New permits for Ohio Utica Shale wells plummet; Ascent laying down 2 rigs
In reaction to cratering natural gas and liquids prices, Ohio drillers pulled half the number of permits for new wells in September as they did in August, a 28% drop when compared to September 2018, the latest state data said Oct. 8. The state's largest producer, privately held Ascent Resources, pulled the same number of September permits in both years but is in the middle of laying down two of its six drilling rigs.
Enterprise to expand ATEX pipeline after open season
Enterprise Products Partners LP said it would proceed with an expansion of its Appalachia-to-Texas ethane pipeline, or ATEX, after receiving customer commitments during a 30-day binding open season. Currently, the ATEX pipeline has a capacity of approximately 145,000 bbl/d. The pipeline runs from production areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the company's NGL storage facility located in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Petrobras, Equinor look to join efforts on natural gas projects
Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, and Equinor ASA signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint development of natural gas projects. Petrobras is currently building a natural gas processing plant in the Rio de Janeiro petrochemical complex.
Woodland Midstream II acquires Permian sour gas system
Woodland Midstream II LLC announced that it was acquiring the James Lake fully integrated sour gas gathering, treating and processing system from an unnamed private seller for an undisclosed amount, according to an Oct. 8 release. The system has a processing capacity of 110 MMcf/d, about 230 miles of pipeline and 35,000 horsepower of compression.
National Fuel gets more time for Pa. project to boost gas to petrochem site
National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. received another extension from federal regulators to finish expanding its pipeline system in Pennsylvania through a project that would allow it to deliver an additional 133,000 Dth/d of natural gas to a petrochemical facility. Through the extension, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary until Nov. 11 to complete construction and put into service the Line N to Monaca project in Beaver and Washington counties, Pa.