Infrastructure & Construction

April 16, 2018

Outrigger Energy II plans new DJ Basin midstream system

BY Luke GeiverDenver-based midstream services and development team Outrigger Energy is back in the shale game. The company, now operating as Outrigger Energy II announced plans to develop a tri-stream midstream system in the DJ Basin. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Frack sand facilities will serve Haynesville shale customers

BY Patrick C. Miller Two Performance Proppants facilities in Louisiana will be capable of producing 4.5 million tons of frack sand a year to serve the Haynesville shale play. The company has begun construction of a plant at River Ridge to complement its Hat Creek plant. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

Buckeye, Trafigura bring Suezmax tanker to U.S. shale oil port

BY Luke GeiverA Suezmax class vessel capable of shipping 1 million barrels of crude oil can now load along the ship channel in the Port of Corpus Christi. Buckeye Partners LP and Trafigura Trading LLC will ship crude from the Permian or Eagle Ford in the tankers. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

Port of Corpus Christi to get new oil export terminal

BY Patrick C. Miller To help handle a 267 percent increase in oil exports from the Port of Corpus Christi on the Texas Gulf Coast, plans for a new terminal have been approved. Corpus Christi Infrastructure will have exclusive use of a new oil dock and loading facilities. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania extend shale coalition

BY Patrick C. Miller The states of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are extending the agreement for the Tri-State Shale Coalition which enables them to jointly develop shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin. The goal is to grow businesses and create jobs. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

ND PSC approves gas plant, pipeline projects worth $251 million

BY Patrick C. Miller Permits for a new gas processing plant and a refined fuels pipeline totaling $251 million were approved this month by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The projects are expected to reduce flaring and improve safety in the Bakken. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Holt: Russia sows discord, discontent in American society

BY Staff What are the Russians hoping to achieve by using social media to disrupt U.S. energy markets and policies? David Holt, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, provides North American Shale with his perspective on a recent House committee report. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Oil and gas customer satisfaction leads to increased sales

BY Staff For oil and gas businesses that want to increase sales during times of higher oil prices, improving customer satisfaction could be the key. The 2017 Energy Benchmark Study found that looking beyond technical solutions can be profitable. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Hourglass plans first Colorado frack sand operation

BY Luke GeiverHallador Energy Co. is turning its coal mining expertise towards the frack sand industry. The Denver-based coal mining company that operates in Indiana and was formerly an E&P, is looking to turn $4 million into an in-basin frack sand operation. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

New Chevron Phillips Chemical ethane cracker begins operation

BY Patrick C. Miller Chevron Phillips Chemical has begun operating what it bills as one of the largest, most efficient ethane crackers in the world along the Texas Gulf Coast. Company CEO Mark Lashier says the U.S. shale revolution created the need for the facility. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

EPA issues year-in-review report for Pruitt’s first year

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report detailing the first year under current Administrator Scott Pruitt. The 37-page document outlines the current EPA's agenda and accomplishments. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Dallas Federal Reserve establishes Energy Advisory Council

BY Dallas Federal Reserve The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has formed an Energy Advisory Council to provide guidance on emerging trends and issues affecting the energy industry. Industry executives from Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana will serve on the council. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Russians are attempting to influence U.S. energy policy, markets

BY Patrick C. Miller The Russian government is using social media in an attempt to influence U.S. energy policy and disrupt the production of shale oil and gas from fracking, according to a report from the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

New electrical system powers Parsley Energy's Delaware assets

BY Patrick C. Miller A 10-year agreement between Priority Power Management and Parsley Energy has resulted in an electrical system to power oil and gas operations in the Delaware Basin. The system includes a substation and 33 miles of transmission lines. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

New Permian crude refiner to sell diesel back to drillers

BY Luke GeiverThe developer of a Permian Basin-based refinery is going full-circle with its shale-oil produced crude. Through a deal with Pilot Thomas Logistics, MMEX Resources will provide the diesel back to drilling rig operations in the region. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

ONEOK announces three new projects totaling $2.3 billion

BY Patrick C. Miller ONEOK will build three new infrastructure projects by 2020 totaling $2.3 billion in Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota to increase natural gas and NGL capacity. The facilities include a pipeline, a fractionator and a gas processing plant. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Pipeline will connect Haynesville shale to expanding markets

BY Patrick C. Miller With the demand for natural gas in southwestern Louisiana expected to triple by 2025, Tellurian Inc. is proposing a new pipeline connecting the market to the Haynesville shale play. Construction on the $1.4 billion project should begin in 2022. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

ND industry, state officials address flaring concerns

BY Patrick C. Miller Concerns about gas flaring have led the North Dakota Petroleum Council to reconvene a task force to study potential solutions. Slow BIA approval of right-of-ways on tribal lands contributes to the problem, said Lynn Helms, state DMR director. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Occidental forecasts 40 percent growth from Permian for 2018

BY Occidental Petroleum Corp. Occidental Petroleum expects an annual growth rate of 40 percent from its Permian Basin resources during 2018. The Houston-based company plans for a $3.9 billion capital budget and estimates an overall production increase of 8 to 12 percent. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Cimarex planning to spend more in Permian, Anadarko

BY Patrick C. Miller Cimarex Energy plans to spend about 70 percent of its $1.6 billion 2018 capital budget on operations in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. The remainder will go to the company's operations in the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Pioneer to divest of assets to become Permian pure-play operator

BY Patrick C. Miller Dallas-based independent E&P Pioneer Natural Resources will divest of some Texas and Colorado acreage to become a Permian pure-play operator this year. The company also plans capital expenditures of $2.9 billion focused on its Permian acreage. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

BLM reopens comment period for venting, flaring rule

BY U.S. Bureau of Land Management The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is commencing a comment period for its revised methane waste prevention rule that the agency reconsidered under the Trump administration. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Hess activity increase in the Bakken boosts Q4 production

BY Patrick C. Miller Hess Corp. reported a net loss of nearly $2.7 billion for the fourth quarter of 2017. However, increased drilling activity in the Bakken resulted in a 16 percent production increase with 27 wells drilled and 34 new wells coming online. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Joint venture to build Gulf Coast shale gas ethylene export site

BY Patrick C. Miller Expanding international markets for ethylene have resulted in a joint venture between Enterprise Products Partners and Navigator Holdings to build a new export terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The facility should be in operation by early 2020. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Canadian drillers plan to shift rigs to Permian Basin

BY Patrick C. Miller Two Canadian drilling companies based in Calgary, Alberta, will shift rigs to the Permian Basin in response to increased customer demand. Trinidad Drilling Ltd. will move eight rigs while Akita Drilling Ltd. will move its Rig 90 to Texas. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Targa adding cryogenic processing plant to Oklahoma gas play

BY Targa Resources Targa and MPLX will construct a new 150 million cubic feet per day cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Hughes County, Oklahoma, (the Hickory Hills plant) to process growing natural gas production from the Arkoma Woodford Basin. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

High oil prices could trigger systemic industry inflation

BY Staff Artem Abramov, vice president of analysis for Rystad Energy who specializes in North American shale plays, answered questions about oil and gas trends he's identified for 2018. Continued high oil prices could trigger inflation, he says. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Keystone XL gets enough commercial commitments to continue

BY Patrick C. Miller TransCanada now has enough commercial commitments to proceed with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will carry heavy crude from Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The company is continuing to secure additional commitments. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

RPSEA rolls out 10-year plan for U.S. oil and gas R&D

BY Patrick C. Miller A technology roadmap outlining where R&D dollars should be invested for the U.S. onshore and offshore oil and gas industry has been released by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). It includes data on emerging shale plays. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

Major Marcellus shale pipeline gains approval

BY PennEast Pipeline Co. The approval comes two weeks after a severe regional cold spell that forced natural gas prices in New Jersey to skyrocket 31 times above the low-cost gas supplies that PennEast will access. READ MORE