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Utica Shale – Plans For A New 38 Mile Natural Gas Pipeline

Utica Shale News: A Columbia Gas sister company released plans  to build a 38-mile pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids from Ohio’s Utica shale.

Pennant Midstream said the pipeline will connect the Hickory Bend processing plant in Mahoning County to the Utica East Ohio Kensington plant in Columbiana County. It will cost about $60 million and have the capacity to deliver 90,000 barrels per day.

This is one of several projects in northeastern Ohio that will provide ways to get natural gas liquids such as ethane and propane to market. The liquids have a wide array of uses; among them, ethane is a key ingredient in chemical manufacturing, and propane is a fuel for home heating.

The liquids often need a dedicated pipeline, the construction of which is an important part of developing the Utica, said Ben Ebenhack, associate professor of petroleum engineering at Marietta College.

“You don’t want to move vast quantities of liquids in a gas pipeline,” he said. “They will tend to accumulate in the pipeline and block the flow of the gas.”

The Utica is rich in liquids, which is helping to drive much of the investment there.

While the market price of natural gas has been low for several years, the liquids sell for a much higher price.

Pennant Midstream is operated and co-owned by a subsidiary of NiSource, which is the Indiana-based parent company of Columbia Gas of Ohio.

“The construction of new infrastructure is critical to unlocking the potential of the Utica shale play in Ohio,” Jimmy Staton, Columbia Pipeline Group and NiSource Midstream Services CEO, said in a statement.

“This partnership will not only provide a key link in that infrastructure, it will provide economic-related benefits for companies and residents of Ohio and the Appalachian basin.”

Harvest Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co., also co-owns Pipeline Midstream. Steve Jacobs, president of Harvest Pipeline, said the project is “an important milestone in advancing the development of the Utica shale.”

Construction has already begun on the project, with plans to finish by July.

SOURCE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/09/30/new-northwest-ohio-pipeline.html

Proposed Columbia Gas Pipeline – Philadelphia Area

In recent headlines from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, a major interstate pipeline company wants to expand its transmission network in the Philadelphia area to deliver more gas to customers.

Columbia Gas Transmission Group (A MATCOR client) submitted plans Monday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) outlining a public campaign for its $210 million project.

The East Side Expansion Project, so named because it adds capacity to the eastern part of Columbia’s 16-state system, includes installing a 20-inch-diameter pipeline on a 7.5-mile route in Gloucester County and a 26-inch-diameter pipeline for 8.9 miles in Chester County.

“We are responding to a demand for increasing capacity of natural gas from our customers,” said Brendan C. Neal, community relations and stakeholder outreach manager for the transmission company, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc.

The new and larger pipes with greater capacity, which would be buried alongside existing Columbia pipelines, will require the company to acquire additional right-of-way from adjoining property owners. But the project is less likely to create public apprehension than a pipeline crossing virgin countryside.

“Since they’re running along an existing line, it does limit some of the concerns,” said Lyman Barnes, administrator of Logan Township, Gloucester County.

The work would expand capacity on a part of Columbia’s pipeline that runs from New York state to Virginia through Southeastern Pennsylvania. The existing line connects to the Millenium Pipeline near Port Jervis, N.Y., and transports Marcellus gas southward to Downingtown, where an eastward extension goes under the Delaware River into South Jersey.

The new line would expand supply options for the West Deptford Energy Station, a 738-megawatt gas-fired power plant being built in Gloucester County by LS Power Group. That plant, scheduled to go into service next year, would consume up to 80 million cubic feet of gas a day.

Columbia will increase capacity on its existing pipeline mostly by adding more horsepower to compressor stations in Milford and Easton, Pa., which will push greater volumes of gas though the pipes. Those station expansions are likely to attract the attention of environmental activists, who have objected to air emissions from other such projects.

Pipeline infrastructure designed to deliver natural gas from traditional production areas in the Gulf Coast states is being reconfigured to accommodate new Appalachian shale production.

The project would require FERC approval. The papers filed on Monday with the federal agency were a request to initiate a “prefiling,” which would include public meetings in April before the company formally files its application with the commission in August. Columbia anticipates FERC would authorize construction by June 2014.

SOURCE: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130228_Major_interstate_pipeline_firm_wants_to_expand_its_network_in_Phila__area.html

Natural gas growth means more pipelines in Chesco

WEST CHESTER – Local officials look to Columbia Gas Transmission’s plans to install another pipeline as an inevitable progression in Chester County due to the growth of the natural gas business in Pennsylvania.

“As I’ve often said, Chester County is already pipeline-central, and their numbers are going to increase, not decrease, in the years ahead,” said State Senator Andy Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland. “I am not against natural gas. I am for protecting our communities, our property values and our natural resources like the Brandywine Creek against harm from companies simply looking to get their product to ports in Philadelphia, Wilmington or Baltimore – or anywhere else – as quickly as possible.”

Columbia Gas Transmission is planning to install 8.8 miles of natural gas pipeline that will travel from the Eagle Compression Station and into West Bradford.

State Senator Andy Dinniman on Friday said that the natural gas pipeline proposed for Chester County by Columbia Gas Transmission is only the latest and will certainly be followed by others as the natural gas industry moves more and more Marcellus Shale natural gas to market.

Dinniman said this is why he took the lead last year in demanding the strictest state oversight of Williams Gas Pipeline’s 7-mile pipeline replacement project, and why he is introducing a three-bill package aimed at increasing the public’s ability to stay informed about pipeline projects and at protecting people’s homes, communities, and taxpayer-funded farmland from being harmed by pipeline projects.

According to Chevalier Mayes, communications manager for NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, the pipeline, 26 inches in diameter, will affect 180 landowners in the pipeline’s right-of-way once construction for the project begins, which is anticipated to begin in April 2015. The pipeline is expected to be operational in September of that year, and would lie adjacent to an existing pipeline which is also owned by NiSource, parent company of Columbia Gas.

Mayes also said that the expansion project is a planned response for the need to meet increased demand for additional capacity in natural gas traveling through pipelines.

Columbia’s next steps for the project will be to enter into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing process. The purpose of requesting entry into the commission’s pre-filing process is to allow stakeholder and environmental issues to be identified and resolved at earlier stages in the project’s development and planning. According to Martin Indars, spokesman for state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland, the pre-filing process is expected to begin later this month.

Tommy Ryan, township manager of West Bradford, said that although representatives from NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, had reached out late last year to advise them of their intended pipeline, he hopes that communication will not cease there. While NiSource representatives have contacted residents in the pipeline’s Right of Way, as well as to those within 50 feet of it, Ryan said he expects regular updates from NiSource as they move through the approval and installation process. About 14 properties will be directly affected by the pipeline in West Bradford.

According to Mayes, once they have entered into the pre-filing process, Columbia representatives will notify the public through open houses and other informational events. Those types of meetings will be ongoing throughout the project until the pipeline is operational.

A toll-free number will become available at an unknown later date and company representatives will be available to answer any questions stakeholders may have.

The pipeline is part of Columbia’s Side Expansion project, which will feature looping pipelines in both Chester County and Gloucester County, N.J. The pipeline will cross wetlands and waterways in the area; however, the exact number of crossings has not yet been determined.

SOURCE: http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130210/NEWS/130219975/natural-gas-growth-means-more-pipelines-in-chesco#full_story

Columbia Gas Transmission Receives FERC Approval Of Customer Settlement Facilitating Pipeline’s Long-Term Infrastructure Investment Plan

Plan addresses pipeline and system upgrades; improves public safety, customer reliability and service; provides economic benefits to communities; work expected to create 7,000 jobs

WASHINGTON and HOUSTON, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – NiSource’s Columbia Gas Transmission (Columbia) today received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a customer settlement that facilitates Columbia’s comprehensive pipeline infrastructure investment plan.

The settlement, filed on September 4, 2012 and widely supported by Columbia’s customers, covers the initial five years of Columbia’s investment plan and contains provisions for potential extension thereafter. Among other components, key elements of the settlement identify individual infrastructure projects and establish a mechanism for recovery of Columbia’s revenue requirement for infrastructure investment under the plan.

“FERC’s approval of our customer settlement is a milestone in our efforts to modernize Columbia’s interstate pipeline system in a balanced, thoughtful and transparent manner,” said Jimmy Staton, Columbia’s chief executive officer. “We acknowledge FERC for their timely review and approval, and appreciate the collaboration from our customers. We look forward to getting the job done. The work we do will help ensure safer, more reliable pipeline infrastructure for our customers and the communities across our footprint.”

Under the settlement, Columbia will invest approximately $300 million per year, in addition to a $100 million investment in ongoing maintenance, over the 2013 through 2017 period on system improvements, which include:

  • Replacing Aging Infrastructure – commencing the replacement of approximately 1,000 miles of existing interstate transmission pipelines, primarily bare steel (400 miles in the first five years);
  • Upgrading Natural Gas Compression Systems – replacing and modernizing more than 50 critical compressor units along the pipeline system that will enhance system efficiency and improve environmental performance;
  • Increasing Pipeline System Reliability – uprating pressures and looping systems where needed to ensure gas is reliably delivered to critical markets; and
  • Expanding In-Line Inspection Capabilities – facilitating Columbia’s ability to perform state-of-the-art maintenance and inspections without interrupting services

Infrastructure investment work will take place across Columbia’s footprint, including Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. More than 7,000 direct jobs are expected to be created as a result of the infrastructure investment program. That work will cover a broad range of activities, including facility engineering and design, permitting, project management and a variety of construction trades.

Working with FERC and other federal, state and local agencies, Columbia will continue to engage key stakeholders, landowners and customers throughout the planning and construction process. More information about the company’s investment projects can be found on www.ngts.com.

Columbia projects that its entire infrastructure investment plan could involve an investment of approximately $4 billion over an extended (10-15 year) period.

SOURCE: http://www.dailymarkets.com/stock/2013/01/25/columbia-gas-transmission-receives-ferc-approval-of-customer-settlement-facilitating-pipelines-long-term-infrastructure-investment-plan/

New Pipeline carrying Marcellus Shale gas

The impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom is about to reach a corner of South Jersey.

Surveyors have started several months of work in Gloucester County as part of a planned major pipeline expansion project to carry gas from northern Pennsylvania to the country’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets.

Dubbed the East Side Expansion project, it is expected to cost $210 million and it had not yet received approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Most of the work would be on right-of-way owned by Columbia Gas Transmission L.L.C., a subsidiary of Houston’s NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, said Chevalier Mayes, a NiSource spokeswoman.

Construction would begin in early 2015 and end in the fall of that year, the company said.

In Gloucester County, Woolwich Township Administrator Jane DiBella said the pipeline would run along the Columbia Gas right-of-way parallel to Center Square Road, which extends from Logan Township into Swedesboro.

The Gloucester County leg is just a small segment of a project covering four states. The main line is to run from Milford, in Pennsylvania’s Pike County, to Loudoun County, Va.

The Gloucester branch would connect to the main north-south pipeline in Chester County and cross the Delaware River to bring gas to Columbia Gas’ existing redistribution facility in West Deptford, according to a map accompanying a solicitation of bids for the pipeline project.

 A planned Nov. 5 presentation by Columbia Gas officials to the Woolwich Township Committee was canceled because the company was involved in recovery operations related to Hurricane Sandy, DiBella said. The public session is expected to be rescheduled.

SOURCE: http://articles.philly.com/2012-11-17/news/35157753_1_pipeline-columbia-gas-transmission-llc-marcellus-shale