Sendero Carlsbad Gateway Project Approved by FERC

The construction of the Sendero Carlsbad Gateway natural gas project in the Permian Basin was approved by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The project includes a 23 miles of 24 inch diameter pipeline with 400 Mmcf per day capacity between its Carlsbad processing plant and White Water Midstream's Agua Blanca pipeline.

The pipeline will expand upon Sendero's current 70 miles of 8 to 12 inch gathering system. The project will also include a new meter station within the existing Carlsbad Plant in Eddy County, a mainline block valve at milepost 15.0 in Eddy County, and a pig receiver and mainline block valve at milepost 23.3 near a White Water Midstream, LLC meter station in Culberson County.

Gateway will own all of the gas transported on the pipeline and has no plans to provide third-party transportation service. For that reason, FERC approved the company’s request to waive some of the regulatory obligations that are typically required of interstate pipelines that provide open-access service.

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pgjonline

Cheyenne Connector Pipeline Gets Approval from FERC

The final approval for the construction of Tallgrass Energy's Cheyenne Connector pipeline was given by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The 70-mile, large-diameter interstate natural gas pipeline will transport natural gas from Colorado's DJ Basin to Cheyenne, Wyoming for Midwest delivery via the company's Rockies Express Pipeline.

The pipeline project will move natural gas from processing facilities in Weld County, Colorado to the Rockies Express Pipeline Cheyenne Hub also known as REX Cheyenne Hub, near the Colorado/Wyoming border.

Tallgrass has estimated that the Cheyenne Connector will be in service in the first quarter of 2020 with an expected initial design capacity of 600 MMcf/d and potential room for expansion.

Using Cheyenne Connector, producers in the DJ Basin can access interconnected pipelines and local distribution systems at the REX Cheyenne Hub as well as interconnected systems downstream of REX that reach end-users in West markets, Midwest markets such as Chicago and Detroit, the Gulf Coast and Southeast.

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pgjonline

FERC Granted Authorization for Jacksonville LNG Export Facility

U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the order granting authorization for siting and constructing the proposed on-water Jacksonville liquefied natural gas export facility in Florida, Eagle LNG Partners LLC announced.

“The FERC authorization for Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville LNG Export facility has been many years and countless hours in the making. As one of only a handful of greenfield LNG project proponents to obtain their FERC Order, and the only project devoted to provisioning small-scale LNG projects in the Caribbean basin, Eagle LNG is one large step closer to delivering clean-burning, affordable, domestically produced U.S. natural gas.” said Sean Lalani, president of Eagle LNG.

The production capacity of the LNG export facility and terminal will be approximately 1.65 million LNG-gallons per day with 12 million LNG-gallons of storage plus marine and truck loading capabilities located on-site. The approximate construction cost of the export facility will be $500 million.

Once Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville LNG Export Facility is completed and its operations combined with Eagle LNG’s Maxville LNG Facility and the Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station, Eagle LNG will be providing the lowest cost LNG for bunkering in the southeast United States.

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pgjonline

Two Companies Joining Forces to Build Proposed Pipeline for Rio Grande LNG

NextDecade and Enbridge signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Rio Bravo Pipeline together, the two companies announced in a statement released early Wednesday morning. The two companies anticipate finalizing the terms of the MOU during the fourth quarter of 2019.

The partnership will build a pipeline that would move natural gas from the Agua Dulce hub near Corpus Christi to the proposed Rio Grande LNG export terminal at the Port of Brownsville. The approval is still pending from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"Enbridge is one of North America's leading energy infrastructure companies and we look forward to exploring a strong partnership in South Texas," NextDecade CEO Matt Schatzman said in a statement. "With its Texas Eastern Pipeline and recently completed Valley Crossing Pipeline, Enbridge has extensive permitting, construction, and operating experience in the State of Texas, especially in South Texas."

"We are excited to be working with NextDecade for pipeline solutions to the Rio Grande LNG facility," Enbridge President of Gas Transmission and Midstream Bill Yardley said in a statement. "Our existing infrastructure fits very well with the Brownsville location. This is a continuation of our strategy to bring our major projects execution and permitting capability to the expanding LNG export efforts in North America."

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chron

FERC Pipeline Decision Will Be Challenged by New York Agency

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision to allow construction of a 125-mile-long natural gas pipeline that would stretch from northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, west of Albany, will be challenged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the FERC decision sides with the fossil fuel industry over protecting the environment. But the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based pipeline firm says that the 30-inch-wide pipeline would have the capacity to serve 3 million homes and can help stabilize New York energy prices.

Environmentalists claim these lines will only serve to further the dependence on fossil fuels. The Army Corp of Engineers must approve plans before construction begins.

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chron

Commonwealth LNG Permit Application Accepted by FERC

The permit application filed by Commonwealth LNG to build an export terminal in southwest Louisiana was formally accepted by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday morning.

The project is expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2023 as per the timeline submitted in Commonwealth LNG's application. The proposed export terminal will receive 390.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from a pipeline to make 8.4 million metric tons of LNG per year.

The company is seeking permission to build six liquefied natural gas production units known as trains on a 393-acre property along the Calcasieu Ship Channel about 50 miles south of Lake Charles.

FERC's formal acceptance of the permit application is an important step in moving the proposed project closer to a final investment decision, said Commonwealth LNG President and CEO Paul Varello in a statement.

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chron

Five-Year Extension Requested to Build Lake Charles LNG Export Terminal

A five-year extension to build the proposed Lake Charles LNG export terminal was submitted to federal regulators by Energy Transfer. As per the federal permit that was received in December 2015, the 240-acre liquefied natural gas export terminal project was supposed be operational by December 2020.

The LNG export terminal project got delayed and never got built due to complex international contract negotiations for the delay, Energy Transfer said in a letter. The company asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend that deadline until December 2025.

"The project sponsors are eager to continue to move forward with the project and receipt of the requested extension is a necessary step," Energy Transfer Chief Regulatory Officer Michael Langston wrote in the letter.

Energy Transfer is not expected to make a final investment decision on Lake Charles LNG until early 2020, Langston explained in his letter. The proposed export terminal is authorized to produce 16.45 million metric tons of LNG year.

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chron

Caliber Midstream Expands Operations in North Dakota

Caliber Midstream Holdings, L.P. acquired assets previously owned by American Midstream Partners, L.P, in North Dakota. With the acquisition, Caliber now owns and operates 368 miles of pipeline across its four service lines in McKenzie County, North Dakota.

The acquired assets will widen Caliber’s area of operations within McKenzie County, North Dakota that includes a FERC-regulated 47-mile pipeline and related facilities with the ability to transport crude oil to the Tesoro High Plains Pipeline and the Energy Transfer Dakota Access Pipeline.

“This bolt-on acquisition is another step in executing our growth strategy. Our goal is to become a top-tier midstream company,” said Caliber Chief Executive Officer and President Daniel Werth. The company is scheduled to add 11 miles to its crude gathering and transmission system by year end.

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worldpipelines

FERC Approval Requested for Leidy South Project

Transco interstate pipeline, operated by Williams has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for its Leidy South project. The proposed project will connect robust supplies of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica producing regions in Pennsylvania with markets along the Atlantic Seaboard.

“The Leidy South project will allow Williams to continue to grow our strategic footprint in the gas-rich Marcellus region, creating a unique opportunity to expand Transco by leveraging recent expansions on Williams’ Northeast Gathering & Processing assets in Pennsylvania,” said Micheal Dunn, chief operating officer of Williams.

The project will also expand Transco’s firm transportation capacity by 582400 dekatherms per day from the Leidy Hub and Zick interconnect to points downstream in Transco’s Zone 5 and Zone 6 market areas. The project is expected to cost $531 million and a target in-service of 1st December, 2021.

By maximizing the use of existing Transco pipeline infrastructure and rights of way in Pennsylvania, the project is designed to minimize environmental impacts which includes 6.3 miles of existing pipe replacement, 5.9 miles of new pipeline loop segments along the existing Transco pipeline corridor, and horsepower additions at two existing compressor facilities. Two new Greenfield compressor facilities in Pennsylvania is also planned for this project.

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worldpipelines

252 Mile Pipeline Proposed by Port Arthur LNG

Port Arthur LNG proposed the 252-mile Port Arthur Pipeline Louisiana Connector Extension Project that will include approximately a 48-inch diameter pipeline stretching from near Port Arthur, Texas, to Delhi, Louisiana, in Richland Parish.

According to Port Authur LNG, here will be two compressor stations, one in Richland Parish and another one in Allen Parish. The company held a meeting Wednesday night in south Louisiana for those who may be impacted by the proposed pipeline.

“We’re in the very early stages. All of these projects are regulated by the federal energy regulatory commission. Part of that process involves reaching out to the public, giving them the opportunity to come and learn about our project, to see if the project may or may not affect them, personally, directly," Jim Thompson, environmental project manager, said.

The process to even start construction on the project is still a few years out as Thompson said “We expect to file our application in February of 2020 and receive approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early 2021. The pipeline, however, won’t start construction until 2022."

Once the construction starts, the company is estimating that it will only take six to nine months to complete the pipeline, pending Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals.

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knoe

Kinder Morgan's Gulf LNG Project Gets Green Light from FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Kinder Morgan the approval to build its Gulf LNG export project in Mississippi in a 3-1 vote. The proposed project would add 11.5 million metric tons of new capacity to Kinder Morgan's terminal in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which would include two liquefaction plants.

Some Democrats opposed and concerned about LNG terminals' impacts on climate change, but FERC Chairman Neil Chaterjee praised the vote tweeting, "This is big news for the US & our allies. Today's approval of #GulfLNG is significant for the economy & America's geopolitical interests."

The company initially developed the Gulf LNG site as a liquefied natural gas import terminal in 2009. But with record production from U.S. shale plays creating a surplus of natural gas, the company filed an application with FERC in July 2015 seeking permission to redevelop part of the site as an export terminal.

The project will also modify the existing Gulf LNG Pipeline allow for bidirectional flow. It's the fifth LNG export project the agency has approved so far this year.

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chron

Mountain Valley Pipeline Timing Delayed, Raised Estimated Cost

Due to the ongoing legal and regulatory challenges, EQM Midstream Partners LP has raised the estimated cost of its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline and also delayed the project completion time, Reuters reported.

The initial estimate when EQM started construction on Mountain Valley was about $3.5 billion and to be completed by the end of 2018. But those estimates were raised and now the estimated cost has been raised from $4.6 billion to $4.8 - $5 billion. Also the target to complete the project was delayed from the fourth quarter of 2019 to mid-2020.

The 303 mile Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline extends from West Virginia to Virginia and is designed to deliver 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. EQM commented that it had submitted a land exchange proposal to the federal government in an effort to enable the pipe to cross the Appalachian Trail.

The company’s land exchange proposal would grant the federal government full ownership of private lands crossed by the Appalachian Trail, including certain private land located adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest and in exchange, the government would grant Mountain Valley a right-of-way to cross the trail using the pipeline’s previously planned underground method at an existing crossing location approved by the FERC in 2017.

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worldpipelines

LNG Limited to Boost Production Capacity at Louisiana Export Terminal

LNG Limited, an Australian company has been seeking permission from federal regulators to boost the production at its proposed Magnolia LNG export terminal in Louisiana. The company has already been authorized to produce 8 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per day, but has made a request to increase the capacity to 8.8 million metric tons per year.

"LNG Limited is committed to building the safest low-cost and most efficient LNG export facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast," LNG Limited Chief Executive Greg Vesey said in statement. "We thank FERC for their previous diligence on Magnolia and are ready for the continued engagement as the agency performs analysis on Magnolia's capacity increase best answered through the preparation of a supplemental EIS."

A notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement for the production capacity increase was issued by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on last Monday. The company is still waiting on its first supply contracts and a final investment decision on the Magnolia LNG project.

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chron

Aramco to Buy LNG from Sempra

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., also known as Aramco, under a 20 year agreement, will begin buying 5 million tons of liquid natural gas per year from San Diego based Sempra Energy. As part of the deal, Aramco also will make a 25% equity investment in an LNG export facility under development in Port Arthur, Texas.

"With global demand for LNG expected to grow by around 4% per year ... we see significant opportunities in this market and we will continue to pursue strategic partnerships which enable us to meet rising global demand for LNG," Amin Nasser, the company's CEO said in a news release.

"At Sempra Energy, we are developing one of the largest LNG export infrastructure portfolios in North America, with an eye towards connecting millions of consumers to cleaner, more reliable energy sources," said Jeff Martin, CEO of Sempra, in a statement. He added that partnering with Aramco will help develop the facility and enable the export of American natural gas to global markets.

Sempra Energy recently received authorization for the Port Arthur LNG facility from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct and operate the facility and related pipelines.

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mysanantonio

National Grid Halts Natural Gas Hook-Ups for NYC and Long Island

National Grid announced that it will not accept any new natural gas customers in its New York City and Long Island service areas. Last week, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied Williams' application for water quality certification for the construction of their Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline.

National Grid said that until state regulators approve permits to William’s, all new natural gas hook-ups for the NYC and Long Island area will be halted. "While we continue to receive applications for new and expanded firm gas service ... none will be processed until the permits are received and (NESE) is allowed to proceed," National Grid said in a statement. 

The pipeline was approved by the FERC on May 3, but the New York DEC, in denying the permit, 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.”

The NESE would be a 400,000-Mmcfd, 24-mile sub-sea pipeline costing $1 billion that will extend from the New Jersey shore across Raritan Bay and interconnecting with Williams' existing Transco pipeline into New York.

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Pgjonline

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

FERC Authorizes William’s Transco Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Project

Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets by Williams got certificate of public convenience and necessity from FERC, the company reported.

National Grid – the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States will receive 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas supply through the Northeast Supply Enhancement project.

With the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, National Grid’s will be able to convert about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in New York City and Long Island, which is critical to keep up with new development in the area.

Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Northeast Supply Enhancement project facilities in the fall of 2019, following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

“Natural gas is a critical component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs and to help meet its aggressive clean air goals,” said Williams Chief Operating Officer Michael Dunn.

“NESE will provide access to critical supply to serve our customers in New York City and on Long Island, ensuring there is enough natural gas for them to heat their homes and run their businesses,” said National Grid New York President John Bruckner.

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pgjonline

FERC Approves Commissioning of $13 Billion Freeport LNG’s Export Plant

Federal regulators on Thursday approved a commissioning step for the Freeport LNG’s $13 billion Freeport liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Texas. FERC approved Freeport’s request to introduce hazardous fluids to commission the liquefaction flare pilot system, a step in the process LNG terminals go through as they prepare for service.

According to U.S. engineering firm McDermott International Inc., which is building the plant, expects the first train at Freeport to enter commercial service in the third quarter, Train 2 to enter service in the first quarter of 2020 and Train 3 in the second quarter of 2020. Williams Cos Inc., is building a pipe to connect the plant to the interstate gas system.

Each train at Freeport will have the capacity to produce about 5 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG or around 0.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas. In addition, Freeport is developing a fourth 5-MTPA liquefaction train at the facility and could make a final investment decision on the train in the second quarter of 2019 with the plant entering service in 2023 or 2024.

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reuters

$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.

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chron

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.

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chron