Friday, May 24, 2019

Pennsylvania News

Worley Wins Rhode Island OWF Contract

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Denmark's offshore wind giant Ørsted has awarded WorleyParsons a core role in its Revolution Wind project, which will see the design and installation of a 700-megawatt offshore wind farm, located 15 kilometers south of the Rhode Island coast.The project, which commenced in March 2019, with installation expected in 2022, will see Worley complete the engineering and design of two offshore wind topside substations.For the project, Worley said it devised a unique approach that drew upon a combination of our digital, new energy and offshore hydrocarbons expertise.

US Natural Gas Demand Nears Record High

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U.S. homes and businesses will likely use record amounts of natural gas for heating on Wednesday as an Arctic-like freeze blankets the eastern half of the country, according to energy analysts.Harsh winds brought record-low temperatures across much of the Midwest, unnerving even residents accustomed to brutal winters and keeping them huddled indoors as offices closed and mail carriers halted their rounds.That brutal cold could also temporarily reduce gas production by causing freeze-offs in the Marcellus and Utica shale…

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Operational: Energy Transfer

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United States-based Energy Transfer announced that its Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline is in service, available for both interstate and intrastate service.The natural gas company which owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets, with a strategic footprint in all of the major domestic production basin said that the 350-mile NGL pipeline transports domestically produced ethane, propane and butane east from processing plants in Ohio across West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Energy Transfer’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County…

Rice Brothers Push for Top-level changes at EQT

EQT Corp is facing calls for a shakeup at the helm from shareholders Toby Rice and Derek Rice, who had sold Rice Energy Inc to the oil and gas producer last year for $6.7 billion.In a letter made public on Monday, the Rice brothers, who own about seven million shares or a 2.75 percent stake in the company, pointed to EQT's "severely depressed" stock price and blamed the management for underperformance.EQT shares have slumped 47.6 percent as of Friday's close since the acquisition of Rice Energy in Nov. 2017, much worse…

Energy Transfer Defends Mariner East 2 NGL Pipe Plan in Pennsylvania

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Energy Transfer LP representatives are heading to Pennsylvania's capital on Thursday for a hearing before utility regulators to defend the company's plan to put the Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipe into service by year end.Energy Transfer wants to temporarily connect an existing 1930s-era 12-inch (30.5 centimeter) pipe to the parts of its long-delayed 20-inch Mariner East 2 pipeline that it has already completed so it can start transporting liquids for customers.Those customers have been waiting for more than a year to ship liquids on Mariner East 2.

Lightsource BP Expands US Portfolio

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Lightsource BP, Europe's biggest solar energy developer, will expand its U.S. portfolio after signing a deal to build two solar projects, the UK-based company said on Wednesday.The 16 megawatt (MW) Wildflower Solar project will be built in California and has secured a 20 year plus power purchase agreement (PPA) with California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District.Lightsource BP will also develop a 9 MW solar project in New Mexico which has a PPA with New Mexico's Continental Divide Electric Cooperative.No financial details were released.Both projects will be constructed and completed in 2019…

Chevron Names Green President of N. America E&P

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Steven W. Green has been named president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, succeeding Jeff Shellebarger, who is retiring from Chevron after 38 years of service.Green will transition from his current role as president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production to oversee the oil major's exploration and production activities throughout North America, including Canada, California, the Gulf of Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. He will report to Jay Johnson, Chevron’s executive vice president…

US Allows Williams More Time for NY-Penn. Natgas Pipeline

U.S. energy regulators gave Williams Cos Inc two more years until December 2020 to get the approvals needed to build its long-delayed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, according to a federal filing made available on Tuesday.Before it can start building the project, Williams still needs water quality certification. New York state denied the permit in 2016, saying the company failed to provide sufficient information to determine whether the project would comply with state water standards.Williams sued in federal court…

Enbridge to Put More of Ohio TEAL Natgas Pipe Into Service

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Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc on Wednesday sought permission from U.S. energy regulators to put the remaining part of its Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Phase 1 natural gas pipeline in Ohio into service.In a filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Enbridge said it expects to complete work on the last part of the $200 million TEAL project by Oct. 26 and would like FERC to approve of its request by Oct. 30.The facilities Enbridge is seeking to put into service include about 4.4…

Mariner East 2 Expected to Enter Service in Q4

U.S. energy company Energy Transfer LP plans to start service on its Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in Pennsylvania during the fourth quarter of 2018, an analyst following the company said on Monday.Energy Transfer told analysts at Height Capital Markets in Washington, DC, that the pipeline "will be in service as soon as it is mechanically complete, which is expected to be in the next few weeks."Officials at Energy Transfer were not immediately available for comment.That fits with the timing the company has told several customers of the pipeline, including U.S. energy producer Range Resources Corp and U.S.

U.S. Approves Williams' Atlantic Sunrise Natgas Pipe for Service

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U.S. federal energy regulators on Thursday approved a request by Williams Cos Inc's Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co (Transco) unit to put the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to South Carolina into service.The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said in a filing approving the startup of the nearly $3 billion project that Transco has "adequately stabilized the areas disturbed by construction and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily."Atlantic Sunrise is one of several pipelines designed to connect growing output in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania…

EPA Scraps Plan to Force US Refiners to Blend More Biofuels

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be exempted under the agency's small refinery hardship waiver program, according to newly released EPA documents.The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation for the refining industry to 11.76 percent from 10.88 percent to offset volumes lost under the waiver program, which has been expanded sharply under President Donald Trump's EPA, and keep overall blended volumes on target.The idea was aimed at assuaging the powerful U.S.

ETP finds Philadelphia-area Pipeline is Source of Gasoline Leak

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Energy Transfer Partners LP has found that its 12-inch, Philadelphia-area pipeline was the source of a gasoline leak discovered last month in a nearby creek, the company told Reuters on Tuesday. ETP on June 22 shut the 12-inch pipeline, in addition to an eight-inch pipeline in the area, as a precaution. The lines help carry refined products from the region's refineries to New York Harbor and Western Pennsylvania. The company reopened the eight-inch line on June 25, but the larger line remained shut as the company investigated.

Leach Xpress Pipeline Service Delayed until Mid-July

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TransCanada Corp's Columbia Gas Transmission unit pushed back the date of its Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia. Service will be resumed mid-July. The pipe was damaged in a blast on June 7. The Leach shutdown forced producers using the line to find other pipes to move gas out of the Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Alternative pipelines include ETP's Rover, Tallgrass Energy Partners LP's Rockies Express (REX), EQT Midstream Partners LP's Equitrans and Enbridge's Tetco, according to analysts at S&P Global Platts.

TransCanada Urges U.S. to Help Gas Pipeline Approvals

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The United States should help the natural gas industry overcome environmental challenges to new pipeline projects by adjusting regulations or adopting new laws favoring infrastructure, an executive at TransCanada Corp said at a conference this week. Suppliers in the United States, the world's biggest natural gas producer, have had a harder time getting shipments to market as more environmental lawsuits by U.S. states, green groups and property owners have tied up pipeline construction. "It's definitely not getting easier to build a new pipeline," Stanley Chapman, executive vice president and president of U.S.

ETP Reopens one of two Philadelphia Area Product Pipelines

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Energy Transfer Partners LP reopened the smaller of two Philadelphia area pipelines that help carry refined products from the region's refineries to the New York Harbor and Western Pennsylvania but the larger of the two remained shut, the company said in a customer notice seen by Reuters. The two lines, 8-inch and 12-inch in size, were shut on Friday as a precaution after gasoline was discovered in a creek outside of Philadelphia. ETP said on Friday it was still trying to determine whether the leak came from its pipelines, and did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

U.S. Court Stops Work on Natgas Pipeline

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EQT Midstream Partners will stop construction in West Virginia of parts of its $3.5 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline, after a U.S. federal appeals court issued a stay order last week against a permit, a U.S. regulator and the company said. The pipeline company will not proceed with construction in waters affected by the stay order in West Virginia, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a document issued on Monday. Mountain Valley Pipeline told FERC it was consulting on the implications of the stay issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit with the U.S.

Pennsylvania Halts ETP Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline Again

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An administrative law judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) granted a request to stop construction on Energy Transfer Partner LP's (ETP) Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines and halt flows on the existing Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipe.* Katie Bays, an energy analyst at Height Securities in Washington, said in a note on Friday that "there's a chance the PUC reverses the ALJ order and allows service on Mariner East 1 to resume" at any time following ETP's appeal. ALJ is an abbreviation for "administrative law judge."* The judge's order…

US Oil Output Hits Record 10.47 Mln BPD in March

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U.S. crude oil production jumped 215,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 10.47 million bpd in March, the highest on record, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a monthly report on Thursday.Production in Texas rose by 4 percent to almost 4.2 million bpd, a record high based on the data going back to 2005. The Permian basin, which stretches across West Texas and eastern New Mexico, is the largest U.S. oilfield.Output from North Dakota held around 1.2 million bpd, while output in the federal Gulf of Mexico declined 1.1 percent to 1.7 million bpd.The agency also revised February oil production down by 5,000 bpd to 10.26 million bpd.U.S.

Explosion on TransCanada WV Gasline Section Contained

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An explosion on a TransCanada Columbia Gas Midstream pipeline outside Moundsville, West Virginia early on Thursday has been contained, according to a local media report. No employees were at the site of the explosion and no homes were in danger, the Intelligencer reported on its news website, citing Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department chief Robert Jones. TransCanada Corp was not immediately available for comment.