Marcellus creates need for restructured existing & new pipelines

[vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/2″]With the recent shalenatural gas production success in Pennsylvania, more pipelines and added infrastructure are needed to get the gas from where it is extracted to the customer in a timely manner. Due to this growing need, a new wave of natural gas pipeline projects are set to break ground in the next three years in order to transport this gas to citizens in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and beyond.
[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8014″ border_color=”” img_link_large=”” link=”” img_link_target=”” img_size=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In addition, other destinations for this gas “are varied, and in addition to New England, some are targeting the Midwest, eastern Canada and the South” said Matthew Piatek, Associate Director of North American Natural Gas for IHS, which tracks current energy markets. The needs for these new pipelines are especially great in New England and New York in order to heat homes during their harsh winters.
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In the past, natural gas pipelines have traditionally flowed from extraction areas in the south and west to the states in the north. But with the development of Marcellus and Utica shales, the expansion and flow reversal of pipeline infrastructure in Pennsylvania and in the north has become a new way to transport gas. Certain regions are seeing alterations in pipeline interconnectivity to connect with these new areas of production. Old pipelines that transported gas from the south to the north now have to be reversed to flow from the north to the southern parts of the country.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Similarly, a project out in the western part of the country was the 1,698-mile, 1.8-Bcf/d Rockies Express Pipeline, which was built to take natural gas from Colorado and Wyoming to eastern Ohio in 2009. In 2014, the pipeline was reversed to allow gas from the Appalachian Basin to flow Midwest markets.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Mihoko Manabe, Senior Vice President at Moody’s Investor Services, said:

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime construction cycle. Once the infrastructure is built, the activity will die down. That’s why there is so much frenetic activity in pipeline development.The Marcellus is re-plumbing the gas flows of the eastern half of the U.S. in a big way.”

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With a new center of natural gas production, we’re in a period where the infrastructure needs to catch up with the supply so that it can be distributed to new markets where heating fuel and wood are still primary residential heating sources and old markets which pay a premium for natural gas like Boston.
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Kelsey Mulac

Kelsey was raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in Communications. Kelsey works as the External Affairs Coordinator at Cabot where she manages external communications, including social media and community outreach projects. Prior to starting her full-time position, Kelsey worked as a summer intern for Cabot while attending Penn State.

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