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In an interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, Alex Alvarado, Chief of the Pipeline Section for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Gulf of Mexico regional office, talked candidly about the downward trend in pipeline construction in the Gulf and the expected reversal of this trend as a result of recent deepwater discoveries.

Political constraints and concerns that production gains at shale fields aren't sustainable will hinder development of LNG export plants in the United States, former ExxonMobil chief Lee Raymond said in an article reported by Bloomberg.

The U.S. and Mexico have finalized an agreement to cooperate on oil and gas developments in the Gulf of Mexico.

Petrobras has begun production in the Cascade Field through the Cascade 4 well, which is connected to the FPSO BW Pioneer (a Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel platform), located 160 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 2,500 meters of water in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has developed a new deepwater gas pipeline concept that is designed to “significantly reduce the cost of a deep- and ultra-deepwater gas pipeline while still complying with the strictest safety and integrity regime.”

Crestwood Holdings will acquire certain of Antero’s Marcellus Shale gathering system assets located in Harrison and Doddridge counties, West Virginia for $375 million in cash.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd. will pay $1.1 billion to buy the parent company of Enstar Natural Gas Co., the lone distributor of natural gas to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in south-central Alaska.

Southern Union Company announced that its Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company subsidiary has signed a straddle agreement with Next Generation Processing, LLC (NGP).

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Blackstone Energy Partners L.P., Blackstone Capital Partners VI L.P., and certain affiliates in which Blackstone would provide financing worth $2 billion to fund the equity portion of the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service its Sabine Pass liquefaction project being developed at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, the purchase of the Creole Trail pipeline from Cheniere Energy, Inc. and other partnership business purposes.

Several concurrent forces are at work today at the operational, production and regulatory compliance levels that are creating an urgent need for enhanced tools to help operators meet all of today’s ever-increasing asset management requirements. At the same time, operators are striving to gain improvements in operational efficiency to increase production with fewer staff, and do so in a manner that fully satisfies the regulatory requirements. Fortunately, there are many practical advances in both foundational and emerging technologies that can help operators address all these converging forces.

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