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Transportation 2000 P5

  • 11/15/2000 -- Merchant plant tolling contracts divide risk
    As gas prices rise and electricity prices spike, more companies are turning to tolling agreements to fund and divide risk of building new merchant power plants, dealmakers say. Speaking Wednesday at Power-Gen International, Roger D. Feldman, partner and cochair of the project finance and development group for Bingham Dana LLP, said the basic model appears to be the energy companies which can handle both the fuel and the electricity risk are �getting the upper hand in these kinds of projects.�
  • 11/14/2000 -- Columbia to serve two more power plants
    Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. will build a new 37-mile pipeline lateral off its interstate system to serve two gas-fired power plants in Warren County, Miss. The pipeline project to cost about $20 million will provide firm gas transportation for a 1,300 Mw base load Baxter Wilson Plant owned by Entergy Mississippi Inc. and a 300 Mw peaking plant under construction by an unregulated wholesale affiliate of Entergy.
  • 11/14/2000 -- Investors deliver transportation system project for Northern Territories deposits
    Russia-based Lukoil and Arkhangelskgeoldobycha and US-based Conoco will build a crude oil transportation system to provide the Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia's Arkhangelsk region with crude oil from the Northern Territories fields in the Timan Pechora province.
  • 11/14/2000 -- Demand for turbines still growing
    Deregulation and expansion are driving the gas turbine market today, but displacement orders could help keep the boom going, says Randy H. Zwirn, president and chief executive of Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. Speaking Tuesday at the opening session of Power-Gen International, Zwirn said the company estimates there is a potential for displacing about 225 gw of old inefficient gas and oil-fired boilers in the 800 gw US market.
  • 11/13/2000 -- RINA says floating LNG storage terminals viable
    The Italian ocean vessel classification society RINA recently concluded a major study which concluded floating storage terminals for liquefied natural gas are feasible and economically viable. The study was conducted as part of the AZURE project, a European Commission program aimed at demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of a full floating LNG chain.
  • 11/10/2000 -- Hearings set on proposed US-Canadian transmission line
    National Energy Systems Co. proposed a new international 230 kv transmission line that will connect its proposed 660 Mw gas-fired power plant in the state of Washington to the western grid via Canada. The power plant to be located in Sumas, Wash., in the far northwest corner of the state. The shortest route to get the power to the grid is 5 miles north through Canada to connect with a BC Hydro substation.
  • 11/10/2000 -- Transportation news briefs, Nov. 10
    Westcoast Energy � Coastal � Alliance Pipeline � Epic Energy � Ricks Nova Scotia
  • 11/10/2000 -- Price rollercoaster for natural gas to get under way in earnest now
    Despite a lackluster start to the heating season, a tight market and the prospect of normal winter weather means the price rollercoaster for natural gas is just now getting under way in earnest.
  • 11/09/2000 -- Duke Energy proposes Bass Strait pipeline
    Duke Energy International plans to build a $380 million (Aus.) natural gas pipeline from Victoria state across Bass Strait to Tasmania. The gas will come from Esso/BHP�s Bass Strait fields and be processed at the Longford plant. Construction of the line is expected to begin in mid-2001 and be completed in the first half of 2002.
  • 11/09/2000 -- Shell clinches deal to build GTL plant in Egypt
    Shell International Gas Ltd. Thursday cemented a development protocol deal with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. (EGPC) to build a 75,000 b/d gas-to-liquids conversion plant with at least one liquefied natural gas train to covert Egyptian gas production into 'ultra clean' synthetic fuels using Shell's middle distillate synthesis process.
  • 11/08/2000 -- SDG&E refunds customers for summer power costs
    Customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will get a refund on this month�s bill to make up for paying more than 6.5� kw-hr this past summer. The refund was authorized by state legislation signed into law in September. The refund will be from $70-$140 for residential customers and $250-$450 for small business customers. The refunds were ordered by the state to compensate consumers who paid as much as 21�/ kw-hr this summer because of high wholesale prices for energy.
  • 11/08/2000 -- Electric Power news briefs, November 8
    Bonny Gas Transport Co. ... Hyundai Heavy Industries ... Commonwealth Energy ... Forest City Commercial Group Inc. ... FirstEnergy Services ... New Power Co. ... Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. ... Commonwealth Edison Co. ... Plug Power Inc. ... PG&E Corp. ... CMS Viron Energy Services
  • 11/08/2000 -- Teton Petroleum completes financing deal
    Teton Petroleum Co. recently completed the final portion of a US $8.5 million financing package to complete a pipeline and drill five infield wells in western Siberia. Teton said it would put eight wells on flow when the pipeline is completed in April. Expected peak production is 14,000 b/d when the field is developed. The pipeline will enable Teton to export oil to western Europe.
  • 11/08/2000 -- NRG acquires 5,691 Mw portfolio from LS Power
    Independent power producer NRG Energy Inc., Minneapolis, Tuesday said it will acquire a 5,691 Mw portfolio of operating projects and projects in construction and advanced development from LS Power LLC for $658 million. NRG executives said the plants were acquired during an auction begun in August.
  • 11/07/2000 -- 'Unprecedented' safety requirements add millions and months to pipeline project
    It will take Longhorn Partners Pipeline LP another 6 months to implement additional safety features under an 'unprecedented' safety and mitigation program approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency. That will add millions to the cost of the $399 million pipeline project, began in 1995 to carry refined products across Texas from Houston to El Paso.
  • 11/07/2000 -- Revamping forecasts, NERC concedes it underestimated demand
    After declining for a number of years, North America's electric generating capacity is expected to rebound in the next 5 years, says the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), although shortages are expected to persist in California. At the same time, the nonprofit organization, formed by utilities after blackouts in 1965, concedes it has substantially underestimated demand in the past and is revamping its methods for forecasting 'to keep pace with the evolving market.'
  • 11/07/2000 -- Dynegy sees growth from core energy business
    Look for Dynegy Corp.�s income to grow at 25% to 30% for 2001 and hold steady at 20% growth for the years that follow, Chuck Watson, chairman and CEO, told analysts Tuesday in Houston. Most of the growth will be fueled by the company�s core energy businesses that provide 75% of the net income. Dynegy will make more acquisitions in the North American energy business, he said.
  • 11/07/2000 -- Iran to double production capacity in 20 years
    Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said in Tehran that his country should double its oil production capacity by 2020, to easily handle a significant rise in energy consumption and a 2-3% fall in oil's share in the global energy consumption mix.
  • 11/06/2000 -- Gas groups object to pipeline tariff charges
    The Pipeline Transportation Customer Coalition (PTCC), a broad group of pipeline customers, has complained to US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman James Hoecker about the way pipelines are attempting to implement Order 637.
  • 11/02/2000 -- Connecting Mexico, Texas electric grids slow going
    Mexico is a natural and huge market for electric power exports from the US, but little progress has been made in decades of trying to make those power transactions happen. Despite electricity demand growth in Mexico of 6% a year, little power has been exported from the US to Mexico, said Derek Stilwell, marketing manager Mexico Calpine Corp. Stilwell addressed the Center for Business Intelligence�s Mexican Energy 2000 conference.
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