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INGAA, ICF Release Data for Major Pipeline Infrastructure Study

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The INGAA Foundation Inc. and ICF International are making available analytical data supporting the Foundation’s report, “North American Midstream Infrastructure through 2035: Capitalizing on Our Energy Abundance.” The database will be a subscription service for midstream companies.

“This new service will provide value-added information to subscribers that goes beyond what is found in the Foundation’s infrastructure study,” said INGAA Foundation president Don Santa. He explained that subscribers would have the ability to link with an ICF-developed user-interface portal that allows easy data sorting and manipulation to suit the user’s needs.

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The INGAA Foundation, formed in 1990 by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) to advance the use of natural gas and to facilitate the efficient construction and safe, reliable operation of the North American natural gas pipeline system, released the infrastructure study in March. The report was prepared by ICF, a management, technology, and policy consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia.

The customer-focused midstream infrastructure subscription data service provides users with an easy-to-use interface for analytical discovery and time-series analysis. A user will be able to sort data based on region, infrastructure type and by year of anticipated activity, among other categories. In addition, subscribers will have access to data updates, which ICF will provide based on changing market, economic or regulatory conditions. ICF intends to host quarterly update briefings via webinar, to which subscribers are invited.

The comprehensive database will include both the base case and low-growth case for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil, and includes:

  • Pipeline mile projections including mainlines and gathering lines.
  • Pump and compressor horsepower projections.
  • Midstream infrastructure capital expenditure projections for pipe, compressors, pumps, storage and other equipment.
  • Economic projections for impacts on output, employment, labor income, value added and taxes by category and by sector.

The Foundation’s infrastructure study found that the United States and Canada will require annual average midstream natural gas, crude oil and NGL midstream infrastructure of nearly $30 billion per year, at total of $641 billion (based on 2012 dollars) over the 22-year period from 2014 to 2035. The report also forecasted the need through 2035 for:

Natural Gas Infrastructure:

  • Approximately 43 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in new gas transmission capacity.
  • About 850 miles per year in new gas transmission mainline.
  • Almost 14,000 miles per year in new gas gathering lines.
  • About 9 Bcf/d of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity.
  • About $14 billion per year of capital expenditures for new natural gas infrastructure.

NGL Infrastructure:

  • About 3.6 million barrels per day (bpd) in new NGL transmission capacity.
  • Almost 700 miles per year in new NGL transmission lines.
  • About 30,000 hp per year for pumping requirement for pipelines.
  • More than $2.5 billion per year of capital expenditures for new NGL infrastructure.

Crude Oil Infrastructure:

  • More than 10 million bpd in new crude oil transmission capacity.
  • More than 730 miles per year in new crude oil transmission line.
  • More than 6 million barrels per year in new crude oil storage capacity.
  • More than $12 billion per year of capital expenditures for new crude oil infrastructure.

For information about subscribing to the service, please contact ICF’s Bonnie Damstra at bonnie.damstra@icfi.com or (832) 699-0250.

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