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The utility construction market, and particularly the distribution and transmission pipeline construction market, are exceptionally healthy and the overall mood and perspective of contractors is one of great optimism.

IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol synthesized the agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook and his own analysis to suggest that for the next 20 years, low energy costs caused by the early and plentiful development of shale gas and energy infrastructure will give the United States a large competitive advantage over other nations when it comes to attracting and developing business.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.

Well, no one ever said it was going to be easy trying to persuade the public that natural gas is indeed the fuel of choice for years to come because of its low cost, reliability, abundance and environmental benefits.

The natural gas industry performed reliably in the face of colder than normal temperatures and numerous record-setting demand days this winter, the industry’s Natural Gas Council (NGC) said. Freezing temperatures frequently covered large portions of the U.S. at once, placing exponentially greater pressure on peak-day demand for natural gas, with little recovery time between cold spells.

Birmingham, AL-based Energen Corporation will sell its natural gas utility business, Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco), to The Laclede Group, Inc. The value of the transaction is $1.6 billion, comprised of $1.28 billion cash and $320 million of debt.

Methane, the major ingredient of natural gas (98% plus), is getting more heat than just from the sun’s radiation! Considered a greenhouse gas (GHG) because of its ability to absorb heat and transfer it to affect the earth’s climate, methane is getting federal and state government as well as civic attention.

In recent months, MarkWest Energy Partners has commenced operations of seven major infrastructure projects in the Northeast, including five new cryogenic processing plants totaling 1 Bcf/d of capacity and two fractionation facilities totaling 98,000 bpd of C2+ fractionation capacity.

The U.S. and Canada will require annual average midstream natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids midstream infrastructure investment of nearly $30 billion per year, or $641 billion (real US$2012) total over the 22-year period from 2014 to 2035, a new study found.

A combination of environmental and safety concerns elevated in recent years has made the chase to corral and eventually eliminate methane leaks from the nation’s natural gas infrastructure a budding crusade.

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