REX Gets Ready to Ship 1.8 Bcf/d of Marcellus/Utica Gas to Midwest

It takes a long time to turn a big ship around, like a cruise ship or an aircraft carrier. It also takes a long time to turn a big pipeline around–like the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX), which originates in Rio Blanco County, Colorado and sends gas to Monroe County, Ohio. In July 2013 MDN told you that REX was planning to reverse the flow for at least part of the pipeline to start sending Utica and Marcellus shale gas to the Midwest (see REX Reverses Pipeline Flow from OH for Mystery Utica Customer). It’s taken the last two years, but starting August 1 REX will begin to flow natural gas in the opposite direction–from Ohio to Indiana, Illinois and into Missouri–what is called the Zone 3 area of the REX pipeline. RBN Energy calls this a really big deal–one of the most significant events that will happen this year in the U.S. natural gas market. They’re not exaggerating…

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