More construction, higher costs in store for US pipelines

Welding moves TEPPCO's new 82-mile crude oil pipeline in North Texas nearer its tie in with the company's existing system that crossses the Red River. Photograph from TEPPCO, Houston, by Ken Childress. Plans for new natural-gas pipelines in the US took a jump through June 2000, as companies appeared to take seriously forecasts of a 30-tcf US market by 2005. Markets in Florida, the US Northeast, and West are the main targets of this activity. And, as if anticipating the increase, reports of completed costs (in $/mile) for pipeline laid vs. estimates at time of proposal showed an up tick for both land and offshore construction. More generally, while consolidations, reorganizations, and ...

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