Approves Construction of 898-Mile Crude Pipeline
approved an application to build an 898-mile (1,445-km) pipeline designed to transport the country’s
crude oil to international markets.
The $3.5 billion
pipeline, planned by a company controlled
TotalEnergies, will run from Uganda’s oilfields in the west to a port on
Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast.
The cabinet approval
for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Company Ltd. (EACOP) project is a major
step forward for development of the nation’s oilfields, which has been stalled for two decades due to a
lack of infrastructure and rifts between the government and oil companies.
(62%) is the largest shareholder in EACOP. Other investors are the state-run
Uganda National Oil Company (15%), Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation
(15%) and China’s CNOOC (8%).
geologists estimate that the country has gross reserves of 6 billion barrels, with
1.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
Backs Scaled-Back ConocoPhillips Alaska Oil Project
President Joe Biden’s administration will back a lesser version of ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska, setting the stage for legal challenges.
$6 billion Willow project area contains about 600 million barrels of oil and carries
local significance it that would offset oil production declines in a state that
relies heavily on the drilling industry.
vowed during his 2020 election campaign to end federal oil and gas drilling as
part of a move toward a decarbonized economy, but lawsuits from drilling states and pressure
to boost production following the Ukraine invasion caused a jump in energy
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published the project’s final
environmental review, selecting a “preferred alternative” with three drilling
sites and a reduced amount of infrastructure than proposed. ConocoPhillips had had
wanted up to five drill sites, dozens of miles of roads, seven bridges and
pipelines, according to Reuters.
to BLM’s analysis, the design it endorsed would reduce the project’s impact on
habitats for species like polar bears and yellow-billed loons. Alaska officials
and ConocoPhillips backed that option in letters submitted to the agency in
of 106-Mile Gas Pipeline to Serbia Underway
began the construction of a long-stalled natural gas link with Serbia that will
allow flows of non-Russian gas to Belgrade.
106 mile (170-km) gas pipeline, which will run from the town of Novi Iskar,
Bulgaria, to Nis, Serbia, is expected to be online by the fourth quarter.
pipeline, first considered in 2012, is partially financed through European
Union aid and will give Serbia access to non-Russian supplies from the Southern
gas corridor and LNG terminals in Greece and Turkey.
pipeline, which will allow gas to flow in both directions, will diversify routes
linking Bulgaria to the European gas network.
which was cut off from Russian gas imports last April, has opened a new gas
interconnector link with Greece that currently transports 1 billion cubic
meters of Azeri gas per year. Sofia has also sealed a long-term capacity deal
with Turkey to import LNG.
the only gas link between the two countries transports Russian gas from the
TurkStream gas pipeline to Serbia.
GasLink Pipeline Costs Expected to Top $10 Billion
Energy now puts the cost for finishing the Coastal GasLink project at billion
$10.89 billion (C$14.5), citing bad weather and a shortage of skilled labor as
the primary reasons. That is about a 30% increase over the previous estimate.
in 2018, the 416-mile (670-km) pipeline will transport natural gas to the Shell
Plc’s LNG Canada’s first LNG export terminal, on the west coast of British
project has faced several construction delays due to COVID-19 disruptions and
protests from environmentalists and some First Nations. Work crews also were attacked
by masked assailants who damaged equipment and construction trailers in
MEG Energy, an oil shipper which has booked 20,000 bpd of capacity on the
pipeline, said recently it is expected to begin being filled with oil late this
Pipeline Company Sues Over Local Iowa Siting Ordinance
of a carbon capture pipeline network sued an Iowa over an
ordinance it said restricts the siting of pipelines in a manner that has been overruled
by a federal pipeline safety law.
In its filing,
Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions told an Iowa federal court that the rule,
passed in November, could delay a segment of its pipeline network, effecting
several Midwest states. Summit asked the court to bar implementation of the
proposed a 1,900-mile network of underground pipelines that would connect five states, allowing
ethanol plants to ship liquefied carbon emissions captured during production to
sequester sites in North Dakota.
carbon is needed to ensure state ethanol producers can comply with increasingly
strict emissions laws in some of Iowa’s biggest markets for ethanol including
California, Oregon and Canada, according to the lawsuit.
Pipeline Gains Approval to Expand in Florida
Pipeline Company (PPC), a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities, received approval
from the Florida Public Service Commission to provide natural gas to about 4,000
new residences and businesses in the Nassau County, Florida.
one of construction involves three new pipeline segments, which consist of
steel pipe, new regulator stations and improvements, a new gas injection point
and three new points of delivery. Phase two of the project involves the
installation of two new steel pipeline segments.
Public Utilities (FPU), a Chesapeake Utilities subsidiary, already serves 1,500
residences and commercial buildings in the 24,000-square-acre Wildlight development,
where construction began in 2017. By 2027, Wildlight will include 22,000
residential units and numerous commercial businesses.
Argentina Inks $540 Million Deal for
Gas Pipeline Projects
Argentina’s government said it reached a $540 million deal with the
CAF development bank to extend natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure
linked to the country’s massive Vaca Muerta basin.
The infrastructure plan, expected to be approved this month, would
boost a pair the La Carlota-Tio Pujio and Reversal del Norte gas projects, as
well as building compression plants.
“With these projects we will be able to supply the entire north
with gas from Vaca Muerta and increase the possibilities of gas export volumes
to Chile and Brazil,” Economy Minister Sergio Massa, said in a Twitter post.
Indonesia Approves Revised Plan for Kasuri Gas Project
Indonesia approved a
revised development plan for the Phase 1 of the by Genting Oil & Gas project in West Papua,
following revised production estimates, according to the nation’s energy
The altered plan shows
an increased amount of 2.67 Tscf/d in the Kasuri block, which is a significant
revision over the 1.73 Tscf/d, the ministry said.
“Production from this
field will be utilized by a fertilizer plant in Papua and for a liquefied
natural gas plant,” said Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif Arifin.
Genting Oil & Gas
also signed an agreement with an Indonesian state-controlled fertilizer
producer, Pupuk Kaltim, to supply 102 billion British thermal units of gas per
day to its $1.5 billion fertilizer plant, the statement said.
French Operator GRTgaz Looks at Building Hydrogen Pipeline
French gas transmission system operator
GRTgaz opened a call for interest to determine the viability of building a
hydrogen pipeline linking the French side of the Franco-Spanish pipeline BarMar,
with a local storage facility.
The BarMar project is expected to
connect Spain and France by the end of the decade, through an undersea pipeline
between Barcelona, Spain, and Marseille, the initial French entry point at
The call for interest is for a section
of the pipeline between the Fos-sur-Mer port, near Marseille, and storage
capacity near Manosque, also in southern France.
Inquiries Ongoing, UN Security Council Told
Investigations by three nations into
explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines are still underway, the three
countries told the U.N. Security Council in a letter on Tuesday ahead of a
meeting called by Russia on the September incident.
Russia wants the Security Council to seek
an independent inquiry into the explosions, which released into the Baltic Sea.
Denmark, Germany and Sweden told the
Security Council in a joint statement that the “Russian authorities have been
informed regarding the ongoing investigations,” which have thus far determined
the damage was caused by “powerful explosions due to sabotage.”
Strikes Gas Gathering Deals with Oil Major Chevron
Williams signed deals with oil major
Chevron Corp.’s unit to support natural gas development in the Haynesville
basin, as well as the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Williams will provide natural gas
gathering services to Chevron’s 26,000-acre Haynesville assets, while the oil
major agreed to a long-term capacity commitment on Williams’ Louisiana Energy
Gateway (LEG) project.
Williams had recently reached a final
investment decision to build its proposed LEG project to gather natural gas
produced in the Haynesville shale basin.
In another mover, Williams said it will
use existing infrastructure to serve production from the Blind Faith platform,
located 160 miles southeast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.
In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,
Chevron is developing the Ballymore tieback to the Blind Faith platform.
Using existing connections to Blind
Faith, Williams will provide offshore natural gas gathering and crude oil
transportation services as well as onshore natural gas processing services for
The Haynesville shale basin covers
parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Greece, Bulgaria Giving 186-Mile Oil
Project Another Look
Greece and Bulgaria may breath life
back into an oil pipeline project that would ship crude from the
Alexandroupolis, Greece, on the Aegean Sea, to Burgas, Bulgaria, on the Black
Sea, Greek government sources said.
Bulgaria has sought to build the 186
miles (300 km) trans-Balkan oil pipeline to secure non-Russian crude oil
supplies for its only oil refinery on the Black Sea.
Greece would like to become a key
European transit route for gas traveling to the Balkan region through the
Mediterranean Sea and further to the north thanks to new gas infrastructure
In 2022, Greece increased it LNG
deliveries, primarily from the United States and Egypt. P&GJ