Let's make this the place to post information pertaining to anything and everything pertaining to pipelines,compressor stations,ROW acquisitions etc.
Links to websites,articles,maps,anything to do with infrastructure is just as valuable to know as where the next well pad is going in! (If not more so)

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WHEELING - At a cost of $1.75 billion, the 36-inch Leach XPress pipeline through the Upper Ohio Valley is the first of $13.5 billion worth of infrastructure projects planned by Columbia Pipeline Group through 2020.

Despite a recent slowdown in drilling activity due to depressed natural gas prices, Columbia is just one of several companies building interstate pipelines in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, all with the hope of delivering natural gas drawn from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to larger markets.

Similar projects include the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a $5 billion venture of Dominion Resources and Duke Energy; the $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline, developed by ET Rover Co.; and EQT Corp.'s more than $3 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Although drilling is slowing slightly, pipeliners continue shipping new pipe to transport natural gas and oil.

Columbia Pipeline Group is now a subsidiary of NiSource Inc., the same corporation that owns Columbia Gas of Ohio. However, the pipeline firm is scheduled to become an independent company July 1 to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CPGX." Its capital investments are set to grow from $4.6 billion to $13.5 billion over the next five years.

"As we execute on our deep inventory of modernization and growth projects, which are underpinned by long-term, fee-based contracts, we expect to triple our net investment by 2020," Robert C. Skaggs Jr., who will become chairman and CEO of Columbia upon its separation from NiSource.

The Leach XPress pipeline will ship dry methane natural gas southwest from a Majorsville compressor station in Marshall County to a compressor station in Ceredo, W.Va., near Huntington.

"Historically, we have always drawn gas from the south. Now, we can send oil and gas produced in this area to the south," said Columbia spokesman Zane Daniels. "This is the missing link in the chain."

The Rover Pipeline will be able to transport up to 3.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the local area to Michigan. The Mountain Valley Pipeline will run 330 miles south from the MarkWest Energy Mobley complex in Wetzel County to the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. Zone 5 compressor station 165 in Virginia.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, planned at a length of 550 miles and a diameter of 42 inches, is designed to send natural gas southward for use in North Carolina. Amid significant public opposition in southern West Virginia and Virginia, developers are considering possible alternate routes to present for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission consideration.

"While we have not surveyed them yet, we have determined there are several alternate segments that may have less of an impact than the initially proposed route," Leslie Hartz, vice president of pipeline construction for Dominion Transmission, said. "Surveying is necessary to determine the final route.

"No one knows their property better," Hartz added of the landowners in question. "It is in their best interest for them to allow us to survey and talk with them about the land's unique characteristics. We have looked at more than 3,000 miles of potential routes and have adjusted the route hundreds of times as a result of surveys and discussions with landowners."

dd Pritchard
CantonRep.com staff writer
Posted Jun. 10, 2015 at 11:16 PM


  Fewer permits are being issued and the number of rigs has dropped, but executives of companies that ship oil and natural gas said the changes shouldn’t be viewed as a sign that folks are backing out of the Utica Shale.
“We plan to be here, at least for the long haul,” said Kris Evanto, manager of development for Williams Utica, co-owner of extensive pipeline and natural gas processing operations in eastern Ohio.
“There’s no question this area’s growing and will continue to grow,” added Anne Moore, director of business development for Spectra Energy, one of the companies developing the Nexus pipeline.
Evanto and Moore spoke Wednesday during “Utica Midstream: Pipe and Processing,” a seminar organized by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Shale Directories.
The Chamber has organized the Utica Midstream program for three years.
It’s designed to connect companies building midstream operations with area businesses that can supply services and equipment.
Midstream is an industry term used to describe operations that move oil and natural gas from well fields to refineries. Pipeline construction and processing centers are key parts of the midstream operations.
Oil companies began scouring eastern Ohio for drilling rights in the Utica Shale in 2010. The first wells were drilled in 2011 and midstream companies followed.
Early pipeline projects involved collection systems near wells. While some of that work continues, companies now are looking at larger pipelines to carry oil and gas to refineries or outside the area.
The 36-inch Nexus pipeline, for example, is designed to move 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Columbiana County to customers in Ohio, Michigan, Chicago and Canada. Spectra Energy and DTE Energy are developing the project. Moore said they hope construction will start early in 2017.
Houston-based Williams, meanwhile, has been building its presence in the Utica since 2012.
Wednesday the company closed a deal that gave it a larger piece of Utica East Ohio Midstream operations, which has processing centers in Kensington and Scio, along with pipelines feeding and connecting the plants.
Local companies have played a big role in Utica East operations, Evanto said. The company has worked with area construction companies and labor unions, and relied on locals for equipment and services.
“We definitely have a focus to hire local, try to get the community involved,” Evanto said.
Frank Nieto, senior editor for Hart Energy’s Midstream Business magazine, said many in the industry assumed that declining oil and natural gas prices would lead to a drop in midstream development. Instead, midstream appears to be in perpetual growth, he said

So Trapper what you got to post to this thread?????

You're doing fine Mike! I'll try to contribute if I find something. Thanks for posting!
Thanks for the maps. I didn't realize Mariner East 2 was expanding West into Ohio. Mariner East 2 aka West side expansion. LOL


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