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Transportation 2001 P11

  • 04/18/2001 -- UN reports Iraq's oil-for-food exports continue to climb
    Iraq's oil exports climbed to 2.49 million b/d last week, earning it about 418 million euros under the United Nations oil-for-food program. The UN office in charge of the humanitarian relief program approved three more oil purchase contracts covering 5 million bbl, bringing the total number approved to 149.
  • 04/18/2001 -- Federal official urges pipeliners to collaborate on safety
    Stacey Gerard, associate administrator of the US Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety, Wednesday urged pipeline companies to collaborate more on the sharing of safety information. She spoke Wednesday at the American Petroleum Institute's pipeline conference in San Antonio, Tex.
  • 04/19/2001 -- eCORP proposes New York gas line to serve generators
    Houston-based eCORP Holding LLC has disclosed details on the proposed Pipeline of New York Express project. The project would link storage and other gas pipeline assets in central New York and Pennsylvania to markets in the New York metropolitan region and points east.
  • 04/19/2001 -- Atmos buying Louisiana gas distributor, pipeline
    Atmos Energy Corp. said Wednesday the Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved its $365 million acquisition of Louisiana Gas Service Co. and LGS Natural Gas Co., both subsidiaries of Citizens Communications Co. Atmos expects to complete the purchase by June 30.
  • 04/19/2001 -- Venezuelan tribes block transmission line construction
    Venezuelan authorities said Venezuelan indigenous tribes are delaying an electric power partnership between Venezuela and Brazil that represents one of South America's major efforts at energy integration. Up to now, not a single watt has crossed the border between Venezuela and Brazil due to resistance by Indians who have blocked construction of transmission towers through their territories on environmental grounds.
  • 04/19/2001 -- EPSA calls on FERC to oust California ISO board
    Citing a series of 'half-baked' market reform proposals, a merchant energy trade group Thursday asked federal regulators to replace Gov. Gray Davis's appointees to the California Independent System Operator board and reject the ISO's proposed market stabilization plan. The Electric Power Supply Association asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to enforce a Dec. 15 order mandating an independent ISO board.
  • 04/20/2001 -- Electric Power news briefs, Apr. 20, 2001
    AES Corp. ... Kievoblenergo ... Constellation Energy Group Inc. ... Ogden Power Corp. ... Wisconsin Public Service Corp. ... Alliant Energy Resources Inc. ... Anhui New Energy Heat & Power Co. Ltd. ... Westcoast Energy Inc. ... Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. ... Consumers Energy ... Calpine Corp. ... Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance Co. Ltd. ...Aquila ... Williams ... TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. ... Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. ... Weyerhauser Co.
  • 04/23/2001 -- NERC's plan to set electric grid standards raises questions
    Who decides on access to power lines, such as the ones above, and whether that access is based on reliability or commercial considerations, is being debated after the North American Electric Reliability Council appointed itself a standards setting organization. Photo is courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo.
  • 04/23/2001 -- IMO to consider faster phaseout of single-hull tankers
    The International Maritime Organization's marine environment protection committee this week plans to adopt a global timetable to phase out the use of single-hull crude tankers on faster schedule. The committee is expected to consider ordering single-hull vessels be retired "several years earlier" than originally agreed.
  • 04/23/2001 -- Woodside says Australian law blocks Shell takeover bid
    Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, Australia, Monday said a foreign investment law prohibits Shell Australia Investments Ltd. and Shell Australia Ltd. from acquiring additional shares in Woodside. Australia's federal treasury office said the Foreign Acquisition & Takeovers Act 1975 blocks Shell from acquiring 56% of Woodside.
  • 04/24/2001 -- Analysts: Mexico could become major US power supplier
    Mexico could emerge as a major power supplier to southern California and Arizona in the next 5 years, contributing to the division of the western US grid into northern and southern markets, Arthur Anderson LLP analysts said at a Washington, DC, press conference. Meanwhile, they said, California risks becoming an 'energy island' as a result of near-term reduction in available regional resources for export to California.
  • 04/24/2001 -- Williams files to build gas line across Georgia Strait
    Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline LP, a limited partnership formed by Williams of Tulsa applied with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tuesday to build a gas pipeline from Sumas, Wash., to Vancouver Island. Construction of the $159 million Georgia Strait Crossing project is due to begin in late 2002 and be completed in late 2003.
  • 04/26/2001 -- FERC approves RTO West after US energy secretary calls for action
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late Wednesday conditionally approved parts of a plan to establish RTO West, a regional transmission organization spanning eight western states but not California. FERC acted after US Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham Tuesday called on the commission to take 'immediate' affirmative action on the RTO West proposal. The commission also agreed to allow seven utilities to create an independent for-profit transmission company to operate within RTO West.
  • 04/26/2001 -- JV deal moves China's Guangdong LNG project ahead
    The nine Sino-foreign sponsors of the Guangdong liquefied natural gas terminal and trunkline project have signed the joint venture heads of agreement, BP PLC, one of the project partners, reported Thursday. A joint executive office will now be set up to conduct a feasibility study for the project. The JEO will handle making "competitive LNG supply and shipping arrangements," as well as finalizing HOAs for LNG supply, shipping, and gas sales contracts.
  • 04/26/2001 -- BG assigns 10-year gas deal to Electricite de France affiliate
    BG International Ltd., a subsidiary of BG Group PLC, has agreed to assign to EDF Trading Ltd. its interests and obligations in agreements to sell to Wingas GMBH of Germany 20 billion cu m of gas over 10 years.
  • 04/27/2001 -- Transportation news briefs, Apr. 27
    Transportadora de Gas del Peru ... Techgas ... PetroChina Co. Ltd. ... Teton Petroleum ... Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline ... Reliant Energy Gas Transmission Co.
  • 04/30/2001 -- IMO endorses total phaseout of single-hull tankers by 2015
    The International Maritime Organization Monday said it has approved a timetable that would phase out all single-hull crude tankers within 15 years starting from September 2002. IMO delegates agreed to the fast-track program, which will be included in the MARPOL convention on the prevention of marine pollution.
  • 04/30/2001 -- TransCanada stockholders grill management about compensation
    TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. stockholders received good news on profits at the company's annual meeting but grilled directors about large executive compensation programs in 2000. The company reported a $711 million (Can.) profit in 2000, compared to an $80 million loss in 1999.
  • 04/30/2001 -- NUI, Duke units to build fast withdrawal gas storage
    NUI Corp., Bedminster, NJ, and a unit of Duke Energy Corp. Monday reported an agreement to enlarge to 10 bcf from 1.1 bcf a natural gas storage facility that will feature the fast-fill and withdrawal capabilities associated with salt cavern storage. The Saltville, Va. storage field will be jointly developed by NUI's Virginia Gas Co. and a subsidiary of Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT).
  • 04/30/2001 -- New UK center will test wave-powered electric generation systems
    The UK's Euro-seas Engineering Services & Testing Ltd. (EEST) said it is building a large scale facility for evaluating and commercializing wave-powered electricity generation systems. The center is based within the Port of Blyth on England's Northeast coast, adjacent to the UK's first, recently commissioned, offshore wind farm.
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