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As master limited partnerships (MLPs) come to dominate the midstream business, the people who helm them must understand not only the intricacies of gas and liquids extraction and transportation, but the financial methods and strategies that drive their firms’ investment and market success. One way to gain that knowledge is from a career path with plenty of unexpected turns.

Southcross Energy Partners has acquired natural gas pipelines near Corpus Christi, TX along with related contracts. The purchase price is about $40 million. The pipelines were acquired from Onyx Midstream, LP and Onyx Pipeline Co.

The utility construction market, and particularly the distribution and transmission pipeline construction market, are exceptionally healthy and the overall mood and perspective of contractors is one of great optimism.

Enable Midstream Partners’ crude services subsidiary has entered into a long-term agreement with XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp., for XTO’s crude oil production through a system that will be constructed in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.

IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol synthesized the agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook and his own analysis to suggest that for the next 20 years, low energy costs caused by the early and plentiful development of shale gas and energy infrastructure will give the United States a large competitive advantage over other nations when it comes to attracting and developing business.

Hiland Crude, LLC recently held an open season to solicit shipper interest for crude oil transportation service involving an expansion of its 488-mile Double H Pipeline that is under construction. An initial open season was held in 2012 for the base capacity.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.

Well, no one ever said it was going to be easy trying to persuade the public that natural gas is indeed the fuel of choice for years to come because of its low cost, reliability, abundance and environmental benefits.

The natural gas industry performed reliably in the face of colder than normal temperatures and numerous record-setting demand days this winter, the industry’s Natural Gas Council (NGC) said. Freezing temperatures frequently covered large portions of the U.S. at once, placing exponentially greater pressure on peak-day demand for natural gas, with little recovery time between cold spells.

Birmingham, AL-based Energen Corporation will sell its natural gas utility business, Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco), to The Laclede Group, Inc. The value of the transaction is $1.6 billion, comprised of $1.28 billion cash and $320 million of debt.