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Utica Shale – Plans For A New 38 Mile Natural Gas Pipeline

Utica Shale News: A Columbia Gas sister company released plans  to build a 38-mile pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids from Ohio’s Utica shale.

Pennant Midstream said the pipeline will connect the Hickory Bend processing plant in Mahoning County to the Utica East Ohio Kensington plant in Columbiana County. It will cost about $60 million and have the capacity to deliver 90,000 barrels per day.

This is one of several projects in northeastern Ohio that will provide ways to get natural gas liquids such as ethane and propane to market. The liquids have a wide array of uses; among them, ethane is a key ingredient in chemical manufacturing, and propane is a fuel for home heating.

The liquids often need a dedicated pipeline, the construction of which is an important part of developing the Utica, said Ben Ebenhack, associate professor of petroleum engineering at Marietta College.

“You don’t want to move vast quantities of liquids in a gas pipeline,” he said. “They will tend to accumulate in the pipeline and block the flow of the gas.”

The Utica is rich in liquids, which is helping to drive much of the investment there.

While the market price of natural gas has been low for several years, the liquids sell for a much higher price.

Pennant Midstream is operated and co-owned by a subsidiary of NiSource, which is the Indiana-based parent company of Columbia Gas of Ohio.

“The construction of new infrastructure is critical to unlocking the potential of the Utica shale play in Ohio,” Jimmy Staton, Columbia Pipeline Group and NiSource Midstream Services CEO, said in a statement.

“This partnership will not only provide a key link in that infrastructure, it will provide economic-related benefits for companies and residents of Ohio and the Appalachian basin.”

Harvest Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co., also co-owns Pipeline Midstream. Steve Jacobs, president of Harvest Pipeline, said the project is “an important milestone in advancing the development of the Utica shale.”

Construction has already begun on the project, with plans to finish by July.

SOURCE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/09/30/new-northwest-ohio-pipeline.html

U.S. grants funds for state pipeline inspections

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it awarded more than $46 million to state governments for oil and gas pipeline inspections.

Safety is our top priority and we’re committed to keeping communities safe and preventing pipelines incidents,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “These grants help make sure that happens by funding personnel and equipment to carry out inspections and enforce important intrastate pipeline safety regulations that keep the entire pipeline network as safe as possible.”

The grants provide up to 80 percent of operating costs for state pipeline regulators that agree to pipeline inspections  on intrastate pipelines on PHMSA’s behalf. Participating states and territories account for more than 300 inspectors who are responsible for over 90 percent of the country’s intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. More than 2.6 million miles of pipeline transport oil and gas to homes and businesses throughout the country.

“Pipeline Safety Base Grants are a great collaboration between State and Federal safety regulators,” said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman. “These funds enable us to triple the number of pipeline inspections we have out in the field enforcing regulations, and a strong local presence is vital to effectively monitor pipelines and help protect the public from pipeline incidents.”

Final pipeline inspection grant amounts are awarded based on State expenses and annual performance scores.

The 2013 Natural Gas Pipeline State Base Grant recipients are:

• Alabama – $1,222,239
• Arizona – $1,346,317
• Arkansas – $579,74
• California – $3,811,560
• Colorado – $455,561
• Connecticut – $801,472
• Delaware – $87,460
• District of Columbia – $258,277
• Georgia – $1,569,097
• Idaho – $197,987
• Illinois – $2,156,965
• Indiana – $1,178,078
• Iowa – $877,513
• Kansas – $636,693
• Kentucky – $370,621
• Louisiana – $1,007,285
• Maine – $275,199
• Maryland – $436,419
• Massachusetts – $951,597
• Michigan – $982,881
• Minnesota – $1,463,227
• Mississippi – $437,910
• Missouri – $685,875
• Montana – $174,853
• Nebraska – $302,170
• Nevada – $622,543
• New Hampshire – $596,020
• New Jersey – $821,294
• New Mexico – $666,513
• New York – $2,962,152
• North Carolina – $501,308
• North Dakota – $145,294
• Ohio – $1,268,707
• Oklahoma – $1,109,069
• Oregon – $437,879
• Pennsylvania – $1,775,954
• Puerto Rico – $255,124
• Rhode Island – $97,628
• South Dakota – $283,725
• Tennessee – $550,933
• Texas – $3,672,454
• Utah – $315,199
• Vermont – $149,027
• Virginia – $1,529,562
• Washington – $1,655,315
• West Virginia – $482,452
• Wisconsin – $403,150
• Wyoming – $204,903

The 2013 Hazardous Liquid Pipeline State Base Grant recipients are:

• Alabama – $91,997
• Arizona – $70,859
• California – $1,462,235
• Indiana – $23,061
• Louisiana – $288,082
• Maryland – $19,001
• Minnesota – $386,897
• New Mexico – $41,014
• New York – $228,399
• Oklahoma – $310,812
• Texas – $548,757
• Virginia – $109,532
• Washington – $183,743
• West Virginia – $14,491

SOURCE: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Press%20Releases/phmsa1613.pdf

Utica Shale – New $125M Pipeline Planned

PVR lands Hess deal to build Utica shale pipeline

PVR Partners LP, an Eastern Pennsylvania midstream company, is teaming with Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES) as it expands into the Utica Shale play in eastern Ohio.

PVR (NYSE: PVR) has been tapped to build, own and operate a 45-mile natural gas trunkline and gathering pipelines and facilities for Hess. The company is expected to have a total capital investment of between $125 million to $150 million. The project should be online in late 2014, according to a statement from PVR.

“PVR is pleased to announce this strategic expansion of our midstream business into the Utica Shale and we welcome the opportunity to serve Hess Corp., a world-class energy provider,” said Bill Shea, president and CEO of PVR, in a written statement. “We believe Hess’s selection of PVR as their midstream provider in the Utica Shale is another validation of our growing reputation for supplying reliable high-quality midstream services to meet the needs of shale gas producers.”

The project consists of a minimum 20-inch diameter trunk line with anticipated minimum capacity of 450 million cubic feet per day and connections with the Texas Eastern and Rockies Express interstate pipelines, according to PVR. Additional connections could also be added to other interstate pipelines. The project also includes constructing compression stations, dehydration and other facilities.

PVR is expected to invest $10 million in this project during the rest of 2013 and another $50 million during the first half of 2014. An additional $50 million will be invested in the second half of 2014 and the remainder in 2015, according to the company.

SOURCE: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/energy/2013/09/pvr-lands-hess-deal-to-build-utica.html

MATCOR’s Insights that Work

This is great news for the Utica Shale region with this natural gas pipeline. However, there is a large responsibility for pipeline safety, cathodic protection management and more.

MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 40 years. An ISO 9001:2008 certified expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, cathodic protection testing, annual surveys, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. We specialize in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, utility, transportation and construction industries.

MATCOR Launches Linear Anode Specific for HDD – Iron Gopher™

The Only Linear Anode Designed Specifically for Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Applications 

CHALFONT–September 4–MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products (for example: linear anode), systems and corrosion engineering solutions, introduces Iron Gopher™, another first in a long series of MATCOR innovations for the cathodic protection industry.

Linear Anode
Introdroducing Iron Gopher™ The only anode designed specifically for Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) application

“In direct response to our clients’ needs, MATCOR designed a linear anode system specifically for the stresses of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) environments. The Iron Gopher™, which is ready to install upon delivery to the job site, is an elegant solution to a difficult problem.  The strength of the Iron Gopher™ is unmatched in the market,” said Doug Fastuca, President of MATCOR, Inc.

“We recently installed several thousand feet of MATCOR’s Iron Gopher™ linear anode at an HDD project.  With its unique design and greatly increased strength, the product is superior to anything in the market for HDD applications.  The HDD installation went exceptionally well and the linear anode is performing as expected.  We were excited to work with MATCOR and expect to come back to the Iron Gopher™ for future HDD projects,” said Michael Pearce, Corrosion Program Manager, Colonial Pipeline Company.

The patent-pending Iron Gopher™ features a rugged stainless steel outer jacket for greatly increased pulling strength in HDD installations.  The Iron Gopher™ utilizes MATCOR’s proven SPL™–Anode as its core and adds a patent-pending, high-strength stainless steel overbraid, a proprietary aluminum nosecone and a pulling-cable assembly to create a system with superior strength.  In addition, the Iron Gopher™ utilizes the patented Kynex® connection technology to ensure waterproof connections in the anode.

For further technical and product information about the Iron Gopher™ contact your MATCOR Account Manager, visit www.matcor.com/products/matcor-iron-gopher or call (US. & Canada) 1 800-215-4362 (Worldwide) +1-215-348-2974.

About MATCOR

MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 40 years. An ISO 9001:2008 certified expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, cathodic protection testing, annual surveys, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. We specialize in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, utility, transportation and construction industries. To learn more about MATCOR, please visit www.matcor.com or call 1-800-523-6692.

Pipeline Cathodic Protection News: New Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

Pipeline cathodic protection industry received a boost this week: proposed high-volume natural gas pipeline construction across 3 Southeastern states. Spectra, the company behind this jolt of economic opportunity, has dubbed it the “Renaissance Project”. The natural gas pipeline proposes several lines branching off the main pipeline to potential customers along the route.

The pipeline is a complex project and will require a number of business services such as pipeline cathodic protection. MATCOR’s pipeline protection program uses a number ISO 9001:2008-certified solutions to protect such a project. For example, MATCOR’s SPL™-FBR linear Anode and Durammo™ Deep Anode System would help lower total cost of ownership on the pipeline.

The proposed pipeline is almost 300 miles with three different pipeline diameters. The natural gas pipeline will feature two compressor stations to maintain line pressures, according to officials. It was stated the line will have a capacity of 1 billion cubic feet per day, and can be expanded to over 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

Spectra plans for the pipeline to run from the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, through Alabama and towards the Atlanta, Georgia area. “We are continuing to work with multiple potential customers to design a project to fit their supply demand needs,” Grover said in a statement on the project.

Furthermore, Spectra executed letter of intent with the AGL, the parent company of Chattanooga Gas Co., and Atlanta Gas Light Co.to explore a joint arrangement for local distribution. Sources close to the matter state the “Renaissance Project” could be up and running by mid-2017.

“From a project kickoff standpoint, we continue to reach out to federal, state and local public officials informing them of the project,” she said. “We’ll send letters and start contacting landowners along our proposed study corridor pending further market feedback.” Grover stated Spectra the Renaissance Project study corridor map is in the final stages. Currently, the map highlights 15 counties across Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Economic groups across these states laud the move as one that will stimulate the economy and bring jobs to the region. “It’s going to be a good project and the infrastructure for natural gas is such that, industry-wide, there’s a great demand for it,” one source familiar with the matter said. Experts familiar with the project say it is a crucial move to support industrial expansion and business growth in the region.

 

MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The Renaissance pipeline is indeed poetically named. The Southeastern region has recently seen improvements to its economic state and industrial competitiveness. However, key investments such as the natural gas pipeline and other infrastructure must be put in place to attract jobs, manufacturers and families into these committees. That said, the pipeline is a key cog to the continued rebirth of this region. MATCOR and other service providers will be stewards of this bright future, protecting valuable assets that power communities.

SOURCE: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/20/proposed-tri-state-natural-gas-pipeline-taking/

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Florida Power & Light Proposes 600 Miles Of Natural Gas Pipelines

If Florida Power & Light get the green light from state regulators, they will be pumping natural gas within four years and transporting the fuel hundreds of miles on a proposed pipeline  between Southwest Alabama and Martin County, Florida.

This is a two-part project. The northern pipeline will stretch roughly 465 miles from Alabama to a hub in Central Florida. From there, a second line will run 126 miles to an FPL plant in Martin County.  This project is in partnership with Spectra Energy Corp., and NextEra Energy.  Specific information about this pipeline project in Florida can be found here.

“This project has a central Florida hub that interconnects the existing pipeline system in Florida, the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline and the Gulfstream pipeline,” said FPL Vice President Mike Sole, “so that we also significantly improve the reliability of the pipeline infrastructure in Florida.”

The existing pipeline capacity is almost full, so FPL solicited proposals from companies to construct the pipelines. Two companies were chosen, and they will spend an estimated $3.6 billion to do the work.

Sole says Florida Power & Light won’t pay construction costs, but it will pay rent – essentially buying the right to move gas along the line.

“We hope and expect to begin construction in 2016 and complete that construction and actually begin using the pipeline in 2017,” Sole said. “We expect to see some 8,600 direct and indirect jobs associated with construction of this pipeline.”

Florida Power & Light has to go through a lot of permitting at the federal, state and local level.

This process actually started in 2009 when the company offered up a very different proposal. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected the pipeline proposal and told Florida Power & Light to come up with something more cost effective. That led to the current proposal.

Tom Ballinger, director of engineering for the PSC, can’t comment on whether this new proposal will be approved. But he can talk about the potential impact.

“It’s a very highly regulated industry on the safety and the construction aspects of it. Obviously to build a large infrastructure project like this is going to take many years, many jobs,” Ballinger said. “It’s going to be a huge impact on Florida’s economy. We are the second largest consumer of natural gas in the United States – Texas being the first, California actually below us.”

About two-thirds of the electricity FPL supplies to Floridians is produced by natural gas.

SOURCE: http://wlrn.org/post/fpl-proposes-600-miles-natural-gas-pipelines

MATCOR’s Insights that Work

The companies are sure to reap large benefits from this natural gas pipeline. However, there is a large responsibility for pipeline safety, cathodic protection management and more.

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection cable and anodes for cathodic protection. Learn more about our industry-leading cathodic protection services and cathodic protection installation. MATCOR’s blog, Cathodically Protected, offers the latest insights on cathodic protection equipment and more.

Construction of New Pipeline to Texas

Pipeline to transport ethane to Texas.

Sections of a 20-inch pipeline are scattered all around Batesville, Indiana. Ultimately the finished line will carry a liquid across the country. The 1,230-mile Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) Express Pipeline is designed to facilitate development of this quickly growing resource by providing takeaway capacity for ethane from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Texas Gulf Coast petrochemical market.

The ATEX pipeline’s northern portion will involve the construction of 369 miles of pipeline from Washington County, Pa., and through Batesville to Seymour, where it will connect with an existing pipeline owned by Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners LP, Houston, Texas.

That pipeline, which currently transports refined products from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest, will be placed into ethane service and the flow direction will be reversed. At its southern terminus, ATEX will have access to a new 55-mile pipeline to be built by Enterprise Products that will extend from Beaumont, Texas, to the company’s NGL storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Texas, according to the Web site.

The pipeline’s route was determined by professional survey teams and pipeline engineers, and was designed to minimize the impact on landowners, the environment, historical areas and communities through which it will pass. Wherever practical, ATEX parallels existing pipelines.

The timetable: landowner outreach and field surveys, October 2011-July 2012; route selection and preparation of permit applications, September 2011-September 2012; final U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit review and approval, July-September 2012; start of construction, April 2013; final cleanup and land restoration, November 2013-January 2014.

Pipeline Summit Resources, Cincinnati, has helped with land acquisition, reported consultant Donna Cardwell. The contractor is www.precisionpipelinellc.com Eau Claire, Wis., said Batesville Water & Gas Utility comptroller Doug Browne.

Work should be finished in the Batesville area around November, according to Rainey. ATEX Express, built at an undisclosed price, is scheduled to be in-service during the first quarter of 2014.

MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The proposed pipeline expansion holds a great deal of promise for all involved. The project is highly complex by joining multiple existing pipeline sections. The company is making a large investment that will require expert cathodic protection to secure continued profit. Technology such as linear SPL anodes could make a huge impact for this pipeline.

SOURCE: http://batesvilleheraldtribune.com/local/x1084947374/Pipeline-to-transport-ethane-to-Texas

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection management. Our cathodic protection installation team offers turnkey project management for many corrosion engineering services, including AC Mitigation. MATCOR’s cathodic protection equipment is backed by an unmatched 10 year guarantee.

Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines & Safety: Major Washington Expansion

The Washington State natural gas transmission pipelines and safety landscape received a big announcement this week. Multiple sections of pipeline in Washington will be expanded, according to federal filings by Northwest Williams Pipeline.

The current gas transmission pipelines are 30 inches. The proposed expansion will place 36 inch pipeline next to the old 30 inch pipeline. The construction, expected in early 2017, will also create continuity between existing 36 inch pipeline. The pipeline expansion is a perquisite for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export station in Astoria. The project will encompass a wide range of work, including natural gas pipeline safety and protection.

In total, the pipeline project will span 140 miles from the Oregon state and Canadian national borders. The Oregon Pipeline Company will connect the southern expansion into Oregon through an installation underground the Columbia River. The finished product is LNG that will be shipped to Asia from the Astoria natural gas terminal.

Northwest Williams Pipeline estimates the project cost at $870 million. Upon completion, the pipeline will be made available to other customers in the Northwest, including Washington and Oregon. The company also stated it expects the pipeline to generate over $10 million in property taxes, per year across Washington.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) received the application request in June. FERC officials have announced the plan will be reviewed in tandem with the Oregon LNG pipeline plans.

 

MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The proposed pipeline expansion holds a great deal of promise for all involved. The Astoria LNG terminal is poised to service rapidly expanding markets in Asia.  Northwest Williams Pipeline will help bring a great deal of economic benefit to Washington. At the same time, the project is highly complex by joining multiple existing pipeline sections. Natural gas pipeline safety and pipe protection are large concerns. The company is making a large investment that will require expert cathodic protection to secure continued profit. Technology such as linear SPL anodes could make a huge impact for Northwest Williams Pipeline.

  SOURCE:  http://tdn.com/news/local/company-awaiting-federal-approval-to-expand-natural-gas-pipeline-in/article_0318cc90-f26f-11e2-92af-0019bb2963f4.html

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection management. Our cathodic protection installation team offers turnkey project management for many corrosion engineering services, including AC Mitigation. MATCOR’s cathodic protection equipment is backed by an unmatched 10 year guarantee.

Cathodic Protection System News from Algonquin Gas Transmission

Pipeline corrosion management and cathodic protection systems will be on the radar screen for Algonquin Gas Transmission.  Due to rapid growth in natural gas demand, the major pipeline is proposing expansion and replacement in the Northeast. This pipeline activity will be followed closely with cathodic protection systems, specifically MMO linear anodes and additional asset protection.

The project spans across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. Specifically, a 9 mile stretch near Norwich will be replaced with a larger capacity pipeline. The current pipeline begins in the northern part of New London County and continues southeast to the Rhode Island border.

Algonquin Gas Transmission is also laying a new 2.4-mile section of pipeline to connect two sections near Montville, CT west of the Thames River.

The company is adding three pipeline sections throughout Connecticut. The new pipeline will connect existing lines across the state near Kensington, Oxford and Chaplin. This includes a brand new 9.1-mile stretch between Willimantic and Greeneville.

Documents for the project were submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in mid-June. FERC approved the filing on June 27. The approval is a step forward for Algonquin Gas Transmission. Upon approval, a FERC review of the project begins before the formal application is submitted. This process helps to proactively identify and correct any potential issues in the project.

The completed pipeline project allows Algonquin Gas Transmission to dramatically increase its service in the Northeast. A number of gas service companies will be affected. They include Yankee Gas, NSTAR Gas Co., Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas. The pipeline project references the new Comprehensive Energy Strategy advocated by Connecticut lawmakers. The strategy calls to expand Connecticut natural gas pipelines to accommodate almost half a million additional customers. The project impacts just fewer than 500 landowners. Algonquin has already reached out to the land owners, according to filed documents.

Algonquin anticipates conducting property field surveys in September 2013. The company will be hosting informational meetings throughout the summer for landowners.

Documents on the pipeline indicate dozens of federal, state and local officials have been contacted about the pipeline’s environmental impact and protection measures.

MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline is needed for Connecticut and the Northeastern region. The project is quite complex and requires expert coordination in all facets. Harsh weather conditions make Pipeline Corrosion a concern for this pipeline. Technology such as MATCOR’s SPL linear anodes will manage the Cathodic Protection needs for Algonquin Gas Transmission.

Another New Pipeline for Texas will require Cathodic Protection

Texas continues its frenzied activity of chemicals, energy and cathodic protection of pipelines. Dow Chemical Company announced this week a full service chemical pipeline from the Houston area to East Texas. Wood Group Mustang will provide construction and support services for this project.

The pipeline runs from Freeport and Mt. Belvieu, Texas. Asset management and maintenance of the pipeline will be a requirement. Some of those regulations include pipeline cathodic protection for almost 140 miles between the Dow Texas facilities.

The pipelines and station upgrades are part of Dow Chemical’s expansion of its ethylene unit. Dow’s recently announced a detailed plan to capitalize on booming supplies of shale gas in North America.

This contract includes a wide spectrum of field services, construction management and engineering (including Cathodic Protection).  Wood Group Mustang has provided similar services for Dow Chemical on previous projects. The project will be overseen through its Houston and Angleton, Texas offices. The project is estimated to reach completion in 2016.

 

Matcor’s Insight That Works

Dow Chemical has recently started a turnaround in its Texas operations. This is exciting for both Dow and the related service industries. As Dow ramps up its chemical and ethylene operations, services such as cathodic protection for pipelines will also see a lift. In short, this investment will build more than a pipeline. The communities and local economies around this pipeline are sure to see a boost from Dow, Wood Group Mustang and their contractors.

 

SOURCE:  http://pipelinesinternational.com/news/wood_group_mustang_selected_for_dow_pipeline_construction_project/082073/

 

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