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Columbia Pipeline Group invests $1.75 billion in projects to transport natural gas from WV, OH shale basins

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Equipment at a Columbia Pipeline Group compressor station located in Clendenin, West Virginia. Equipment at a Columbia Pipeline Group compressor station located in Clendenin, West Virginia.
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Columbia Pipeline Group has invested $1.75 billion in new infrastructure to allow transport from Marcellus and Utica shale basins to other areas throughout the country, the company announced Aug. 12.

The projects involve construction of a new 160-mile natural gas pipeline in Ohio and West Virginia to markets served by its Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission pipeline systems.

The proposed Ohio and West Virginia pipeline, known as Columbia Transmission's Leach XPress project, will increase the capacity of Columbia Transmission's system by 1.5 billion cubic feet per day and move regional gas supplies to various markets, including its interconnect with Columbia Gulf in Leach, Kentucky.

“We have been a part of Ohio and West Virginia for more than 100 years and have an unparalleled footprint in the Marcellus and Utica production areas,” said Glen Kettering, CPG's chief executive officer. “These newly announced investments reaffirm our commitment to this important region and will increase the capacity and flexibility of the Columbia Transmission and Columbia Gulf systems to further enhance transportation options for producers in Appalachia. 

"In addition, this investment will further support our commitment to economic growth and development by creating new project-related jobs and generating ongoing tax revenue for local communities.”

The Leach XPress Project is supported by long-term firm service agreements with Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC, Noble Energy, Inc., Kaiser Marketing Appalachian, LLC and American Energy Utica - LLC.