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Construction Begins on Louisiana LNG Terminal Expansion

Cheniere Energy Partners is proceeding with Train 5 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Cameron Parish, LA, and has issued a notice to proceed with construction to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc.

The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project is being designed for up to six liquefaction trains, each with nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tons per annum.

Cheniere has five liquefaction trains under construction at Sabine Pass, with Train 1 expected to make its first LNG later this year. Train 5 is expected to commence operations as early as 2018. 

North Dakota Mulling Multiple New Pipelines

“The North Dakota Public Service Commission early in the month flashed a green light for Hess Corp.'s Hawkeye crude oil project, including a 23-mile, 12-inch diameter line and conversion of 2.4 miles of 8-inch gas pipeline. Separately, the three-member regulatory panel held a public hearing on the proposed 15-mile Bridger Pipeline LLC oil line in Billings and Stark Counties, and set another hearing for Thursday on ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC's new 4-mile, 8-inch diameter natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline and associated facilities, part of the Lonesome Creek Pipeline Project,” Natural Gas Intelligence is reporting.

“Overall, North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), which oversees the bulk of the gas and oil gathering and salt water pipelines in the state, is expecting up to 3,000 miles of pipelines to be installed by the end of 2015, according to DMR Director Lynn Helms.”

Central Valley (CA) May Build Recycled Wastewater Pipeline

The city of Modesto, CA is spending $150 million in upgrades to its wastewater recycling program to meet water quality requirements that, while not suitable for drinking water, would be safe to use for agricultural purposes. In drought-stricken California’s Central Valley, there is a plan to build a $100 million pipeline to carry this recycled wastewater to local farms. Called the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, it would be the largest project of its kind in California.

Northwest Europe Refining Margins Highest Since at Least 2003

“Margins from refineries in northwest Europe rose fivefold last quarter to the highest since at least 2003, data from Total SA shows. In the preceding quarter, the share of profit from processing crude and chemicals at Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC was four times higher than the same period a year earlier,” Bloomberg reports.

“The turnaround follows last year’s end to an oil boom that tripled the cost of crude for processing since 2009 and spurred a focus on drilling instead of refining. A decade-long doubling of refining capacity in China also swamped European efforts to rein in supply. Crude’s slump in the past year has reversed the dynamic, curbing refining costs and raising demand for fuels.”

New Pipelines Bringing Shale Boom to the South

“Pipeline expansions by Williams Cos., Kinder Morgan Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp. will carry shale gas from the Marcellus reservoir to southern states as early as the fourth quarter,” Bloomberg reports.

“New pipelines are closing the divide between the winners and losers of America’s shale revolution as long-awaited supplies from tight-rock formations move to southern states and other regions. Without a Marcellus of its own, the Southeast, including Florida, where demand is booming, has missed out on the cheap fuel that has come with increased output.” 

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