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Transportation 2001 P19

  • 07/11/2001 -- FERC takes step to create single RTOs for US Northeast, Southeast
    In a surprise move, federal regulators Wednesday ordered mediation talks to begin in a week on formation of single regional transmission organizations serving the US Northeast and Southeast. Independent generators praised the decision, but the Northeast ISOs and southeastern transmission system owners were taking a wait-and-see attitude.
  • 07/11/2001 -- FERC orders talks to create single RTOs for Northeast, Southeast
    In a surprise move, federal regulators Wednesday ordered mediation talks to begin in a week on formation of single regional transmission organizations serving the US Northeast and Southeast. Independent generators praised the decision, but the Northeast ISOs and southeastern transmission system owners were taking a wait-and-see attitude.
  • 07/12/2001 -- Dynegy to build LNG terminal on Louisiana coast
    Dynegy Inc., Houston, Thursday said it plans to build a liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal in Hackberry, La., on the site of the company's existing liquefied petroleum gas terminal. The LNG facility will be capable of receiving and processing 750 MMcfd of LNG. It will be expandable to 1.5 bfcd.
  • 07/12/2001 -- Dynegy plans LNG terminal on Louisiana coast
    Energy marketer Dynegy Inc. Thursday joined the competition to build a liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal on the US Gulf Coast. The Houston company said it will construct a facility at Hackberry, La., on the company's existing liquefied petroleum gas terminal site.
  • 07/13/2001 -- Senate bill retains Lease 181 lease sale, ban on monument drilling
    The US Senate Thursday passed a bill blocking new energy leases in national monuments but that retains a lease sale in the eastern Gulf of Mexico scheduled for this December. Senate supporters of the lease sale predicted that discussions with House lawmakers would yield a final bill to President George W. Bush that included an eastern Gulf sale.
  • 07/13/2001 -- US Senate bill boosts funding for pipeline regulation, inspection
    The US Senate Committee on Appropriations passed a bill Thursday to boost funding for pipeline safety programs $11 million over current levels for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The full Senate is expected to take up the measure later this month. It is unclear whether the White House supports the Senate bill.
  • 07/13/2001 -- EEI study forecasts need for $56 billion of transmission capacity
    Nearly $56 billion in new capacity is needed in the next 10 years to maintain US transmission adequacy at its current level, but only about $35 billion is planned, an electric industry group said. Transmission capacity relative to peak demand has been declining and is expected to continue to decline, the Edison Electric Institute found in a new analysis.
  • 07/16/2001 -- House Democrats file competing energy bill on public lands issues
    House Democrats this week will seek to pass energy legislation that its supporters say does a better job balancing public land management. The bill is an alternative to a GOP proposal supported by industry and opposed by environmental groups. It was uncertain how much of the Democratic bill would be included in a final House measure.
  • 07/17/2001 -- AltaGas acquires gas gathering, processing system
    AltaGas Services Inc., Calgary, signed a letter of intent to acquire a 90% stake in a natural gas plant and associated gas gathering system near Red Deer, Alta.
  • 07/18/2001 -- France, Spain consider another link of gas transport networks
    French and Spanish companies are considering building a 10.7 million euro pipeline to improve gas transmission between the two countries. A proposed 29-km, 500 million cu m line along the Basque coastline could link the countries' gas transportation networks.
  • 07/18/2001 -- Safety group pushing revised fire code for propane storage sites
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has proposed that US facilities with more than 4,000 gal of propane storage prepare written fire safety analyses. The code is the nation's primary standard for propane safety. States and municipalities often adopt NFPA codes into law.
  • 07/18/2001 -- TotalFinaElf developing Matterhorn field in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
    TotalFinaElf E&P USA, an affiliate of French company TotalFinaElf SA, has begun development work on Matterhorn oil field on Mississippi Canyon Block 243 in the US Gulf of Mexico. The field, in 850 m of water, is 170 km southeast of New Orleans. TotalFinaElf owns 100% of the field.
  • 07/18/2001 -- OCP Ecuador begins building much-anticipated Ecuadorean pipeline
    OCP Ecuador SA has begun building the $1.2 billion Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados (OCP) pipeline in Ecuador, said project partner Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. Techint International Construction Corp., Buenos Aires, has a fixed-price engineering, procurement, and construction contract to build the line.
  • 07/18/2001 -- US Senate approves 2-year ban on drilling under Great Lakes
    The US Senate Wednesday passed an amendment to a pending spending bill that places a 2-year ban on any new oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. Similar legislation that would bar drilling in the Great Lakes is also included in the House version of the bill, HR 2311, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.
  • 07/19/2001 -- El Paso Energy Partners installs TLP in Gulf of Mexico field
    El Paso Energy Partners LP said Thursday it has installed the Prince tension leg platform in 1,450 ft of water on Ewing Bank Block 1003 in the US Gulf of Mexico. Oil output will begin later this quarter via the Poseidon pipeline, of which El Paso owns 36%.
  • 07/19/2001 -- Alaska to review right-of-way application for gas pipeline
    Alaska has agreed to complete its review of the right-of-way application for the companies planning to build a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Alberta. Foothills Pipe Lines Alaska Inc., on behalf of the Alaskan Northwest Natural Gas Transportation Co. partnership, signed an agreement that requires ANNGTC to reimburse the state for the cost of processing the right-of-way application.
  • 07/20/2001 -- Abraham says lower prices don't signal an end to energy problems
    Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham said despite easing concerns about prices and supplies, the US still faces a significant energy crisis. Abraham, who spoke Thursday at the San Francisco Bay Area Council, promoted the Bush administration's energy policy proposals pending before Congress.
  • 07/20/2001 -- Abraham says lower prices don't signal end to energy problems
    Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham said despite easing concerns about prices and supplies, the US still faces a significant energy crisis. Abraham, who spoke Thursday at the San Francisco Bay Area Council, promoted the Bush administration's energy policy proposals pending before Congress.
  • 07/23/2001 -- Statoil, Norway unable to agree on Snøhvit development in Barents Sea
    Operator Statoil and its partners in Snøhvit and associated fields off Norway have decided not to submit their 40 billion kroner [$4.3 billion] development plans to the government. Snøhvit would have been the first petroleum development in the Barents Sea.
  • 07/23/2001 -- US House bill would ban Prudhoe Bay gas pipeline off northern Alaska
    A US House of Representatives bill that bans a gas pipeline off northern Alaska will be challenged in the Senate. The line would extend from Prudhoe Bay field to the Mackenzie Delta and then to Alberta gas pipeline interconnections. Alaskan officials favor a route along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and Alaska Highway.
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