FERC approves construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Three years after it was proposed, Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline has received federal approval to begin construction, reports LancasterOnline. The news site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued its “notice to proceed” for the 197-mile, $3 billion natural gas project. The pipeline will carry gas from wells in the Marcellus shale region in northeast Pennsylvania to markets up and down the East Coast, as well as for transport overseas. For more, read the full story.

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BP files for initial public offering of its U.S. pipeline assets

British energy company BP has filed for an initial public offering of its Midwest and Gulf Coast pipeline assets through BP Midstream Partners LP, the master limited partnership formed by the company's U.S. pipeline unit, Reuters reports. The news service says BP's pipeline assets include a network of 3,500 miles of pipelines and terminal facilities in the United States, including ones in Ohio. For more, read the full story.

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Patterson-UTI acquires directional driller MS Energy

Nasdaq.com reports that Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Multi-Shot, LLC, which does business as MS Energy Services, for approximately 8.8 million shares of Patterson-UTI common stock and $75 million in cash. Based in Conroe, Texas, MS Energy provides directional oil and natural gas drilling services and has operations in U.S. shale plays, including the Marcellus and Utica region. For more, read the full story.

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Hurricane’s impact shows importance of U.S. Gulf as energy hub

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) argues that the effects of Hurricane Harvey shutting down the Texas oil refining industry for several weeks “could soon all but evaporate the world's glut of gasoline and other fuels,” according to the Houston Chronicle. The Paris-based agency said the hurricane episode shows how important the Gulf Coast has become to global markets as a trading center that exports 4 million barrels of petroleum products a day. "The rise of the Gulf Coast as a major energy hub means that, in some respects, it can be compared to the Strait of Hormuz in that normal operations are too important to fail," IEA said. For more, read the full story.

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Tetco pipeline expansions to benefit Marcellus, Utica shale plays

Expansions on the Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) natural gas pipeline, which runs through Ohio, will increase flows on that line by nearly 1 billion cubic feet per day by the end of 2017, according to Argus Media. The news service says the pipeline's Gulf Markets Expansion Phase 2, Access South, Adair Southwest and Lebanon Extension projects will add more takeaway capacity for natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, and “should alleviate what has become a bottleneck at the Berne, Ohio compressor station.” Argus says Tetco “opened the door to higher southward flows” of natural gas with the completion of its Gulf Markets expansion in August. For more, read the full story.

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Report: Natural gas boom has hurt coal, nuclear power

The U.S. Department of Energy’s long-awaited report on electricity markets and the power grid says the rise of natural gas has hurt the coal industry, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says the report finds the natural gas boom — seen in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia with the Marcellus and Utica shale plays — has been a big factor in the closing of coal-fired power plants and lower demand for coal and nuclear power. “The development of abundant, domestic natural gas made possible by the shale revolution also has produced significant value for consumers and the economy overall,” the report said. For more, read the full story.

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‘Harvey’ serves as test for U.S. oil and gas shale sector

Tropical Storm Harvey has shut down a significant portion of Texas' oil and natural gas shale production, cutting off as much as 15% of U.S. oil supplies “in what is the first major storm to test” the U.S. shale sector, reports the Wall Street Journal. Energy analysts told the newspaper that much of the 1.4 million barrels of oil produced daily in the Eagle Ford shale play in south Texas has been cut off and may not return for weeks. The Journal notes that shale producers rely on a vast network of port facilities, train tracks and pipelines along the Texas coast, with many pieces of that network swamped by Harvey’s impact. For more, read the full story.


Energy Department taps Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease fuel shortage

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered the federal Strategic Petroleum Reserve to be tapped to help offset fuel shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, reports the Houston Chronicle. The Department of Energy said it would deliver a half million barrels of crude oil from the Reserve to a Phillips 66 refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The newspaper says historic flooding along the Gulf Coast “knocked out ports and pipelines, blocked oil tankers from docking and slowed the flow of crude [oil] upon which the nation's refinery hub around Houston is dependent.” For more, read the full story.


Hurricane’s impact raises concerns about concentration of refineries along Gulf coast

The New York Times reports the pounding from Hurricane Harvey on coastal Texas will probably be the biggest test so far of the risk of much of the nation’s oil refinery capacity and chemical production being concentrated along the Gulf of Mexico. Energy experts told the newspaper that Harvey’s impact “raises questions about the area’s role as a hub for such crucial and environmentally sensitive industries.” “Over the long term, the energy sector will have to consider the costs of additional hardening of the infrastructure on the Gulf Coast versus moving to a different location like the Eastern Seaboard,” said Michael E. Webber of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. For more, read the full story.


Dominion moves to commission LNG export facility at Cove Point

Dominion Energy has filed a request to introduce natural gas to parts of its Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility near Lusby, Maryland in order to commission the LNG loading equipment there, reports LNG World News.  Citing a filing by Dominion, the news site says the company plans to introduce feed gas and perform commissioning activities for the pre-treatment and liquefaction areas and for equipment related to loading ships. The export facility plans to use natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. For more, read the full story.

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