Ozark Crude Pipeline to Be Restarted After Damaging Storms

MPLX LP will restart its 360,000 barrels per day Ozark pipeline that runs from storage area in Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in the Midwest, the company said last Wednesday.

Since Oklahoma has recently suffered from flooding and storms, the Ozark system was shut down last Tuesday after an operational check, the company said. Upon restart the company expects the pipeline to operate at full capacity.

Due to the bad weather and flooding in central Oklahoma, Tallgrass Energy LP was also prompted to halt all deliveries to destinations on the Pony Express Pipeline. They had to shut down the pipeline's south end segment, which runs from Sterling, Colorado, to Cushing, because of flooding on the Cimarron River.

Until the risk of flooding has been diminished, operations had been temporarily stopped at the HollyFrontier Corp refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company said in a statement.


67,000 Left Without Natural Gas After Tulsa Pipeline Ruptures

A Tulsa gas line explosion near 21st and Memorial prompted immediate evacuation within a 3-mile radius of the incident as emergency crews rushed to respond.

The 16-inch gas line was capped around 8:00 pm, and police say that the area has been deemed safe.

There were no crews working at the exact moment of the incident, however police have stated that a truck hit the line.

Tulsa police reported that around 67,000 customers were left without natural gas.

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Tulsa's ONEOK to Expand Arbuckle II NGL Pipeline in $1 Billion NatGas Investment

Tulsa-based ONEOK said it will invest more than $1 billion on a new natural gas processing plant in Mont Belvieu and a major pipeline running from Oklahoma to the Houston region.

ONEOK said $250 million of their investment will be used on expanding the Arbuckle II NGL pipeline to the Mont Belvieu storage and processing hub. The remaining $750 million will be spent on a new fractionator that separates the components of NGLs into ethane, butane, propane, and more.

The approximately 530-mile pipeline is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, and will see an increase to 500,000 barrels per day from the initially proposed 400,000 barrels per day.

Earlier in September, ONEOK announced a $300 million investment to connect its West Texas NGL pipeline system to the Arbuckle system.

"Continued production growth across the basins ONEOK serves requires additional NGL fractionation and natural gas processing capacity," said ONEOK Chief Executive Terry Spencer. "Producers are looking for increased connectivity with the Mont Belvieu market center, and ONEOK is competitively positioned to provide it."

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Pipeline Industry Must Embrace Analytics, Digital Transformation to Move Forward

As U.S. oil production breaks records this year, the industry must focus on content, analytics, and digital transformation to maximize potential, according to the founder of the Global Trade & Development Group Mark Stansberry.

Energy companies are starting to grow again after long periods of layoffs during a significant market glut, which means the industry will have to prepare the next generation of workers and the general public by embracing and providing fact-based data and analytics, said Stansberry.

"We are going to be left behind if we don't step up on data collections, data content, and have it analyzed," he said.

Technology-driven change has increased rapidly in the industry, but it's still not where it needs to be, according to Stansberry. Midstream and pipeline companies need to be investing in robotics, drones, and cybersecurity, among other technological transformations.

Oil prices are not significantly moving anytime soon, so energy companies need to be aware of how they are doing business and how they are implementing digital transformation into their processes as a way to become "better and more efficient," said Joey Mechelle Stenner, director of the Tulsa-based Pipeline & Energy Expo conference.

Tulsa World

Williams Cos. to Close Oklahoma City Office, Relocate Most Jobs to Tulsa

Williams Companies announced Wednesday that it is relocating most of the 400 jobs from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, Oklahoma as a way to continue its reorganization and centralization efforts.

The Oklahoma City office, which first became an official Williams office location in January 2015 after the company acquired Access Midstream, will close July 30 of next year, according to Williams Cos.

Some Oklahoma City jobs will be eliminated as they are moved to Tulsa, and the employees impacted by the elimination will be provided with a “comprehensive severance package,” the company said in a statement.

The relocation and consolidation is part of the company’s plans for cost and management efficiencies as well as for simplifying Williams’ structure and increasing direct operational alignment.

Tulsa World