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Jan. 21, 2014

Call for abstracts: Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference 2014
The 2014 Call for Abstracts is now open for submissions.

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 23rd annual Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference.

Abstracts should summarize a noncommercial, technical presentation about solutions, approaches, areas of technology, technology application or theory. Case studies on applications or processes are also welcome, particularly with an eye on results, impact on values, and/or other management and technical benefits and costs. Case studies must also be technical and noncommercial. We invite you to submit an abstract by Feb. 14.

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