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Forum: N. America should develop further as global energy leader

Sep 25, 2015

North America has become a “global energy powerhouse” in the 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented, and the continent now has a “tremendous opportunity” to further leverage its position globally by improving efficiency, collaboration, and connectivity, a speaker noted at a Sept. 24 event hosted by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.

Ichthys field development progresses with CPF launch

Sep 25, 2015

The central processing facility (CPF) for the Inpex-Total joint venture’s Ichthys gas-condensate field in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia has been successfully launched from its dry dock construction site in South Korea. In April, contractors completed the first topside module lifts onto the CPF and the floating production, storage, and offloading facility.

Venezuela gas from Loran-Manatee to be processed at Point Fortin LNG

Sep 25, 2015

Venezuela has signed an agreement with neighboring Trinidad and Tobago to send its portion of the natural gas being developed and produced from giant Loran-Manatee field to the twin-island nation for processing as LNG. Loran-Manatee field lies along the two countries’ maritime border.

Santos-led Gladstone LNG project on stream

Sep 24, 2015

The Santos Ltd.-operated Gladstone LNG project on Curtis Island, Queensland, has been brought on stream on schedule and on budget.

Global LNG market is heading toward a surplus, BRG analyst says

Sep 23, 2015

Countries attempting to import more LNG could increase an already growing advantage over suppliers worldwide in the next few years, a market analyst suggested.

Enterprise brings Rancho II crude oil pipeline into service

Sep 22, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, reported its 88-mile, 36-in. Rancho II crude oil pipeline is now online and able to transport supplies between Sealy, Tex., and the company’s Enterprise Crude Houston (Echo) storage terminal in southeast Houston.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline applies for FERC permission to build

Sep 21, 2015

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC applied to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to build its 564-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline. The pipeline—owned by Dominion 45%, Duke Energy 40%, Piedmont Natural Gas 10%, and AGL Resources 5%—will transport as much as 1.5 bcfd southeast from Harrison County, W.Va., to Chesapeake, Va., and Robeson County, NC.

Partnerships are essential for success, new PHMSA administrator says

Sep 21, 2015

Partnerships with pipeline owner-operators, state and local governments, and Congress will be critical as the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) strives to be a more effective regulator amid rapid change, its new administrator told a US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Sept. 18.

OGJ Newsletter

Sep 21, 2015

International news for oil and gas professionals

Environmentalists urge Obama to end federal leasing, draw criticism

Sep 21, 2015

A coalition of more than 400 environmental organizations and individuals planned to formally ask the Obama administration to stop new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans in the US. Oil and gas trade associations and other business groups quickly called the idea unrealistic.

Study finds EISA 2007 law's renewable fuel mandates won't work in 2015

Sep 21, 2015

It will not be feasible for the US to reach renewable fuel volumes that the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) mandates in 2015 and beyond, a study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute concluded.

Oil Search rejects Woodside's takeover bid

Sep 20, 2015

The board of Oil Search Ltd. has unanimously rejected Woodside Petroleum Ltd.'s takeover bid for the company, calling Woodside's move highly opportunistic and one that grossly undervalues Oil Search (OGJ Online, Sept. 8, 2015).

US House poised to approve crude export ban repeal, bill's sponsors say

Sep 20, 2015

The US House is likely to move quickly and approve legislation repealing a 40-year-old ban on exports of domestically produced crude oil, Reps. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) said shortly before an Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee began marking up their bill.

AER allows Nexen to resume operations of more lines at Long Lake

Sep 17, 2015

Alberta Energy Regulator has allowed Nexen Energy ULC to resume operations on 10 more lines at its Long Lake oil sands project, but 45 lines remain shut in after a leak in July of 5,000 cu m of emulsion.

Voters dislike Keystone XL delays, latest API-commissioned poll finds

Sep 17, 2015

Most US voters believe years of Obama administration delays in reaching a decision over whether TransCanada Corp. should receive a cross-border permit for its proposed Keystone XL (KXL) crude oil pipeline have hurt US energy security and the economy, a telephone poll commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute found.

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