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Which U.S. States Rank as Top Net Energy Suppliers

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released State Energy Data System estimates for net energy supply, which provide data on each state’s total primary energy production and consumption. Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Dakota ranked as the top five net suppliers of energy in 2015. Overall, 12 states produced more primary energy than they consumed, while 38 states and D.C. were net recipients of energy.

Texas leads the nation in both energy production and consumption. Texas, which produces 41% more total energy than it consumes, is also a leading net energy exporter. The state accounts for more than one-third of U.S. crude oil production, nearly one-third of natural gas production, and more than one-fourth of wind-powered electricity generation. For each of those fuels, Texas is the largest producing state. 

New NGL Pipeline Slated for Texas

“Permico Energia LLC, Houston, plans to build a 510-mile, 24-in. OD NGL pipeline to ship West Texas Permian basin production to a newbuild 300,000-b/d fractionator near Corpus Christi, Tex. The project also includes construction of a 350-mile system of downstream product pipelines accessing both an 8 million-bbl storage site and Gulf Coast industrial users, including the Mont Belvieu, Tex., market,” Oil & Gas Journal reports.

Permico’s Texas NGL Project will pipe Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) produced from the Permian, Delaware and Eagle Ford basins to the Corpus Christi area where they will be fractionated into purity products and moved into Texas and international markets via product pipelines and water borne transport. 

DTE to Construct Natural Gas-Fired Plant in Michigan

DTE Energy is seeking to build a natural gas-fired power plant of about 1,100 megawatts (MW) on existing company property in East China Township, MI, that will provide power for 850,000 homes beginning in 2022. The almost $1 billion project will be built at a cost of approximately $860 per kilowatt and is scheduled to break ground in 2019.

DTE selected the East China Township site for its new natural gas plant because it already has in place electric, natural gas and other infrastructure. DTE has operated the St. Clair and Belle River coal-fired power plants there for many decades.

Long term, DTE plans to produce over three-quarters of its power from renewable energy and highly efficient natural gas-fired power plants. 

Nuclear’s Future Cloudy Following SC Project Cancellations

The Santee Cooper board of directors voted to suspend construction of Units 2 and 3 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, SC. The decision is based in large part on a comprehensive analysis of detailed schedule and cost data, from both project contractor Westinghouse Electric Co. and subcontractor Fluor Corp., first revealed after Westinghouse, filed for bankruptcy in March.

The most recent analysis, anticipating the rejection of the contract by Westinghouse in bankruptcy proceedings, shows the final cost for Santee Cooper to complete the project would be $8.0 billion for construction and approximately $3.4 billion for interest. The schedule delays increased the projected interest costs 143% over the original plan. 

MMEX Resources Building Texas Refinery

MMEX Resources Corp. has purchased 126 acres in Pecos County, TX for the construction of its Phase I 10,000 barrel-per-day (BPD) crude distillation unit near Fort Stockton, TX. The 126-acre land site will house MMEX’s Phase I 10,000 BPD crude distillation unit announced last month, which will have a total footprint of 15 acres and be a companion to the Phase II $450M, 50,000 BPD refinery announced in March.

As part of the land sale agreement, MMEX also intends to purchase an adjacent 350 acres for the construction of the Phase II refinery, which will have a footprint of 250 acres, no later than January 2018. When both land purchases are complete, the combined land site for both refineries will consist of 476 total acres with room for storage and expansion. 

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