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RigUp Expands Into Midstream

RigUp Expands Into Midstream – New Pipeline

RigUp | The Midstream Consulting Firm

After becoming the largest provider of contingent labor in the upstream energy market, RigUp is proud to announce that their business is expanding into midstream operations.

What Is RigUp?

RigUp is the energy industry’s largest and fastest-growing marketplace for contractors and service providers. RigUp is built by the industry, for the industry. Their mission is to empower all the men and women who power the world by creating economic opportunity and building community across the strongest network in the energy industry.

According to their website, RigUp can now currently save money for the following midstream roles:

Chief Inspector

Pipeline Inspector

Welding Inspector

Construction Foreman

Construction Manager

Project Manager

Coating Inspector

Cathodic Protection

 

RigUp is also looking to empower individuals who are currently managing the roles mentioned above with workforce management solutions such as payments, invoicing and affordable insurance. If this applies to your business, consider becoming a RigUp Certified Engineer.

What Are the Benefits of Becoming a RigUp Certified Engineer?

  • Find your own projects or fulfill projects from 250+ currently approved companies.
  • Let RigUp take care of general and administrative tasks such as insurance, MSA diligence, invoicing and payments.
  • Utilize RigUp’s bidding tools and extensive network of approved service providers to hire a vendor or purchase equipment.
  • Fulfill any position in oil and gas using our network of thousands of independent contractors. We take care of the background and drug tests, verify certifications, and get them ready to work for you. You can search the marketplace, post a job, or if you know who you want to work with already, let us take care of the on-boarding.

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Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity

Northeast Looking at Record Gas Pipeline Buildout in 2018

By Katie Dyl and Jim O’Sullivan, U.S. Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects construction of new natural gas pipeline capacity in the United States to continue in 2018, in particular in the northeastern United States.

By the end of 2018, if all projects come online by their scheduled service dates, more than 23 Bcf/d of takeaway capacity will be online out of the Northeast, up from an estimated 16.7 Bcf/d at the end of 2017 and more than three times the takeaway capacity at the end of 2014.

Natural Gas Pipeline CapacityThe growth of natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica basins in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and W.V., is constrained by the lack of available takeaway pipeline capacity to move it to new markets. As new pipeline projects come online, they will create an outlet for increased production, providing natural gas to demand markets in the Midwest, the Southeast, eastern Canada, and the Gulf Coast.

Currently, no major pipeline capacity expansions in advanced development are slated to come online in New England because of stakeholder concerns raised in the development process.

Existing and planned natural gas pipelineOf the projects scheduled to be in service by the end of 2018, most are associated with four major interstate pipelines: Columbia Pipeline Group (TCO), which includes both Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf Transmission; Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco); Rover Pipeline; and NEXUS Pipeline.

The Columbia Pipeline Group (TCO) has two expansion projects intended to add 4.2 Bcf/d of takeaway capacity out of the Northeast: Leach Xpress and Mountaineer Xpress. The Leach Xpress project, which entered service on Jan 1, supplies an additional 1.5 Bcf/d of capacity out of West Virginia and Ohio, and the Mountaineer Xpress project, which is scheduled to enter service in late 2018, will increase takeaway out of West Virginia by an additional 2.7 Bcf/d.

As much as 2 Bcf/d of the natural gas from these two pipelines can be sent directly to the Gulf Coast via expansion projects on TCO’s Columbia Gulf pipeline, and the remainder will enter the TCO pool in Boyd County, Ky. Another TCO expansion project, the WB Xpress project, will increase mainline capacity to both the east (500 MMcf/d) and west (800 MMcf/d) when it is completed in late 2018.

Three projects associated with the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline are intended to add more than 3 Bcf/d of capacity out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia: Atlantic Sunrise, Mountain Valley Pipeline, and Equitrans Expansion. Atlantic Sunrise, the first phase of which was completed in 2017, is a nearly $3 billion project that will provide 1.7 Bcf/d of bidirectional capacity on the Transco System.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (2 Bcf/d), a new pipeline from West Virginia to the Transco system in southern Virginia, and the Equitrans Expansion Project (0.600000 MMcF/d), which brings natural gas from northwest Pennsylvania to an interconnection with the Mountain Valley Pipeline, are also scheduled to come online in 2018.

The first phase of Rover Pipeline was completed in late 2017, and Phase 2 is expected to come online in mid-2018. Phase 2 includes 3.25 Bcf/d of new capacity into Midwestern markets and the Dawn hub in Ontario, Canada.

NEXUS Pipeline, which follows a similar route to Rover, will add 1.5 Bcf/d of new capacity. Natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica basins will be delivered to this pipeline by the 950 MMcf/d Appalachian Lease Project, also scheduled to come online in 2018.

Separately, nuclear, coal and older oil-fired power plants are rapidly being shut down and replaced by more-efficient and cleaner-burning gas-fired facilitiess.

Con Edison, for example, said between 2012 and 2016, more than 5,000 large New York City buildings switched from oil to natural gas for heating. Additionally, according to RBN Energy, the Northeast Gas Association (NGA) 2017 Regional Market report showed natural gas heated homes in the Northeast grew by more than 1million since 2008.

Three projects associated with the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline are intended to add more than 3 Bcf/d of capacity out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Source Article: P&GJ

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FERC Approves Atlantic Coast Construction through N.C.

FERC Approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction for N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to proceed in North Carolina.

FERC officials this week approved work to proceed without further steps to protect endangered species. The FERC order issued Tuesday said work could be stopped to protect the environment if ordered by a federal court.

Opponents are trying to force a stop to the $6 billion project after a federal appeals court in Virginia in May vacated a U.S. Fish and Wildlife service approval meant to protect threatened or endangered species.

The pipeline being developed by Dominion Energy, Duke Energy and Southern Company will carry Marcellus Shale natural gas production from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina.


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Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Site - Aerial View

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Progress – An Aerial View

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Trans mountain pipeline project

Canada fails to find private-sector buyer for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

OTTAWA – The Canadian federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing to quickly flip the project to another private-sector buyer.

Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan had been working with the government to identify another buyer before July 22.

But with that date set to pass without a deal, it was expected the pipeline company will now take Ottawa’s $4.5-billion offer to purchase the project to its shareholders.

Pending their approval, the sale, which includes the existing pipeline, the pumping stations and rights of way, and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., will be approved sometime in August or September.

The $4.5-billion purchase price does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, which previous estimates have pegged at around $7.4 billion.

Finding another buyer for the project before Sunday’s deadline was widely considered a long shot because of the project’s risks.

But the government insists it does not plan to own and operate the pipeline over the long term and is expected to continue talking to interested parties.

The government had previously indicated that there were numerous groups interested in purchasing the controversial project, including pension funds and Indigenous groups.

READ MORE: First Nations eyeing bid to buy Trans Mountain pipeline

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s spokesman, Daniel Lauzon, said Ottawa still intends to sell the pipeline, if and when a suitable partner is identified and it’s in the best interests of Canadians.

“We have no interest in being a long-term owner of a pipeline, but we will be the temporary caretaker,” Lauzon told The Canadian Press on Sunday. “We won’t rush that.”

News of the failure to find another partner by July 22 came one day after protesters opposed to the Trans Mountain expansion took to Parliament Hill in hazardous-materials suits and carrying a fake pipeline.

It was the latest in a string of such rallies by environmental and Indigenous groups, which also included the erection of a similar cardboard pipeline outside the Canadian High Commission in London in April.

Lauzon on Sunday defended the decision to purchase the pipeline, saying the project, whose aim is to get Canadian oil to Asian markets, remains in the national interest.

The Trans Mountain expansion will build a new pipeline roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-km line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C.

It will nearly triple the line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels a day. Trans Mountain is the only pipeline carrying Alberta crude to the West Coast and the hope is that most of the oil will end up in tankers bound for Asia.

Ottawa approved the expansion project in November 2016 and British Columbia’s then-Liberal government followed suit two months later.

But four months after that, the provincial Liberals were replaced by the NDP under John Horgan, who has a coalition of sorts with the Green party that includes an agreement to oppose the expansion in every way possible.

The federal government has said its hand was forced by Horgan, who has gone to court for judicial approval to regulate what can flow through the pipeline – a measure of opposition that made Kinder Morgan Canada, the project’s original owner, too nervous to continue.

The company halted all non-essential spending on the pipeline expansion in April pending reassurances from Ottawa that the project would come to fruition.

The federal government had said Canada would cover any cost overruns caused by B.C.’s actions, but in the end that wasn’t enough.

Following the government’s announcement that it planned to purchase the pipeline, Kinder Morgan agreed to start construction this summer as planned.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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TransCanada Coastal Gaslink Pipeline route map

TransCanada Coastal GasLink Pipeline Work to Begin in 2019

The comments followed a commitment from the chief executive of LNG Canada on Tuesday that the C$40 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal would be under construction in 2018. A final investment decision, or FID, from the project partners is expected this year.

“We would be looking at constructing in the early part of 2019,” Coastal Gaslink President Richard Gateman told reporters at an LNG conference. “We could be doing a little bit of field work in the fall (of 2018), if there’s an FID decision.”

TransCanada’s 670-km (415-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline will cross two mountain ranges to connect rich shale fields in Alberta and northeast British Columbia with the proposed LNG Canada export terminal on British Columbia’s northwest coast.

If the project goes ahead, it will be a game changer for Canada’s natural gas producers, which currently face steep discounts for their product because of sagging demand in the United States and a lack of other export markets.

TransCanada expects to award contracts for the construction to four consortiums within the next two months, Gateman said. Those contractors will be a mix of local and international players with experience building in mountainous terrain, he said.

The company also expects to provide a cost update around the same time, he said, adding: “I’ll say that that was an estimate in 2011 dollars and if you take that to 2018 dollars, it’s a little bit more, but it’s not substantially more.”

Bateman also said TransCanada had worked hard to keep costs down on the project, just as the LNG Canada partners have worked to bring down costs on the terminal project.

“We contributed our part in terms of the pipeline budget and they did their part on the facility, which is why it looks like it is successfully coming together,” he said.

LNG Canada is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell, PetroChina Co, Mitsubishi and Korea Gas. TransCanada will own and operate the pipeline.

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Feds Allow Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction to Resume

Atlantic Coast Pipeline project team & Spring Ridge Constructors Committed to Sourcing from local union halls.

If you are a tradesperson looking to join the robust workforce of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, get in touch with your union representative, below:

Laborers:

Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
Alix Khani
(240) 650-4993
recruiter@maliuna.org
webuildmidatlantic.com

Teamsters:

Teamsters National Pipeline (Teamsters)
David L. LaBorde, Central Region Construction and National Pipeline Director
(202) 528-3689
dlaborde@teamster.org
http://www.teamsterspipeline.com

Operators:

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Bob Wilds, Pipeline Director
(202) 549-4449
rwilds@Iuoe.org
http://www.IUOE.org

Welders, Helpers & Journeyman:

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA)
Terry Langley, Local Union 798 Organizer
(918)606-5543
terry@local798.org
http://www.local798.org
These four crafts and trades will include a mix of local and non-local workers. The non-local workers bring a breadth of specialized skills to the project due to their experience working on pipelines. The local workforce will make up approximately 50 percent of this group. SRC will work with local union halls to fill these positions. All interested persons should contact their local union halls (those contacts outlined here) for more information.

Inspectors:
If you are an inspector, specialist, or worker willing to travel, send an email to the ACP project team.

Vendors & Suppliers:
If your company is interested in being a supplier to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, complete our Vendor Registration Form.


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San Mateo Black River Oil Pipeline, LLC Announces Binding Open Season

San Mateo Black River Oil Pipeline, LLC Announces Binding Open Season

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE) –

May 11th, 2018

A leading provider of Midstream Services in the Delaware Basin

 

 

 

San Mateo Black River Oil Pipeline, LLC announced its binding open season on the Rustler Breaks Pipeline Project, a proposed approximately 17-mile, 10-inch diameter crude petroleum gathering & transportation system to be constructed from Eddy County, NM to an interconnect with Plains Pipeline, L.P. in Eddy County, NM.

The open season provides an opportunity for shippers to support the gathering system Project by making acreage dedications & volume commitments for priority (firm) service, or acreage dedications for non-firm committed service, thereby becoming committed shippers for the term of their transportation services agreements. The final volume of capacity for both committed and uncommitted service on the Project will be determined by San Mateo in part based on the results of this open season.

The binding open season will begin May 9, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time, and will end on June 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. For more information about the Project and the open season documents, please visit www.sanmateomidstream.comor contact Corey Lothamer, Vice President of Business Development, at (972) 371-5203 or info@sanmateomidstream.com.

About San Mateo Midstream, LLC

San Mateo Midstream, LLC is a strategic joint venture formed in February 2017 by a subsidiary of Matador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR) and a subsidiary of Five Point Energy LLC. San Mateo Midstream provides an all-inclusive approach to midstream services for the three main product streams produced by oil and natural gas activities, including salt water gathering and disposal services, natural gas gathering, compression, treating and processing services, and oil gathering, transportation and blending services. San Mateo Midstream owns and operates oil, natural gas and water gathering and transportation systems in Eddy County, New Mexico and Loving County, Texas, the Black River Processing Plant in Eddy County, New Mexico with a designed inlet capacity of 260 million cubic feet of natural gas per day and six commercial salt water disposal wells in Eddy County, New Mexico and Loving County, Texas. San Mateo Midstream serves as one of the primary midstream solutions for multiple customers across the northern Delaware Basin, including its anchor customer Matador Resources Company.

Project Details

  • 17-mile, 10-inch diameter crude petroleum gathering and transportation system

Contacts

San Mateo Midstream, LLC
Michael Frenzel, 972-371-5221
Finance Director and Treasurer
info@sanmateomidstream.com

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ENERGY TRANSFER ROVER PIPELINE

West Virginia allows ETP to Resume Work on Rover NG Pipeline

MAY 7, 2018 / 1:58 PM / 3 DAYS AGO

Rover Pipeline, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, has received authorization from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to resume work on the Sherwood Lateral. According to the WVDEP, the cease and desist order, issued March 7, was lifted last week.

The ruling marks the third positive development for the project in the last two weeks. Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Rover permission to commence operations on the Market Zone North Segment, and, on April 25, the commission ruled the company could place in service a new compressor station and a 51-mile pipeline segment connecting it to one of the two compressor stations already approved.

Phase 1 of the partnership’s $4.2 billion project was also placed into service in segments, with portions starting operations in August and December of 2017. Since December, Rover has transported up to 1.7 Bcf/d of natural gas from Marion Township in Noble County, Ohio, to Tiffin Township in Defiance, Ohio.

Upon expected completion in the second quarter of this year, the 713-mile system will be capable of transporting 3.25 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale production areas to markets across the United States and to the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada.

In a project update released two weeks ago, ETP said it has “successfully completed 98% of the HDDs needed for the project and is more than 99% complete with the total project construction.”

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TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City Nebraska

TransCanada to Begin Work on Keystone XL Pipeline in Montana

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WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) plans to start preliminary work on its Keystone XL pipeline project in Montana in the fall of 2018 ahead of full construction in 2019, according to a letter from the U.S. State Department to Native American tribes.

The letter, dated April 10, and seen by Reuters, states that the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes were being notified of the upcoming work as part of government consultation aimed at minimizing any adverse effect on their historic territory in northeast Montana.

The 1,180-mile (1,899 km) Keystone XL pipeline project has been a lightning rod of controversy for a decade, hotly contested by environmentalists but desperately needed by Canadian oil producers who face steeper-than-normal crude price discounts due to transportation bottlenecks. 

“As you may be aware, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (Keystone) intends to begin vegetative clearing in preparation for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline (Project) this fall,” the State Department letter said. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. is a subsidiary of Calgary-based TransCanada.

Sent from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs within the State Department, the letter added that the work would involve “clearing vegetation to build the construction camps and pipe yards this fall (2018) with pipeline construction to begin next year (2019).”


TransCanada has not yet made an official investment decision on the $8 billion pipeline, which would extend from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, though the company has said previously that it expects to start construction in 2019.

When asked about the letter on Thursday, TransCanada said: “We are progressing towards a final investment decision. We expect construction to begin in 2019 and we are doing the necessary work to prepare for those activities.”

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter, which also notifies the Montana tribes that they will be consulted on new survey work to be done in the spring and summer of 2018, due to a route change in Nebraska.

U.S. President Donald Trump handed TransCanada a federal permit for the pipeline in March, reversing a 2015 refusal by former President Barack Obama. But the line has run into hurdles in Nebraska, where it was approved but not along TransCanada’s preferred route, and the approval is now being appealed.

“The question is will they build a pipeline to nowhere?” said Brian Jorde, a lawyer who represents Nebraska landowners fighting the pipeline. “This is an investment risk analysis TransCanada must perform.”

Reporting by Valerie Volcovici in Washington and Julie Gordon in Calgary; Editing by Tom Brown

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