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Oil and gas industry announcements: 1 August 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

CH2M Hill

CH2M Hill has announced that Hoyt Brown, business development vice president of the firm’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals unit, was named to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA).

Tisha Conoly Schuller, COGA President and CEO said, ‘CH2M Hill is an industry leading organisation headquartered right here in Colorado, so we’re lucky to have Hoyt represent both CH2M Hill and our Board. CH2M Hill id proving to be a great partner and we’re grateful for the involvement and leadership Hoyt brings to our organisation.’


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has authorised Freeport LNG Development, LP, to site, construct and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural gas from its existing LNG import terminal located near the city of Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas. The Freeport Liquefaction Project includes the construction and operation of a liquefaction plant with three trains, each with a capacity of 4.4 million tpy, for total liquefaction capacity of 1.8 billion ft3/d. The project also includes pretreatment plant facilities to allow bidirectional flow of gas through the existing Freeport Pipeline.

In addition, FERC authorised Freeport LNG’s Phase II Modification Project that would revamp the previously authorised, but unconstructed Phase II Project. The Phase II Modernisation Project comprises three major components: reorientation of the Phase II dock, modification of the transfer facilities, and modification of access roads at the terminal.

US Department of Energy

The DOE has announced that it has conditionally authorised LNG Development Co., LLC (Oregon LNG) to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US, from the Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, Oregon. The Oregon LNG application was initiated before the Department issued the report proposed procedural change. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility was conditionally authorised to export at a rate of up to the equivalent of 1.25 billion ft3/d of natural gas, for a period of 20 years.

The DoE conducted an extensive, careful review of the application to export LNG from the Oregon LNG terminal. Among other factors, the DoE considered the economic, energy security, and environmental impacts, as well as public comments for and against the application and nearly 200 000 public comments related to the associated analysis of the cumulative impacts of increased LNG exports, and determined that exports from the terminal at a rate of up to 1.25 billion ft3/d for a period of 20 years was not inconsistent with the public interest.


Valero Energy Ltd is strengthening its supply position in the South West of the UK after announcing that Valero Logistics UK Ltd. will triple capacity at its fuel terminal in Avonmouth, making all grades of fuel available. The multi million pound project will see the addition of three new storage tanks, which will see the addition of three new storage tanks, which will expand storage capacity for gasoline and diesel, as well as adding kerosene and gasoil to the range of quality Valero products available from this location.

The development is yet another indication of Valero’s long term commitment to operating in the UK. As well as increasing storage capacity at the site, work will also be done to upgrade the ethanol blending system. Work is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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