Earlier this month, the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave certificate approval to the Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline project in West Virginia, according to Platts.

The project, sponsored by TransCanada’s Columbia Gas Transmission, is expected to support natural gas production in the Marcellus shale play and increase deliveries from the Appalachian basin to nearby regions. The Mountaineer XPress is roughly 500 MMcf/d shy of the Rover Pipeline’s 3.25 Bcf/d capacity.

Along with the Mountaineer XPress, the FERC granted certificate approval to Columbia’s Gulf XPress project, which will add compressor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi to allow for bidirectional flows of gas between Appalachia and the Gulf.

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