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Joint Ventures Ramp Up Activity

Good news from the nation’s midstream sector is a welcome respite in this uncertain time, and joint ventures between operators who offer individual strengths and share common growth strategies just make sense, maybe now more than ever. Here’s a shoutout to the JVs currently making some positive noise in the midstream space.

Targa Announces Open Season; Excelerate Expands LNG Fleet

Targa has announced an open season from July 1-31 to gauge shipper interest on a proposed interconnection in Kingfisher where, following construction of a new 110-mile extension of the company’s Grand Prix NGL pipeline, will connect supplies to Williams’ Bluestem Pipeline. The Bluestem originates from Williams’ fractionator in Conway, Kan., and the terminus of Overland Pass Pipeline to Targa’s Grand Prix.

The New Pipeline Landscape vs the Law of Diminishing Returns

The nation’s pipeline projects this year have met with volcanic reactions that canceled three, stalled several others, and turned upside down at least three already in service. These are the facts at hand, which now bring even greater challenges to natural gas and power utilities in need of more fuel to meet consumer demand; refineries that require feedstock; petrochemical facilities that depend on supplies to produce raw materials used globally; and U.S. producers who transport oil and gas to end markets. If the current pipeline landscape subsists, the aftereffects are predicted to bring seriously diminishing returns in an era of carbon-neutral goals.

DCP Midstream to Implement Groundbreaking Emissions Technology Across Its Natural Gas Assets

In what could be among the strongest mandates in the nation to dramatically reduce emissions from oil and gas production and midstream operations, the state of N.M., has announced new proposed standards to capture at least 98% of methane by 2026. This comes following plans already underway in Colo., and Pa., as well as the latest methane rules in Texas and N.D. The planned regulations in N.M., would give operators flexibility to choose the emissions-reduction technology of their choice while encouraging new innovations to rein in greenhouse gases.

Joint Ventures Ramp Up Activity

Good news from the nation’s midstream sector is a welcome respite in this uncertain time, and joint ventures between operators who offer individual strengths and share common growth strategies just make sense, maybe now more than ever. Here’s a shoutout to the JVs currently making some positive noise in the midstream space.

Taking the Plunge Never Sounded So Good

History proves that times of crisis and turmoil inspire ingenious ideas, amazing inventions, and bold leaps of faith despite the odds that would otherwise subvert them. When the Bubonic plague struck England in 1665 forcing the closure of Cambridge University, mathematics professor Isaac Newton returned home where his brain went into overdrive upon witnessing an apple fall from a tree. A heady example to be sure, but we’re living in a brave new world now where a number of upstream and midstream businesses are biting the bullet and taking those leaps even as the industry reconstructs itself.

Columbia Gas Transmission Files First Rate Case in 20 Years

North American pipeline giant TC Energy announced its U.S.-based Columbia Gas Transmission subsidiary filed a rate case July 31 to recoup $3 billion in capital and operational expenses on the company’s Columbia Gas Transmission system. The filing marks the subsidiary’s first Section 4 rate case in more than 20 years and would enable Columbia to move forward on Phase III of its ongoing modernization program.

Precarious Times in the Midstream Bakken

A recent one-two punch in the Rockies has left oil and gas producers and midstreamers reeling to predict an uncertain fallout from two back-to-back events in an already head-shaking year.

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Good news from the nation’s midstream sector is a welcome respite in this uncertain time, and joint ventures between operators who offer individual strengths and share common growth strategies just make sense, maybe now more than ever. Here’s a shoutout to the JVs currently making some positive noise in the midstream space.

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North American pipeline giant TC Energy announced its U.S.-based Columbia Gas Transmission subsidiary filed a rate case July 31 to recoup $3 billion in capital and operational expenses on the company’s Columbia Gas Transmission system. The filing marks the subsidiary’s first Section 4 rate case in more than 20 years and would enable Columbia to move forward on Phase III of its ongoing modernization program.

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Mexico Demand for U.S. Energy Continues to Soar

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The Suppliers, Part I: A Merger of Equals

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In what could be among the strongest mandates in the nation to dramatically reduce emissions from oil and gas production and midstream operations, the state of N.M., has announced new proposed standards to capture at least 98% of methane by 2026. This comes following plans already underway in Colo., and Pa., as well as the latest methane rules in Texas and N.D. The planned regulations in N.M., would give operators flexibility to choose the emissions-reduction technology of their choice while encouraging new innovations to rein in greenhouse gases.

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