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Atlantic Pipeline Receives State Approval

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s erosion and sediment control plans and stormwater management plan. The agency’s approval allows the state’s water quality certification to take effect and is the final state approval needed to begin pipeline construction in Virginia.

The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in West Virginia, travel through Virginia with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, VA, and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. 

JupiterMLP to Build Permian-to-Gulf Pipeline

JupiterMLP, LLC has secured a funding commitment to build the 1,000,000 barrel per day capacity Jupiter Pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Port of Brownsville, TX.

Expected to be operational in late third quarter of 2020 with origination points near Midland, Pecos and Crane, TX and offtake points near Three Rivers, Tx, Jupiter has completed engineering, design and right-of-way planning for the pipeline. As designed, it will be the only pipeline out of the Permian Basin that can access all three deep water ports in Texas (Houston, Corpus Christi and Brownsville) and will have direct access to a fully capable VLCC loading facility. 

Canada to Impose Protective Measures on Steel Imports

The Canadian government announced steps to prevent diversion of foreign steel products into Canada, and provide relief to steel and aluminum users in specific circumstances that are paying for countermeasures on certain products imported from the U.S. The measure is intended to offer a response that will support Canadian producers and manufacturers, while their government continues to work toward the complete repeal of all U.S. tariffs of Canadian steel and aluminum. 

Chevron Targets Houston for Second U.S. Refinery

“Chevron Corp wants to build or buy a refinery along the U.S. Gulf Coast to process crude oil from its rapidly growing Permian Basin operations,” according to Pierre Breber, Chevron’s head of downstream and chemicals.

“The company would like to have refining operations on the Houston Ship Channel, in the western part of the U.S. Gulf, to complement an existing eastern Gulf refinery in Mississippi that makes lubricants and other materials,” Reuters  reports

Global Chemicals Production Softens in August

Global chemical industry activity eased in August, according to data collected and tabulated by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). ACC’s Global Chemical Production Regional Index shows that global chemicals production fell back 0.3% in August. This follows a 0.2% gain in July, a strong second quarter, and a weak first quarter. During August, production declines were fairly steady across the board among regions but flat in North America and rising in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. 

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