REX pipeline to be made bidirectional to carry Ohio shale gas to the Midwest

Because the Utica and Marcellus shale booms have significantly reduced demand for natural gas to be shipped to the eastern United States, Kansas-based Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (a joint venture of subsidiaries for Tallgrass Development LP, Sempra Energy and Phillips 66) announced last week that its Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) will "be made bidirectional to transport natural gas from Ohio to the Midwest and potentially to the West," Akron Beacon Journal reports. The 1,698-mile pipeline – one of the "largest natural gas pipelines in the United States" – will be connected with a to-be-constructed, 14-mile pipeline that will connect it to the main line at MarkWest Energy Partners' Seneca Processing Complex, which is currently under construction in Noble County. The REX pipeline is expected to start its west-flowing operations late this year, the article said. For more, read the full story.

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