Natural Gas News – January 3, 2018

Natural Gas News – January 3, 2018

US FERC Approves Two Major TransCanada Gas Pipeline Expansions

Platts reported: The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted certificate approval to the secondlargest natural gas expansion project in the US Northeast, the 170-mile, 2.7 Bcf/d Mountaineer XPress project in West Virginia. The project, sponsored by TransCanada’s Columbia Gas Transmission, was approved late Friday and is roughly 500 MMcf/ d shy of Rover Pipeline’s 3.25 Bcf/d capacity. Like Rover, it is producer- backed and expected to boost production in the Marcellus shale and also increase deliveries from the Northeast to neighboring regions, particularly the US Gulf area. Mountaineer XPress is the third major expansion of Columbia Gas’ pipeline system to receive approval in 2017, following the January approval of the 1.5 Bcf/d Leach XPress project and the November approval of the 1.3 Bcf/d WB XPress project. For more visit platts.com or click http://bit.ly/2lOCU1g

Cold Chills U.S. Shale Gas Production as Heating Demand Jumps

Reuters reported: HOUSTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Cold weather gripping much of the United States is denting natural gas production in the nation’s shale patches, with output of the heating fuel down more than 20 percent since last month in North Dakota’s Bakken region, according to analyst estimates. The United States relies more on natural gas than coal for heating and has ramped up exports of liquefied natural gas. Flows of natural gas on interstate pipelines out of North Dakota dropped to about 1 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) on Tuesday, down from about 1.3 bcfd on Dec. 25, according to Genscape data. One bcfd is enough gas to fuel about five million U.S. homes. “That drop is due to the freeze off we’re seeing,” said Andrew Bradford of BTU Analytics, an energy consultancy. Natural gas production often can be affected by water vapor in pipeline systems freezing and hindering the flow of gas. Unlike crude oil, gas must be piped immediately to a processing facility. For more visit reuters.com or click http://reut.rs/2CAXpbn

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