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UGI Completes Auburn Loop Natural Gas Pipeline

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A UGI Corp. subsidiary has completed construction on a 9-mile, 24-in. natural gas pipeline expansion in Pennsylvania. The “Auburn Loop” project expands UGI Energy Services LLC’s existing Auburn Gathering System by approximately 150 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), bringing the total capacity of the system to 470 MMcf/d.

The new pipeline runs from Susquehanna County to UGI Energy Services’ Manning Compressor Station in Wyoming County. The Auburn Loop parallels the existing 12-in. Auburn pipeline, and is scheduled to start delivering locally developed, natural gas on Nov. 1.

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Installation of the Auburn Loop, alongside the November 2014 installation of three additional compressor units at the Manning Compressor Station, completes the third phase of the expansion of the Auburn Gathering System.

“The Auburn Gathering System is a great model for closing the region’s infrastructure gap, putting low-cost Appalachian shale gas to work for the Commonwealth’s businesses and families,” said UGI Energy Services president Brad Hall in an Oct. 28 statement. “Over the past four years, we have continued to expand our Auburn facilities to accommodate the need to increase the takeaway capacity in this rich Marcellus region. Short haul projects like this make economic sense for producers and consumers alike.”

The Auburn Loop will transport low-cost natural gas produced primarily by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., one of the leading northeast Pennsylvania natural gas producers.

“Cabot is excited to celebrate the addition of the Auburn Loop,” said George Stark, director of external affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas. “As we head into winter and the heating season, we’re excited and proud to know we will have a hand in helping local families and businesses, our friends and neighbors, have greater access to an environmentally-friendly, affordable, reliable source of homegrown fuel.”

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