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It’s been a tough few weeks: first, two of my all-time sports heroes passed away, baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and wrestling great Randy “Macho Man“ Savage. Around the same time another death may have occurred – one that has been reported periodically over the years but whose time may have finally come.

KHE Group B.V. (Koop Group) from the Netherlands and Habau GmbH (Habau) from Austria reached agreement on a sale of 100% of the shares in the Nacap group of companies as all the activities of Nacap will be combined within the Habau Group.

EQT Corp. has sold the Big Sandy Pipeline to Spectra Energy Partners, LP for $390 million. Big Sandy is a 70-mile, 20-inch natural gas pipeline placed in service in April 2008. It has a capacity of 171,000 Dth/d. Big Sandy transports natural gas from the Langley, KY natural gas processing complex ultimately to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast markets.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct a multi-million dollar unreserved public auction at the Company's permanent auction site in Houston, Texas on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 - 23, 2011. More than 2,000 heavy equipment items and trucks will be sold during the two-day auction, including a large selection of forestry and agricultural equipment.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced June 16 that a new regulation to improve the management of pipeline control rooms will go into effect over a year earlier than originally planned.

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP named Stanley C. Horton president, CEO and a director of Boardwalk GP. With more than 35 years of experience in the natural gas and energy industry, Horton brings extensive industry knowledge to Boardwalk and its three interstate natural gas pipelines: Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, and Texas Gas Transmission, LLC.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity (which owns Energy Transfer Partners) announced June 16 that it will acquire Houston-based Southern Union Company.

Three hundred attendees left snow-bound Canada to attend the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada’s (PLCAC) 57th annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Maui, Hawaii, in mid April. There were representatives present from the Association’s 33 regular and 62 associate member firms, plus the pipeline craft unions and various guests including several past presidents.

ABB won a Main Automation and Instrumentation contract for a new natural gas storage facility in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

Advertisers from the print edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal, June 2011, Vol. 238 No. 6.