Infrastructure & Construction

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

January 16, 2018

NuStar Energy to expand capacity of Permian crude system

BY Patrick C. MillerNuStar Energy is expanding the capacity of its Permian crude transportation and storage system by 70,000 barrel per day. A binding open season on the expansion began Jan. 9 and will run for at least 30 days. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Gerard: Northeast could lower energy costs with Marcellus shale

BY Patrick C. Miller The Northeast U.S. wouldn't have to suffer from cold weather and high electricity rates if policymakers would approve infrastructure projects and make use of shale gas from the Marcellus, says Jack Gerard, API president and CEO. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

Marcellus, Utica operator pledges $580M for 2018 operations

BY Luke GeiverCNX Resources Corp. intends to invest up to $580 million into Marcellus and Utica shale play drilling and completion activities this year. The Pittsburgh-based company said it would also spend another $275 million on water, midstream and land. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

ONEOK to build $1.4 billion Elk Creek Pipeline to aid Bakken

BY Patrick C. MillerONEOK Inc. will add much-needed NGL take-away capacity to the Rocky Mountain region with the construction of the $1.4 billion Elk Creek Pipeline. Expected to be completed in 2019, the pipeline's capacity will be 240,000 barrels per day. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Paper: Northeast could be second U.S. petrochemical hub

BY Staff The Marcellus and Utica shale plays are unique in that they produce a large volume of ethane and propane. A new white paper says this could provide the U.S.. with a second petrochemical hub in addition to the Gulf Coast. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

New crude oil pipeline set for Eagle Ford

BY Luke GeiverHouston-based EVX Midstream Partners got off to a quick start in 2018. In McMullen County, Texas, the company has announced plans to construct, own and operate a new crude gathering line targeting Eagle Ford producers. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

EPIC completes dual Permian pipeline plan

BY Luke GeiverEPIC, a Texas-based midstream infrastructure firm, will use the right-of-way of an under construction natural gas liquids pipeline for a new-build 730-mile crude pipeline to move Permian-based crude to Corpus Christi. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

U.S. shale midstream companies could prosper in 2018

BY Patrick C. Miller A new report from a Colorado energy assets research firm forecasts a positive outlook for midstream companies operating in U.S. shale plays during 2018. East Daley Capital believes increases in crude and gas production will benefit some companies. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Houston midstream companies form DJ Basin joint venture

BY Patrick C. Miller Houston-based companies Noble Midstream Partners and Greenfield Midstream have formed a joint venture partnership to acquire the assets of Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream in Colorado's DJ Basin. The new partnership is called Black Diamond Gathering. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

Phillips 66, Enbridge plan west Texas crude pipeline

BY Patrick C. Miller Phillips 66 and Enbridge are planning a 385,000-barrel-per-day crude pipeline from the Permian in west Texas to Gulf Coast ports providing refining capacity and export opportunities. The Gray Oak Pipeline should be in service by 2019. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

Marcellus shale development doesn’t affect mortality rates

BY Staff A new report analyzing health data from six Pennsylvania counties with heavy gas development in the Marcellus shale play in a 10-year period shows that the development has had little or no impact on human health. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

PDC Energy expects 25 percent production increase for 2018

BY Patrick C. MillerPDC Energy, an independent E&P company headquartered in Denver, next year expects a 25 percent production increase for its operations in Colorado's Wattenberg Field and the Delaware Basin in Texas. It plans capital investments of up to $920 million. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

Eclipse Resources acquires Flat Castle acreage in Utica

BY Patrick C. Miller In a deal valued at $93.7 million, Eclipse Resources will acquire 44,500 acres in the Utica shale of north central Pennsylvania from Travis Peak Resources. An Eclipse subsidiary is also buying $18.3 million of midstream assets in the region. READ MORE

December 11, 2017

Rail car data firm, proppant handler combine to help shale

BY Staff The demand for proppant during times of high oilfield activity has created several services, technologies or trends,from proppant delivery infrastructure to the opening of idled sand mines. Railtronix is now bringing data to proppant suppliers. READ MORE

December 11, 2017

Chevron plans to spend $3.3 billion in Permian next year

BY Patrick C. Miller In 2018, Chevron plans to spend $3.3 billion of its $18.3 billion capital and exploratory budget in the Permian Basin. Another $1 billion will be invested in shale and tight rock oil and gas and $6.6 billion will be spent on U.S. upstream assets. READ MORE