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.

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chron

$10 Billion Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Gains Key Federal Approval

Alaska Gasline Development Corp (AGDC) received the last major federal permit needed on March 4th for its proposed $10 billion Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) to supply natural gas to in-state consumers, the company said on Wednesday.

The ASAP is a 733-mile project designed to deliver gas from Alaska’s North Slope to customers in Fairbanks, Anchorage and other parts of the state.

ASAP is part of state-owned AGDC’s proposed $43.4 billion Alaska LNG project. It is designed to liquefy 3.5 billion cubic feet per day of gas for sale to customers in the Asia-Pacific region from a facility to be built in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, which includes an 807-mile pipeline.

“We see Alaska Stand Alone as a backup plan. We are mostly focused on Alaska LNG,” said AGDC spokesman Tim Fitzpatrick.

The company has planned to make a final investment decision to build the LNG project in early 2020 that would enable it to enter service in 2025, said AGDC in the past.

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reuters

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.

Source:
Chron

Open Season for Kinder Morgan and Phillips' 850-Mile Gray Oak Pipeline Announced

Phillips 66 and Kinder Morgan Inc., announced an open season on Monday for shipper commitments for its Gray Oak Pipeline.

The Gray Oak Pipeline stretches from the Permian Basin to delivery points at or near the Houston Ship Channel and capable for crude deliveries of 900,000 barrel per day.

According to an analyst, The Gray Oak Pipeline could help alleviate a crude oil transportation bottleneck in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico.

Through a connection in South Texas, The Gray Oak Pipeline would deliver crude to the Houston area.

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Reuters

Alaska's New Governor Won’t Have a Say on $43 Billion Project Until It is Fully Examined

Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy will “withhold judgement” on the $43 billion liquefied natural gas project until the “administration can fully understand the costs, risks, and potential benefits.”

The 800-mile pipeline will move North Slope gas to Nikiski at a plant that would liquefy it for shipment. Sales will be mostly targeted to buyers in the Asia market.

Dunleavy is the third governor to oversee the project which launched in 2012.

An approval for the project is not expected until February 2020.

Source:
Houston Chron