Companies developing pipelines in Mexico should budget at least three to nine months to negotiate deals with landowners in order to obtain land use permits for their projects, according to Benjamín Torres-Barrón, leading partner of the Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie in Mexico.
Mexico’s mid-stream gas expansion will require a new wave of specialized professionals in the coming years to guarantee long-term maintenance and security of operations as the national energy reform progresses, according to industry consultants.
PJM Interconnection plans to notify gas-fired power generators if their bids have cleared to run in the day-ahead market two and a half hours earlier than at present, according to new proposed tariff changes that better align gas and electric trading windows.
Gas-fired power generators not situated close to the US Northeast’s extensive shale gas supplies face feedstock challenges until pipeline builders can encourage investment in a volatile regional gas market.
New England’s limited natural gas pipeline infrastructure is pushing up peak winter electricity prices in New England to record highs, particularly for utilities that buy on a short-term basis, according to Steven V. Camerino, president and CEO of distribution utility New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.
The drop in crude oil prices has doubled the payback period for US natural gas vehicles (NGV) compared to diesel, from about one year and eight months in mid-2014 to around three to four years currently, Frank Bio, director of sales development, specialty vehicle & alternate fuels at Volvo Group North America, said.