Natural Gas Intelligence
Marcellus Takeaway Capacity Doubles by 2013

Monday, October 31, 2011

Marcellus Shale natural gas pipeline takeaway capacity will jump to 8.5 Bcf/d by 2013, more than double its current level, according to Bentek Energy LLC

"About 5.0 Bcf/d of new Northeast expansion capacity is currently in the planning phase and scheduled to be operational during that timeframe," the firm said in a market update last week. "These projects will help natural gas producers in the Marcellus grow production volumes and reach premium Northeast markets during peak winter demand."

Nearly 1.0 Bcf/d of Marcellus takeaway capacity is scheduled to come online in the next month as a result of El Paso Corp.'s Tennessee Gas 300 Line Expansion project (see NGI, Oct. 10), Empire Pipeline Inc.'s Tioga Line Extension and National Fuel's Line N expansion project in southwestern Pennsylvania, according to Bentek. The firm has said new capacity slated to come online in Line 300 will fill up quickly.

"The Tennessee expansion will boost forward-haul capacity on their 300 Line by 350 MMcf/d, increasing delivery capacity to interconnects with Algonquin, Transco and Con Edison in White Plains, NY. This additional supply to the premium Northeast market will put downward pressure on regional prices," Bentek said Wednesday.

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