(downstreamtoday) -- Natural gas pipeline construction companies are organizing themselves to tackle smaller midstream projects rather than long transmission pipelines, according to the president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.
Don Santa shared what he has heard from pipeline industry contacts at a Washington, D.C., energy policy conference on tight oil hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on April 3.
Asked if oil pipeline construction was cutting into gas pipeline construction, Santa said this did not seem to be the case. "Anecdotally - we haven't taken a look at this analytically - we have not seen that in any way," he said. "There was a tremendous level of pipeline construction activity that occurred between two and four years ago where, because of the amount of activity going on at the same time, it had an impact on the prices of a lot of the inputs, ranging from steel to construction companies, pretty much across the board. I have not seen any evidence that that is affecting natural gas pipeline construction prices."