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Innovation is the idea formed by the thoughts of pipeline managers and the rigorous discipline exemplified within each individual pipeline company and contractor. Immediate challenges faced every day allow companies to transform each new challenge to inspire innovation in microspaces between each pipeline organization.

Japan’s government approved its new, but unpopular, energy policy in April by reinstating nuclear power as an “important base-load power source.”

The world is walking a tightrope of oil supply and demand. Today, supply exceeds demand by a very small amount. This difference is small enough that a major disruption in supply can further tip the balance in the direction of demand.

Both Pemex and CFE are promoting new pipeline projects at a fast pace in advance of the most significant energy reform in Mexico in a half-century. The projects are to follow the old rules of government procurement: these state-owned enterprises (SEO) offer the credit rating of the Mexican government to serve as a bankable, long-term service agreement.

P&GJ’s 2014 international pipeline survey indicates 65,746 miles of pipeline are in various stages of construction or planned. Of these, 33,801 miles account for projects in the planning and engineering phase, while 31,945 miles are in various stages of construction.

U.S. crude oil production has been growing significantly in Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana and Texas. Prior to completion of TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Pipeline, producers did not have access to enough pipeline capacity to move this production to the large refining market along the Gulf Coast. The 485-mile, 36-inch Gulf Coast Pipeline that begins in Cushing, OK and extends south to Nederland, TX addresses this constraint, as will the company’s 48-mile Houston Lateral pipeline project.

Like most stories about Texas, the one that’s being written in the Eagle Ford shale is full of big dreams, big dollars, and big results.

The play itself is huge, covering an area of 20,000 square miles, it spans 25 south-central Texas counties and is roughly the size of Croatia. Capital expenditures there by energy companies are sky-high, reaching $28 billion through the end of 2013, if predictions by global consultants Wood Mackenzie held true.

The conclusion of a decade-long negotiation between Russia and China was announced May 21 during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Shanghai. The $400 billion natural gas supply contract between Russia’s Gazprom and China’s National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) entails 38 billion cubic meters (Bcm) or 1.34 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of Russian gas supply annually to China for 30 years via a new pipeline.

“…the United States has become ‘a job magnet’ for manufacturing, which is really the first time in decades this has happened...”
--Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

In 2010, an incident in San Bruno, CA brought national attention to the oil and gas industry when a natural gas pipeline exploded in a residential neighborhood, leveling homes and claiming several lives. The resulting shockwave from the explosion was equivalent to a 1.1 magnitude earthquake.

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