EIA: Gas Pipeline Expansions Rise Slightly
Monday, February 20, 2012
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said U.S. gas pipelines added about 2400 miles (3860 km) of pipe to the national grid as part of 25 projects in 2011, slightly above the total additions in 2010.
EIA said the 2011 growth was well above the 10 Bcfd (0.28 X 109 m3/d) level typical from 2001-2006, roughly the same as in 2007 and 2010, and significantly below in 2008 and 2009 - when construction boomed to serve shale production, liquefied natural gas terminals, and storage facilities.
The agency said the 2011 projects mostly were focused on relieving bottlenecks in the pipeline grid, particularly in California, Florida, and parts of the Northeast United States.
The pipeline construction totaled 13.7 Bcfd (0.38 X 109 m3/d) of capacity. The six largest projects totaled 1553 miles (2500 km) and 8.2 Bcfd (0.23 X 109 m3/d), mostly built to move gas between states rather than within states.
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