The quality and composition of fuel burned in a gas turbine impacts the life of the turbine, particularly its combustion system and turbine section. The fuel specified for a given application is usually based on availability and price. Natural gas is a typical fuel of choice for gas turbines due to its low cost, widespread availability, and low resulting emissions. Lately, compression requirements in shale gas fields have drawn attention to the capability of gas turbines to burn fuels with higher than normal levels of heavier hydrocarbons.

An issue is beginning to crop up again that we haven’t heard much about recently. Somewhat hidden by the enduring economic slowdown and 8% unemployment rate, we may have been led to think that the workforce issue in the oil and gas industry was no longer a serious problem.

No economic development plan is ever complete without its economic impact study. This is then a statistical presentation outlining the benefits of a stadium or an event to the local economy. No group has been more aggressive or effective in generating these models than the public stadium and arena development industry.

After a handful of years when unemployment prevented acceptance of new members, the Local 825 branch of the International Union of Operating Engineers has returned to a tradition of member training it has been practicing since the early ’60s - to an enthusiastic response.

ConocoPhillips became into two smaller companies on May 1.ConocoPhillips is now the world’s largest oil exploration and production company while the refineries, chemicals and pipelines were spun off into a new company, Phillips 66. Both companies are headquartered in Houston.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. has received approval for its pending acquisition of El Paso Corp. from the Federal Trade Commission, subject to divestiture of certain Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. assets. The FTC terminated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period, clearing the way for the companies to close the transaction as anticipated in late May.

The INGAA Foundation held its 2012 Spring Meeting in San Antonio, TX April 11-13, with the largest attendance yet on record for the event at 273 attendees. The meeting featured updates on regulatory and safety matters, a keynote speech from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the annual Planning and Studies meeting, which allows members to vote on which proposals should be considered for the foundation’s agenda in the next year.

When problems threatened a segment of the eight-mile Edwards to Meadow Mountain natural gas pipeline upgrade in Colorado, Fugal Pipeline Project Manager Brady Hansen had to make a decision.

Midstream development companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in developing the pipeline needed to move the products produced in the Eagle Ford Shale region to the refineries and processing plants located in close areas.

Development of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale contributed $25 billion in total economic output to the region in 2011, according to a study by the Center for Community and Business Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development (UTSA).

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