Natural Gas News – April 9, 2019
Total Strengthens Oman’s Natural Gas Sector
World Oil reported: Total and the Ministry of Oil and Gas of the Sultanate of Oman (MOG) have signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) for the award to Total of an exploration license on Block 12 with significant prospective gas resources. Under the terms of this HoA, both parties will finalize in the coming months, on an exclusive basis, a definitive agreement that will grant to Total 100% working interest and operatorship of the exploration block 12, located in Central Oman. This new agreement was signed after Total, the Ministry of Oil and Gas and Oman Oil Company (OOC) reached a new milestone to implement their integrated gas project, which entails developing the gas resources of the Greater Barik area (Blocks 10 and 11), as well as building and operating a liquefaction plant to offer a bunkering service and supply Liquefied Natural Gas as a fuel to marine vessels.
Bill Aims To Strengthen Natural Gas Pipeline Safety
WGBH reported: A bill aimed at strengthening pipeline safety in the U.S. is being pushed by members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation in response to September’s natural gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Lori Trahan say the bill would require on-site monitoring of pressure regulation stations so employees could quickly shut off gas flow in an emergency. It would also require other safety features to help avoid over-pressurizations, blamed for the Merrimack Valley disaster. The Democrats joined the family of Leonel Rondon, the Lawrence teen killed in the disaster to unveil the bill Monday at a fire station in Lawrence. The bill is named in honor of Rondon. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are also sponsoring the proposal.