SAN ANTONIO, TX-Meeting amid the backdrop of several headline-making events, a record attendance of nearly 470 participated in API’s 2011 Pipeline Conference held in San Antonio.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. completed construction of its Deer Park Rail Terminal (DPRT) and related ethanol handling assets at its Pasadena terminal along the Houston Ship Channel.

Composite pipeline repair technology has been around for more than a decade, representing an affordable and timesaving option for pipe rehabilitation. The introduction of national and international ASME and ISO engineering standards has helped composite repairs gain wider acceptance in the industry as an effective solution for restoration of pipeline integrity and structural strength.

In a perfect world every pipeline repair or maintenance site would just happen to have a valve on either side to use to isolate the work site. It is not a perfect world but the good news is that help has arrived. With the advent of new communications systems and piggable pressure isolation tools, that isolation capability now exists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Keystone Pipeline is a 2,147-mile (3,456-km) pipeline that transports crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to U.S. Midwest markets at Wood River and Patoka in Illinois, and ultimately to Cushing, OK.

On June 30, 2010, TransCanada (TCPL) began commercial operation of the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline System.

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