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Rimrock Midstream entered into agreements with Grand Mesa Pipeline, a subsidiary of NGL Energy Partners, to construct and operate the Grand Mesa Pipeline.

The master limited partnership structure has been popular for pipeline companies for many years, and the shale boom has only intensified its usage—of the roughly 120 MLPs operating today, over 60 percent are less than five years old. But as the industry has adjusted to unconventional production and operations and construction activity assume a new normal, energy companies’ financial moves are becoming big news.

Spectra Energy’s proposed Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project continues to advance, following receipt of an Environmental Assessment Certificate from British Columbia. The environmental review of the project assessed a natural gas transportation corridor that could accommodate up to two 48-inch pipelines with total design capacity of 8.4 Bcf/d.

Africa’s importance as a major energy supplier will grow with the development of recently discovered oil and gas fields, most notably in West and East Africa, which will generate 8,558 miles of additional oil and gas pipelines (Table 1).

Gas producers and pipelines seem in general agreement about a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposal to improve coordination between gas suppliers and electric transmission providers. But regional electric buyers such as the ISOs and RTOs are a little disappointed.

Eagle LNG Partners’ pre-filing review process for the Jacksonville LNG project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The proposed LNG facility will serve domestic and international markets. Eagle LNG will receive and liquefy natural gas, temporarily storing the produced LNG and periodically loading it onto ocean-going vessels for use in marine fueling trade.

The inaugural SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) – the first technical oil and gas conference ever to take place in the region – attracted more than 500 industry professionals at the Korme Exhibition Center in Astana, Kazakhstan. The three-day event, hosted last month by Shell in partnership with the Kazakh Ministry of Energy and KAZENERGY Association, was the first one on this scale that SPE had organized in the region.

The U.S. oil and gas industry employed 1,012,800 in 2013, an increase of 30,800 from the previous year. Job growth in the U.S. oil and natural gas industry continued to rise in the first quarter of 2014, adding an additional 12,400 jobs, for a total of 1,025,200.

I’ve only been working in the pipeline engineering business for a short time, but have noticed a disparity between how the quality systems of the two main portions of the business are structured. This, even though corporate quality and construction quality systems both follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2008 format of quality standards.

Global oil demand will grow 1 MMbpd in 2014, or about 300,000 bpd more than the IEA’s latest forecast, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published Global Fuels Outlook. The report highlights discrepancies between ESAI Energy’s and the IEA’s forecasts for demand growth and provides an outlook on petroleum product markets – and spreads to crude – through 2016.