If all projects are finished up by their scheduled in-service dates, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates more than 23 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas pipeline takeaway capacity to be online in its Northeast region, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, by the end of the year, according to Shale Ohio.

The EIA estimate is up from an estimated 16.7 Bcf/d at the end of 2017 and more than three times the takeaway capacity at the end of 2014.

EIA notes that the growth of natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins is “constrained by the lack of available takeaway pipeline capacity to move it to new markets,” and new projects will create an outlet for increased production.

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