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The unexpected and stunning success of the shale plays in the United States over the past decade has dramatically changed the nation’s energy picture for years, if not decades, to come.

Rangeland Energy has started construction of the Rangeland Integrated Oil System (RIO System) in the Delaware Basin region of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. The multipart system is designed to transport the basin’s crude oil and condensate production to multiple downstream markets across the U.S. via outbound rail and pipeline. Construction of the rail facility is underway. It will provide services for outbound crude oil and condensate and inbound frac sand.

Do you want to know who the real faces of the oil and gas industry are? It’s not the Koch boys, Rex Tillerson, Boone Pickens or Aubrey McClendon.

It’s this middle-aged guy named Jim who makes his living driving a cab in Pittsburgh that runs on natural gas. It’s Nick Jentzsch, a 25-year-old service man for Questar Gas in Utah who happened to save a life during what was supposed to be a routine leak check.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. recently loaded the first cargo of refined products for export from its reactivated marine terminal in Beaumont, TX. Located on the Neches River, the terminal can load at rates up to 15,000 bbl/hr.

A new CME Group report suggested that if natural gas only increases its share of energy use for transportation from the current 3% to the 7-10% range over the next five years, the result would translate into a dramatically faster closing of the energy price gap.

ShawCor Ltd.’s pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, has received a contract valued at US$70 million from BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Ltd. for and on behalf of the South Caucasus Pipeline Company Ltd. for coating services for the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX) project.

Wet gas meter calibrations are usually done using natural gas, kerosene and water. Increasingly, gas producers are questioning a meter’s ability to measure wet gas entrained with the unique liquids found on platforms and wellheads (viscous hydrocarbons, paraffin based/high-wax liquids, sea water, brine solutions, MEG and other custom liquids).

Kitsault Energy proposes a dedicated energy corridor and energy export terminal near Kitsault, British Columbia, Canada.

In Alaska, energy planning has always been as big and bold as the state’s seemingly endless resources and landscape. But the latest blueprint emerging from the ashes of a series of abandoned plans to tap the state’s vast natural gas resources in the north makes anything that came before it miniscule in scope. Whether it is hubris or overreaching, state officials are ready to roll the dice on a gas scenario that will cost in excess of $50 billion and take a decade or more to pull off.

BridgeTex Pipeline Company, owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. plan to begin commissioning and limited commercial operation of the BridgeTex Pipeline. The company has begun to fill storage tankage at the origin of the system in Colorado City, TX and operations to fill the pipeline will begin in the near future.