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TransCanada pushes back Leach Xpress pipeline date

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Reuters reports that TransCanada Corp.’s Columbia Gas Transmission unit has pushed back the date the section of its Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia will resume service to mid-July from an earlier forecast of early July.

The pipe was damaged in a blast on 7 June.

The company changed the restoration date in a notice to shippers using the line on Friday.

The Leach shutdown forced producers using the line to find other pipes to move gas out of the Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Alternative pipelines include ETP’s Rover, Tallgrass Energy Partners LP’s Rockies Express (REX), EQT Midstream Partners LP’s Equitrans and Enbridge’s Tetco, according to analysts at S&P Global Platts.

The 1.5 billion ft3/d Leach Xpress in West Virginia and Ohio, which entered full service at the start of this year, transports Marcellus and Utica shale gas to consumers in the US.

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