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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.

Cold weather can produce threats to the integrity of distribution pipeline systems. Integrity management (IM) concepts required an operator to identify threats as a necessary step to prioritizing integrity assessments and developing mitigations.

Canadian hydrocarbon production is growing and the nation is looking to pursue offshore markets as an important element of a strategy for expanded oil and natural gas sales.

As the 2014 mid-term elections faded from view, one cogent footnote of the political power change was the significant shift in the money and manner of spending it in the national environmental movement. Even some of their harshest critics were noting a higher level of professionalism and use of legitimate spokespersons as they attempted to spend their growing cash infusion more strategically.

Declining crude oil prices will likely lead to reduced production, but consultants at Black & Veatch expect natural gas to meet increasing demands, particularly as new projects begin to come online in the near future.

Heightened activity has supplanted cautious optimism among those in the U.S. natural gas industry.

According to the third annual Strategic Directions: U.S. Natural Gas Industry report from Black & Veatch, that changing sentiment is underscored by its survey respondents, nearly 90% of whom expect electric power generation to dramatically increase gas consumption by 2020.

Construction of ExxonMobil’s PNG LNG Project in Papua New Guinea began in 2010 and delivered its first cargo of LNG in May 2014, ahead of schedule.

The project took over 200 million work hours to complete and employed 21,000 people at its peak.

There are 700 km of pipelines connecting the LNG facilities, which include a gas conditioning plant in Hides and liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby with a capacity of 6.9 million tons per year.

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