Tallgrass has “Outstanding Quarter” Thx to REX Pipeline in the M-U

We still, to this day, marvel at how Tallgrass Energy Partners turned around what looked like a financial disaster, into a financial bonanza. Tallgrass built the Rockies Express (REX) pipeline that stretches from Colorado and Wyoming all the way to Ohio just in time for the shale revolution to hit. Whoops! Talk about bad timing! A significant portion of REX, it’s Zone 3 pipeline from Missouri to Ohio, was in danger of drying up in 2012 because of the increase in Marcellus/Utica gas being produced (see REX NatGas Pipeline Faces Stiff Competition from Marcellus). Tallgrass did an about face, reversing the flow of REX to run from Ohio to Missouri a year later, in 2013 (see REX Reverses Pipeline Flow from OH for Mystery Utica Customer). Since that time volumes along the Zone 3 portion of REX have done nothing but increase. A lot of Marcellus/Utica gas now flows from our region to the Midwest by hitching a ride on REX. The strategy of reversing the pipeline’s flow turned what was shaping up to be a disaster, into a bonanza. Yesterday Tallgrass issued its fourth quarter and full year 2017 update. While Tallgrass (as other pipeline companies) did well in 2017 in general, much of the company’s success came “as a result of incremental capacity sales in Zone 3” of the REX pipeline…

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