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USA: Enbridge Examines Stingray Pipeline after Gas Leak Reported

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Enbridge is investigating the report of a small natural gas leak in the West Cameron Block 275, approximately 66 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

A helicopter flyover was completed yesterday, and a three-foot diameter patch of bubbles has been spotted on the surface of the water in the vicinity of the Stingray natural gas pipeline.

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”The Stingray Pipeline continues to operate under normal operating parameters at this time, in accordance with regulatory standards and guidelines, and we are in contact with regulatory authorities. A dive boat has been dispatched to the location, and we will commence an investigative dive as soon as weather conditions permit,” said Terrance L. McGill, senior vice president of natural gas operations and engineering for Enbridge. “If a leak is confirmed as a result of the diving activities, we will immediately begin repairs. We do not anticipate any potential business interruption to be material.”

Stingray Pipeline transports natural gas and injected condensate from approximately 53 fields in the High Island, West Cameron, East Cameron, Vermillion and Garden Banks Offshore Gulf areas.

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Canada Will Sell Oil To China If US Keeps Delaying The Pipeline

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by Andrew Shen

The Obama administration put off the decision to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline until 2013.

But that won’t stop Canada from trying to find another buyer, namely China, according to AFP.

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has already spoken with Chinese President Hu Jintao about possible oil exports this past Saturday.

Harper told reporters, “This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asian markets for our energy products.”

With plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline on the rocks, and China looking to diversify its energy supplier portfolio, this might be the perfect opportunity for Canada to get its foot in the door of the Chinese energy market.

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USA: TDW Plans to Open Global Pipeline Integrity Center

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T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW), a leading provider of pipeline equipment and services, has announced plans for the creation of a Global Pipeline Integrity Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Once complete, this world-class showcase facility will combine the TDW inline inspection engineering, manufacturing, operations, service center, and data analysis functions in one location. Situated close to the airport in the Salt Lake International Center, this new site will double the current TDW footprint in Salt Lake City and is indicative of the ongoing TDW investment in inline inspection.

Our goal is to create a Global Pipeline Integrity Center that not only houses our inline inspection capabilities but that also leverages the total breadth of TDW technologies,” says Eric Rogers, Director of Pipeline Integrity Solutions for TDW.

In addition to serving as a global hub for inline inspection, the center will showcase TDW pigging products, including launchers and receivers, and pipeline services, such as cleaning and non-destructive testing.

“This new facility will also enable future growth, including the addition of a data center, customer and employee training facility, and pipeline test equipment for inline inspection tools,” Rogers adds.

TDW offers a wide range of inline inspection technologies. Advanced KALIPER® 360 technology is specifically engineered for use in newly constructed pipelines to provide geometry baseline information. TDW also offers high resolution deformation (DEF) tools for locating, sizing and determining orientation of diameter reductions or expansions. Magnetic flux leakage (MFL) tools provide detection and sizing of internal and external metal loss in liquid lines, and GMFL tools do the same for gas pipeline environments. SpirALL™ MFL (SMFL) technology is designed to detect longitudinal defects in a pipe body or longitudinal weld seam in conjunction with additional technologies available on TDW multiple dataset platforms. XYZ Mapping service provides the precise centerline profile of a pipeline in latitude, longitude and elevation. TDW is also conducting extensive research into Residual Field and Low Field Magnetism technologies for mechanical pipeline damage prioritization.

“Our technologies are constantly evolving and expanding,” says Rogers. “Our ability to combine technologies and generate multiple data sets in a single inspection makes defect discrimination more accurate and efficient than ever before. Our new facility will enable us to continue the proud tradition of TDW innovation.”

Plans call for the new TDW Global Pipeline Integrity Center to open its doors during the first half of 2012.

About T.D. Williamson, Inc.

A world leader in pipeline equipment and services, TDW delivers a comprehensive portfolio of safe integrity pipeline system solutions for onshore and offshore applications, including hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, integrity inspection, pigging and non-tethered plugging pig technology for any pressurized piping system, anywhere in the world.

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Southern Union Company Statement on Lake Charles LNG Facility

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HOUSTON, Oct 26, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Southern Union Company SUG +0.14% today issued the following statement with respect to Lake Charles Exports, LLC, a jointly-owned subsidiary of the company and BG Group plc:

“As was just announced, we are pleased that BG Group plc has again affirmed its commitment to pursuing our joint export application to develop and install liquefaction facilities at the Lake Charles terminal to export LNG. Even as we move forward with the announced sale of the Company, we continue to work hard with BG, our longstanding partner, to ensure that Lake Charles will become the premier U.S. exporting site.”

About Southern Union Company

Southern Union Company, headquartered in Houston, is one of the nation’s leading diversified natural gas companies, engaged primarily in the transportation, storage, gathering, processing and distribution of natural gas. The company owns and operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline systems with more than 20,000 miles of gathering and transportation pipelines and one of North America’s largest liquefied natural gas import terminals, along with serving more than half a million natural gas end-user customers in Missouri and Massachusetts. For further information, visit http://www.sug.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future, including statements regarding the proposal described above, that are forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of the management team of SUG. An extensive list of factors that can affect future results are discussed in the reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by SUG. SUG undertakes no obligations to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information or events.

SOURCE: Southern Union Company

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Israel to Speed Up Tamar Pipeline Construction

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Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau told “IDF Radio” (Galei Zahal) today that Israel will speed up construction of the gas pipeline from the offshore Tamar field.

“We’re organizing the matter, and quickly. The Tamar field gas pipeline will be connected during 2013. We’re also preparing a back-up for this pipeline, in other words, the ability to use coal, diesel, and heavy industrial oil. We’re also working on building a dual-fuel plant, which can operate on natural gas and coal, and are acting to receive gas via a floating terminal.”

Commenting on the latest attack on the gas pipeline in Egypt, which was closed as a result, Landau said, “Our system is ready to handle events of this kind and provide a response. Let’s wait and see how things will develop. Both we and they have a paramount importance in preserving the peace treaty and economic agreements.”

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