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Venture Global LNG has announced plans to develop an LNG export facility, the Calcasieu Pass Project, in southwestern Louisiana. The project, south of Lake Charles, will be built, operated and manufactured in Louisiana and will create 1,500 construction jobs, 326 indirect jobs and 100 permanent jobs for the community.

A federal approval for construction of a major natural gas pipeline that will ship supplies from the Marcellus to underserved New England and the Northeast markets closed out 2014 with a reminder to the industry of good things to come.

Although the total tonnage of transport pipe needed in North America was down as of late summer, that has not been due to decreased construction activity ahead. Rather, it reflects NGL and oil pipes crowding out demand for large-diameter gas transmission pipe, and the prevalence of reversals and conversions of existing pipe, according to a report by Amanda Eglinton, senior research analyst for IHS Global Insight.

The new Cat 586C Site Prep Tractor is a multi-purpose, heavy-duty machine with enough muscle to run power-hungry mulchers and brushcutters needed for clearing pipeline rights-of-way.

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into Yellowstone River and contaminated the drinking water supply of an eastern Montana city downstream.

Aberdeen, Scotland-based Forth Inspection Service hired advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment from Ashtead Technology to develop test methods as part of the quality-control procedures for new gas pipelines.

Natural gas production and pipeline construction thrive on predictability. They depend on reliably meeting milestones and deadlines in order to connect new sources of energy into supply lines.

Local distribution companies are the most essential ingredient if natural gas is to become the predominant energy fuel in North America. Although strong inroads have already been taken, a number of challenges remain before the LDCs can take their rightful place in the natural gas value chain.

ACI (Active Communications International) is holding the Next Generation Oil & Gas Pipeline Security conference Feb. 17-19, 2015 in Houston, TX. This conference is designed to provide a fully comprehensive platform to security experts involved in the protection of oil and gas infrastructure, assets and staff. The event will include methods of defense against threats such as attacks on supply infrastructure, accidents, natural and unnatural disasters and rising terrorism and cyber-attacks.

You have to appreciate history, for it tells no lies and whether we like it or not, it tends to repeat itself.

Last month I recalled how the Saudis ramped up production 30 years ago with the backing of the Reagan administration in order to wreck the Soviet economy though it also did long-term damage to the U.S. oil industry. With crude prices in the $55 range (as of Dec. 18), motorists are delighted but nerves are on edge in Texas and other regions where the economies depend on oil and gas production.

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