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Heightened activity has supplanted cautious optimism among those in the U.S. natural gas industry.

According to the third annual Strategic Directions: U.S. Natural Gas Industry report from Black & Veatch, that changing sentiment is underscored by its survey respondents, nearly 90% of whom expect electric power generation to dramatically increase gas consumption by 2020.

Navitas Midstream Partners has executed a long-term, fee-based agreement with an investment grade independent producer to provide gathering and processing services in the northern Eagle Ford Shale in Brazos and Grimes counties in Texas.

Monarch Oil Pipeline, a subsidiary of Monarch Natural Gas Holdings, is holding an open season through Jan. 30 to solicit capacity commitments from shippers for a new oil pipeline system to gather and transport crude oil from production areas in Hemphill and Lipscomb counties in Texas to Plains Pipeline’s Reydon Station in Roger Mills County, OK.

Construction of ExxonMobil’s PNG LNG Project in Papua New Guinea began in 2010 and delivered its first cargo of LNG in May 2014, ahead of schedule.

The project took over 200 million work hours to complete and employed 21,000 people at its peak.

There are 700 km of pipelines connecting the LNG facilities, which include a gas conditioning plant in Hides and liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby with a capacity of 6.9 million tons per year.

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.