Skip to comments.First westbound natural gas flows begin on Rockies Express Pipeline
Posted on 06/18/2014 10:55:51 AM PDT by thackney
The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) announced on Monday that it expects service to commence as soon as today for the first 0.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity on its 0.60 Bcf/d Seneca Lateral pipeline in southeast Ohio. The 14.3-mile lateral will flow gas north from the MarkWest Seneca natural gas processing plant to the REX mainline, where a newly built compressor station will allow this gas to be delivered to points west in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. No new pipelines will be added to the mainline; the project will allow bidirectional flowsboth east and westto occur on existing portions of the pipeline, where until now natural gas could only flow east, predominantly from western basins (see map above).
According to pipeline operator Tallgrass Energy, the remaining capacity on the Seneca Lateral is fully booked and will come into service in the fourth quarter of this year. In addition, REX has received binding commitments to deliver another 1.20 Bcf/d of Appalachian production west on its existing mainline as part of the Clarington West Project, which REX plans to bring into service in either 2016 or 2017. Upon completion of this project, REX will have capacity to ship 1.80 Bcf/d of gas both east and west in a significant portion of Zone 3, which extends from Clarington, Ohio, on the Ohio-West Virginia border, to eastern Missouri.
It is not yet known whether the Clarington West Project will allow for an expansion of westward gas flows to cover all of Zone 3, or just a significant portion of it. However, there are a number of important interconnects that would be able to receive flows of Appalachian gas on REX, beginning from its easternmost point in Clarington, Ohio, where it interconnects with the Dominion Transmission (DTI) pipeline and the Texas Eastern Transmission Company (Tetco) pipeline. There are plans to add five new receipt points to provide REX with the capacity to receive at least 2.35 Bcf/d of Appalachian production by the end of 2016. Other interconnects in Zone 3 that could benefit from the REX expansions include:
- Lebanon, Ohio, where REX interconnects with the Colombia Gas Transmission pipeline and the Texas Gas Transmission pipeline
- Shelbyville, Indiana, where the ANR Pipeline has secured binding commitments to move an additional 2.00 Bcf/d of gas both north and south from REX by the end of 2015
- Edgar, Illinois, where the Midwestern Gas Transmission Company flows gas north from REX to Chicago area consumers
- Moultrie, Illinois, where National Gas Pipeline has proposed adding 0.75 Bcf/d of capacity to flow gas south on its Gulf Coast Mainline
In addition to REX expansions, a number of other projects are planned to provide capacity to flow Appalachian production west. These include Tetco's Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (OPEN) project to flow additional gas to REX at Clarington, and Tetco's TEAM 2014 project to flow gas to Lebanon and the Gulf Coast on existing pipelines from western Pennsylvania. They also include a DTI project to ship 0.25 Bcf/d to its interconnects with REX and Tetco in eastern Ohio and to ship another 0.25 Bcf/d directly to the Lebanon hub.
Thanks for the update.
I remember a few years ago when the pipeline construction came through here (Indiana).
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