If the first half of the U.S. energy renaissance of the 21st century was primarily led by producers, the second half is being led in many ways by midstream operators. Indeed, the ability to fully capitalize on the multitude of new domestic crude, liquids and gas production depends on the timely investment in midstream infrastructure projects.

According to a recent report from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), “The Fuel and Petrochemical Supply Chains – Moving the Fuels and Products That Power Progress,” midstream infrastructure isn't just essential to helping build domestic markets, but also in supporting exports that will help improve trade balances.

Since the shale revolution started in the early 2000s, midstream infrastructure has been growing to transport, process and refine these new volumes. According to the AFPM report, from 2010 to 2016, crude oil and NGL pipeline mileage increased by more than 25%.