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Energy consumption costs are on the rise. Similarly, pipeline schedulers and managers’ energy are increasingly consumed by challenges to keep pipeline operations running in a smooth and cost-effective manner.

The time and extensive management commitment required to reduce energy consumption and increase productivity can actually be a net cost to operators and their businesses. To avoid this, the addition of an automated and fully integrated pipeline scheduling system can add tremendous value and cost savings to a company.

June 9-11, Benposium 2015, Omni Houston Hotel, Houston, TX. Phone: (800) 752-8878: Outside US & Canada (212) 904-3070; Email: registration@platts.com; Web: www.benposium.com.

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), which has led the drive for more reliable pipeline technologies since 1952, recently selected new research projects to fund for the coming year.

In an energy environment increasingly focused on safety and driven by regulatory concerns, its members chose to concentrate on improving inline inspection (ILI), preventing third-party intrusions along rights-of-way and compiling data that could enable changes from the EPA over compressor pump regulations.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-run oil company and U.S.-based First Reserve are announcing a $1 billion deal to invest in the energy sector.

Petroleos Mexicanos says in a statement that the agreement covers potential projects including infrastructure, sea transport, cogeneration and processing.

First Reserve is a global private equity and energy infrastructure investment firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

It said in a statement Tuesday that the two companies will invest in infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.

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With energy security and climate change at the top of the global agenda, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum. CCUS technology offers a solution supporting production of incremental hydrocarbon reserves from existing fields while storing CO2 away from the atmosphere.

TransCanada postponed the building of its Energy East pipeline project and decided against building a marine and associated tank terminal in Cacouna, Québec. The company said alternative terminal options are under review, and that Québec and New Brunswick refineries would continue to be connected directly to Energy East.

Even in the midst of an oil price crash globally, alternative fuels for transportation stimulate conversation at just about any business or public policy gathering, and increasingly natural gas has had a ringside seat for those discussions. In fact, even sustainability advocates who see zero-emission as the ultimate goal give the natural gas sector credit for creating more interest in alternative fuels, particularly among businesses.

Price Decline Lowers Tax Revenues in Top Oil-Producing States

The Energy Information Administration reported March 12 that the decline in spot oil prices in the last half of 2014 and first month of 2015 has reduced oil and natural gas production tax revenues in some of the largest oil- and natural gas-producing states.

Pembina Pipeline Corp. plans to expand the Vantage pipeline system for an estimated $85 million. The expansion entails increasing Vantage's mainline capacity from 40,000 bpd to 68,000 bpd through the addition of mainline pump stations and the construction of a 80-km, 8-inch gathering lateral.

The mainline expansion is supported by a long-term, fee-for-service agreement, with a substantial take-or-pay component. The gathering lateral is underpinned by a fixed return on invested capital agreement. The expansion is expected to be in-service in early 2016.