Sand Hills Pipeline Begins Initial Service

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DCP Midstream has opened its Sand Hills Pipeline, initiating service from the Eagle Ford Shale, offering vital transportation capacity for producers’ growing natural gas liquids volumes.

  Sand Hills Pipeline is being phased into service, with this first phase completed it will accommodate DCP Midstream’s growing Eagle Ford liquids volumes.

  “When finished, the Sand Hills Pipeline will be a major link between the liquids rich Eagle Ford and Permian producing regions and growing Gulf Coast markets,” said Tom O’Connor, chairman and CEO of DCP Midstream.

  The route of the Sand Hills Pipeline starts in West Texas, run through South Texas and ends at Mont Belvieu, TX. In total, it will span 720 miles and use 20-inch pipe.  Sand Hills Pipeline’s initial capacity will be 200,000 bpd, which DCP Midstream expects to grow to 350,000 bpd with the addition of very economic pumping stations… (read more)

Caterpillar Unveils First Hybrid Excavator

In its continued commitment to introduce products that bring the most value to customers, Caterpillar Inc. unveiled the first model in its new line of hybrid excavators. The Cat 336E H is the company’s first machine to use a novel hydraulic hybrid technology developed internally by Caterpillar. The company says field tests have demonstrated this machine will significantly lower customers’ owning and operating costs.

  “The 336 excavator – a recognized industry-leading workhorse in our product line – made the most sense as our first choice for applying the unique hybrid technology,” said Gary Stampanato, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Excavation Division. “The new 336E H hybrid uses as much as 25% less fuel than the standard 336E, without sacrificing performance. No other hybrid machine in its class in the market can achieve these dramatic savings. Since fuel is one of the largest operating costs for our customers in general, quarry and heavy construction applications, this is a technology that directly improves their bottom lines.” (read more)

New Track Carrier Offers Power, Diversity

Rig Source has introduced a new compact rubber-track carrier that not only is a multi-purpose carrier, but can accommodate various types of specialized equipment.

  The Terramac RT9 carrier is powered by a 230-horsepower diesel engine and has maximum load capacity of 18,000 pounds. It has an eight-by-four-foot bed for carrying supplies and materials.

  “The North American-made Terramac is a new breed of track utility vehicle that can be transformed to perform about any task its owner requires,” said Mike Crimaldi, CEO/president, Terramac LLC. “Within its capacity load limit, it can be a material dumper; carry tools, supplies and personnel; transport mats to support equipment in muddy conditions; be a mobile crane or welder; or an off-road service vehicle.” (read more)

Louisiana Selected For Benteler Tube’s First U.S. Production Facility

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Benteler Steel/Tube CEO Matthias Jaeger announced a $900-million, two-phase facility that will include both a seamless steel tube mill (phase one) and a steel mill (phase two). The project will be built on 330 acres at The Port of Caddo-Bossier, where Benteler will create 675 new direct jobs paying an average annual salary of $50,000, plus benefits. The facility will be one of the largest manufacturing projects in Northwest Louisiana’s history.

   An economic-impact analysis performed by Louisiana State University (LSU) indicates that the Benteler project will have a huge impact on Northwest Louisiana. Specifically, LSU estimates that the 675-job project will lead to the creation of approximately 1,540 new indirect jobs, resulting in a total of more than 2,200 new, permanent jobs in the area as a result of the project. Additionally, during the term of Benteler’s contract with LED, which runs through 2035, LSU estimates that the project will result in total new earnings of $2.7 billion (approximately $150 million per year at full employment) in Northwest Louisiana and a total, cumulative economic impact of $16.2 billion in the region. (read more)

Sempra To Build $1 Billion Pipeline For Mexico’s State-Owned Electric Utility

Sempra International’s Mexican business unit Sempra Mexico has been awarded two contracts by Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned electric utility, to construct, own and operate an approximately 500-mile, $1 billion pipeline network connecting the Northwestern states of Sonora and Sinaloa.

  After a competitive and transparent international public bidding process, Sempra Mexico’s offers were selected to develop the new pipeline network. The network will be comprised of two segments that will interconnect to the U.S. interstate pipeline system in Arizona and will provide natural gas to new and existing CFE power plants that currently use fuel oil. The capacity for each segment is fully contracted by CFE under two 25-year firm capacity contracts denominated in U.S. dollars. (read more)