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The unexpected and stunning success of the shale plays in the United States over the past decade has dramatically changed the nation’s energy picture for years, if not decades, to come.

Wet gas meter calibrations are usually done using natural gas, kerosene and water. Increasingly, gas producers are questioning a meter’s ability to measure wet gas entrained with the unique liquids found on platforms and wellheads (viscous hydrocarbons, paraffin based/high-wax liquids, sea water, brine solutions, MEG and other custom liquids).

In Alaska, energy planning has always been as big and bold as the state’s seemingly endless resources and landscape. But the latest blueprint emerging from the ashes of a series of abandoned plans to tap the state’s vast natural gas resources in the north makes anything that came before it miniscule in scope. Whether it is hubris or overreaching, state officials are ready to roll the dice on a gas scenario that will cost in excess of $50 billion and take a decade or more to pull off.

Spectra Energy’s 20-mile expansion of the Texas Eastern and Algonquin Gas Transmission pipelines from Linden, NJ to Manhattan cost $60 million per mile, but the money is just the beginning.

Well-organized workforce housing can be a valuable partner for companies pursuing their sustainable development goals, as well as a component of long-term profitability.

Despite vast U.S. shale gas resources and technological advances making recovery economically feasible, an absence of incentives supporting the usual investment model in which a company builds, owns and operates new pipelines – supported by long-term contracts for capacity – is hampering construction.

Pipeline transmission systems operate at high pressures which must be reduced (regulated) at off-takes and distribution points. Additionally, at compressor stations and power plants, the gas pressure to feed the fuel systems of gas turbines has to be reduced to a level acceptable to the fuel system controls.

In case you hadn’t realized it, the construction business is no longer strictly a man’s domain. Thanks to inspired and inspiring executives such as Gretchen Gagel, president of Continuum Advisory Group, that image is undergoing a gradual change and will continue to do so as long as we build houses, factories and yes, pipelines.

PLS Inc., a leading Houston-based research, transaction and advisory firm, in conjunction with its international partner Derrick Petroleum Services, reports global upstream oil and gas M&A activity for Q1 2014 of $40.7 billion spread across 192 transactions (including 133 with deal value disclosed).

Polyethylene (PE) has revolutionized low-pressure gas distribution pipeline design on a global basis. PE’s combination of flexibility, ease of joining, lack of corrosion, long-term durability and lower installation cost make it the gas transporter/operator’s preferred material.

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