Construction to begin on Mountaineer XPress compressor stations

Construction is expected to begin around the end of January on three multi-million dollar compressor stations in Calhoun, Doddridge and Jackson counties in West Virginia as part of the recently approved Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline project, reports the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The newspaper says each station will cost about $100 million. Columbia Gas Transmission’s 165-mile pipeline will stretch from West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle to Cabell County, West Virginia. For more, read the full story.

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CNX will spend up to $880 million on drilling in Marcellus, Utica shale plays

CNX Resources plans to spend $790 million to $880 million on drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in 2018, and will add a fourth drilling rig in the second half of the year, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says the Pennsylvania-based company expects to drill 75 oil and natural gas wells this year -- 60 in the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and 15 in the Utica in Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more, read the full story.

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West Virginia official optimistic about construction of energy projects by Chinese company

West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher says construction could begin this year in connection with a Chinese company’s $83.7 billion investment agreement to help develop the state’s energy and petrochemical industries, reports WV News. “In the three visits we’ve had (to China), there’s been a great sense of urgency (on the part of the Chinese),” Thrasher recently told state legislators when asked what activity may be seen in the next 12 to 24 months. In November 2017, Thrasher signed a memorandum of understanding with China Energy Investment Corp., which wants to take advantage of West Virginia’s supplies of Marcellus and Utica shale gas. For more, read the full story.

Global, West Virginia

CNX closes deal to acquire Noble’s stake in Cone Gathering

CNX Resources Corp. has closed on its $305 million acquisition of Noble Energy Inc.'s 50% interest in Cone Gathering LLC, which operates natural gas gathering systems in the Appalachian basin, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says Cone Gathering owns the general partner interest and incentive distribution rights in Cone Midstream Partners LP, which is being renamed CNX Midstream Partners LP. CNX Resources said it will provide a minimum of 140 wells to CNX Midstream Partners to support distribution growth. For more, read the full story.

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FERC signs off on Mountaineer Xpress, Gulf Xpress projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted certificate approval to the Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline project in West Virginia, Platts reports. The news service says 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 neighboring regions. Platts also says 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. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Appalachia NGL storage hub clears hurdle for $1.9 billion loan

Plans for an underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage hub in Appalachia have cleared the first big hurdle, reports the Associated Press (AP), with the Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative receiving approval in the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan. The news service says the Appalachia Development Group, which is heading the project, also is trying to secure $1.4 billion through other financing. Appalachia Development Group CEO Steve Hedrick told AP it would take several more years for the project come to fruition. For more, read the full story.

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Cabot Oil & Gas sells Texas assets to focus on Appalachian basin

Cabot Oil & Gas said it is leaving parts of Texas to focus on the Appalachia basin, UPI reports. The news service says Cabot is selling 74,500 net acres of oil and gas assets in the Eagle Ford shale play in Texas to an affiliate of Venado Oil & Gas for $765 million. Separately, Cabot said it sold its remaining interests in East Texas to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum. For more, read the full story.

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Antero, environmentalists reach agreement on West Virginia landfill monitoring

Environmental groups have reached an agreement with Antero Resources Corp. that calls for monitoring around the company's landfill in northern West Virginia that takes waste from recycled groundwater used in hydraulic fracturing operations, reports the Associated Press. The news service says the agreement settles an appeal by the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy of the state permit for the landfill, which accepts salt byproducts from Antero's adjacent wastewater recycling facility in Ritchie and Doddridge counties. Antero said about 95% of the water it uses in oil and natural gas drilling operations will be treated at the recycling facility. For more, read the full story.

West Virginia

Energy department looks at NGLs potential in Appalachian region

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a natural gas liquids (NGLs) primer that showcases the resource potential of NGLs, specifically in the Appalachian region. The primer explains what NGLs are, how they are used, recent market developments and the supporting infrastructure in the Appalachian region. For more, read the full report.

National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

TransCanada unit asks FERC for OK to put Leach XPress into service

TransCanada’s Columbia Gas Transmission unit has asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) for permission to begin service January 1, 2018 on the company’s Leach XPress natural gas project in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, according to Reuters. The news service says the $1.6 billion project includes a 160-mile pipeline and compression facilities that will transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Appalachian shale basin toward the southeast United States via the recently completed Rayne XPress project in Kentucky. For more, read the full story.

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