Concern in Congress about insufficient interstate pipeline infrastructure is prompting imminent introduction of a bill to speed up construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

As a fitting testament to Stephen Ewing’s contributions to the energy industry, he was honored by the American Gas Association as its 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient. At that Boston conference then-AGA Chairman Lawrence Borgard called him “a leader and champion of the natural gas industry.”

Gazprom’s Management Committee has approved the investment rationale for a new LNG plant near Vladivostok in the far east of Russia.

Statoil has awarded three contracts for the long-distance Polarled gas pipeline in the Norwegian Sea. Total value is about $720 million.

Increasing gas demand, coupled with the requirement for short- to medium-term import solutions, has seen the floating regasification sector experience rapid growth in recent years. The industry has grown from the Gulf Gateway unit (2005-2012) to ten operational vessels in 2012. Similarly, the floating liquefaction market is gaining traction with the first base load FLNG liquefaction terminal due onstream in 2016.

ShawCor’s Mobile Robotic Cutback System is one of the 15 technologies that is to receive a 2013 Spotlight on New Technology Award from the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. The award recognizes innovative new products that provide significant impact for offshore exploration and production.

The UK oil and gas sector could create more than 34,000 new jobs within the next two years according to research from Lloyds Banking Group. However, the bank added that a skills shortage in the sector remains its biggest challenge.

Operators and service contractors in oil and gas, chemicals, and pipelines are constantly searching for new solutions to help them improve their operations, safety and environmental compliance, and of course the financial “Bottom Line.” So, why do many companies struggle with leveraging mobile technology for improving their operations?

Shell Pipeline announced the start of a limited supplemental binding open season for additional firm capacity commitments on the Houma-to-Houston pipeline system reversal project. The limited supplemental open season will offer contract transportation rates for the route from Houston to St. James/Clovelly, LA.

As the distance of large-scale offshore tie-backs continue to extend, this presents fresh challenges in terms of pipeline design. As pipelines and flowlines are custom-designed, this provides opportunities for re-thinking during the concept, front-end and pre-feed stages of a project. This early investment in overall system design will help avoid nominal design ratings and “standard” designs – which can result in over design - a problem which is all too common.

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