US petroleum markets performed strongly in April, as crude oil production held its record of 12.1 million barrels per day and total US petroleum deliveries exceeded 20 million bpd, the highest level for the month in 12 years, reports the American Petroleum Institute. Natural gas liquids production was 4.7 million bpd and total US petroleum exports reached a high for the month of April with 7.8 million bpd.
Carlyle Group is reportedly holding talks with three pipeline and terminal operators to sell its 25% interest in a proposed 1.4 million-barrel-per-day crude oil export facility near Corpus Christi, Texas, for $625 million. Carlyle is also talking with potential partners about co-operating a crude oil pipeline from Houston to Corpus Christi, a source familiar with the matter says.
The total US oil and natural gas rig count fell by one to 987 last week, as oil drillers idled three rigs and gas explorers added two units, reports Baker Hughes. Ohio and Wyoming saw the biggest gains of four and three rigs, respectively, while Pennsylvania, Texas and Alaska were among the states posting losses.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday announced interim picks for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, with terms expiring July 1, 2020. The new commission, which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, is tasked with developing new rules under a new oil and gas law that makes public health and safety the top priorities of regulators.
The Maine legislature should move toward implementing offshore wind power technology by directing the Public Utilities Commission to approve a contract that has been languishing for years, the Portland Press-Herald argues in an editorial. The newspaper blames the failure to tap "one of the great untapped energy resources on earth" on former Gov. Paul LePage's "shortsighted approach to energy."
Vestas Wind Systems has agreed to supply EDF Renewables with V120-2.2-megawatt turbines totaling 249 megawatts for the Las Majadas wind farm in Texas. Vestas will deliver the turbines starting with the second quarter of 2020, while commissioning is planned for the third quarter of that year.
A wind farm project proposed by Engie could bring a multimillion-dollar windfall to Texas' Limestone County, including $40 million to $60 million in benefits for schools and the possibility of lower taxes. The first phase of the project is scheduled to kick off this year in West Central Limestone, close to the Waco Power Plant.
Apex Clean Energy is still entertaining the idea of building a wind farm in the town of Hounsfield on New York's Galloo Island, even though it withdrew its applications for state permits in February. Documents show that the company has contracted Western EcoSystems Technology to conduct aerial helicopter surveys to identify and monitor bald eagle nests.
NextEra Energy Resources has scrapped plans for a wind energy project in Oklahoma that the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission opposed because it would interfere with military training routes. "The airspace used for training is critical to one of the military's most vital assets," and disrupting it "in any way would threaten our national defense, and we thank NextEra for recognizing that," said Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.
Nordex has introduced the N155/4.5, a 4.5-megawatt wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 508 feet and the fourth installment in its Delta4000 series. The machine is designed for growth markets "without strict requirements on maximum noise levels or high levels of effective turbulence intensity," which makes it suitable for use in the US, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
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