Gulf Xpress Pipeline

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Gulf Xpress Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, USA.[1]


The pipeline will run through Marshall and Cabell counties, West Virginia, USA.

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Project Details

  • Owner: TC Energy[2]
  • Proposed capacity: 875 million cubic feet per day[2]
  • Length: Capacity expansion only[2]
  • Status: Operating[2]
  • Start Year: 2019[2]


In February of 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a request by TransCanada Corp’s Columbia unit to put part of the company’s $600 million Gulf XPress natural gas pipeline into service in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Gulf XPress is one of several pipelines designed to connect growing output in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in the U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coast. The 0.88-billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) Gulf XPress project includes construction of seven new compressor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. The Gulf XPress Project, a network of seven new compressor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, will greatly broaden the reach of natural gas from the Appalachian Basin. In December 2017, Gulf XPress received its certificate of public convenience and necessity from FERC, authorizing construction to proceed. New pipelines built to remove gas from the Marcellus and Utica have increased output in Appalachia to a record high of 31.6 bcfd in February versus 26.9 bcfd in the same month a year ago. That represents about 38 percent of the nation’s total dry gas output of 83.3 bcfd in 2018. A decade ago, Appalachia was responsible just 1.6 bcfd, or 3 percent, of the country’s total production in 2008. Separately, TransCanada has said it plans to complete its $3 billion Mountaineer XPress Gas Pipeline in 2019. Mountaineer is designed to increase gas capacity in West Virginia by 2-bcfd.[1]

Most of the Gulf Xpress Pipeline utilizes existing infrastructure from the Columbia Gulf System.[3] The project involves a reversal of already existing pipeline.[2]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. approves part of TransCanada Gulf XPress natgas pipe for service, BIC Magazine, accessed May 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020
  3. Gulf Xpress Pipeline Project, Gas Compression Magazine, accessed May 2019

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