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I’ve never been to North Dakota; in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone from that state. Now, one of the great oil discoveries of recent years, the immense Bakken Shale, has put the upper Plains state on the map for all to see.

Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. will expand its South Texas crude oil pipeline system by installing an additional 24-mile pipeline in San Patricio County. The new pipeline will have an expected initial capacity of 200,000 bpd.

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

UGI Energy Services announced a further expansion of its Auburn Gathering System in Pennsylvania with construction of a 9-mile, 24-inch pipeline from Susquehanna County to the Manning Compressor Station in Wyoming County, along with additional compression to be installed at Manning.

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.

The digital edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal for August 2014, Vol. 241 No. 8.

Global Partners LP has entered into an agreement with Meadowlark Midstream Company LLC whereby Meadowlark will build, own and operate new a crude oil transportation system.

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.

EQT Corp. and NextEra US Gas Assets, held a non-binding open season for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project which would connect Marcellus and Utica natural gas supply to markets in the Southeast. The companies signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to construct and own the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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.