Special Report: Current pipeline expansion slows; future plans contract

Planned pipeline construction to be completed in 2009 rose more slowly than in 2008, increasing by more than 13% from the previous year, driven by large natural gas transportation projects in both the US and Asia-Pacific but constrained by a drop in planned crude mileage. Click here to enlarge imageOperators plan to complete installation of more than 15,000 miles in 2009 alone (Table 1), with natural gas construction making up 60.5% (more than 9,200 miles) of the plans, based on reports from the world’s pipeline operating companies and data collected by Oil & Gas Journal. For 2009 and beyond, less mileage is planned in all pipeline categories than had been the case the previous...

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