Enbridge and TransCanada are testing a leak detection system that involves installing inside or alongside a pipeline a fiber optic cable that can collect noise, vibration and temperature data and alert operators of leaks or whenever the pipe's integrity is at risk. Enbridge will use the technology, developed by Hifi Engineering, on a 20-mile section of its Norlite diluent pipeline in northern Alberta, Canada, while TransCanada will deploy it on the Keystone pipeline.
US oil and natural gas markets will shrug off the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma soon and move further along the path to stability and possibly modest growth this year and next, predicts energy analyst David Blackmon. The factors driving stability include surging global demand, OPEC's limits on exports and the internal budgeting processes within mid-sized to large US producers, which suggest little-changed rig counts and levels of drilling activity for the rest of the year.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted Energy Transfer Partners permission to restart drilling operations along its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline project from Pennsylvania to Ontario, with work at nine drilling locations expected to commence this week. ETP was banned from new drilling under waterways and roads following the spill of roughly 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into Ohio wetlands.
Oryx Midstream Services plans to construct a 220-mile crude pipeline system in the Permian Basin with a transportation capacity of 400,000 barrels per day. The network will run from Carlsbad, N.M., to Crane and Midland, Texas, and is expected to be in full service by the end of 2018.
The American Petroleum Institute said US crude stockpiles posted a jump of 1.4 million barrels in the week ended Friday, which is less than the 2.4-million-barrel increase expected by some analysts. Meanwhile, gasoline and distillate supplies dropped by 5.1 million and 6.1 million barrels, respectively.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday approved Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The panel also approved Ryan Nelson to be solicitor of the Interior Department, David Jonas to serve as general counsel of the Energy Department and Joseph Balash to be assistant secretary for land and minerals management at Interior, thus advancing all five nominees to the full Senate.
France's Total is talking with Google and Microsoft about how artificial intelligence could help the company make oil and natural gas discoveries. Total seeks "to work with completely different partners and to merge our knowledge to find a new way to make oil and gas discoveries," said Chief Information Officer Frederic Gimenez.
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake devastated Mexico City and other parts of central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings, cutting power and causing at least 226 deaths. The quake, centered in the state of Puebla, was followed by 11 aftershocks, the US Geological Survey reported.
India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp. has discovered about 20 million metric tons of hydrocarbon reserves in an offshore field west of the Mumbai High field off India's western coast, sources say. The company will drill appraisal wells to determine how much of the reserves are recoverable.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the Southern Ocean rattled New Zealand on Wednesday, but it caused no damage. The quake, which had a depth of 10 kilometers, occurred 211 kilometers west of New Zealand's Auckland Island.
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