SAWPIPE It’s a seller’s market and line-pipe buyers are lining up

Jan 01, 2008 | 10:49 AM |

Big energy pipeline projects are driving much of the market for large-diameter steel pipe, but they're not the only source of demand.

In addition to the $4.4-billion Rockies Express Pipeline project, billions are being spent to run pipelines to the United States from the oil sands in western Canada and from reserves in Texas and Arkansas to supply hubs in the southeastern United States. And all of these big interstate pipelines will require miles of feeder lines.

"You have a lot of smaller lines, and if you add them up all of a sudden you're talking about something significant," said Donald Santa, president of the Interstate National Gas Association of America (INGAA), a Washington-based trade group that represents the natural gas pipeline industry in North America.....

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