In a complex deal submitted to regulators last year, Marcellus driller and midstream company EQT Corp. and gas utility company Peoples Natural Gas want to do a swap. EQT proposes to trade/sell its natural gas utility division, called Equitable Gas, to Peoples, and in return EQT would get not only $720 million but also gas pipelines and storage facilities—called the Allegheny Valley Connector—from Peoples.
Once (if!) the deal is done, EQT will be totally focused on drilling and midstream and out of the utility market. EQT is currently shopping around prospective future capacity on the Allegheny Valley Connector to other drillers, to see what kind of interest they can generate: