As we watch the development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in the Northeast, the implications are both obvious and subtle at the same time. The economic outcomes are measureable at the local level with new business opportunities for established shop owners as energy companies and their many contractors make a concerted effort to source goods and services within host communities.

United LNG, an LNG export company converting an offshore import terminal to export LNG, expects to require 300 miles of pipeline to serve the facility’s projected 4 BCF/d capacity once fully functional, according to Director Eric Saenz.

Ten years after the shale revolution first took off in the North Texas Barnett Shale formation, large-scale shale development primarily remains a phenomenon unique to the United States.

During his 30 years in the energy business, Barry Davis has no doubt heard a fair amount of bluster and hyperbole about “big projects.” Yet, even a brief talk with the Crosstex president and CEO about the Cajun-Sibon expansion project leaves the listener keenly aware that in his mind there can be no understating the importance of this endeavor to his company.

Leak detection and repair have become increasingly critical to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and to protecting the environment. Yet many gas distribution companies are finding that their pipelines are aging at a faster rate than they can be surveyed and repaired. That’s because the traditional flame-ionization leak-detection process is hard-pressed to keep pace with emerging demand for more frequent, accurate and efficient surveys and repairs.

New York City’s skyline is ever-changing and is now undergoing a change of another kind – a cleaning of the air around it, assisted by a Con Edison program, which helps people switch to cleaner-burning natural gas.

Matt Ballard, president of Sevier County Utility District in Tennessee, became chairman of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) at its annual meeting in July. He serves on the board of the Tennessee Gas Association (TGA), the TGA education/Steering Committee Board of Directors and is a past member of its Board of Directors. Ballard is also a member of the APGA Operations and Safety Committee.

A key goal for operators with centrifugal compressors is to prevent the compressor from going into surge. This is accomplished by proper design of the piping system, associated equipment and control valves that can balance the opposing requirements associated with start-up, emergency shutdown and normal operation.

Oil and gas exploration is much about its transportation, and compressors play a central role in the pertinent processes. This overview of the diverse technology driving the industry cites the example of German MAN Diesel & Turbo’s broad turbomachinery product range.

Today’s utilities have a highly productive and efficient business environment that is very competitive and needs to comply with many stringent regulatory requirements to prevent situations that would cause a facility to be down for even a short time.

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