Oil & Gas Journal News

Canada is taking strong steps toward combating climate change, and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline crude oil pipeline remains in the US national interest, TransCanada Corp. said in a June 29 letter to US Sec. of State John F. Kerry and two senior State Department officials.

Ingleside Ethylene LLC, a 50-50 joint venture of Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem) and Mexichem SAB de CV (Mexichem), has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, to provide engineering, procurement, and construction for an ethylene storage complex in Markham, Tex. The complex will be built as part of the JV’s ethylene cracker project now under way at nearby Ingleside, Tex.

Work by an industry forum called SURF IM Network, which studies oil and gas subsea integrity management, has been extended by 3 years.

Jurong Shipyard Pte. Ltd. has let a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract to Technip SA as part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, built at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.

Deloitte has begun a survey about collaboration in the oil and gas producing industry of the UK Continental Shelf.

Murray Lytle has been appointed as a full-time member of Canada’s National Energy Board for a term of 7 years, effective July 6.

Construction has begun on the Chinese section of the Russia-China Gas Pipeline, according to China National Petroleum Corp.

BP PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. have lost separate appeals to the US Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court decision expanding their financial responsibility for the April 2010 Macondo blowout and spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

CNOOC Ltd. reported the start of production from its Bozhong 28/34 oil fields comprehensive adjustment project.

Statoil ASA has submitted an amendment to the plan for development and operations (PDO) for the Gullfaks license for the first phase of the Shetland-Lista development.

Power Engineering News

Connecticut regulators have taken a step toward rejecting a plan by Iberdrola, Spain's leading electricity and natural gas utility, from buying UIL Holdings Corp. in a $3 billion deal.

The largest Southern Co. subsidiary will start selling and installing solar panels on homes Wednesday, a move that could broaden the alternative energy market and also worry the utility's competitors.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's wind turbine construction rules Tuesday, saying they're valid even though regulators didn't develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry.

Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles.

The 120-MW Perryman 6 natural gas-fired power unit in Maryland began commercial operation.

The Austrian government said it would delay filing a legal complaint against subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in the UK.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) started a special inspection at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska surrounding a reported failure of an auxiliary feedwater valve during a refueling outage June 5.

The United Kingdom and Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on civil nuclear energy cooperation.

Westinghouse Electric Co. and eight European consortium partners received 2 million euros ($2.24 million) in funding from the European Union (EU) to create a safe supply of nuclear fuel for Russian-designed reactors in the EU.