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Transportation news briefs, Feb. 8

Pluspetrol in Peru is awaiting approval of its Environmental Impact Assessment to start construction of a $14 million, 126-km pipeline between blocks 8 and 1-AB. The plan is to use light oil from block 8 to mix with heavy oil from 1-AB.

The Canadian National Energy Board is seeking comments on a $338.4 million (Can.) expansion application by Westcoast Energy Inc. for its Southern Mainline system (OGJ Online, Jan. 14, 2002).

US District Judge Lynn N. Hughes ruled that the Port of Houston Authority is responsible for all costs to relocate pipelines affected by the Port's joint project by the US Army Corps of Engineers to deepen and widen the Houston Ship Channel. More than 100 pipelines run under the ship channel.

Denver-based PPS Holding Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Anschutz Corp., agreed to acquire substantially all of Southern California Edison's oil pipeline and storage assets, including those of Edison Pipeline & Terminal Co., its oil pipeline division. Financial terms were not disclosed. SCE said the pipeline and storage assets previously served certain electric generation facilities that it no longer owns.

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, is receiving production from Nansen field on East Breaks Blocks 601, 602, and 646 in the Gulf of Mexico through a recently completed deepwater pipeline system. The lines will also serve Boomvang on East Breaks Blocks 642, 643, and 683 when it comes on stream in May. The $200 million East Breaks project includes the 56-mile oil gathering system, the 114-mile gas gathering system, a 300 MMcfd gas processing plant in Markham, Tex., and a shallow-water platform on Galveston Block A244.

Dalian New Shipyard Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. in northeastern China's Liaoning province will deliver an ultra large crude carrier to Iran in April. The 300,000 dwt tons crude tanker was launched last November and will be ready for delivery to Iranian National Oil Tanker Co. in three months. The tanker is one of five ULCCs that Dalian New Shipyard was commissioned to build for the Iranian company.

Cheniere Energy Inc., Houston, said it awarded a preliminary engineering and design contract for a Freeport, Tex., liquefied natural gas terminal to Technip USA Corp. Cheniere said it has commitments for 450 MMcfd of gas from the terminal.

El Paso Energy Partners LP completed two separate acquisitions of underground salt dome natural gas liquids storage and terminal facilities for about $10 million. It bought a 3.3-million-bbl propane storage business and complete leaching operation in Hattiesburg, Miss., from Suburban Propane Partners LP. It also bought a 3.2-million-bbl NGL multi-product storage facility near Breaux Bridge, La., from a unit of Williams Cos. Inc.

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