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Williams sets Oct. 6 full-service date for $3B Atlantic Sunrise gas project

Williams Cos. Inc. will place its $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline expansion project into service Oct. 6, providing the full takeaway capacity of up to 1.7 Bcf/d to an infrastructure-constrained region of the Marcellus Shale. Williams' Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC has already placed about 550 MMcf/d of gas transportation capacity from the project into service. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Transco permission to place into service the last parts of the expansion in an Oct. 4 letter order.

LNG Canada kicks off next wave of large North American gas export projects

The next wave of natural gas liquefaction and export plants in North America will form in western Canada, after a group led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC decided to commercially sanction a massive project following years of delay. The decision, announced Oct. 2, was the first final investment decision, or FID, in five years for a large LNG export project anywhere in the world that would be built from the ground-up instead of adapted from an existing terminal, and the first such decision for a Canadian LNG export proposal, according to the research firm Wood Mackenzie.

LNG Canada expected to avoid Trans Mountain-type saga through widespread support

Optimism is high in Canada that the massive Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led LNG Canada project will go ahead even though a similarly large-scale west coast energy project in the region, the under-construction Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, was stopped in its tracks just weeks ago by provincial, First Nations and environmental challengers.

Sempra-backed Port Arthur LNG project passes FERC draft environmental review

The Sempra Energy-led Port Arthur natural gas liquefaction and export project in Texas cleared an environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with related pipeline projects. A comment period on the document closes Nov. 19. FERC will consider the staff's recommendations when they make a decision on whether to authorize the projects.

Chinese investors, Alaska Gasline commit to advance Alaska LNG joint development

Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and its Chinese joint development partners reaffirmed their willingness to move forward with their agreement to build the state-led Alaska LNG liquefaction plant and pipeline project.

LNG Canada lands final investment decision from JV partners

The joint venture participants of the LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction and export facility in British Columbia have made a final investment decision to proceed with the approximately US$31 billion project, a highly anticipated development that paves the way for one of Canada's biggest energy infrastructure ventures.

US LNG drives increase in net gas exports in first half

Shipments of liquefied natural gas to world markets were a big driver of net gas exports from the United States during the first half, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. From January through June, net natural gas exports from the U.S. averaged 0.87 Bcf/d, the EIA said in an Oct. 1 "Today In Energy" article. That was more than double the average daily net exports during all of 2017, when the U.S. became a net exporter of gas for the first time in six decades.