• Aug. 8 2017

    Intrastate Pipeline Growth – A Foregone Conclusion?

    Earnings season for pipeline companies is coming to a close, and one of the most exciting new projects has some unusual characteristics. Kinder Morgan’s proposed Gulf Coast Express Project (not to be confused with TCO/CPG’s Gulf Xpress Project) is one…


  • Aug. 1 2017

    Valuing the Supply Chain – The Engineering & Construction Conundrum

    The timely construction of pipelines is not only critical to the pipeline operator, its co-owners and shippers, but also to the 40 or so mainline contractors responsible for construction. Despite the differences in business models, contractors, especially the handful that…


  • Jul. 7 2017

    Pennies from Heaven – Rising Costs May Lead to Financing Issues 

    For energy infrastructure developers, especially those involved with contentious projects, the most pressing business concern is, in the words of Williams CEO, Alan Armstrong, “improving the predictability of pipeline permitting and project costs.” Project costs for pipeline projects rose substantially…


  • Jun. 16 2017

    A Black Box? Machine Learning to Combat Regulatory Uncertainty

    The energy supply chain has long recognized the value of collecting and analyzing data to improve operational efficiencies. Rig counts, sensors, and weather forecasts are just a few of the tools managers typically employ to increase transparency and create competitive…


  • Jun. 13 2017

    Crossing the ROE Chasm – Pipelines vs. FERC

    A core component of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) mandate for the regulation of interstate gas, liquids and transmission lines involves assuring that transportation rates are just and reasonable. Put another way, for gas pipelines, FERC must ensure that…

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