North American

Shell Pipeline successfully concluded a binding Open Season for firm capacity on the Houma-to-Houston pipeline system reversal project (Ho-Ho Reversal). Based on the commitments, Shell is proceeding with next steps to develop and execute the project.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. recently launched a binding open season to solicit market interest for its Cochin Reversal Project which would enable the company to offer a new service to move light condensate from Kankakee County, IL to existing terminal facilities near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.

Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC, a joint development between Williams Partners L.P. and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., have executed precedent agreements for a proposed 121-mile pipeline to connect natural gas production in northeastern Pennsylvania with Northeast markets by spring 2015.

Chris Ransome & Associates, Inc. has been contracted to verify existing pipeline and utility crossings beneath the Sabine-Neches Waterway in the Beaumont- Port Arthur area of southeast Texas in preparation for the future Sabine-Neches Waterway Channel Improvement Project.

Offshore Oil Engineering Co. has awarded Technip a pipeline installation contract for the Liwan 3-1 shallow water project, located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin, China Sea. With a length of 160 miles, the pipeline will link the Liwan gas platform to China National Offshore Oil Corporation's Gaolan gas plant.

Nebraska environmental officials released a new preferred route submitted by TransCanada for the Nebraska portion of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's groundwater-rich Sandhills region.

Canada's Talisman Energy is making even heavier cuts to its rig count in the Marcellus Shale natural gas play and will not reverse that trend until gas prices return to $4 per Mcf, CEO John Manzoni said.

Houston-based NorTex Gas Storage Co. has changed its name to NorTex Midstream Partners, LLC, to better reflect its new midstream energy market focus and asset acquisition strategy.

Kinder Morgan Canada Terminals has a long-term contract with a major Canadian producer to support construction of an additional 1.2 MMbbls of merchant storage capacity at Trans Mountain pipeline’s Edmonton terminal in Strathcona County, Alberta.

Pelican Energy Partners LP, a specialized private equity fund, has completed its initial closing by raising $103.6 million in investment capital.

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