Weather, construction inflation could squeeze North American pipelines

Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor Offshore pipeline construction, as shown here from a reel barge in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, can be among the most expensive and is a major factor in increasing labor costs for North American pipeline construction. Top 10 interstate liquids pipelines - 1997 [44,610 bytes] Top 10 U.S. gas-pipeline companies - 1997 [53,186 bytes] Major North American interstate and interprovincial pipeline companies appear headed for a squeeze near-term: 1997 earnings from operations were down for the second straight year even as the companies expected new construction to begin this year or later to cost more. The effects of ...

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