Lewes, DE -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/15/2014 -- Within the Americas, the US has the largest network of active oil and gas pipelines, spanning 599,139 kilometers (km) (372,287.7 miles (mi)). Canada also has a highly developed oil and gas pipeline network, with an aggregate length of 104,317 km (64,819.6 mi).
Natural gas pipelines dominate oil and gas infrastructure in the Americas, accounting for more than 64.1% of the total active pipeline infrastructure length, followed by oil pipelines with 15.4%, petroleum product pipelines with 14.3%, and Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) pipelines, which account for the remaining 6.2%. Over 75,000 km New Oil and Gas Pipeline to be Built by 2020
In the Americas, 162 new-build oil and gas pipelines with a total length of 75,074.2 km (46,648.9) are to have been installed by 2020. The majority of these pipelines are to be built in the US (32,506.9 km (20,198.9 mi)), followed by Canada 22,592.8 km (14,038.5 mi)) and Venezuela (8,000 km (4,970.9 mi)). The planned pipeline addition in Venezuela consists of a single planned gas pipeline, the Gran Gasoducto del Sur Pipeline.
Of these planned pipelines, oil pipelines account for 42% of the total planned pipeline length additions in the region for the period up to 2020. Natural gas pipelines account for 40%, followed by NGL pipelines and product pipelines with respective shares of 10% and 8% of the total planned pipeline length addition.
Kinder Morgan Dominates Active Oil and Gas Pipelines Network
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) is the largest operator of active oil and gas pipelines in the Americas, operating a total pipeline length of 86,364.8 km (53,664.6 mi) as of October 2013, followed by TransCanada Pipelines (TransCanada) with 44,903.2 km (27,901.6 mi) and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. with 39,892.9 km (24,788.3 mi). Other major operators in the Americas in terms of active oil and gas pipeline lengths are Nova Gas Transmission Limited (NGTL) and Northern Natural Gas.
KMI’s vast network of oil and gas pipelines is accessible to key natural gas resource bases such as the Eagle Ford shale, Marcellus shale, Utica shale, and Haynesville shale.
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