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FERC Approves 234-Mile Midship Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “has given Cheniere Energy approval to begin construction on its $1 billion, 234-mile Midship Pipeline in Oklahoma,” Kallanish Energy reports.

“The pipeline is designed to transport 1.44 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas from Oklahoma’s SCOOP and STACK plays to the Gulf Coast via existing lines for export as liquefied natural gas.” 

Hackers Targeting U.S. Energy Industry

Cybersecurity researchers at McAfee recently witnessed North Koreans attack “computer networks of more than a hundred companies in the United States and around the globe,” The New York Times reports.

Most of these targets “were in the United States, with the most frequent marks in Houston, an oil and gas hub, and New York, a finance hub.” 

ExxonMobil Expanding Baton Rouge Operations

ExxonMobil will fund the construction of a new polypropylene production unit in Baton Rouge, LA that will expand production capacity along the Gulf Coast by up to 450,000 tons per year. Construction will begin in 2019 and startup is anticipated by 2021.

ExxonMobil’s integrated operations in Baton Rouge include a 502,000 barrel-per-day refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants and polyethylene plants.

This new project is in addition to ExxonMobil’s previously announced plans to invest $20 billion to build and expand manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Gulf region as part of its Growing the Gulf initiative. 

FERC Clears $5B LNG Terminal for Construction

Venture Global LNG, Inc. says that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the Order Granting Authorizations under Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act for the company’s Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and associated TransCameron Pipeline in Cameron Parish, LA.

The 10 MTPA nameplate Calcasieu Pass facility will employ a comprehensive process solution from GE Oil & Gas, LLC, part of Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) that utilizes mid-scale, modular, factory-fabricated liquefaction trains. Venture Global has executed an integrated turnkey EPC contract with Kiewit to design, engineer, construct, commission, test and guarantee the Calcasieu Pass facility. 

Wastewater Disposal a Challenge for Permian Producers

“Texas oil and gas companies alone produce over 300 billion gallons of wastewater a year, twice as much as any other state, and that volume is expected to increase,” Scott Anderson of the Environmental Defense Fund writes for the Midland Reporter Telegram.

“In the immediate future, the Permian Basin needs a large number of new disposal wells; partly due to the fact that even with recycling within the oilfield, there will be more wastewater than current infrastructure can handle.” 

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