Columbia Pipeline Launches Open Season for New M-U Project

Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Columbia Pipeine’s Leach XPress and Rayne XPress pipeline projects (see FERC Approves $1.8B Leach & Rayne XPress Pipeline Projects). The two projects together will flow an additional 1.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of Marcellus/Utica gas to the Gulf Coast. With those two successes in hand, Columbia Pipeline Group (now owned by TransCanada) is floating another project, called Buckeye XPress. As you can guess from the name, this new project will beef up service along the Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline from Ohio (and PA and WV) to send even more Marcellus/Utica gas to the Gulf via the interconnection at Leach, Kentucky. Columbia launched a non-binding open season to gauge interest in the project, which will use looping and beefed up compressor stations to increase capacity another 700 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day along the existing pipeline Columbia pipeline system, which is abbreviated TCO…

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