Explosion shuts down Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's energy minister says an explosion on a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.

Taner Yildiz said Tuesday the explosion was in Agri province, some 15 kilometers from the Iranian border, and he suggested Kurdish rebels were to blame. He said the fire was quickly brought under control.

Maine gas pipeline proposals not cost effective: Report


A draft report from consultants hired by the Maine Public Utilities Commission found that the costs for expanding pipeline capacity to bring more natural gas into the state outweigh the benefits, Platts reports.

Northeast gas pipeline project to cost Kinder Morgan $3.3B

The Wall Street Journal

A $3.3 billion pipeline to bring shale gas into New England starting in 2018 has been approved by Kinder Morgan’s board, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Problems for Black Sea pipeline project as Gazprom ditches contractor

The New York Times

News Thursday that Gazprom has canceled its contract with Italian firm Saipem to lay pipe under the Black Sea appears to be a setback for Russia’s plans to build a major gas pipeline to Europe through Turkey, The New York Times reports.

Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the U.S. to reduce the risk of deadly explosions.

The Transportation Department proposal would cover new or replaced gas lines serving multi-family dwellings, small businesses and homes not already covered under a 2009 mandate.

Pipeline problems cost Spectra $134,500 in 2011: PHMSA

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The portion of Spectra Energy's natural gas system that contains the pipe that burst in the Arkansas River last month was last inspected four years ago, when the company was assessed a civil penalty of $134,500 for violations, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Mexico announces underwater gas pipeline to Texas

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

The Federal Electricity Commission said Monday that the costliest project would be the 500-mile underwater pipeline for carrying natural gas from South Texas. The pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018.

Williams, spurning buyout offer, sees shares surge

The Wall Street Journal

An offer from Energy Transfer Equity to buy natural gas pipeline operator Williams Cos. for $48 billion may have been 33 percent higher than Williams’ shares were trading Friday, but after the offer was rejected as too low, Williams stock surged Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Greece signs deal with Russia to build gas pipeline

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia and Greece have signed a deal to build an extension of a prospective gas pipeline that would carry Russian gas to Europe through Turkey.

Russia has promised Greece hundreds of millions of dollars in transit payments yearly if it agreed to build the pipeline.

Kinder Morgan seeking customers for Ohio-Louisiana pipeline


Kinder Morgan is looking to put together a 1,100 mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to Gulf Coast refineries, and is soliciting contracts from producers, FuelFix reports.


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