US poised to lead global oil pipeline growth through to 2024

first_img Around 4,900km of oil pipeline growth is expected in the US by 2024 The US will dominate global crude oil trunk and transmission pipeline growth over the coming years, accounting for around a quarter of all new capacity through to 2024.Pipeline length additions totalling almost 4,900km in the country have either been approved or are currently pending approval, according to research firm GlobalData – far more than any other country.By 2024, new extensions globally are expected to exceed 17,000km, with US additions to more than double those of nearest rivals Russia and Canada, which will install 2,040k, and 1,443km respectively over the period. Oil price recovery boosts prospects of US pipeline growthWith West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude currently resurging towards $60 per barrel for the first time in more than a year, there is growing optimism of an approaching recovery for the US oil industry, after a year in which the pandemic caused huge market disruption.US producers who were forced into strict capital discipline and operational cutbacks over the past 12 months are now looking forward to friendlier economic conditions, as prices recover and accelerating vaccine rollouts raise the prospect of demand growth for their products.“The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in project delays and capex cuts in the US crude oil transmission pipelines segment,” said GlobalData oil and gas analyst Soorya Tejomoortula.“However, the sector is expected to gradually recover from the pandemic impact if the recovery of crude oil prices continues, and any potential ramp-up of production by the US shale producers in the near future.”The new administration of President Joe Biden has taken a more circumspect approach to the US oil industry than its predecessor as it plots a transition to a low-carbon economy, although policies introduced so far to pause new leasing for production activity on federal lands is unlikely to affect near-term growth prospects too heavily.Among the major pipeline projects on the horizon in the US is Jupiter, a transmission network planned to carry crude from drilling sites in the Permian Basin to storage terminals along the Gulf of Mexico.Jupiter will span 1,094km connecting these two key regions of US oil activity, with first operations expected to begin in 2023.The Capline Reversal project is another important part of the growth prospects in this midstream sector in the US. The pipeline formerly carried crude oil from production sites in the Gulf of Mexico to refineries in the Midwest, but is now being re-engineered to switch the direction of travel from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico. After a year in which the pandemic disrupted operations and project planning, recovering oil prices will encourage a surge in US pipeline growthlast_img read more


Carl Crawford’s RBI double ends Dodgers-Tigers duel

first_imgLeft-hander J.P. Howell (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th inning for the Dodgers. Pinch hitter Chone Figgins led off the bottom of the 10th with a leadoff walk. With one out, Crawford sliced a line drive into the left-field corner that eluded Rajai Davis. Figgins scored from first base without a throw, giving the Dodgers their first walk-off win of the year.The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh inning when Scherzer took the mound to face Matt Kemp, who worked a seven-pitch walk. The next batter, Juan Uribe, clubbed an 0-1 fastball into the right-field corner. Third base coach Lorenzo Bundy wisely flashed a stop sign, giving Uribe a double and giving the Dodgers runners at second and third with nobody out. Federowicz, fresh up from Triple-A Albuquerque with A.J. Ellis on the disabled list, struck out on three pitches. Pinch hitter Justin Turner punched a line drive into medium center field, just deep enough for Kemp to tag up and score when Austin Jackson’s throw was off-target.Chris Withrow and Chris Perez threw scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively, before giving the ball to Jansen in the ninth.The Tigers and Dodgers will finish the two-game interleague series today.Scherzer allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings, walked one and struck out eight. He never strayed far from his bread-and-butter fastball that touched 95 mph on the radar gun. Haren was a tad better. Miguel Cabrera, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, hit three ground balls off Haren that never left the infield. “There’s not really one way to pitch him. He can it,” Haren said. “Staying down is probably the most important thing. With me it’s important to mix pitches. It’s just trying to throw what he’s not looking for.”The Dodgers couldn’t score on Scherzer after Gordon’s first home run of the season crept over the right-center field fence. Austin Jackson’s solo home run in the second inning tied the game 1-1.Other than that, Haren was able to keep the Tigers off-balance with an assortment of sub-90 mph fastballs, cutters, sliders and the occasional curve. The Tigers only put a runner in scoring position against Haren once, in the first inning. With Davis on third base and one out, Haren got consecutive ground balls from Torii Hunter and Cabrera to end the threat.Hunter had to leave the game with a contusion on his left knee. In the second inning, the Tigers’ right fielder slid knee-first into the concrete wall in foul territory chasing a long strike by Federowicz. Hunter was slow to get up but stayed in the game for two more innings. Don Kelly took over in right field in the fifth inning.Puig was held out of the game as he recovers from an injury to his left thumb ligament. He was fitted for a splint after meeting with a hand specialist and is still considered “day to day.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Puig was only available in an emergency.Will Puig be in the lineup Wednesday, as the 23-year-old predicted?“The training staff has something to do with that. I still get to write it out now and then,” Mattingly joked.“We’re going to do what’s best for Yasiel and what’s best for this club. I’m glad he feels good enough that he can be ready to play.” Yasiel Puig declared himself ready to play today, not to any reporters in particular but to all reporters, teammates, and anyone in general passing through the Dodgers clubhouse just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.The rapper/actor Ice Cube read the starting lineup. Dee Gordon hit a home run in the Dodgers’ first at-bat of the game. Puig didn’t play, leaving Carl Crawford to drive in the game-winning run in the Dodgers’ final at-bat.All in all, it was a good day.More accurately, it was a good day to be a starting pitcher. Former teammates, the Dodgers’ Dan Haren and the Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer, found themselves on opposite ends of an interleague duel before an announced crowd of 53,231 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers ultimately won 3-2 on Crawford’s RBI double to the left-field corner in the bottom of the 10th inning.Haren allowed one run over six innings, outdueling the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. “They have a really tough lineup,” Haren said. “I did some homework the last few days. I executed the game plan with Fed (catcher Tim Federowicz). He did a good job considering I threw a couple bullpens with him in spring training, no games.”Haren’s best efforts were nearly undone.Trying to protect a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff double by Ian Kinsler and a two-out RBI single by Victor Martinez that tied the game 2-2. It was the first blown save for Jansen in three chances this season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more