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No one questions the need for utility companies to adopt a feasible, cost-effective solution for North America’s aging infrastructure.

A recent study by USA Today points out that the consequence of mismanaging and ignoring the state of pipelines is nothing short of embarrassingly disastrous.

NGL Energy Partners and Rimrock Midstream held a successful open season for the Grand Mesa Pipeline originating in Weld County, CO and terminating at NGL’s Cushing, OK terminal. Based on long-term binding agreements with multiple shippers, GMP has more than the requisite support to construct the pipeline system to accommodate the committed volumes. Pipeline operations are anticipated to start service in 2016.

Extensive planning and coordination are involved in routing a pipeline. Many factors must be addressed in planning a route that incorporates landowner considerations, environmental factors and constructability issues.

China’s domestic natural gas production is expected to rise from 120 Bcm to 172 Bcm in 2018. In parallel, the nation is pressing ahead with drilling for unconventional gas and expects to reach its target output of 30 Bcm in 2020.

The decision of the Mexican government to reform its vaunted energy industry is one of the most important development in the energy sector since the shale revolution, at least for companies in North America. The focal point of Mexico’s energy industry has been Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil company that until just a few years ago ranked as one of the world’s top crude oil producers.

Pipeline & Gas Journal’s 34th Annual 500 Report provides the industry’s most inclusive statistical review of U.S. energy pipeline systems. Once again, the report ranks the nation’s top gas distribution, liquids and gas transmission systems. The gas distribution rankings are based on number of customers, while transmission companies are ranked by mileage. Each liquids pipeline company ranking is based on yearly crude deliveries.

The digital edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal, November 2014, Vol. 241, No. 11.

Fact No. 1: China has cornered the market on solar power panels.

Fact No. 2: Indonesia has cornered the market on wind turbine parts.

Fact No. 3: Natural gas, and to a growing extent crude oil, are American-made products.

Fact No. 4: Natural gas and crude oil are fueling an industrial renaissance in the United States.

I can keep on going but unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere you know by now that the U.S. is undergoing a major transformation of its industrial and manufacturing base thanks to abundant, cheap and most importantly, reliable supplies of natural gas and crude oil. There remain several important issues still to be resolved such as LNG and crude oil exports, fracking disclosures, emissions controls and improved safety standards for transporters.

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