With capacity hitting a wall and U.S. oil exports soaring, the midstream sector should expect production to flatline, according to Ken Snyder, chief commercial officer of Frontier Energy Services LLC.

Snyder told attendees at Hart Energy’s Midstream Texas Conference and Exhibition on June 6 that the upside of completions, rising exports, recovering world oil prices and technology like longer laterals took the industry by surprise. Output has outpaced pipelines—producing too much, too fast—making bottlenecks inevitable. Moving crude by trucks and rails, he said, won’t be enough.

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