New M-U Pipes Ease Constraints, Another 4.5 Bcf/d Coming Early ’18

According to experts speaking at the Platts Houston Energy Forum held yesterday, new pipelines going into service in the Marcellus/Utica region are having an effect. Pipeline constraints–not enough capacity to get the gas to markets outside of the region–are easing. Prices in some areas of our region where gas is bought and sold are improving (going up), but prices still have a long way to go. Perhaps the biggest eyeopener is that at least in the near-term, we may end up having more pipeline capacity than gas to fill it. By next spring, another 4.57 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of new pipeline capacity will go online: Access South and Adair Southwest projects on Texas Eastern Transmission will add another 520 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d); Leach XPress on Columbia Gas Pipeline will add 1.5 Bcf/d; Rover Pipeline will get finished, bringing online an additional 2.55 Bcf/d (on top of the existing 700 MMcf/d flowing now). Here’s what the experts had to say about what’s coming down the pike in our region over the next year or so…

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