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Pipelines, Storage & Power

Kinder Morgan sees dramatic gas expansion in 2012

Pipeline, terminal, and storage operator Kinder Morgan’s natural gas segment showed strong growth in 2011 on the back of mid-stream capacity expansions in shale, and the firm anticipates a sharp inc

19 January 2012
Exploration & Production

Peer review will undercut EPA fracking findings – API

Peer review will reveal flaws in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent findings suggesting a link between groundwater contamination and hydraulic fracturing, according to trade association the American Petroleum Institute.

19 January 2012
Companies & Finance

Australian boost to US exploration

Australia’s BHP Billiton has boosted expected petroleum exploration spending to $1.4 billion for the year ending 30 June 2012, up almost 200% over $477 million spent in the previous year.

18 January 2012
Supply & Demand

Storage limits may force shut-ins

Near-capacity storage levels are threatening to choke off the growth in US gas output

18 January 2012
Supply & Demand

Range Resources produces record 17.7 MMcm/d of gas equivalent

United States independent Range Resources produced a record 17.7 MMcm/d of gas equivalent in the fourth quarter of 2011, up by 16% over both the previous quarter and year-on-year.

17 January 2012
Gas for Transport

Transport’s impact on US gas market to remain muted

Greater gas consumption in the transport sector could drive US gas demand in the long term however logistical difficulties could prevent significant short-term impact

17 January 2012
Companies & Finance

US upstream M&A

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the United States’ upstream oil and gas sector hit record highs in 2011, both in terms of deal values and deal counts, according to the Global M&A Transactions Database of Houston-based oil and gas information service PLS.

16 January 2012
Companies & Finance

Canadian pipeline giants in $3.1 billion tie-up

Canadian midstream giant Pembina Pipeline announced on Monday that it had acquired fellow infrastructure company Provident Energy for C$3.2 billion ($3.14 billion), in the largest Canadian pipeline deal since 2005.

16 January 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Power sector fuel switching could slow in 2012

Low gas prices have led United States power generators to move away from coal as a feedstock, but the pace of price-induced fuel switching may slow despite expectations of a further drop in gas prices

13 January 2012
Exploration & Production

Chevron, Statoil and Repsol reach agreement on Canada exploration

Chevron, Statoil, and Repsol announced they have reached agreements on joint exploration offshore Canada on Thursday.

13 January 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

US liquids drive prompts demand for NGL outlets

Although the United States has seen strong growth in natural gas liquid production due to producers in shale plays shifting drilling to areas with greater liquids yield, poor infrastructure may hold b

12 January 2012
Companies & Finance

Enbridge’s $550 mln bond sale delayed

Enbridge’s planned $550 million bond sale in the United States was delayed indefinitely on Wednesday, one day after the Canadian pipeline company reported a small gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, said the Wall Street Journal.

12 January 2012
Companies & Finance

El Paso E&P assets proving tough sell for Kinder Morgan

United States pipeline giant Kinder Morgan may sell El Paso’s exploration and production assets (EPEP) piece by piece, given the absence of a buyer for the entire division.

12 January 2012
Exploration & Production

New York portion of Marcellus shale may remain off-limits

Oil and gas producers in New York state face an uphill battle to develop their portion of the Marcellus shale, because of environmental opposition to new permitting and potentially prohibitive regulat

11 January 2012
Exploration & Production

Oneok starts up Garden Creek

United States gas distributor Oneok has started up its new 100 MMcf (2.83 MMcm) per day Garden Creek natural gas processing facility in North Dakota, which takes associated gas from Bakken shale production.

11 January 2012
Supply & Demand

Banks forge bearish consensus on US prices

Expectations that gas prices will remain low in 2012 reflect a broad consensus that supply growth will continue to outpace increases in domestic demand.

10 January 2012
LNG

Hess abandons Crown Landing LNG plans

United States oil company Hess’ LNG affiliate has abandoned plans to site, build, and operate the proposed 33.98 MMcm/d Crown Landing LNG import terminal in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

10 January 2012
Companies & Finance

Nexen president and chief exec departs

Canadian independent Nexen announced the immediate departure of President and Chief Executive Marvin Romanow and Executive Vice-President for Canada Gary Nieuwenburg on 9 January. No reason was given for the change.

10 January 2012
Exploration & Production

Health effects of shale should be studied – conference

The public health effects of shale gas development need to be studied as production rapidly spreads in the United States, said Jerome Paulson, of the Mid-Atlantic Centre for Children's Health and the Environment, at a conference focused on shale gas and public health on Monday.

10 January 2012
Supply & Demand

Hedging pullback may signal drilling slowdown

United States natural gas producers are not hedging 2013 volumes as much as previous years, which could mean less production and much-needed support for the country's gas prices

9 January 2012

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