NatGas Grudge Match: Marcellus vs Haynesville

One of the important new markets Marcellus/Utica drillers have been eagerly awaiting is the southeast–and the Gulf Coast. Once the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline ($3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County) is built, more gas will flow to points in the South. Much of the new demand for natural gas in the South is from new natural gas-fired electric plants. Another pipeline to feed the South is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Dominion Energy’s $5 billion, 594-mile natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina). And EQT’s Mountain Valley Pipeline ($3.5 billion, 301-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA). Some pipelines already take our gas all the way to the Gulf Coast (see Rex Energy to Ship Marcellus Gas to Midwest & Gulf Coast in Nov). However, Marcellus/Utica is getting a competitor in the South and the Gulf Coast. The once all-but-dead Haynesville Shale, located in Louisiana, has roared back to life and will compete with cheap Marcellus/Utica gas in the South and the Gulf…

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