FERC makes CAISO gas constraint tool permanent as Aliso Canyon limits persist
The California ISO received the go-ahead to make its maximum gas burn constraint a permanent operational tool to help avoid electricity blackouts in Southern California amid continued limited operations at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 30, 2019, approved the grid operator's Oct. 31, 2019, proposal to make permanent three tariff provisions associated with the constraint.
PennEast Pipeline, citing permit delays, asks FERC for 2-year extension
PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC asked FERC for a two-year extension to put its federally approved, 1.1-Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project in service after difficulties in obtaining permits and right of way in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PennEast, backed by affiliates of Enbridge Inc., Southern Co. Inc., New Jersey Resources Corp., South Jersey Industries Inc. and UGI Corp., sought a new deadline of Jan. 19, 2022, in a Dec. 30 request. FERC issued Natural Gas Act certificates for the pipeline project Jan. 19, 2018, and required the developer to put the pipeline in service by Jan. 19, 2020.
NY agency seeks to overturn FERC orders that sidelined it on pipeline permit
A New York state agency, pushed out of a permitting role by FERC after the state agency decided against the Williams Cos. Inc.-led Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC natural gas transportation project, wants its authority back. In August 2019, FERC saved the 650-MMcf/d Constitution pipeline project from development doldrums when the commission waived the New York agency's authority to deny a Clean Water Act Section 401 permit.
Williams files settlement with FERC for rate case, cost recovery at Transco
Williams filed a settlement with FERC that would allow natural gas pipeline subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC to resolve a pending rate case and recover costs on capital expenditures, operations and maintenance. Williams said it expects to receive FERC's approval of the settlement during the second quarter.
Facing threats to pipeline development, industry seeks to reset conversation
Municipal gas bans and environmental opposition to new natural gas infrastructure are a threat to the industry but are a big leap away from crippling the pipeline sector, according to veteran energy executive Stan Chapman III. Paraphrasing Mark Twain, the TC Energy Corp. executive vice president and new chairman of pipeline trade group Interstate Natural Gas Association of America said, "The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated."
Sempra, Saudi Aramco reinforce Port Arthur LNG partnership, plan for expansion
Sempra Energy subsidiary Sempra LNG LLC and Saudi Arabian Oil Co. unit Aramco Services Co. Inc. strengthened their partnership in the development of the Port Arthur LNG export terminal in Jefferson County, Texas, with an interim project participation agreement. Sempra LNG said it started a prefiling review with FERC for a proposed expansion of the project that would add two more liquefaction trains for a total LNG export capacity of about 22 million tonnes per annum.