Business reporter John Funk of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported today that NiSource Midstream Services is planning to build a new natural gas pipeline in eastern Ohio.
The 90-mile pipeline would run through six counties from Columbiana south to Monroe County. It would pass through Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison and Belmont counties.
It will run along an existing company-owned right of way.
The Texas-based company intends to build a natural gas-processing facility in Harrison County near the pipeline's mid-point.
The processing plant will use cryogenics, a super deep freeze, to separate the hydrocarbons.
It could handle up to 200 million cubic feet of gas per day. It could be built by mid-2013.
The pipeline could be operational by early 2014.
NiSource is negotiating with gas producers and must decide how large the line will be, company officials said.
Cost of the pipeline has not been determined,a spokeswoman said.
The company has 15,000 miles of pipelines including 4,500 miles in Ohio.
It is a subsidiary of the same firm that owns Columbia Gas of Ohio.
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