Increased natural gas utilization, and to a lesser extent oil development, is being hampered by a lack of market liquidity and spot pricing for the commodities both domestically and abroad. Roadblocks include insufficient pipeline connectivity in North America and into Europe, a dramatic lack of international energy infrastructure in Asia, and the regulatory and environmental delays that prevent the necessary investments from going forward.

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC, a joint venture between MarkWest Energy Partners LP and The Energy and Minerals Group, plans another expansion of its large-scale midstream system to support the drilling programs of Antero Resources, Gulfport Energy Corp. and other producers in the southern core of the Utica Shale. MarkWest Utica EMG will add a third 200 MMcf/d cryogenic gas processing plant at its Seneca processing complex in Noble County, OH.

If oil and gas represent the lifeblood of North America’s energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors, then the oil and gas pipeline system can be considered the blood vessels. This vast and complex network, comprising thousands of lines criss-crossing the continent and spanning more than 2.6 million miles in the U.S. alone, delivers fossil fuel feedstocks to refineries, gas processors and petrochemical manufacturers, and finished fuels to end users.

WBI Energy Inc. plans a natural gas pipeline from far western North Dakota to western Minnesota where it would connect with Viking Gas Transmission Co.’s pipeline system.

Calibration is based on the comparison of a measuring instrument and a standard. Calibration may include adjustment of the instrument to match the standard. Every measuring instrument requires calibration prior to use because a manufacturer cannot produce an instrument that measures a parameter, with reasonable uncertainty, without direct calibration.

Millennium Pipeline Co.’s Minisink Compressor Station is now moving natural gas across the Northeast. On May 15 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Millennium's request for authorization to start service at the site which took eight months to construct.

Quantitech has launched an in-pipe, gas-flow monitoring technology that also offers the ability to measure gas composition or purity.

Devon Energy Corp.’s board approved a plan to form a publicly traded midstream master limited partnership (MLP).

Why is lightning so often overlooked when talking about protecting the oil and gas industry? Its effects on a refinery, storage tank or compressor station can be catastrophic.

MasTec Inc. has acquired Big Country Energy Services Inc., and its affiliated operating companies, a North American oil and gas pipeline and facility construction services company headquartered in Calgary. The company also has construction offices in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan as well as in Wyoming and North Dakota.

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