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Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. reported that its employees worked all of 2010 with no minor or significant injuries. 

“No award or accolade can fully highlight the dedication to safety and the focus on ensuring that every Koch Pipeline employee goes home safely each and every day,” said Kim Penner, company president.

Targa Resources Partners LP has finalized an agreement with TexStar Midstream Services, LP and TEAK Midstream, LLC for development of a new y-grade natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline in the Eagle Ford shale.

Reliable remote monitoring applications for cathodic protection and other assets are available today to feed a pipeline SCADA system and increase operational efficiency, according to Finland’s FF-Automation. The company is a manufacturer of remote terminal units (RTUs) and supplier of supervisory and control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions.

Leaders of the Natural Gas Supply Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America have announced support for a new state-based registry for companies to voluntarily disclose the contents of fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (“fracing”) process common in the completion of shale gas wells.

Wabash Gas Storage LLC says it had positive results from its recently completed non-binding open season.

The use of Ethernet for industrial networking is growing rapidly in process control and SCADA systems such as oil and gas pipeline applications. The Open Device Net Vendor Association (ODVA) EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as a preferred industrial protocol. Engineers are recognizing the significant advantages that Ethernet-enabled devices provide such as ease of connectivity, high performance and cost savings.

On Feb. 9, 2011, Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced that the west storage facility at its Mont Belvieu, TX complex, located approximately 35 miles east of Houston, experienced a fire that broke out on Feb. 8, 2011. UPDATE: A worker originally reported missing during the blaze has been confirmed killed after the fire burned itself out the morning of Feb. 9.

ICF International’s latest Energy Outlook reports that new regulations being developed by the Environmental Protection Agency will affect U.S. energy markets over the next 20 years and projects that nearly 20% of the coal fleet could retire in response to new air, waste, and water regulations over the next 10 years.

Energy Transfer Partners has entered into multiple long-term agreements with shippers to provide transportation services from the prolific Eagle Ford Shale located in South Texas.

For years pipelines have been constructed by manual welders using conventional arc welding processes and consumables. This approach is still used to construct small-diameter, low-pressure pipelines as well as tie-ins and repairs on larger diameter, high-pressure pipelines.