... Ohio Valley Connector Pipeline Begins Transportation Service  

Ohio Valley Connector Pipeline Begins Transportation Service

The 37-mile Ohio Valley Connector natural gas pipeline is now in service. Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners LP announced Oct. 4 that the pipeline began transportation service from northern West Virginia to Clarington, Ohio, on Oct. 1.

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EQT Midstream has commissioned the 37-mile Ohio Valley Connector natural gas pipeline from northern West Virginia to Clarington, Ohio.

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The Ohio Valley Connector is an extension of the existing Equitrans system. The pipeline was certificated by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at approximately 850 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) total capacity. The project is backed by a 20-year transportation service agreement with EQT Energy LLC, an affiliate of EQT Corp., for 650 MMcf/d of firm transmission capacity.

“The completion of the Ohio Valley Connector enhances our extensive Appalachian pipeline network and provides our customers with additional market diversity by offering access to growing demand markets in the Midwest,” said Randy Crawford, chief operating officer for EQT Midstream. “Our transmission and storage system now connects with all the major interstate pipelines in the basin and offers shippers multiple options to meet their transportation needs. The Ohio Valley Connector is another example of our ability to strategically expand our pipeline footprint and create value for our unitholders by investing in projects that earn attractive returns.”

The Ohio Valley Connector features two new compressor stations with approximately 40,000 hp combined, the Corona Station in Wetzel County, West Virginia, and the Plasma Station in Monroe County, Ohio. The pipeline connects with the existing Equitrans Mainline and Sunrise Transmission System and the Rockies Express (REX) pipeline, as well as planned interconnects with the Texas Eastern Transmission line and Rover Pipeline project.

EQT Midstream is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by EQT Corp. to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin. The partnership provides midstream services to EQT Corp. and third-party companies through its strategically located transmission, storage and gathering systems that service the Marcellus and Utica regions. The EQT Midstream owns 737 miles and operates an additional 200 miles of FERC-regulated interstate pipelines. The company also owns more than 1,600 miles of high- and low-pressure gathering lines.

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