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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 16 approved plans by units of Cheniere Energy Partners to add up to four modular trains of natural-gas liquefaction and export capability to an existing liquefied-natural gas terminal in Cameron Parish, LA.

The Comprehensive Water Main Break Rate Study for the United States and Canada compiles the collective experience of 188 utilities which can be used for making future critical pipe replacement decisions. Highlights of the Comprehensive Water Main Break Study include a new national metric for citizens served per one mile of pipe, aggregate data on pipe material break rates, analysis of age and corrosion in failure modes, and related observations on pressure, temperature and trenchless technology practices.

Jack G. Guelker, age 85, of Kingsbury, TX, died on March 24. Guelker, a World War II veteran, was a general superintendent and partner with Gregory & Cook Inc.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved by resolution a loan in the amount of $48,750,000 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the city of Houston (Harris County) to finance the construction of wastewater system improvements.

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the new Multimatic 200, an all-in-one portable multi-process welding power source capable of performing MIG, Stick and TIG welding processes in one compact design.

The Charles Machine Works Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch underground construction equipment, has introduced a new line of compact and powerful walk-behind trenchers.

The optimism and enthusiasm evident during The Rental Show 2012 in New Orleans was reflected in the show’s attendance.

United Rentals Inc. has acquired the assets of Coble Trench Safety, a market leader in specialty rentals, with 11 locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region.

SemGroup Corporation, Gavilon Midstream Energy LLC, a subsidiary of The Gavilon Group LLC, and an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced plans to form a joint venture that will construct a 210-mile pipeline in western and north central Oklahoma which will deliver crude oil to a 1 MMbbl storage facility in Cushing, OK.

Williams Partners L.P. announced two major milestones in its strategy to create a major natural gas supply hub in northeastern Pennsylvania. Williams owns 72 percent of Williams Partners.

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