US construction plans slide; pipeline companies experience flat 2003, continue mergers

The US natural gas pipeline system appears headed for serious delivery-capacity constraints, if recent proposals are any indication.For the 12 months ending June 30, 2004, formal plans brought before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for new or expanded pipeline and compression dropped like a rock compared with plans filed in the previous 12-month period (OGJ, Sept. 8, 2003, p. 60), and those were themselves off sharply from plans filed up to June 30, 2002 (OGJ, Sept. 16, 2002, p. 52).This trend seems to evince last month's dire warnings from the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America about the critical need for additional infrastructure (see accompanying sidebar, p. ...

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