Construction plans surge on prospects for gas use

War in the Middle East last year didn't roil world energy markets, and major countries' economies at yearend 2003 were clearly recovering from more than 3 years of slump. These elements, together with continued strong demand for natural gas worldwide and especially in the US, helped push plans for oil and natural gas pipeline construction well ahead of what they were a year ago (OGJ, Feb. 3, 2003, p. 62). Click here to enlarge imageAs 2004 began, operators had announced plans to build nearly 60,000 miles of crude oil, product, and natural gas pipeline beginning this year and extending for the next decade (Fig. 1). The great majority of these plans —more than 40,000 miles&md...

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