Online database shows growth in US energy pipelines


A data provider that serves the energy infrastructure industry recently added miles of pipelines information to its online database of commodities transport networks. MAPSearch’s custom online database now includes additions or adjustments of approximately 100,000 miles of pipelines carrying natural gas, crude oil, refined petroleum products and other commodities. The company currently maps about 1 million miles of pipelines through its online database application. The new information represents proposals for construction, spatial adjustments and business data, including information about mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Infrastructure changes featured in the database include connected facilities, such as rail stations, compressor and pump stations, processing plants, refineries and terminals for distribution and receiving.

Online database reflects industry’s enormous growth

“The recent popularity of unconventional oil and gas production methods has dramatically increased demand for midstream infrastructure that can efficiently and reliably move product from the well to processing, refining, or storage, to the end user,” MAPSearch general manager Edward Metz said. “With our recent updates, our customers can be confident that they have the most accurate and complete locational intelligence available on the market.” The pipelines shown in the online database are indicative of the growing strength of the U.S. energy sector. Crude oil production has increased from about 5 million barrels per day in 2008 to approximately 7.5 million bpd as of July 2013, according to DailyFinance. Daily production totaling as much as 10 million barrels could be reached between 2020 and 2040.