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Columbia Pipeline Group advances two additional Appalachian expansion projects

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Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. and Columbia Pipeline Partners LP have announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate authorising Columbia Gas Transmission LLC (Columbia Gas) to construct and operate the Utica Access Project in West Virginia.

The Utica Access Project is expected to be in service in the 4Q16 and will deliver up to 205 million ft3/d of Utica supply to the highly liquid Columbia Gas, Appalachia Pool.

Columbia have also announced that Columbia Gas has formally filed a certificate application with the FERC for its WB XPress Project in West Virginia and Virginia, which will deliver up to 1.3 billion ft3/d of Appalachian supply to expanding Mid-Atlantic markets, as well as Gulf Coast markets via a downstream, third-party interstate pipeline expansion from an existing interconnect in West Virginia.

Prior to filing its WB XPress certificate application, Columbia worked with a number of communities, landowners and agencies at the federal, state and local level. Columbia will continue to work closely with all stakeholders throughout each phase of the project. Pending FERC authorisation, Columbia expects to commence WB XPress construction in 2017 and place the project in service in the 2H18.

Comments from Columbia Pipeline

"We are pleased that the FERC has approved our application to construct the Utica Access Project," said Columbia President, Glen Kettering. "This is another Columbia growth project that connects abundant, but constrained, Appalachian supplies to higher value domestic markets."

"The CPG team is sharply focused on the execution of our extensive growth and modernisation investment inventory," added Kettering. "Hitting these key project milestones keeps us squarely on track to deliver these projects on time and on budget."

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