Extra 2.8 Bcf/d of M-U Gas Heading to Gulf Coast This Year

Last week our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, posted an article on their Today in Energy website chronicling an astonishing fact: By the end of this year, nearly 19 billion cubic feet of natural gas pipeline capacity will be moving natgas *into* the South Central region–in other words, gas moving into the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. That is truly astonishing, because a few short years ago the Gulf Coast (largely from offshore supplies) shipped gas *out of* the region. But now, gas will flow into that region, even amidst record natgas production happening in the Permian Basin. What caught our eye about the article is that 2.8 Bcf/d of gas that will flow into the region will come from the Marcellus/Utica, from three pipelines: Rayne XPress, Gulf XPress, and Atlantic Sunrise. Rayne XPress went online late last year (see FERC Clears 1 Bcf/d Rayne Xpress Pipe to Begin Service). Gulf XPress, which is seven new compressor stations being built along the Columbia Pipeline system, is due to go online in November of this year (see Leach XPress Goes Online; FERC Approves Mountaineer & Gulf XPress). Atlantic Sunrise is supposed to go online this month (see Genscape Confirms Atlantic Sunrise Pipe Ready to Flow in August). Other M-U gas already (and more soon will) goes to the Gulf Coast as well. Here’s the great news that more of our gas is heading to the Gulf…

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