Biomethane may be route for decarbonizing Europe’s gas markets

Biomethane can help decarbonize Europe’s gas markets, but continued growth depends on policy support, Wood Mackenzie said this week. According to analysts Graham Freedman and Nnenna Amobi, the carbon-neutral renewable gas can be directly injected into existing natural gas infrastructure and decarbonize the heating and transport sectors. That’s because biomethane is a purified form of

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Report: Energy Infrastructure is Essential to Jumpstarting American Economy

Billions of dollars in economic activity are being held back from jumpstarting the economy, according to a telling report from Consumer Energy Alliance released this week. A number of pipeline expansion and energy infrastructure projects spanning from Appalachia to Montana have experienced cancellations, delays, or obstructions—all of which comes at a cost for the communities

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Chesapeake, FERC in fight over pipeline contracts

Chesapeake Energy wants to terminate a $300 million pipeline contract in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Kallanish Energy reports. That request has been opposed by pipeline giant Texas-based Energy Transfer. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is supporting Energy Transfer and is getting involved in the ongoing legal fight, Reuters reported. FERC has argued in

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Judge orders Dakota Access shut down for environmental review

A federal judge has ordered that the Dakota Access oil pipeline be temporarily shut down by Aug. 5 for an in-depth environmental review of the project, Kallansh Energy reports. That order came from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in what was a major setback for the Trump administration and the controversial pipeline and a major

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Canada Supreme Court backs pipeline project

Canada’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from British Columbia First Nation groups against expanding the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, Kallanish Energy reports. The court in Ottawa, Ontario, has dismissed appeals from four First Nation groups, effectively ending the year-long legal battle over the project. The court gave no reason for its decision. Work has

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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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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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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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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez bill would outlaw fracking by 2025

A bill introduced last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) helped craft would ban fracking nationwide by 2025, according to its newly unveiled text. The legislation would immediately prevent federal agencies from issuing federal permits for expanded fracking, new fracking, new pipelines, new natural gas or oil export terminals and other gas and oil infrastructure. A House version

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Outside activists threatening energy industry: CEA

Well-funded, out-of-state activists are threatening Oklahoma’s oil and gas resources and pipeline network, a consumer energy group warned in a recent report, CNHI News Service reported. Consumer Energy Alliance officials said the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and Food & Water Watch have operations in Oklahoma or members who are working to halt production in the state.

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WhiteWater Midstream expanding Agua Blanca system

Joint venture partners WhiteWater Midstream, MPLX LP, along with lead investor in the Agua Blanca pipeline system First Infrastructure Capital, this morning announced a positive final investment decision to expand the Delaware Basin Agua Blanca system. The expansion includes a 42-inch trunkline that more than doubles system capacity to over 3 billion cubic feet per day

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