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Crude oil pipeline growth, revenues surge; construction costs mount

Sep 1, 2014

US pipeline operators continued to expand their systems rapidly in 2013. Investment in oil pipeline carrier property surged last year, rising roughly $14 billion to more than double the values seen only 7 years before.

Industry, regulators work to build US crude pipelines right

Sep 1, 2014

Surging US production has led to strong demand for the construction of crude oil pipelines. The industry and its government regulators are working hard to make certain the systems are properly designed, constructed, operated, and maintained.

CERI: Market access key to Canadian bitumen output

Sep 1, 2014

Outcomes in two areas of critical uncertainty can mean a difference in Canadian bitumen production in 2030 of 1.7-1.8 million b/d, according to a study published by the Canadian Energy Research Institute.

Virtual flow metering improves Chinese offshore production

Sep 1, 2014

A common problem for inflow-rate metering in subsea wells is the lack of real-time, three-phase flow rates, which are critical for reservoir characterization and well optimization.

California lawmakers pass in-state gas system methane emissions bill

Aug 28, 2014

The California Senate passed a bill aimed at curbing methane emissions from intrastate natural gas pipelines and local distribution systems. SB 1371, which was approved by 23 to 11 votes on Aug. 27, passed the state’s Assembly a day earlier by 57 to 20 votes. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for final action.

ExxonMobil Pipeline settles charges from 2012 Louisiana spill

Aug 27, 2014

Exxon Pipeline Co. agreed to pay more than $1.4 million to resolve federal charges that a 2012 spill from the company’s North Line near Torbert, La., violated the Clean Water Act, the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.

Canada’s NEB to hear Aboriginal viewpoint on Trans Mountain expansion

Aug 22, 2014

Canada’s National Energy Board will hear the viewpoint of Aboriginal groups on the Trans Mountain expansion project on Aug. 25 in Edmonton, the first of four scheduled hearings through Nov. 28.

Plains All American to build Cushing-to-Memphis pipeline

Aug 22, 2014

Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) plans to construct a 440-mile, 20-in. crude oil pipeline that will carry as much as 200,000 b/d of sweet crude from the Plains Cushing, Okla., terminal to Valero’s Memphis Refinery. The project is expected to cost $900 million and be completed in late 2016.

Companies plan to connect Pioneer Rail terminal, Bakken gathering line

Aug 19, 2014

Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., Wayzata, Minn., and Hiland Partners LP unit Hiland Crude LLC reported signing an interconnection agreement that will link Dakota Plains’ Pioneer Rail terminal in New Town, ND, with Hiland’s Market Center gathering system crude oil pipeline network.

EnLink to continue Utica expansion with 45-mile condensate pipeline

Aug 18, 2014

EnLink Midstream Partners LP and EnLink Midstream LLC, affiliates of EnLink Midstream, plan to build a 45-mile, 8-in. condensate pipeline and six natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facilities in the Ohio River Valley at a total cost of more than $250 million.

EIA: China to increase natural gas consumption, investment

Aug 18, 2014

China more than tripled natural gas production since 2003, producing 3.8 tcf in 2012, and the government is targeting production to reach about 5.5 tcf/year of gas by the end of 2015, according to a recent analysis from the US Energy Information Administration.

Eustream to begin testing Slovak gas line to Ukraine

Aug 14, 2014

Eustream Slovak Gas TSO will begin testing phase for the 10-billion cu m/year Vojany–Uzhorod natural gas pipeline Aug. 16. Eustream is upgrading the previously idle line to return it to service for shipment of gas from the European Union to Ukraine.

PennEast to build $1-billion Marcellus pipeline

Aug 12, 2014

PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC plans to construct a $1-billion, 100-mile pipeline extending from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey.

Columbia to build Marcellus-Utica gas pipeline

Aug 12, 2014

Columbia Gas Transmission (CGT), part of NiSource Inc.’s Columbia Pipeline Group, will build a 160-mile natural gas pipeline, Leach XPress, in Ohio and West Virginia, supporting gas supply development in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.

KMI executes $71-billion consolidation purchase

Aug 11, 2014

Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMEP), Kinder Morgan Management LLC (KMR), and El Paso Pipeline Partners LP reported that KMI will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of KMEP, KMR and El Paso, creating a single publicly traded security, KMI. The total purchase price of the transaction was $71 billion: $40 billion KMI equity, $4 billion cash, and $27 billion assumed debt.

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