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Pipeline companies see big growth in third quarter, SNL Energy says

By Bob Downing Published: December 23, 2013

From SNL Energy today:

The nation's major natural gas transmission companies significantly increased transportation quantity on some of their biggest pipeline systems in the third quarter compared to the year-ago period, as new expansions to serve booming shale plays and changing demand patterns continued to come online, according to data from 139 FERC Form 2 filers.

While the total volume of gas transported showed a small percentage change in growth among all current filers, with a 0.2% year-over-year increase in the third quarter, some lines, such as the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLCsystem, reported big changes compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Transco, a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP, reported the highest change in gas volumes year over year. The pipeline transported an increase of 217.1 million Dth of natural gas in the third quarter. Transco operates 10,200 miles of pipeline with a system capacity of 9.7 Bcf/d.

Volumes may continue to rise. During 2013, the company received FERC approvals for placing into services parts of the Northeast Supply Link project and Mid-South natural gas pipeline expansion, which boosted the capacity for the pipeline.

Overall, of the 82 interstate pipelines that reported transportation volume for the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2012, 34% or 28 recorded growth, while the rest reported a decline in the year-over-year volume transported. According to SNL Energy data, the contracted daily transportation volume for the same set of pipelines in the third quarter of 2013 was 0.82% lower year over year.

Keep reading the full report and analysis here:

Referenced Tickers: NI, WBI Energy Transmission Inc., WPZ, KMP, Dominion Transmission Inc, NFG, SE, VSN, EQT, Southern Star Central Gas, National Fuel Gas Supply Corp, Equitrans LP, Alliance Pipeline L.P., Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line, Texas Eastern Transmission LP, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Enable Gas Transmission LLC, Millennium Pipeline Co LLC, ENB, Kern River Gas Transmission Co



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