-- Woodside gives formal nod to Pluto LNG project Woodside Petroleum has agreed to spend $11.2 billion (Aus.) to develop an LNG project using gas from its wholly owned Pluto and Xena fields in Western Australia's Carnarvon basin.
-- Malaysian firm plans port, tank farms in China Malaysian trading firm Ben Rautin Sdn. Bhd. plans to develop a cluster of oil tank farms and a port in Lufeng, China, as part of a wider project to build a petroleum hub for the region.
-- New JV proposes Pacific Northwest pipeline Palomar Gas Transmission, a JV of TransCanada and Northwest Natural Gas, propose to build and equally own a gas pipeline that would serve Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the western US.
-- Petroecuador, Flopec plan LPG terminal, pipeline Ecuador's Petroecuador has let a 2-year contract to Dutch trader Trafigura Beheer to supply LPG while an onshore terminal and 50,000-tonne storage facility is being built in Monteverde, Ecuador.
-- Indonesia revises gas pipeline oversight duties Indonesia's Directorate General of Oil and Gas plans to assume the powers of the Oil and Gas Downstream Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) to hold tenders for development and operation of gas pipelines.
-- Opposition surfaces to Gaz de Normandie LNG project A local environmentalist group is opposing construction of the proposed 9 bcm/year Gaz de Normandie LNG terminal, regasification unit, and pipeline at Antifer near the Le Havre oil port in Normandy, France.
-- Nord Stream gas pipeline changes route Nord Stream, which plans to construct a major 27.5 billion cu m/year gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, has modified the pipeline route to extend north of Bornholm.
-- BP to restart CATS pipeline this week The CATS pipeline in the UK North Sea is expected to start controlled operations this week after divers installed a metal sleeve to strengthen and protect the affected area, operator BP said Aug. 30.
-- DNV proposes study for Arctic pipeline standards Det Norske Veritas is proposing a joint industry project to evaluate design methods and recommendations for installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore pipelines in Arctic regions.
-- Mid-America to pay fine for fish kill Mid-America pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1 million criminal penalty for negligently releasing 200,000 gal of ammonia into a Kansas creek.
-- Uncertainties cloud Arctic gas pipelines outlook Recent developments have created uncertainties for proposed gas transmission systems from Canada's Mackenzie River Delta and the ANS to southern markets, said Canadian and US government officials.