US leads global new-build trunk oil and gas pipeline additions

29357938502 1e13392764 zThe US is expected to add the highest trunk pipeline length in the global oil and gas pipelines industry between 2019 and 2023, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company

This will contribute a total length of 45,420km, which will account for about 18 per cent of the total pipeline length additions from planned and announced (new-build) projects.

The company’s report: ‘H1 2019 Global Length and Capital Expenditure Outlook for Oil and Gas Pipelines – Natural Gas Pipelines Take Lead in New-Build Projects’ revealed that the global trunk oil and gas pipelines industry is expected to grow by 13.4 per cent in terms of length by 2023.

Of the pipelines length additions from new-build projects in the US by 2023, 18,383km is expected to come online from planned projects that have received approvals for development, while the remaining total, 27,037km is from early-stage, announced projects.

Arpan Roychowdhury, oil and gas analyst at GlobalData, commented, “Booming unconventional oil and gas production is primarily driving the pipelines industry growth in the US. More than 100 new-build trunk pipelines are expected to be added in the country’s pipelines network by 2023.”

GlobalData identified that the Express Platte Twin Expansion is expected to be the longest pipeline project in the US between 2019 and 2023. This announced crude oil pipeline, with a length of 1,560km, is expected to start at Guernsey, Wyoming, and end at Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline has an expected capacity of 400,000 bopd.

After the US, India and Russia are second and third highest globally in terms of new-build pipeline length additions by 2023. India is expected to bring online 34,384km of new-build pipelines, while Russia has plans to make 20,654km of pipelines operational by 2023.

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