Canada's National Energy Board granted permission to Kinder Morgan Canada to begin construction on a large section of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between Edmonton, Alberta, and Kamloops, British Columbia. Kinder Morgan has already started preliminary work in Alberta, but there are concerns the project could exceed its $5.6 billion budget and miss its December 2020 startup deadline.
The American Petroleum Institute held an event in Florida this week as part of its Explore Offshore program in an attempt to promote oil and natural gas drilling off the state's coast. "94 percent of America's offshore energy resources are completely off-limits to natural gas and oil development, disallowing hundreds of thousands of American jobs and abundant domestic energy supply, and keeping us reliant on foreign sources," said Explore Offshore Co-Chairman Jim Nicholson.
North Dakota produced 1.225 million barrels of oil per day and 2.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in June, a slight decline from 1.246 million barrels per day and 2.315 billion cubic feet per day in May. The number of producing wells climbed to a record of 14,778 in June, while the state's active rig count was 58 as of Thursday, according to the state's Department of Mineral Resources.
Integrating digital tools such as mobile apps and advanced data analytics into operational excellence management systems can help oil and natural gas organizations improve decision-making processes, ensure and evaluate compliance with company standards and cement a culture of continuous improvement, according to partners at Bain & Co. Successfully implementing a digital OEMS will require companies to refocus on and enhance information management discipline and clear standards.
Small-refinery waivers issued by the Environmental Protection Agency prove just how problematic the Renewable Fuel Standard program is, said American Petroleum Institute Downstream and Industry Operations Group Director Frank Macchiarola. "We're optimistic that there are bipartisan groups in both the House and Senate who recognize that this program is deeply flawed. Nevertheless, the legislative process is slow, and it will take time," Macchiarola said.
Tri Global Energy has awarded Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, with the 2018 Wind Leadership Award for his help advancing wind development in Texas. "Harnessing the power of wind in west Texas has not only provided good jobs for rural America and helped power our state's economy, but it has broadened and diversified our energy production, which will support our nation's energy independence for future," says Arrington.
NextEra Energy Resources has begun building the 43-turbine, $155 million Heartland Divide Wind Energy Center in Iowa. The project, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Central Iowa Power Cooperative, is expected to infuse $40 million into Audubon County and Guthrie County over a 30-year period.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has assembled a team led by engineering group Ramboll to develop a blueprint for the state's emerging offshore wind sector. The state has set a goal to have 3.5 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030.
Roundhouse Renewable Energy is expected to complete the planning process for its proposed 150-megawatt wind farm of the same name this fall. The project is proposed for Wyoming, immediately north of the Colorado border, and would carry electricity into Colorado via a 12-mile transmission line.
RES Americas hopes to break ground on a 200-megawatt farm in Lyon and Osage Counties, Kan., this year and may begin operations by the end of 2019, says Development Manager Michael Hutson. Hutson says the firm is currently negotiating payments with the counties.
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