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Jul 13, 2015

International news for oil and gas professionals

House panel’s crude export ban hearing weighs urgency against caution

Jul 10, 2015

A US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on legislation to repeal the ban on exporting US-produced crude oil quickly broke along party lines. Energy and Power Subcommittee Republicans argued the recent crude price decline could jeopardize future production growth if the ban stays in place. Democrats responded that removing it could have far-reaching consequences which should be considered first.

Twelve workers killed in Nigeria pipeline explosion

Jul 10, 2015

Eni SPA reported that an explosion occurred July 9 at the repair site for the Tebidaba-Clough Creek oil pipeline in Nigeria’s onshore Niger Delta.

Transco seeks FERC approval for New York Bay Expansion project

Jul 9, 2015

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco), a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners LP, has filed an application with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its New York Bay Expansion project, which will deliver additional natural gas to New York City in time for the 2017-18 heating season.

House Oversight panel subpoenas Kerry for Keystone XL documents

Jul 9, 2015

The US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena to US Sec. of State John F. Kerry for reports, recommendations, letters, and comments that the State Department received from federal agencies regarding the Keystone XL pipeline’s cross-border permit application.

Ending crude export ban would help rural US areas, House panel told

Jul 9, 2015

Rural US communities generally have benefited from the nation’s crude oil production renaissance, and potentially could be helped more if restrictions on exports of crude were eliminated, witnesses told a US House Agriculture Committee hearing on July 8.

AER orders Apache Canada to address integrity of pipeline system

Jul 8, 2015

Alberta Energy Regulator has directed Apache Canada Ltd. to address the integrity of its pipeline management system because of “failure to follow provincial legislation and AER requirements.”

API releases pipeline safety recommended practice

Jul 8, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute released a pipeline safety recommended practice that it developed with engagement from the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and other key stakeholders.

BLM approves ROW for Elko gas pipeline expansion project

Jul 7, 2015

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Tuscarora, Nev., field office signed a decision record approving a right-of-way for Paiute Pipeline Co.’s (PPC) 2015 Elko Area Expansion Project.

Obama urged by IPAA president to lift ban on US crude exports

Jul 7, 2015

Commending the administration for its actions allowing some condensate to be exported as a petroleum product, Independent Petroleum Association of America Pres. Barry Russell urged US President Barack Obama to go further and remove export restrictions for domestically produced crude oil.

Woodside lets contracts for Browse LNG project

Jul 6, 2015

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has let more contracts for the Browse floating LNG project offshore Western Australia. The contracts, awarded to a Technip-Samsung consortium, come close at the heels of the FLNG venture entering front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase.

The price of oil and OPEC-history repeating?

Jul 6, 2015

The world oil market today is characterized by a standoff between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers amid excess supply.

US House committee leaders send letters to Plains, PHMSA about leak

Jul 6, 2015

US House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties asked Plains Pipeline LP and the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for more information following a Plains system rupture that leaked crude oil near Santa Barbara, Calif. (OGJ Online, May 20, 2015).

Gas faces more competition from coal, renewables, IEA official says

Jul 6, 2015

Natural gas faces growing competition from coal and renewable energy sources at a time when its potential demand growth is slowing down, an International Energy Agency official said.

Total unveils development sites for renamed Papua LNG project

Jul 6, 2015

Total SA and its joint venture partners Oil Search Ltd. and InterOil have announced key infrastructure sites for development of the proposed Elk-Antelope LNG project in Papua New Guinea, now dubbed the Papua LNG project (PLNG).

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