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

Delaware Basin Gathering System Extension Announced by Brazos Midstream

Gathering and processing agreements have been executed between Brazos Midstream and ‘Shell Exploration & Production’ to construct a new natural gas gathering system located in the core of the Delaware Basin.

16 miles of high-pressure pipeline will be constructed by Brazos which will extend from the company’s existing gathering and processing systems. It can be expanded further to support multi-well pad development by current producer customers, as well as other producers in the area.

“We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our relationship with Shell Exploration and Production, one of world’s premier oil and gas companies, as well as the completion of our Comanche III processing plant,” said Brad Iles, Brazos Chief Executive Officer. “These projects are a testament to the strength of our operating team and demonstrate our commitment to aggressively expand our asset base in support of our upstream customers.”

Brazos’ Comanche III plant, a 200 million cubic feet per day cryogenic natural gas processing plant was recently commissioned and is the third plant in Brazos’ natural gas processing complex. The company is anticipating further expansion with a new 200 million cubic feet per day processing plant called Comanche IV and expects to begin construction as early as 2020.

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worldpipelines

NJ Joins NY in Rejecting the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

New Jersey rejected the plans for Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project to move more natural gas to New York City by the winter of 2020-2021, Kallanish Energy reports.

A similar decision was taken last month by New York regulators. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has denied the water-quality certification needed by Williams for the project.

The agency said the project could “adversely impact surface water quality.” Williams is planning to resubmit the application. They have also refiled the permit application to New York regulators and is pending.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project includes 10 miles of pipeline loops in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey, 23 miles offshore in New Jersey and New York, a new compressor station in New Jersey and additional horsepower at an existing compressor station in Pennsylvania.

The project is being developed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., a Williams’ subsidiary and in New York, the pipeline would stretch under New York Bay to the Queens area of New York City.

National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast U.S said the project is crucial because pipeline capacity to New York is at capacity and natural gas demand in the New York City region is projected to grow by 10% in the next 10 years.

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kallanishenergy

Two Companies Joining Forces to Construct $1.6 Billion Liberty Pipeline

A 50/50 joint venture between Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline LLC has formed and the companies will be proceeding with the construction of the 24 inch Liberty Pipeline. The pipeline is expected to cost approximately US$1.6 billion and will provide crude oil transportation services from the Rockies and Bakken production areas to Cushing, Oklahoma.

Subject to receipt of applicable permits and regulatory approvals, initial service on the pipeline is targeted to commence as early as the first quarter of 2021. Phillips 66 will handle both project construction and operating the pipeline.

“The Liberty Pipeline presents us with a great opportunity to serve producers in the growing Bakken and Rockies production areas,” said Greg Garland, Chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. “The pipeline adds to our integrated infrastructure network that serves the key shale oil producing regions with connectivity to major Gulf Coast market centers. Our pipeline network has strategic alignment with our Central Corridor and Gulf Coast refineries, further enhancing value across our assets.”

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worldpipelines

Philips 66 Enters Joint Venture to Build $2.5 Billion Red Oak Pipeline

Phillips 66 has teamed up with Plains All American Pipeline LP to construct the $2.5 billion Red Oak Pipeline system that will deliver crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, and the Permian Basin in West Texas to Corpus Christi, Ingleside, Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

The plan is to build a 30-inch pipeline from Cushing to Wichita Falls and Sealy, Texas. It also will build a 30-inch pipeline segment from Sealy to Corpus Christi and Ingleside and a 20-inch pipeline segment from Sealy to Houston and Beaumont.

The company expects to commence initial service as early as the first quarter of 2021. As per the release, Plains will handle project construction and Phillips 66 will operate the pipeline.

“Red Oak represents a capital-efficient industry solution that will utilize existing assets and provide pull-through benefits to our systems,” Willie Chiang, CEO of Plains All American, said in the release. “We look forward to working closely with Phillips 66 and our committed shippers to bring Red Oak into service and further optimize our assets upstream and downstream of the new pipeline system. We also look forward to creating jobs and supporting economic growth in Oklahoma and Texas.”

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bizjournals

Joint Venture to Construct 475 Mile Whistler Pipeline

A final investment decision to design and construct the proposed Whistler pipeline was taken by MPLX, WhiteWater Midstream and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners/West Texas Gas, Inc.

The 475 mile long pipeline from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the state’s Coastal Bend region will be built by the joint venture, MPLX reported late Wednesday.

The pipeline will be designed to carry approximately 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas through a 42 inch diameter pipe from Waha, Texas, to the Agua Dulce area in South Texas.

The majority of available capacity on the proposed pipeline has been subscribed and committed by long-term transportation agreements and the remaining capacity will be fully subscribed in the coming months.

“The decision to move forward with this project after securing sufficient commitments from shippers demonstrates our disciplined approach to investing,” MPLX President Michael J. Hennigan said in a written statement. “Whistler is expected to provide reliable residue gas transportation out of the Permian Basin, which is vital to our growing gas processing position and producers in the region.”

The pipeline is expected to begin service during the third quarter of 2021, subject to pending regulatory and other approvals.

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rigzone

Binding Open Season Announced for Thunder Creek NGL Pipeline

A binding open season to secure volume dedications for the proposed construction and development on its existing Thunder Creek NGL Pipeline system was announced by Meritage Midstream. The binding open season started at 8:00 AM MT on June 10, 2019 and is scheduled to conclude at 5:00 PM MT on July 10, 2019.

The pipeline will transport NGLs from two processing plants in Campbell and Converse counties, Wyoming, to an interconnection point with ONEOK's Bakken Pipeline in Converse County.

Meritage said the open season seeks to obtain volume dedications from shippers to the following proposed new movements:

1. Originating from Thunder Creek Gas Services' 50 Buttes Process Plant in Campbell County with a destination at an interconnection with ONEOK Bakken Pipeline in Converse County, and

2. Originating from Thunder Creek's Steamboat I Natural Gas Plant in Converse County, with a destination at an interconnection with ONEOK Bakken Pipeline in Converse County, Wyoming.

The proposed new origin and destination points will allow potential shippers to move product from Thunder Creek plants in the Powder River Basin to a newly established interconnect with ONEOK Bakken Pipeline at Well Draw in Converse County.

It will then provide access to ONEOK’s Niobrara Lateral, which will ultimately access newly created capacity on ONEOK’s Elk Creek expansion. The new movements is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, subject to shipper demand.

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pgjonline

Flash Fire at Summit Midstream Hereford Plant Injures 3 Workers

Following a flash fire that occurred shortly after 9 am on Wednesday at Summit Midstream’s Hereford Ranch Plant in northern Weld County, three people were taken to area hospitals.

The plant is located in the 67500 block of Weld County Road 71. Denver7 reported that two helicopters and at least one ambulance responded to the scene and two out of the three contractors were thought to be in critical condition.

Blake Motley, spokesman for Summit Midstream, said in an email to The Tribune that three contractors were working on a compressor when the fire ignited and all three contractors were taken to area hospitals for treatment of burns. The fire is under investigation.

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greeleytribune

Louisiana Sabine Pass 6 LNG Export Train to Be Built by Cheniere

The biggest supplier of U.S. LNG is planning to build a sixth liquefaction train at its Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana, Cheniere Energy said on Monday.

The company has a $2.5 billion contract with Bechtel, the lead contractor building its LNG terminals. It gave Bechtel the notice to proceed with the construction of Sabine 6 and expects the unit to enter service in 2023.

Cheniere’s subsidiary, Cheniere Energy Partners LP has entered into five-year, $1.5 billion senior secured credit facilities with 29 banks and financial institutions to fund a portion of Sabine 6 and a third LNG berth at the plant.

Also all remaining necessary regulatory approvals for the project is expected to receive by the end of 2019, the company said.

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pgjonline

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

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.

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dailyenergyinsider

Plains Cactus II Crude Pipeline Rate Structure Receives Partial Approval

The rate structure and terms of service for Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Cactus II crude line recieved partial approval from U.S. energy regulators on Monday. The Cactus II crude pipeline runs from the Permian basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas area.

The regulators approved most conditions put forth by Plains. However they declined to approve a request for the option to hold another open season to solicit shipper commitments for up to 90 percent of the pipeline’s capacity upon the expiration or early termination of service agreements.

The 585,000 barrels per day Cactus II line is expected to begin service in the third quarter and will connect the Permian basin to the Gulf Coast.

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reuters

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

Alberta Wildfires Prompts Temporary Shutdown of Crude Oil Production

An approximately 65,000 barrels per day of crude oil production was temporarily shut down due to wildfires in northwest Alberta, Canadian Natural Resources said.

“Canadian Natural personnel are working together with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as well as local officials during their response to the wildfire,” the company said in a statement.

“Canadian Natural is continuously monitoring the situation with officials, and we will provide a public update when operations can be re-started, once safe and permitted to do so.” 

Canadian Natural had to evacuate all 240 of its personnel in its Pelican Lake and Woodenhouse operations on Thursday. They are concerned about the wildfires, particularly in the Wabasca and Slave Lake areas.

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pipelinenewsnorth

Altus Midstream Acquires 27% Stake in Permian Highway Pipeline

Altus Midstream Processing LP decided to acquire an approximately 26.7% equity interest in the estimated US$2.1 billion Permian Highway Pipeline.

The pipeline is expected to have approximately 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas transportation capacity. It runs from the Waha area in northern Pecos County, Texas, to the Katy, Texas area, with connections to Texas Gulf Coast and other markets.

“We are very excited to participate in the Permian Highway Pipeline,” said Clay Bretches, Altus Midstream Chief Executive Officer and president. “This is a high-quality project supported by take-or-pay contracts with creditworthy counterparties.”

In September 2018, the final investment decision to proceed with the project was made and the pipeline is expected to enter service in October 2020. Altus Midstream Processing, Kinder Morgan and EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, each owns approximately 26.7% of the pipeline. The remaining 20% is owned by an anchor shipper affiliate.

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worldpipelines

Michigan AG Warns to Shut Pipeline in June If No Deal

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Wednesday that if the Governor Gretchen Whitmer cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, she will move to shut Line 5 which runs under the Straits of Mackinac in June.  

Nessel said the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a sensitive waterway. AG said that she was hopeful that the governor would have a plan for decommissioning the 66-year-old pipes by June 1.

"My team has been meeting on this since the first day that I took office. I want to obviously act quickly because I think every day that Line 5 continues to run is a day that our state is in great peril," Nessel told The Associated Press at the Detroit Regional Chamber's policy conference.

Line 5 carries about 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. Although environmental groups says that the underwater segment that traverses the Straits of Mackinac is a spill hazard and should be decommissioned, Enbridge says it is in good shape and could operate indefinitely.

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chron

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

$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

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