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Transportation 2001 P2

  • 01/05/2001 -- Mishaps focus public, government on pipeline safety
    Recent high-profile accidents, including two last year with multiple fatalities, have focused public attention on pipeline safety issues, despite that industry�s overall good record, say government officials.
  • 01/08/2001 -- Senate ready to act on pipeline safety legislation
    After President-elect George W. Bush�s cabinet appointees are confirmed, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will probably schedule more hearings on pipeline safety legislation, a committee aide said this week.
  • 01/08/2001 -- US forecasters lower 2001 gas demand projections
    US government energy forecasters lowered projections for natural gas demand growth to 2.9% this year, compared to 2000, down from a forecasted 3.8% growth rate projected in December. The US Energy Information Administration said it cut projections because of higher estimates for fourth quarter demand due to colder-than-normal weather and higher gas prices, which is expected reduce industrial use. This year's electric utility gas demand is expected to remain about level with 2000 consumption.
  • 01/08/2001 -- Sid Richardson buys Koch assets in West Texas
    Sid Richardson Gasoline Co., Fort Worth, has purchased Koch Industries Inc.'s natural gas gathering and processing assets in nine West Texas counties. The facilities total nearly 1,000 miles of gathering line and more than 180 MMcfd of processing capacity combined with 530 MMcfd of treating capacity.
  • 01/08/2001 -- FERC approves EIS for Guardian Pipeline
    Guardian Pipeline Co., Milwaukee, said Monday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff has issued a final Environmental Impact Statement finding that constructing and operating the line is an acceptable environmental action.
  • 01/09/2001 -- Gap widens between UK energy output and consumption
    The gap between energy production and consumption levels in the UK widened in the 3 months prior to November 2000, according to Department of Trade & Industry statistics released Tuesday. The DTI's figures show total output of primary fuels was down 6.7%, while total consumption was 3.4% higher.
  • 01/09/2001 -- California's Gov. Gray calls for $1 billion to stabilize supply and prices
    Blaming 'out-of-state energy companies and brokers' for the state's electricity shortage, California Gov. Gray Davis asked for $1 billion to be set aside to 'help stabilize the supply and price of electricity in the present' and help provide new power generation to meet future demands. Independent generators said calls for condemnation and state takeover of existing plants will not advance the objective of securing new sources of supply in California.
  • 01/09/2001 -- China again delays LNG terminal deal
    The Chinese government again has delayed awarding a contract to build a $600 million liquefied natural gas terminal at Shenzhen in southern China. The tender is for a 30% stake in a joint contract with China National Offshore Oil Corp.
  • 01/09/2001 -- Pakistan utility to invest $70 million in gas system
    Sui Southern Gas Co. Ltd., the Pakistan gas utility that supplies Sindh and Baluchistan provinces, plans to invest 4 billion rupees ($70 million) over 2 years to rehabilitate and expand its infrastructure, said Managing Director Mukhtar Ahmed. He said 1 billion rupees would be invested this year.
  • 01/09/2001 -- Gov. Davis asks for $1 billion to stabilize California electricity market
    Blaming out-of-state energy companies and brokers for the state's electricity shortage, California Gov. Gray Davis asked for $1 billion to stabilize the supply and price of electricity and help provide new power generation. Independent generators said calls for state takeover of existing plants won't help secure supplies.
  • 01/09/2001 -- California ISO declares Stage 1 alert; suppliers grow restive
    With 10,000 Mw offline, the California Independent System Operator Tuesday called a Stage 1 power emergency, signaling reserves have dipped below 7%, and appealed to the public to conserve power. The emergency declaration comes at a time suppliers are growing increasingly restive about their dealings with the grid operator. Monday Reliant Energy Inc. asked FERC to halt ISO efforts to eliminate requirements for investor-owned utilities to provide payment security to purchase electricity.
  • 01/09/2001 -- Gov. Knowles eases way for Alaska gas pipeline
    Through an administrative order, Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles Monday created a �pipeline cabinet� and coordination office to centralize permitting and oversight procedures among state agencies for construction of a pipeline to move Alaskan natural gas to markets in the Lower 48 US states.
  • 01/10/2001 -- California ISO appeals for power
    Californians were asked to institute conservation measures Wednesday, after the California grid operator declared a Stage 1 electric emergency and asked for supplemental bids on 3,000 Mw of power. The California Independent System Operator said the Stage 1 emergency, signifying reserves have fallen below 7%, would be in effect until 10 p.m. tonight. Late Tuesday the grid operator issued a Stage 2 alert and asked state utilities to activate voluntary load curtailment programs.
  • 01/10/2001 -- Thailand promoting CNG use for vehicles
    Thailand, which uses its considerable gas reserves to meet a third of its total commercial petroleum requirement, is promoting natural gas as vehicular fuel. The cabinet-approved plan would promote natural gas vehicles (NGVs). About 60% of Thailand's commercial petroleum demand is used for transportation.
  • 01/11/2001 -- FERC Chairman Hoecker to leave commission
    James Hoecker, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman, said Wednesday he would leave the panel Jan. 18. Since there was an existing vacancy, President-elect George W. Bush will fill two seats on the regulatory body, which governs interstate electricity, hydroelectric, and natural gas firms.
  • 01/11/2001 -- General Interest news briefs, Jan. 11
    Iraq � India � France � Pakistan Petroleum
  • 01/11/2001 -- European power firms agree to transmission access
    Germany's E.ON, Norway's Statkraf, and Denmark's Elsam have agreed to free up capacity on key power cables linking the high tension electricity grids of Scandinavian countries to Germany, European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said Thursday. Monti called the decision a welcome step towards creating a European single market for electricity.
  • 01/11/2001 -- EPA revises gas compressor rule
    The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Thursday lauded the Environmental Protection Agency's revisions to a plan to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. A court ruled EPA's original plan failed to give notice of a requirement that gas pipeline compressors reduce NOx emissions by 90% in 2007.
  • 01/11/2001 -- Rolling blackouts possible in California
    Unprecedented forced outages of power plants Thursday prompted the California Independent System Operator (ISO) to warn Californians rolling blackouts may be imminent. The ISO said Thursday if nothing changes, it will begin shedding load at 5 p.m. PST in blocks of 100 Mw for 1 hr at a time. The blocks will be rotated from area to area hourly until 8 p.m.
  • 01/12/2001 -- Dutch field producing through refurbished platform
    Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. said Thursday its subsidiary Clyde Petroleum Exploratie BV has brought Dutch North Sea Q4-A gas field on stream via a recently renovated platform. Gulf said it believed this is the first time a North Sea field has been produced using a completely refurbished installation.
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