NatGas Breakers
FERC OKs Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG Train 3 for Commercial Service
Cheniere Energy has received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to place Train 3 into commercial service at its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction facility in Louisiana. The 4.5 million-metric-ton-per-year Train 3 has been loading commissioned cargoes since February. With Train 3, the Sabine Pass facility will have a total liquefaction capacity of 13.5 million tons per year. The first two trains were completed and commissioned in 2016. Train 4 is expected to begin the commissioning process in the next week or two. Train 4 will bring total annual capacity at Sabine Pass to 18 million tons. The company's goal is to bring new LNG trains online faster and more efficiently. (Plant: 3007400)

Constitution Pipeline Suffers Setback in Court Case
Developers of the Constitution Pipeline were dealt a blow in federal court when a judge ruled that state permits in New York are still necessary for the 124-mile natural gas pipeline. The judge said the pipeline developers failed to show injury from permit requirements by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In early 2016, the department denied a water permit for the pipeline, plunging the project into litigation. Williams Partners, Cabot Oil & Gas, Piedmont Natural Gas Company and WGL Holdings Incorporated are developing the project. (Plant: 1025174)

PetChem Breakers
County, School District Approve Tax Abatements for Proposed ExxonMobil Petchem Complex
The San Patricio Commissioners Court and the Gregory-Portland school board in Texas have each approved tax abatements for a proposed ExxonMobil ethane cracker. The cracker is part of a joint-venture project with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). The estimated $6 billion petrochemicals complex is set for Louisiana or Texas, likely in one of four potential locations. The complex would feature units that would produce an estimated 3.96 billion pounds per year of ethylene, as well as polyethylene.

Power Breakers
AEP's Rockport Power Station Offline Until early May for Maintenance
Unit 01 of American Electric Power Company's Rockport Power Station in Indiana is offline for planned maintenance until May 6. The coal-fired, 1,300-megawatt unit was taken offline on March 8. The maintenance work includes a major turbine overhaul. Industrial Info is tracking more than $360 million in active capital projects at the Rockport Power Station, including an environmental control unit and a coal unit refurbishment. (RFC ECAR) (Plant: 1010400)

Refinery Breakers
Tesoro's Salt Lake City Refinery Back Up and Running
Tesoro's 59,000 barrel-per-day Salt Lake City refinery in Utah returned to operations last week after being forced to shut down on February 14 due to crude deliveries being curtailed when the crude pipeline from Evanston, Wyoming, to Salt Lake City had to undergo repairs. The refinery, which is the largest in Utah, processes crude oil from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Canada to manufacture gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heavy fuel oils and liquefied petroleum gas. (Plant ID: 1016884)

Magellan Midstream Secures New Agreement for Corpus Christi Condensate Splitter
Magellan Midstream Partners has entered into a new fee-based, take-or-pay agreement with Trafigura Trading for the exclusive use of Magellan's condensate splitter in Corpus Christi, Texas. Magellan recently completed construction of the splitter, which is capable of processing 50,000 barrels per day of condensate. Magellan expects to begin commercial operation of the splitter during late second quarter 2017. (Plant: 3119248)

Open Season Concludes for Trans Mountain Expansion
Kinder Morgan has concluded a supplemental open season for 22,000 barrels per day of capacity on its planned Trans Mountain expanded pipeline in Canada, subject to final shipper board approval for that volume. The company has contracted with 13 customers. In November, the government of Canada approved Kinder Morgan's plan to expand the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline system between Edmonton, Alberta, and Burnaby, British Columbia. (Plant ID: 1073238)

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