Dominion Canceling Sweden Valley NatGas Project

Dominion Energy has pulled the plug on its $48 million Sweden Valley natural gas project, citing a protracted approval process by the FERC as the reason.

The Marcellus shale natural gas project from Pennsylvania to markets in Eastern Ohio will fall short on its contractual demands for its gas.

In a letter to FERC, Dominion said that the environmental assessment issued last August concluded "if Dominion constructs and operates the proposed facilities in accordance with its application and supplements, and the staff's recommended mitigation measures below, approval of the Project would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment."

A former FERC commissioner said in an email that "in many cases, pipeline applicants request decision dates in order to be able to meet construction schedules and fulfill contractual obligations to the shippers who will transport natural gas using the newly constructed pipeline capacity."

Pipeline Tech Journal

Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Has Permit for Compressor Station Approved

Dominion Energy received good news as an environmental board in Virginia unanimously approved an air permit for their Atlantic Coast pipeline’s compressor station.

The nearly $7 billion project will stretch from West Virginia to North Carolina and has had several battles to face. In addition to the compressor permit, Dominion has been dealing with legal battles over other state and federal permits.

Dominion suspended all construction on Atlantic Coast after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit stayed the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s Incidental Take Statement, which authorized pipeline construction in areas inhabited by threatened or endangered species.

Before the court issued the stay, Dominion said it expected to complete the 600-mile Atlantic Coast project in mid-2020. Updates on a new schedule and estimated costs will not be released until the company hears the outcome of their request for the Incidental Take Statement to be clarified.

“While the (compressor) approval process has concluded, we know we have to continue building trust in the community,” Karl Neddenien, spokesman for Atlantic Coast said in an email, noting the company will invest in a new community center, a rescue squad and more.


Enbridge B.C. Pipeline to Only Operate at 80 Percent as Strict Monitoring Begins

The National Energy Board (NEB) issued new safety orders for Enbridge’s pipeline explosion site in British Columbia in order to strictly monitor natural gas flows and protect people and the environment.

The federal regulator said in a Friday statement that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 percent pressure levels along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C. and U.S. border.

The October 9th incident resulted in an explosion that ruptured the natural gas pipeline without causing any damage to the adjacent pipeline, which is now supplying natural gas on a reduced basis to about one million customers in the B.C.

In a statement issued Oct. 19 Enbridge said in an October 19th statement that is expects repairs to be completed by mid-November, although natural gas supplies could be limited to 50 to 80 percent of normal levels during the coldest months of the year.

Financial Post

Enbridge Pipeline to Be Back in Service by Mid-November

Enbridge’s damaged natural gas pipeline in British Columbia is expected to be fixed by mid-November, the company said on Friday.

The 36-inch line should be repaired and operating by that time, pending regulatory approval, however it will be at 80 percent of its normal pressure. The adjacent 30-inch line returned to service at a reduced pressure last week.

Earlier this month, Enbridge was forced to shut down the pipe after it ruptured and lead to about 100 people evacuating in northeast British Columbia. Refinery operations were disrupted hundreds of miles away in the state of Washington because of the rupture.

The company said that once both pipes are back in service, it expects capacity to range from 0.9 to 1.3 billion cubic feet per day on its TSouth system through the balance of the winter gas season.


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.


Chevron NatGas Pipe Threatened by Fire in California as 4,000 are Forced to Evacuate

Officials have closed an elementary school and evacuated more than 4,000 people after a grass fire threatened an underground natural gas pipeline in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The fire started on Wednesday in Bay Point. According to Chevron, a power line fell and sparked the fire. Chevron operates the pipeline threatened by the fire.

The company quickly cut supply to the gas line, and was working with firefighters to help evacuate the area in case the incident escalates.  

Fire officials said that an elementary school in the vicinity would be closed on Thursday in case something went wrong between the fire and the gas line.

1,400 homes were also evacuated in the area.

Evacuation centers were set up, according to officials.

Chevron indicated that the fire came close to a valve junction for their line, and immediately shut down the gas line and then sent a team to investigate the potential hazards.

Evacuations were issued at around 11pm on Wednesday, affecting a half mile radius around the fire. Officials hopes the issue would be resolved in a few hours and evacuees would be able to return home, although it is still unclear how long it will take to resolve the issue.


Tree Cutting Permitted for Dominion's 600-Mile NatGas Pipeline Project

Dominion Energy Inc’s request to cut trees in Buckingham County, Virginia as part of the ongoing construction of its $6 billion to $6.5 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina has been approved by U.S. energy regulators on Tuesday.

The project is planned to be completed by the end of 2019, according to Dominion.

The Atlantic Coast is one of several pipelines being constructed in an effort to connect growing output from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

The 600-mile pipeline is designed to carry 1.5-billion cubic feet per day (bcfd).

Dominion will build and operate the pipe.


Part of Enbridge's Ohio TEAL NatGas Pipeline Now in Service

Enbridge said on Tuesday that part of its Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) natural gas pipeline project in Ohio has been put into service, according to a company filing with U.S. federal energy regulators.

TEAL is designed to be one of several different gas pipelines that connect growing output in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

FERC approved to put the 0.95-billion cubic feet per day TEAL project into service on Sept. 12. The project will serve as a supplement to the $2.6 billion NEXUS gas pipeline from Ohio to Michigan.

Enbridge projected it would be able to put both TEAL and NEXUS into service in the third quarter of 2018.


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

President Trump Likely to Push for Pipeline Growth After Meeting with Permian Energy Executive

After a Wednesday meeting with an executive from an unnamed energy company that drills in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, President Trump is likely to push for pipeline growth next year, his top economic adviser said Thursday.

“He’s got more than he knows what to do with. They’re burning it off, flaring,” Kudlow said of the unnamed executive.

Larry Kudlow said that oil and natural gas pipeline growth will be a continuation of Trump’s aggressive energy deregulation streak and his ongoing infrastructure agenda.

 “We need infrastructure, including pipelines,” Kudlow said. “We need east to west, we need west to east.”

Thanks to the boom in fracking and horizontal drilling, production of gas is surpassing pipeline capacity, and the need for pipeline in the natural gas industry is essential for the continual growth of the industry.

Trump’s push is likely to include federal actions that would override states that have blocked pipelines.

“The states have some problems. But we also have some leverage at the federal government,” Kudlow replied.

The Hill

New Pipelines Expected in Coming Months Will Boost Natural Gas Exports To Mexico

U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico by pipeline are expected to jump in the coming months as four major pipelines are scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of the year, according to U.S. Energy Department reports.

The pipelines will supply Mexico’s power generation and industrial sectors with Mexico emerging as one of the largest customers of U.S. natural gas after overhauling its energy policies five years ago.

The pipelines include Enbridge’s Nueces-Brownsville project in the Rio Grande Valley as well as three projects in Mexico. They are expected to start up in October and November and will help bring gas from West Texas, where there is a pipeline shortage, and elsewhere in the state to central and western Mexico.
Exports have already ramped up in recent months. Last month, natural gas shipments to Mexico by pipeline exceeded a billion cubic feet per day for the first-time.

Houston Chronicle

Granite Bridge Gas Pipeline Project Holds Open House in Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire held an open house on Tuesday night to promote the Granite Bridge gas pipeline project.

If the pipeline is approved, it would extend from Manchester to Stratham and be built along Route 101, connecting two existing gas pipelines.

The project is designed to bring in additional natural gas supply to the central portion of New Hampshire

Staff from Liberty Utilities, the company that would construct the pipeline, were available to ask questions from the public at the open house.

 “We sent out mailers for all of the folks along 101 who would be abutters to the right of way where we are proposing to construct the line, so it’s really an opportunity for the public to ask us questions and also learn more as well as provide input on the project,” said Michael Licata, who handles community relations for Liberty.

A Stratham area open house will also be available to the public in the coming months.


Leach Xpress Natural Gas Pipeline Receives Approval, Returns to Service

TransCanada Corp’s Columbia Gas Transmission said that the section of its Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline that was damaged in June’s West Virginia blast returned to service July 15th after permission given by PHMSA. 

The return means that gas output in the Appalachian region will be boosted with the expected production rising to 28.7 billion cubic feet per day on Monday from 28.1 bcfd on Friday.

Prior to the June 7th blast, output was about 27.5 bcfd.

PHMSA gave Columbia 30 days to respond to a list of concerns that would improve the safety of the Leach Xpress including mechanical and metallurgical testing as well as enhanced surveillance and monitoring, among other actions required.

Since the blast, Columbia identified six other areas that PHMSA said were concerning based on soil conditions and steep slopes. The soil condition was the cause of a landslide that put stress on the pipelines resulting in a blast, according to preliminary investigations.

Shutting down the Leach Xpress forced producers to find other pipes to ship gas out of Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

The blast damaged sections of the pipe that could affect 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, which is enough energy to fuel more than 5 million U.S. homes a day.

Energy analysts said that the blast hardly affected Appalachian region’s overall output because of other pipes being found by different producers.


ETP Discovers Cause of July Gasoline Leak Near Philadelphia Creek

Energy Transfer Partners has discovered that a gasoline leak in Philadelphia last month was caused by its 12-inch pipeline in the area.

The June 22 leak happened in a nearby creek, and as a precaution, ETP shut down both 12-inch and eight-inch pipelines in the area that help carry refined products from refineries to New York Harbor and Western Pennsylvania. 

After originally not knowing the cause, ETP responded saying that it was still determining whether the leak came from its pipelines or not.

The eight-inch pipeline was reopened three days after the initial leak was reported, but the larger line remained shut as investigations continued.

ETP has replaced a section of the pipeline and returned the line to service, the company said on Tuesday.



Final Phase of EPIC Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline to Begin Construction

The 700-mile EPIC Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline that will flow from New Mexico to Corpus Christi has entered the third and final phase of construction, company officials say.

The pipeline will be side-by-side with the previously announced 730-mile EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline for most of its route.

The NGL pipeline will have a throughput capacity of more than 440,000 barrels per day with different origin points in the Delaware and Midland Basins, and the crude oil pipeline will carry 550,000 barrels per day from the Permian to the Eagle Ford Basins.

The NGL project started in December and finished its first construction phase 3 months ago.

Caller Times

Kinder Morgan to Join EagleClaw Midstream, Apache Corporation in Permian Highway Pipeline Project

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, and Apache Corporation made an announcement yesterday that they signed a letter of intent to develop the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline Project (PHP Project).

The PHP Project will serve as an additional outlet for the increase in natural gas production that links the Permian Basin to the growing markets that stretch across the Texas Gulf Coast.

The project would transport a maximum of 2 billion ft^3/d of natural gas that crosses 430 miles of 42 inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas area to US Gulf Coast and Mexico markets.

Kinder Morgan is also looking at the feasibility of a 48-inch pipeline to increase transportation capacity. 

The project is expected to be in service in late 2020.

World Pipes


Alaska Few Months From Providing Permits for In-State NatGas Pipeline Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that the final supplements for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project’s environmental review was released, with the final permit expected to be released sometime in the next three months.

Although the in-state natural gas pipeline project has been put aside while Alaska focuses on the massive Alaska LNG export project, senior vice president for both projects at the state’s gas line corporation, Frank Richards, has said that the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project will have all the permits it needs in case construction is needed.

“It’s truly the backup plan,” Richards explained. “It means we will have the permits and authorization to construct should the need arise.”

The Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project would be used specifically for in-state oil use while the Alaska LNG export project will export oil to Asian markets.

Daily News-Miner Alaska

Cheniere Oklahoma Midship Natgas Pipe Gets Positive Environmental Report

Cheniere Energy Inc has received a positive environmental report from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding their proposed $1.025 billion Midship natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma that will stretch 234 miles, have three compressor stations, and a booster station among other facilities.

Cheniere is still reviewing the FERC report and project completion date, although the projected completion date would be early 2019.

With fuel for domestic consumption and liquefied natural gas (LNG) being high in demand, export is growing to areas like the Gulf Coast as well as southeast markets. The Midship project is designed to deliver 1.44 billion cubic feet per day (bpd) of gas from the STACK and SCOOP plays in the Anadarko basin in Oklahoma to existing pipelines near Bennington, Oklahoma. 

LNG export capacity is expected to rise to 3.9 bcfd by year end and 8.7 bcfd by the end of next year, making the United States the third biggest LNG exporter by capacity.

Environmental impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with implementation of the recommended steps that the FERC and Cheniere Energy have in their report.


California Proposes to Increase NatGas Stored in SoCalGas Aliso Canyon

California utility regulators have recommended an increase of natural gas output in the Southern California area on Thursday as a precaution to possible shortages this summer and winter.

Gas would be injected into the Aliso Canyon storage facility in Los Angeles to help with the reduced availability of gas supplies following the massive leak that occurred between October 2016 and February 2016. The leak resulted in ongoing shutdowns of several pipelines.

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) suggested increasing the Aliso Canyon storage volume to 34 billion cubic feet (bcf) , which was previously storing 24.6 bcf.

Federal and state agencies warned that if gas demand exceeds the 3.6 bcfd that SoCalGas is expected to deliver from non Aliso storage fields, some gas deliverers to power generators may be curtailed.

With 60.3 bcf of gas in storage, SoCalGas is hoping to increase supply to ensure it can meet demands for homes and businesses who use most of the region’s fuel for heating during the winter.

The PUC set a deadline for June 25th to give an opportunity for others to comment on the recommendations.


Enbridge Starts Construction of Valley Crossing NatGas Pipeline at Tex-Mex Border

Enbridge has started construction of the offshore border crossing section of its $1.6 billion Valley Crossing natural gas pipeline between Texas and Mexico, according to a U.S. federal filing.

The construction involves a 1000-foot section of offshore pipe that extends to the U.S.-Mexico border. The onshore sections of the pipeline have been completed.

The Valley Crossing pipeline is designed to carry up to 2.6 million cubic feet per day of gas from Texas to help Mexico meet its growing power demands.

The pipeline will connect in the Gulf of Mexico to the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline that is currently under construction. When complete, it will be the biggest gas pipeline between the two countries.

Enbridge said the pipeline remains on track to enter service in October.