Natural gas shipped to market

HANOVERTON – Houston-based Spectra’s Ohio Pipeline Energy Network project would take natural gas produced regionally and ship it directly to market, the company announced.

The project would begin at the M3 Midstream natural gas collection / processing plant being built off Tunnel Hill Road in Hanover Township, Spectra officials said during an informational, invitation-only event held last week.

Spectra announced in December 2011 its intention to build a gas transmission line from eastern Ohio to ship gas from Chesapeake Energy wells in the region to Spectra’s Texas Eastern Pipeline, which connects Texas to New York state. The 70-mile OPEN pipeline would run south through Franklin and Washington townships before entering Jefferson County on its way to Monroe County, the company said during the event at United Local High School.

The M3 Midstream plant will extract natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the shale gas and transport NGLs to a storage and transfer hub being built in Harrison County. The remaining conventional ”dry” natural gas can be shipped directly from the facility to market, which is what Spectra intends to do with its pipeline.

OPEN would deliver dry gas to Spectra’s Texas Eastern supply system, making it available for domestic markets from New England to the south. OPEN is expected to transport 550 million cubic feet of dry gas per day, the company said at the event held for local property owners affected by the project.

The proposed OPEN route runs just east of Summitville and Salineville before entering Brush Creek Township in Jefferson County. The only compressor station planned along the 70-mile route is in southern Jefferson County.

Spectra representative Susan Waller said they held similar open houses last week in other counties along the proposed OPEN route.

Giambroni is a reporter at the Lisbon Morning Journal.