180 mile interstate pipeline connecting the Perryville/Delhi Hub in Richland Parish, Louisiana to Gillis, Louisiana.

HGAP is estimated to cost just over US$1 billion to construct and the construction is projected to begin in 2022, with an in-service date of mid-2023. DCPL is estimated to cost approximately US$1.4 billion to construct and the construction is projected to begin as early as 2021, with an in-service date as early as 2023.

“Tellurian has recognized the critical need we have in the US for additional natural gas infrastructure that can leverage our country’s prolific shale resources. We are willing to invest and build a pipeline network that connects to key US producing shale basins, detangling the existing pipeline and regional bottlenecks and facilitating the flow of natural gas to feed Southwest Louisiana’s growing industrial demands, which is estimated at 20+ billion ft3/d by 2025,” said Tellurian President and CEO, Meg Gentle.


Cameron LNG Reaches Final Stage of Train 1 Commissioning

Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG export terminal in Louisiana has reached the final stage of the startup process known as commissioning for its first production unit. The company is planning to construct three production units in total, which are known in the industry as trains at the Cameron LNG export terminal.

Joint venture with the general contractors McDermott International and Chiyoda International Corp. have started introducing natural gas from a pipeline feeding the facility into Train 1 of the liquefied natural gas plant, which signals the end of the construction phase of the project and is regarded as a precursor of LNG production.

"We are extremely proud of the Cameron LNG project team for this achievement and their remarkable safety performance," McDermott International Senior Vic President Mark Coscio said in a statement. "Their accomplishment is more than just a project milestone; it is an impressive feat of engineering and construction. Once Train 1 is fully operational, it will have the capacity to produce 4 million tonnes of LNG per year."

Cameron LNG began commercial operations in July 2009 as a $900 million LNG import terminal, but later Sempra Energy decided to take advantage of record natural gas production from U.S. shale basins to redevelop the Hackberry, Louisiana facility into an export terminal.

In addition to Cameron LNG, the company is also developing the Energia Costa Azul LNG facility in Baja California, Mexico and is seeking to develop the Gulf Coast LNG terminal near Port Arthur.


Open Season Extended for Cushing to Houston 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 Service. The pipeline will transport various grades of light crude oil and condensate from Cushing, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas.

The pipeline would include construction of nearly 500 miles of 20 in. or 24 in. diameter pipeline from Magellan's terminal in Cushing to Magellan's terminal in East Houston. Binding commitments are now due by noon of 31 May 2019 CDT.

At the Cushing origin, the Voyager Pipeline would provide shippers option to originate deliveries at Cushing from the Magellan-operated Saddlehorn Pipeline serving the Rockies and Bakken production regions, Navigator's Glass Mountain Pipeline serving the Mid-Continent basin, as well as other connections within the strategic Cushing crude oil hub.

At the destination, Magellan's comprehensive Houston crude oil distribution system could further deliver the multiple grades of crude oil to the Houston and Texas City refineries or to crude oil export facilities, such as the terminal owned by Seabrook Logistics, LLC, which is owned 50% by Magellan.

The pipeline is expected to have an initial capacity of at least 300,000 bpd and it is planned to be operational in late 2020, subject to receipt of sufficient customer commitments and all necessary permits and approvals.


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.


$15 Billion Rio Grande LNG Gets Green Light from PHMSA

According to PHMSA’s Deputy Associate Administrator Massoud Tahamtani, the proposed Rio Grande liquefied natural gas export terminal project complies with federal pipeline safety standards. He noted that the facility is being designed to withstand winds up to 150 miles per hour, in a letter of determination made public early Tuesday morning.

FERC will use PHMSA's review to determine if the facility will receive a permit to start construction on six production units that will be able to make more than 16 million metric tons of LNG per year. A final permit decision by FERC is expected in July.

NextDecade Corp will be developing Rio Grande LNG which is one of two proposed export terminals being developed by the company. The company is also in the process of seeking state and federal approval to build the Galveston Bay LNG export terminal in Texas City.

NextDecade is expecting to make a final investment decision on the project during the third quarter, if approved by federal regulators. The liquefied natural gas export terminal and the supporting Rio Bravo pipeline are expected to result in more than $15 billion of private investment and create more than 5,000 construction jobs.


Lake Charles LNG: Final Investment Decision Taken by Energy Transfer and Shell

Energy Transfer and Shell announced that they had signed a project framework agreement to advance the proposed Lake Charles LNG export terminal and that they plan to issue an invitation to tender for engineering, procurement and contracting companies to start bidding on the project, in a joint statement released on Tuesday morning.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with Shell in progressing this major LNG export project," Lake Charles LNG President Tom Mason, President said in a statement. "We believe the combination of our assets and Shell's LNG experience will create a platform for exporting natural gas from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the global marketplace that is unmatched."

Shell entered into a 50-50 joint venture with Energy Transfer in 2016 to develop a liquefaction plant that can produce up to 16.45 million metric tons of LNG per year. Under the terms of their joint venture, Energy Transfer will own and finance the proposed liquefaction facility while Shell will oversee engineering, design and construction work as well as operate the terminal once it is complete.

"Lake Charles presents a material, competitive liquefaction project with the potential to provide Shell with an operated LNG export position on the U.S. Gulf Coast by the time global supply is expected to tighten in the mid-2020's," Shell Vice President Frederic Phipps said in a statement.

If built, the export terminal project is estimated to create up to 5,000 local jobs during construction and 200 full-time positions when fully operational. Shortly after the shale revolution in 2015 that created a surplus of natural gas in the United States, Energy Transfer got permission from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build an export terminal at the site in 2015. The facility site was originally developed as an LNG import terminal in 2006.


$34 Million Major Pipeline Construction Contract Awarded to Wood

A construction contract for 28 miles of new Risberg pipeline designed to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Ohio has been awarded to Wood. The $34 million contract from RH energytrans LLC was awarded through a competitive tender process.

The pipeline will connect to approximately 32 miles of existing pipeline, originating in the Meadville, Pennsylvania area, extending in a northwest direction and terminating at the North Kingsville Meter Station. Approximately 16 miles of new pipeline will be installed in Pennsylvania and 12 miles in Ohio.

The scope of the contract also includes the construction of the North Kingsville meter station in Ashtabula County, Ohio. The project is underway and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

“We’re delighted to be playing a key role in this strategic project, helping to support the supply of domestic energy to Northeast Ohio communities and industries who have had limited access to natural gas sources.” said Andrew Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions Americas business.

“Wood provided the initial technical, environmental consulting and engineering services on this project. We now look forward to progressing that support to the construction phase,” Stewart added.


Phase II Construction of Hillabee Expansion Project Kicks Off

Construction on the second phase of Williams’ Hillabee Expansion project in Chilton County, Alabama has officially started. This includes contractor mobilization, environmental training and site preparation at the location of a nearly seven-mile pipeline loop known as the Rock Springs Loop.

The second phase construction also includes horsepower modifications to two existing Transco compressor facilities. It is anticipated to be placed into service next summer and will increase the Transco pipeline’s capacity by an additional 206,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.

Another work on nearly four-mile Verbena Loop in Choctaw County, Alabama is scheduled to begin in April.

The first phase of the Hillabee project was successfully placed into service in July 2017. This increased Transco pipeline’s capacity in Alabama by 818,410 dekatherms per day and supplied Florida power generators via the new Sabal Trail pipeline.


Gas Pipeline Builder Fined $1.5M for Failing to Maintain or Install Erosion Controls

Rice Midstream Holdings is agreeing to a $1.5 million fine for failing to prevent sedimentation and erosion into streams during construction in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The company failed for months to maintain or even install some erosion controls in 2017 while constructing the 7.5-mile Beta Trunk Pipeline, which was designed to move natural gas from wells to bigger transmission pipelines.

According to Department of Environmental Protection, in one case, it created a "soil stockpile" in a wetland.

The six-page agreement was released this week between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Rice Midstream Holdings.

The current owner of the pipeline is Equitrans Midstream Corp., but the Department of Environmental Protection says the violations began before the sale.


Dominion Energy Suspends 600-Mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Energy will be voluntarily suspending construction on their 600-mile route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the company announced.

Dominion filed its decision with the FERC after citing a stay of implementation regarding a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A spokesman for Dominion Energy said that the construction will be suspended until they receive more clarity from the court. He added that Dominion will be filing a motion for emergency clarification on the scope of the court’s decision.

Construction was temporarily halted earlier this year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cited concerns over five endangered species. The new citations have halted the entire 600-miles of the project, but Dominion’s spokesman believes that the case involves a much narrower scope of the project.

The pipeline would begin in West Virginia and span 600 miles through parts of Virginia, including Augusta County, and into North Carolina.


Judge Reverses Pre-Construction Block for TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline

TransCanada will now be allowed to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups and acquire equipment, as well as deal with all permit and land rights after U.S. District Judge Brian Morris clarified his November 8th injunction in a call with TransCanada on Wednesday.

Prior to the call, TransCanada was unsure of the Judge’s stance on their permission to conduct pre-construction work on the Keystone XL pipeline and considered it separate from the blocked permit to build the pipeline itself.

This allows TransCanada to have everything set in order to not go far beyond their expected due date after permit issues are resolved.

The company should now be able to proceed with purchasing materials and finalizing contracts.


Atlantic Coast Pipeline Receives Final State Approval For Construction

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has given the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed erosion, sediment control and storm water management plan the final approval on Friday.

The approval gives Dominion Energy the key permit it needs to continue constructing the 600-mile pipeline that stretches from West Virginia, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. Construction on the other two states has already begun, and tree-cutting took place in Virginia earlier this year.

The Erosion and Sediment Control, Storm Water Management and Karst Protection plans specify engineering designs that will protect water quality during and after pipeline construction.

According to a release by Dominion, the approval allows the state’s water quality certification to take effect. The certification is the final state approval needed to begin pipeline construction in Virginia.

The ACP will now request a notice to proceed with full construction from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Enbridge’s Largest U.S. - Mexico Pipeline to have Completion Delayed Until Next Year

A large natural gas pipeline from Texas to Mexico has had its completion delayed until April 2019 due to weather conditions that complicated the Mexican portion of the project’s completion.
The 2.6 billion cubic feet a day Valley Crossing Pipeline is being built by Enbridge, who has asked for a six-month extension for putting the Valley Crossing Pipeline into operation. Operations were scheduled to start this month, but the delay will push it back until April 23, 2019.

According to Enbridge, the delay comes from the inability to test the pipeline because of issues with the Mexican side of the pipeline, which connects with the Enbridge section offshore from Brownsville in the Gulf of Mexico. Infraestructura Marina de Golfo, a joint venture between the Canadian Pipeline and storage company TransCanada and Sempra Energy of San Diego, is responsible for the Mexican portion’s construction.

After its completion, the pipeline would be the largest natural gas pipeline flowing from the U.S. to Mexico. Exports by pipeline from the U.S. to Mexico have more than doubled since 2014.

Houston Chron