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EIA: Gas production increases follow pipeline capacity growth

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration calculations with data from Bentek Energy LLC. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration calculations with data from Bentek Energy LLC.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration notes an increase since early 2012 in natural gas production in West Virginia and nearby counties in southern Pennsylvania that has continued through July 2013, and attributes it to new pipeline infrastructure.

From July to September last year, the following projects expanded the production capacity of West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania by almost 1 billion cubic feet per day, or Bcf/d, the agency wrote July 30:

  • July 2012: Equitrans placed its Sunrise Project into full service, with capacity to carry 0.31 Bcf/d from Wetzel County, WV, to Greene County, Pa., and providing access to five separate interconnections serving Mid-Atlantic consumers.
  • September 2012: Dominion Transmission initiated service from the four new compressor stations and 110 miles of new pipeline built for its Appalachian Gateway Project, providing capacity to carry 0.47 Bcf/d of natural gas from production areas in West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania to an interconnect with the Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline.
  • September 2012: Equitrans placed into service its newly built 0.20 Bcf/d Blacksville Compressor Station in Monongalia County, W.Va.

Natural gas production in West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania has risen as these expansions provided increased access to markets. Production in West Virginia averaged 2.34 Bcf/d through mid-July 2013, compared to 1.55 Bcf/d through mid-July 2012, a 51 percent increase, according to agency data. Production in the nearby dry regions of southern Pennsylvania also doubled during this period with the increases takeaway capacity, from 0.86 Bcf/d to 1.73 Bcf/d.

Additional growth in West Virginia is expected as Texas Eastern has announced plans to build a 0.39 Bcf/d pipeline lateral to its mainline from Dominion's 0.20 Bcf/d Natrium processing plant in West Virginia by the end of 2014. Planned processing plant expansions through the end of this year could also add significantly to the state's processing capacity, which totaled 0.85 Bcf/d in 2012.