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Nation's pipeline industry piping hot

The booming oil and natural gas industry over the past six years has led pipeline and other midstream operators struggling to catch up. Pipeline companies have spent billions in recent years building new lines, expanding capacity on existing lines and converting old pipes for new uses.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: March 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014

“We’re constantly evaluating how we can make best use of our assets and put them into crude oil service if possible,” Rogers said. “We’ve been repurposing assets, expanding storage, getting increased capacity and reversing pipelines. It’s a great time to be in the midstream business. These challenges for moving crude oil are a great opportunity for us on the midstream side.”

The rich supply of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids also has led to renewed interest from chemical companies — and the pipeline companies that serve them.

Denver-based DCP Midstream over the past three years has invested $6 billion in infrastructure upgrades.

“Five years ago, if you had asked petrochemical companies where they would invest, the U.S. would not have been on their radar,” said Richard Bradsby, vice president of DCP’s mid-continent business unit. “Today, five world-scale crackers (chemical plants) are under construction along the Gulf Coast, and another dozen facilities are also being enhanced.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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