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Like most stories about Texas, the one that’s being written in the Eagle Ford shale is full of big dreams, big dollars, and big results.

The play itself is huge, covering an area of 20,000 square miles, it spans 25 south-central Texas counties and is roughly the size of Croatia. Capital expenditures there by energy companies are sky-high, reaching $28 billion through the end of 2013, if predictions by global consultants Wood Mackenzie held true.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Enbridge Inc. recently announced that the 512-mile loop of the Seaway Pipeline system from Cushing, OK to the Jones Creek storage and terminal facility near Freeport, TX was mechanically complete. The 30-inch Seaway Loop Pipeline is expected to more than double the capacity of the Seaway system to 850,000 bpd.

A consortium that includes Brazil’s Odebrecht was awarded a $935 million contract by Mexico’s oil giant PEMEX to construct a portion of the Phase 2 north section of the Los Ramones pipeline.

The conclusion of a decade-long negotiation between Russia and China was announced May 21 during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Shanghai. The $400 billion natural gas supply contract between Russia’s Gazprom and China’s National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) entails 38 billion cubic meters (Bcm) or 1.34 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of Russian gas supply annually to China for 30 years via a new pipeline.

“…the United States has become ‘a job magnet’ for manufacturing, which is really the first time in decades this has happened...”
--Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Energy Transfer Partners’ Board of Directors has approved building the 1,100-mile Bakken Pipeline to transport crude supply from strategic receipt points in the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, IL where the Bakken Pipeline will interconnect with the company’s existing 30-inch Trunkline Pipeline, which is being converted from natural gas to crude transportation service.

Pipeline safety is back on the congressional agenda, in part because of a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General's report, in part because of PHMSA'S failure to finish rulemakings mandated by the 2011 pipeline safety bill. PHMSA's foot-dragging has irritated the industry and the major pipeline safety advocacy group equally.

Inter Pipeline Ltd. plans a $100 million expansion of its Mid-Saskatchewan pipeline system. The project involves construction of over 50 km of mainline pipe, 40 km of pipeline laterals and associated pumping and metering facilities.

A subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc. is the first to install rigid reel-lay pipe-in-pipe in Asia-Pacific for the Siakap North-Petai (SNP) development project offshore Malaysia. Located in more than 3,900 feet of water, the SNP development is one of the industry’s most challenging deepwater projects.

Rice University scientists have created an earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads.

A porous material invented by the Rice laboratory of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at ambient temperature – with pressure provided by the wellhead – and lets it go once the pressure is released. The material shows promise as a replacement for more costly and energy-intensive processes.