The US$3.2 billion Mountaineer XPress Pipeline will transport 2.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the TCO Pool and Leach markets on the Columbia Gas Transmission System. TransCanada photo.
Mountaineer XPress Pipeline ships Appalachian natural gas
TransCanada announced on Friday that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the full in-service of its Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project, which will allow the company to increase the flow of gas on MXP and begin operating its Gulf XPress (GXP) project.
According to the Calgary-based company, the two projects are a vital link between Appalachian natural gas supplies and growing markets in the U.S. and beyond.
“Mountaineer XPress and Gulf XPress are extremely important to TransCanada as they provide much-needed takeaway capacity for our customers, while also growing our extensive footprint in the Appalachian Basin,” said TransCanada President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling.
“Both projects will also deliver attractive long-term returns and stable cash flow for our shareholders.’
The US$3.2 billion Mountaineer MXP is comprised of 170 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline, three new compressor stations, and modifications to three existing compressor stations.
The pipeline is capable of transporting 2.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the TCO Pool and Leach markets on the Columbia Gas Transmission System. MXP is underpinned by long-term contracts with customers.
Partial in-service of the approximately US$600-million Gulf XPress project includes placing into service four new compressor stations located in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
TransCanada says that together, these facilities will provide additional capacity of 530,000 million cubic feet of natural gas per day on the Columbia Gulf Transmission System, which equates to approximately 60 per cent of the project’s total capacity.
GXP is also underpinned by long-term contracts with customers and is expected to be placed into full service in the coming weeks.
According to a press release issued by TransCanada, since 2015, representatives of MXP and GXP worked closely with federal regulators, landowners and numerous state and local officials to ensure they were a part of the process from construction to completion.
TransCanada adds the projects created significant job opportunities and will generate millions of dollars in taxes and other economic benefits for the counties they cross into the future.
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