Pipeline Economics: Profitable 2000, higher demand push US natural gas construction plans

Construction progresses on Mitchell Gas Services LP's $38 million Bridgeport residue-gas header that is to be completed this month. The 300-MMcfd system consists of 66 miles of 24 in. and 6 miles of 18-in. pipeline. (Photograph from Mitchell Gas Services LP, The Woodlands, Tex.) Caught off guard by demand spikes and infrastructure squeezes in winter 2000-01, US natural gas interstate pipelines have increased plans for construction, according to applications filed before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission through June 30, 2001. Mostly, companies want to add compression to their current systems, rather than build new stations, in an effort to deliver more gas as early as possi...

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