EPP, Lavaca to build Baymark ethylene pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners reported plans to extend its ethylene pipeline and logistics system further into South Texas, “a leading growth area for crackers and ethylene derivative plants.” The Baymark ethylene pipeline will originate in the Bayport area of southeast Harris County and extend 90 miles to Markham, Tex., in Matagorda County. Source: News

PetroTal advances Bretana oil field development

PetroTal Corp., Calgary and Houston, has received approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) to fully develop Bretana oil field on Block 95. The company started oil flow from the field late last year. Separately, the company also signed a contract with state-owned PetroPeru for access to the existing pipeline for transport of crude oil. […]

Galilee basin pipeline agreement signed

Comet Ridge Ltd., Brisbane, and its joint venture partner Vintage Energy Ltd., Adelaide, have signed a memorandum of understanding with the infrastructure company APA Group for APA to undertake surveys to identify a gas pipeline route from the Galilee basin in Queensland to Australia’s east coast. Source: News

NMFS proposes IHA for Hilcorp project in Alaska

The National Marine and Fisheries Service proposed authorizing incidental harassment approval (IHA) of marine mammals on May 28 during construction and operation of Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty Drilling and Production Island in Alaska. The proposed rule would establish a framework under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for 5 years. Comments will be accepted through June 28. […]

DOE authorizes more exports from Freeport LNG project

The US Department of Energy authorized additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Texas. The May 28 order said the project’s sponsors can export the equivalent of 262.8 bcfd of gas from the terminal’s proposed Train 4 to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the […]

Eni farms in to blocks offshore Mozambique

An Eni SPA subsidiary has farmed in to three blocks offshore Mozambique in an agreement with ExxonMobil Mozambique Exploration & Production Ltd., the operator. Source: News

Norway opens mature-area license round

Operators interested in exploring mature areas offshore Norway may apply to the National Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for petroleum production licenses until midday Aug. 27. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy opened the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2019 round on May 29 and announced the addition of 90 blocks. Source: News

Delek expands midstream operations

Delek US Holdings Inc. and its logistics arm Delek Logistics Partners LP are expanding midstream operations to gain access to crude oil feedstock sourced at Cushing, Okla., as part of a plan to increase and improve crude flexibility at Delek US refineries. Source: News

Interior secretary to defer leasing near Chaco Canyon

US Interior Sec. David L. Bernhardt agreed to defer oil and gas leasing near Chaco Canyon in New Mexico following a visit with tribal leaders in the area, US Sen. Martin T. Heinrich (D-NM) reported. Source: News

California congressional Democrats protest BLM’s leasing plans

Thirty-four Democrats on California’s congressional delegation, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris, expressed their strong opposition to the US Bureau of Land Management’s plans to open more than 2 million acres of land in the state to new oil and gas development. Source: News