Producers build more Gulf of Mexico lines

An Ingaa Foundation study says the gas industry could spend $7 billion on pipeline construction projects over the next 15 years to serve growing offshore natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. The study said producer-owned pipelines are playing a more prominent role in the gulf, where resource estimates are in the 155 tcf range. The analysis, by Foster Associates Inc., reported 140 companies operate 14,112 miles of pipeline in the gulf. Producers own 45% of facilities, interstate pipelines own 48%, and pipeline affiliates own 7%. Offshore pipelines transport 77% of their throughput on behalf of marketers and producers, in contrast to onshore transport, of which 70% is ...

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