Politics & Regulation

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

FERC Proposes Guidance on Oil Pipeline Carrier Contracts with Affiliates

America’s energy market regulator, known as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has issued a suggested policy statement providing guidance for oil and petroleum products pipeline operators, concerning tariff rates and terms of conditions related to affiliate contracts.

Joe Biden on January 07, 2020 (copyright by Shutterstock/Ron Adar)
Joe Biden on January 07, 2020 (copyright by Shutterstock/Ron Adar)

Biden Presidency Imperils Key Oil Pipelines

There is much media speculation that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will result in delays or abandonment of new pipeline projects. Pipeline projects will depend less on government’s energy policies and more on the state of the oil and gas industry and market demand.

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Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

Pipeline company vows to reduce its GHG emissions 35% by 2030, hit zero by 2050

Calgary-based Enbridge, North America’s largest crude oil pipeline operator, has announced plans to drastically cut their greenhouse emissions by 35 percent by 2030 and to reach net zero by the year 2050.

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American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)

Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Now Part of US Defense Policy Bill Before Congress

In yet another move by the US government to prevent the 120-km pipe-laying completion of Nord Stream 2 on the floor of the Baltic, sanctions have been included  in the annual U.S. defense policy bill.

Pipes for natural gas pipelines (copyright bv Shutterstock/Pictureguy)
Pipes for natural gas pipelines (copyright bv Shutterstock/Pictureguy)

Colombia updates gas pipeline tariff regime

The Colombian state regulator of electricity, oil and gas markets, known as the Comisión de Regulación de Energía y Gas (CREG), has just published a new set of guidelines as part of its tariff regime update, known as resolution 160 of 2020.

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United Arab Emirates and Israel, two flags waving against blue sky (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)

Israel - UAE Deal to Transport Emirati Oil to Europe Takes Another Step Forward

As reported last month in the PTJ, the Israeli Europe Asia Pipeline Company (EAPC) has been active exploring the possibility of transporting oil from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Europe via a pipeline that connects the Red Sea city of Eilat and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon.

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Saudi Arabia on the map (copyright by Shutterstock/Marcio Jose Bastos Silva)

The Islamic State Calls on Its Followers to Target Oil Pipelines in Saudi Arabia

The Islamic State has long targeted leading officials in the Saudi monarchy for their perceived apostacy. The terrorist organization has placed the Kingdom in its sights once again by calling on its supporters to target oil pipelines and other economic infrastructure for attack.

nagorno-karabakh map (copyright by Shutterstock/Nemanja Cosovic)
nagorno-karabakh map (copyright by Shutterstock/Nemanja Cosovic)

TAP pipeline commissioning unlikely to be disrupted by Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The end-of-year commissioning of the 10 billion cubic metre (BCM) a year Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is unlikely to be disrupted by the ongoing clash between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Pipes for natural gas pipelines (copyright bv Shutterstock/Pictureguy)
Pipes for natural gas pipelines (copyright bv Shutterstock/Pictureguy)

Alberta announces new diversified petrochemical pipeline strategy

Alberta’s October announcement of a new natural gas policy is focused on three initiatives: a plastics recycling program, the development of a hydrogen economy and exports of natural gas to Asia and Europe. The last would require new export pipelines and up to three Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export plants.

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A man in a business suit offers money (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleksandrum)

Atlantic Sunrise Shale Gas Pipeline Gets Hit With Big Fines

Transco, the company behind the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise shale gas pipeline from Susquehanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania as far south as Alabama, is paying more than $700,000 in penalties for violations in nine counties. 

Guangdong province map (copyright by Shutterstock/mrwood)
Guangdong province map (copyright by Shutterstock/mrwood)

PipeChina Seals New Pact with Southern Guangdong

PipeChina, China's newly formed oil and gas pipeline behemoth whose birth was reported in these pages on 24 July of this year, has taken a concrete step in implementing its strategic vision: Southern Guangdong became the first province to transfer its natural gas pipeline network to the company, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Nord Stream 2 sanctioned by US House of Representatives (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Political Winds Roiling Nord Stream 2

By its very trajectory Nord Stream 2, as with its relative Nord Stream 1, was bound to be controversial.  Threaten U.S. sanctions on companies building the pipeline and you have enough to constitute a veritable crisis. And now, with the suspected poisoning of chief Kremlin nemesis Alexei Navalny, you have one.

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PHMSA logo (copyright by PHMSA)

Over $97 Million in Grants For Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it is awarding over $97 million in grants through its pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.

Terrorist attack in Syria (copyright by Adobe Stock/Jonathan Stutz)
Terrorist attack in Syria (copyright by Adobe Stock/Jonathan Stutz)

Syria Believes ISIS Behind Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion

A 1200-km natural gas pipeline carrying the commodity from Egypt into Jordan, Lebanon and ultimately Syria exploded near Damascus early Monday morning causing a near nationwide blackout. The Syrian Oil Minister suspects that this could be a terrorist act.