Despite Russia tensions, South Stream pipeline tech talks continue

The Wall Street Journal

Officials from Gazprom were in Brussels Tuesday for talks about a proposed South Stream pipeline which would bring Russian gas directly into Europe, bypassing Ukraine, even though political discussions about the project were frozen after the annexation of Crimea, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Companies want 2nd big natural gas pipeline in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. said Tuesday they want to invest in a new natural gas pipeline into North Carolina that can deliver more of the cheap fuel to customers and especially to new power plants run by the country's largest electricity company.

The two Charlotte-based companies said they are shopping for proposals to build a pipeline that could start delivering fuel to Duke's electric power plants and other businesses beginning in late 2018. The companies expect to select a proposal by late this year.

Public meetings set for PA-NY gas pipeline

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings this week to gather feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.

The 124-mile-long underground pipeline would carry natural gas from northern Pennsylvania across New York's Southern Tier to connect with other pipelines in Schoharie County serving Northeast markets.

PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A disclosure document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary said the company expects the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of its transmission pipeline in San Bruno.

Kentucky House rejects eminent domain for pipeline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed legislation that would bar private natural gas liquid companies from using eminent domain laws to acquire property.

Companies such as the Bluegrass Pipeline project would be required to purchase land from consenting property owners before they can build on it.

Bill sponsor Rep. John Tilley, a Hopkinsville Democrat, says natural gas liquids do not provide a public service and don't qualify for eminent domain exception.

$641 billion in infrastructure needed to keep up with US energy boom


Between now and 2035 spending on energy transmission infrastructure will have to accelerate, with $641 billion needed for at least 35,000 miles of pipelines, according to a study by ICF International for natural gas groups, FuelFix reports.

Insufficient pipelines boosting natural gas price in New England

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A lack of pipelines into New England is making natural gas costlier, pushing up wholesale electricity prices in the region by 55 percent last year, the region's electric grid operator said Tuesday.

The average price of wholesale electric energy rose to $56.06 per megawatt hour, up from a historic low of $36.09 in 2012, ISO-New England said.

INGAA media briefing on midstream energy infrastructure investments

Washington, March 18, 2014, 9:15 am

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America briefs reporters on new report outlining midstream energy infrastructure investments needed by 2035. Rescheduled from Monday. 

Explosion a reminder of NYC's aging infrastructure

NEW YORK (AP) — Even while the exact cause remains unknown, a deadly blast that leveled two Manhattan buildings served by a 127-year-old gas main has provided a jarring reminder of just how old and vulnerable much of the infrastructure is in New York and many other cities nationwide.

A detailed report issued only a day before Wednesday's explosion in East Harlem estimates that $47 billion is needed for repairs and replacement over the next five years to spare New York from havoc.

Nationally, the projected bill — for bridges, highways, mass transit and more — is almost incalculable. Just upgrading the nation's water and wastewater systems is projected to cost between $3 trillion and $5 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

Iranian president visits Oman in outreach to Arabs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani held talks with the leader of the nearby sultanate of Oman on Wednesday, his first official trip to an Arab country since taking office last year.

The visit is aimed at boosting bilateral relations between the two countries, though it also has the potential to further ease tensions between the Islamic Republic and Western powers. 

Oman stands out among Gulf Arab states for its ability to balance friendly relations between Iran and the West. A tangible sign of the growing bonds between the neighbors came late Wednesday with the signing of an initial deal to build an underwater pipeline that would ship Iranian natural gas to Oman.


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