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U.S. oil and natural gas policy changes could generate more than 1.4 million new jobs, $800 billion in additional government revenue, and 10 million barrels worth of added daily oil and natural gas production by 2030, according to a study by Wood Mackenzie released Sept. 7 by API. New jobs could be added in every state.

A UK gas utility has implemented a remote CP monitoring system to help it improve pipeline protection and workforce efficiency. Wales & West Utilities (WWU) is an independent gas distribution business in the UK. It owns, operates, maintains and develops the gas network throughout Wales and southwest England, serving 7.5 million people. Its total length of pipeline network is 35,000 km.

Inergy, L.P.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Inergy Midstream, LLC, held a nonbinding open season for shippers wanting to transport incremental natural gas volume on the existing Stagecoach North and South laterals and to a new pipeline interconnect with Dominion Transmission.

Questar Pipeline Company is holding a non-binding open season that runs through Oct. 31 to determine market interest in 8 Bcf of additional firm storage inventory at its Clay Basin Storage Reservoir as well as connecting Clay Basin directly to the Overthrust Pipeline Company and other pipelines near Kanda, WY.

Enogex has agreed to acquire a 60-mile natural gas gathering system and another 30-mile system from Oxbow Midstream that are both located in the Texas-Oklahoma Granite Wash area.

Asbestos coating on pipelines is not a popular topic with most pipeline companies. In fact they don’t even like to use the “A” word when describing the coating. Asbestos is a proven, effective, and durable means of protecting steel pipe from corrosion and the elements. For the most part, asbestos might be up to 50% percent of the felt wrapping around a length of line pipe with some tar type outer wrapping. Overall, this might mean there is as much as 25% asbestos in the complete coating.

There are few Washington insiders who know more about energy legislation that Martin Edwards, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).

Following hot on the heels of the announcement that Kinder Morgan Energy Partners had agreed to acquire El Paso Corporation, KMP announced Oct. 24 that it has signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire SouthTex Treaters, a manufacturer, designer and fabricator of natural gas treating plants that remove CO2 and H2S, for approximately $155 million.

A new technology for the external rehabilitation of pipelines known as Xhab® has been developed by Pipestream Inc. This technology involves wrapping multiple layers of ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) strip in a helical form continuously over an extended length of pipeline using a dedicated forming and wrapping machine.

Alliance Pipeline L.P. announced an open season to identify further shipper demand for natural gas transportation service originating on its proposed 77-mile Tioga Lateral Project pipeline in North Dakota for delivery to the Chicago market hub.