US gas storage build exceed expectations

U.S. natural gas storage build surpassed expectations rising by 120 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in the week ending June 19, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The latest estimates, covering the week of 12-19 June, pointed to a storage level of 3,012 Bcf. The volume is 32.5% higher than the same

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Exmar readies to dispute YPF’s force majeure notice

Belgium shipping company Exmar is considering the best way to defend its interests in a dispute with Argentina’s YPF, Kallanish Energy reports. The company said last week it received notification of force majeure from YPF under the Charter Agreement and Services Agreement they hold for the Tango FLNG barge. Exmar said the move is “unlawful,” and

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Gazprom, CNPC discuss extra 6 Bcm/y gas supplies

Russian gas giant Gazprom is negotiating an additional 6 billion cubic meters per year (Bcm/y) of gas supply to China, Kallanish Energy reports. The company is in talks with its partners to increase gas deliveries via the Power of Siberia, CEO Alexey Miller said in an interview published on Gazprom’s website last Friday. If an

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TechnipFMC bags two new contracts from Equinor

UK’s oilfield services company, TechnipFMC, has bagged two new contracts from Norway energy major Equinor, Kallanish Energy reports. The deals are worth up to $189.7 billion and comprise pipelaying and subsea installation for projects in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Equinor said on Tuesday. It covers the Breidablikk project and a gas import system for the

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Snam, investment funds buy 49% stake in Adnoc gas pipeline assets

Italy’s energy infrastructure operator, Snam, has partnered with five international funds to invest in a 49% stake in Adnoc Gas Pipelines, in a deal valuing the Abu Dhabi company in $20.7 billion. The transaction, announced by Adnoc and the other companies on Tuesday, is expected to close in July. Once complete, the newly created subsidiary

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Pa. charges Cabot with 15 environmental violations

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced that a state grand jury has charged Cabot Oil & Gas in connection with 15 environmental crimes in northeast Pennsylvania, Kallanish Energy reports. The company was charged with seven counts of prohibition against discharge of industrial wastes, seven counts of prohibition against other pollutions, and one count

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Clean energy needs a boost to reverse Covid-19 economic damage: IEA

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a massive blow to countries around the world and brought up “worrying implications” for clean energy transitions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new report. The crisis is chocking economies and significantly impacting the energy sector, the Paris-based agency said. Unprecedented action and leadership from governments, companies, and

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Appeals court blocks Keystone XL construction

A federal appeals court has refused to lift the ruling of a Montana federal judge that blocks construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That ruling could add a new delay for the $8 billion pipeline project from western Canada to the U.S. Midwest, Kallanish Energy reports. TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the pipeline,

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Williams to add solar to gas processing, pipelines

U.S. pipeline operator Williams plans to add solar power at natural gas-processing plants and natural gas pipeline facilities in nine states, Kallanish Energy reports. The move is made possible by generous federal and state tax credits, the Oklahoma-based company said. The company plans to add mini-solar farms ranging in size from 1 megawatt to 40

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FID postponed on $6B Ohio ethane cracker

A final investment decision on a proposed $6 billion ethane cracker complex in eastern Ohio has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kallanish Energy reports. That announcement came from PTT Global Chemical America in a May 20 report in The Nation, an English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand. That report was tracked down

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BP America taps David Lawler as new chief

David C. Lawler is adding to his titles at BP America, Kallanish Energy reports He is currently the CEO of BPX Energy and will become chairman and president of BP America on July 1, succeeding retiring Susan Dio. He will remain as CEO of BPX Energy. “Beyond a track record of delivering strong safety, environmental

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Trump administration change aids renewable projects

The Trump administration provided a major boost to developers of renewable energy, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Kallanish Energy reports. The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service last week issued a Notice 2020-41 to provide tax relief to affected taxpayers involved in solar and wind projects by extending the safe harbor

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Largest New Jersey solar facility is operational

New Jersey’s largest solar facility is now in operation. The 28.5-megawatt facility in located on Naval Weapons Station Earle in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Kallanish Energy reports. The facility on 170 acres was designed and built by CS Energy LLC. with headquarters in Edison, New Jersey. It is owned by Vitol Green Holdings, Ben Moreell

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US rig count drops an additional 17 rigs: BH

The number of drilling rigs in the United States continued to plummet, Kallanish Energy reports. The total dropped by 17 in the count released last Friday by Baker Hughes, the Texas-based well services company. There were 301 rigs at work in the U.S., down from 318 on May 22. A year ago, there were 984 rigs at work. That

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North Dakota regulators approve DAPL expansion

The North Dakota Public Service Commission this week voted 3-0 to approve the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which involves building a pump station in Emmons County to help push up to twice as much crude oil through the line daily. Pipeline owner-developer Energy Transfer plans to begin construction on the facility this

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