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05 мая, 23:48

TransCanada Keystone XL shipper talks complicated, CEO says as profit up

Lower oil prices and alternative export routes are complicating negotiations for shipper commitment for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline project, and the company does not have a firm deadline for concluding the talks, Chief Executive Russell Girling said on Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration approved Keystone XL in March. The expansion increases the capacity of the current Keystone system from Canada's oil-producing Alberta province to the Gulf of Mexico.

05 мая, 16:40

TransCanada to Divest 2 Gas Pipelines for $765 Million

TransCanada Corporation recently agreed to sell 49.3% stake in Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP and the remaining 11.8% stake in Portland Natural Gas Transmission System to pipeline operator TC PipeLines, LP for $765 million.

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03 мая, 14:00

Keystone defiance triggers assault on a constitutional right

Part two: In South Dakota, a law could ban protests amid opposition from Republican ranchers, as many fear a ‘serious threat’ to waterWords by Oliver Laughland, photos and video by Laurence Mathieu-LégerMake a contribution now: help the Guardian expand its climate change deskBret Clanton might not belong to the most obvious group of opponents to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. But when a survey crew from TransCanada arrived on his property eight years ago, the rancher and registered Republican – worried they were cattle thieves – says he called the sheriff’s department, and marched out to confront them.He says the encounter changed his life, and set up a battle that would come to dominate his existence. Continue reading...

02 мая, 16:13

Pembina Pipeline (PBA) to Purchase Veresen for $7.1 Billion

Pembina Pipeline Corp. recently announced that it is considering the buyout of Veresen Inc. in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $7.1 billion

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02 мая, 12:19

Pembina Pipeline приобретет конкурента Veresen за $7,10 млрд

Канадская компания Pembina Pipeline договорилась о приобретении своего конкурента в лице Veresen, а стоимость соглашения составила 9,7 млрд канадских долларов ($7,10 млрд) наличными и акциями. Сообщается, что после слияния рыночная капитализация объединенной компании составит примерно 22,7 млрд канадских долларов и она станет третьей по капитализации в стране после Enbridge и TransCanada. Заметим, что в рамках сделки Pembina выплатит около 1,52 млрд канадских долларов наличными, а остальная сумма будет выплачена акциями. При этом каждая бумага Veresen в рамках соглашения была оценена на 22,5% выше последней цены их закрытия.

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01 мая, 22:36

Pembina Pipeline приобретет конкурента Veresen за $7,10 млрд

Канадская компания Pembina Pipeline договорилась о приобретении своего конкурента в лице Veresen, а стоимость соглашения составила 9,7 млрд канадских долларов ($7,10 млрд) наличными и акциями. Сообщается, что после слияния рыночная капитализация объединенной компании составит примерно 22,7 млрд канадских долларов и она станет третьей по капитализации в стране после Enbridge и TransCanada. Заметим, что в рамках сделки Pembina выплатит около 1,52 млрд канадских долларов наличными, а остальная сумма будет выплачена акциями. При этом каждая бумага Veresen в рамках соглашения была оценена на 22,5% выше последней цены их закрытия.

28 апреля, 20:11

'I'll call Nebraska,' Trump promised, but the phone never rang

President Donald Trump has not yet spoken to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts about the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite repeated efforts by the staffs of the two men to set up a conversation, according to sources and documents obtained by POLITICO.When Trump announced Keystone's approval last month, he seemed surprised when TransCanada CEO Russ Girling told him "we've still got some work to do in Nebraska" before construction could start on the project. “I’ll call Nebraska,” Trump told Girling at the March 24 Oval Office ceremony. “Nebraska has a great governor. Peter is a fantastic governor who’s done a great job, and I’ll call him today.”It’s not clear what a conversation between Trump and the Republican governor would yield for Keystone XL. The Nebraska Public Service Commission that will vote on whether to approve the pipeline’s route consists of five independently elected officials, not Ricketts appointees. Nevertheless, Trump's televised statement caught the ear of Ricketts' chief of staff, Matt Miltenberger. “The President mentioned during the KXL signing that he was going to call Gov. Ricketts today,” Miltenberger wrote to White House staff member Douglas Hoelscher minutes after the ceremony ended, in an email acquired by POLITICO through a state public-records request. “Is that something you all will be setting up or will the President just reach out?”Hoelscher responded within seven minutes asking when it would be possible for Trump to reach the governor. He and Miltenberger traded emails discussing times for a possible cellphone chat between the governor and the president later that day. But Trump and Ricketts never connected, according to a spokesman for the governor, Taylor Gage. “Conversations have happened at the staff level, and we are working to facilitate a conversation between the Governor and President in the near future,” Gage wrote in an email. Neither Hoelscher nor Miltenberger responded to questions. The Nebraska Public Service Commission plans to hold public hearings on the Keystone XL route in May and expects to make a final decision after September.

26 апреля, 19:36

100 дней Трампа: обещания и реальность

Не удивляйтесь, что "революция Трампа" выдохлась. Новый президент пообещал большой прогресс в его первые 100 дней правления, но кроме назначения нового верховного судьи было сделано немного.

26 апреля, 19:36

100 дней Трампа: обещания и реальность

Не удивляйтесь, что "революция Трампа" выдохлась. Новый президент пообещал большой прогресс в его первые 100 дней правления, но кроме назначения нового верховного судьи было сделано немного.

22 апреля, 01:51

Nebraska Farmer Politely Schools Fox News Host On Dangers Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup urged the Trump administration on Friday to abandon plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline and focus instead on boosting renewable energy. In a four-minute interview on Fox News, Tanderup ― who heads a group of about 90 Nebraska landowners trying to block the pipeline ― politely countered each of host Sandra Smith’s talking points as she repeatedly suggested his personal stake was the only real reason he opposed the project.   “Our premium goal would be to leave the tar sands in the ground and move more rapidly to renewable fuels,” said Tanderup, who owns a modest 160-acre farm passed down from his wife Helen’s grandfather. Four days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump revived the Keystone XL project with an executive action inviting the Calgary-based pipeline builder TransCanada to reapply for permits to build. In 2015, then-President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline after seven years of deliberation, on the grounds that the environmental risks remained too great. If completed, the pipeline would carry tar sands ― a noxious mix of sand, clay, and viscous oil, considered one of the dirtiest and poorest-quality fuels ― from Canada to Texas to be refined for export. “After we learned how destructive the chemicals and the tar sands are, we have come to realize that this type of fossil fuel should not be happening,” Tanderup said Friday, after Smith asked whether he would still oppose the pipeline if the route didn’t go through his property. “It doesn’t matter where it’s at ― we need to look for other sources of renewable energy. We would fight it wherever it was.” Smith suggested the pipeline would be more secure than transporting tar sands by rail. Indeed, the Fraser Institute, a conservative think tank in Canada, found that moving oil and gas via a pipeline is 4.5 times safer than doing it by rail. But the existing Keystone pipeline already leaked 16,800 gallons of oil on Yankton, South Dakota, last year, Tanderup noted. (Keystone XL, as the name suggests, would be an extension of the existing Keystone pipeline, providing a shortcut to Texas refineries.) “When something is out of sight and underground, and when TransCanada’s fancy detection system doesn’t work most of the time, it’s much more dangerous because you don’t know when those leaks happen,” Tanderup said. By contrast, a train accident would be highly visible and immediately addressed. “Let me ask you, what’s the solution? Because we all want to achieve energy independence in this country,” Smith said. “This was an effort and a step in that direction. How do you achieve that?” “This is not American oil, and it is going across America,” Tanderup replied, before being cut off. “But it’s coming from Canada, rather than the Middle East, would be the argument,” Smith said. “That’s true, but it’s going across America to be refined and exported, which is not for America’s use,” he replied. “If they do not mix some high-quality crude with this, the best they get is poor-grade diesel fuel, which we can’t even burn in this country.” “Well, you’re opening the door to so many controversial discussions that would take all day to get there,” Smith said, ending the segment. “But we definitely wanted to hear your story because this affects you, runs through your family’s farm, through your own backyard. There’s 90 other landowners talking about this. But still there is fierce thoughts on the other side of this, that this is the best thing for this country. But we love to hear your story as well.” Citing its frequent use of Trump administration talking points, critics have lately likened Fox News to a state-run propaganda network. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58877e02e4b070d8cad57814,588a4576e4b0024605fe7bfe,58dd2d3de4b0e6ac7092ebea,5824b105e4b02a051293615f,58f4be6ee4b0b9e9848cf9a0 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 апреля, 16:58

TransCanada (TRP) Sells 13 Hydroelectric Generation Assets

TransCanada Corporation (TRP) recently completed the sale of 13 hydroelectric generation assets to renewable energy investor ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC's affiliate, Great River Hydro, LLC.

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19 апреля, 21:40

Last stand: Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline

Neligh, NEBRASKA (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project "with efficiency and with speed."

17 апреля, 17:34

Justin Trudeau A 'Stunning Hypocrite' On Climate Change, Says Top Environmentalist

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Justin Trudeau’s support for more oil pipelines and tar sands drilling is at loggerheads with his image as Canada’s progressive heartthrob prime minister, according to a top environmentalist. In an op-ed published Monday in The Guardian, 350.org founder Bill McKibben called Trudeau a “stunning hypocrite” on global warming. “[W]hen it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the old orange guy in DC,” McKibben wrote, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump. He said Trudeau was “hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tarsands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet.” Tar sands ― a noxious mix of sand, clay and bitumen, a viscous oil ― are considered one of the dirtiest fossil fuels. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which Trump jump-started days after taking office in January, would funnel a daily load of 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil to refineries in Texas, producing emissions equal to putting 5.6 million new cars on the road, according to estimates by the environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth.  Trump is a creep and a danger and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite. Bill McKibben, 350.org founder A spokesperson for Trudeau did not reply to a request for comment. In 2015, former President Barack Obama rejected pipeline-builder TransCanada’s application to construct the Keystone XL after a seven-year deliberation. Trudeau cheered Trump’s decision to reconsider the pipeline.  “I reiterated my support for the project. I’ve been on the record for many years supporting [Keystone XL] because it leads to economic growth and good jobs for Albertans,” Trudeau told reporters on Jan. 24, when Trump signed an executive action inviting TransCanada to reapply. “We know we can get our resources to market more safely and responsibly while meeting our climate change goals.”  To be sure, the Trudeau administration has made significant moves to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels. In November, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced plans to phase out most coal-fired power plants by 2030. Some coal power stations would remain, equipped with carbon-capture technology that has yet to be proved reliable. Nevertheless, the Canadian government forecasts carbon emissions falling by 5 megatons ― equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road ― if the plan is fully implemented.  In December, Trudeau announced a nationwide minimum price on carbon of about 10 Canadian dollars, or about $7.53 per metric ton. By next year, the administration plans to roll out either a tax on fossil fuels or a cap-and-trade system to exact the levy.  Still, McKibben urged Trudeau’s gushing fans to “stop swooning” over the prime minister, whom he called a “disaster for the planet.” “Trump is a creep and a danger and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite,” McKibben wrote, before concluding: “Trump’s insulting the planet, in other words. But at least he’s not pretending otherwise.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58331ba2e4b030997bc06e46,58877e02e4b070d8cad57814,5835f6bce4b09b6056000f80,58efb0bfe4b0bb9638e23062,58e66c19e4b05894715ebe13,58dad105e4b054637062e61d -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 апреля, 17:34

Justin Trudeau A 'Stunning Hypocrite' On Climate Change, Says Top Environmentalist

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Justin Trudeau’s support for more oil pipelines and tar sands drilling is at loggerheads with his image as Canada’s progressive heartthrob prime minister, according to a top environmentalist. In an op-ed published Monday in The Guardian, 350.org founder Bill McKibben called Trudeau a “stunning hypocrite” on global warming. “[W]hen it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the old orange guy in DC,” McKibben wrote, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump. He said Trudeau was “hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tarsands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet.” Tar sands ― a noxious mix of sand, clay and bitumen, a viscous oil ― are considered one of the dirtiest fossil fuels. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which Trump jump-started days after taking office in January, would funnel a daily load of 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil to refineries in Texas, producing emissions equal to putting 5.6 million new cars on the road, according to estimates by the environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth.  Trump is a creep and a danger and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite. Bill McKibben, 350.org founder A spokesperson for Trudeau did not reply to a request for comment. In 2015, former President Barack Obama rejected pipeline-builder TransCanada’s application to construct the Keystone XL after a seven-year deliberation. Trudeau cheered Trump’s decision to reconsider the pipeline.  “I reiterated my support for the project. I’ve been on the record for many years supporting [Keystone XL] because it leads to economic growth and good jobs for Albertans,” Trudeau told reporters on Jan. 24, when Trump signed an executive action inviting TransCanada to reapply. “We know we can get our resources to market more safely and responsibly while meeting our climate change goals.”  To be sure, the Trudeau administration has made significant moves to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels. In November, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced plans to phase out most coal-fired power plants by 2030. Some coal power stations would remain, equipped with carbon-capture technology that has yet to be proved reliable. Nevertheless, the Canadian government forecasts carbon emissions falling by 5 megatons ― equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road ― if the plan is fully implemented.  In December, Trudeau announced a nationwide minimum price on carbon of about 10 Canadian dollars, or about $7.53 per metric ton. By next year, the administration plans to roll out either a tax on fossil fuels or a cap-and-trade system to exact the levy.  Still, McKibben urged Trudeau’s gushing fans to “stop swooning” over the prime minister, whom he called a “disaster for the planet.” “Trump is a creep and a danger and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite,” McKibben wrote, before concluding: “Trump’s insulting the planet, in other words. But at least he’s not pretending otherwise.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58331ba2e4b030997bc06e46,58877e02e4b070d8cad57814,5835f6bce4b09b6056000f80,58efb0bfe4b0bb9638e23062,58e66c19e4b05894715ebe13,58dad105e4b054637062e61d -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

04 апреля, 00:03

AP on President Trump keeping his promises to overturn President Obama’s destructive policies

BIT BY BIT, TRUMP METHODICALLY UNDOING OBAMA POLICIES “From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is keeping his promises in methodically overturning regulations and policies adopted when Barack Obama was president.” Bit By Bit, Trump Methodically Undoing Obama Policies By Darlene Superville The Associated Press April 3, 2017 … From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is keeping his promises in methodically overturning regulations and policies adopted when Barack Obama was president. … CLIMATE CHANGE Trump signed an executive order last week to deliver on his pledge to unravel Obama's efforts to curb global warming. The order launched a review of the Clean Power Plan, Obama's chief effort to curb carbon emissions by restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. Trump also lifted a 14-month-old halt on new coal leases on federal lands. The Obama administration had imposed a three-year freeze on such leases in January of last year. … ABORTION/FAMILY PLANNING Trump is expected to sign legislation erasing another Obama rule, one that barred states from withholding federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other clinics that provide abortions. The rule was finalized shortly before Obama left office in January. … KEYSTONE XL OIL PIPELINE Trump greenlighted the long-delayed project on March 24, reversing Obama's decision less than 18 months earlier. After Trump invited TransCanada, the Canadian company building the $8 billion pipeline, to resubmit its application, the State Department approved the project, saying it would advance U.S. national interests. Obama had said the project would not. … DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE Under Obama, the Army Corps of Engineers had declined in December to allow pipeline construction under South Dakota's Lake Oahe on grounds that alternate routes needed to be considered. … The project has moved forward again under Trump, who acted shortly after taking office. … FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS The Trump administration is re-examining federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. In 2012, the Obama administration set fuel economy regulations for model years 2017-2025 and agreed to complete a midterm evaluation by next year. Then, days before Obama left office, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to keep stringent requirements it had set in place for model years 2022-2025. The auto industry balked. Trump announced in Michigan that he's putting the midterm review back on track. His decision has no immediate effect but requires the EPA to determine no later than April 2018 whether the 2022-2025 standards are appropriate. TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP Obama was his administration's biggest cheerleader for the sweeping agreement involving the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. But the Senate needed to ratify it, and bipartisan opposition basically doomed it before he left office. As a candidate, Trump railed against this agreement and pledged to withdraw from it, saying he was a better negotiator and could strike better deals. Shortly after taking office, he directed the U.S. trade representative to withdraw and said he would pursue individual deals with the other countries. ABORTION/MEXICO CITY POLICY Trump reinstated a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about them. Obama had lifted the ban when he took office in 2009. … PERSONAL FINANCE Trump has instructed the Department of Labor to delay an Obama-era rule that would require financial professionals who charge commissions to put their clients' best interests first when advising them on retirement investments. Read the entire article here

03 апреля, 18:05

US State Department issues long-awaited permit for Keystone XL pipeline

The US Department of State issued a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline more than 8 years after sponsor TransCanada Corp. originally sought cross-border approval of the project. Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Jr. signed the permit after President Donald J. Trump reversed his predecessor Barack Obama's decision and said the project would be in the US national interest.

31 марта, 00:34

Here Come The Lawsuits To Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Environmental groups filed two federal lawsuits this week seeking to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which President Donald Trump recently approved.  The State Department and other federal agencies shirked their responsibilities to evaluate the oil pipeline’s environmental impact, both lawsuits allege. They argue that the plunge in oil prices makes the project unviable and that new research shows oil from Canada’s tar sands is especially destructive to the environment.  The lawsuits, which activists had promised after Trump green-lighted the pipeline last week, revive a protracted fight against construction that began during the Obama administration. Trump’s decision reversed former President Barack Obama’s rejection of the project.  The Trump administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act by relying on “woefully out of date” information about plans to import oil from Canada’s tar sands region to Nebraska, according to a suit filed Wednesday by the Northern Plains Resource Council, the Sierra Club and other organizations.  The State Department based its approval of the Keystone XL last week on an environmental study completed in 2014, the lawsuit said. That same report was used by the Obama administration to conclude the pipeline was not in the national interest and to deny permits to developer TransCanada in 2015.  “The Trump Administration broke the law by arbitrarily endorsing a permit to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline,” Anthony Swift of the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement. “It ignored public calls to update and correct a required environmental impact statement that should have led to one conclusion. Piping some of the dirtiest oil on the planet through America’s heartland would put at grave risk our land, water and climate.” Extracting oil from the tar sands is more energy-intensive than drilling, and the oil itself is considered one of the dirtiest fossil fuels. A gallon of tar sands oil releases 15 percent more carbon dioxide than “conventional oil,” according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Supporters, including Trump, say the pipeline will foster U.S. energy independence and will create jobs. Soaring U.S. energy production already has the country on track for producing as much as it consumes, and it’s unclear how importing oil from Canada aids that goal. Though the pipeline would require thousands of temporary construction workers, it would permanently employ fewer than three dozen.  The second lawsuit, filed by the Indigenous Environmental Network and the North Coast Rivers Alliance on Monday, argues that the government should have replaced the 2014 environmental report with current data, and that officials failed to thoroughly consider impacts on both sides of the border. It further alleges that wildlife protections, such as the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, were ignored.  “Oil, water and fish do not mix. KXL poses an unacceptable risk to the Missouri River and its fisheries, including the nearly extinct Arctic grayling,” Frank Egger, North Coast Rivers Alliance president, said in a statement. “No oil pipeline is safe. One major oil spill, and the Missouri River and adjacent aquifers would be polluted for generations.” Both lawsuits were filed in federal court in Montana, where the pipeline would cross the border into the U.S. The 1,179-mile pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to Nebraska.  A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the litigation. Officials from the Department of the Interior, which also was named as a defendant in both lawsuits, didn’t respond to HuffPost’s inquiries.  TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company is focused on securing approval for the pipeline route in Nebraska, where the state Public Service Commission will vote on it. That review is expected to take seven months or more.  “We’ll be working with stakeholders up and down the route to make sure that they’re informed on the project,” John told HuffPost.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

08 октября 2012, 19:40

Проект Аляска-Азия по экспорту СПГ в $65 млрд

Консорциум, состоящий из ряда крупных нефтяных компаний, продолжает активно разрабатывать грандиозные планы по созданию инфраструктуры для транспортировки сжиженного природного газа из Аляски в Азию. В марте этого года консорциум Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips и BP PLC в сотрудничестве с TransCanada уже объявлял о начале разработке проекта экспорту СПГ из Аляски в Азию. Тогда компании оценили его в $40 млрд. Теперь аппетиты компаний существенно выросли, и речь идет уже о проекте, чья стоимость может составить от $45 млрд до $65 млрд. В данный проект будет входить строительство газопровода длиной почти в 1300 км от газовых месторождений, расположенных на северном склоне Аляски до побережья с пропускной способностью в 3-3,5 млрд куб. м в день. На побережье будет построен завод по сжижению природного газа, а также терминалы по хранению и отгрузке газа для его последующей транспортировки на азиатские рынки. Согласно заявлениям участвующих сторон проект окажет серьезное влияние не только на экономику самой Аляски, но также и на строительный сектор США. По прогнозам компаний, в целом потребуется 1,7 млн метрических тонн стали, а также 15 тыс. рабочих в пик строительства. В целом проект Аляска-Азия по экспорту сжиженного природного газа может стать одним из самых дорогостоящих проектов в отрасли во всем мире. Он обойдется в 7-10 раз дороже, чем аналогичный проект на побережье Мексиканского залива, предложенный компанией Cheniere Energy. Кроме того, скорее всего, он будет стоить дороже, чем проект по сжижению и транспортировке природного газа из месторождения Gorgon на шельфе Австралии, в 160 км к северо-западу от континента. Стоимость этого проекта изначально оценивалась в $37 млрд, но затем выросла до $43 млрд, вынудив Chevron начать пересмотр запланированных затрат. Запуск проекта Gorgon планируется в 2014 г. Проект Аляска-Азия нуждается в одобрении как местных, так и федеральных властей. Причем одобрение должно быть получено не только на строительство, но и на экспорт газа в другие страны. Президент Обама уже заявил, что не станет одобрять новые проекты по экспорту природного газа, пока Министерство энергетики не представит доклад, который бы обосновывал их экономическую эффективность. Министерство уже неоднократно откладывало выпуск данного доклада. В случае если проект будет одобрен, на его строительство, по ряду оценок, может уйти более 10 лет. Что интересно, эта идея отнюдь не нова: она появилась еще в начале 1980-х гг. Компания Yukon Pacific в 1982 г. также предложила проект с очень схожими условиями. Его первоначальная стоимость тогда разнилась от $14 млрд до $18 млрд. Однако ему так и не суждено было реализоваться по ряду причин, в основном экономического характера.