On March 1, TransCanada announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved putting its full Mountaineer XPress pipeline into service. The massive project required an economic investment of around $3.2 billion, and it will now dramatically expand the ability of customers in southern West Virginia to utilize the natural gas produced in their state.
The pipeline cuts south for 170 miles from Marshall County to Wayne County in West Virginia. The project has been nearing completion in recent months and had been partially put into service already. The project is comprised of 36-inch-diameter pipes and includes three compressor stations installed along the way. The gas flowing through the pipe will be delivered into the Columbia Gas Transmission System
The full service of Mountaineer XPress also has a bit of a domino effect, because it allows TransCanada to begin operating its Gulf XPress project. Gulf XPress ties in with Mountaineer XPress in southern West Virginia and then carriers on through Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
These two projects together will greatly increase the ability of Appalachian Basin natural gas to make its way south to new markets. Gas has been a huge boon to parts of West Virginia that have struggled economically throughout American history. In the better years, West Virginia’s economy was largely powered by coal and as the coal industry has fallen out of favor West Virginia has sought new opportunities. Natural gas has given many areas a “second chance” at a vibrant economy. The lack of pipeline capacity has been a constraint, but new capacity is being built every day that is opening new doors.
Throughout this whole boom, the Pennsylvania-based land services company Cimmaron Land has been helping companies acquire interest in the land that is driving the boom. If you want to get involved, you can call us anytime at (412) 212-7517.