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Transportation 2001 P13

  • 05/08/2001 -- Thailand's Egat trims capital spending plans
    The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) will cut capital outlays almost 15% between 2003-2006 under revisions to its long-term investment plan. Capital spending in the period would be trimmed to 144 billion baht ($3.18 billion US) from 170 billion baht, said senior officials of the Thai state power utility which controls 75% of the country's combined installed capacity.
  • 05/08/2001 -- California ISO orders second day of rotating outages
    With demand running above forecasts, the California Independent System Operator ordered utilities to shed 400 Mw of firm load in rotating outages at midafternoon Tuesday for the second straight day. The grid operator said the length of the blackouts will be evaluated on an hourly basis and called for conservation to lessen the impact.
  • 05/09/2001 -- Teton Petroleum says pipeline opened from Siberian oil field
    Teton Petroleum Co., Steamboat Springs, Colo., Wednesday announced it has begun pumping oil through its 40-km pipeline in western Siberia, enabling production year round from the Eguryak license, 20 miles north of Samotlor oil field. Teton formerly shut down production in the fall and spring because of weather conditions.
  • 05/09/2001 -- UN okays more oil-for-food contracts for Iraq than it rejects
    The United Nations Security Committee overseeing the post-Gulf sanctions against Iraq last week released more humanitarian contracts under the oil-for-food program than it has placed on hold, reversing a long-standing trend, according to the Office of the Iraq Program. The total value of contracts placed on hold by the Security Council's sanctions committee fell last week, both in absolute and relative terms, "after months of gradual increase."
  • 05/09/2001 -- Zeepipe reopens after 3-week emergency shutdown
    Gas transport from the Norwegian North Sea to the Belgium's Zeebrugge terminal through the Zeepipe trunkline started up again Wednesday after a 3-week shutdown that followed the discovery of a minor leak in the line. Sales of gas will restart Thursday, pipeline operator Statoil AS reported.
  • 05/10/2001 -- Canada to review TransCanada tariffs
    Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) has requested comments from interested parties on a 2001-2002 tolls and tariffs application by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
  • 05/10/2001 -- House subcommittee begins markup on emergency power bill
    A US House energy subcommittee is scheduled to begin voting Thursday on a bill to help California through its energy crisis, just days ahead of the scheduled release of the Bush administration's proposed energy policy. To date, the administration has kept a low profile concerning the bill.
  • 05/10/2001 -- US House subcommittee approves emergency power bill
    A US House subcommittee Thursday approved an energy bill Republican supporters said would improve California's electricity markets without capping wholesale electricity prices in the western region. The bill next goes to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will decide whether to approve it and take it to the full House for a vote.
  • 05/14/2001 -- California crisis adds uncertainty to summer natural gas prices
    Marshall Adkins, analyst with Raymond James & Associates, looks for a major 'whipsaw' in natural gas prices this summer.
  • 05/14/2001 -- Electric Power news briefs, May 14, 2001
    District Energy St. Paul .. TransCanada Power LP ... Westcoast Energy Inc. ... Entergy Corp. ... EnerStar Power Corp. ... CMS Energy Corp. ... Bonneville Power Administration ... Dominion Resources Inc. ... Connecticut Light & Power Co. ... Allegheny Energy Inc. ... Las Vegas Cogeneration II ... Orion Power Holdings Inc. ... Aquila Inc. ... Williams ... Keyspan Corp. ... Long Island Power Authority
  • 05/14/2001 -- Bush, California governor in war of words over energy
    Under fire for downplaying conservation as a response to high energy prices, President George W. Bush said the administration is doing its part 'by cutting peak hour energy use at federal facilities in California.' Responding California Democratic Gov. Gray Davis called the Bush approach a 'travesty' because the federal government hasn't done enough to rein in high wholesale power prices.
  • 05/15/2001 -- Crosstex Energy Services Inc. acquires Corpus Christi Natural Gas
    Crosstex Energy Services Inc., Dallas, acquired Corpus Christi Natural Gas Co. LP (CCNG) from an affiliate of Shell US Gas & Power Co. in a deal involving gathering, processing, transmission, marketing, and industrial pipeline assets. In a separate deal, Crosstex acquired South Texas Pettus gathering system from Plains Resources Inc.
  • 05/15/2001 -- Texaco to study Gulf of Mexico offshore LNG terminal
    Texaco Inc., White Plains, NY, Tuesday announced a study for the development of a liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal in the US Gulf of Mexico. The study will examine and evaluate infrastructure requirements and costs of the proposed terminal, which would be designed to process 1 bcfd initially.
  • 05/15/2001 -- Report: Northwest faces winter blackouts if drought doesn't moderate
    If drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountain states don't moderate soon, that region can expect blackouts this winter, the North American Electric Reliability Council said Tuesday. But NERC forecasts the region will have sufficient power resources to meet internal demand this summer -- barring prolonged hot weather or worsening drought conditions.
  • 05/15/2001 -- House Democrats unveil alternative energy report
    Two days before the White House releases its long-awaited energy task force report, House Democrats Tuesday unveiled their own energy blueprint for the future. Many of the proposals have already been included under various legislation offered by Senate Democratic leaders.
  • 05/16/2001 -- Canadian board approves Enbridge oil pipeline expansion
    The National Energy Board, Calgary, has approved an application by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. of Edmonton to build the second phase of its Terrace Expansion Program. The $140 million (Can.) expansion will increase pipeline capacity by 43,400 b/d.
  • 05/16/2001 -- US Senate committee could vote next week on FERC nominees
    The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources could vote May 23 on the nominations of Texas' Pat Wood and Pennsylvania's Nora Mead Brownell to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Republican state utility commissioners were nominated by President George W. Bush in late March. If approved by the committee and confirmed by the full senate, Wood and Brownell will fill two vacancies.
  • 05/16/2001 -- White House, Congress fire opening shots in energy debate
    Debate over the future of US energy policy became a full-blown battle between the White House and Capitol Hill Wednesday on the eve of the administration's recommendations. The White House document is expected to be a broad blueprint that Congress and policymakers will fill in with specifics this summer.
  • 05/16/2001 -- Cheney tells Republicans of need for energy policy reforms
    Vice-Pres. Richard Cheney Wednesday briefed Republicans congressmen in Washington on the need for reforms in US energy policy. President George W. Bush was due to disclose the administration's release of its energy policy recommendations Thursday in St. Paul, Minn.
  • 05/17/2001 -- BG to take LNG terminal capacity for 22 years
    BG Group PLC has agreed to take all available capacity at CMS Energy Corp.'s liquefied natural gas import terminal at Lake Charles, La., for 22 years starting Jan. 1, 2002. BG said the agreement will allow it to supply growing markets throughout the US and provide an outlet for its developing LNG export projects around the world.
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